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.
ASHLEY HICKS REVITALIZES HIS FATHER’S BELOVED LONDON APARTMENT:
Being the child of one of the decorating world’s undisputed gods surely makes it a challenge to carve out one’s own creative niche. Just imagine the shadow cast as well as the whispered comparisons. But Ashley Hicks, only son of David Hicks — a jet-setting style dictator who shook up the 1960s with his electrifying geometric patterns, impudent colour combinations, and spectacular dandyism—has done just that.
The younger Hicks even inhabits his father’s two-room apartment at Albany, the redbrick residential complex that has been London’s most coveted address since 1802, when Henry Holland, the Prince Regent’s favourite architect, retrofitted and expanded the Duke of Albany’s neoclassical mansion into lodgings for upper-crust bachelors. Most of the furnishings and special effects bear the puckish designer’s idiosyncratic stamp, whether conjured up by him and manufactured by others (carpets, fabrics, wallpapers, etc.) or produced by his own hand. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
LEE BROOM DESIGNS MARBLE GRANDFATHER CLOCK INFLUENCED BY BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE:
British designer Lee Broom is celebrating his studio’s 10th anniversary with a brutalism-inspired grandfather clock, which he will launch during this year’s Milan design week. The Time Machine grandfather clock is made from a monolithic block of Carrara marble – a material the designer’s studio has become known for over the past decade.
It will be produced in a limited-edition run of 10 pieces – representative of the 10 years Broom’s studio has been around – and each clock will feature a plaque noting the edition number. Broom decided a clock was the right sentiment to celebrate his studio’s tenth anniversary as they are “synonymous with the commemoration of a significant passage of time”. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
THE ULTIMATE VANITY:
His name is forever linked with Memphis, but Ettore Sottsass had a big life — before and after he organized the flamboyant Milanese movement that defined 1980s design. During the ’60s, he collaborated with the radical architects of Superstudio and created Olivetti’s iconic molten-red Valentine typewriter.
He designed showrooms for Esprit and seminal furniture for Knoll and housewares for Alessi. After Memphis disbanded in 1987, Sottsass dreamed up this vanity, first introduced in 1991 but surprisingly relevant today. His signature postmodern aesthetic is rendered with elegant geometry, including an arched mirror frame fashioned from Alpi, a type of reconstituted wood pioneered in the 1920s, and gold-plated cylinders. (Read the full story: New York Times)
FROM THE ASHES: ACHILLE SALVAGNI’S NEW FURNITURE EXHIBITION EVOKES THE LOST CITY OF POMPEII:
Renowned for drawing upon the different histories of Rome within his work, architect and designer Achille Salvagni has found inspiration a little further afield for his latest furniture exhibition.
‘When you arrive in Pompeii, you are struck by the colors of the walls, mosaics and frescoes,’ says Rome-born Salvagni, recalling his visits to the archaeological site. ‘Even in their muted tones, they are beautiful and always remind me of spring.’ So taken was Salvagni by Pompeii’s faded palette of pale greens, earthy reds, burned oranges, blushes and blues, that he used it as the basis for a new themed exhibition which is set to be unveiled at Salvagni’s Mayfair space. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
HERE’S WHY I.M. PEI IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST REVERED ARCHITECTS:
Great architects are generally inclined to longevity: Frank Lloyd Wright died at 91, Philip Johnson at 98, and Oscar Niemeyer lived to 104. So perhaps it should not be all that surprising that I.M. Pei, who will turn 100 this April 26, is still living comfortably in his Manhattan townhouse, surrounded by paintings and sculptures by Morris Louis, Jean Dubuffet, and Franz Kline that he and his late wife, Eileen, acquired back when serious art collecting was within the reach of a successful architect.
It was Huxtable who, after reviewing Pei’s plans for the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., said he “may very likely be America’s best architect.” That was in 1971. In the 46 years since, the East Building was constructed, hailed as Washington’s finest work of monumental modernist architecture, criticized for not displaying art as well as the gallery’s original building by John Russell Pope, and then, over the last few years, restored and renovated. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
YVES BÉHAR DESIGNS SAMSUNG TELEVISION TO LOOK LIKE A FRAMED WORK OF ART:
Yves Béhar‘s studio Fuseproject has created a television for Samsung that is indistinguishable from a framed artwork when hung on the wall. The Frame is a smart television that is designed to “disappear in the décor”. It sits flat against the wall and displays artworks when not in use – turning completely off only when nobody is in the room to appreciate them.
Béhar, who previously worked with Samsung in 2015 to design a sculptural television, looked at the visual presence a television has in a room, and how he could make it appear less obvious – particularly in smaller homes and apartments. “In our smaller homes and apartments, when a television is off, its black square takes up valuable real estate,” said Béhar, who unveiled the TV at a launch event in Paris. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
RICHARD MEIER MAKES LIGHT WORK OF A NEW LAMP COLLECTION:
Richard Meier’s iconic architectural work has inspired a 12-piece lighting collection, launching this week at New York gallery Ralph Pucci. Designer Ana Meier collaborated with the American architect and with lighting master Hervé Descottes (founder of design firm L’Observatoire International) on the collection, the latter employing fine engineering to illuminate the sculptural pieces.
The collection, in Corian and glass, will be presented under the aegis Richard Meier Light. ‘With this collection,’ says Ana Meier, ‘we aim to bring the power of architecture to a smaller-scale, with objects that are interacted with every day.’ (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
OFFICE ENVY: FOODSTIRS’ MODERN OFFICE DESIGN IN LA IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE WORKSPACE:
Fun. Modern. Clean. That pretty much sums up the Los Angeles headquarters of Foodstirs, the baking start-up created by actress Sarah Michelle Gellar along with her long-time friends Galit Laibow and Greg Fleishman. It also accurately describes as well as the brand’s mission to bring kids and their parents together in the kitchen.
“We’re trying to disrupt the baking industry with clean and tasty products that are easy to do and accessible,” Laibow says of the company’s DIY baking kits. “We’re also all young parents, so we really wanted [the office] to reflect our brand.” (Read the full story: Elle Décor)
DESIGNED BY MVRDV, CASA KWANTES HAS CURVES IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES:
He wanted to build a huge family home from the ground up; she wanted to stay in the 1930s enclave of Schiedam, just west of Rotterdam, where their teenaged children had grown up. The city wanted the design to reflect the red-brick vernacular architecture of the neighbourhood. What’s truly amazing about Casa Kwantes is that everybody won.
Avoiding the pitfalls of ‘design by committee’, Jacob van Rijs – a founding partner of local practice MVRDV and a friend of the family – instead devised a new template for Dutch urban living. The double plot, the site of a former hospital just 200m from the family’s previous home, has an unusual angular footprint that van Rijs used to everyone’s advantage. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
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