Aston Martin enters the world of residential design, Robert A.M. Stern will be the recipient of the 2021 Andrée Putman Lifetime Achievement Award. Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka reveals his latest public work and the show will go on for Design Miami. Thank you for joining us. This is Weekly Dispatch! + Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka has revealed his latest public work of art titled Crystal of Light. The piece is on permanent display now at the Tokyo Metro Ginza Station and features 636 faceted crystal glasses that were designed and positioned based on a map of the world. The play on light from the facets in each piece will give an infinite glow to the station that sees over 250,000 people pass through a day. The artist hopes this piece will represent a unified world, coming together as one. + Aston Martin has entered the world of residential design with the debut of Sylvan Rock - an angular modern structure on 55 tree filled acres in Hudson Valley, New York. The residence was designed in partnership with SW3 Architecture and features floor to ceiling windows that bring the vast outdoors in. The new design service for Aston Martin will partner with architectural firms around the globe, creating homes that focus on car collection display and the sophisticated style that the brand is known for. + The show will go on for Design Miami starting November 27th. The new format titled Podium will take Design Miami back to its roots in the Miami Design District. The event will go on for 10 days and occupy 18 blocks of the open air neighborhood with exhibitions from several major international galleries. Craig Robins, co-founder of Design Miami said, “In 2020, we have a pressing need for a creative dialogue, so we have conceived of a format responsive to current circumstances. As a pedestrian open-air neighborhood, the Miami Design District makes it possible to create live experiences that connect our local community. This is a re-imagined path forward to responsibly stage cultural events around the world.” + The Créateurs Design Awards has announced that Robert A.M. Stern will be the recipient of the 2021 Andrée Putman Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Stern served as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1998 to 2016 and was awarded the American Institute of Architects' Topaz Medallion in recognition of outstanding service to architectural education in 2017. Mr. Stern sees architecture as a narrative public art, and his exceptional career and teachings have inspired an entire generation of professionals. His firm has been responsible for private houses and record-setting buildings around the globe—perhaps most renowned being 15 Central Park West and 220 Central Park South in New York. Mr. Stern will accept the CDA’s most prestigious award during the January 2021 award presentation.
+ Van Cleef & Arpels unveils its whimsical, reimagined boutiques. Dominic Bradbury has released his book The Iconic American House, with photography by Richard Powers and Marsotto has debuted their new Milan Showroom in the heart of the Brera Design District. Thank you for joining us, this is Weekly Dispatch. + Van Cleef & Arpels has unveiled its whimsical, reimagined boutiques in Boston, Beverly Hills and Manhattan - created in partnership with French artist Alexandre Benjamin Navet. Navet was the winner of Van Cleef’s 2017 Grand Prix Design Parade Toulon. His design for Van Cleef highlights the brand's cherished theme of flowers, bringing them to life through his playful, colorful brushstrokes that feature foliage and stems blooming into jewels. You can visit these immersive garden experiences through October. New York Flagship: Through October 24 Boston: Through October 26 Beverly Hills: Through October 19 + Marsotto has debuted their new Milan Showroom, which opened in conjunction with Milan Design City 2020. Located in the heart of the Brera Design District, the showroom was conceived by Studio Nendo as a place where architects and designers, art and design implementers can meet and exchange ideas. Marsotto has been transforming marble and natural stone in innovative, cutting edge ways for over a century. The new showroom will display their entire product offering with an ethereal and enchanting atmosphere that uses white marble to turn the interior into a magic labyrinth of mirrors and perspectives. + Dominic Bradbury has released his book The Iconic American House, with photography by Richard Powers. The book highlights architectural masterworks from 1900 to today, and is being coined as the essential book on modern American architecture. 400 illustrations cover 50 of the most innovative houses in the United States that span the entire country - from Palm Springs to Fire Island. The book, which aims to be an essential resource for any design aficionado or enthusiast, explores each project in depth - with floor plans, illustrations and documentation by leading architects such as Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra, Peter Eisenman, and Thomas Gluck. + Journalist Catherine Shaw in on a mission to shed light on Hong Kong’s expansive offering of vernacular architecture with her campaign #hkvernacular. She started the tag when Covid cut off her global travels and she was driven to spend more time at home in Hong Kong, drawing inspiration from what was always around her. Shaw said, “I started to look around my home city with the same sort of eye that I would usually reserve for new places in Milan, London, Paris and NYC... I realised that a lot of the quirky things that make Hong Kong special are often invisible to us because we don't look carefully around us - we think we already know it and so it is not considered as special.” You can follow her architectural journey on instagram by following the hashtag HKVERNACULAR.
+ A carpark in Los Angeles is transformed into a stylish temporary home for those in need. Singer Akon’s futuristic city in Africa is moving ahead, Marie Flanigan debuts a new stone collection and Keurig teams up with Jonathan Adler. Thank you for joining us, this is Weekly Dispatch. + A carpark in Los Angeles has been transformed into a temporary shelter to house transient and homeless people in reaction to the city’s ongoing housing crisis, which has been elevated by the pandemic. Designed by Lehrer Architects, the project is situated on a quarter acre site in Van Nuys, California and houses 70 beds. The architects used bright paint colors to bring life to temporary structures, and carefully planned the building positions to provide shared gathering and dining spaces, along with a pet play area, restrooms, showers and laundry facilities despite the small lot size. The project serves as a bridge while the city works on the development of permanent housing sites. + Senegalese-American singer Akon is moving forward on the plans for his futuristic Pan-African city in Senegal, Africa. Backed by private investors and supported by the Senegalese government, Akon City is slated to be situated on 2,000 acres and run by solar power. KE International has been contracted to create the $6 billion dollar city, which is being inspired by the tech forward utopia of Wakanda in the Marvel film Black Panther. Plans are also in the works to potentially franchise the plans for Akon City to other parts of Africa. + Marie Flanigan has debuted her natural slab collection for Aria Stone. The collection features 7 natural stones that were hand selected at the Italian quarry. With dramatic veining, unexpectedly nuanced jewel tones, and pure creamy marbles, Marie says her collection for Aria Stone leans both traditional and contemporary depending on the application. The stone selections go beyond countertops and can easily be utilized for a wide range of architectural applications and furnishings. + Keurig has teamed up with designer and potter Jonathan Adler to create a limited edition K-Mini Brewer with matching mug and K-Cup Pod Canister. This is the brand's first designer collaboration. The blue and white geometric design is aimed to bring playful style to the kitchen and is a part of the brands Brew the Love collection, which will team up with designers to bring their own brewer vision to life.