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.
PRECIOSA’S CULTIVATION OF CONTEMPORARY CRYSTAL:
Existing since the 18th century, the Czech brand’s Bohemian craft is looking towards a bright contemporary future. Embracing the crucial, fundamental skills that make these crystal chandeliers so unique, their spectacular traditions are being reinterpreted into modern design pieces that are evocative, and will be on show during Milan Design Week and Euroluce.
When you think of Bohemian crystal glass, thoughts instantly turn to the Czech Republic. Erupting from the depths of central European territory, its glass dexterity has a poetic history of tradition and craftsmanship. The handcraft and dynamic skills in Bohemian crystal have been handed down through family generations, and its remarkable beauty still manages to stun the viewer now as much as it did when first inaugurated back in the 18th century. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
STUDIO SWINE AND COS CREATE SCULPTURAL TREE THAT BLOSSOMS WITH MIST-FILLED BUBBLES:
Studio Swine has released a movie revealing its Milan design week installation for COS – a tree-like structure that emits pale bubbles, which dissolve into white mist as they burst. The London-based duo – Japanese designer Azusa Murakami and British designer Alexander Groves – wanted their installation to be reminiscent of cherry blossom trees.
Called New Spring, the six-metre high structure consists of slender tubes that extend up and out like the branches of a tree. Large translucent bubbles emerge from the ends of each branch. These bubbles burst when they come into contact with skin, but not when they touch textured fabrics – meaning visitors can handle them with gloves. As they burst, a pale mist is released. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
MARCEL WANDERS CREATES POP MIRROR COLLECTION FOR FIAM:
In collaboration with world-renowned Italian glass furniture FIAM, Marcel Wanders presents ‘Pop’, an innovative collection of mirrors at Salone del Mobile 2017.
Pushing elemental craftsmanship and industrial processes boundaries, Marcel Wanders explores new techniques for mirror glass treatment to create the illusion of a hard surface becoming soft. Part of this collection is the eye-catching ‘Lollipop’, a statement mirror piece of enlarged proportions. (Find out more: Marcel Wanders)
GRID LOCK – ADRIAN CHENG LAUNCHES SHIGERU UCHIDA’S FINAL WORK AT SALONE DEL MOBILE:
Adrian Cheng, Hong Kong founder of the K11 Art Foundation is a regular at Art Basel and biennales but his presence at Salone del Mobile is a first. And he has arrived in style. Pitching up in the glass greenhouse at Art Deco Mecca, Villa Necchi Campiglio, he is launching a five-piece collection of furniture by the late Japanese architect Shigeru Uchida.
Their collection, entitled ‘Khora’, consists of seats and tables attached to woven or gridded screens that cast patterned shadows. They are handmade by craftsmen using Japanese bamboo and chestnut, and incorporate traditional lacquering techniques and washi paper. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
FORMAFANTASMA PRESENTS LIGHTING DESIGNS THAT EXPLOIT GEOMETRY, COLOUR AND SHADOW:
Formafantasma is showcasing a series of lighting designs and experiments in Milan, including golden hoops that project circles of light and slender beams that create colourful refractions. On show at Spazio Krizia throughout Milan design week, Foundation brings together 16 different lighting pieces by the Amsterdam-based design duo, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin.
It includes both old and new designs, and encompasses finished projects, study pieces and works in progress. According to Farresin, the aim is to give an insight into the pair’s process: focusing on the lighting the pieces will create, rather than the forms of the lamps themselves. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
SUPERYACHT DESIGNED TO CARRY AN AIRCRAFT:
Superyacht concepts are, by definition, meant to be jaw-dropping. Take the Dutch-designed CF8, for example, with such features as an on-board waterfall, helicopter pad, swimming pool, and one-car garage for yacht owners who prefer to have their own vehicles on hand when they arrive at a new destination.
Designer George Lucian, currently based in Monaco, has unveiled an ambitious new project: an aircraft-carrying superyacht concept dubbed “The Flying Diamond.” The vessel, which would measure 460 feet long, would have the capability to tether an airship up to 330 feet long. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
ON REFLECTION – GUFRAM AND SNARKITECTURE TEAM UP ON A COLOSSAL MIRROR:
There is always an element of surprise around Gufram’s Salone del Mobile launches. Its wacky and outlandish products may not always functional, but the radical brand’s experimental streak keep us on our toes. This year is no different as Gufram’s inaugural collaboration with New York studio Snarkitecture will set tongues wagging.
The first mirror launched by Gufram, ‘Broken Mirror’ travels beyond realism, toying with form and function in a colossal Flintstones-style stone silhouette. A limited edition of 77 pieces, the design is a fine example of the avant-garde manufacturing techniques of the Italian brand too: the Guflac paint that covers the polyurethane frame of the mirror lends it a tough concrete look. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
COPENHAGEN’S EXPERIMENTARIUM FEATURES A HELICAL STAIRCASE AND CLADDING BASED ON FLUID DYNAMICS:
Danish studio CEBRA has redesigned a science centre in Copenhagen, adding a shimmering copper-clad staircase that represents the structure of a DNA strand. CEBRA won an international competition in 2011 to oversee the refurbishment of the Experimentarium, which seeks to engage with young people and showcase the wonders of science.
The building is located in the harbour of Copenhagen’s Hellerup district and was formerly a bottling plant operated by the Tuborg beer company. The architectural project focused on expanding and improving the centre’s facilities, including doubling the available exhibition areas to accommodate 16 interactive exhibits. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
OFFICE ENVY – THIS LOS ANGELES POOL HOUSE IS THE ULTIMATE WORK FROM HOME SPACE:
Looking at this glam Hollywood Regency-style office space, you’d never guess that it once functioned as a garage for storage. After making over the rest of their Spanish-style home in Los Angeles, Rebecca and Jared Raskind knew it was time to give this space new life as well.
Rebecca, who works in fashion, and Jared, a photographer, needed a warm and creative space they could use on days they’d be working from home. Their search led them out to their garage, which required quite a bit of work before it could be used as an office and poolside hangout. (Read the full story: Elle Décor)
ROCK STARS – SNØHETTA PUTS THE LASCAUX CAVE PAINTINGS IN AN EXCITING NEW CONTEXT:
When Norwegian architects Snøhetta were invited to compete for a new museum at France’s world-renowned cave painting site Lascaux, founding partner Kjetil Thorsen admits to being ‘a bit frightened’. But this cocktail of fear and respect paid off because the firm pipped Jean Nouvel (among others) to the post.
The Lascaux cave paintings, which date back around 20,000 years, are nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of prehistory. They have been closed to the public since 1963 to protect them, so a copy was constructed nearby in the early 1980s as a mock-up experience for visitors. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
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