CULTURE

Living each day in a (useful) world of design

Besides establishing its reputation as a haven for contemporary artistic activity, the DESTE Foundation is also at the forefront of design. Beginning on October 4, the foundation’s art store will be showing a vivacious collection of art and design objects which are intended to form part of daily life. From breakfast time to the office and back home again, the essence of the upcoming display is that for all designer items, there is an appropriate time and place. At the office, for instance, people may care to liven up the day’s long hours with colorful mouse pads, or one of Phillipe Starck’s unique radios. Back home, they may like to relax with Nikomachi Karacostanoglou’s lamps made from natural materials, or with simple architectural ones by Valentino Marengo, or with those by Panagiota Alexopoulou made of papier-mache and feathers. The display is also an opportunity to purchase a classic, the lava lamp, a favorite since the ’70s. For an active kitchen, check out a series of magnets in the shape of sheep, taxis and hearts; funky bowls with cats, cows, fruit and vegetables motifs; colorful glasses; also Ella Doran’s floral or geometric stands for hot dishes, which also come with Japanese inscriptions. Breakfast in bed or at the kitchen table? Whatever you prefer, the art store offers the Chalk Talk mug, a collector’s item enabling you to exchange messages with your loved ones. Also for the breakfast table is a creative collection of mugs by diverse artists such as David Luff, Shona Munro, Tyrell Katz, Madeleine Floyd, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Toby Pimplico, together with a series of trays, eggcups, and salt and pepper pots. With design an increasingly important factor in bathroom and restroom decoration, the art store suggests Keith Haring’s colorful curtain as well as a black-and-white Psycho curtain, inspired by Hitchcock’s classic. Also by Haring is a collection of psychedelic towels. In the bathtub, the younger ones will enjoy body brushes with animals, accompanied by heart or flower-shaped soaps in pop colors. A collection of colorful and aromatic candles from designers Nina Papaioannou, Vicky Panga, Marmyan and Michalis Kyriatsoulis, offer a combination of natural and artificial materials, suitable for more romantic moments, while a collection of art works by both local and foreign artists are destined not only for the bedroom, but for all areas in the home. IT exhibition. The 15th Infosystem Exhibition is to be held at Helexpo’s installations in Thessaloniki, from October 11-14, and will host the IT Applications Conference on October 12 and 13. It will be preceded by the International Conference for Image Processing (ICIP 2001) at Macedonia Palace Hotel, October 7 through 10.