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

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

The Latest from Architects, Designers and Artists Worldwide

The Latest from Architects, Designers and Artists Worldwide

Fredrikson Stallard to launch bespoke Swarovski crystal collection at London Design Festival: Crystal giant Swarovski is opening the doors of its glistening workshop for a special collaboration. Ahead of this year’s London Design Festival, it has invited design duo Fredrikson Stallard into the heart of its production process to create bespoke crystal components – from scratch. Dr Glenn Adamson, director of the Museum of Arts and Design, while describing the project, stated the following: ‘Glaciarium crystals are the result of decisive intervention, one that helps rigid materiality sing its unique melody’, thus drawing similarities between the duo’s practice and that of American sculptor Scott Burton. Fredrikson Stallard will open their studio to the public on Thursday 22nd September, where design pilgrims will be able to see the Glaciarium collection live, and its unique crystal components will be available for other designers to play with thereafter, courtesy of Swarovski Professional distributors. (Source: Wallpaper)

Voltaire Chandelier, by FredriksonStallard& Swarovski for Glaciarium (Photo Credit: FredriksonStallard/Swarovski)

Voltaire Chandelier, by FredriksonStallard& Swarovski for Glaciarium (Photo Credit: Fredrikson Stallard/Swarovski)

 

Zaha Hadid homeware collection to be unveiled at Maison & Objet: Homeware patterned with optical illusions features in the newest collection of products by the late ZahaHadid. The celebrated designer began developing Collection 2016 earlier this year, before her unexpected death following a heart attack. ‘My product designs and architecture have always been connected; some of our earliest projects were designs for products and interiors,’ said Hadid during her retrospective exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The collection will be presented at this month’s edition of the Maison & Objet trade show, which starts today and ends on 6th September 2016. (Source: Dezeen)

ZahaHadid Design, Collection 2016 (Photo Credit: ZahaHadid Design)

ZahaHadid Design, Collection 2016 (Photo Credit: ZahaHadid Design)

 

London’s Design Museum reveals the 2016 Beazley Designs of the Year nominees: As London’s Design Museum segues from its former sleepy Shad Thames hub to a new Kensington home, attention is shifting to the new location’s launch exhibitions. On view from 24th November until 19th February 2017, the Beazley Designs of the Year is a broad celebration of progressive creativity that variously promotes change, enables access or simply galvanises the spirit of the past year. Now in its 9th year, the survey is split into 6 categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. This year’s selection includes projects with a green, political or sustainable slant, which draw much attention; various initiatives that forefront issues of conflict and crisis; the world’s largest air purifier; a technology that converts all forms of movement into power by WITT Limited and a sustainable, affordable housing prototype by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio. (Source: Wallpaper)

Refugee Republic’s interactive documentary about life in a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq (Photo Credit: Wallpaper)

Refugee Republic’s interactive documentary about life in a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq (Photo Credit: Wallpaper)

 

Welton Becket’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stars in Kenzo perfume advert: American director Spike Jonze has used an iconic Los Angeles music hall by Modernist architect Welton Becket as the venue for a four-minute perfume advert for French fashion house Kenzo. The film for Kenzo’sLe Nouveau Parfum sees actress Margaret Qualley dance expressively in a green dress around the landmark Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, designed by Becket and completed in 1964. The pavilion is one of the four halls that make up the Los Angeles Music Center, with others including the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre, and the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Source: Dezeen)

Still from Kenzo’s Le Nouveau Parfum, featuring Margaret Qualley (Photo Credit: Kenzo/Spike Jonze)

Still from Kenzo’s Le Nouveau Parfum, featuring Margaret Qualley (Photo Credit: Kenzo/Spike Jonze)

 

Restoration Hardware unveils Eight Palms, Napa Valley: What better way to experience RH’s Cali-glam collections than in their true, authentic environment? This month, the furniture behemoth unveils Eight Palms, the first residence completely conceived and designed by chairman and CEO Gary Freidman and his RH design team. Located on a Napa Valley wine estate, the sprawling property comes complete with idyllic features such as courtyard gardens, palm tree-lined driveways, lemon tree groves and views of the surrounding vineyard, to name but a few. Completed over a two-year period, Eight Palms is an unadulterated vision of what a contemporary country home should look like. The result is a holistic design that is strong, yet simple. (Source: Wallpaper)

Eight Palms, Napa Valley by RH (Photo Credit: Restoration Hardware/Eight Palms)

Eight Palms, Napa Valley by RH (Photo Credit: Restoration Hardware/Eight Palms)

 

Carbuncle Cup shortlist reveals Britain’s worst building 2016 nominees: Six buildings have been shortlisted for architecture’s most unwanted award – the Carbuncle Cup 2016 for the UK’s worst new building. The Broadgate redevelopment by Make in London and an extension to a Methodist church by Intelligent Design Centre are among the projects on the shortlist, which was published this week by Carbuncle Cup organiser and architecture website BD. One unlucky winner will be named as the UK’s worst new building of the year next week. Awarded annually by BD and based on public nominations, the Carbuncle Cup has become one of Europe’s most controversial architecture prizes thanks to its focus on naming and shaming the architects behind ‘bad’ buildings rather than awarding ‘good’ ones. (Source: Dezeen)

Carbuncle Cup 2016 Nominee: Sheffield University’s ‘The Diamond’ by Twelve Architects (Photo Credit: Sheffield University/Twelve Architects)

Carbuncle Cup 2016 Nominee: Sheffield University’s ‘The Diamond’ by Twelve Architects (Photo Credit: Sheffield University/Twelve Architects)

 

Inside Björk’s moving virtual reality exhibition in London: Today, Björk‘s new exhibition opens its doors to the public at London’s Somerset House. While her New York retrospective was a survey of her over two-decade career – including her eight albums, dozens of seminal video clips, and even costumes – the London show focuses exclusively on the virtual reality videos developed for her last album, Vulnicura. The show, which has already been seen in Tokyo and Sydney, didn’t receive the warmest of welcomes for its London leg, with complaints made about Somerset House’s call for volunteers to help visitors navigate the show and use the VR headsets. This new VR show is yet another gamble, like the many she’s taken before – sound, technology and even exhibition wise. (Source: ArtNet)

Still from Björk, Black Lake – Björk Digital, Somerset House (Photo Credit: Thomas Huang)

Still from Björk, Black Lake – Björk Digital, Somerset House (Photo Credit: Thomas Huang)

 

3Doddler 3D-printing pen launches in professional version: The pen uses a similar version to 3D printers, functioning like a hot glue gun to extrude lines of plastic based filament that can be used to draw in the air. Wobble Works launched its first version of the 3D-drawing pen on Kickstarter in 2013, attracting $500k of support from over 5,000 backers in one day alone. The 3Doodler Pro pen works with a range of new materials, including polycarbonate and nylon. Wobble Works has sold more than 750k versions of its pens – including a lighter model launched in 2015. (Source: Dezeen)

3Doodler Pro pen by Wobble Works (Photo Credit: Wobble Works)

3Doodler Pro pen by Wobble Works (Photo Credit: Wobble Works)

 

Tord Boontje and Ketel One Vodka drink to Sarabande: This isn’t your average student bar, and these aren’t your average students. For a new collaboration with Ketel One Vodka for the late Lee Alexander McQueen’s Sarabande educational foundation, Tord Boontje has created a futuristic copper installation on which to serve drinks. It was his passion for creativity and innovation that inspired Ketel One Vodka to become the Foundation’s leading partner. The bar will be a permanent fixture at the facility, providing an elegant backdrop for events and showcases. The accompanying floating, floral chandelier is even more Boontje-esque, as spiralling and delicate leafy motifs cast dramatic shadows across the wall. The bar intends to be both a functional object of beauty, and an inspiration for the students, showcasing world-renowned craftsmanship up close. (Source: Wallpaper)

Tord Boontje & Ketel One Vodka’s Sarabande bar (Photo Credit: Tord Boontje/Sarabande)

Tord Boontje & Ketel One Vodka’s Sarabande bar (Photo Credit: Tord Boontje/Sarabande)

 

Fewer UK children studying creative subject could trigger a skills’ shortage: The Creative Industries Federation has warned that the UK could face a creative skills’ shortage, after the latest GCSE results revealed a drop of almost 10% in students studying Design and Technology. The Federation also stated that the increasing focus on the new English Baccalaureate, or Ebacc, was leading to the side-lining of creative subjects. Schools will be judged based on the number of students that pass the seven core Ebacc exams at grade C or above, meaning there is less incentive to encourage participation in creative subjects like design or art. Earlier plans to make the Ebacc compulsory and remove creative subjects from the UK school curriculum were scrapped in 2013. (Source: Dezeen)

The number of students opting for art and design subjects has dropped 10%, based on this year’s GCSE results (Photo Credit: Dezeen)

The number of students opting for art and design subjects has dropped 10%, based on this year’s GCSE results (Photo Credit: Dezeen)

 

Leave a Comment