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.
BEC BRITTAIN’S LATEST LIGHTING COLLECTION IS A HEAVENLY EXPERIENCE:
Cascading projections of star fields and an ambient backdrop of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon set the stage for the debut of Bec Brittain’s freshly launched lighting collection, ‘Aries’, which draws inspiration from celestial bodies and light refractions.
Minimal in structure, the series centres on glass prisms placed at each of the vertices of its metal branches. The result is a shower of sparkling refractions – an effect that was in full force on the evening that the collection was unveiled. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
VICTOR PASMORE’S LATER ABSTRACT WORKS ON SHOW AT MARLBOROUGH FINE ART LONDON:
Marlborough Fine Art will present an exhibition of works by renowned British artist Victor Pasmore (1908-1998), made between the 1970s and the 1990s. The exhibition follows on from an exploration of the artist’s earlier works at Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 2016-17.
This major exhibition is the first time his works have been on display in London, and at Marlborough Fine Art, since 2008, and traces his development toward lyrical abstract compositions in the later stage of his career. Regarded as one Britain’s most celebrated artists, Pasmore achieved acclaim as both a figurative and abstract painter, and is most well-known for pioneering the development of abstract art in Britain in the 1940s. These were primarily used for pain relief on extreme lower back pain. (Find out more: HMHB)
KENGO KUMA BURNS WOODS TO CREATE CRACKLED GLASS LIGHTING FOR LASVIT:
The crackled texture of Kengo Kuma & Associates’ new lighting collection for Lasvit was created by blowing molten glass into dry wooden moulds. The Japanese architecture firm, led by Kengo Kuma, unveiled the Yakisugi collection for Czech glass brand Lasvit at this year’s Milan design week.
To make the long and thin glass pendant lights, the architects blew molten liquid glass inside dry wooden moulds. The heat of the inflated glass burned the wood, which in turn left the crackled imprints on the glass. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
AMO TRANSFORMS THE OSSERVATORIO INTO A PASTEL VISION FOR PRADA’S DEBUT RESORT SHOW:
For the location of its first fully fledged Resort show, Prada chose Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s first shopping arcades. Conceived by Giuseppe Mengoni as an intersection of two pedestrian streets – complete with elaborate inlaid mosaic floors beneath a soaring iron and glass dome – it opened in 1867 and became a showcase for the city’s burgeoning luxury goods sector.
The show itself was held upstairs in the Osservatorio – the Prada Foundation’s new exhibition space dedicated to photography and visual languages – extending across the fifth and sixth floors, high above the venue’s central octagon. Here AMO made a very simple intervention: undulating screens with distorted images of the galleria itself and details of the collection in pastel colours on the one side; and views to the iron dome on the other. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
‘SUBSTANCE AND SHADOW’ AT GAGOSIAN GALLERY:
Gagosian will present an exhibition of sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, together with photographs by Peter Lindbergh. In 2016, Lindbergh was invited to photograph bronzes and plasters by Giacometti held in the collection of the Kunsthaus Zurich—the largest and most important collection of Giacometti works in a museum, including one hundred and fifty sculptures, as well as key paintings and drawings.
The impulse to photograph sculpture harks back to the mid-nineteenth century, with the advent of photography itself. Since then, the two mediums—ancient and modern—have become deeply enmeshed. In their stark, tenebrous realism, Lindbergh’s potent black-and-white photographs assiduously capture the mood and texture of Giacometti’s sculptures. In images of single sculptures and assembled groups, Lindbergh positions Giacometti’s works as both subject and object. (Find out more: Gagosian)
MINISTRY OF DESIGN CREATES ROBOT TRAINING FACILITY LINED WITH METAL AND TUBE LIGHTS:
Architects Ministry of Design created this faceted robotics lab in Singapore to train and inspire engineers working with new automation technologies. Aluminium rods and tube lights stick out from the walls and ceiling at divergent angles inside the lab, which is used by robotics education group RACE and located within an industrial park in the mainly residential district of Yishun.
The 243-square-metre RACE Robotics Lab serves two main purposes – it acts as a showroom for robots on sale, and it provides space for the company to run industry training workshops. Ministry of Design (MOD) aimed to create a flexible interior that would support both of these activities while also having a strong and “future-forward” look. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
ICONIC PARK SLOPE APARTMENT TRANSFORMATION:
For 15 years, 505 2nd Street in Brooklyn’s tony Park Slope neighborhood stood vacant, an eyesore on the area’s bustling 7th Avenue. Now, thanks to an expansive renovation project, the once-iconic building has a new, high-tech, environmentally friendly lease on life.
When Sugar Hill Capital Partners initially purchased the property, its state of disrepair was daunting, but destruction seemed a waste. So the company enlisted Ignacio Alonso of NA-DA Architects to revive it as an historic building in a thoroughly modern way. Alonso has experience in historic properties (he outfitted the landmark Tribeca building that houses Aire Ancient Baths) and was unfazed by the expansive restoration work the project required. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
THE FUTURE PERFECT’S LASTEST COLLECTIONS NOD TO SOVIET ARCHITECTURE, ALCHEMY AND LIGHT:
The Future Perfect kicked off Frieze New York and NYCxDesign with two collections: ‘Alchemy Turning into Gold’ by Tbilisi–based Rooms, and a new series of glass furniture and objects by Seattle artist John Hogan.
Rooms founders Keti Toloraia and Nata Janberdize salvaged 100-year-old wood from demolished houses in Georgia to create sculptural furniture with elements of handcraft work, Soviet architecture and celestial shapes. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
TARYN SIMON AT GAGOSIAN HONG KONG:
Gagosian is set to open “Portraits and Surrogates,” Taryn Simon’s first exhibition in Hong Kong. Simon draws from three key bodies of recent work, as well as a video self-portrait made in collaboration with a Russian news program, to examine the reciprocity between portraits and their surrogates.
The technical, physical, and aesthetic realization of Simon’s projects often reflects the control and authority that form the grist of her work. Simon is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist whose work has been the subject of many museum exhibitions across the world since her prescient debut with The Innocents in 2002 at MoMA PS1, New York. (Find out more: Gagosian)
CHYBIK + KRISTOF USES 900 PLASTIC CHAIRS TO CLAD CZECH FURNITURE SHOWROOM:
Hundreds of used black plastic chairs cover the facade of this furniture shop, which architecture studio Chybik + Kristof has created inside a former car showroom in the Czech city of Brno. The former showroom was in need of an update, with the building’s exterior lacking any visual connection to the company or its products.
The furniture company MY DVA Group jokingly requested Ondrej Chybik and Michal Kristof to “do it cheap, ideally for free.” Their solution was to create a sculptural facade requiring minimal interference with the original building. Chybik and Kristof used the seats from 900 generic black plastic seats – costing around 80 CZK (£2.50) each – to create the cladding. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
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