#InTheNews: The Latest from Architects, Designers and Artists Worldwide
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#InTheNews: The Latest from Architects, Designers and Artists Worldwide

This Week’s Curated Collection of Industry News

L’Objet opens first physical store in New York’s West Village: Elad Yifrach, the former interior designer behind the luxury home décor brand L’Objet, has opened his first brick-and-mortar location in Manhattan, at 370 Bleecker Street in West Village. Yifrach designed the 1,200-sq-ft concept shop as a ‘textured jewel box with a refined, yet casual aesthetic that will appeal to all five senses’. Aside from L’Objet’s range of table-top items, the retail location will carry objects that have the same sensibility as the brand. Yifrach scoured the globe for pieces with exceptional craftsmanship, like throws from Spain and Peru, Fortuny pillows and objects made with exotic skins. Its new concept store is the perfect location for the discerning aesthete. (Source: Wallpaper)

Selection of L’Objet in its new concept store in Manhattan (Photo Credit: L’Objet/Wallpaper)

Selection of L’Objet in its new concept store in Manhattan (Photo Credit: L’Objet/Wallpaper)

Paulo Mendes da Rocha to receive 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal: Brazilian architect and living legend Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been named as the 2017 recipient of the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, after winning both the Praemium Imperiale prize and the Venice Architecture Biennale Golden Lion this year. Described by the Royal Institute of British Architects as Brazil’s most celebrated living architect, Mendes da Rocha, 87 will be presented with the medal in early 2017 in a formal ceremony. The 2016 medal was presented to Zaha Hadid, shortly before her unexpected death, making her the first woman ever to win the Royal Gold Medal in her own right. (Source: Dezeen)

Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s 1993 renovation of the Pinacoteca Estado, Sao Paulo’s oldest fine arts museum (Photo Credit: Nelson Kon)

Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s 1993 renovation of the Pinacoteca Estado, Sao Paulo’s oldest fine arts museum (Photo Credit: Nelson Kon)

$3.75 million Civil War-era Virginia home now on the market, and it once hosted General Lee: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Glenfiddich House is certainly a residence with a storied past. Built in 1740, this Colonial home (once known as Harrison Hall) served as HQ for the Confederate army, as well as a temporary hospital during the Civil War; but its greatest claim to fame is that it’s the site where, in 1862, General Robert E. Lee planned the Confederate invasion of Maryland, which ended in the Battle of Antietam. Located in Leesburg, Virginia, the property sprawls over an acre, 33 miles from Washington DC. The home features a formal dining room with pocket doors that open to the living room, a spacious kitchen, and a family room with a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace. Listed for $3.75M, this 5,5k sq. ft. property holds 8 bedrooms and 5.5 baths. (Source: Architectural Digest)

Inside Glenfiddich House, Leesburg, Virginia (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Engels & Volkers Lansdowne)

Inside Glenfiddich House, Leesburg, Virginia (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Engels & Volkers Lansdowne)

Apple to set up campus in London’s Battersea Power Station: Apple has announced it will create a new London HQ inside Battersea Power Station, taking over six floors of the former industrial building on the bank of the River Thames. The tech giant plans to move 1,400 staff into the iconic 1930s power station by 2021. The company will occupy 40% of the office space in the whole development, becoming the power station’s biggest tenant and the largest employer in the Borough of Wandsworth. The Giles Gilbert Scott-designed Battersea Power Station had been out of use since 1983, and the deal ended almost 30 years of speculation over the future of the site. (Source: Dezeen)

Cavernous public space designed by Bjarke Ingel for Battersea Power Station (Photo Credit: Bjarke Ingel)

Cavernous public space designed by Bjarke Ingel for Battersea Power Station (Photo Credit: Bjarke Ingel)

Two Parts launches new 3D printed ceramic light fixtures: Christo Logan is one-part architect, another part lighting manufacturer, and Two Parts is the name he gave to his new company. Its inaugural selection comprises 12 pendant fixtures ranging from the X-shape Crosshairs to the cage-like Heatsink. Uniting cutting edge technology with a traditional material, each fixture is 3D printed in ceramic, then glazed by hand. Many are relatively tiny – for example, Atom has a diameter just over 5 inches. Each fixture’s body and woven polyester cord are available in white, black or five bright colours. Everything comes installation-ready with a steel canopy, finished in white, black, or brushed/polished nickel, and dimming drivers for the low-voltage LEDs. (Source: Interior Design)

Two Parts lighting collection (Photo Credit: Juan Ude)

Two Parts lighting collection (Photo Credit: Juan Ude)

Chatsworth House hosts 11th Sotheby’s sculpture show: It’s hard to imagine now, but responses were less enthusiastic when Chatsworth House pioneered the genre ten years ago, with the inaugural ‘Beyond Limits’ show, curated by Sotheby’s. A decade gone by, and the public opinion has shifted, making Chatsworth’s annual sculpture sale grow exponentially. The Sotheby’s curatorial team, led by senior international specialist Simon Stock, deserve applause for their brilliant contextualisation of art works. This year’s edition hosts some truly mesmerising works of art – stretching across the Canal Pond, for example, is Bruce Munro’s Time and Time Again, a specially-commissioned installation of 108 stainless steel waterlilies with engravings that reference the past, present and future. (Source: Wallpaper)

Time and Time Again, by Bruce Munro for ‘Beyond Limits’ by Sotheby’s at Chatsworth House (Photo Credit: Sotheby’s/Chatsworth House)

Time and Time Again, by Bruce Munro for ‘Beyond Limits’ by Sotheby’s at Chatsworth House (Photo Credit: Sotheby’s/Chatsworth House)

Aston Martin ventures into the seas with its first powerboat: British luxury carmaker Aston Martin has made its first foray into nautical design with a powerboat. The result of two years of research and development, the Aston Martin AM37 powerboat was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show yesterday. It is the first boat by the British company better known for its luxury sports cars, and it’s described by its makers as a ‘pure translation of the Aston Martin DNA’. The model will be available in two versions – the AM37 with an estimated speed of 45 knots, and the AM37S with an estimated 50 knots. The firm became associated with luxury grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s, and its vehicles are famously used by fictional spy James Bond. (Source: Dezeen)

The Aston Martin AM37 (Photo Credit: Aston Martin)

The Aston Martin AM37 (Photo Credit: Aston Martin)

Modo Yoga by DXA Studio opens its doors in Brooklyn: DXA Studio has just completed a new yoga studio for Modo Yoga in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The 6,000 sq. ft. facility is an environment that embodies the ‘calm mind, fit body, inspired life’ core principles of the fitness brand. DXA Studio worked side by side with the owners of Modo Yoga in order to ensure that the building directly connected these core values and principles. The state-of-the-art facility can precisely calibrate heat and humidity settings for the two 60-person studios, and features ample locker room/shower spaces, social areas and retail amenities. With its custom fabricated storefront and weathered steel aesthetic, the building stays true to the gritty industrial and metalworking history of the area. (Source: Dexigner)

Inside Modo Yoga by DXA Studio, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Photo Credit: Modo Yoga/DXA Studio)

Inside Modo Yoga by DXA Studio, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Photo Credit: Modo Yoga/DXA Studio)

Designers create cocktails for Brompton Design District: The Brompton Cocktail has a dark and somewhat disturbing history – a London legend, the concoction was administered as palliative care to the local hospital since the 1920s, and included a mix of morphine and cocaine that acted as a painkiller. The blend inspired curator Jane Withers, who used it as a focus for the Brompton Design District’s latest project. Focusing on the process of transformation behind the creation of a cocktail, Withers invited a group of London designers to create modern-day interpretations of the often-lethal cocktail, and the resulting menu, she notes, reflects the diversity of the district’s collaborators. The fantastic and (unlike its originator) certainly nowhere near deadly cocktail range on offer is an inspiring look at creative mixology: from Tomàs Alonso’s ‘Rusty Nail Sbagliato’, to Max Lamb’s Cornwall-inspired ‘White River’, Martino Gamper’s ‘Gingerini’, a conceptual beer experiment by Peter Marigold, and more, the project is served in special glassware by Bitossi. (Source: Wallpaper)

The Brompton Design District cocktails, served in special Bitossi glassware (Photo Credit: Brompton Design District/Wallpaper)

The Brompton Design District cocktails, served in special Bitossi glassware (Photo Credit: Brompton Design District/Wallpaper)

New Design Museum exhibition includes OMA Pan-European living room: The first major exhibition at the new Design Museum in London will include 11 commissions by leading designers, including an EU-themed living room designed by OMA in response to Brexit. The exhibition participant has been closely connected to the relocation of the Design Museum from an old factory in Shad Thames to the refurbished former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. Also involved in the exhibition, UK fashion designer Hussein Chalayan is contributing a series of wearable devices that will detect the emotions of museum visitors and project them into the surrounding space, for a piece called Room Tone that will explore anxieties related to city living. (Source: Dezeen)

OMA’s contribution to Fear and Love will be the Pan-European Living Room, which will be furnished with items from all 28 EU member states (Photo Credit: OMA)

OMA’s contribution to Fear and Love will be the Pan-European Living Room, which will be furnished with items from all 28 EU member states (Photo Credit: OMA)

 

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