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.
METAL GURU – GEORGE CONDO’S FIGURATIVE NEW WORKS MELD SCULPTURE AND PAINTING:
George Condo is primarily known for distorted figurative paintings, where faces take on strange, abstract features, like two different eyes or asymmetrical mouths. His latest exhibition, ‘George Condo: New Works’, on view at Skarstedt’s Upper East Side location in New York through 24th June, shows another side of Condo.
The artist was exposed to sculpture early on, and a few of his Italian family members were sculptors. Condo began experimenting with sculpture in the late 1980s, when he would use materials like wood, clay, plaster, paint and found objects to create three-dimensional bronze sculptures that, like his paintings, were both abstract and figurative in form. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
SKYSCRAPER COMPETITION PROPOSAL INVOLVES ERECTING TOWERS WITHIN WORLD’S LARGEST TREES:
A conceptual scheme by a team of South Korean designers calls for inserting towers within the hollowed-out trunks of giant sequoias in the western US.
Called Tribute: The Monument of Giant, the visionary scheme imagines buildings constructed within the empty trunks of giant sequoias, a type of redwood tree native to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. The structures would be placed where heartwood has rotted away, preventing the huge ancient trees from falling. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
ANISH KAPOOR EXPLAINS HIS LATEST INSTALLATION OF AN ENDLESS WHIRLPOOL:
On the banks of the East River, and in the shade of the Brooklyn Bridge, artist Anish Kapoor unveiled his latest installation, Descension, a circular pool of constantly spiraling water, embedded into the lawn of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
For Kapoor, whose work is normally meticulously objectified—its form, color, polish carried out with exacting detail—Descension represents something of a departure. It is carefully engineered, yes, but once the artist is done with it, it takes on a life of its own. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
WAYNE MCGREGOR’S NEW LONDON STUDIO RAISES THE BARRE:
Wayne McGregor has revolutionised the world of contemporary dance. Now, he is revolutionising rehearsal spaces. Gone are the days of stuffy locker rooms and splintering, chalky barres with little elbow room. McGregor’s new London space designed by interior architecture firm We Not I is a perfectly choreographed masterpiece.
Based at the Here East Campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the project has come a long way since we visited last year to see McGregor’s ‘Polyphonic Playground’ performance, where the audience sat cross-legged on the floor of a raw, unfinished space. The whole site has been completely transformed. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
A DESIGNING COUPLE REIMAGINES AN ICONIC BROOKLYN HOTEL:
Olivia Sammons, a stylist by trade, and her partner Jamie Gray, known to the design world as founder of Matter, a destination for unusual furnishings and objects in lower Manhattan, are both seasoned design veterans, but the concept of a model home was new to them.
The Standish Arms hotel, a stately brick building in Brooklyn Heights was recently renovated and redeveloped by DDG and Westbrook Partners as a 29-unit condominium building. With the couple’s connections and expertise in the design world, it’s no surprise that the end result, despite their lack of experience, exudes a comfortable, creative vibe, bringing together the best of the area’s history with the rich culture of contemporary design. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
OTHR 3D-PRINTS ABSTRACT VESSELS BY EMERGING DESIGNERS FOR COLLECTIVE DESIGN:
A series of limited-edition items 3D-printed by Othr in materials including steel and porcelain are debuting at the Collective Design fair in New York – 2nd until 7th of May. Five notable figures from the design industry each selected an upcoming talent to create their first 3D-printed objects.
The abstract vessels in the Vanguard Series are produced by 3D-printing company Othr. Five editions of each piece are each for sale for $5,000 (£3,870) both at the fair and online. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS’ FIRST RESIDENTIAL SKYSCRAPER:
Miami is about to become a lot more beautiful. While tons of apartment buildings in the city are currently under construction by premier architects like Renzo Piano, one very special residential tower is under way. Zaha Hadid Architects broke ground on the One Thousand Museum in December of 2014, and when it is completed in 2018, it will stand a staggering 62 stories.
It’s the first residential skyscraper in the Western hemisphere for the firm and has already been tapped for a PBS documentary entitled Impossible Builds. The exterior of the building was designed in the classic Zaha Hadid style, with thousands of pieces of lightweight concrete reinforced with glass fiber. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
DALE CHIHULY’S FRAGILE EDEN:
The single-word, all-caps title — “CHIHULY” — of a new show at the New York Botanical Garden conveys immediately exactly what visitors will be getting: vibrant glass sculptures in a familiar style, one that often recalls nature, and sometimes competes with it.
For the exhibition, which runs through 29th October, the Seattle glassmaker Dale Chihuly and his team have spread 20 different installations throughout the garden’s 250 acres. Visitors who head to the Bronx will find a 30-foot-tall “Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower” and the spiky blue supernova “Sapphire Star.” (Read the full story: The New York Times)
GERMANS ERMIČS’ OMBRÉ CHAIRS:
This colourful glass chair by Amsterdam designer Germans Ermičs is based on a seat designed by Shiro Kuramata in the 1970s. The Ombré chairs – which were shown at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan’s design week – are assembled from panes of glass, joined together without screws or other visible fittings.
They recall Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata’s 1976 Glass Chair, which was bonded together with glue to give the appearance of floating in the air. His Glass Chair is included in both the V&A Museum‘s collection, as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
KAAN ARCHITECTEN INJECTS NEW LIFE INTO A HISTORIC BUILDING IN THE HAGUE:
KAAN Architecten holds the contemporary working values of transparency and flexibility at the heart of its redesign of The Hague’s Grade I-listed Bezuidenhoutseweg 30 (B30), which has been transformed from a historic monument into a highly functioning working space for five distinct offices.
Playing a role in preserving the history of the B30, KAAN worked with many original features of the building, while renewing and updating much of the design into an intuitive and less hierarchical design. (Read the full story: Wallpaper*)
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