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.
NERI&HU REVIVES 1930’S SHANGHAI THEATRE WITH DRAMATIC STONE AND BRONZE DETAILS:
Chinese studio Neri&Hu has used smooth grey stone and fluted bronze to revive the grandeur of a 1930s theatre in Shanghai.
The locally based firm, led by architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, sought to restore the character of the old theatre, which had lost much of its original details, thanks to piecemeal adaptions over the years. (Read the full article: Dezeen)
JAIME HAYON CONJURES A WORLD OF FOLKLORE AND FANTASY FOR CAESARSTONE:
The possibility inherent in Caesarstone’s magnificent wares appears to be endless. Over a number of years, the quartz titan has fashioned swings, vases, a stone garden and elemental kitchens (created with Tom Dixon) as part of its yearly series of design collaborations. There is always great anticipation surrounding the unveiling of which coveted creative will helm the annual project, and the how they will transform these functional surfaces into architecture, art and more.
This year it’s the turn of Jaime Hayon. The Spanish designer revealed a collection of seven fantastical furniture pieces, imbued with his trademark whimsical style, in an installation titled ‘Stone Age Folk’ at IDS Toronto last week. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
YOU COULD LIVE IN A BUILDING THAT FEATURES KARL LAGERFELD’S FIRST U.S. DESIGNS:
Karl Lagerfeld is known for his iconic designs for Chanel, Fendi, and more. His style of dress and his hair, and his passion for photography – all markers of what a creative icon he is. But what you might not know is that the famous couturier is also a skilled interior decorator.
Though Lagerfeld has already worked on interior projects for Monaco’s Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, Paris’ Hôtel de Crillon, and Sofitel So Singapore, he is trying his hand for the first time in the U.S. The Estates at Acqualina in Miami Beach will include lobbies designed by Lagerfeld, who drew inspiration from a traditional Roman piazza. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
ART MARKET MINES GOLD ON INSTAGRAM:
The singularity and relatively high cost of most fine art have, so far, made it resistant to sales on the internet. There aren’t many collectors who seem willing to spend millions of dollars online. But Instagram has quietly become a commercial game changer for the art market, a force in influencing auction and gallery transactions, especially for younger buyers. (Read the full story: New York Times)
YABU PUSHELBERG PAIRS WARM WOOD AND MUTED HUES AT FOUR SEASONS DOWNTOWN NEW YORK:
Design firm Yabu Pushelberg has completed the interiors for the Four Seasons hotel in Downtown Manhattan, using dark wood in the public spaces and soft colours in the guest rooms. The hotel is housed in a 937-foot-tall tower also known as 30 Park Place, completed by American architect Robert A. M. Stern in 2016.
The 185-room luxury hotel is located on the lower floors, with 157 private residences accommodated on top. Yabu Pushelberg, which has offices in Toronto and New York, was tasked with the design for the three lowest levels that house guest amenities, and the hotel bedrooms above. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
BRUSSELS COULD SET THE STANDARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY:
If you’ve recently found yourself infatuated with a rendering of a futuristic eco-district, odds are it came from the desk of Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut. The 40-year-old designer has made quite a name for himself over the past ten years, churning out more than 50 boundary-pushing projects, each helping to set today’s standards for sustainable architecture and urban planning.
The latest? Last week Callebaut released plans for a renewal of Brussels’ abandoned Tour & Taxis industrial district, transforming it into a neighbourhood that’s as aesthetically stunning as it is environmentally friendly. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
VOGUE UK EDITOR ALEXANDRA SCHULMAN STEPS DOWN AFTER 25 YEARS:
The prominent editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, has announced she is departing the magazine after a quarter of a century at the helm.
Shulman, who entered the role in 1992, is the longest serving editor in Vogue’s international history. As well as steering the Condé Nast title into the digital age, she oversaw Vogue’s centenary last year. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
UNDERSEA MUSEUM KEEPS FISH FEEDING AND ITS SOCIAL COMMENTARY BITING:
The use of art as an artificial reef is meant to raise awareness of the destruction of ocean reefs around the world. He uses concrete, fiberglass rods and other materials to make his installations both resistant to corrosion and pH neutral.
It took more than two years to make all the works and submerge them 45 feet into the sand below. The Museo Atlántico opened officially on 10th January, and already feather worms and sponge are starting to cover the statues. Details like clothing buttons are designed to disappear after a month. (Read the full story: New York Times)
TESLA’S AUTOPILOT REDUCED CRASHES BY 40%, FINDS U.S. ENQUIRY:
Tesla has been vindicated by a six-month US government inquiry, initiated after its semi-autonomous technology was involved in a fatal car crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that there was no fault in Tesla’s Autopilot system and that, overall, it had reduced crashes by nearly 40 per cent.
A precursor to Tesla’s fully autonomous technology, currently in development, Autopilot would have faced a recall if the report had found it defective. However, the NHTSA’s own analysis of Tesla’s data showed car crashes had reduced significantly since the introduction of the driver assistance technology. (Read full story: Dezeen)
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