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.
ART BASEL HONG KONG: WHERE COMMERCE AND CREATIVITY MEET
As the latest Art Basel Hong Kong opens on 23rd March at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring more than 240 galleries that are exhibiting through Saturday, the stage is set for collectors to be efficiently paired with artworks to take home and hang on the wall — or, given the size of many installations, placed in a garden, a public park or a private museum.
Art Basel Hong Kong, now in its fifth year, is the newest iteration of the lucrative brand that started in Basel, Switzerland, and later expanded to Miami Beach. This year’s Hong Kong fair takes place at a time of unusual political tension, with Brexit, President Trump and rising nationalism acting as counterwinds to the churning, interconnected global economy that an enterprise like Art Basel tries to harness. (Read the full story: New York Times)
MATTHEW MAZZOTTA’S CLOUD HOUSE RECEIVES A RAIN SHOWER WHEN OCCUPIED
A cloud hanging over this shed-like pavilion in Missouri rains onto the roof whenever someone sits inside. The aptly named Cloud House was created by artist Matthew Mazzotta, and is installed at Farmer’s Park in Springfield. The structure is built from reclaimed wood in the form of a typical gabled profile, with its two ends completely open. A cloud-shaped element made in resin sits over the corrugated metal roof, supported by a pipe.
When a person sits on one of the two rocking chairs under the shelter, pressure sensors in the floor are activated. They trigger pumps to transport water from an underground storage tank up into the cloud, which releases the liquid through tiny holes to simulate rain. Those inside can hear the “warm pleasant sound” of the drops hitting the tin roof, and watch the water permeate through the window lintels to feed plants growing in the sills. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
SHIP SHAPE: DOLCE & GABBANA DROP ANCHOR IN ST BARTS WITH A NEW BOUTIQUE
When New York-based architect Steven Harris was designing Dolce & Gabbana’s first outpost on the tropical island of St Barts, he was thrilled to discover a shared passion for Riva Aquarama speedboats with the brand’s Italian founders. His sailing-inspired store concept fuses the island architecture of the Caribbean with that of the Mediterranean.
Upon entering the two-floor 314-sqm boutique, guests are greeted with a space that evokes mid-century Italian interior design. White marble floors take inspiration from Casa Malaparte on the island of Capri. Marble table tops also house footwear and women’s accessories on the ground floor, alongside antique brass shelves. Transparent glass sculptures in azure blue show off Dolce & Gabbana jewelry, evoking stones on a beach or pieces of treasured coral. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
BUSTER + PUNCH PRESENTS ‘STONED’
STONED is a LED table light which marks a new chapter for Buster + Punch. This innovative design uses a unique LED bulb, which looks towards the past, to imagine the lighting of the future. Inspired by the warmth of Victorian-era candle light, STONED combines patented Buster + Punch LED technology, with a signature resin light pipe, set in a hand-blown glass shell. The result is a warm, yet crisp quality of light, reminiscent of ambient candle light.
STONED provides a glimpse of what low-energy lighting might look like in the future and how well it can perform. STONED is finished in polished white marble or honed black granite and hovers suspended from a single piece of solid stone. (Find out more: Buster + Punch)
EMBRAER’S NEWEST $80 MILLION PRIVATE JET IS INSPIRED BY ART DECO DESIGNS
Art Deco is a design style we’re accustomed to seeing in skyscrapers, such as the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, or century-old bars and restaurants like Le Dôme Café in Paris. The early 20th-century motif has never really been associated with airplanes. That is until now.
The Manhattan, Embraer’s latest private jet concept, welcomes its passengers with all of the deep mahogany wood panels, brass and gold trim, and jewel hues that marked the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s. “I thought, my goodness, wouldn’t it be incredible to have a private jet designed with that level of intricacy, detail, and sophistication and turn it into a flying piece of art?” says Jay Beaver, Embraer’s VP of Interior Design. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
TOM DIXON EXPLORES “FUTURISTIC OPTICS” WITH LIGHTING LAUNCHES IN MILAN
British designer Tom Dixon will launch several new lighting collections at Milan’s design week, including the highly-polished Cut, which casts a kaleidoscopic reflection when switched on. The Cut lighting comes in pendant or surface variations – the latter designed for the wall or ceiling. It has a mirror finish that appears opaque when switched off, and when lit up, reveals the bulb inside, reflected in an “endless” pattern off the faceted shade.
Other pieces to make their debut during the fair include a textile collection – which will feature cushions and blankets in velvets, boucles and knits – and relaunched and recoloured versions of early furniture created by the designer. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
THE WINNER OF A COMPETITION TO BUILD A HOUSE UNDER THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN HAS BEEN REVEALED
When visitors arrive in Los Angeles for the first time, their eyes inevitably dart upward in an eager search for the famed Hollywood sign, the universal signal that “You’ve made it!”. But it’s an empty parcel of land beneath the sign that recently had hundreds of architects hoping they’d make it, as winners of the arch out loud architecture competition.
Native Angeleno and dentist Steve Alper hosted the contest, in which designers submitted proposals for a potential landmark to be built on a rare parcel of land he owns directly beneath the sign, according to Curbed. “The world-wide interest in this location provides us with an opportunity to meaningfully engage about design, community and the future,” Alper said in a statement. (Read the full story: Elle Décor)
SHENZHEN MARRIOTT HOTEL NANSHAN, SHENZHEN, SHENZHEN, CHINA
The Hong Kong-based studio CCD appears to be the go-to firm for hotel projects, counting as its clients Hilton, Accor, InterContinental, Starwood, Raffles and Langham.
Its work on the interiors for the newly minted 340-room Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan is a study in carefully curated artwork amidst a brief that calls for a ‘recreational business hotel’. For inspiration, CCD looked to the area’s fishing villages, especially their traditions for weaving crafts, fishing equipment as well as the natural bounty of lychee flowers. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
TAIWAN APARTMENT BY HAO DESIGN CATERS TO BOTH KIDS’ AND PARENTS’ TASTES
HAO Design navigated the chasm between classic and contemporary design to complete this apartment in Pingtung City, Taiwan, for a conflicted family of four. The Taiwanese studio was brought on board while the new-build apartment was in the pre-sale stage to design interiors that would satisfy both the Hsu parents and their older children.
The parents wanted a “classic” style for the 165-square-metre, three-bedroom home. The children’s tastes veered towards the contemporary and eclectic. To cater to their desires, HAO Design went for white walls with decorative panelling and cornices. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
THE FLOOR’S THE LIMIT: PAUL COCKSEDGE DIGS DEEP FOR A NEW MODULAR FURNITURE COLLECTION
The latest collection from designer Paul Cocksedge might be the most personal body of work he has created yet. To be presented at Salone del Mobile by New York gallery Friedman Benda, the project originated when Cocksedge was evicted from his London studio. ‘Excavation: Evicted’ is an emotional and creative reaction to the experience, turned into a collection of furniture.
Working with his studio team, Cocksedge drilled into the floor to extract cylinders that were then used as modular elements for the furniture. ‘By drilling, we discovered this material that is a mix of concrete and rubble,’ says the designer. This accidental material – looking like an intriguing terrazzo or granite – became the core of the collection, which features tables and shelves. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
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