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.
HABERDASHERY’S CANOPY PENDANT LIGHT RECREATES THE EFFECT OF DAPPLED SUNLIGHT:
In the movie Dezeen produced for Haberdashery, Ben Rigby introduces the London design studio’s first commercial lighting product, which casts dappled light reminiscent of sunshine filtering through leaves. Canopy is a LED pendant light, which projects the subtle effect onto its mouth-blown lead crystal shade.
“It is inspired by the dappled light falling through the forest canopy,” explains Ben Rigby in the movie, which was filmed at Haberdashery’s London studio. The light source in Canopy consists of a custom array of LED pixels developed in-house by Haberdashery, which displays a looping animated gif to create movement. The light then passes through a lens and a filter to create the full effect. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
MARCEL WANDERS AND SBE LAUNCH MONDRIAN DOHA:
The Mondrian Doha in Qatar is a Marcel Wanders 5-star destination in collaboration with sbe, drawing on local knowledge and exhibiting innovative materials and techniques. Each space possesses its own identity, allowing guests to form a collection of stories woven with a main theme that runs throughout. Bespoke designs and Marcel Wanders‘ signature style combine to create a truly holistic, sensual and memorable experience.
Bespoke designs span from the hotel’s lobby and restaurants to its royal penthouses, VIP units, bridal suites and premium and standard rooms, reflecting local patterns, Arabic writing, historic souks and falcons. Giant columns with golden eggs, falcon video art, ornate stained glass and intricate mosaic tiling inspire guests with feelings of nostalgia. (Find out more: Marcel Wanders)
HOW ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS DESIGNED THE WORLD’S LARGEST ATRIUM:
All eyes are on Zaha Hadid Architects’ Leeza Soho Tower, a mammoth of a building rising in Beijing‘s new Lize financial district. Notable for a number of reasons—it’s one of the last designs Hadid touched before her untimely death last spring, and its interior is set to break records as the world’s largest atrium—the building is slated for completion in 2018.
The tower, which offers more than one million square feet of office and residential space, is one of four buildings Hadid’s firm will contribute to the burgeoning district, and at 679 feet and 46 floors, it will also be the tallest. Once finished, the space is set to nab the title of World’s Tallest Atrium from Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel, which was completed in 1999. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
GREEN HOUSE – AGI ARCHITECTS DESIGN A HOME FOR OUTDOOR LIVING IN KUWAIT:
A family came to AGi Architects with the challenge of designing a house that would allow them to live outside 365 days a year, even in the midst of the Kuwaiti summer, when temperatures soar to over 40°C. Architects Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea and Nasser Abulhasan – principals and founders of AGi – decided to use gardens to solve this request, weaving outdoor living into the fabric of the home while creating three spaces for different activities, times of the day and seasons.
While there are three gardens, it was also important that they felt like they were all part of the same house. ‘They are three and one at the same time,’ says Abulhasan. Once the gardens had been designed, the rest of the house unfolded. ‘The building is meticulously designed to wrap around the three gardens which act like vertical and horizontal voids within the house,’ says Pérez-Goicoechea. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
SERPENTINE SACKLER GALLERY NOMINATED FOR LONDON’S FIRST PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE:
Voting has begun in Westminster’s search for the city’s best building of the last decade, recognising the capital’s cutting-edge architecture with a design excellence award. The award has been launched as part of a broader campaign to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building, recognising cutting-edge, high-quality designs from the past 10 years.
In 2010 the Serpentine Gallery won the tender from The Royal Parks to bring the listed Magazine building into public use for the first time in its 208-year history. In partnership with The Royal Parks, the Serpentine Gallery has restored the building, renovating and extending it to designs by Zaha Hadid Architects. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery opened in 2013, welcoming visitors from around the world to its many programmes exploring contemporary creativity. (Find out more: Serpentine Galleries)
IKEA SWITCHES TO FURNITURE THAT SNAPS TOGETHER IN MINUTES WITHOUT REQUIRING TOOLS:
The fiddly ritual of assembling IKEA furniture is set to become a thing of the past as the furniture giant introduces products that snap together “like a jigsaw puzzle”. The brand has developed a new type of joint, called a wedge dowel, that makes it much quicker and simpler to assemble wooden products. This does away with the need for screws, bolts, screwdrivers and allen keys.
The innovation has partly been driven by consumer resistance to the often slow and frustrating experience of putting together IKEA products, and partly as a way of saving resources, since it does away with the need for dozens of metal fittings. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
HARRY WINSTON REOPENS ITS NEW BOND STREET BOUTIQUE:
Having taken a nine-month hiatus from the London jewellery scene while its New Bond Street boutique underwent renovation, New York jeweller Harry Winston has finally reopened its doors to a light-filled 322 sq ft space. The newly constructed archway on the store’s facade recalls the original entrance to storied Fifth Avenue store. It blends seamlessly with New Bond Street’s Georgian architecture thanks to the use of Portland stone from Dorset.
The interior of the refreshed boutique is created in a modern palette of soft taupe and greys, against which the black lacquer and bronze jewellery cabinets stand. Spread over three floors linked by an imposing curved staircase, the jewellery is separated into three individual salons, with bridal designs on the ground floor, high-jewellery on the first and timepiece collections on the second. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
ROBOTS BUILT THE PENTHOUSE INSIDE THIS INCREDIBLE CONCERT HALL:
After a construction project lasting more than ten years, Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg opened to overwhelmingly rave reviews in January. The 2,820-seat venue, built within and atop a 1960s warehouse by Werner Kallmorgen, is a stunning feat of design – with an equally lofty price tag of nearly $1 billion.
To precisely craft the undulating interior’s 1,000 components, robotic devices and CNC milling machines, typically used in product and car design, will be employed by the team brought together to realize the project, Brückner Architekten and Schotten & Hansen (the latter, a firm specializing in wood construction), for an anonymous buyer. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
COMING TO THE MET ROOF, A YOUNG SCULPTOR’S SCAVENGER HUNT:
When the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden turns 30 this spring, it will celebrate with a new, site-specific commission by the youngest artist to take on the outdoor terrace since the museum first seized on the idea of turning it into a seasonal gallery.
He is Adrián Villar Rojas, 36, of Argentina, and on 14th April he will pull back the curtain on “The Theatre of Disappearance,” a series of roughly 20 large-scale sculptures referencing (and toying with) artworks and objects the artist has cherry-picked from among the 17 curatorial departments at the Met, including the Egyptian wing and Arms and Armor. (Read the full story: New York Times)
MOISÉS HERNÁNDEZ DESIGNS MINIMAL DIP-DYED VERSIONS OF TROPICAL BIRDS:
Mexican designer Moisés Hernández‘ dipped his Immersed Birds collection in dye to emulate the plumage of tropical fauna. The wooden birds are based on the form and colouring of toucans, hummingbirds and Mexican quetzals – chosen for their bright, contrasting feathers.
The designer then developed an experimental painting technique that immersed sections of the wood in coloured water. This allowed Hernández to create overlapping and contrasting layers of colour, and play with transparency – leaving the grain of the wood visible beneath the dye. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
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