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Olafur Eliasson opens his new satellite studio in Reykjavik to the public

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
It’s hard for anything to stay hidden for long in Reykjavik. With a population of 120,000, the highstreet feels like a backstreet (albeit a quaintly beautiful one), and everyone knows everyone. In the even less-trodden industrial area to the northwest of the city, where cranes and fish trawlers rhythmically churn up the harbour, and a tinny, sulfurous smell fills the air, a recently converted herring factory is quietly setting the citywide standard in art, architecture and design. Marshall House was converted by local architects Ási Sturluson and Steinþór Kárason of Kurt og Pí earlier this year in an undertaking they describe as ‘the project of a lifetime’. Almost ten years in planning, and one in the making, the conversion was riddled with difficulties. The city council keeps a close eye on the heritage of the area, and has already banned new hotels from popping up. Required by regulators to...

Drum and base: AMO launch a new display at the Stedelijk Museum

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Five years after its reopening, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum today reveals Stedelijk BASE, a much-anticipated new presentation of the museum’s permanent collection, which marks the finale of the museum’s almost decade-long revitalisation.  Located in the basement of the ‘bathtub’ (the nickname of the new wing designed by fellow Dutch architect Mels Crouwel), its new display has been designed by AMO architects Rem Koolhaas and Federico Martelli, who envisaged an innovative exhibition system specifically for the space. Most notably, the 1340 sq m lower level gallery is made of 180 tons of steel, supporting a number of specially developed, ultra-thin freestanding walls on which some 700 highlights from the collection can be mounted.  For almost two years Koolhaas and Martelli worked closely with the museum’s team of curators, researchers and technical staff, delving into the archives in search of a propitious representation. The result is a hybrid arrangement that is both chronological...

'Parure II' centrepiece

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Designed by Cristina Celestino for Paola C., the 'Dolce Vita' collection is a celebration of Italy in the 1950s — an era whose charm is defined by a distinct joie de vivre, irony and optimism. In a contemporary take on this epoch, Celestino has designed a series of functional items that beautifully encapsulate this tone. Crafted from borosilicate blown glass, the 'Parure II' centrepiece is both striking and elegant, with sophisticated brushed brass detailing and a light blue bowl that has been coloured and silked internally. Available from WallpaperSTORE*

Volvo rediscovers its design mojo, thanks to its supercharged SUVs

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
With this autumn’s unveiling of the all-new Volvo XC40, the Swedish manufacturer has finally completed the SUV family it started way back in 2002 with the original XC90. In recent years, following the marque’s acquisition by Chinese manufacturer Geely in 2009 (and subsequent investment), the company has rediscovered its design mojo, and with it a greater purpose, with a mission statement that sets it apart from the competition. Back in July, Volvo stole a march on the industry by announcing it would only build electric or hybridised cars from 2019 onwards. It was a move calculated to raise eyebrows and kick-start debate, and other car makers quickly followed suit. Volvo’s recent good fortune has happened under the watch of Thomas Ingenlath, the company’s Senior Vice President of Design. Joining Volvo after over two decades at the VW Group, the German designer set about rationalising the brand, overhauling the range and...

Style findings: dispatches from the Wallpaper* fashion team

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Artist’s Palate: Spencer Finch’s almond chocolate cookies

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The skies have a strong hold on the imagination of American artist Spencer Finch, who once hand-painted 2,983 squares of paper in varying shades of blue to approximate the colour of the heavens on the day the Twin Towers fell. A permanent fixture of New York’s 9/11 memorial, Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning is perhaps Finch’s most viewed artwork to date. However, that accolade may soon pass to A Cloud Index, a commission for the Crossrail station at London’s Paddington, to be unveiled in December 2018. A 120m-long glass canopy stretching above the concourse will be printed with cloud formations in the tradition of English landscape paintings. Like Finch’s contribution to our recipe series, it’s the perfect antidote for a dull wintry day. Of these cookies, which his great aunt Edna used to serve on Christmas Eve, Finch says, ‘They are not...

In pictures: the W* photography desk’s daily digest of visual inspiration

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Bites: Wallpaper’s pick of the latest grooming, food and technology goings-on

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The top buildings that shaped culture in 2017

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Under the loupe: our latest watch and jewellery finds

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

What lies beneath: a swirling installation in light by TeamLab is pulling us in

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
In what has quickly become Japanese art collective TeamLab’s signature style, a technologically ambitious yet highly personal digital art installation debuts today in Melbourne. Created for the NGV Triennial, Moving Creates Vortices and Vortices Create Movement straddles the ever-bending boundaries between art, technology and experience, sucking visitors in. Ahead of TeamLab’s exhibition at Pace Gallery London this past January, founder Toshiyuko Inoko told me that ‘digital technology allows art to break free from the frame’ – a theme that busts through the walls and ceilings here. Visitors walk on digitally-manipulated water, their presence creating moving light patterns on the floor, in an algorithmic technology borrowed from the London show. Unlike the ealier iteration, the Melbourne space includes mirrors on the walls and roof, reflecting light from the floor, enveloping the visitors completely, in overwhelming, hurricane-like patterns.Installation view of Moving Creates Vortices and Vortices Create Movement, 2017, by TeamLab, at...

Seashell, steel, silk clay: a new generation of jewellers shows material worth

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Kath Libbert’s eponymous gallery in Salts Mill, Saltaire, has made a commitment to nurturing talent central to its ethos. Libbert’s own expertise as a curator means her annual selection of the best new UK jewellery graduate talent is a notable calendar highlight. The jewellers taking part in this year’s exhibition, ‘Identity’, are high on our new talent hotlist. Adrienn Pesti, from the Glasgow School of Art, incorporates a plethora of textured materials including silk clay, enamel and steel in a bid to explore how jewellery can prompt social interactions. ‘My  design work carries its own visual language creating conversations and interaction between people,’ Pesti explains. She hopes cheerful, bright hues and inviting designs will encourage playful dialogue stimulated by simple curiosity.Rings in silver and gold plated silver by Hannah Lornie. Photography: Shannon Tofts Miki Asai, also a student of Glasgow School of Art, finds beauty in impermanence: ‘My jewellery captures preserved...

Moxy Times Square

Friday December 15th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Moxy, Mariott’s diffusion hospitality brand, might already have several international locations to date, but with the opening of its first New York property in Times Square, its playful, design-centric approach reaches a whole new level. With over 22,000 sq ft of event space and a whopping 612 rooms on offer, Moxy Times Square is proof that style doesn’t need to come at a luxury price. The hotel’s developer, Lightstone, roped in a host of big names to this end: architects Stonehill Taylor were charged with remaking the former New Mills Hotel, built in 1907, into rooms ranging from 150 to 350 square feet. Yabu Pushelberg designed the room interiors, which are filled with custom-designed, foldaway furniture, wood-frame beds with hidden storage and open pegboard closets. Rockwell Group conceived the interiors for the restaurant and bar spaces: a seafood brasserie, Legasea and all-day breakfast eaterie, Egghead, plus the rooftop bar and...

In the frame: standout designs from around the globe

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Wallpaper* and Pullman Hotels team up to help world explorers navigate the planet’s hottest cities

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
   

Character study: introducing the cast of the St Giles fragrance line

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
New fragrance line St Giles is a very British brand, despite its very French nose. The brain behind it, Michael Donovan, is one of the UK’s most seasoned perfume PRs, who has worked many years with the kind of brands that have defined the concept of niche fragrance, like Frederic Malle’s Edition de Parfums. Having hobnobbed with elite noses all his professional life, Donovan had the pick of the best, and chose for St Giles Bertrand Duchaufour – the perfumer behind many of the Artisan Parfumeur scents and some for Acqua de Parma and Comme des Garçons. What imparts its Britishness is the clearly defined and communicated nature of the juice in each of the five bottles. If a French PR were to launch a scent, the communication would most likely read as though Jacques Prevert had walked into a flower garden. Not a bad thing, just quite different to the more factual and functional...

Global design: inspired by China

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Building with bamboo: meet the architects and designers championing the sustainable material

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Perfecting the high art of Chinese ceramics through 20 millenia

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

COS and Studio Swine branch out in Miami with scented bubble installation

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
At this year’s Design Miami, COS teamed up once more with Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine to showcase an updated version of the London studio’s specially commissioned bubble tree installation. Having made its debut earlier this year in Milan, the installation was moved to Miami and showcased in The Temple House, a bright art deco building. Basking in the Miami sunshine, the sculptural tree took on a lighter and altogether more joyful persona in its new Floridian home. The project began over a year ago when Studio Swine were approached by COS to come up with something for Salone del Mobile. The duo set about researching the city of Milan, drawing inspiration from its neoclassical arches and columns. ‘We knew that it was going to be shown during the spring, so we were thinking about things that evoke the passing of the season,’ explains Groves. ‘We...

Design Awards 2018 preview: meet our Judges’ Awards jury and sneak a peek at the shortlist

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Disruptive thinking and dynamic design in our Next Generation issue

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Welcome to our Next Generation and Graduate Directory issue, our annual scan and swoop for tomorrow’s headline acts, the emerging stars in the Wallpaper* universe. From a young architect reimagining Hong Kong and the duo designing sustainable uniforms for the world’s more responsible restaurants to designers de-gendering gym equipment and bringing parent and child closer together in doctors’ waiting rooms. It is, then, an apt time to announce an exciting new Wallpaper* venture. As we turn the page on one year and stare optimistically ahead, thoughts of self-improvement are never far away. Physical wellbeing is usually paramount and gym membership cards (unused since last January?) will be rescued from the back of a drawer. But what about the mind? What about education? There’s always room for improvement there too. That’s why we have partnered with London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) to offer a series of design masterclasses to...

Wallpaper* to hold Royal College of Art design masterclass

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Regular investments: Picky Nicky has reservations about restaurant booking systems

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
In June 2014, after a run around Regent’s Park, I stopped off at Fischer’s, a Viennese-inspired restaurant in Marylebone that was about to officially open. Despite sporting running gear, I was greeted enthusiastically by its elegantly-dressed owner Jeremy King, who was hosting a soft pre-opening night. I booked a table for later that week and have been back 128 times since. Getting a table by phone or by email is always simple and swift, and if I pop in at any time of day, no matter how busy, I am greeted by name and found a table. When Fucina, on the corner of Chiltern and Paddington Streets, appeared to be open, I did the same thing, although this time I was dressed more appropriately. It too was having a pre-opening for ‘friends only’, but I was informed I was not one. Instead of taking my booking on the spot, I...

Retro revival: Dimore Studio unleashes 70s style at Fendi’s Sloane Street boutique

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Velvet and mohair-lined walls, plush amber carpets and shimmering surfaces create a distinctly retro mood in Fendi’s newly refurbished Sloane Street outpost by Dimore Studio. Run by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, Dimore Studio first collaborated with the Roman fashion house in 2014, launching a collection of design pieces for Fendi at Design Miami. This quickly led to the Milan-based studio crafting the much-acclaimed Fendi apartment, which was installed above the label’s Rome Palazzo in 2016. ‘It’s the freedom Fendi allows us,’ enthuses Moran, explaining why the relationship works. ‘It’s the knowledge of sharing the same idea of luxury; we both demand excellence in craftsmanship and attention to detail.’ This year, the love affair continues as Dimore Studio unveils its first boutique for the brand, which is unsurprisingly the Italian fashion house’s most opulent to date. More like a salon than a store, Dimore’s inaugural Fendi outpost builds upon the...

Check matte: Steven Holl creates a glowing Maggie’s Centre in London

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
When New York-based architect Steven Holl started piecing together ideas for the newest Maggie’s cancer care centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, he knew that the structure was going to form a pivotal part of a much longer story. Adjacent to the 18th-century stone building by architect James Gibbs, the design of Maggie’s Centre Barts reveals a softened, translucent exterior in the day in contrast with its lantern like state at night; an intentional feature that Holl says distinguishes the care centre from the medieval structures that surround it.  Inspired by the musical notation in existence at the time the hospital was founded in 1123, the three-storey vertical design mimics the stretch and fluidity of the musical staff against five horizontal lines. The nonlinear elements of shape-notes, represented by coloured glass, connect the new structure to the history on which it stands. Selected for his ability to manipulate the use of light, Holl...

Glass act: Meg House by Olson Kundig balances transparency and refuge

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Olson Kundig have a reputation for creating stunning private homes set within the vast, leafy American countryside, so in a way, Meg House bucks the trend. Nestled in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighbourhood, in fact not too far from Tom Kundig’s own home, and overlooking downtown Seattle and Puget Sound, this project is as urban as they get. Yet the house has all the hallmarks of an Olson Kundig design.  There’s swathes of glass, a distinct industrial feel, and a large-scale retractable window, which is operated with the help of a hand-cranked wheel and three large counterweights; all pleasingly familiar Tom Kundig obsessions. The metal structure’s glass wall towards the garden allows for a generous ‘guillotine’ opening that leads out to the greenery and seamlessly connects indoors and outdoors. Take an interactive tour of Meg House Making the most of the steeply sloped site, the house offers long, 180-degree...

Light fantastic: Rev Architecture creates a dynamic new window concept for Nirav Modi

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
He has worked with Jaime Hayon and Atelier Marika Chaumet to design interiors for his flagship boutiques in the world’s top cities, and now the Indian jeweller Nirav Modi  has cast his keen design eye to Rev Architecture for a new retail concept. Modi has invited Paris-based Rev to design a new window motif for his eponymous brand’s international boutiques. Rev’s keen understanding of what retail concepts entail – they have created dynamic interiors for the likes of Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co – means they are are well-versed in the need for a fine balance between art and commerce. As such, Rev founders Cristiano Benzoni and Sophie Thuillier have come up with a unique glass pattern that delicately hovers between the figurative and abstract.Sketch of the organic pattern, which is capable of growing and expanding alongside Nirav Modi's new stores ‘We tried to find a design from nature which is...

Coperaco Café

Thursday December 14th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The Urby housing brand – Ironstate Development’s pioneering lifestyle-oriented approach to the rental market – has already made an impression in locations like Staten Island and Jersey City. With its latest development in Harrison, New Jersey, the brand has transformed two blocks into a miniature community that’s not only accessible to its residents, but also commuters travelling on the PATH train or to Newark airport alike. The residence’s main lobby is a particularly attractive draw: located beside the main entrance is an inviting café operated by local coffee roasters Coperaco Coffee – the first of its kind. Housed within a freestanding, peaked roof structure designed by the Dutch firm Concrete, who was also behind the development’s overall aesthetic, Coperaco Café exudes a rustic farmhouse vibe with its serene colour palette and hanging greenery. Separated into two components, one half of the space comes armed with a marble bar and high...

Seasons greetings: the festive installations of 2017 getting us in the mood

Wednesday December 13th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Six

Wednesday December 13th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Behind a large doorway on via Scaldasole, just up the road from Milan’s port district of Darsena, Six is the brainchild of Mauro Orlandelli, head of bespoke interior design studio, Forest, who set out to create a ‘holistic container’ that was ‘superior to the sum of its parts’. For this, read ‘concept store’ and for Six, think three, for it is comprised of a gallery, a bistro – called Sixième, naturellement – and what is mystifyingly referred to as a ‘green design boutique’ by Irene Cuzzaniti and which turns out to be a cross between a florists, a ‘conceptual backdrop’ and a shop. To do so, Orlandelli turned to David Lopez Quincoces and Fanny Bauer Grung, head architects at Milan-based studio, Quincoces-Dragò & Partners (and which is now based in the building). In turn, they worked with that now apparently indispensable architectural accessory, an art director, to come up with...

Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi

Wednesday December 13th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi in Marrakech was once by-passed by tourists. Its 503 rooms and its location next to the Palais des Congres makes it the largest conference hotel in North Africa, but a $100,000m renovation by French practice Studio MHNA is now drawing leisure-seeking visitors. Saudi businessmen in dazzling white dishdashas and Ghanaian ministers in Kenke prints still have power lunches in the hotels many restaurants but now families and tourists lounge in the spa, the outdoor pools and the lush gardens created by American landscape designer Madison Cox.   Assigned the tricky task of combining business and leisure, Studio MHNA set out to create showcase of Moroccan savoir-faire a rather than ‘a touristic perception of Morocco’. ‘It’s a dynamic country in terms of art and fashion so the hotel had to be contemporary,’ explains MHNA co-founder Nicolas Adnet. With his partner Mark Hertrich, Adnet has...

Marble marvel: the Senato Hotel speaker hits all the right notes

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The Senato Hotel has joined forces with stone specialist Pietre di Monitillo on a new piece for its guests to enjoy during their stay. The Senato speaker, unveiled this week, was developed by the hotel’s creative director, Pier Giorgio Lomascolo, in collaboration with designer Efrem Bonacina, the Puglia-based stone company and Milan’s Politecnico. ‘Senato speaker wishes to embody the beauty of the invisible, to provide weight to the majesty of good sound through noble materials,’ says Lomascolo.  This project follows the first collaboration with Senato Hotel Milano, which already features Monitillo’s iPhone ‘passive speaker’, OVO, in all of its superior rooms and junior suites. Carved out of a block of stone, the speaker works as an amplifier of sound thanks to its carefully-crafted internal structure of holes and bends, developed by Politecnico’s Design Lab with Lomascolo.  The new piece takes Lomascolo’s penchant for materiality and sound to a...

Conversations with Renzo Piano

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Titled Daylight and Reality, the documentary takes the form of a six conversations between the pair, starting with an introduction which is then followed by five conversations about Renzo Piano’s completed works that begin a biographical journey. In this exclusive cut for Wallpaper*, Piano talks about lightness and transparency in relation to the Menil Collection Museum – his poetic ruminations ebb from discussions of architecture as public art to the influence of the Mediterranean sea on his work. Commissioned by the Fundación Arquia and produced by White Horse and Barcelona-based Folch, ‘Maestros In Conversation’ will premiere in early 2018. For more information, visit the Folch website and Fundación Arquia website

Roomers

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The first thing you notice on arrival at Munich’s new Autograph Collection hotel, Roomers – especially if you arrive at night – is the swathe of over 2,000 lightbulbs that line the ceiling of the porte cochère. This is backed by a full-length window that frames the energetic symphony of chefs in the double open kitchen at Izakaya, the hotel's Japanese restaurant. A smart move from the the property, which is located in the Westend, an up-and-coming low-key neighbourhood – down the road from the landmark Augustiner Brewery – with little resemblance to the dynamic London version. The hotel’s vibrancy continues inside, where the Amsterdam-based design studio Concrete has created a cosy lounge lobby with a curved central bar – that pulls double duty as a check in desk – muted leather sofas, modern mid-century-style chairs, marble coffee tables, dramatic pendant lighting and lots of knick-knacks, such as self-service...

ATX Cocina

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Designer Michael Hsu had his work cut out from the beginning at ATX Cocina. Not only is this stretch of Downtown Austin piled high with Mexican eateries – and every Austenite has their favourite – but the building sports an unchangeable glass façade, which, although framing a rare view of Lady Bird Lake, looks rather corporate. To counterbalance all this, Hsu has created something of a work of art internally. A vaulted ceiling of hemlock and pine arches elegantly over the open kitchen and ring of sun-drenched dining rooms, which are furnished with pecan table tops and floors, custom cast concrete pendants, fabrics by Knoll and Carnegie and local artwork by Aaron Michalovic. There is black cabinetry and vetiver green wire mesh to break up all the wood, and a menu from chef Kevin Taylor that looks boldly forward to modern Mexican, employing traditional ingredients and techniques to create exciting...

The RIBA reveals longlist for the world’s best building

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
We have been keenly following developments on the RIBA International Prize ever since its inaugural edition was launched in 2016. Spanning continents, building styles and typologies, this is the ultimate architectural recognition for design excellence across the globe – and Wallpaper* is partnering with the RIBA to follow the process and champion the worthy candidates once more. The long list of nominees has just been announced, and it’s one that is varied, as it is rich. The prestigious award will explore buildings such as ‘a tranquil chapel wrapped within a forest canopy (the Sayama Forest Chapel in Japan) to the bold reimagining of a grain factory into a new contemporary art museum (Heatherwick Studio’s Zeitz MOCAA in Africa)’, explain the organisers. There’s houses, such as the Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury in Australia; large-scale public works, such as King Fahad National Library in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Gerber Architects; and commercial buildings...

Wine & Design: a world of oenophile wonders and spirit-raising accoutrements

Monday December 11th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Speed dial: how the post-war Utah salt flat races inspired a new Bell & Ross Vintage design

Monday December 11th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
That creative vision is inspired as much by the past as the bleeding edge of the new – recent Bell & Ross projects have included both a supercar concept, the Aéro-GT and the retro-future B-Rocket motorbike. That unique fusion of past, present and future that pulses through Bell & Ross’s creative vision defines its latest limited-edition timepiece – the Vintage Bellytanker. A watch design with a sparkling back story, it is inspired by the renewal of speed trials after the Second World War and a hot-rod that American driver, Bill Burke, created from an army surplus drop tank originally used on a P-51 Mustang. The aerodynamic drop tank was the perfect body for his speedster project. The resulting V8 powered car as run on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah became an instant legend - Bellytankers still run there, clocking speeds in excess of 300mph. Burke built a series of...

Design Awards 2018: winners

Monday December 11th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The judges

Monday December 11th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

CasaCor brings a slice of Latin American living to Miami penthouses

Monday December 11th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
When people think of Miami locations, they think of the water and the views. For its first Design Miami foray, the team at design show CasaCor went for the latter. ‘We couldn’t find anything we liked on the water, and then we found these houses in a prime location,’ says CasaCor Miami CEO Lucio Grimaldi, who is referring to the three high-rise penthouses located at RISE at Brickell City Centre, which is the site of the inaugural CasaCor Miami. The experiential exhibition will be on view there through 18 December. ‘We decided to try and franchise in the States, and take advantage of Miami being midway between South America and the United States,’ says CasaCor director Alex Stevens. In South America, the showcase is celebrating its 30th year, with exhibitions in various countries throughout the continent. The 20,000 sq ft Miami edition is located on the 43rd...

On the rise: Bloomberg’s new HQ ramps it up a notch

Monday December 11th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Foster + Partners’ design for Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in London is the result of founder Michael Bloomberg working closely with Lord Norman Foster to create a progressive workplace of the future, a pioneer of sustainable design exceeding all other office blocks in its environmental credentials, and a stimulating place for its 4,000 employees to work. The formidable office is the first Bloomberg building that has been custom designed for the business, and it is also custom designed for its London location between Bank and St Pauls where the 3.2 acre site returns a lost part of Watling street back to the public realm, encompasses three public plazas and has a restored Roman temple beneath its sizeable mass. It's heavy, smoothly gridded facade of Derbyshire sandstone and bronze is certainly physically dominating, yet instead of attention seeking, it is mostly sturdy and reassuring. With a focus on quality of design and materials, the...

'Flat' rocking chair

Monday December 11th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Spanish designer Mario Ruiz has expanded Gandia Blasco’s Flat collection of outdoor furniture with a new rocking chair, formed from the same aluminium structure as the other elements in the range. Lightweight and sleek, this comforting piece of modernism promises hours of idle contemplation. Writer: Jonathan Bell

Design Awards 2018: shortlist

Monday December 11th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Coral concept: Buglari launches an urban resort in Dubai

Monday December 11th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Bulgari Hotels & Resorts could not have picked a better spot for its newly opened Dubai iteration. Set on Jumeira Bay, a man-made seahorse-shaped island, with a scenic tableau of the yacht-speckled Arabian Gulf as well as the city’s dramatic skyline, the hotel is a quiet bolt-hole that seems far from the madding crowd, but is just on the other side of a 300m bridge that is connected to the mainland. More precisely situated on the south of the island, the 13-hectare property is anchored by the 101-room hotel, a low-slung building that separates two bays: one, a sweeping stretch of white sandy beach lined with 20 villas, and the other, a chichi marina, complete with a string of private residences and the Bulgari Yacht Club – a first for the hotel brand and for Dubai – that is fast becoming the city’s place to see and be seen. In...

Hightail

Monday December 11th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
In response to the expansive space of Melbourne’s new Hightail Bar, local design firm Techné Architecture took an unusual starting point for its design cues, by looking to Graeme Base’s children’s book, The Waterhole, for inspiration. As a result, the quirky venue is layered with texture and colour, including columns covered in jungle murals; curved timber booths; and ceilings created using stalactite formations that impede sight lines, creating intimate zones. There are two bars: the beer bar is finished in copper, cork, concrete and tiles laid in patterned waves like those found in 1930s Australian pubs; while the wine bar features timber, brass and royal blue carpeting. Fast fare from three vendors – Mr Burgers, Belle’s Hot Chicken and Super Taco – can all be ordered via an app and delivered to tables.

Outside the box: Louisa Guinness shares her passion for artist jewellery in a new book

Friday December 8th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The extraordinary world of the Louisa Guinness Gallery has been packed into a new book, Art as Jewellery: From Calder to Kapoor. The gallerist, who specialises in artist jewellery, opened her Mayfair gallery in 2003. Since then, it has revealed the wealth of jewellery designs that exist in the art world, showcasing designs by artists from Man Ray to Lucio Fontana and Conrad Shawcross. This weekend, a selection of her exceptional artist jewels are on show at Design Miami.  Between sculptor Emily Young’s lapis lazuli designs for Victoria Beckham, Gavin Turk’s chewing gum cufflinks, Peter Blake’s collage necklaces and Lucio Fontana’s lacquer cuffs, readers are presented with a keen sense of artist experimentation as their gaze transcends canvas and gallery space to fix on the body. For artists like Turk and Young, the chance to consider jewellery offers a diversion from studio work; to think on a different scale...

Carmody Groarke propose an innovative plan to preserve a historic house in Scotland

Friday December 8th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
London-based architecture firm Carmody Groarke has proposed a design for an innovative architectural preservation method to protect a historic house in Scotland designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The ingenious transparent cloak will cover the house while it undergoes restoration and become a long-term solution to its maintenance. Simon Skinner, the National Trust for Scotland’s Chief Executive, described Carmody Groarke's structure as a 'beautifully designed' 'porous cage'. The listed house, which was designed and built between 1902 and 1904, was very experimental in style for its time – its smooth, plain exterior of Portland cement contradicted the decorative Victorian and Georgian domestic architectural styles. However, positioned up high on the land overlooking the Firth of Clyde in Helensburgh, Mackintosh’s Hill House has always been susceptible to the weathering effects of the sea and the wind. The cement surface that makes the house so unique has suffered under the elements and is extremely deteriorated. Built for the publisher Walter Blackie, the house is considered to be one...

Constance Guisset offers a personal, theatrical glimpse into her decade-long career

Friday December 8th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Wearing two professional hats as a designer and scenographer, Constance Guisset had, to some degree, an advantage in preparing her solo show at Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs; knowing the subject as well as anyone, she could present her objects and her creative process with extra touches of whimsy and introspection. A decade into her prolific career, Guisset has resisted a retrospective staging, instead organising her carte blanche invitation as two corresponding parts. For the first, titled ‘Museum Life’, she interspersed a selection of her streamlined, liveable designs throughout the museum’s permanent collection of medieval artifacts. As one example, the oversized ‘Trois Conversations’ statement seating with its dégradé red to yellow canopy is surrounded by circa-1500s polychrome sculpture. As another, her ‘Sol’ armchair for Molteni & C, her tableware conceived for Monoprix earlier this year, and her cape-like lamps for Moustache recast a carved wood Renaissance table with 21st century...

Focal point: Fernanda Marques slots a swimming pool into a Brazilian apartment

Friday December 8th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
As unlikely as it sounds, Brazilian architect Fernanda Marques has installed a swimming pool in the courtyard of a duplex apartment in São Paulo’s upscale residential neighbourhood of Villa Nova Conceição. The pool may be just one element of her design for the 477 sq m ground and lower ground floor flat in a 1990s block; but it’s a crucial one. The 10m-long pool takes up 25 sq m of the outside area and is accessed via the stairway in the exterior garden or from the gym on the upper floor. All that water is kept at bay by an 8cm-thick sandwich of glass panels bonded by a high technology structural membrane. The pool overlooks the living room, which houses some of the owners’ mostly Brazilian art collection. Pieces by Ernesto Neto, Edgard de Souza, Manoel Rio Branco, Zerbini and Tunga are complemented by Marques’ choice of furniture, much of by Brazil’s late, great modernist heroes...

The Pilgrm

Friday December 8th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Originally, Norfolk Square was a reservoir. Then All Saints was built and an imposing enclosure of terraced Victorian townhouses followed. In the 1960s, All Saints was replaced by a modernist block of sheltered housing but anyway, by then the neighbourhood was becoming populated by uninspiring low-star hotels. Though moderately priced itself, The Pilgrm aims to reverse that progression. The quirkily-named hotel by myhotel collaborators, Jason Catifeoglou and Andreas and Steph Thrasyvoulou, takes over the four townhouses previously occupied by the Norfolk Hotel, which they have completely refurbished in collaboration with Sheffield-based design house 93ft. Promising to be different, check-in is effected online and remaining arrival procedures take place in the ground-floor café. In the crisp, Spartan-chic rooms, period features have been given loving prominence and essential 21st-century luxuries injected, while downstairs, in-house eatery, Lounge, brings the best of Borough Market to Paddington. As progress goes, The Pilgrm will be worth watching.

Miami Art Week 2017: in pictures

Thursday December 7th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Double vision: Inarc Architects design twin houses in Melbourne’s Fitzroy

Thursday December 7th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Heritage-listed areas are generally approached with trepidation, given the strict local council guidelines when a ‘new kid’ on the block arrives. However, Inarc Architects designed not one, but two contemporary townhouses in a heritage-listed streetscape in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Framed by Victorian terrace homes, the two sawn bluestone townhouses sit quietly in this inner-city street. ‘We wanted to respect the past, but also create contemporary two townhouses for two couples, who are also friends,’ says architect Reno Rizzo, co director of Inarc Architects, who worked closely with the firm’s co-director interior designer, Christopher Hansson. ​As with the neighbouring Victorian terraces, many of which are elevated above the street on bluestone plinths, these townhouses are perched above their contemporary steel picket fences, with lush front gardens. Although the pair appears identical from the street, each one is considerably different inside, both in the configuration of rooms and interior finishes.Take an interactive...

Creative dispatches: highlights from Dubai Design Week 2017

Thursday December 7th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
It seems Dubai has lofty ambitions when it comes to trying to establish itself as a creative hub on the international design trail. Having launched its own design week a few years ago, the third edition took place last month and attracted 60,000 visitors, 50 per cent up on last year. The six-day event, anchored around the vast 15.5 million sq ft D3 design district – the second of three building phases currently underway, led by Foster & Partners – offered up a host of exhibitions, installations, a programme of over 100 talks, which included a keynote discussion with Sir David Adjaye, a tradeshow and an international graduate event. Exhibitions that unearthed new regional talent were a highlight. At ‘ABWAB’ (which means ‘door’ in Arabic), a showcase curated by the festival’s head of programming, Rawan Kashkoush, served up the work of 47 designers from 15 countries, who are creating contemporary...

Prada moves to a modernist Brazilian beat at its new Miami boutique

Thursday December 7th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Occupying a corner spot within Miami’s glittering Design District, where designer boutiques clamour for shopper’s attention, a new Prada concept store is making its presence known. From the outside, its exterior evokes the precision and rectilinear lines of 1960s design thanks to a series of dense white vertical blades that are clustered over its large windows, providing shade from Miami’s intense sun while also revealing or concealing the interior. Inside, the collections – including men’s and women’s clothing, handbags, accessories and footwear – are spread over two generous floors connected by a spectacular timber staircase. Here, the Milanese label respectfully nods to the city’s architecture with numerous references to art deco and Latin America, but reinterpreted through the eyes of Prada. Walls are clad in Prada green bas-relief panels featuring various 3D floral designs taken from the label’s collection prints. The result is an interior that is distinctly Prada, while also...

Design Miami 2017: the highlights

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Art, literature and Instagram collide at the Nautilus in Miami Beach

Thursday December 7th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
As the art world decamps to balmier climes for their final major fair of the year, Art Basel Miami Beach, juggling previews and parties becomes an art in itself. For some, the primo happenings are just an elevator trip away, thanks to Miami’s thriving hotel scene, which is luring fairgoers with a blockbuster line-up of exhibitions, installations and glittering soirées. The Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel, is one such locale carving out a place in Miami Beach’s creative scene. Alongside Rene Ricard, Kelsey Montague and Suzy Kellems Dominik, it has tapped Sarah Bahbah for an exhibition of the Los Angeles-based photographer’s work. The 25-year-old Instagram cult favourite had her viral breakthrough in 2014 with the series ‘Sex and Takeout’, depicting people in the buff with various food.From the series ‘Summer Without a Pool – Season One’ ‘This year’s theme is the nexus between art and literature, the idea of the...

Chin Chin and GoGo

Thursday December 7th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Vivid pink glows from the doors of a towering late Federation-era warehouse that sat dormant on the border of Sydney’s Surry Hills for half a century. Lower levels are now occupied by Chin Chin, the sister to The Lucas Group’s powerhouse modern Asian restaurant in Melbourne. Hop left of the foyer’s enormous neon bunny for drinks and snacks in the GoGo Bar where interior architect, George Livissianis, has created a den of contrasting textures that exude a slick fetish vault vibe. Modular raw concrete block banquettes are offset with seductive black velvet and shimmers of mirror and chrome beneath exposed wooden beams, whilst dominant S&M images tease this mischievous theme further. The yin to GoGo’s yang is the ethereal 160-seat restaurant where its open plan triangular geometry is flooded in natural light. Livissianis’ Duchampian touch strips the walls and wooden furnishings down to their functional and elemental beauty, whilst...

Show girl: Anya Hindmarch on runway sets to bring the house down

Wednesday December 6th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
A packed lunch for guests by the British roadside restaurant chain Little Chef, a collection of accessories featuring road signs originally designed by typographers Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir, a motorway for a catwalk, and a specially written score by Stephen Brooke, including passages of Wagner’s ‘Pilgrim’s Chorus’ at the finale, belted out by some 120 members of the London Gay Men’s Chorus. This is what an Anya Hindmarch show looks, sounds and tastes like. The designer’s A/W15 outing remains typical of the multi-sensory assault that has propelled Anya Hindmarch from a smart accessory brand, popular with the well-heeled of Chelsea, to the top ticket at London Fashion Week and a global powerhouse with 46 stores and 224 other stockists. Hindmarch set up business aged just 18, after placing an advert in Harpers & Queen magazine for her ‘deeply spacious leather bucket bag’, which she had developed in Florence. In...

Hard candy: cracking chronographs hit the sweet spot

Wednesday December 6th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Graphic novel: Noma Bar gets personal in a visual autobiography

Wednesday December 6th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Noma Bar’s illustrations do the thing visual communicators are always told not to: they tell not show. They’re brazen in their simplicity, and often, simply brazen. They manage to distill hefts of meaning with precision, concision and a heavy, heavy wink. Bittersweet – a new book published by Thames and Hudson – tells Bar’s story to date with great detail and personality. Laid out like a visual autobiography, readers travel along the clean lines of his symbolic illustrations, in a bid to understand where his distinctive graphic style comes from. We venture under childhood beds stealing glances at naive 1960s pornography, through Bar’s college days in 1990s Jerusalem, to dusty bookshops in London in the early 2000s. We see the ultrascans of his eldest daughter. In short, we get closer than ever before to the man at the end of the pencil.Vocal Fry, for The Guardian, 24 July 2015...

Concrete concept: Casa Ramos draws inspiration from Case Study Houses

Wednesday December 6th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Mexican architect José Juan Rivera Río is a modernist at heart. Working with raw concrete, large expanses of glass, open plans and flat roofs, the DF-based architect is a master in creating spectacular, linear homes that produce the best cases of house envy. His latest offering, Casa Ramos, is a case in point. Rivera Río sites the mid-1940s Case Study Houses programme – the Arts & Architecture magazine’s iconic and, at the time, experimental residential design series – as a main source of inspiration for this villa in Mexico City’s Miguel Hidalgo neighbourhood.  Sat within a triangular plot, the house defines its city block through its prominent position. Navigating an awkwardly shaped, angular site when trying to place a more sober, rectangular design could be tricky for some, but not for this architect’s expert hand. Positioning one side of the house parallel to the plot, not only ensures the building...

Jungle luxe: Roberto Cavalli Home’s latest collection is a walk on the wild side

Wednesday December 6th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Inspired by the iconic prints and patterns of its fashion collections, the new Roberto Cavalli Home collection is pure jungle luxe; the hedonistic maximalism of crushed velvet and zebra stripes, Murano glass and animal prints, delicate porcelain and soft furnishings, ornate trims and gold braids. Opulent colours and sensual materials juxtapose, layer and overlap to create an aesthetic of drama and tension. The colour palette is sophisticated, brooding and delicious – shark grey and black onyx contrasted by sand, dark flamingo and burgundy orchid. There are palm prints, jaguar patterns and giraffe embroideries. Innovative new metallic finishes like black chrome and dark bronze play off the precious materials of printed python, silk, onyx and leather to create a lush, unconventional and exclusive mix that perfectly embodies the Cavalli identity. Stars of the collection include new interpretations of the iconic Wings armchair designed in five new finishes including mink, kiddassia fur...

Let the sunshine in: London’s Hayward Gallery prepares to open its doors

Wednesday December 6th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Half a century after the Hayward Gallery first opened, light is finally flooding in through its roof lights as intended. The 66 pyramids on top of the building at London’s Southbank Centre were inspired by a concept by sculptor and gallery trustee Henry Moore, who wanted ‘God’s good daylight’ to pour into the space. Unfortunately, the designs proved too technically challenging in 1968 – too much heat was lost through the glass and the materials quickly degraded. The pyramids have since become a distinctive feature of the London skyline, but the gallery below has had to be artificially-lit. Architecture firm Feilden Clegg Bradley has now completed a two-year refurbishment of the Hayward, with the central aim of making this feature functional. Layout-wise, the space is more or less the same as before, but ripping out the low false ceiling that was installed when the roof lights failed, has added a metre...

Yen

Wednesday December 6th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Though it made its encouraging Paris debut in 2000, it has taken the Japan-based fashion group Onward almost two decades to deliver its second act – this time, in London. It’s been worth the wait, however. Set in a new build by the Berkeley Group that was designed by Grid Architects, Yen is a stark visual departure to the more prosaic dining offerings in the Strand and Aldwych neighbourhood. London-based architects Sybarite have accented the high ceilings with a see-through canopy of maple rods and columns of irregular lengths and widths, that’s meant to evoke a bamboo forest. The arboreal effect is accentuated a warm colour palette of browns and greens, back-lit wall panels made of metallic hand-painted wallpaper, and low-slung blonde timber furniture. A floating timber staircase – styled almost like an abstract village fence – spirals up over a bijou pebbled garden to a cocktail bar, and the...

Ceramics artist Sara Flynn is making waves at Loewe’s Miami boutique

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Jonathan Anderson is a master curator when it comes to weaving together disparate mediums. As Andrew Bonacina said of the ‘Disobedient Bodies’ exhibition he co-curated with Anderson earlier this year, the Irish designer ‘brings things together in a way that’s expansive and promiscuous’. The same can be said of the diverse inventory of objects currently on show at Loewe’s Miami boutique. ‘Chance Encounters III’ attests to Anderson’s eclectic curatorial vision. It’s the third in a series of exhibitions established by the Loewe Foundation, that brings together artists from various disciplines in the hopes of promoting unexpected conversations. The latest showcase includes specially made ceramic vessels by Irish artist (and Loewe Craft Prize 2017 finalist) Sara Flynn, seen in relation to photography of 1930s Ceylon by Sri Lankan artist Lionel Wendt, and a renowned 1975 fabric sculpture by Richard Smith. The works surround an imposing 18th-century Spanish granary that runs the...

Orchestral manoeuvres: Studio Seilern designs concert hall for Andermatt

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
A well known winter staple for the world’s ski lovers, for its excellent alpine and off-piste facilities, the Swiss village of Andermatt is set to enter the global design maps too. The Andermatt Swiss Alps development company has slowly been transforming the resort using a mix of established and emerging names in contemporary architecture. Christina Seilern and her team at Studio Seilern is part of this architectural makeover, having been commissioned to design a modern concert hall in the village’s heart. The scheme involves the complete redesign of an existing building used up till now as a convention and event centre, which will now get a full upgrade in terms of its acoustic requirements and equipment, to match the contemporary needs of a state of the art concert hall. The London based architects, who also have a performance centre in the UK – the Wellington College Performance Art Centre – in the works...

Welcome home

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Fien Muller and Hannes van Severen of Belgian design studio Muller Van Severen have opened up their living room, or at least a replica of it, to the public in a highly personal interactive installation for Design Miami. Simultaneously, their home in Belgium will be shared on Airbnb. In an effort to ‘illustrate the invisible connection between the owner and the visitor’, the designers are sharing heir lives and personal stories through individual objects in the room, guided by discreet speakers that whisper the object’s story into the ears of vistitors. ‘Spending time in someone else’s home is often a totally different experience than the homes presented in glossy magazines,’ say the pair. ‘When staying in an Airbnb home, one experiences life as it is, not as it is pretended.’ ‘A Wild Thing’ is on view 6-10 December at Design Miami, Meridian Avenue & 19th Street. For more...

Brick trick: Haddo Yard housing mixes efficiency and character

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Haddo Yard, a new build block of seven contemporary apartments in Whitstable, Kent, is a housing scheme that eschews and challenges accepted conventions of what volume housing should do – and what it should look like. The project was driven by developer Arrant Land, whose commitment to ‘adventurous but contextual contemporary design’ was met and matched by the equally conceptually/contextually daring Denizen Works, in what is the London-based practice’s first housing scheme. Yet for all its formal audaciousness and distinctive character Haddo Yard is no flight of architectural fancy.  This is a development that is very much influenced by and rooted in the surrounding streetscape and wider Kent landscape. Occupying a prominent position on the street, and built on the site of a former bungalow, the project takes its name from Oliver Haddo, a character in former resident William Somerset Maugham’s novel, The Magician, believed to be based on occultist Aleister...

Pomo erectus: a perfectly aged temple to wine and architecture

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Napa Valley’s Clos Pegase Winery celebrates its 30th birthday this year, just as a new biography of its architect, the late American postmodernist Michael Graves, is released. Graves was one of 20th-century architecture’s mavericks, a young modernist – one of the legendary ‘New York Five’, no less – who turned his back on the evolutionary approach of his peers to explore the less po-faced facets of architectural design. This populist approach was galvanised by product design for the likes of Alessi, Target and JCPenney, for whom Graves designed playful bestsellers that made him one of the era’s most commercially accessible designers. Before Target and Alessi, Graves’ work was considered perverse, iconoclastic and provocative, deliberately out of step with prevailing taste. The Clos Pegase is a case in point. Riding on the tails of the then new fashion for architect-designed wineries, the project was won in a competition run by SFMOMA...

Centre stage: the Design Society in Shenzhen is a platform for urban life

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
One of the most useful things you can do upon arrival in Shekou, Shenzhen is to discard any pre-conceived ideas of the city. Reflections on how it was once a fishing village, or how it has transformed itself from an industrial powerhouse into a high-tech centre are irrelevant because Shenzheners are already repositioning the city as a creative cultural hub, complete with a newly unveiled Design Society, a cultural initiative intended to present and activate international and local design. The elegant modernist building unveiled in early December is by the Japanese architects Maki & Associates and features three distinctive white aluminium cantilevered ‘volumes’ that protrude from a cubic form to maximise the prime waterfront park site’s views of the sea, the city and one of the area’s most revered mountains. According to Fumikiko Maki, the 89-year old architect, designing the ‘social aspects’ of the building was the most important part...

Dubai’s Global Grad show tackles social and enviromental problems through diverse design

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Since its inception three years ago at the inaugural Dubai Design Week, the Global Grad Show has proved itself to be one of the weeklong event’s most successful concepts. It gathers together the most promising design talent from schools across the globe with a sharp focus on projects that are designed to make a positive social or environmental impact. From trainers knitted from algae, to a device that unnervingly highlights the extent of UV light damage to the skin, the projects are as diverse as they are ambitious. This year, the Global Grad Show grew considerably in size, moving from its former ground floor space in one of the district’s glass office buildings to its own dedicated tent. Inside the vast white structure, design and technology graduates from almost 100 design schools across 43 countries and every continent were organised across a snaking layout divided into three sectors: empower, connect and...

How Wix is helping users create a perfect digital window into the world

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

‘Stele’ cabinet

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Samuel Chan’s new ‘Stele’ cabinets for Channels have a monolithic, sci-fi appearance, with all six functional elements united by exactly the same proportions. If you are seeking some kind of universal order – at home as well as work – then the complete set of larder, bureau, wardrobe, bar and two shelving units can be mixed and matched to create a world of universal harmony. As with all of Chan’s work, meticulous craftsmanship is paired with elegant lines. We’re especially taken by the clever bar unit, a brooding but fun-filled presence (with secret side storage for special vintages) that’s perfect for the corner of any corner office or executive den.

Still life: the Glenstone Museum’s extension aims for a calming experience

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
In this age of intense stimulation overload, it’s encouraging to see a museum heading in the opposite direction. Thomas Phifer and Partners’ addition to the Glenstone Museum, set to open late next year in Potomac, MD, just under 15 miles from Washington DC, is as much about meditation and serenity as it is about art and culture. The project increases the complex’s exhibition space from 9,000 to 59,000 sq ft, and adds about 130 acres of pastoral, tree-filled landscape by Peter Walker and Partners. Glenstone’s initial facility was completed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates in 2006. After parking their cars, visitors approach the addition, a cluster of structures known as The Pavilions, via a ten-minute walk across a rolling, wildflower-filled meadow, up a slight ridge. Phifer calls this promenade ‘a quieting experience’. He notes, ‘Everything starts to slow down. You feel the topography as you make your way...

Dream Hotel Hollywood

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
With an MO based around a ‘built-in nightlife’, it’s no surprise that Dream Hotels has chosen to land its first West Coast location right at the corner of Hollywood’s Selma Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard – an area that has become a bastion of limelight for the entertainment industry, with late-night revellers spilling out onto the streets until the wee hours. Inside the Killefer Flammang-designed brick and glass building, New York-based Rockwell Group has taken its cues from the iconic homes of Los Angeles architects Richard Neutra and John Lautner, blending a dose of mid-century modern aesthetics with contemporary elements such as the custom wall screens behind the guestroom headboards that feature headlights at night on the freeway. Highlights include the open-air bar on the ground floor and the rooftop pool and restaurant, but in true Dream Hotel style, a plethora of nightlife options – including the Studio Collective-designed TAO Asian...

From marble boxes to paper vases, editors’ picks from WallpaperSTORE*

Monday December 4th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Cutting-edge religious architecture around the world

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Pavilion party: the architects packing a big punch with small structures

Monday December 4th, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The lives of others

Monday December 4th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The film – preceding an exhibition of the same name at next year’s Venice Architecture Biennale – is an insightful survey of Bilbao’s practice; a profile in miniature that concisely sums up her holistic, socially-conscious approach to architecture. ‘Our studio’s not about the form or the shape of the building, it’s about what it does to people,’ she explains. And while the resulting work is visually resplendent – stark, modernist and objectively beautiful – form is never prioritised over function, no matter the mazuma involved. People and provenance are all. This is translated into richly contemporary projects, made using locally available materials and with hand labour in place of machines. It’s an approach, Bilbao explains, that takes her practice back ‘to the roots of architecture… making places and spaces by people for people’. There’s an overarching socio-political slant to all this (if that wasn’t already clear). The past 50...

Daan Roosegaarde lights up a piece of Dutch industrial heritage

Monday December 4th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The legendary 32km Dutch Afsluitdijk dike, built by hand in 1932, has not only been safeguarding the Netherlands from the North Sea for 85 years, but is also a solid verification of the nation’s leading position in the field of hydraulic engineering works and water management. ‘It is Dutch pride, and our heritage,’ says Daan Roosegaarde, the designer commissioned by the Dutch government to create the three-part design programme ‘Icoon Afsluitdijk’, to celebrate the monumental site and inspire the country towards an innovative future. ‘Who lives below sea level? We must be a little crazy for that,’ says Roosegaarde. The history of the dike goes back to the 1880s, when Dutch engineer Cornelis Lely (1854–1929) conceived the largest land reclamation project in human history. ‘We try to find harmony and live with the water; on one hand, we have a lot of knowledge about it, but on the other, we are...

Nature / nurture

Monday December 4th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
‘I became an artist because I wanted to not accept how the world is,’ says Lonneke Gordijn of the Amsterdam-based art collective Studio Drift, which she helms with Ralph Nauta. ‘A lot of things don’t make sense and you just want to create things that you think make sense.’ It’s a poetic summation of their studio’s work, which sits on the interstices of technology, art and design. A new video, released preceding their appearance at Art Basel Miami Beach, sees the duo setting out into a rugged mountainous landscape. It’s a chilly visual analogy (and a strikingly shot one) for the remit of a practice that has consistently explored the tensions between nature and human beings. That sentiment is set to continue via the installation Franchise Freedom, on view from 9pm on 6 December, above the sea between 32nd and 33rd Street off Collins Avenue behind the Faena Hotel...

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec create an adaptable environment for Kvadrat

Monday December 4th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Leading the field in fabric design and innovation since 1968, Danish textile brand Kvadrat has opened a new 795 sq m HQ in Copenhagen, bringing its signature textile wares to the city’s northern harbour, an enclave of creativity and innovation. Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (who have also collaborated with Kvadrat on ranges including the ‘Clouds’ textile tiles and roller blinds), the concept for the outpost is centred on notions of materiality and exhibiting the genuine beauty of a fabric. With whitewashed walls, concrete flooring and large textile canvases suspended from bespoke aluminium rails (a flexible way of transforming the showroom in a moment’s notice for clients, guests and architects seeking inspiration), the space feels like an art gallery at first sight. However, as textiles are applied to even the smallest details here – think FLOS lamps sitting on solid textile board storage cupboards by Really Copenhagen, crafted out of cotton...

Prairie School

Monday December 4th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
We will never know if Frank Lloyd Wright dreamt of a cocktail bar inspired by his legacy; nevertheless, it has arrived. The late architect and designer, who became widely known for galvanising the Prairie School style of architecture, finds elements of his groundbreaking concepts disseminated throughout this new Chicago venue that has borrowed the style’s namesake for its own. Local firm Rugo Raff Architects made an apt pairing for designer Kevin Heisner as this vision was brought to life. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows do a proper job of showing off the intimate interior, where striking frosted art glass in the entryway complements the palettes of Josef Albers-infuenced carpet accents. A 13-seat white oak bar is the centrepiece, of course – an unabashedly midwestern focal point that gives the prairie landscape its due reverence. Savvy design is also in the beverage details. Mugs commissioned from Los Angeles-based ceramic artist Phil Kim are...

Napoléon to Picasso: Assouline brings Chaumet's storied archive to life

Saturday December 2nd, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The sparkling history of Chaumet – the French Place Vendôme jeweller – is the subject of a new boxset trio of books by Assouline. Famed as the official jeweller to Napoléon and the Empress Josephine, since its founding in 1780, Chaumet gained a reputation for exquisite aigrette and tiara designs.  The first book in the latest triptych – Gabriel Bauret’s ‘A Discerning Eye’ – documents Chaumet’s relationship with photography. The maison’s archive includes an impressive 66,000 negatives and 211,000 unmounted prints. Joseph Chaumet was an early adopter of photography, using it not just to document the house's designs, but also in a scientific sense. ‘It enabled him to examine and study precious stones…also making it possible to identify flaws and fakes,’ Bauret says. In 1987, Chaumet’s photographic laboratory was closed, paving the way for the house to work with a variety of artistic photographers on its advertising campaigns. These include...

ICA Miami’s new home has all the right angles

Friday December 1st, 2017 12:00:00 AM
December is a good month for Miami; the creative crowds flock to the Florida capital to bask in the winter sun and take in the cultural treats that the season’s fairs, such as Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach, have to offer. Kicking off the festivities this year is the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami, which has just unveiled its new home by Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos – the Spanish firm’s first foray into the US. The ICA’s bespoke new building was designed by the architects to reflect its ‘commitment to the contemporary and to serving and engaging with its community’, as well as provide a platform for the exchange of art and ideas, they explain. Located in the heart of the Miami Design District, the generous 37,500 sq ft building has tripled the museum’s exhibition area. A constellation of metal triangles and glass panels, the structure is...

2017 in review: the year in 100 pictures

Friday December 1st, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Party walls: homes fit to host a superlative soirée

Friday December 1st, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Etel sets its Brazilian roots down in a new organic Milan flagship

Friday December 1st, 2017 12:00:00 AM
When Etel decided to open its European flagship in Milan, they wanted to reflect the palimpsest of the city today – a place enriched with tradition, innovation and style. Collaborating with Como-based architecture firm Superluna, a triad of Italian architects whose cumulative work traverse four continents, Etel chose a former gallery in the Maroncelli district, a neighbourhood where classic boutiques and independent shops rub shoulders with Italy’s most innovative architectural endeavours, like the Bosco Verticale and the Unicredit Tower. With a goal of creating a conceptual meeting point between Brazilian and Italian culture and design, Superluna stripped the detritus decor of the two-level gallery space and removed extraneous walls, transforming the space into a white-washed surface, with original symmetry and ornaments beccoming a canvas. And from there, Etel would grow. Literally.Etel Carmona and the Superluna team at the new Etel Milan flagship Centrepiece at the two-level gallery is an...

Design Miami 2017 preview: the top 20 exhibitions and satellite events

Friday December 1st, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Wrap artist: a retrospective remix for Max Mara embraces body and Seoul

Friday December 1st, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Max Mara has commissioned London-based Korean artist Yiyun Kang for its latest exhibition, ‘Coats!’, being held in her home town of Seoul. Kang, known for her large-scale, site-specific digital mapping projections, has remixed imagery from the Max Mara archive into her installation, ‘Deep Surface’, which projects animated, vibrant patterns onto a specially-constructed 20m dome, designed by architects Migliore + Servetto and located in Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). The dome arches atmospherically over a central space divided into seven different rooms, each representing a different era in Max Mara’s past, from the 1950s to the 2000s. The starting point for the exhibition, the concept of the perfect coat, ‘combines the idea of surfaces, from the way the fabric folds, to the way it meets the skin, and sits on the body’, says Kang. The dome itself also reflects the sensations of being wrapped in a coat. ‘It’s an...

Institute of Contemporary Art

Friday December 1st, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Adding an additional 50 per cent of exhibition space to its previous location in Miami, the ICA opens the doors to its impressive new home. An ambitious programme kicks off with the Institute’s first thematic survey of both contemporary innovators and modern masters, alongside the debut display of six large-scale works, on view throughout the museum and its sculpture garden. In addition, a major group exhibition exploring the cultural, political and creative significance of the artist’s workspace – ‘The Everywhere Studio’ – charts the post-war period to the present day, and encompasses some 100 mixed media works from 50 artists. Pictured: exterior of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Photography: Iwan Baan Opening 1 December; 61 Northeast 41st Street, Miami; www.icamiami.org

Home depot: a construction update from the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum

Friday December 1st, 2017 12:00:00 AM
'I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,' recalls Sjarel Ex, director of Rotterdam’s Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, thinking back to when he first set eyes on MVRDV’s design for the institution’s new space. With the museum’s encyclopaedic, city-owned collection of European art constantly threatened by floods, a new storage facility was a matter of urgency for the Boijmans. Ex also saw this as an opportunity to gather the entire collection – currently scattered across several facilities – in one centrally located venue, and open it up to the public. While his Museum has currently the ability to show a mere 8% of the collection, the new Depot will be the world’s first art storage facility that makes a staggering 99% of the collection accessible to public. The design by MVRDV goes way beyond the core task of facilitating public access, while ensuring due security and appropriate climate control for the highly...

Join the club: Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne opens as a super-property

Friday December 1st, 2017 12:00:00 AM
We’re all used to the amalgamation of boldly-named hotel groups (hello Mr and Mrs Starwood-Marriott), but it’s relatively rare to find a union like the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, in which four properties have been joined to form a singular super-property of 383 rooms (not counting a brand new complex of private residences), all serviced by a swanky spa, and seven restaurants and bars. The centrepiece of the ambitious project is the original Bürgenstock. Built in 1873, over time it became a favourite retreat for the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and the Carlo Pontis. The hotel sits in isolated splendour in the midst of 140 acres of alpine glory and views of Lake Lucerne, its perch on Mount Bürgenstock accessed by a spruced up electric railway.  MKV Design has enhanced the views with 6m-high glazed walls and modernised the original baroque silhouette with curvilinear lines, glass, mountain stone...

Objets Nomades by Louis Vuitton

Thursday November 30th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The feted Objets Nomades range of collectable travel-inspired furniture from Louis Vuitton returns to the fair with a new addition: an exclusive version of the ‘Bomboca’ sofa (pictured) by Fernando and Humberto Campana. Recreated in five different hues of turquoise and blue, this piece joins the selection of 2017 novelties that will be on display including Atelier Oï’s ‘Swing Boat’, ‘Belt’ chair, and ‘Spiral’ lamp. Photography: Phillipe Lacombe  6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.louisvuitton.com

‘Nuage’ by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Thursday November 30th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
As part of the growing Miami Design District, the Bouroullec brothers are presenting an outdoor installation that interacts with its surroundings. The steel and coloured-glass pergola is shaped like clouds that manipulate shadows and natural lighting around it. The permenant fixture has another organic element: native plants will engulf the elevated stucture, further merging it with the enviroment. From 6 December; Miami Design District, 3841 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami; www.miamidesigndistrict.net

Visionary Award Furniture Commission

Thursday November 30th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The Mwabwindo School (designed by Selldorf Architects and set to open 2018) is the recipient of this year’s Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award. Set in rural Zambia, it is the second school in the region developed by 14 Plus Foundation. For the project, Design Miami tapped Swiss firm Christ & Gantenbein to create children’s furniture for the art classroom. It has developed sustainable wood tables, chairs and stools that will be on display in an exhibition about The Mwabwindo School at the fair. 6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.designmiami.com

Paradise Plaza

Thursday November 30th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Miami Design District’s latest addition – a new, walkable art-filled plaza surrounded by boutiques and galleries – features retail buildings designed by the likes of MOS and Johnston Marklee. The latter’s clean-cut offering comprises a curtain-wall façade punctuated by large, square window frames. The façade extends across two storeys, topped off by a rooftop garden. The rationalist grid is wrapped in concave, curved stainless-steel cladding. Stripped of ornament, the far-reaching surfaces are designed to make the most of the district’s abundant natural light. From 6 December; Paradise Plaza, 151 NE 41st Street, Miami; www.johnstonmarklee.com

‘Welcome!’ by Fendi and Chiara Andreatti

Thursday November 30th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
For their tenth Miami foray, Fendi has again partnered with curator Maria Cristina Didero to commission a suite of living room furniture. Designed by Veneto-born, Milan-based Chiara Andreatti, the collection – entitled ‘Welcome!’ – has been inspired by a host of influences including ideas of countrified luxury, the designs of Gabriella Crespi, and elements of the Fendi universe. Featured in the range is large Japanese-inspired pendant lamps, ceramics that riff off primitive and classical forms, and two thrones that pay homage to Koloman Moser. 6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.fendi.com





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