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Julian Schnabel riffs on Rodin at his first West Coast show in three decades

Wednesday April 25th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
‘Can an image be architecture?’ asks artist Julian Schnabel in his Manhattan studio. ‘I spent a lot of time making things into objects so that they could receive whatever I was going to draw on them. At a certain point I realised that imagery could also be architecture because there is always this battle between what is literal and what is pictorial.’ This was one of several driving thoughts behind his most recent works for an exhibition at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor – Schnabel’s first on the West Coast in over 30 years. ‘Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life’ greets visitors with a six painted tarps affixed to the neoclassical building in the museum’s open-air courtyard. Each tarp measures 7.3 by 7.3m and will weather the elements during the show’s four-month run. Schnabel found the tarps in Mexico and painted them en plein air in...

Meet Forensic Architecture, the architectural nominees of the 2018 Turner Prize shortlist

Wednesday April 25th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
A recent, major exhibition at the ICA brought the work of Forensic Architecture to a wider audience; and today’s 2018 Turner Prize shortlist announcement confirmed it – Eyal Weizman and his team are onto something big. From their academic base at Goldsmiths, University of London, Forensic Architecture brings together a captivating mix of research, spatial studies, design and politics that made it to the shortlist of one of the world’s most coveted art accolades. A 15-strong collective, the Forensic Architecture team consists of architects, artists and a variety of other disciplines, such as filmmakers, software developers, archaeologists, lawyers, journalists. Their investigations delve into how a building, or a space, can reveal clues that can be uncovered; in the same way a criminal pathologist examines a body to determine cause of death. Their innovative ways of design and image reading and analysis allow for a different way of documenting and preserving buildings and...

Sabine Getty’s Big play day

Wednesday April 25th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
‘I think it’s my inner child speaking,’ fine jeweller Sabine Getty explains of her love of bold, primary colours. ‘I love things that take me out of reality and into a happier world.’ It’s no wonder, then, that bright, cartoonish tones from the 1980s infiltrate both Getty’s work and home. The Memphis art movement has long inspired her, be it the zany, zig-zagging rows of diamonds on rings and the bright, waved bangles of her last collection, ‘Memphis’, or the designer’s acid-hued, Ettore Sotsass-filled apartment in Mayfair, London. Her new collection, BIG, follows suit, though this time pooling colour palettes and geometric playfulness from the Eighties film world – specifically the 1988 Tom Hanks hit of the same name. ‘I think the link I have to that decade is totally emotional,’ Getty explains. ‘It’s nostalgia for my childhood: the subconscious memory of growing up with colour and fun design such as...

Style findings: dispatches from the Wallpaper* fashion team

Wednesday April 25th, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Vauxhall Insignia Cross Tourer remains defiantly unfashionable – in a good way

Wednesday April 25th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
A volume car maker traditionally has to be all things to all people. The days of specialisation are long gone, and strategic alliances and platform sharing often see the same dressed up as two or three different brands for different markets and tastes. Vauxhall and Opel, the European arm of General Motors, was off-loaded onto the PSA Group in 2017. The first fruits of this new partnership are only just beginning to materialise, but for now the mainstays of the Vauxhall range – the Astra and the Insignia – are still very much their own machines. This is problematic, especially for the latter, as it’s a large car platform in a market where the only large vehicles anyone wants to buy are SUVs or MPVs. The Insignia Cross Tourer is, as its name suggests, an attempt to push this very traditionally-minded behemoth into the crosshairs of these customers, with jacked-up...

Karl Lagerfeld’s former Monaco villa plays host to new designs at Nomad fair

Wednesday April 25th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Design fair Nomad is on its second outing at the sunny Monte Carlo cliffside La Vigie – the oldest villa in Monaco formerly inhabited by Karl Lagerfeld – for a four-day soirée of collectable design. The brainchild of creative publishing specialist Giorgio Pace and Carwan Gallery’s Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte this year sees innovative new designs from many of the 17 international galleries showing, plus special projects by the likes of LizWorks and Mathieu Lehanneur. Here is our pick of new designs to look out ... Mattia Bonetti for David Gill GalleryA decadent mix of warm materials come together for the Tiger cabinet’s official launch; mahogany, brass, and leather. Described as ‘exuding lust and attraction’, the wild, animalistic patterns somehow juxtapose with the sophisticated shape for an eclectic design that is set to stand out against the landscape of the Monte Carlo hills. Anton Alvarez for Carwan GalleryCarwan Gallery tapped Swiss-Chilean...

Tropical modernism: a subversion, an escape and a global influence

Wednesday April 25th, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Six Senses Duxton

Wednesday April 25th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
The Six Senses group clearly doesn’t do things by half, as it makes its long-awaited debut in Singapore with not one, but two properties.  First out the gates is Six Senses Duxton, a theatrical set-piece in Tanjong Pagar that the designer Anouska Hempel has vividly styled as the bolt-hole of a Chinese empress; the Jacques Garcia-designed Six Senses Maxwell opens in July. Whilst architect Faye Moya has sensitively restored the row of eight late 19th-century shophouses, Hempel has carved out 49 rooms, imbuing the spaces with a visual DNA of East-meets-West tropes – think Chinese porcelain-chip friezes, Malay timber fretwork, French windows and Portuguese shutters – that will resonate with those who adored her work for Blakes in Amsterdam.  Whilst the entry level rooms are calm cocoons of white and dark hues, it’s the suites that steal the show, not least the moody Opium Suite and the dazzling...

RIBA’s Regent Street Windows designs for 2018 are revealed

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
The event that combines two of our favourite subjects – architecture and shopping – is back, with the RIBA launching its 2018 Regent Street Windows designs. Now in its eight year, the competition involves the RIBA inviting a selection of architecture practices from its members’ pool to create the most striking, welcoming and clever window displays for a number of stores on London’s Regent Street, one of the capital’s busiest retail destinations.  Offerings this year are as diverse and exciting as ever. Emerging practice Red Deer have partnered with Uniqlo to create an installation that depicts a journey through the making of the brand’s signature linen line, resulting in a colourful, circular piece. Across the street, KSR completely transformed the two large windows at Lululemon with a dynamic design that draws on the movement of the human body, adding a splash of colour, which continues inside, drawing the visitor in. The...

Inside Mies van der Rohe’s only UK design

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
The Real foundation’s head Jack Self and Yulia Rudenko’s newest book is the stuff architecture enthusiasts’ dreams are made of. Produced by the foundation and born out of meticulous research, painstaking restoration and a hefty dose of passion for modernist architecture, ‘Mies in London’ tells the story of Mies van der Rohe’s only UK design, Mansion House Square. ‘Mies in London is REAL’s longest-running and most complex project to date, taking three years in as many continents’, explains Self. ‘No expense was spared in making one of the most comprehensive projects about any of Mies’ works.’ Beautifully designed by OK-RM, the luxurious, tactile tome includes 160 pages of previously unseen material on the project, such as dates and timelines, drawings, photographs and sketches. The wealth of images has been collected from a range of institutions, such as the RIBA, the CCA and Drawing Matter, as well as private collections, making this...

Stairways to retail heaven: the best treads in-store

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM

The Missoni family opens up its kitchen in a covetable new cookbook

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Francesco Maccapani Missoni (the son of the eponymous fashion house’s creative director Angela Missoni) collects family recipes, and as it turns out, its cuisine is just as singular as its style. Now, the knights of knitwear have swapped the atelier for the kitchen for a new family cookbook dedicated to home-styled Italian favourites. ‘Missoni food makes my soul smile,’ says musician (and longtime Missoni kitchen table regular) Quincy Jones in the introduction. Just as wrapping yourself in the lightning-stripes of a colourful Missoni cardigan on a summer evening, Missoni food gives you an unpretentious hug. It beats with colour, familiarity, locale. It changes, much like a new collection, with the seasons.‘Gnocchi Verdi’​​​​​​​ – spinach and ricotta gnocchi. Photography: © Missoni The cookbook features a repertoire of recipes so well rehearsed they have a word-of-mouth quality to the way they are written; they drip like olive oil from the writer’s...

Dinner, drinks and disco: Salone del Mobile’s top entertainment installations

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Everyone loves to party at Salone del Mobile, there’s no doubt about it. But over the last couple of years, we have noticed that the party has definitely started to feed into the exhibitions themselves. New launches are getting paired with a negroni, brands are popping up with culinary installations, and furniture is getting a disco makeover. We invite you to party on with us via our top dinner, drink and disco exhibitions at Milan Design Week... elit Proun bar, by Carmody Groarke and elit vodka at Wallpaper* Handmade Inspired by Russian Constructivism and the work of artist El Lissitzky – both references for the vodka brand elit – the Proun bar offered a retox opportunity amid all our Wellness + Wonder. Named after a series of paintings by El Lissitzky – Proun being a Russian acronym for ‘project for the affirmation of the new’ – Carmody Groarke’s totemic composition...

The Blue Mountain School brings new multidisciplinary space to Shoreditch

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Blue Mountain School is the latest offering from James Brown and Christie Fels, founders of cult Shoreditch store Hostem. When the new space opens next month, it will offer immaculately curated fashion, dining, music, design and art spread across six floors on the site of the former Hostem on Redchurch Street. ‘Retail in its current form is dead,’ claims Brown, who has eschewed clothes on rails in favour of a Hostem Archive which houses garments, ceramics, art and objects in a double-height “viewing room”. Here, pieces from the likes of London weaver Amy Revier, US furniture designer Tyler Hays and French artist Alexis Gautier are on permanent rotation and new objects and those from the entire Hostem archive will be added over time. Since founding Hostem almost a decade ago, and New Road Residence, a private inn in Whitechapel in 2016, Brown and Fels have built a healthy network...

Street style: a photographic ride around the Taipei Performing Arts Center construction site

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Construction is well underway at the Taipei Performing Arts Center designed by OMA, which is shaped as a sphere nested inside a cube. Wallpaper* took a ride with photographer Julien Lanoo around the building, seeing the construction interacting with the city from all perspectives and all hours. When designing this new icon for Taipei, the OMA team questioned how, in the last 100 years, the most exciting theatrical events have often happened outside the spaces designated for them. Believing that there is no excuse for stagnation, the team decided to veer away from the classic auditorium/theatre/black box trifector; TPAC consists of three flexible theatres, that ‘plug into a central cube’ inside which stages, backstages and supper stages support the whole: ‘The design offers the advantages of specificity with the freedoms of the undefined’, say the architects.Photography from the streets surrounding the Taipei Performing Arts Center designed by OMA, currently under construction. Photography:...

Under the loupe: our latest watch and jewellery finds

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM

In pictures: visual inspiration from the W* photography desk

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM

The interiors of American veterans’ cars reveal the enduring toll of modern warfare

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Drive out of Fort Hood, the sprawling military base in Texas, and you’ll spot a road sign: ‘You survived the war, now survive the roads.’ It’s one of the great ironies of modern warfare – soldiers are often in as much mortal danger at home as they are in a warzone. ‘And, for veterans home from war, the vehicle is a very dangerous place,’ says the American photographer ML Casteel. Casteel was at a ‘strange intersection’ of his life. He had returned from a spell living in Alaska to move back in with his parents in Asheville, North Carolina. ‘I needed a job, and was willing to take anything,’ he says. He accepted the first opportunity that came along – as a parking valet for a local military veterans hospital.Photography: ML Casteel. Courtesy of Dewi Lewis Publishing The job taught him a stark lesson. ‘For veterans...

The 7 breakthrough artists to discover at Photo London 2018

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Now in its fourth year, Photo London is officially all grown up with over 100 galleries set to participate at the fair this May, with Canadian fine art photographer Edward Burtynsky announced as its Master of Photography for 2018. Launched last year, the Discovery section serves as a platform for young galleries and emerging image-makers reshaping the photographic medium. Curated for the second time by art consultant and curator Tristan Lund, the 2018 edition of Discovery will feature 22 galleries, where a strong line-up of local and international galleries will take over an expanded, dedicated space. Here, in his own words, Tristan Lund shares the seven breakthrough artists to watch out for in the Discovery section at Photo London and why... Lorena Lohr at Cob Gallery, LondonUntitled, 2017, by Lorena Lohr. Courtesy of the artist and Cob Gallery I love the inner world that Lorena Lohr creates in her...

Shock rock and an artist-chef’s smorgasbord at The Watermill Center’s Pre-Summer Party

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Since its founding in 1992, The Watermill Center in New York has served as an incubator for the performing arts and humanities. Established by the visionary theatre director Robert Wilson and situated in a former Western Union research facility – coincidentally where the first fax machine was developed – the interdisciplinary laboratory has supported countless emerging artists with year-round residency programmes and fellowships as they’ve developed new ideas. This summer, The Watermill Center will celebrates its 25th anniversary with a characteristically big party on its idyllic grounds on Long Island’s East End. Touted as an ‘enchanted forest and performance art extravaganza’, one can only imagine the different creative interpretations of the theme ‘Time Bomb’ that lie in store.Watermill alumna Kembra Pfahler performing with her punk rock band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Photography: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.com Earlier this month however, a group of distinguished guests did get a...

Jamu

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
With so many Asian restaurants defining Melbourne’s culinary scene, it makes sense that Jamu, the city’s newest modern Australian restaurant would be flecked with a strong dose of eastern influences.  Boutique outfit One Design Office has conceived a modern space in a darkly ambient palette with a circular motif that symbolises a place of gathering. As such, the dining tables are round, as are the cut outs in the black and copper mesh screens – inspired by the partitions in traditional Chinese architecture – that visually divide the restaurant.  Following the interior aesthetic, the food that emerges from the open kitchen is just as contemporary with dishes, like tom yum gazpacho and ceviche served with tamarind, pineapple and rice paddy herb.

Collectors’ corner: auction spot

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM

The world’s best coffee shops for design lovers

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Caffeine cravers unite – we’re filtering down the best coffee shops for design lovers across the world. Featuring experimental twists on big brands in Europe (such as the Starbucks conceptual Coffee Laboratory in Amsterdam), artistically informed spaces in the United States (see the Hirshhorn Museum’s Dolcezza Coffee & Gelato) and minimalist modern marvels in the East (Blue Bottle Coffee in Tokyo), our thirst-quenching list will satisfy all your coffee needs, whilst providing an excellent backdrop to whet your palette. Drink it in...

The influence of graphic design on politics, protest and power

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and a giant inflatable rubber duck. The latest exhibition at London’s Design Museum, ‘Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18’ (named after the iconic Shepard Fairey poster of Barack Obama, and the viral Trump meme, respectively) is shocking, surprising, and sometimes overwhelming. A deep dive into graphic design of the last ten years – a decade that has seen catastrophic shifts in global politics, economy and the environment – the exhibition features everything from beer mats and badges to flags, posters and placards, with plenty of new media and technology, emphasised as perhaps the most insidious way to create and disseminate political ideas.Installation view of ‘Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18’ at the Design Museum, London. Photography: Benjamin Westoby ‘One of our main aims with “Hope to Nope” was to demonstrate that graphic design makes a demonstrable difference and to foreground its role in...

Studio Gang’s 40 Tenth Avenue building adjacent to the High Line tops out

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Overlooking the High Line in New York City’s Meatpacking district, a new 12-storey building designed by Studio Gang, the Chicago based practice headed up by Jeanne Gang, has topped out. Now named 40 Tenth Avenue, the building was previously nicknamed the ‘Solar Carve Tower’ due to its construction, which twists and turns to avoid casting shadows onto the High Line and the street. Studio Gang has done extensive research into the solar carving process in relation to the design and construction of towers. The sculpted façade includes cut-out features also enhance the interior design, bring light and air into the building. In some of the prime spaces at 40 Tenth Avenue the ceiling heights reach to a lofty 17 ft Further notable design elements include the sweeping curtain wall and the building’s tapered shape that is narrower at ground level, opening up possibilities for public space and new relationships with...

Fashion brands leave their sartorial mark on Salone del Mobile 2018

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM

What to see and where: exhibitions from the Wallpaper* architecture desk

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Illustrators share the art of making comics in Apple workshop series

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Ever wondered what exactly goes through the weird and wonderful mind of a comic illustrator? Throughout April, visitors to Apple’s Regent Street flagship in London can explore a new theme in comic book illustration, from storyboarding, to character creation, lettering and composition. During the Comic Art Series sessions, participants will have the chance to lay a three-frame strip of their own, using an iPad Pro and Pencil. The sessions have so far been led by illustrators Sam Taylor, Dan Woodger, and Stephen Collins, while Ruby Elliot will guide the final session, taking place on Monday 30 April (free registration here).Armageddon, by Stephen Collins The comic illustration workshops are part of Today at Apple, an initiative of free educational sessions offered in all 502 Apple stores across the globe, including photography, video, art and design, music, coding, and more. The hands-on sessions are led by experts and highly-trained team members...

10 high-concept shops around the globe worth travelling for

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Drones flock, concrete hovers and lamps bloom as Studio Drift reimagines science and nature

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Last December, Studio Drift unleashed Franchise Freedom, a formation of 300 drones fitted with a light source that went flying and flocking, as birds would, into the dark Miami night. Using computer algorithms, the studio added starling flight patterns to the drones’ software to emulate a phenomenon previously only seen, on this scale at least, in the natural world. The Amsterdam-based studio, founded in 2007 by Netherlands-born artist Lonneke Gordijn and her British/Dutch partner Ralph Nauta, aimed to address the balance between the individual and the group, and how animals trade their individual needs for the safety of numbers. It was also a thrilling spectacle and perhaps a defining moment in ‘tech art’, the creative push and pull of technology into new shapes and forms. The work of the interdisciplinary studio employs a special position in the tech art movement. Using sculpture, installation and performance, Gordijn and Nauta, who are...

Haute spot: high jewellery’s fine lines and fantastic forms

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Rites: top beauty picks for the design-conscious in 2018

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Calling all beauty gurus – here’s your definitive guide to the best luxury beauty products of the year. We’re on the lookout for natural solutions that promote a healthy, comfortable (and stylish) lifestyle. Featuring elite nutrition and skincare supplements, contemporary takes on traditional razors and ethical beauty products formed from natural ingredients, we have our eyes peeled for items that bring out your best. From top perfumers including Buly 1803, to global beauty stalwarts like Aesop, our digital beauty directory has it all...

The worlds of Nendo and MC Escher will collide in major immersive exhibition

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
The National Gallery of Victoria today announces the blockbuster exhibition, ‘Between Two Worlds: Escher X Nendo, which will make its world debut at the Melbourne museum this December. One of design’s most in-demand studios, Nendo will create a ‘deeply immersive exhibition experience’ inspired by the Dutch artist MC Escher (1898-1972). The major show will include more than 160 prints and drawings by Escher, presented in an environment conceived by the Japanese design studio that will manipulate geometry, space and perception. Nendo founder Oki Sato has a flair for immersive environments, having created a life-sized, fish-eye ‘sketch’ of a living space at the Taiwan Craft Research Institute and a kaleidoscopic ‘ivy of mirrors’ for a Japanese flower-arranging school. [embed]https://vimeo.com/266253570[/embed] A master of optical illusion, Escher created some of the most iconic images of the 20th-century. His mathematically-inspired works of impossible staircases, architecture, and more. Drawn from the world’s largest collection...

La Peer by Kimpton

Monday April 23rd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
The Kimpton Hotel group has finally launched its first five-star property. It’s location, in the expanding enclave of the West Hollywood Design District, sandwiched between Melrose and Santa Monica Boulevards, cleaves close to the brand’s MO for opening in buzzy quarters.  Inside, designer Gulla Jónsdóttir has subtly created a European sensibility with a strong sense of place. As such, a white topography artwork of the LA landscape dominates the entrance of the hotel, while a poolside an installation by local graffiti artist Retna sits alongside Gaudi tiles from Barcelona.  Upstairs, the penthouse is furnished with Jónsdóttir’s own pieces, while the rest of the guestrooms and suites are awash in muted grey and beige tones, white oak herringbone floors and a giant deep soak tub, where bubbles and champagne can be waiting after dinner at the hotel’s modern trattoria or even just after a night in with a room...

Book club: inside OMA’s Qatar National Library

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Bucking the trend for digitalisation, this project, a large-scale library complex for Qatar, is one of OMA’s most striking works to-date. The scheme is impressive in scale and ambition, comprising within a single building the National Library, the Public Library, the University Library, and the Heritage Collection – a selection of valuable historical texts and manuscripts related to Arab-Islamic civilisation. Providing a home for over a million books and thousands of readers, the Arab country’s new Qatar National Library spans an area of 42,000 sq m and has just opened its doors to the public. Led by Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Lyad Alsaka, Vincent Kersten and Gary Owen, the project was conceived as a ‘single room’, explain the architects. Here, both people and books can coexist, in a building, where book storage and circulation spaces create a unique internal topography. Accessed from a large, triangular open space at its heart, the library...

Conceptual private members Club Unseen for Salone del Mobile is out of sight

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
The discreet, almost anonymous street presence of Club Unseen – industrial whitewashed windows and a small neon logo – didn’t prevent the pop-up club from becoming one of the most popular installations of this year’s Fuorisalone. Initially billed as ‘one of the best kept secrets of Salone’, word spread fast and the club created by Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto, aka multidisciplinary design agency Studiopepe, swiftly became one of the hottest tickets in town. Guests gained entry via a tattoo (sent by post) of the simple circular logo, adding to the intrigue. ‘We wanted to create an exclusive place, an informal refuge away from the usual crowded itineraries,’ explained Di Pinto of the six-room club, which occupied a former late 19th-century warehouse on the ground floor of an elegant historic Milanese property in the Piazza Tricolore neighbourhood. The series of rooms, laid out in linear format to...

Bites: global food finds for design-minded diners in 2018

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Calling all culinary creators – we’re hot on the scent of top treats and cooking contraptions for design-minded diners in 2018. Whether you’re a haute-design chef, restaurant regular, or a microwave-marvel, here lies your curated list of the very best in global cuisine news. Look out for colourful cutlery by Yali, alcoholic alternatives from Borough Wines and Tales’s location-translating chocolate bars. Tuck in…

Jørn Utzon’s travel diaries and photography reveal the conceptual thinking behind his work

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
As part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of architect Jørn Utzon’s birth, the Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark, follows the international travels of the Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House through personal photography, architectural  models and ephemera. The Utzon Center, which was Utzon’s last building project, also happens to be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Hence, there is plenty to celebrate. While Aalborg was the place of Utzon’s birth, he left his hometown early in his career to build a home for his family just north of Copenhagen. He then travelled extensively for commissions or with travel grants to places such as Morocco and the US, rellocated to Sydney with his family for the Opera House project and then returned to Mallorca to set up a family home. Curator Line Nørskov Eriksen, who has a PhD in the architect’s work and had access to the Utzon Archive held by the city of Aalborg and the Utzon family, pieced...

Frieze New York 2018 preview: an insider’s guide

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Robust sales and a top-notch roster of galleries, artists and collectors have made Frieze New York an essential event on the global art fair calendar since its inception in 2012. Ahead of the 2018 edition (3-6 May), Wallpaper* invited New York-based art advisor Vasili Kaliman to pick out the artists to watch at Randall’s Island – plus which satellite events are worth the trek during Frieze Week, and where to refuel in the city. Originally from Australia, Kaliman was a gallerist in Sydney and Melbourne, presenting more than 250 exhibitions of contemporary art over 15 years. He now spends all his time viewing exhibitions, visiting artist’s studios, and attending art fairs throughout the world. Follow Kaliman on Instagram to see the art finds from his travels, and on Twitter where he shares the latest news and developments in the global art market. Torbjørn Rødland at David Kordansky GalleryDry Faucet...

Lexus RC F swaps the marque’s tech-first attitude for pure power

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Lexus is sitting in a pretty sweet spot right now. The Japanese luxury brand has always promoted itself as a technology-led purveyor of excellence, enthusiastically spelling out the myriad ways in which engineering-led obsessions have honed and refined its products. It was one of the first car companies to go all-in on hybrid propulsion, and while its design direction has swerved between classical but bland and awkwardly avant-garde, the underlying message is one of technology reigning supreme. In Milan and elsewhere, it curates wide-ranging shows that celebrate all aspects of material culture, presenting itself as true patron of art and industry.Lexus cuts back on tech in the RC F Surprisingly, the company has occasionally deviated from this line. Back in 2012 Lexus launched the devastatingly capable LFA, a hand-built supercar designed to tarry at the heels of Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren. It wasn’t replaced, but did usher in the ‘F’...

A new Vancouver retail space houses modern design, an architectural flower store and more

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
For over a decade, Avenue Road has been bringing its signature mix of functional, yet artistically-minded design to fans in North America. With offerings ranging from furniture and lighting to textiles, kitchen products and architectural accessories, the brand has become known for helping its clients transform houses into homes with its highly personal and eclectically curated collection. Armed with showroom spaces in New York, Miami and its hometown of Toronto, Avenue Road recently inaugurated a new Vancouver location, its first presence on the West Coast. Housed within a century-old industrial building in Gastown, the sprawling two-story space has been meticulously restored and renovated by local designers Abraham Chan Design Office, and presents Avenue Road’s wares in a sumptuous, elegantly appointed environment. ‘We didn’t set out to select a heritage building, but we were drawn to the building because, much like our pieces, it had stories to tell, having been home...

Studiomama shakes up urban planning with a micro-city in the heart of Milan

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
London architect Studiomama has taken on the Mini Living challenge by empowering occupants to become designers. ‘Built by All’ proposes a creative process for encouraging an open dialogue between architect and resident so that the building can best respond to the needs of its occupants. Exhibited in Milan for Salone del Mobile, ‘Built by All’ marks the fifth chapter in the ideas project initiated by the car marque, and it is possibly the most rational proposal so far. Mini Living investigates how a new approach to design can improve city living and, in the process, examine how Mini can evolve from being simply a car brand. The idea is to collaborate with various architects – different voices for different projects – and proposals that respond to regional needs. There have been five so far, three in Milan and two in London with an on-going research project based in Brooklyn. The...

New York City’s latest crop of luxury residential developments

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Frida Escobedo discusses her design for the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
A courtyard design that unites Britain and Mexico via a journey through space and time; an emerging Mexican architect; the youngest ever participant, and indeed only the second female one, after Zaha Hadid; there are many reasons to sit up and take notice of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion. We meet with the architect behind the 2018 design, Frida Escobedo, to find out more.  W*: Good morning Frida, please could you tell us a little bit about yourself?  FE: I was born and raised in Mexico City, I did my architecture degree at the Universidad Iberoamericana and I started working on projects on my own, right after I finished school. It is not unusual in Mexico. It is a big advantage and a big disadvantage, because it means that you really don’t get to learn an office’s structure, such as the financial structure, by working with somebody else. You learn the hard...

Art dealers Iwan and Manuela Wirth to open hotel in Scottish highlands

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Having recently celebrated the opening of their first Asian outpost during Art Basel Hong Kong, Swiss art dealers Iwan and Manuela Wirth show no signs of slowing down. The power dealers have now set their sights on a new hotel, opening in Braemar, Scotland, later this year. Originally built in the 19th century by the Duke of Fife, the Fife Arms hotel cuts an imposing figure along the village streets. It’s a well-preserved architectural icon, featuring timber bargeboards, pink and grey granite, Aberdeen-bonded stonework characteristic of the region. The building has retained all of its timber sash and case windows with distinctive arts and crafts multi-paned upper sashes, and a large number of original chimney stacks. Interior designer Russell Sage along with Moxon Architects have been tasked with breathing new life into the property’s 46 guest-rooms. The revamped interiors will include commissions from international artists, museum displays and a collection...

Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 11:00:00 PM
It’s little wonder that Malta has long beguiled both conquerors and restless travellers alike. Pale gold in its silhouette and rimmed by the Strait of Sicily to the north and the Mediterranean to the south, the island literally shimmers in the light, leading one to wonder why it’s taken so long for a hotel like the Cugó Gran to come along.  Carved in the mid-16th-century out of the same soft sandstone that makes Malta’s architecture so pleasingly unified, the handsome rectilinear bulk in Senglea, the island’s southeastern port city, takes its name from the massive steel crane that was once attached to it.  Inside, architect Edwin Mintoff and interior designer Daaa Haus have created 21 suites, each with front-row views of the harbour. Judicious lashings of up-lights accent the high vaulted ceilings, whilst a mix of low-slung Scandinavian furniture, lacquered steel, slate floors, oak panels and Carrara marble...

Héroine Restaurant and Bar

Saturday April 21st, 2018 11:00:00 PM
While it often cedes the spotlight to nearby Amsterdam, design surprises are hardly in short order among the ports of Rotterdam. The newest opening in this charming, unassuming city, is Héroine Restaurant and Bar, an addition to Het Industriegebouw (The Industrial Building), an eminent post-war era building reclaiming its original grandeur by playing host to a variety of dining and retail concepts. With an expansive high-ceilinged space serving as their canvas, the team at Modiste Studio opted to show reverence to the original design of the building (a modernist creation of the late Dutch architects Hugh Maaskant and Willem van Tijen) by leaving its raw elements as focal points. Smooth concrete floors and wrap-around wooden paneling bask in ample natural light drawn in by dramatic metal-framed windows. A polished oak bar and chrome-accented furniture inspired by the late American interior designer Warren Platner add a striking sense of 1970’s opulence...

Dolce & Gabbana’s Metropol Theatre stages Ferruccio Laviani’s design hits for Emmemobili

Friday April 20th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
There’s a long legacy of collaboration between Ferruccio Laviani and Dolce & Gabbana. The Italian furniture and lighting designer conceived the interior of the label’s Metropol Theatre in Milan in 2005, created furnishings for the brand’s Carlo Goldoni headquarters a year later, and in 2016, worked with the brand on the setting of its Haute Couture women’s show at the Teatro alla Scala. Now, for Salone del Mobile 2018 Dolce & Gabbana’s Metropol Theatre features a hit of high drama – raising a curtain on a new exhibition celebrating Laviani’s most standout furniture designs for Cantù-based wood specialists Emmemobili. The Metropol Theatre hosted an exhibition of Laviani’s lamp designs for Kartell (including his popular best-selling Bourgie table lamp) back in 2008. For this latest retrospective, ‘Peep O-Rama. The Furniture Show. An Overview of Ferruccio Laviani’s Furniture Collection for Emmemobili’, viewers are offered a glimpse of his colourful, graphic and distinct furniture...

The Publishing House

Friday April 20th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
With its reputation for bustling bars and talked-about restaurants, Chicago’s West Loop is just as famed for its nocturnal energy as its industrial architecture. Tucked amongst the fray is an 11-room bed and breakfast called The Publishing House, the neighbourhood’s first inn of its kind.  Owned by a husband and wife team, Shawn Uldridge and Kimberly Lowery, the B&B is housed within the historic Free Methodist Publishing House, which was originally built in 1909 and served as a casket factory/showroom and holography museum in its later iterations. In its current guise, the intimate property has been completely renovated by Nushu Architecture and Vero Design and Build, and filled with vintage furniture and flea market finds by local boutique firm Siren Betty Design.  In addition to high ceilings, exposed brickwork, refinished wood floors and mid-century touches, the property also features a communal area installed with a double-sided fireplace...

Bricks to Bauhaus: the best house architecture and design from Germany

Thursday April 19th, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Dimore creates 3 sensorial installations for Salone del Mobile

Thursday April 19th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Stepping into Dimore Gallery always promises a sensorial escape and one of the unmissable highlights of Fuorisalone, as the queues snaking up the stairs of Dimore Gallery in Milan’s Brera design district attest. But for 2018 the duo – Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci – have excelled themselves, creating three separate installations with their neighbouring Studio also open to the public and the takeover of an additional ground floor shop at Via Solferini, 22. ‘The idea was to separate both realities of the Gallery and the Studio,’ explained Moran over a glass of chilled water, surrounded by a collection of bright tubular Sixties furniture by Italian architect Gae Aulenti on the Gallery terrace. ‘For ‘Transfer’ we created five different worlds though a series of tents created from fabric which we’ve produced with de La Cuona. Each tent houses pieces from our historical collections combined with intimate objects and some of...

Martin Brudnizki gives Harrods’ wine rooms a full-bodied make-over

Thursday April 19th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Harrods is going through quite the taste transformation. In November 2017, it underwent stage one of its self-proclaimed ‘revolution’, in which the dry goods section received a fresh lick of art deco-inspired paint courtesy of David Collins Studio. Now, its the turn of the wine rooms. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio – also behind the new Annabels – has transformed the industry-leading cellars, both conceptually and visually, (though Harrods-typical opulence remains perfectly in tact). ‘The new rooms will break down barriers and change perceptions on the world of wines and spirits by focusing more on the flavour profile of the product, rather than the specific categories and brands,’ explains Alex Dower, director of Harrods food and restaurants. ‘These rooms set Harrods apart from every other retailer in the world.’Detail view of the Aroma Table, at Harrods Fine Wines and Spirits rooms Throughout, the design sings of 1920s golden...

Need-to-know technology news from Salone del Mobile 2018

Thursday April 19th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
The biggest week in the design calender is not necessarily known for its technology offerings. This year, however, tech hunters won’t have to look hard for beautifully designed launches, installations and collaborations, as the ever-merging worlds of technology and design continue to conflate. Here’s five of our favourites, and where to find them at Salone del Mobile. GoogleGoogle is making its Salone del Mobile debut, intertwining hardware with soft intuition in an immersive multi-room installation curated by Dutch trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort in Rossana Orlandi’s gallery. The Google event, titled ‘Softwear’, will display its tech hardware among everyday objects in comforting lifestyle scenarios. ‘Designing and producing our own hardware is a relatively new venture for us and something that is not widely known about especially globally,’ says Ivy Ross, Google’s vice president of hardware design, on why the software giant decided to show at Milan Design Week. ‘We believe that having a presence...

Pavilion architecture: the practices packing a big punch with small structures

Thursday April 19th, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Testing ground: Gucci unveils its ArtLab, a centre for craftsmanship and sustainability

Thursday April 19th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
From the textured tiger head closure of the Gucci Dionysus bag, to the shearling lined inner of its slip-on Horsebit loafers, the brand’s Alessandro Michele-designed accessories are staple of its recent revenue success. In 2017, Gucci’s leather goods and shoes accounted for over 70% of its annual revenue. Now, in a bid to excel and innovate in this area, the Italian brand has unveiled its ArtLab in Casellina, a new 37,000 sq m facility, which for the first time in the luxury industry, will act as a centre for the production of both leather goods and shoes.Gucci has unveiled its 37,000 sq m ArtLab in Casellina, Italy The revolutionary new space, which houses 800 employees, is enclosed within a kaleidoscopic facade, boasting large scale paintings by Gucci’s roster of illustrators and artists, like Unskilled Worker, Ignasi Monreal, Angelica Hicks and Coco Capitan. Inside, in a space populated with Gucci Décor objects...

Lasvit’s little glass monsters win the prestigious Milano Design Award at Salone del Mobile

Thursday April 19th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
One minute: that’s how long it takes to create a monster. ‘I don’t recall ever being fearful of monsters as a child, so my design is childishly simple: I started with a doodle,’ says Dutch designer Maarten Baas, one of 16 creatives asked to think monstrous by the Czech glass manufacturer Lasvit. Transforming those dark imaginings into Bohemian glass, however, has taken almost two years. The project is finally unveiled at Salone del Mobile in Milan’s Teatro Gerolamo, a neoclassical puppet theatre, where it has been awarded the prestigious Milano Design Award for best installation, interpreting a contemporary design and a future conceptual vision. Conceived by creative design strategist Stephan Hamel and Lasvit founder Leon Jakimič, the project has delivered a diverse family of monsters, from a mirror encrusted with googly eyes by the Paris-based couturier Maurizio Galante to a menacing stained-glass portrait by octogenarian artist Vladimír Kopecký. Eight of the pieces...

Hermès brings colour to Salone del Mobile with zellige-tiled pavilions

Thursday April 19th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Hermès Maison collection launches during Salone del Mobile are always impressive and have, in recent years, become distinctly architectural under the artistic directorship of Charlotte Macaux Perelman and Alexis Fabry. There was the memorable Michele de Lucchi lighting takeover of Palazzo Serbelloni in 2014, followed in 2016 with the incredible Brutalist earthen brick pavilion by Mexican architect Mauricio Rocha at Teatro Vetra. This year sees the French luxury house in a more poetic mood, with a softly coloured grid of glossy hues in the form of 150,000 zellige tiles imported from Morocco, providing the backdrop to their new accessories, textiles and wallpapers. Taking place in Milan’s La Permanente museum it took Hermès three weeks to create what feels like a mini-village of seven pavilions of varying scales with doors and apertures creating dramatic lighting effects inside. The overarching theme is colour with exteriors and interiors tiled in two different...

Ophelia

Thursday April 19th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Manhattan’s Midtown district might not be known for its stylish nightlife, but the recently opened Ophelia lounge, on top of the Panhellenic Beekman Tower, is the frontrunner to change all that.  Created by Merchants Hospitality and co-development consultants Public Agenda, the historic 1928 space has been transformed into a glamorous, art deco-infused cocktail spot that boasts panoramic views of the Big Apple and the East River. Occupying the tower’s 26th floor, the 100-seat lounge brims over with intricately restored architectural details, including original windows with preserved ironwork and exposed original bricks. Seating lines the lounge’s periphery, while a circular outer terrace, decorated with rich velvet banquettes and custom black and white tiles, provides ample room for guests to get cosy, while an encasement of 13-foot windows makes the most of the surrounding city views. At the lounge’s north and south ends, two exterior balconies provide opportunities for a breath...

A student-only campus hotel in Barcelona graduates with a first class in design

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Adding a splash of colour to spaces both inside and out of Spain, award-winning creative consultancy Masquespacio is widely acclaimed for making a bold statement or two. Part of the Valencia-based studio’s growing portfolio is their recent collaboration with Dutch hotel group The Student Hotel, which sees the redesign of the first of two student-only campus locations in the Marina and Poble Sec districts of Barcelona. With ten locations in nine European cities under their belt already and more opening soon, the latest student residence project is created for the co-living and co-working lifestyle. The four-tiered 21,000 sq m structure is home to 500 rooms and an array of communal spaces, ranging from gaming areas to open and private lounges to an outdoor swimming pool, designed to encourage social interactions and stimulate learning without confining students to a single room.Hints of postmodernism are mixed with local and bespoke...

Reform Copenhagen’s new kitchen concept store has style on tap in Aarhus

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
When CEO Jeppe Christensen and CSO Michael Andersen founded Copenhagen kitchen brand Reform back in October 2014, it seems the duo had a clear vision in mind: to reform our cooking spaces with better design. Since then, the pioneers have done what they set out to accomplish. By customising IKEA’s Metod kitchen cupboards, Reform brought the timeless appeal of furniture to the cooking areas of our homes, producing modern kitchens, which stand the test of time with the price tag to match.Inside the showroom space at Reform’s new Aarhus outpost The pair has now taken their well-oiled creative venture and transported it to Reform’s fourth global outpost in Aarhus. Their recent project sees the brand opening a sprawling new 250 sq m showroom and café, located in the city’s main trainstation and the home of a former bank dating back to the 1920s. Joining a creative throng of brands...

Creative flow: Max Mara, Kerstin Brätsch and the United Brothers’ volcanic collaboration

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
What can a pair of sunglasses have to say about our relationship with crisis and anxiety? According to the artists behind Max Mara and the Safilo Group’s latest eyewear collaboration, quite a lot. This year marks the third time the brand has teamed up with artists in this way. Last year, it collaborated with Shantell Martin on a pair of doodle-inspired black and white frames. For 2018, the painter Kerstin Brätsch and the United Brothers collective, founded by performance artist Ei Arakawa, and his brother Tomoo Arakawa, who runs tanning salons in Fukushima, collaborated on Lavaprisms, a limited-edition pair of sunglasses inspired by lava and the very ground underneath our feet.Global volcanic sites inspird Max Mara’s latest optical collaboration with Kerstin Brätsch and the United Brothers collective The trio first began working together in 2011, after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster. ‘Out of crisis in Fukushima...

Designers of the Future award winners announced in Milan

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Annually, the Swarovski Designers of the Future award champions a select group of promising designers and studios who exemplify new directions in design culture. It handpicks vanguard talents whose practice moves beyond pure furniture or product design, and into the realm of inspiration, innovation and concept. Announced on 18 April in Milan, this year’s winners are Frank Kolkman, an experimental Dutch designer focused on robotic technologies; Study O Portable, a research based Dutch-Japanese practice making objects about the designed environment, and Yosuke Ushigome of TAKRAM, a creative Japanese technologist specialising in emerging technologies. Each year, Swarovski provides the designers with a brief that speaks to an element of its ethos. Topically, this year they were challenged to create a prototype or statement responding to the theme of ‘smart living’, applying crystal technologies and energies to our lived environments, create a dynamic exchange between the digital and physical. They were asked...

Tsingpu Retreat

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
The impression of modern China tends to be a little skewed by the steely, impersonal landscape of skyscrapers in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. How refreshing it is then that designers and architects like Neri&Hu Design and Research Office are showing how it’s possible to conceive a contemporary Chinese vernacular that looks and feels thoroughly of its time and place.  For the 20-room Tsingpu, the Shanghai-based practice overlaid the original footprint of a neglected warehouse near Yangzhou’s Slender West Lake with a calm grid of low-slung grey-bricked pavilions, courtyards and internal decorative pools that call to mind, without any hint of cliché, traditional hutong houses.  The rooms are calm oases lined with terrazzo, white oak, walnut and steel, and dressed with furniture and lighting designed by Neri&Hu specially for this project. This sense of peace is accented by the public spaces – including an art gallery, theatre...

Paper Moon Giardino

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
It’s become an institution since it opened in 1977, and now, Paper Moon has found its latest home in a 200-year-old neoclassical palazzo square in the centre of the city’s Golden Rectangle fashion district. The second location in the city, following a string of openings aboard, the flagship restaurant only strengthens owners Stefania Galligani and Claudio Berton’s hold on the city’s style scene as proprietors of fashion week’s unofficial post-catwalk canteen. Hong Kong-based design firm AB Concept has thoughtfully restored the handsome villa, originally built in 1830 by architect Nicola Dordoni for the noble Reina family. Dove grey walls, minimal lighting by glassmaker Lasvit and custom furniture by Promemoria leave space for the building’s exquisite original features — vaulted frescoed ceilings and Venetian terrazzo floors — to breathe. Giardino boasts a slightly more sophisticated bill of fare than its sister location across the road. The original sprawling menu has been...

At Kyotographie, photographers are looking onwards and upwards

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
It’s often a bit of a challenge to elevate an exhibition of photography beyond pictures on a white wall. But Kyotographie (14 April –13 May), Japan’s largest international photography festival, has managed to combine the lure and charm of the country’s old capital with clever curation in unique locations throughout the city, making the whole experience a small expedition in discovery. This year marks the sixth edition of the festival, which appears to grow organically each year with as many as 15 separate exhibitions in tranquil temples and industrial settings this year. We particularly like the Yukio Nakagawa exhibition of the fate of flowers set within the picturesque Ryosokuin temple. In a spacious room fitted with pitch black tatami mats, Nakagawa’s photographs of his avant-garde sensual flower (and vegetable) arrangements are juxtaposed with the traditional Japanese interior and the backdrop of the temple’s exquisite garden. The exhibitions at the retro...

The Soviet propaganda graphics that shaped the Russian Revolution

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Propaganda today may come in a much more subtle and insidious form, but once not too long ago, nationalistic messages were sent out to the public loud and clear. The eye-catching graphic design of early 20th-century Soviet propaganda is an especially memorable example, and currently in the spotlight at The Wolfsonian – Florida International University, where two overlapping shows are in progress. ‘Red and Black: Revolution in Soviet Propaganda Graphics’ (5 April – 5 August) is an installation of 20 rare books, periodicals and book and portfolio plates, while ‘Construction Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters Between the World Wars’ (13 April – 12 August), organised by Maine’s Bowdoin College Museum of Art, shows how graphic designers interpreted the revolution’s utopian ideals for the communist dictatorship. Together, both shows highlight the ties between culture and revolutionary ideology in the years right after the 1917 Russian Revolution – all the while showcasing the...

Course of nature: V&A dissects fashion’s relationship with the living world

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Four years ago, when curator Edwina Ehrman started thinking about the Victoria & Albert Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Fashioned From Nature’, she envisaged exploring how fashion designers had been inspired by the natural world over time – how, for example, they incorporated floral motifs into their clothing. When she started working on the show more seriously, she had a realisation: ‘I thought, "I can’t do that – it’s no longer appropriate". It had to be [mainly] about the impact of the fashion industry on the environment.’ The result is a sweeping survey of the industry’s relationship with nature over the past 400 years, exploring both our fascination with and exploitation of animals, birds, plants and natural resources. It has the air of a campaign about it. ‘We’re asking two questions,’ Ehrman says. ‘What can we learn from the past? And how can we design a more sustainable future?’...

Dozie Kanu designs a multi-discipline remix of Rimowa’s intelligent travel in Milan

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
For Salone del Mobile, luxury luggage stalwart Rimowa has asked rapidly emerging American artist and designer Dozie Kanu to create a multi-platform response to its intelligent travel archetype. His cross-discipline reply spans print, digital and installation, in a forward-thinking experiment fit for the grand (and jam-packed) stage of the most inspiring design fair in the world. Created in collaboration with Milanese contemporary art magazine and creative studio Kaleidoscope, the event marks Rimowa’s Milan Design Week debut, in which three intertwining activations link to celebrate both Kanu’s unique point of view, and Rimowa’s longstanding commitment to design.Dozie Kanu, holding a sheet of Rimowa aluminium The first of which, a short documentary directed by British filmmaker Sam Hiscox, offers an intimate look at Kanu at work in his new Lisbon studio. It depicts the artist-designer crafting a new series of furniture from the aluminium sheets famously used to make Rimowa’s enduring luggage. This lightweight and flexible material has been a travel companion to...

The future can’t come fast enough at the Lexus Design Event at Salone del Mobile

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Lexus has been involved in Salone del Mobile since 2005, committing vast resources to an increasingly spectacular series of installations. From 2013 onwards, the company introduced the Lexus Design Awards, an open competitions that has broadened the debate about what design is and who it is for. 2018’s judging panel of Sir David Adjaye, Alice Rawsthorn, Shigeru Ban, Paola Antonelli, Birgit Lohmann and Lexus President Yoshihiro Sawa had to sift through around 1400 entries all submitted under the broad theme of ‘Co-’, implying some form of collaboration or connection. Proposals were both prosaic and elegant, hypothetical and practical and were whittled down to 12, with four finalists mentored and prototypes developed. The Event itself was part of the ongoing transformation of this globally significant design fair into an adventure playground for brands, leveraging the connection between creativity, innovation and generous marketing budgets. This year, Lexus’s space was shaped by Sota...

The Brick answers Antwerp’s design gym call

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
‘How was it possible that Antwerp, this bustling city with its fashion reputation, diamond trade, and so much more, only had these typical-looking, run-of-the-mill gyms?’ asks Tiffany Stevens when recalling the frustration her husband David Box and she experienced as personal trainers in the Flemish city. The couple started a personal training studio in Antwerp’s Zurenborg area, then founded M4teria, a high-end personal gym in the same neighbourhood. Clients there egged them on to open another gym concept, just 6 months after M4teria was up and running.The reception area of The Brick. Photography: Frederik Vercruysse That concept became The Brick, a contemporary fitness space located in Antwerp’s hip South area. ‘We accidentally heard these premises were vacant through a friend, and immediately fell in love’, says Stevens. ‘It used to be a warehouse at first, then an office and stockroom for a Belgian menswear brand.’ Many of...

Rafael de Cárdenas designs a surreal pop-up maze and a prime selfie canvas in New York City

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Mazes have always been mysterious, disorienting forms of architecture. Although less seen in its physical form today, this experiential archetype has been given a fresh, design-forward spin by Rafael de Cárdenas and his practice, Architecture At Large for Visionaire’s latest pop-up installation in New York. Staged at Cadillac House, the automotive brand’s open-ended project space in Soho, Cárdenas has collaborated with the performance-based artist Sahra Motalebi to create a graphic, Op-Art-inspired weave of spaces. As visitors meander through four separate rooms, each enveloped in hypnotic black and white patterns, colourfully-tinted windows or monochromatic shades of yellow, Motalebi’s discordant, vocals-only score plays overhead to hammer home each environment’s bewildering effect. ‘Raf and I had many discussions about the maze as a perfect theatrical, performative machine. It was important that each of the vocal pieces reflect a stop inside the exhibition’s journey, with a sound score that is compelling—perhaps scary and absurd, but also at...

The Prince Hotel

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
With its chilled bobo vibe and seaside setting, it’s surprising that Melbourne’s St Kilda does not have more chic urban hotels. For now, at least, the 38-room Prince Hotel is a timely reminder of the quarter’s potential.  Constructed in 1936, the four-storey building on Acland Street is a local landmark, though local studio Meme Design have refused to be cowed by the pedigree. With great warmth and imagination, it has segued the building’s art deco façade into an interior that mixes fresh Nordic elements with a light maritime vibe by way of the Hamptons and Miami.  And so, handmade oak chairs, tufted rugs and brass pendants are paired with concrete tables, pale candy colours and judicious lashings of white marble. The ground floor bistro and wine-bar is headlined by chef Dan Hawkins, whose mod Australian menu of produce sourced from local community gardens is the perfect accompaniment to...

Never-before-exhibited watercolours by Steven Holl go on display in Milan

Monday April 16th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Architect Steven Holl and renowned Milanese gallerist Antonia Jannone first met in the late Seventies. At the time Jannone was building her reputation for showing drawings, projects, models and prints by well-known Italian and international architects, the young architect meanwhile, was visiting the city and wanted to show Jannone his drawings.  ‘At the time I was not so interested,’ recalls Jannone matter-of-factly remembering their first meeting, ‘I was working with architects like Aldo Rossi and Ettore Sottsass and was busy with them.’ It wasn’t until almost 40 years later, when editor and curator Marco Sammicheli reintroduced the idea of a Holl exhibit, that Jannone rediscovered his work and fell in love with the depth of his watercolours.The Rose that Grows In Paradise Is Blue, by Steven Holl, 2017 Sammicheli, who had followed the work of Holl since studying for his Phd, met the architect himself in 2015...

Heavy petal: Kim Mee Hye turns charming gardener

Monday April 16th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
When reading Marcel Proust’s defining novel In Search of Lost Time (1913-27), Kim Mee Hye was struck by a single sentence: 'Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. 'Every word resonated,' says the Korean-born, Antwerp-based designer. 'It surmised the mood of my new collection, Blossom Topic.' Her intention was to 'analyse the beauty of the changing seasons, particularly autumn and spring, when the petals and leaves start to fall,' – and in a broader sense, capture the feeling of 'renewal.' In true Hye style, her interpretation was far from literal. In fact, there’s not a cloying floral or romantic leaf in sight. Instead, she concentrated on refining 'the balance between line and curvature,' by constructing delicate, curving framework that would allow petal-shaped rubies, diamonds and sapphires to appear to float on the body. 'I wanted the...

Poltrona Frau debuts inaugural GamFratesi collection at Salone del Mobile

Monday April 16th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
For Danish Italian designers GamFratesi, a chance to collaborate with Italian furniture giant Poltrona Frau provided the perfect opportunity to get creative with the Italian manufacturer’s main material – leather. The Copenhagen-based studio – a collaboration between Danish architect and designer Stine Gam, and Italian architect Enrico Fratesi – is renowned for their material and technique-driven approach, so the decision to draw upon Poltrona Frau’s rich heritage in the production of leather was a natural one. ‘With this collection we aim to reach an aesthetic that is embracing the design values of Poltrona Frau as well as the contemporary needs of an everyday functional environment,’ explain the designers.The Cestlavie table aesthetically embraces the design values of Poltrona Frau The studio was keen to experiment and explore new ways in which it could take the traditional material and techniques and create something unexpected. The result is a rotund coffee table with...

Behind the scenes of Nike’s new 3D-printed Flyprint performance footwear

Monday April 16th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Nike has launched its latest in performance boosting material innovation, just in time for the London Marathon. The next generation Nike Flyprint is a 3D-printed upper material, which is precision engineered for performance in collaboration with Nike athlete Eliud Kipchoge. The project has been a year in the works. This time last year, Kipchoge attempted to break the sub-two-hour marathon time, as part of the brand’s Breaking2 project. It was a target that he famously missed by a 25 second margin. The valiant attempt, which, lets not forget, was two-and-a-half minutes faster than the world record, nonetheless gave Nike the opportunity to capture Kipchoge’s performance data, offering the brand further insights into world-leading running patterns, styles and techniques. What they found prompted the Nike design team to create the next generation of VaporFly Elites. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=RFW35vTTGQI[/embed] Come London Marathon day (22 April 2018) Kipchoge will return to his old stomping...

Taryn Simon on the art of mourning and how social media is shaping grief

Monday April 16th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Having gathered professional mourners from around the world to perform their laments in New York in 2016, artist and erstwhile Wallpaper* Guest Editor Taryn Simon is now bringing her groundbreaking artwork to London, opening this evening. We caught up with Simon in midst of rehearsals to talk about grief, performance and ephemerality. Unlike Simon’s previous works, An Occupation of Loss has a live element at its core. ‘I’d been exploring professional mourners in A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, and was looking into it being one of the chapters,’ she recalls. ‘I realised that the medium that would best meet the subject matter was not photographic, nor was it textual. Lament occupies this space that is not music and not speech. And it’s both spontaneous and scripted, in a way that is difficult to translate. So it almost in and of itself insisted of being performance.’...

Dark age: a cluster of blackened concrete pavilions forms a discreet retreat outside Mexico City

Monday April 16th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
‘From our first conversation with the client, we thought this would be a conventional weekend house,’ says architect Fernanda Canales of Casa Bruma, a remarkable retreat located just a couple of hours outside Mexico City. ‘However, when we visited the remote and rural site, it was hard to even work out the shape of the plot,’ she continues. ‘There were no markings and just so much vegetation.’ Canales, who collaborated on the project with architect Claudia Rodríguez, a former fellow student who now works with Taller de Operaciones Ambientales in Mexico City, realised they needed another strategy. ‘For a start, we couldn’t remove any existing trees, and it was hard to find a single space on the site longer than five metres,’ she recalls. ‘So we decided to develop the house as a series of small boxes or pavilions.’ The second conundrum was the climate...

Eat, drink and shop your way round Milan during Salone with Picky Nicky

Monday April 16th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
I’ve spent a serious amount of time in Milan over the last 20 years (I lived there for seven of them and, although I’m now based in London, I spent more than 30 days in the Italian city last year). As a result, I’m often asked for recommendations, especially in the run-up to Salone del Mobile. So here are my top tips (addresses below), some new, some stalwarts, but all with the picked-by-Nicky seal of approval. Firstly, for a great meal – traditional, straightforward Italian with no unnecessary flourishes – I always head to Bice, Torre di Pisa, A Santa Lucia or Paper Moon; and if I fancy eating on a terrace outside, then it’s Il Salumaio, Dal Bolognese or Dehors at the Park Hyatt. It really pays to book these places, so ask your concierge.Your fare to the fair: Italian taxis are now obliged by law to take card...

Peripatetic Georgian artist Andro Wekua on work, war and wandering

Monday April 16th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Andro Wekua’s Berlin studio is located on a curve of the River Spree near the Tiergarten park. This used to be quite a backwater, but escalating property prices and proximity to the river have turned it into prime real estate turf. The studio is in the remains of an old red brick building, a surviving wing of a larger industrial complex, surrounded by seven construction sites with billboards for future co-working spaces and relocation invitations. As he shows me up to his second-floor atelier above a small printing works (and opposite the studio of British artist Angela Bulloch), Wekua explains he doesn’t expect to be here much longer – ‘the owner is here almost every day with potential buyers’ – but he doesn’t seem unduly concerned. Wekua is aged just 40, but has been well known in the art world since his twenties. MoMA and the Saatchi Gallery own several...

Cristina Celestino’s ‘travelling salon’ puts Rubelli on rails for Salone del Mobile

Monday April 16th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Other modes of transport may modernise and morph into driverless or futuristic high-speed versions of their former selves, but there remains something resolutely and romantically 19th century about the tram – even the modern ones. So with a universal fondness and nostalgia attached to the concept as a starting point, Italian designer Cristina Celestino’s main project for Salone del Mobile was bound take off – albeit on rails.   The designer, who excels at contemporary design that references historic styles and forms, rose to global prominence in 2015 when Fendi unveiled her pastel-pretty, Fifties-inspired Happy Room at Design Miami. In a similar vein she has taken a 1928 tram and transformed the interiors into a ‘travelling salon’ that harks back to old world glamour and yet in its immersive design context feels very now. Her vision ‘inspired by the theme of the journey, as an experience with dream and surreal overtones’, has been realised...

Restaurant IBU

Monday April 16th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Making a home for itself in the heart of Vesterbro, Restaurant IBU is one of the most notable new restaurants in the urban-cool Copenhagen borough.  Filling a modest space on Vesterbrogade, head chef Henrik Jyrk collaborated with Ferm Living to take advantage of the location’s intimacy. The resulting design is a space of comfort, where touches from the home are in-keeping with Danish hygge and foster a welcoming and lingering environment. Warm, earthy tones are anchored by the all-black tables and chairs, patterned in such a way that the restaurant can host large parties as comfortably as it does date night.  Chef Henrik has innovated his cooking styles from the East, with leading cues from the kitchens of Malaysia and Singapore, that sees the fusion menu featuring dishes from salmon with fennel and ikura, to rendang or a Saturday lunch crispy chicken sandwich. 

Craft masters convene at Salone del Mobile for the third edition of Doppia Firma

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Housed at the elegant, privately owned 1930s Villa Mozart in Milan’s historic centre is the third edition of Doppia Firma – a dialogue between design and artisanal excellence – the exhibition which partners 13 international designers with Italian master artisans to create an original piece. On show across the ground floor halls of the villa, owned by the jeweller Giampiero Bodino who uses the building as his studio and rarely opens his doors to the public, the contemporary works spanning disciplines such as glassblowing, gilding, silversmithing, silkscreen printing, spinning, lacemaking, typesetting and ceramics show skilled excellence at its best.‘Bandiera per un giorno’ soprarizzo silk velvet, by Nathalie Dupasquier and Emanuele Bevilacqua. Photography: © Laila Pozzo for Doppia Firma; Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship; Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and Living Corriere della Sera The project’s aim, which was founded by the Geneva-based private organisation Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and...

Introducing the first collection to emerge from Tom Dixon’s new King’s Cross HQ

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Sitting across the table at his showroom in London’s Portobello Dock, Tom Dixon looks nervous. It’s not the prospect of the interview; Dixon is a seasoned interviewee, with over three decades’ worth of design prominence. Any perceived nerves come from the anticipation of what’s to come. His studio is about to embark on a very special – and logistically complicated – project: the full relocation of its office, showroom and restaurant to a new home in King’s Cross. An especially designed space featuring added functions, key collaborations and the chance to connect even more and better with the wider public make for exciting plans; although, by the designer’s own admission, it’s all a little daunting to organise alongside the day job.Scoop high back chairs, from Tom Dixon’s new collection, available from 16 April 2018 The location is The Coal Office, a long, industrial brick building on the southern edge...

In the frame: standout designs from around the globe

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
All year round, we journey through design weeks, fairs and galleries scouring for the most refined, innovative and spectacular designs from across the globe. From sublime exhibition sets and nifty product launches to compelling collaborations and sophisticated new brands, we bring you our guide of the best in design for 2018... Torch song: we love this flashy little number by Studio Job for online brand Qeeboo​Designer Stefano Giovannoni launched his online furniture brand Qeeboo back in 2015 with a collection of colourful plastic furniture. He is now reissuing the designs with a chrome finish created using nanotechnology. In a first for furniture and design objects, atomised particles are removed from a piece of brass, aluminium or copper in a high-vacuum atmosphere, and coated on the plastic product. One of the designs being treated with this technique is Studio Job’s ‘Flash’ lamp, which gives corporeal form to the rays of a...

In Milan, the Wallpaper* Handmade space offers new launches, exuberant bars and more

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Each year at Salone del Mobile, our exhibition of captivating collaborations is joined by a whole host of friends to enrich the true Wallpaper* Handmade experience. This year, we are housing new launches, a vibrant bar collaboration and another viral outdoor installation, this is before we even mention the plethora of projects we have commissioned for Wellness & Wonder: this year’s Handmade theme. British duo Pinch is displaying Elan, a new armoire that celebrates dynamic marquetry techniques, composed of three birch veneers imbued with sinuous patterns. ‘It has poise, grace and personality but stops short of being overbearing,’ says Russell Pinch. When opening the wondrous wardrobe, you see elegant detailing in the cast brass, copper plated handles and hinges that have been specially commissioned, while the shelving and internal hanging system are bespoke-made in a Dorset workshop. Over in the garden, Sunbrella presents ‘LE ROI’ by Marc Ange, another showstopping...

Kohler explores the spectrum of modernism at Milan Design week

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Once a small Wisconsin-based foundry, Kohler has become a world-leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bathroom elements. Nearly 150 years after its creation, the global brand presents ‘MAXIMIN’, an immersive experience in Milan’s Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, one of Europe’s best preserved 19th-century palaces – and, incidentally, the first home to install a shower in Milan. ‘Milan Design Week is the ultimate celebration of innovation and creativity, and this energy makes it the perfect place to introduce our thinking on modernism and how we design for a spectrum of expression,’ explains Mark Bickerstaffe, Kohler’s director of new product development. The ornate decor of the museum will help bring this energy to life, giving a contrasting perspective on the designs. Visitors will be able to take a journey through Kohler’s latest output with a series of installations set in the grand rooms of the historic museum, which trace Kohler’s view...

Japan meets Italy at Milan’s new zen co-working café

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Mixed-use café and co-working spaces may be old hat in places like London, Amsterdam or New York, but in buttoned-up Milan, they’re something of a rarer breed. Milanese cafes comprise mainly the typical Italian stand-up-and-sip variety and casual office space is few and far between, relegated to the up-and-coming but far-flung neighborhoods of Loreto or Lodi. Just in time for the droves of designers and design devotees to descend on Salone del Mobile, enter Tenoha. The second location of Tokyo-based concept shop, café, event and co-working space is housed within a 2500 sq m 1930s-era ex-wallpaper factory in the canal-side Navigli neighborhood. The simple but well-finished interiors — cherry wood banquette seating, Horigotatsu-style booths and a custom gridded lighting system — were designed by Milan-based Park Associati. Not keen on recreating verbatim the original Daikanyama location, Park Associati envisioned a space that channeled contemporary Tokyo of the Italian imagination. It...

Box fresh: Rick Owens revamps Birkenstock’s retail pop-up space

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Last year Birkenstock debuted its Birkenstock Box, a mobile retail concept designed by Gonzalez Haase and featuring stacked freight containers, which act as blank boxes for the design whims of Birkenstock’s collaborators, ranging from Andreas Murkudis in Berlin to Barney’s New York. Now the Box is pitching up outside Rick Owens’ La Brea Avenue boutique in California. ‘Retail experiences must deliver the unexpected,’ says Birkenstock CEO Oliver Reichert. ‘The Box is about creating a holistic experience, a creative platform and meeting place where product and architecture interact.’ Rick Owens has raised the roof on Reichert’s immersive aim, overhauling the interior of the Birkenstock Box with organic elements inspired by ‘a Joseph Beuys temple’. The two-storey space features mirrored – and army felt blanket – lined walls, and is dotted with interior design objects, including ‘Prong Camel’ sculptures in foam, steel concrete and camel skin by Owens’ company Owenscorp. The...

Valery Demure’s jewellery hotlist

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Wrap stars

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Blankets have the power to protect and envelop, and for Loewe’s latest exhibition at Salone del Mobile 2018, the Madrid-based label is showcasing an exhibition dedicated to the intricate and innovative craftsmanship behind these swathing designs. Craft is a concept close to Loewe’s heart. Take the second iteration of its annual Craft Prize which culminates next month, or the network of global artisans the brand works with on the handiwork within its ready-to-wear collections. For ‘Loewe Blankets’, creative director Jonathan Anderson ventured far and wide to discover the finest weavers, dyers and embroiderers around the world, from artisans in Salasaca, Ecuador to expert Sashiko stitchers in Japan, Indian ribbon embroiderers, to skilled patchwork-focused Sengalese weavers. In celebration of Loewe’s upcoming exhibition, here in this film the brand unravels the narratives behind its network of expert collaborators... 17-22 April; Via Monte Napoleone, 21; www.loewe.com. Writer: Laura Hawkins

The Principal

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
When the Hotel Russell opened in 1898, it fast became the talk of town for its grand terracotta façade. In recent years, the Grade II-listed property has been in a sad state of decline, but happily, it has just emerged from a lavish overhaul of its interiors.  Designers Tara Bernerd and Russell Sage have modernised the 334-room hotel, now renamed The Principal, with a dose of creamy drapery, tufted fabric, and artwork that is meant to evoke the neighbourhood’s Bloomsbury artistic and literary heritage.  The restored Palm Court is once more a light-washed aerie, while chef Brett Redman’s perch in Neptune restaurant sports a raw bar, and an aquatic menu speckled with Exmoor caviar, Isle of Mull scallops, and cured chalk stream trout served with mole-spiced beetroot. 

Hermès launches a trio of Miguel Castro Leñero’s animal-printed blankets at Salone del Mobile

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
‘Miguel Castro Leñero is one of the most important artists working in Mexico today,’ says Alexis Fabry, deputy artistic director of Hermès’ home universe, who first discovered the work of the Mexico City-based painter in the early 1990s. Castro Leñero is known for his graphical representations of objects and natural elements, and Fabry was especially taken ‘by the way he uses animal forms and imprints’. Hermès has now given a new life to the artist’s stylised animal silhouettes – specifically his horses, to reflect the French brand’s equestrian credentials – on a trilogy of blankets to be unveiled at Salone del Mobile. Each is made of bicoloured, hand-dyed double cashmere decorated with block prints, appliqué and embroidery. To create each horse outline, one single hand-cut piece of cashmere was sewn to the main fabric, then finished with tiny coloured glass beads. Traditional Kantha embroidery stitches were used to emphasise...

Bo selecta: Nilufar Gallery celebrates the twists and turns of an icon of Brazilian modernism

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Nina Yashar, the founder of Milan’s Nilufar Gallery, first fell for Lina Bo Bardi five years ago. She was visiting São Paulo and the photographer Ruy Teixeira took her on a tour of several of the architect’s seminal projects, including the Museo di Arte de São Paulo (MASP), Casa de Vidro (the architect’s home), SESC Pompeia, and the Espírito Santo do Cerrado church in Uberlândia. It was the beginning of an obsession with the Rome-born Bo Bardi, who, after studying architecture at the University of Rome, opened a studio in Milan’s via Gesù in 1940 and collaborated with Gio Ponti on Stile magazine before moving to Brazil with her husband Pietro Maria Bardi in 1946. In São Paulo, Bo Bardi worked alongside her husband, as well as fellow Italians Valeria Piacentini Cirell and Giancarlo Palanti at the newly established Studio d’Arte Palma. It was with the lesser known Palanti that...

A Gio Ponti design created for a New York icon has a happy landing at Salone del Mobile

Sunday April 15th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Gio Ponti’s ‘D.859.1’ table was originally designed to sit atop a Manhattan skyscraper. It was the centerpiece of the Milanese master’s most extensive project in New York: an auditorium perched on the eighth-floor terrace of Harrison & Abramovitz’s Time & Life Building. When it first opened its doors in 1959, Ponti’s auditorium was the ultimate gathering place for the sharply suited businessman. Indeed, it was intended to woo advertisers and facilitate high-powered business meetings for Henry Luce’s Time Inc, then at the apex of a mighty media industry. Hoping to beef up his profile in the Big Apple, Ponti had rained down on that little space all the lustre of Italian luxury he could muster. A 1960 issue of Architectural Forum describes the chapel-like space as bordering on the Baroque, its floors ‘a grand lava flow of marbleised sheet rubber in yellow with streaks of green, and dark...

The Catuçaba Hideaway

Saturday April 14th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
In an age of 24/7 hyper-connectivity, it takes some effort to get away from it all, but at The Catuçaba Hideaway, we might actually have discovered the ideal bolt-hole.  For starters, the location revels in its splendid isolation. Set within a 12,000-acre farming community, high on the side of a bluff swathed in bush and sporting views that stretch clear to the horizon, Studio MK27 has fashioned from responsibly sourced Amazon hardwoods, an elongated floating platform of expansive timber decks, four bedrooms, and cosy spaces furnished with locally-accented rugs, blue window shutters, textiles and clay bricks.  Eucalyptus twig screens cast mesmerising shadows and provide cross-breezes during the summer months, whilst chillier nights can be whiled away in a copper bathtub or by ceramic wood-burning stoves. For the less indolent, the days are packed with horse-back trails with strapping gauchos, laps in rock pools, and platters of grass-fed...

An insider’s guide to highlights at Object at Miart 2018

Friday April 13th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Unbeknownst to much of the design world packing their bags for Milan next week, the city celebrates contemporary art the week before. At its heart is Miart, a much-loved art fair at the Fieramilano City, the charming former home of Salone. Design has an important place here too with a section devoted to collectable design galleries titled Object. I have had the pleasure of curating Object this year. My mission has been to introduce some bold and brave young international galleries to contrast with and complement the Italian stalwarts. The result is a diverse and compelling showcase of contemporary collectable design that brings new life to the historic works on show. Here are five highlights. Atelier Jespers, Brussels Cupboard by Gerard-Kuijpers Jean-Francois Declercq is part-patron, part-conductor rather than a gallerist in the traditional sense; he describes Atelier Jespers as a cultural experiment more than a gallery. For its first outing...

Origin Grill & Bar

Friday April 13th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Since it opened in 1971, Singapore’s Shangri-la Hotel has been something of a local landmark both for its soaring marbled lobby dripping with chandeliers, and its always impeccable collection of restaurants.The latest to join its stable occupies the ground floor spot vacated by the much loved Nadaman.  Created by design studio A Work of Substance as a homage to Singapore’s past as an important entrepôt, the space unfolds as a series of set-pieces. Just off the bijou coppery-arched foyer is a capacious bar – a moody blue cavern framed by velvet curtains and fuelled by a cocktail menu spiked with jackfruit marmalade, torch ginger flowers, and bamboo and osthmanthus fortified wine.  In the main room – furnished like an old-fashioned train station platform with hand-stitched Tripolina leather chairs and globe lamps – executive chef Heidi Flanagan works up a lip-smacking seasonal grill of snow-aged Niigata wagyu, Fremantle...

Linder Sterling’s punk feminist collages give a British countryside art crawl a new edge

Thursday April 12th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
Launched in 2015, The Grand Tour celebrates the interwoven art, architecture, cultural heritage and landscape of Nottingham and Derbyshire. Since its inception, big-shot British male art stars like Simon Starling and Pablo Bronstein have helped put this UK missive into the international spotlight. The countryside art crawl still offers an invigorating creative survey of the region, but the programming has taken a distinctly feminist twist for its third edition, courtesy of one artist in particular who is having a banner year: Linder. A double bill at Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth stars the British photomontage artist (full name Linder Sterling), who is also the latter’s first-ever artist resident. Renowned for her punk/post-punk aesthetics, Linder reimagined the Chatsworth estate’s sumptuous digs in Derbyshire as a type of ‘sensorium’. Delving into the 500-year history of the stately home for ‘Her Grace Land’ (24 March – 21 October), the artist devised a series of...

For his Salone del Mobile launch with Kvadrat, Jonathan Olivares goes back to nature

Thursday April 12th, 2018 11:00:00 PM
It all started with a daybed. When the Harvard Graduate School of Design asked designer Jonathan Olivares to create a piece for Philip Johnson’s 1942 Thesis House in 2015, he teamed up with Danish textile brand Kvadrat to produce a daybed for the Cambridge, Massachusetts space. Inspired by New England mast makers, the daybed laid the groundwork for the duo’s latest collaboration: Twill Weave, which makes its debut at Salone del Mobile in Milan. Available to the public and the trade, Twill Weave reimagines the daybed’s original textile — a wool-nylon twill weave that mimics the effect of carbon fibre, a key material for mast makers — in an expanded palette. ‘I wanted to create a group of colours that came from the earth’s crust,’ Olivares explains.Twill Weave is a wool-nylon textile that mimics the effect of carbon fibre He conducted his research at the Harvard Art Museums’...





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