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.
IKEA VENTURES INTO SMART HOME PRODUCTS WITH TRÅDFRI LIGHTING SERIES:
IKEA has introduced smart functionality into its new Trådfri lighting range, as it takes its first major step into the Internet of Things. The range consists of bulbs, LED panels and cabinet doors that can be controlled using a remote or app.
Trådfri is the second release to come out of the IKEA Home Smart programme after its wireless phone charging products, and the first to allow users to make use of the Internet of Things to remotely control or automate their household appliances. The Swedish furniture giant is particularly targeting customers who may be put off by the complexity of other smart-home gadgets. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
BUSTER + PUNCH UNVEIL THE ‘FUTURE CAGE’ AT EUROLUCE:
BUSTER + PUNCH is announcing exciting news and will be hosting live Q+A’s with their founder Massimo Minale. If you are attending Euroluce / Salone del Mobile, don’t forget to go and see their pieces in Hall 13, Stand F06.
Discover their new lighting ranges and learn more about the inspiration behind the collections from BUSTER + PUNCH’s creative team. Stay updated on BUSTER + PUNCH news by following their Instagram account and feel free to share your photos of BUSTER + PUNCH at Salone del Mobile Milan with the hashtag #FUTURECAGE. (Find out more: BUSTER + PUNCH)
UPWARD CURVE – PHILIPP PLEIN’S GLEAMING CLAUDIO PIRONI-DESIGNED LONDON FLAGSHIP:
Pironi is well versed in fashion retail, having worked with labels such as Casadei, Les Copains and Corneliani. He started collaborating with Plein almost four years ago and it would be hard to find a more unlikely pair. ‘Philipp is maximalist and I’m not, so sometimes it’s difficult to harmonise our vision,’ explains Pironi, who cites Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe among his passions.
Italian architect Claudio Pironi designed the 420-sqm space and has worked with Plein on 90 boutiques around the world. ‘I have never had more limitations than in Mayfair,’ Pironi says, which makes his hexagonal marble staircase, with its cantilevered landings and half landings, all the more impressive. ‘It was an extremely difficult and complex space.’ (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
DOUG WHEELER INSTALLS SPIKY-FLOORED SYNTHETIC DESERT AT NEW YORK’S GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
American artist Doug Wheeler has transformed a gallery at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York into an all-white room designed to evoke the sensation of vast infinite space. PSAD Synthetic Desert III was unveiled on the 23rd of March at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Based on drawings Wheeler created in the 1960s, the installation comprises an entirely white space. Sharp pyramids cover the floor, and walls gently curve at the corners and edges. A platform among the spikes allows visitors to move into the room, surrounding themselves with the environment and filling their fields of vision. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
PICASSO – MINOTAURS AND MATADORS:
Gagosian, in partnership with the artist’s grandson, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, is set to present “Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors,” curated by Sir John Richardson.
The exhibition examines the intersection of Picasso’s bullfighting imagery with his mythological and biographical compositions of the 1930s. Including works dating from 1889 to 1971, this career-long survey traces Picasso’s engagement with the ancient rituals and narratives of his native Mediterranean. (Find out more: Gagosian)
THREE14 ARCHITECTS SQUARE UP IN CAPE TOWN WITH A MOUNTAINSIDE HOUSE:
Kim Benatar and Sian Fisher, co-founders of Three14 Architects, persuaded their client to demolish his home of ten years to create this calm, contemporary cuboid in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. In with the new! Looking for an open-plan home that was elegant, yet easy, a peaceful backdrop to his routine and a space that would transform easily to entertain guests, their client made a brave decision, yet a life-changing one with House OVD525.
Using exposed off-shutter concrete, the architects created strong vertical flanking walls to define ‘voids’ of living space, then slotted in a series of horizontal slabs, which extend as platforms for the gardens, decks and pool. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
NEW/UNSEEN WORKS BY PHOTOGRAPHER MASSIMO VITALI EXHIBITED AT BENRUBI GALLERY:
Benrubi Gallery is has announced Disturbed Coastal Systems, the latest exhibition by internationally acclaimed photographer Massimo Vitali.
The subject of Vitali’s latest exhibition is the intersection of land and sea, the end of the terrestrial human habitat and the beginning of the aqueous. As is usual for Vitali, the pictures are heavily populated and feature an elevated, distant perspective that captures thousands of square meters in the frame, simultaneously magnifying the grandness of the landscape and multiplying the human presence. (Find out more: Benrubi Gallery)
HOW ONE MAN CREATED THE STAPLE OF SOFAS:
As Vladimir Kagan’s clients began buying Abstract Expressionist paintings in the 1950s, the Manhattan furniture designer saw a gap in the market: sofas for viewing art. He envisioned free-floating seats that would avoid the linear norm.
Thanks to material innovations such as rubber strapping and foam, Kagan came up with undulating solutions. An instant favorite with New York’s glitterati was the stunning Serpentine sofa, which provided a 360-degree viewpoint and casters that made it easy to move. (Find out more: Architectural Digest)
RIBA SET TO OPEN DOCKSIDE ARCHITECTURE CENTRE IN LIVERPOOL THIS JUNE:
RIBA has revealed its new Broadway Malyan-designed architecture centre for northern England, which opens on Liverpool’s waterfront this summer. RIBA North will be the Royal Institute of British Architects’ first centre for architecture outside of London, where it is based at 66 Portland Place.
The centre – made up of galleries, a space for talks as well as a cafe and shop – will be split across a pair of low-lying blocks designed by London studio Broadway Malyan. The two mono-pitched volumes are covered in black reflective cladding and set at right angles on a plaza behind the 3XN’s Museum of Liverpool, where they face the River Mersey. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
ED RUSCHA’S ‘CUSTOM-BUILT INTRIGUE’ AT GAGOSIAN MADISON AVENUE, NYC:
Gagosian has announced “Custom-Built Intrigue: Drawings 1974–1984,” an exhibition of key text drawings by Ed Ruscha. Many of these historical gems have been brought together thanks to generous loans from private and institutional collections. The exhibition features a decade of drawings (1974–1984) and one work on paper from 1986, in which Ruscha reintroduces the element of illusionary space—a shift to another stage of his drawing practice.
Ruscha’s protean drawings have a renewed potency in an era when talking heads, internet memes, and 140-character tweets corrode and constrict social channels of imagination, communication, and interpretation. (Find out more: Gagosian)
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