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English Heritage builds the “Ultimate Sandcastle”

English Heritage, a registered charity that manages the National Heritage Collection, has built the “Ultimate Sandcastle” formed out of 29 tonnes of sand. It features all the characteristics of a huge fortification at Dover Castle as part of its #LoveCast
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English Heritage builds the “Ultimate Sandcastle”

English Heritage, a registered charity that manages the National Heritage Collection, has built the “Ultimate Sandcastle” formed out of 29 tonnes of sand. It features all the characteristics of a huge fortification at Dover Castle as part of its #LoveCastles (crowdfunding appeal that encourages families to visit the nation’s forts and castles) summer season. The “Ultimate Sandcastle” is based on the best techniques from hundreds of years of castle design. It includes strong defensive features such as curtain walls and inner walls, crenellations, a drawbridge, portcullis, gatehouse and a great tower.The sand sculpture, which took five days to make, has been created at Dover Castle in Kent ahead of a sandcastle building weekend at English Heritage castles across the country.Roy Porter, English Heritage senior properties curator and creator of the Ultimate Sandcastle, said: “A castle is surely one of the most awe-inspiring sights but if you look closely, all is not what it seems. These amazing structures are a brilliant mix of ages and types, reflecting changing threats and fashions over centuries.”“By studying hundreds of years of trial and error by the real castle builders, our ultimate sandcastle contains everything you’d like to see, with each element showing off castle-building ‘perfection’ from a different era. I hope people will be inspired to build their very own Ultimate Sandcastle this summer — and support English Heritage to care for all our real castles,” he added.Jamie Wardley, Sand in Your Eye sand sculptor, said: “At Sand in Your Eye we’re used to creating great, big sand sculptures all over the world, but this was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. To be able to build and sculpt the most perfect castle, not only from a visual point of view but also historically using Roy’s research was a real first for us. Bringing the ultimate sandcastle to life in the grounds of the real, ancient Dover Castle is something we won’t easily forget.”English Heritage looks after 66 castles across England — more than any other organisation in the UK. To preserve these castles, the charity employs some of the country’s best castle experts.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

Fentress Architects to design USA Pavilion for World Expo 2020 in Dubai

The U.S. Department of State selected Fentress Architects to design the USA Pavilion for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The masterplan for the Pavilion USA 2020 has been designed by HOK. Pavilion USA 2020’s winning design is based on the theme, “What
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Fentress Architects to design USA Pavilion for World Expo 2020 in Dubai

The U.S. Department of State selected Fentress Architects to design the USA Pavilion for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The masterplan for the Pavilion USA 2020 has been designed by HOK. Pavilion USA 2020’s winning design is based on the theme, “What Moves You,” and will feature highlights of American culture, leading technological revolutions in mobility, and much more. The team behind the new concept is a consortium of top individuals and agencies who will work together to make the USA Pavilion a showcase of the innovation, creativity, and diversity that defines the United States.“While images of the proposed pavilion are yet to be revealed, the design team describe their role as to create a powerful metaphor for the dynamism of American culture and values of ingenuity, progress, and innovation through form and color. The scheme is set to build on Fentress’ experience in Dubai, where their “Dancing Sisters” mixed-use towers opened in 2012,” Arch Daily reported.Fentress Architects is an international design firm with studios in Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Washington, D.C.; London, U.K.; and Shanghai, China. Founded by Curtis Fentress in 1980, the firm passionately pursues the creation of iconic public architecture. Known for his “patient search,” Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, has designed $42 billion of architectural landmarks worldwide, visited by more than 550 million people each year.Fentress is internationally known for innovative, award-winning design of airports, museums, convention centers, laboratories, higher education, civic and government buildings. Additionally, the firm designs office, mixed-use, religious and residential buildings. Curtis Fentress is known for the design of Denver International Airport, voted “Best Airport in North America” by Business Traveler Magazine.The U.S. Department of State is responsible for U.S. participation in international exhibitions sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE). The Department’s Expo Unit in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs manages U.S. engagement with the BIE, organizes U.S. participation at overseas Expos (also known as World’s Fairs), and mobilizes international support for U.S. candidacies to host Expos.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin           

Adam Silverman’s “Occupation” at Friedman Benda, New York

Friedman Benda will hold the largest gallery exhibition to date of work by Los Angeles-based artist Adam Silverman at its New York venue.“Widely admired for his sculptural vessels, which feature richly textured glazes, Silverman is among the most dynamic pr
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Adam Silverman’s “Occupation” at Friedman Benda, New York

Friedman Benda will hold the largest gallery exhibition to date of work by Los Angeles-based artist Adam Silverman at its New York venue.“Widely admired for his sculptural vessels, which feature richly textured glazes, Silverman is among the most dynamic practitioners in the ceramic discipline today. Yet his sources of inspiration range far beyond clay. Originally trained as an architect, he brings a powerful structural integrity to his work, and also draws on ideas from sculpture, painting, and choreography,” the gallery says.Adam Silverman was born in 1963 in New York, NY, and received a BFA and a Bachelors of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987 and 1988.The title, “Occupation,” is a statement of ambitious purpose that encourages multiple contradictory interpretations. Silverman’s pots can be understood as soldiers claiming territory, something they quite literally do in this, his second show at the gallery. “Alternatively, this body of work can also be seen as a vision of a radical domesticity, a model for inhabitation referring back to Silverman’s background in architecture. The term ‘occupation’ may be read more literally, simply denoting the way that objects take up space and hold it,” the gallery adds.The exhibition will showcase two multi-piece groupings of the pots — black and white. Though built from the standard units of functional pottery — ovoid bodies, thrown rims and feet — these elements are repositioned so as to suggest varied anthropomorphic poses, the reason why Silverman refers to the pieces as “figures.”Within each installation, the configurations of the pots are “calculated and improvisational,” Silverman notes, much like the compositions of modern choreographers like Merce Cunningham. Additional nuance is achieved with sgraffito etched into the pot surfaces, and applied clay elements that suggest bodily costumes, armor or appendages.“In addition to the two sculptural installations, each of which is a single work of art, Silverman will also present a number of independently conceived pots, set out on a X-form armature — a strong juxtaposition to the flanking circular groups, like a room sized tic-tac-toe, an image that again suggests a theme of opposition. The installation conveys the sense of a linear sequence, emphasizing the temporality and repetition that is intrinsic to ceramic art. This effect is enhanced by the complex surfaces of the pots themselves, which have been fired multiple times so as to achieve remarkable depth and complexity. Each one is an archive of its own creation,” the gallery adds.Silverman’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.The exhibition will be on view from September 6 through October 13, 2018 at Friedman Benda, 515 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001- USA.For details, visit: http://www.friedmanbenda.com/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                               Founder: Louise Blouin           

LWK & Partners Releases Design for “Olympic Vanke Centre”

LWK & Partners has announced the reinterpretation of the podium-tower typology with Olympic Vanke Centre, located in the heart of the Qianjiang Century City district, a Central Business District (CBD) of Hangzhou, China, next to the 2022 Asian Games Villa
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LWK & Partners Releases Design for “Olympic Vanke Centre”

LWK & Partners has announced the reinterpretation of the podium-tower typology with Olympic Vanke Centre, located in the heart of the Qianjiang Century City district, a Central Business District (CBD) of Hangzhou, China, next to the 2022 Asian Games Village.Olympic Vanke Centre has a site area of 13,969 square meters and a gross floor area of 95,521 square meters. The development includes two office towers, a shared podium housing food and beverages (F&Bs) and other amenities, and three underground levels used as a car park, complete with an integrated servicing area. The development is expected to be completed in 2021.Led by LWK Director Ferdinand Cheung, the team is responsible for the architecture design, masterplanning, and interior design of this innovative working hub, which promotes interactions, active engagement and sustainability.The design includes two office towers sharing one podium for amenities and underground service area. The design features the rotating, lifted podium that opens up cascading outdoor terraces that extends further into the towers.The twin towers of 23 and 21 storeys high respectively sit on top of a five-storey podium. The building is complete with three levels of underground space that serves as a car park and integrated servicing area. The towers are mainly office space, while the podium contains various foods and beverages as well as connecting amenities, such as the gymnasium, cafeteria and other entertainment spaces.The innovative working hub promotes interactions, active engagement and sustainability. It is an urban oasis that mitigates the surrounding blandness.LWK is a visionary architectural design practice that has always dedicated itself to the realization of the future. The company has studios spread across Greater China, and is a pioneer in the industry in adopting latest technological developments such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the design process. LWK dedicates its resources in creating smarter cities through making concepts into reality. The firm’s achievements in the areas of architectural design, planning and urban design, interiors, heritage conservation and landscape design have received numerous recognitions over the years, including Building Design Magazine’s WA100 Award, Quality Building Awards, MIPIM Asia Awards, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, and many more.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin  

First UK Survey of the Work of Swiss Architects and Designers Trix & Robert Haussmann

Nottingham Contemporary has announced the first UK retrospective of Trix & Robert Haussmann — two of the most significant and intriguing Swiss architects and designers of the 20th century. The exhibition celebrates the duo’s playful innovations, conce
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First UK Survey of the Work of Swiss Architects and Designers Trix & Robert Haussmann

Nottingham Contemporary has announced the first UK retrospective of Trix & Robert Haussmann — two of the most significant and intriguing Swiss architects and designers of the 20th century. The exhibition celebrates the duo’s playful innovations, concerning illusion and ambiguity.“Blending diverse influences, from pop culture to 16th century styles, their work spans architecture, product design, installation, furniture and textiles. The exhibition brings together works from the last 50 years, such as adapted chairs from the 1960s, with maquettes, fragmented neoclassical pillars and recent mirrored works,” the museum says.The exhibition design has been conceived by Caruso St John Architects — architects of Nottingham Contemporary’s RIBA  Award-winning building, and includes interventions by artists  Liam Gillick and Karl Holmqvist, and Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse.The exhibition is curated by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen (gta exhibitions, ETH Zurich), with a contribution from Sabine Strauli (gta archives, ETH Zurich). It is designed and supported by Caruso St John Architects, and is a collaboration with KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and with the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich.Trix and Robert Haussmann may be counted among the most important Swiss architects of the 20th century.Both architects have impressive roots in modern architecture.Robert Haussmann (1931) studied under architecture greats Johannes Itten, Gerrit Rietveld, and Willy Guhl; Trix Hogl (1933) studied under Rudolf Olgiati and Ernst Gisel. It is fascinating to note how the couple eventually moved away from a particularly Swiss form of Modernism.Since founding their ‘Allgemeine Entwurfsanstalt’ (General Design Institute) in 1967, Trix and Robert Haussmann have been questioning the modernist doctrine of continually inventing the new. In their work, they turn to architectural and art history, to extract and update historic models. Evading the dictum ‘form follows function,’ their designs pursue a ‘Manierismo Critico’ (a critical Mannerism), permitting them to merge the old and the new, to generate dissent and work with ambiguity, contradiction, and chance.By employing illusionism as a means of material alienation and through the optical dissolution of volume through mirroring, they create complex, illusionary, apparently infinite spaces, furniture, and objects, which humorously undermine the canonization of concepts of value and order.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Mel Chin's “Wake” and “Unmoored” Unveiled in Times Square

Times Square Arts in collaboration with Queens Museum and No Longer Empty is showcasing Mel Chin’s large-scale sculpture “Wake” and mixed reality public art project “Unmoored” — developed with Microsoft — to explore a surrealistic experience of
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Mel Chin's “Wake” and “Unmoored” Unveiled in Times Square

Times Square Arts in collaboration with Queens Museum and No Longer Empty is showcasing Mel Chin’s large-scale sculpture “Wake” and mixed reality public art project “Unmoored” — developed with Microsoft — to explore a surrealistic experience of rising waters in Times Square. The works are on view through September 5 as part of “Mel Chin: All Over the Place.”Commissioned by Times Square Arts, “Wake” is a 24-foot-tall installation that evokes the hull of a shipwreck crossed with the skeletal remains of a marine mammal.The structure is linked with a carved, 21-foot tall animatronic female sculpture, accurately derived from a figurehead of the opera star Jenny Lind that was once mounted on the 19th century clipper ship — the USS Nightingale.For Mel Chin, the USS Nightingale crystallizes the ways in which the expanding economies of the past are prologue to our current societal and environmental dilemmas.The USS Nightingale was a 19th century expedition and merchant clipper ship that exemplifies New York City’s economic triumphs and the darker layers of its history. It transported coal, cotton, munitions and tea, and was employed as a slaving vessel before being commandeered into service by the US Navy during the American Civil War.The figurehead of Jenny Lind, a 19th century opera star known as the “Swedish Nightingale,” once graced the prows of many ships in New York Harbor, including the USS Nightingale.“Wake” has been fabricated by the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s STEAM Studio, and is a collaboration between the Engineering and Art & Art History, and Drama Departments with assistance from faculty, staff, other students, and community members, all under the direction of Mel Chin Studio.Viewers can look up at the sky through phone for “Unmoored”: an ambitious 21st century mixed-reality public art project that explores a potential future where global warming has gone unchecked.The exhibition spans nearly four decades of Chin’s wide-ranging artistic practice — at sites including the Queens Museum, Times Square, the Broadway-Lafayette subway station, and streaming online with soundtrack — creating an infinite loop of the artist’s thinking about our world and how we choose to occupy it.“Mel Chin: All Over the Place,” including “Wake” and “Unmoored,” received lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation, Ford Foundation, Agnes Gund, Ann & James Harithas, and Ellen & Bill Taubman, with additional support from Sarah Arison, Surdna Foundation, Suzanne Deal Booth, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Annette Blum, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Red Bull Arts New York, and Jaros, Baum & Bolles.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin                                                      

Foster + Partners to Design Boathouse for Non-Profit Organisation Row New York

Award-winning architecture firm Foster + Partners will design a new boathouse and flagship location for nonprofit organization Row New York.Row New York offers a competitive rowing and academic success program to students from underserved communities througho
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Foster + Partners to Design Boathouse for Non-Profit Organisation Row New York

Award-winning architecture firm Foster + Partners will design a new boathouse and flagship location for nonprofit organization Row New York.Row New York offers a competitive rowing and academic success program to students from underserved communities throughout New York City.The new 14,000-square- foot facility is being designed pro bono by Foster + Partners in association with Bade Stageberg Cox and will be the first boathouse in the country designed to serve teens and adults in under-resourced communities.Located on the Harlem River in northern Manhattan, the new boathouse will allow Row New York to dramatically expand its youth program for middle and high school students from New York’s most underserved schools and will feature a learning center with two state-of-the-art classrooms to accommodate the organization’s academic programs. It will also broaden community access to the waterfront, with five boat bays that can accommodate up to 60 boats, community programming, and kayaks for public use. Designs for the boathouse, which are going through an approval process with NYC Parks and the Public Design Commission, are expected to be unveiled in fall 2018.“Crew fosters teamwork, determination, and focus. As a rower myself, I saw firsthand what a tremendous impact rowing can have on an individual, and I started Row New York to provide students from all backgrounds with an opportunity to experience these transformative benefits, both in and out of the boat,” said Founder Amanda Kraus. “We have expanded our program dramatically since we launched our first boat 15 years ago and have worked to diversify a sport that has traditionally been limited to an elite few. We are thrilled to be working with Foster + Partners on the design and creation of this new boathouse, which will allow us to continue fulfilling our mission at an even larger scale.”“I was immediately intrigued by the opportunity to design a boathouse for Row New York, an organization that seeks to transform the lives of individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and capabilities,” said Lord Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for integrated design, rooted in sustainability. “I am compelled by the challenges and opportunities that this boathouse — particularly one with such intensive and diverse uses — presents, both for the city and its citizens.”http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin                                                      

Yuri Suzuki Installs “Sonic Playground” at High Museum of Art

Yuri Suzuki, a Japanese artist, has installed six colorful sculptures that swallow, modify and regurgitate sounds in Atlanta.Presented on the High Museum of Art’s outdoor Sifly Piazza, this installation by internationally renowned designer Yuri Suzuki featu
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Yuri Suzuki Installs “Sonic Playground” at High Museum of Art

Yuri Suzuki, a Japanese artist, has installed six colorful sculptures that swallow, modify and regurgitate sounds in Atlanta.Presented on the High Museum of Art’s outdoor Sifly Piazza, this installation by internationally renowned designer Yuri Suzuki features ingenious, colorful sculptures that modify and transmit sound in unusual, engaging and playful ways.Named “Sonic Playground,” the interactive installation features six powder-coated steel sound sculptures composed of snaking pipes, dishes and and horns.This installation is made up of six interactive sound sculptures that manipulate sound depending on where you are standing, listening or speaking. Using horns and pipes, the acoustics can travel from one end to the other in a playful way, by kneeling down to listen or sitting between two pipes sounds and can be transported from different parts of the sculptures to create a fun and unique listening experience. The main material of the pieces is steel, powder coated to give a matte painted finish in bright playful colors.One of the most intriguing pieces is the parabolic dishes. These require a certain amount of exploring, finding the exact spot where you can hear the reflection of sound at its most prominent.Working alongside engineers, the design was tweaked to make the piece acoustically sound as well as structurally safe. This required changing the sound horns to faceted horns and adding extra supports to enhance the structural sterdyness.Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist, designer and electronic musician who explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. His work looks into the relationship between sound and people, and how music and sound effect their minds. His sound, art and installations have been exhibited all over the world.In 2013, he started teaching at Royal College of Art as well as becoming a research consultant for Disney, New Radiophonic Workshop and Teenage Engineering.During this same year, he set up Yuri Suzuki Design Studio, focusing on R&D, sound and design consultancy work, where he collaborates with many clients including Google, Moog, will.i.am, Panasonic and Disney, to name a few.“My idea was to create an unexpected and unusual audio experience. I wanted people to start impulsive communications through these sculptures,” Dezeen quoted Suzuki.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin

Büro Ole Scheeren Unveils Design for Residential Twin Towers in Vancouver

‘Barclay Village’ in Vancouver’s vibrant West End is a sensitive insertion into an existing neighborhood and marks Buro Ole Scheeren’s ongoing engagement in creating new architectural typologies that promote social cohesiveness in dense urban contexts
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Büro Ole Scheeren Unveils Design for Residential Twin Towers in Vancouver

‘Barclay Village’ in Vancouver’s vibrant West End is a sensitive insertion into an existing neighborhood and marks Buro Ole Scheeren’s ongoing engagement in creating new architectural typologies that promote social cohesiveness in dense urban contexts.Located at the midpoint between Vancouver’s bustling Davie and Robson Villages, Ole Scheeren’s design draws inspiration from the texture and scale of the surrounding urban fabric and folds the typologies of the two historic villages from the horizontal into the vertical, creating carefully articulated twin towers that integrate into the local neighborhood. Dubbed ‘Barclay Village’, the project merges a diverse mix of residences with public amenities, communal spaces and a network of green areas that extend to the building’s top floors.Commissioned by Bosa and Kingswood Properties, the development uniquely integrates social housing, market rental and condominiums for sale in a residential complex that goes beyond the stratified apartment block and offers a multitude of shared spaces for social interaction.Ole Scheeren says: “Whereas tower typologies by default reinforce isolation and division, ‘Barclay Village’ proposes a design that becomes an extension of the local neighborhood and community and that opens up the confines of the tower to reconnect architecture with its natural and social environment.”The twin towers are not conceived as separate entities but are closely connected with each other and the natural and urban spaces around them. Above the ground levels, a multi-layered bridge physically joins the two structures and creates a semi-internal courtyard that is both protected whilst remaining open to the street.In contrast to the typical tower base with hard street edges and limited access, the design for ‘Barclay Village’ proposes a softer, permeable approach with a series of receding plateaus that allow the surrounding greenery to overgrow and fuse the structures into the streetscape.“Through the integration of nature on the various terraced spaces of the twin towers, we are extending the typology of the ‘tower in the park’ defined by Vancouver’s West End Plan through the idea of bringing the ‘park into the tower,’” says Ole Scheeren.‘Barclay Village’ will mark Buro Ole Scheeren’s second project in Vancouver after the unveiling of 1500 West Georgia in 2015, now rebranded as ‘Fifteen Fifteen’ — a residential tower in a pivotal location of the city whose distinctive design reaches out to engage the surrounding city and nature. http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                                             Founder: Louise Blouin 

Revitalizing Toronto Landscape the Studio Gang Way

US architecture firm Studio Gang has unveiled its first project for Canada, “One Delisle,” a stretched hexagonal volume topped with terraces and planters.Located at an important node in Toronto and anchoring the corner of a full-block development, the str
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Revitalizing Toronto Landscape the Studio Gang Way

US architecture firm Studio Gang has unveiled its first project for Canada, “One Delisle,” a stretched hexagonal volume topped with terraces and planters.Located at an important node in Toronto and anchoring the corner of a full-block development, the structure provides the “much-needed density on a compact footprint, growing its neighborhood upward to meet urban challenges and benefit the city, while remaining sensitive to its context amid new open park space,” the firm’s website informs.The tower is tuned to Toronto’s climate and lifestyle. Its distinctive facade comprises a series of eight-story elements, which nest together as they spiral up the building.Balconies are set within these elements, with generous terraces set atop them. Leaning outward for sun-shading and wind protection, they permit use of the balconies and terraces well into the shoulder seasons.In addition to providing protected outdoor space, these elements lend the tower a more human scale. Their angled, alternating geometry allows for variously sized floor plates that result in unique conditions within the units, bringing a diversity of residential options to the mixed-use neighborhood.Responsive to the surrounding streetscape, the tower is rectilinear at its base to fit within the city grid and address its corner condition at Yonge Street and Delisle Avenue, transforming into a multifaceted cylindrical shape as it rises to expand views, capture more sunlight, and minimize shadows on the street. The scheme is driven by a desire to integrate with the local urban context through adherence to existing grid patterns and retention of existing elements, and to provide extensive outdoor space at an important transit node in midtown Toronto.The building’s setbacks allow for widened, landscaped sidewalks, which, in addition to new small-scale retail, create a pleasant pedestrian experience. Improving urban connectivity, the design also links the important node at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue with the newly developed Delisle Park. The full-block revitalization will utilize a district energy system that allows the new construction to share mechanical loads with existing commercial buildings, offsetting energy use.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                                              Founder: Louise Blouin

Carla Baz’s “STRATAGEMS” at Joy Mardini Design Gallery, Beirut

Joy Mardini Design Gallery in Beirut is hosting a solo show of Carla Baz titled “STRATAGEMS.” The exhibition revolves around Carla’s new-found relationship with marble as not just a medium but a source of inspiration that would guide her creative proces
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Carla Baz’s “STRATAGEMS” at Joy Mardini Design Gallery, Beirut

Joy Mardini Design Gallery in Beirut is hosting a solo show of Carla Baz titled “STRATAGEMS.” The exhibition revolves around Carla’s new-found relationship with marble as not just a medium but a source of inspiration that would guide her creative process.The collection seeks to stage an elegy to marble not merely as a medium, but even more so as a subject and an object where the point of departure and destination loop into each other.Marble has been valued for its use in sculpture since classical times. Due to its soft properties and beautiful colors, it has come to be the favorite medium for Greek and Roman masters, who have carved their reputation in the lavish stone, making it a cultural symbol of refinement and sophistication. Still today, it is one of the most enthralling materials for artists and designers. Captivating by its different mineral compositions that bear a resemblance to abstract expressionist paintings, mother nature has truly been unstinting in the variety, qualities and raw beauty of marble.“Through this collection Carla strives to redefine the conventional approach to marble as simply a robust material and instead show its fragility and delicacy. The designer adapts a more poetic approach to shed light on the natural graphics and colors of the stone,” the gallery said.Talking about her experience, Baz said: “Through our experiments we have sometimes chosen specific natural colors, sometimes decided to use a simple white marble as a canvas for a more audacious approach, tainting it with bolder colors with resin. Whether in its pure form or as a result of this series of tests, marble never ceases to offer different possibilities and outcomes, making it a very exciting journey.”Carla Baz is a French-Lebanese designer with an aspiration for creativity and a surge to explore new techniques and challenges. After studying interior architecture at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, she pursued a master’s degree in product design for the luxury industry at the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) where she had the opportunity to work on several projects under the supervision of international designers such as Ronan Bouroullec, Barber Osgerby, Marti Guixe, Pierre Charpin and Umberto, and Fernando Campana. She then engaged in diverse professional experiences, working in London for Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and Zaha Hadid until she felt it was time to explore her own lines.Winner of the Brussel-based Boghossian Foundation’s 2013 Design Prize, she is inspired by the unique heritage of Lebanese craftsmanship, and dedicated to foster synergies between her innovative approach to furniture/lighting and the very accomplished skills of Lebanese artisans. She began a very inspiring sequence of experiments that resulted in small editions of her sculptural yet functional furniture. “STRATAGEMS” is on view through July 20, 2018 at Joy Mardini Design Gallery, Najem bldg, ground floor, Gouraud street, Gemmayze, Beirut, Lebanon.For details, visit: http://jmdesigngallery.com/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin                                    

Snarkitecture Builds Interactive “Fun House” at The National Building Museum

“Fun House,” designed by Snarkitecture in Washington, D.C., is the latest in the National Building Museum’s imaginative Summer Block Party series of temporary structures inside its historic Great Hall that includes a white gabled house and a kidney-shap
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Snarkitecture Builds Interactive “Fun House” at The National Building Museum

“Fun House,” designed by Snarkitecture in Washington, D.C., is the latest in the National Building Museum’s imaginative Summer Block Party series of temporary structures inside its historic Great Hall that includes a white gabled house and a kidney-shaped ball pit.The “Fun House” installation marks 10 years since Snarkitecture, run by artist Daniel Arsham, and architects Alex Mustonen and Ben Porto, was founded in Brooklyn.“Fun House” is Snarkitecture’s first comprehensive museum exhibition, examining the prolific activities of the studio throughout the entirety of the Great Hall. Curated by Italy-based Maria Cristina Didero, the heart of the exhibition is presented within a Snarkitecture-designed house — a freestanding structure that recalls and reimagines the idea of the traditional home.“Fun House” includes a sequence of interactive rooms featuring well-known Snarkitecture environments and objects, like “Dig” (2011) and “Drift”(2012), as well as new concepts developed for the museum. As visitors walk through the house, the rooms convey the 10-year story of Snarkitecture while underlining the studio’s peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment.In the museum’s west court, or “front yard,” a custom recreation of “A Memorial Bowing” (2012) welcomes visitors into the space. Visitors exit the house towards the east court, or “backyard,” greeted by “Playhouse” (2017) and a kidney-shaped pool filled with hundreds of thousands of recyclable plastic balls, reminiscent of “The BEACH” (2015-17).“Fun House represents a unique opportunity for us to bring together a number of different snarkitecture-designed interiors, installations, and objects into a single, immersive experience,” said Alex Mustonen, co-founder of Snarkitecture. “Our practice aims to create moments that make architecture accessible and engaging to a wide, diverse audience. With that in mind, we are excited to invite all visitors to the national building museum to an exhibition and installation that we hope is both unexpected and memorable.”Founded in 2008 by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham, and joined by partner Benjamin Porto in 2014, Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative practice operating between art and architecture. Best known for their playful approach to material and the reinterpretation of everyday objects and environments — from the raw, yet refined interiors of various Kith and COS stores to immersive installations at Salone del Mobile, the New Museum, Design Miami, and more — the studio’s 10th anniversary represents an opportune time to explore past work in a brand new format.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin 

Monash Sculpture Unveiled at Australian War Memorial

On the centenary of the World War I battle of Hamel, the Australian War Memorial has dedicated a commemorative sculpture of General Sir John Monash, who planned and directed the successful action.   The sculpture depicts Monash wearing his civilian
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Monash Sculpture Unveiled at Australian War Memorial

On the centenary of the World War I battle of Hamel, the Australian War Memorial has dedicated a commemorative sculpture of General Sir John Monash, who planned and directed the successful action.   The sculpture depicts Monash wearing his civilian suit, medals, and Returned and Services League badge. Regarded as one of Australia’s outstanding civilian leaders, Monash is remembered for many things, but it was as a military commander that he truly excelled. As commander of the Australian Corps, he led the Australians during their most successful actions of the war. Many consider Monash to be one of the greatest commanders of World War I.On July 4, 1918, formations of the Australian Corps, including for the first time companies of American soldiers, were victorious at the battle of Hamel. Lieutenant General Monash had meticulously planned out the action to the last detail, estimating all objectives would be taken in 90 minutes – it took 93.Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson said Monash deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest Australians ever, not just for his accomplishments as a military leader but also for his efforts to rebuild a divided nation after the war.“At le Hamel, Monash commanded an operation in which Australian and American soldiers fought beside each other for the first time. A series of stunning victories would ensue – Amiens, Mont St Quentin, and the capture of Peronne, and the breaking of the Hindenburg line,” Nelson said.In the aftermath of the war, Monash was appointed Director-General of Repatriation and Demobilization, efficiently repatriating 160,000 soldiers in eight months.“Throughout his life he upheld the democratic ideals of his nation and the principle of equality of opportunity. When asked to lead a right-wing coup during the Great Depression, he famously wrote to the plotters, ‘The only hope for Australia is the ballot-box, and an educated electorate,’” Nelson added.“It is his great work as a proud former citizen-soldier and commander, combined with his passion for our nation, that inspired us to remember him as a nation-building civilian and not just as a military commander,” Nelson said.Monash’s fame and influence never diminished, and when he died of heart disease on October 8, 1931, he was given a state funeral, attended by an estimated 300,000 people from all walks of life, reflecting the esteem in which he was held by the public.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin

KAPSARC Shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2018 WAF Awards

Zaha Hadid Architects’ KAPSARC has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2018 WAF Awards. The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, with the WAF Awards are at the heart of th
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KAPSARC Shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2018 WAF Awards

Zaha Hadid Architects’ KAPSARC has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2018 WAF Awards. The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, with the WAF Awards are at the heart of the festival.KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center) is a non-profit institution for research into the most effective use of energy for social wellbeing. Developing policies to reduce the environmental impact and costs of energy supply and enabling practical solutions to use energy more efficiently, KAPSARC brings together experts from around the world to tackle energy challenges; freely sharing its analytical knowledge.The KAPSARC campus incorporates five buildings: the Energy Knowledge Centre; the Energy Computer Centre; a Conference Centre with an exhibition hall and 300-seat auditorium; a Research Library with archives for 100,000 volumes; and the Musalla, a place for prayer and contemplation within the campus.ZHA’s first project to be awarded LEED Platinum certification by the Green Building Council, the centre is designed in response to the environment of the Riyadh Plateau to minimize energy consumption.In nature, hexagonal prismatic honeycomb structures use the least amount of material to create a lattice of cells within any given volume. This natural principle determined KAPSARC’s composition as an amalgamation of crystalline forms that emerge from the desert landscape, evolving to best respond to the environment.Presenting a solid, protecting shell to the harsh sunlight from the south, the campus opens to northwest; encouraging prevailing winds to cool the campus via a series of sheltered courtyards that bring softly-controlled daylight into the interior.Orientated for the sun and wind conditions, the crystalline forms of KAPSARC’s prismatic cells gain in height towards the south, west, and east to shield internal spaces from direct sunlight. “Wind-catchers” are integrated into the roof profiles to catch the prevailing winds from the north, cooling each courtyard.KAPSARC has been named KSA’s “smartest” building in the Honeywell Smart Building Awards programme, based on criteria that include environmental sustainability, safety, and productivity.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin  

STUDIOKCA Uses Plastic Waste to Construct “Skyscraper” Whale

As part of the 2018 Bruges Triennial, STUDIOKCA has constructed a four-story-tall whale from five tons of plastic waste that has been pulled from the Pacific Ocean.The organizers of the 2018 Bruges Triennial approached STUDIOKCA to create an art piece interpr
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STUDIOKCA Uses Plastic Waste to Construct “Skyscraper” Whale

As part of the 2018 Bruges Triennial, STUDIOKCA has constructed a four-story-tall whale from five tons of plastic waste that has been pulled from the Pacific Ocean.The organizers of the 2018 Bruges Triennial approached STUDIOKCA to create an art piece interpreting the idea of the “liquid city,” a concept that defines the city as an ever changing set of consumer transactions, whose identity is in flux as cities grow more and more connected through globalization.“Our first thought led us to thinking about the biggest liquid city on the planet (the ocean), how it connects us all, and how the waste produced and consumed in our cities, specifically plastic waste, ends up in the ocean,” the studio said.The studio then proposed collecting as much plastic waste out of the oceans that they could in four months, and shaping that waste into “Skyscraper,” an almost four story tall whale pushing out of one of Bruges' main canals, and arching over historic Jan Van Eyck Square at the Belgium’s city center.  Skyscraper was selected along with 14 other installations proposed by a select group of international artists and architects to be brought to life for the event.“Scientists estimate there are 150 million tons of plastic trash in the ocean right now, with an estimated 8 million tons added every year. That means, pound for pound, there is more plastic waste from our cities swimming in the ocean than there are whales. A whale, breaching from the water, is the first «skyscraper of the sea», and as the largest mammal in the water, it felt like the right form for our piece to take in order to show the scope and scale of the problem,” the studio added.Working with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund and the Surfrider Foundation Kaui Chapter, STUDIOKCA was able to pull over five tons of plastic to create Skyscraper.STUDIOKCA is an award-winning architecture and design firm led by Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang based in Brooklyn, New York with projects ranging in scale and complexity from lighting fixtures and interiors, to public installations, sculptures, and buildings in New York, Vermont, Nevada, Wisconsin, Brazil, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea.The practice explores the ways in which context and locality offer opportunities to design and create objects and spaces that respond directly to the demands of their programs and site-specific environmental conditions.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin

“Ser Estar – Sergio Rodrigues” at Itaú Cultural Institute, São Paulo

Itau Cultural Institute in São Paulo, in partnership with Instituto Sergio Rodrigues, is hosting “Ser Estar – Sergio Rodrigues” as a tribute to the Brazilian architect and designer internationally known for his iconic Mole armchair.The exhibition evoke
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“Ser Estar – Sergio Rodrigues” at Itaú Cultural Institute, São Paulo

Itau Cultural Institute in São Paulo, in partnership with Instituto Sergio Rodrigues, is hosting “Ser Estar – Sergio Rodrigues” as a tribute to the Brazilian architect and designer internationally known for his iconic Mole armchair.The exhibition evokes the essence of Rodrigues’ work. The designer’s professional trajectory is presented and defined by Sergio’s concern in creating objects and spaces while prioritizing comfort and warmth.Furniture, maquettes, drawings, and plans of more than 60 years of the designer’s career are displayed on three floors of the institute. Everything is presented by the voice of Rodrigues himself through different excerpts, speeches, and interviews displayed on the walls. Visitors will notice a relaxed tone while Sergio delightedly demonstrates his care and appreciation for architecture and for genuine Brazilian raw materials and furniture.The exhibition proposes to present the extension of his work by organizing the space according to the different moments of his personal life and career.The ground floor presents stories and studies about some of his famous pieces of furniture and displays of the pieces themselves — some of them being the Mocho stool, Mole, Chifruda, and Benjamin armchairs. The latter being the last piece ever designed by Sergio.“The first floor proposes an in-depth look at his extensive work as an architect, presenting the SR2 — his system of pre-fabricated houses — as well as stories, maquettes, and plans for some of the work he has completed with this method, such as the Iate Clube in Brasilia, his residence, and office in Rio,” the gallery said.His history and family are also presented through photos, paintings, letters, and other objects showing his architectural and interior design influences and foundation. “Ser Estar – Sergio Rodrigues” is on view through August 5, 2018 at Itau Cultural Institute, Avenida Paulista, 149 – São Paulo, Brazil.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin  

Participants Announced For 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

Curated by Jan Boelen with Nadine Botha and Vera Sacchetti under the theme “A School of Schools,” the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial has announced the first participants of this year’s edition. It aims at bringing together old and new knowledge, academic
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Participants Announced For 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

Curated by Jan Boelen with Nadine Botha and Vera Sacchetti under the theme “A School of Schools,” the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial has announced the first participants of this year’s edition. It aims at bringing together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad.Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by VitrA, the biennial will run for six weeks, from September 22 to November 4, 2018, across the most iconic cultural institutions of Istanbul which will play host to the biennial’s many schools, exploring the multiple dimensions of design as learning.At Akbank Sanat, the Unmaking School emphasizes the irrepressible human instinct to be creative as a pedagogical dynamo that drives innovation in production, redefines the future of work, and reframes our engagement with our cities.At Yapı Kredi Culture Centre, the Currents School explores flows, networks, distribution, and hierarchies of information and subjects, both digital and analogue, abstract and embodied, to critically examine new technology and systems.At Pera Museum, the Scales School investigates the fluidity of taxonomies, quantifications, and institutionalized norms, standards and values to highlight biases and assumptions in our social, economic and intellectual agreements.At Arter, the Earth School asks what is natural, what is disaster, and what is evolution when the planet and humans are forced to renegotiate their pedagogical relationship.At SALT Galata, the Time School travels from hyper-speed and acceleration into the expansiveness of deep time, learning about contested pasts and speculative futures from paradoxical durational perspectives and the objects that dictate them.At Studio-X Istanbul, the Digestion School learns from metabolic systems, patterns of consumption, cultural rituals, and food infrastructure to consider how circular education and lifelong learning manifest.Biennial participants include: [AI]stanbul (Ersin Altın, Amy Hoover, Burcak Ozludil, Augustus Wendell) (Turkey/United States); AATB (Switzerland/France); Abake (France/United Kingdom); Bakudapan (Indonesia); Kerim Bayer (Turkey); Cihad Caner (Turkey/Netherlands); Ali Murat Cengiz (Turkey/Netherlands); Taeyoon Choi (United States/Korea); Commonplace Studio (Netherlands); Jesse Howard (United States/Netherlands); and Tim Knapen (Belgium); Danilo Correale (Italy/United States); Amandine David (France); Teis De Greve (Belgium); Derya Irkdaş Doğu (Turkey); Eat Art Collective (Netherlands); Ecole Mondiale (Belgium); FABB (Turkey); Studio Folder (Italy); Avşar Gurpınar and Cansu Curgen (Turkey); Mark Henning (Netherlands/South Africa); Nur Horsanalı (Turkey/Finland); Ils Huygens (Belgium); Navine G. Khan-Dossos (United Kingdom/Greece); Roosje Klap (Netherlands); Land+Civilization Compositions (Turkey/Netherlands); Pedro Neves Marques (Portugal/United States); Margarida Nunes da Silva Mendes (Portugal); Alexandra Midal (France); Carlos Monleon (Spain/United Kingdom); Gokhan Mura (Turkey); Martina Muzi (Italy); Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios (France); New South (France); Camilo Oliveira (Brazil/Italy); ONAGORE (Okay Karadayılar & Ali Taptık) (Turkey); Thomas Pausz (France/Iceland); Ana Peñalba (Spain); Juliette Pepin (France); Charlotte Maeva Perret (United Kingdom); Radioee.net (Argentina/United Kingdom/Netherlands); Emelie Rondahl (Sweden); Helga Schmid (Germany); Judith Seng (Germany/Sweden); SO? (Turkey); Studio Legrand Jager (United Kingdom/Germany); Studio Makkink & Bey (Netherlands); SulSolSal (Netherlands/South Africa/Brazil); Jenna Sutela (Finland/Germany); Jennifer Teets and Lorenzo Cirrincione (United States/France); Unfold (Belgium); Ottonie Von Roeder (Germany); Henriette Waal and Studio Klarenbeek & Dros (Netherlands); Mark Wasiuta (United States); Lukas Wegwerth (Germany); Pınar Yoldaş (Turkey/United States); and Peter Zin (Netherlands/Portugal). More names will follow.The opening program, “A School of Schools: Orientation,” which will held from September 20 through September 21, 2018, will see practitioners, educators and thinkers from Turkey and abroad converge in a biennial conceived as a public space for dialogue, provocation and production. Together, they will test and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond. All are invited to take part, and join in the creation of spaces of exception.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin                             

Foster + Partners' Apple Store in Macau is a “New Oasis of Calm”

Foster + Partners’ Apple Store in Macau opened last week. With the use of stone, glass, and bamboo, the London-based architecture and design firm has cretaed a “new oasis of calm” in a buzzing city. The design, created by Foster + Partners in colla
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Foster + Partners' Apple Store in Macau is a “New Oasis of Calm”

Foster + Partners’ Apple Store in Macau opened last week. With the use of stone, glass, and bamboo, the London-based architecture and design firm has cretaed a “new oasis of calm” in a buzzing city. The design, created by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Apple’s chief design officer Sir Jonathan Ive, was conceptualized as “an inviting, contemplative space, where technology, entertainment, and arts come together to make a positive contribution to the city,” reported ArchDaily.“We wanted to create something very simple and pure — a beautiful and elegant building that complements the sounds, sights, and colors of Macau while embodying a sense of clarity and quietude. The design creates two distinct spaces, one inside and one outside, imbued with a sense of authentic beauty arising from the innovative use of natural materials,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners.“Apple Cotai Central is conceptualized as a ‘paper lantern’ that glows mysteriously. Visitors entering the store are treated to a magical experience, surrounded by glowing stone panels that shimmer throughout the day as the sun brings them to life, while at night the cube radiates a warm glow, contrasting against the bright lights of Macau. The first-of-its kind glass-stone composite facade comprises five layers of glass integrated with incredibly thin layers of stone, which gives the building its distinctive materiality — appearing as translucent stone walls, akin to stained-glass. The structural frame is supported by just three corner columns wrapped in mirrored stainless-steel that reflect the patterns and colors of the facade, dematerializing the structure and blending seamlessly with the surrounding environment. The interior is designed as the exact spatial inverse of the plaza, with a quiet bamboo grove carved from the forest outside and placed under the soaring central atrium,” stated Foster + Partners.“Two grand stone staircases lead to the upper level, lit by skylight strips that bring in filtered natural light. Display tables are arranged around the central atrium looking onto the bamboo grove below,” added Foster + Partners.http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin

“Cycle & Pattern” at A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles

“Cycle & Pattern,” an exhibition featuring four dioramas based on multiple framings and perspectives, is on view at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, California. The show runs through August 19.The show highlights the playful inte
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“Cycle & Pattern” at A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles

“Cycle & Pattern,” an exhibition featuring four dioramas based on multiple framings and perspectives, is on view at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, California. The show runs through August 19.The show highlights the playful interaction between celestial elegance and the whimsy mortal and material world. “Through the mentorship of Jose Fernandez of Ironhead Studio and costume designer Louise Mingenbach, who are each responsible for the costume design seen in many major motion pictures, including the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the garments on display are original works by senior fashion design students at Otis College of Art and Design,” the museum says.Each work is a singular design yet simultaneously presented as a group encouraging collective engagement. “The gowns and designs are inspired by the constellations of the horoscope, grouped accordingly by their respective elements, Earth, Wind, Fire, and Air,” the museum writes. “These unique pieces first debuted at the 2018 Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show at Otis College, which showcases work from juniors and seniors in the Fashion Design department.”The exhibition is curated by A+D Museum under the direction of Executive Director and Chief Curator Anthony Morey.The show is a collaboration between A+D and Otis College of Art and Design. According to the museum, “It is an opportunity for these institutions to demonstrate a shared commitment to providing local artists and designers with a space to experiment, create, and express. This alliance is an embrace of the interactions between different modes of design and their multitudes of expressions.”A+D Architecture and Design Museum was established in January 2001 and is the only museum in the US to exclusively and continuously host architecture and design exhibitions, symposia, multi-disciplinary projects, educational, and community programs.“Cycle & Pattern” runs through August 19, 2018, at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, 900 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA.For details, visit: https://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/907961/museum-overviewClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Les Ateliers Courbet Unveils Gianluca Pacchioni’s Latest Collection

Les Ateliers Courbet at its New York venue has unveiled Gianluca Pacchioni’s latest collection.Born in Milan in 1966, Gianluca Pacchioni discovered his life passion for art and metalsmithing when he moved to Paris in the 1990s. There, he experimented and le
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Les Ateliers Courbet Unveils Gianluca Pacchioni’s Latest Collection

Les Ateliers Courbet at its New York venue has unveiled Gianluca Pacchioni’s latest collection.Born in Milan in 1966, Gianluca Pacchioni discovered his life passion for art and metalsmithing when he moved to Paris in the 1990s. There, he experimented and learnt the techniques of sculpting, forging and casting metals in a shared artists’ studio at the Quai de la Gare. His experiments resulted in a first collection of iron sculptures and furniture, exhibited at the Vivendi Gallery, Place des Vosges.The artist then returned to his native Milan, opening his own studio in an eyedrops factory from the 1930s, working in tandem with Italian master-craftsmen from whom he has grown his own expertise.  Pacchioni has continued to explore new materials and materials ever since. Today, his work has matured into a virtuous fusion of brass, bronze, iron, stones layered with different patinas, and poured liquid metals.In 2014, the Italian Embassy in Paris recognized the artist’s embodiment of Italy’s heritage of master-craftsmanship and art with the permanent installation of his work in the embassy's entrance hall. In 2016, Pacchioni was awarded the title of Master of Arts and Crafts by the Fondazione Cologni. Pacchioni says of his own work: “I abuse the metals, but then I end up caressing them... my aim is to find a form which blends imperfection with finesse.”Les Ateliers Courbet is a design gallery with an adjacent showroom based in New York with a design advisory platform and showroom in Miami. Established in 2013 in New York City, the Master Craftsmen’s Gallery has gained international recognition for its acute selection of timeless design pieces and distinctive exhibition program highlighting the design legacy and craftsmanship expertise of revered manufacturers from Europe, Japan, North America or Nepal.The Gianluca Pacchioni collection is available at Les Ateliers Courbet, 134, 10th Avenue, New York, USA.To view the complete collection, visit: http://www.ateliercourbet.com/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/                              Founder: Louise Blouin 

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