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 NEWLY OPENED LIFE HOTEL PAYS HOMAGE TO NYC’S OLD-SCHOOL PUBLISHING SCENE:
Speaking truth to the adage that “everything old is new again,” the former offices of Life Magazine, the humor periodical that Henry Luce eventually turned into a media juggernaut, have been reborn this month as Life Hotel.
The Beaux-Arts building on New York City’s West 31st Street once housed the workspace of writers and artists like Norman Rockwell, Charles Gibson and John Ames Mitchell. Now, it holds 98 rooms boasting high ceilings, wood floors and white walls adorned with original works by local artists, plus, a lobby lounge, with an additional bar and restaurant in the works. (Read the full story: Elle Décor)
GHOST STORY BY FERNANDO MASTRANGELO:
Brooklyn-based designer Fernando Mastrangelo is known for his experimental sculptural pieces. In the past, Mastrangelo has worked with sand, rock and salt, all handcrafted into conceptual furniture. For his latest collection – entitled ‘Ghost’ and set to launch at Collective Design Fair next week in New York – the designer uses a new studio process of digitally rendering pure white cement to create the colossal pieces that join together.
Mastrangelo delves into the ephemeral inspirations behind his refined range of tables and console. He takes us through the engineering and craft behind the challenging creations, which ‘emulate the gravity of nature with the softness of carved cement’. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
ASHLEY BICKERTON EXHIBITION AT NEWPORT STREET GALLERY:
Newport Street Gallery will be presenting a solo exhibition of work by American artist Ashley Bickerton. The survey spans more than three decades of Bickerton’s career and features 51 works, including a significant display of new and previously unexhibited pieces. Titled Ornamental Hysteria, this is his first UK show since 2009.
Bickerton’s conceptual commitment to intersectionality extends to his subject matter; his audacious and technically complex assemblages are predicated on themes of opposition and duality, for example representation and reality, creativity and commodity, nature and artifice, idyll and apocalypse. (Find out more: Newport Street Gallery)
‘PERF HOUSE’ BY ANDY MARTIN ARCHITECTURE:
Andy Martin Architecture gutted this five-storey Georgian townhouse in Belgravia, adding glass pavement lights to the ground floor to allow natural light to filter down to the basement.
Andy Martin’s locally based firm was tasked with bringing extra light into the residence of their clients, who wanted to introduce elements of their Sardinian heritage into the central London home. The resulting perforated surfaces that can be found throughout the residence lend the project the name Perf House. (Find out more: Dezeen)
A CLASS APART – A NEW SHOW EXPLORES THE RADICAL APPROACH OF THE BECHERS AND THEIR STUDENTS:
Bernd and Hilla Becher were a young couple living in Düsseldorf, making conceptual art together. They began to collaborate, systematically taking pictures on an 8 x 10 of things that most people would overlook in their city – gas tanks, coal bunkers, cooling towers, shot on overcast days, early in the morning — hardly glamorous subjects, at a time when the world was beginning to go pop.
In more than 200 works, the exhibition reveals – in the same city it all began – the converging interests of the Bechers and their students, and their radical approach in their era: the Bechers in the 1960s and 70s, their students in the 80s and 90s. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
A MONOCHROMATIC HOUSE WITH BIG PERSONALITY IN NORTH CAROLINA:
When you think of High Point, North Carolina, visions of shoppers swarming design markets naturally come to mind. But past the studios and storefronts is the tucked-away neighborhood of Emerywood, where a classic 1926 Georgian home lives.
Lisa Sherry, the interior designer behind local firm Lisa Sherry Intérieurs, and her husband, photographer Ron Royals, were big fans of the community’s wide lawns and leafy trees, and saw great potential in the old bones of the stately house. Its traditional, unassuming exterior gives no forewarning of the eccentric interiors that await inside. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
BJÖRK’S ICELANDIC SUMMER HOUSE INSPIRES A PATTERNED FURNITURE AND TEXTILE COLLECTION:
London studio Klaus Haapaniemi & Co has designed a hand-engraved sofa, woven tapestry and circular carpet exclusively for Björk’s remote summer house in Iceland. The pieces feature a print called Black Lake, which Haapaniemi created after hearing the Icelandic singer and songwriter’s description of the lava fields close to her house.
The pattern has also been used on a collection of accessories including scarves and purses, that will be available commercially. While the furniture is custom-built by Finnish furniture studio Nikari, the tapestry is woven in a British textile mill in Bristol, and Nally, the circular volcanic lake-inspired carpet, is printed on wool in the Netherlands. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
YOU CAN NOW DRINK YOUR PROSECCO WITH ROSE GOLD GLITTER:
If a glass of Prosecco wasn’t fancy enough already, you can now buy edible shimmer to upgrade your glass of fizz. The shimmer dust gives sparkling drinks an iridescent finish, as well as adding a slight raspberry flavor.
Just imagine what your guests will say when you hand them an upgraded version of their favorite drink at your next dinner party. This is glam! (Read the full story: Elle Décor)
SNARKITECTURE TRANSFORMS COS POP-UP SHOP IN LA:
Brooklyn studio Snarkitecture has used pink-hued steel and floor-to-ceiling mirrors to transform an industrial space in Los Angeles into a pop-up store for fashion brand COS.
Having previously worked together to create an installation in Milan earlier this year, COS asked Snarkitecture to come up with a concept for a temporary store based on pieces from this year’s Autumn Winter collection. Snarkitecture’s Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen used the pink and red tones from the fashion collection to inform their colour palette. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
A VISIT TO THE MET COULD COST YOU, IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN NEW YORK:
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday endorsed having the Metropolitan Museum of Art charge admission for visitors from outside New York City, a controversial idea given that the Met is a taxpayer-supported institution that was free for a century and now has only a “suggested” entrance fee that many don’t pay.
The museum, grappling with a multimillion-dollar budget deficit, has been quietly talking to city officials for a year about a mandatory fee for non-residents. (Read the full story: New York Times)
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