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.
THE LANESBOROUGH CLUB AND SPA:
The Lanesborough Club & Spa claims to be ‘London’s finest private members’ club’. There is no denying the utter plushness and commitment to hedonistic pleasures to be found in the sprawling 18,000-sq-ft space designed by local studio 1508 London.
Tapping into this millennium’s holy trinity of fitness, wellness and lifestyle, the club and spa enfold guests in a cocoon of creamy whites, blonde timber, shimmering mirrored details, silk wallpaper, and banks of recessed light to banish any unflattering angles. (Find out more: Wallpaper*)
A VIRTUAL TOUR OF A LARGER-THAN-LIFE ART INSTALLATION:
New York Times T Magazine features a stunning virtual-reality film by award-winning director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) of Taryn Simon’s performance installation An Occupation of Loss at the Park Avenue Armory last September. Taryn Simon’s “An Occupation of Loss” is a somber meditation on grief, exile and recovery. When the piece debuted last year at the Park Avenue Armory, it took the form of a row of 11 concrete towers, each inhabited by professional mourners, each enacting a grieving ritual from a different region of the world.
The piece examines how different people cope with the transition from life to death, from having a home to being displaced, but casts these questions in a more everyday understanding by focusing on seemingly insignificant banalities like paperwork and bureaucracy. (Read the full story: New York Times)
MALAN VORSTER’S TREEHOUSE-LIKE RESIDENCE OFFERS VIEWS OF CAPE TOWN FOREST:
Four cylindrical towers are elevated on stilts to create this retreat in Cape Town, which was designed by local studio Malan Vorster to offer views among the trees. The Cape Town-based architects designed the residence for a client who wanted their hide-away in the Constantia suburb of the South African capital that resembles a tree house.
The aim was to respond to the height of the tall trees surrounding the clearing to maximise views from the highest part of the sloped site. Four cylindrical towers raised above the ground on stilts extend from each side four-storey-high Paarman Treehouse, each offering large windows to take advantage of views in different directions. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
PARADIGM SHIFT – THE MAAT’S INAUGURAL EXHIBITION DEBATES A NEW WORLD ORDER:
Lisbon’s new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) seems like ideal location to consider the current mood of urban civilisation. The inaugural exhibition titled ‘Utopia/Dystopia: A paradigm shift in art and architecture’ – sparked by the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s seminal text Utopia – presents over 60 works by artist and architects who examine shifts in political structures through physical manifestations of constructed and envisioned urban designs.
The exhibition charts the gathering skepticism of idealistic modernist designs of the late 20th century, moving towards the contemporary obsession with dystopia, fuelled by science fiction and the internet, which has turned into somewhat of a dark fantasy, directly associated with post-internet culture, digital and nomadic values of freedom, a free (and black) market, spiraling lawlessness and statelessness. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
KITCHEN APPLIANCES BY DOLCE & GABBANA:
Following their buzzy collaboration on high-fashion refrigerators last spring, D&G and Italian home appliance company SMEG are teaming up again on a line of chic kitchen appliances. Coming in October, the “Sicily Is My Love” collection includes toasters, citrus juicers, coffee machines, kettles, blenders, stand mixers and slow juicers.
Each product pays homage to Southern Italy and features designs inspired by Sicilian folklore. Symbolic motifs include Mount Etna, ornamental friezes, decorative acanthus leaves, lemons, prickly pears and bright red cherries. There are also floral patterns that call to mind D&G’s runway designs. (Read the full story: Elle Décor)
SNØHETTA’S TIMES SQUARE TRANSFORMATION OFFICIALLY OPENS:
Architecture firm Snøhetta has completed its redesign of New York’s Times Square, almost doubling the pedestrian areas at the busiest place in the US. Officially opening April 19th, the project involved the urban reconfiguration and landscaping of 5.18 acres at the “bowtie”-shaped intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
The Norwegian-American firm has pedestrianised a large section of Broadway from 42nd to 47th Street, creating five plazas between each of the cross streets. The project also involved widening the sidewalks along 7th Avenue, in total nearly doubling the amount of pedestrian space since 2000. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
JEFF KOONS AT GAGOSIAN BEVERLY HILLS:
Making use of conceptual constructs including the ancient, the everyday, and the sublime, Jeff Koons creates luxurious icons and elaborate tableaux, which, beneath their captivating exteriors, engage the viewer in a metaphysical dialogue with cultural history.
Koons draws attention to the continuity of images as they pass through time. The Gazing Ball series is grounded in distinctive narratives and art-historical precedents—from ancient classical sculpture to Rubens and Manet. The Celebration sculptures—as well as later works that expand upon their visual dialogue—made with mirror-polished stainless steel in layers of transparent color coating, epitomize Koons’s ongoing fascination with childlike consciousness and communication. In Ballerinas (2010–14) from the Antiquity series, Koons depicts figurines of dancers, derived from decorative porcelain, at the imposing scale of classical sculpture. (Find out more: Gagosian)
‘CONTAINER’ JAR BY SEBASTIAN HERKNER:
Designed by Sebastian Herkner for the German brand Pulpo, ‘Container’ is a decorative jar with a gentle twist: silvered and tinted glass. The transformative effect is created by injecting a hint of liquid silver into the glass as it is being handblown using traditional Bohemian glassmaking techniques.
The result is a prismatic finish as the reflective surface of the jar takes on the colours of its environment. With its blue lid, this low rose-coloured ‘Container’ can be used to hold small items and trinkets, remove the lid and the double-walled vessel becomes a vase. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
SARAH BRAMAN AT MARLBOROUGH CONTEMPORARY LONDON:
Marlborough Contemporary recently announced an exhibition of sculpture by the American artist Sarah Braman. Her first solo in the UK, the show highlights Braman’s signature commitment to infusing the recent art historical canon with distinctly American vernacular traditions and the suggestion of their dissolution.
Braman addresses the great triumph and albatross of Minimalism and its antecedents, infusing them with light and the casual spirit and humility of the found object. Her sculptures succeed in tracing a line between Donald Judd and chainsaw art without any loss of gravity or humor. (Find out more: Marlborough Contemporary)
DAVID ADJAYE CREATES CONCRETE SPEAKER WITH “DIRECTIONAL FORM” FOR MASTER & DYNAMIC:
Architect David Adjaye used a concrete composite material to create the sculptural form of this wireless speaker, which he designed for New York brand Master & Dynamic. Through his design for the MA770, Adjaye wanted to create a form that would “redefine the home speaker”.
To do this, he used a concrete composite material developed by Master & Dynamic, which he said allowed him to create a sculptural shape that forgoes the traditional box-shaped speaker. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
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