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.
+ Famed mystery street artist Banksy has turned a former French navy vessel into a lifeboat for refugees, funded by profits from the sale of his artwork. Named the MV Louis Michel, the hot pink ship is painted by Banksy himself and features his famous balloon girl holding a heart shaped liferaft. The ship’s mission is to rescue anyone in peril, without prejudice. The crew has already rescued hundreds of refugees since it secretly set sail on August 18th from a port in Burriana, Spain. To support the rescue efforts, visit mvlouismichel.org. +Ice Cube has collaborated with artist Shepard Fairey to create a logo for ‘A Contract with Black America’, which was drafted after the death of George Floyd. The logo, showing a fist gripping a pen, is meant to represent that the pen is mightier than the sword. The contract is a multi faceted blueprint for how black America is going to move forward to assure that the future holds racial economic justice and that all people are truly created equal. + Salon Art and Design has made the decision to skip its November show in NewYork City and publish a glossy print magazine instead. Led by the direction of Executive Director Jill Bokor, the publication aims to translate the elevated, curated presentation of the fair into a collectible publication that celebrates the quality of their exhibitors, collectors and guests. The fair acknowledges that it is hard to replace the experience of seeing these works in person, so there will be a digital component introduced as well via their online platform. + The Noguchi Museum will finally re-open its doors on September 23rd after 6 months of closure from COVID. In order to keep up with social distancing and safety measures, they will welcome reservations for morning and afternoon visitors with time in between for cleaning. Exhibitions upon opening will include The Sculptor and the Ashtray, which explores Noguchi’s quest to design the perfect ashtray out of a variety of materials - and Body-Space Devices, which explores forces between an object, viewer and space. Both exhibitions have been extended through May 2021..
+ Gómez Platero has released his design for a monument to memorialize the victims of coronavirus. Named the World Memorial to the Pandemic, the disk shaped structure of concrete and steel is proposed to suspend over the water on the coast of Uruguay. It provides a space away from the distractions of urban life to reflect and remember the victims of the global pandemic. Measuring 40 meters in diameter, the concave disc will be accessed by a long pedestrian walkway and can accommodate up to 300 people, with proper social distancing. Once a location is selected, it should take 6 months to complete. + Silver Art Projects has announced the Art in Residence program, which has awarded 25 artists with an up to 8 month, free of charge residency at 4 World Trade Center in New York City. The non profit artist residency is sponsored by Silverstein Properties, which has been a leader in the revival of Lower Manhattan. Over 500 applicants applied for the privilege, which were carefully reviewed by a jury of art world professionals. Co-Founder Joshua Pulman said, “ Now more than ever, artists need these alternative channels to support their practice. Silver Art was designed to enable artists to grow by meeting new collectors, saving valuable resources on rent, and incorporating the energy of the World Trade Center into their artworks.” + South African designer Porky Hefer has revealed an off-the-grid guesthouse on a 24,000 hectare wildlife reserve in Namibia, which closely resembles a modern bird’s nest. The product designer turned pioneer of creating ‘human nests’ is passionate about vernacular architecture and creating homes that give you a sense of place. The three story, four room guesthouse operates off an independent water supply and electricity, and is thatched from locally sourced reeds supported by a steel frame. + The Almine Rech Gallery will debut their first exhibition of iconic street artist Kenny Scharf’s work. The exhibition, titled Dystopian Painting, will feature 15 paintings and singular sculpture that reflect his continued immersion in the everyday life of urban society and circumstances of our time. Beloved for his colorful work featuring pop culture and futuristic realities, Scharf made his mark on the art scene in New York in the 1980’s where several of his street murals can still be seen today. The exhibition will be on view in the Almine Rech New York gallery from September 10th to October 28th.
+ Zaha Hadis Architects has presented their design for what is posed to be Shanghai’s greenest building- with every facet of the design focused on the utilization of local materials, sustainability and renewable energy technologies. Developed for Chinese renewable energy firm CECEP, the mixed use campus will be formed of three interlinked towers with leisure facilities and an urban park at its base. + Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”, which sold for a record $450.3 million at Christie’s in 2017, is back in the spotlight with the announcement of its own Broadway show in development. The musical production will debut in 2022 and retell the epic history of this iconic painting that was presumed lost for centuries - until it resurfaced in 2005 and was sold as a reproduction for $1,100. The show's producer describes Salvator Mundi! the Musical as a combination between the historical reportage of Hamilton with the fantasy and delight of Willy Wonka's golden ticket. + Fritz Hansen of Denmark has partnered with fashion label White Mountaineering in Japan for a 300 piece limited edition Grand Prix chair, which aims to bring fashion to the outdoors. White Mountaineering, launched by Yosuke Aizawa in 2006, believes fashion should be a fusion of design, technology and utility. The parquet pattern upholstered on each chair has been used by Aizawa in his shops since the brand’s inception - and each chair, only available in Asia, will come with a numbered edition plate. + Galerie Kreo in Paris has opened their Pierre Charpin exhibition titled Similitudes. This is Charpin’s first solo exhibition at the gallery since 2015 will present a collection of tables, vases, mirrors, lights and drawings that are results of his research studying shapes, movement and the physical presence of form. Highlights include a coffee table made of enameled lava stone and metal, and a trapeze light fixture composed of black spheres and light tubes. The exhibition runs through September. + The massive explosion in Beirut has created an apocalyptic atmosphere for local residents who are still physically and emotionally trying to recover from the devastating incident. Standing amongst the rubble about one kilometer from the blast site is the newly developed Stone Gardens housing complex by Architect Lina Ghotmeh, which was designed and envisioned as a bunker or protective shield for the city. Surviving the blast mostly unscathed, except for shattered windows, the structure answers Ghotmeh’s question of whether architecture can also serve as a place of shelter. To help with the recovery efforts in Beirut, please visit Impact Lebanon and the Lebanese Red Cross This is all for today! Don't forget that submissions for the Créateurs Design Awards open on September 27th. Visit createursdesignawards.com for more information.
+ The Metropolitan Museum of Art has teamed up with Microsoft and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. + UC San Diego will Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of its Iconic Geisel Library, which first opened in 1970 as the Central Library. + The Herman Miller Eame's chair has had a victory in court over trademark infringement. +Michael S. Smith has launched his highly anticipated book Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House. + Paris Design Week celebrates its tenth anniversary - and the show will go on without its big sister Maison & Objet. + CDA launched it’s latest OP-Ed written by photographer Edgar Kanaykõ, a member of the Xakriaba tribe from Brazil.
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