NEWS FROM THE ART & DESIGN WORLD
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NEWS FROM THE ART & DESIGN WORLD

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.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK EMBARKS ON MULTI-MILLION POUND RESTORATION SET FOR SPRING 2018:

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has started a multimillion pound restoration, which will see its bedrooms, restaurant and public areas refreshed.

The hotel, which will remain open throughout the changes, has appointed designer Joyce Wang to oversee the overall design concept, taking her inspiration from the hotel’s heritage and park-side location. All 181 rooms and suites will be refreshed, with Art Deco-inspired features including curated artworks and custom-designed furniture, added. (Read the full story: Boutique Hotelier)

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London (Image Courtesy: Boutique Hotelier)

DRAWING ROOM’S DRAWING BIENNIAL 2017:

Drawing Biennial 2017 offers insights into how artists contend with a world in rapid and disorienting flux. A snapshot of contemporary drawing practices, the exhibition includes more than 200 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists of different generations. Culminating in an online auction in the exhibition’s two final weeks, individual works are available from £250.

Proceeds from the auction support the Drawing Room’s ongoing programme. Selected by Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane (Directors, Drawing Room) with a panel of leading international experts, all the drawings are on A4 supports, with each piece given equal prominence in the exhibition. The exhibition is set to take place between 2nd March and 26th April 2017, at the Drawing Room in London. (Find out more: Drawing Room)

Chantal Joffe, Patti, 2016 (Image Courtesy of the Artist/Pelham Communications)

HUBLOT CREATES THE WORLD’S FIRST CEMENT WATCH:

Earlier this year, Italian designer Giuliano Mazzuoli introduced the Cemento, the world’s first wristwatch with a case made entirely from concrete. Now, as Hublot launches the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Concrete Jungle, it begs the question: if ‘one is chance, and two is coincidence’, does ‘three’ mean we’ll all soon be wearing brutalism’s favourite fabric on our wrists?

Unlike titanium, precious metals, composites, ceramics or others offering combinations of lightness, strength or opulence, concrete makes only an aesthetic statement, and a prosaic one at that: cement is the most ordinary of building materials. With the Concrete Jungle, though, comes a fresh look. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)

Hublot’s Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Concrete Jungle (Image Courtesy: Hublot)

MODERNIST PIONEER – SELECTED WORKS BY ALFRED BASBOUS AT SOPHIA CONTEMPORARY GALLERY:

London’s Sophia Contemporary Gallery will hold a survey of sculpture by artist Alfred Basbousfrom 17th February until 24th March 2017. A major pioneer of Modernist sculpture in the Middle East, Basbous drew on the influence of Jean Arp, Constantin Brâncuși and Henry Moore to create stone and bronze sculptures of often monumental proportions.

The exhibition brings together a series of sculptures from the 1970s to the 2000s, which demonstrate Basbous’ exploration of the relationship between form and material. A selection of Basbous’ preparatory drawings which reveal his approach to sculpture are also exhibited. (Find out more: Sophia Contemporary Gallery)

Alfred Basbous in his studio in Rachana, Lebanon in the 1970s (Image Courtesy of the Alfred Basbous Foundation)

TOM DIXON STUDIO OPENS ABC CONCESSION IN NEW YORK CITY:

Tom Dixon continues his takeover of the American continent by opening a new shop at ABC Carpet & Home in New York. His adventures of further introducing the brand to the American consumer progress with the opening of the refurbished 850 sq. ft. concession in ABC Carpet & Home, which stands as the third American shop for Mr Dixon – following the opening of showrooms in SoHo and Los Angeles.

With this complete refresh, Tom Dixon brings a new contemporary edge to the renowned lifestyle shop. The space, inspired by the brand’s British heritage, combines a striking mixture of materials and finishes. The soft lime paint contrasts with the harsher stained timber wall to provide the perfect backdrop for the brand’s futuristic lamps, sculptural chairs and extraordinary accessories. (Read full story: Tom Dixon)

Inside Tom Dixon’s ABC Carpet & Home store in New York (Image Courtesy: Tom Dixon)

‘TIS THE SEASON – THE MOST STRIKING FESTIVE INSTALLATIONS OF 2016:

Artists and designers worldwide are capturing the magic of the season in an alternative way this year. From graphic installations, to illuminated sculptures and plenty of eclectic tree decorations, don’t miss the spectacles giving tinsel, wreaths and fairy lights a run for their money.

Visit Wallpaper* to view the full gallery, which includes works by ShirazehHoushiary, Hermès and JW Anderson, to name but a few.

Christmas installation by Your Studio in Melbourne, Australia (Image Courtesy: Your Studio/Wallpaper*)

PHILLIP K. SMITH III’S QUARTER MILE ARC REFLECTS SEA AND SKY AT LAGUNA BEACH:

An arc of mirrored posts installed by American artist Phillip K Smith III reflected the colours of the Southern Californian landscape as they changed throughout the day. The Quarter Mile Arc installation stretched in a gentle curve along the sand at the seaside town of Laguna Beach.

Clad in polished stainless steel, the thin posts were embedded into the beach so they stood vertically in a line. Each measured almost twice the height of an average adult, and were spaced evenly to create a partial barrier between the town and the sea. (Read the full story: Dezeen)

The Quarter Mile Arc by Phillip K. Smith III, Laguna Beach (Image Courtesy: Lance Gerber)

THE EUROPEAN UNION IS SET FOR A BOLD NEW BRUSSELS HEADQUARTERS:

Come January, the European Union will have a new headquarters in its home city of Brussels. The state-of-the-art space, which was designed by Belgian firm Samyn and Partners in conjunction with Italian architects Studio Valle and British engineers Buro Happold, was first conceived to better accommodate the ten new states that were inducted in 2004, the largest single addition in the EU’s history.

The new building will occupy what was formerly an apartment complex known as the Residence Palace, which sits conveniently next to the EU’s original home (the two will soon be connected by a footbridge). The design is contemporary at its finest, with a soaring glass-panelled façade that encloses a mega-atrium, through which one can find offices, conference spaces, and a dining area. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)

An exterior view of the new European Union headquarters (Image Courtesy: Architectural Digest)

THE WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2017:

Buffer than the Oscars, slightly naughtier than the Nobels, next month the Wallpaper* Design Awards will anoint the people, places and particular things of the year. The winners will be showcased in the February issue of Wallpaper* Magazine, out on 12th January.

The judges panel includes Tom Sachs, Laetitia Casta and Amanda Levete, and amongst the shortlisted you’ll find Italian studio Something, Alexander Lervik, DoshiLevien and Jasper Morrison, among other heavyweights and emerging talents of the design industry. (See the full list: Wallpaper*)

Shorlisted: Harbin Opera House, China by MAD Architects, for ‘Best New Public Building’ (Image Courtesy: Wallpaper*/MAD Architects)

DESIGN SCHOOLS WILL ‘HIT THE WALL’ DUE TO BREXIT, WARNS THE COUNCIL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN ART & DESIGN:

The Brexit vote has led to a “brain drain” of teaching staff and a drop in student numbers at the UK’s architecture and design institutes, according to a body representing creative higher education establishments, which warns that universities will be forced to shut down.

“We are already experiencing a brain drain,” said Paula Graham-Gazzard, policy and external relations manager at The Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD). “The sector will contract,” she added. “Universities are expected to hit the wall. It is extremely likely that some will fold”.

Graham-Gazzard said that the UK’s vibrant creative education sector was a “key factor in our soft power,” adding that the creative industries “not only contribute to the economy directly but indirectly by making the UK such an attractive place to live and work”. (Read full story: Dezeen)

(Image Courtesy: Dezeen)

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