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.
BRIAN THOREEN IS A DESIGNER ON THE EDGE AT PATRICK PARRISH:
“How are you feeling?” – Brian Thoreen’s response to this quotidian question from a friend ended up inspiring his latest body of work. “My answer was ‘unsettled’,” explains the Los Angeles-based designer. “It was as if a lightbulb went off as I was saying it, and the ideas of feeling or being unsettled became the focus.”
The objects on view in Thoreen’s first solo exhibition at New York gallery Patrick Parrish translate that sensation – at once provisional and precarious, shifting and restless – into three dimensions. The eight furniture pieces and three smaller, shelf-mounted constructions in ‘Unsettled’ are united by a lively spirit of modularity. Thoreen infuses solid, elegant materials with the charms (and playful perils) of bricolage. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
DIÉBÉDO FRANCIS KÉRÉ REVEALS TREE-INSPIRED DESIGN FOR SERPENTINE PAVILION 2017:
African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has been selected to design this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, which is set to feature a roof that mimics a tree canopy and a central waterfall. Kéré will create the 17th edition of the annual pavilion commission, which is built every summer outside the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens.
His design centres around an intricate steel framework that extends upwards to support an angular wooden roof modelled on a tree canopy. It is intended to reference the central tree in Gando – a meeting place for local residents. Kéré has built his reputation on his socially driven and sustainable approach to architecture. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
ART BRUSSELS ANNOUNCES ARTISTIC PROGRAMME FOR LANDMARK 35TH EDITION:
As part of its landmark 35th edition, Art Brussels announces a collaboration with internationally renowned exhibition maker Jens Hoffmann and distinguished curator and critic Piper Marshall for the flagship artistic project situated within the fair. Called Mementos: Artists’ Souvenirs, Artefacts, and other Curiosities, the exhibition brings together personal objects and artefacts from the private collections of a diverse group of artists, all of whom are represented by galleries participating in Art Brussels 2017.
Since its inception, Art Brussels has evolved into one of the top European contemporary art fairs, and is a must-see in the international art calendar. Art Brussels provides a unique opportunity to explore the artistic richness of the city, which is home today to an ever-greater number of artists, galleries and curators. (Find out more: Art Brussels)
THIS REFINED NEW YORK APARTMENT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A BACHELOR PAD:
When designer Brandon Quattrone of L.A.’s buzziest design firm, Consort, first walked through a friend-of-a-friend’s brand-new New York apartment, located in Tribeca‘s much lauded Sterling-Mason building, he couldn’t wait to get his hands on the interiors.
A subdued mix of white oak, walnut, natural stone, and crisp white hues—plus the occasion pop of colour—provides a clean backdrop for the home’s carefully collected furniture pieces, most of which were plucked from Consort’s own showroom. The client’s desire to up his entertaining game called for a bit of imagination when deciding how to layout each space, especially the elongated living room. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
LOOTED IRAQI ART, SINCE RECOVERED, WILL BE SHOWN AT THE VENICE BIENNALE:
Looted art and ancient works from Iraq that have never been exhibited outside that country will appear in its pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year, organisers announced on Monday.
The Biennale brings a top-flight roster of international visual art that is organised into a main show and national pavilions. This year’s Iraq pavilion, called “Archaic”, will include medical artefacts, statues, toys and jugs dating back over 7,000 years. The ancient works come from the National Museum of Iraq, which was looted after the American-led invasion of the country in 2003 and stayed closed until 2015, when it reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Read the full story: New York Times)
SKINNY MANHATTAN RESIDENTIAL SKYSCRAPER BY KPF NEARS COMPLETION IN FLATIRON DISTRICT:
New photos reveal the glassy exterior and thin sculpted form of Madison Square Park Tower, a 65-storey apartment building by US firm Kohn Pedersen Fox that is slated to open this year. It is one of many svelte skyscrapers rising or recently completed in New York – part of an explosion of “super-slender” towers that includes Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue, SHoP Architects’ 111 West 57th Street and Christian de Portzamparc’s One57.
Reaching a height of 777 feet, the skyscraper – formerly known as 45 East 22nd Street – will be the tallest building in the Flatiron District, a neighbourhood in midtown Manhattan that includes Madison Square Park. Totalling 230,000 square feet, the skyscraper will contain 83 units with floor-to-ceiling windows. Residents will be afforded views of prominent city landmarks, from the Empire State and Chrysler buildings to the rivers bordering Manhattan. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
MULTIPLEX IS BACK AT CINEMA MANZONI, THANKS TO TOM DIXON:
This April Tom Dixon will bring MULTIPLEX to Milan – in the iconic Cinema and Galleria on via Manzoni – the epicentre of the city’s cultural and luxury shopping district. The enormous 840-seat cinema and historic Galleria play host to a combination of culture, entertainment and commerce – the very essence of Milan Design Week. MULTIPLEX becomes a platform for fresh ideas, classic design and innovation, with a series of collaborators working on radical interventions on the theme of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
Yesterday will include Tom Dixon’s signature pieces, initially manufactured in Tom’s London metalwork shop many moons ago: S Chair, Bird Chaise Lounge, Pylon Chair and Jack Lamp. Today will be showcased in the Galleria Manzoni, a classic shopping arcade is brought to life with a multitude of boutiques. New Tom Dixon collections showing for the first time in Milan will include ‘CUT Pendant’, ‘MELT Surface’ and ‘SUPER-TEXTURE’ (cushions and throws) collections. Tomorrow is all about the TOM DIXON X IKEA collaboration – IKEA will run a Film Festival at MULTIPLEX, highlighting the DELAKTIG ‘living platform’ project. (Find out more: Tom Dixon)
BLACK MAGIC – MCLAREN’S LATEST ENDEAVOUR IS AN ARTFUL EXERCISE IN VISUAL CARBON:
In a luxury market consumed with authenticity, exhibiting your storied past and showcasing original skills makes perfect sense. This is exactly what McLaren has set out to do with 25 exclusive MSO Carbon Series LT cars. Created by the McLaren Special Operations bespoke division and based on the 675LT Spider, these motor cars are covered all over in ‘visual’ carbon fibre.
Carbon fibre has been utilised by race cars for a long time yet we are seeing more and more integration of this incredibly light yet strong material in road cars. The visual representation, however, isn’t something that all carmakers can explore for it requires a certain technical expertise. Carbon fibre plays a significant part in the construction, forming the basic structure of all McLaren vehicles. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
JAIME HAYÓN DESIGNS INTERIORS FOR BARCELÓ TORRE DE MADRID HOTEL:
Spanish designer Jaime Hayón aimed to take visitors to this hotel in Madrid on a “visual journey through Spain’s past” by combining Arabic and Moorish details with his signature playful aesthetic. The Barceló Torre de Madrid hotel is set inside a 1957 building in the Spanish city.
Hayón, a Madrid native, wanted to show the city’s “diversity and richness” through his design, and mixed traditional architectural elements and a jewel-toned colour palette with fantastical sculpture and art pieces. Many of the furnishings and light fixtures used in the hotel are from Hayon’s multiple collaborations with the likes of Fritz Hansen, &Tradition, Gubi, Arflex, Cassina and BD Barcelona. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
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