A WEEKLY CURATED SELECTION OF NEWS FROM ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS & ARTISTS WORLDWIDE:
Every week, we collate information from press releases and articles across the worldwide web in order to give you a curated selection of hot news from the wonderful world of art, design and architecture. Scroll down and find out more about what’s been happening this week.
SAAD QURESHI AT GAZELLI ART HOUSE, LONDON:
The third solo show of British artist Saad Qureshi will take place at Gazelli Art House from 3rd March until 16th April next year, to coincide with ‘Places for Nova’, his public commission for Land Securities in Victoria, opening early 2017.
Known primarily for his ambitious sculptural works, drawing has always been a central part of Qureshi’s practice, and the exhibition at the gallery will feature the first international presentation of his new landscape drawings and works on paper. (Find out more: Gazelli Art House)
DAVID REED AT GAGOSIAN MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK:
Curated by Katy Siegel and Christopher Wool, the Painting Paintings exhibition of David Reed will take place at Gagosian Madison Avenue from 17th January until 25th February next year. The show will cover early brushmark paintings, following the exhibition’s premiere at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University. This is Reed’s first exhibition with Gagosian.
“Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975” reunites many canvases first shown in 1975 at Susan Caldwell Gallery, New York, which had a strong impact on Christopher Wool, then a young artist. More than forty years later, Reed’s paintings are complemented by a group exhibition of artists who were similarly exploring the relationship between process and image-making in painting, drawing, sculpture, and film. (Find out more: Gagosian)
UNIVERSAL FAVOURITE PRODUCES COLOURFUL CHOCOLATES FROM 3D-PRINTED MOULDS:
As a Christmas gift to their clients, Universal Favourite created a series of mix-and-match colourful chocolates from tessellating 3D-printed moulds. The Complements chocolates were designed by the Australian agency in collaboration with the Bakedown Cakery in Sydney.
Designed to give to clients as end-of-year gifts, the chocolates are described by the studio as a “modular system” of pair-and-share treats and are shaped like small flights of steps. Universal Favourite created the look of the chocolates, experimenting with finishes and colours – each of which corresponds to a different flavour specially developed by the bakery. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
ELISA OSSINO CREATES ETHEREAL INSTALLATION IN KINNASAND, MILAN SHOWROOM:
Nordic brand Kinnasand launched its latest textile collection ‘Constructure’, designed by creative director Isa Glink. The dynamic fabrics were presented in an installation at its Milan showroom, devised by Elisa Ossino Studio.
Inspired by the intimate textures and architectural qualities of the new range,Ossino contrasts this with a scorching blue backdrop and fan to show the sensuality in the sculptural curtains. ‘I like the way they created a poetic atmosphere just by light and movement’, says Glink of the collection, that floated in the organic Toyo Ito-designed space. The ‘Constructure’ collection of curtains and rugs is available now. (See full video: Wallpaper*)
CHINA BEGINS BUILDING FULL-SIZE TITANIC REPLICA:
After 104 years, it looks like we’ve finally passed the realm of “too soon.” On Wednesday, a Chinese shipbuilding company started construction on a full-scale replica of the RMS Titanic, the Belfast-built ship that struck an iceberg and sunk on its maiden voyage on the night of April 14, 1912.
Located in a reservoir in Daying County, Sichuan—about 80 miles from the provincial capital of Chengdu—the ship is being built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group and partially funded by the local tourism board at a projected cost of $145 million, according to Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua. (Read full story: Architectural Digest)
SWIRLING BRICK CIRCLES FROM BACK GARDEN FOR SOUTH LONDON GALLERY:
Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco has worked with 6a Architects to create a sculptural garden paved in a pattern of interconnected circles for the South London Gallery. The community-focused gallery, located in the London area of Camberwell, was previously renovated and extended by 6a Architects in 2010.
The new back garden is intended give the gallery’s visitors space to sit, eat and play. It will also serve as an outdoor showcase for installations by various artists. (Read full story: Dezeen)
THE CANOPY – THE BIGGEST BEDROOM TREND OF 2016 VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST:
Considering how much time we spend at the office, out with friends, or on the couch binge-watching the latest It show, it’s easy to see why one might overlook decorating a bedroom. After all, what’s the point? Your eyes are closed for most of the time you’re in there—and, according to experts, you’re not even in the space long enough to care what it looks like.
But if you decide to embark on one decorating project next year, let it be this: Install a curtained canopy bed. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
PROMINENT ANTIQUITIES DEALER ACCUSED OF SELLING STOLEN ARTEFACTS:
One of New York’s most prominent antiquities dealers was arrested Wednesday on charges that she obtained millions of dollars in stolen artefacts from international smugglers and sold them illegally — often through major auction houses — by creating fraudulent documents to camouflage their history.
In a complaint filed in Manhattan Criminal Court, prosecutors with the district attorney’s office say that the dealer, Nancy Wiener, and several co-conspirators have trafficked in illegal antiquities since at least 1999. Prosecutors say the charges arose from months of interviews with confidential informants, an examination of thousands of emails and other seized documents, and years of investigations into international smuggling networks. (Read full story: New York Times)
KYOTO CHEESE TART SHOP BY YUSUKE SEKI FEATURES COUNTER MADE OF LEGO:
The latest outlet of Japanese cheese tart shop Bake displays its wares on a Lego counter made by designer Yusuke Seki. Tokyo-based Yusuke Seki designed the Kyoto outlet of the single-item bakery chain, which also recently opened stores featuring a sunset-hued acrylic counter and bespoke aluminium tiles.
The centrepiece of the design is the counter, which is shrouded in a brickwork of monotone Lego. Seki chose to use the popular toy building bricks as his main material because it “connects” to visitors. (Read full story: Dezeen)
LELLA VIGNELLI, A DESIGNER WITH A SPARE, ELEGANT STYLE, DIES AT 82:
LellaVignelli, a designer who, with her husband, Massimo Vignelli, introduced a spare, elegant style to a wide range of products and corporate brands, attracting an international clientele, died on 22nd December at her home in Manhattan. She was 82 – the cause was dementia, her son, Luca, said.
Ms. Vignelli, an architect by training, brought a three-dimensional imagination to her husband’s graphic-design sensibility. Together, they were a two-person design army with a shared aesthetic — sleek and intelligent — that appealed to clients eager to express a new identity or to develop products with bold, modernist lines.
After working with Italian companies like Pirelli and Olivetti in the early 1960s, the Vignellis established an American base of operations through Unimark, their corporate branding company, and, later, Vignelli Associates, which they founded in 1971, and a sister company, Vignelli Designs, which began in 1978. (Read full story: New York Times)
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