Posts Tagged as: ‘TIMELESS’


Maki and Kajsa from Åbäke working at the Museum Oriente for the UK participation of the Timeless exhibition. Photographs courtesy of Production Manager, Pedro Sadio.




VENUE info:

Under the judicial protection of Fundação Oriente, the Museu do Oriente opened to the public in 2008, their mission being to bear witness to the Portuguese presence in Asia during five centuries, as well as other Asian cultures. The museum features two permanent exhibitions and several temporary exhibitions, performing arts’ shows, workshops, conferences and guided tours. The Museum is located in the Pedro Álvares Cabral building, a port construction from the beginning of the 40’s, used for the storage of salted cod fish. The rehabilitation project was undertaken by the architects João Luís Carrilho da Graça and Rui Francisco, which tried to cross the architectonical identity of the building and its new use. The museological project was designed by Carrilho da Graça and Nuno Gusmão (P-06 atelier). The building has a main body and two lower wings. The construction stands out due to the almost lack of windows owed to its initial function as a warehouse for perishable goods. The North façade, enriched with bas-relief executed by the sculptor Barata Feyo, contributes to make the Museu do Oriente one of the most representative buildings in Alcantara.


Maki Suzuki and Kajsa Stahl of Abäke Studio - part of UK’s Timeless participation crew popped over to Lisbon recently. They scoured the city looking at maps, plants, Lisbons views, visiting markets,  the Architects Association, GEO (Gabinete de Estudos Olisiponenses, picture insert), the City Museum, Bairro Alto and Model makers (picture insert).


Åbäke will create a graphic representation of the UK’s contribution to Timeless in the Museu do Oriente. The intention is to reveal and show the different processes through which each designer has developed contextual work in Lisbon. The installation is somewhere between a map, a time line and a notice board and will use locally sourced elements such as information, document, objects, material, working and thinking forces and resources. Whenever possible, the material will be borrowed and given back to the owner or other local institutions.
Some background info -
Åbäke is a collective of four graphic designers. Patrick Lacey is from the UK, Kajsa Stahl from Sweden, Benjamin Reichen and Maki Suzuki from France who have been working together since 2000.Their physical work includes posters, CD and record designs, furniture, and installations in art galleries and public spaces. Much of their work concentrates on the social aspect of design and the strength that collaboration can bring to a project. Events often involve (in no particular order) film, dancing, eating and cooking and teaching. They are also singers, painters, photographers, members of bands, furniture designers, curators, fashion designers, DJs and teachers.