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Sarah Myerscough Gallery Debuts at FOG Design+Art 2019

London-based Sarah Myerscough Gallery participated in the FOG Design+Art fair for the first time this year. The fair took place at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco from January 17-20.The highlight of the gallery’s debut exhibition a
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Sarah Myerscough Gallery Debuts at FOG Design+Art 2019

London-based Sarah Myerscough Gallery participated in the FOG Design+Art fair for the first time this year. The fair took place at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco from January 17-20.The highlight of the gallery’s debut exhibition at the fair was Joseph Walsh’s “Dommus” collection. One of the most significant contemporary furniture makers, Walsh was brought up in Ireland and is largely self-taught from an early age. His work is inspired by his natural environment of rugged and wooded landscape. His work can be found in major private and public collections across the world including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.Marcin Rusak, known for his flower infused resin “Flora” collection, showcased his “Perma” series, which gives life to discarded flowers that become a permanent part of the material. “Bound by resin then machined lengthwise, the surface reveals a whole other natural world; where petals, stems and buds come together in a whirling spectrum of colors and shapes,” said the gallery describing Rusak’s collection.Another highlight was Marlene Huissoud’s recent collection “Cocoon,” made from silkworms’ cocoons cast in silicon bronze with black patins. According to the gallery, the works are beautifully sculptural and challenge design as simply functional while exploring new processes of making, in particular the use of sustainable material.Nic Webb brought his monumental red wood pieces. The designer uses traditional tools, modern methods as well as elemental forces, such as fire, ice, air, and water to shape and sculpt in an unbound and organic manner.British designer Peter Marigold, and Tadanori Tozawa from the renowned Japanese company Hinoki Kogei, Japan, presented the “Cleft Series,” featuring six cleft cabinets. According to the gallery, each cabinet has been achieved by using single pieces of Japanese woods, cleft for each cabinet, resulting in a highly textured surface, reflected on each door. One such cabinet is now part of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.Other designers showcased by Sarah Myerscough at FOG 2019 include Wycliffe Stutchbury; 2017 Loewe Craft Prize winner Gamperl; organic wood objects by Ricourt; British Wood Awards 2017 nominee Eleanor; and London-based designer Gareth Neal.For more information, visit: https://www.sarahmyerscough.com/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

R & Company's Collection at FOG Design+Art 2019

R & Company presented a curated selection of contemporary work alongside historical masterpieces at the recently held 2019 FOG Design + Art Fair from January 17-20.About the gallery’s participation in the fair, Evan Snyderman, co-founder and principal o
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R & Company's Collection at FOG Design+Art 2019

R & Company presented a curated selection of contemporary work alongside historical masterpieces at the recently held 2019 FOG Design + Art Fair from January 17-20.About the gallery’s participation in the fair, Evan Snyderman, co-founder and principal of R & Company, said: “We love the San Francisco collecting community. I find that although that community is smaller than in Miami or New York, the collectors are highly seasoned and sophisticated with some of the most refined tastes in the country. I also enjoy the closeness of that community and am thrilled to be able to work together with so many great collectors there.”In 2017,  the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MoMA) acquired a “Girl” table lamp by contemporary designer Katie Stout, who has been associated with R & Company since 2016. According to the gallery, the Brooklyn-based designer is renowned for her “Girl” series of nude female forms, created often with gilded erogenous zones, hand sculpted in clay and painted in bright candied hues. Stout created an additional lifesize “Girl” floor lamp for FOG 2019, which was displayed along with her other works, including a papier-mache vanity, a hand-built and glazed ceramic stool, and handmade table lamps, demonstrating the breadth of her practice.French interior designer and architect Pierre Yovanovitch also participated in the fair for the first time with the gallery. “It is an honor to showcase my furniture works at FOG Art + Design fair this year. As a Paris-based designer, with a strong connection to European craftsmanship, it’s wonderful to see my pieces exist in the context of the emerging and exciting design community of San Francisco. For each of these works, the MAD Armchair, the MAD Stool, the E.T. Lamp, the Marsha Floor Lamp and the Lewis Stool, I wanted my strong imagination, love for natural, mixed materials and commitment to craft to shine through. I’m delighted to have these pieces, which are a part of my larger furniture and lighting collection entitled OOPs, on display at R & Company’s booth for the duration of the FOG fair,” said Yovanovitch.Another highlight was Amagansett-based designer Rogan Gregory’s sculptural polar bear coffee table, hand-sculpted in white gypsum from Montauk, New York, along with his “Fertility Form” illuminated sculpture in matching white gypsum.The gallery also showcased works by Brazilian design master Joaquim Tenreiro; master glassmaker Jeff Zimmerman’s unique hand-blown and cut glass vessels; LA-based designer Kelly Lamb’s handmade ceramic gem clusters; British designer Ashley Hick’s totem sculptures; and the Haas Brothers’ unique “Stools of Attraction” beast stool in gray luxurious sheepskin with a cast bronze base, at FOG 2019.For more information, visit: http://www.r-and-company.com/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

FOG Design+Art 2019

The sixth edition of FOG Design+Art is in full swing at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco. The fair runs through January 20, 2019.This year’s edition brings together 53 design and visual art galleries from around the world including
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FOG Design+Art 2019

The sixth edition of FOG Design+Art is in full swing at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco. The fair runs through January 20, 2019.This year’s edition brings together 53 design and visual art galleries from around the world including Berlin, Stockholm, London, Mexico City, Paris, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The fair will see 12 new galleries participating for the first time this year: Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Modernity, neugerriemschneider, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Blain|Southern, Anton Kern Gallery, Fergus McCaffrey, Galerie Perrotin, Hauser & Wirth, Karma, Petzel, and Spruth Magers.Talking about the 2019 edition of the fair, Katie Paige, steering committee member of FOG 2019 stated, “The 2019 edition of the fair will reflect the tremendous growth that FOG has made over the past six years. We are excited to provide space for a larger roster of galleries this year, and to have such impressive international diversity in our program. Each selected gallery takes a thoughtful approach to curating its booth, reflecting a beautiful intersection of art and design, and the unique nature of Bay Area collectors and art enthusiasts.”The fair highlights the works of contemporary art and design by some of the most celebrated dealers of 20th century and contemporary work. Major design galleries participating in this year’s edition include: Cristina Grajales Gallery, Hostler Burrows, Magen H Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, Modernity, Patrick Parrish Gallery, R & Company, and Sarah Myerscough Gallery, amongst others.FOG Design + Art will also honor Pamela J. Joyner at the 2019 Innovators Luncheon, presented by FENDI. According to the fair’s press release, “Joyner is a passionate visionary and champion in her mission to reframe art history to include artists of African descent that have been previously overlooked. Joyner and her husband Fred J. Giuffrida are advocates and stewards of artists and their work, and together have established and artist residency, a mission driven collection and a philanthropic practice that continues to push boundaries.’’The four-day event also features conversations with contemporary artists such as Joan Jonas, Tom Sachs, and Pae White, along with talks that address timely social and political issues, and panel discussions with art and design luminaries.FOG Design+Art runs through January 20, 2019 at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, Landmark Building C, 2 Marina Blvd #260, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA.For more information, visit: https://fogfair.com/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the fair.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

New Dating Technique used to prove Llwyn Celyn Farmhouse to Medieval Period

A new dating technique has been used to prove the famous medieval Welsh farmstead, Llwyn Celyn, and it has been confirmed that the farmhouse sitting in the Black Mountains is no lesser than 600-year-old, the Guardian reports.Llwyn Celyn, a Welsh farmhouse tha
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New Dating Technique used to prove Llwyn Celyn Farmhouse to Medieval Period

A new dating technique has been used to prove the famous medieval Welsh farmstead, Llwyn Celyn, and it has been confirmed that the farmhouse sitting in the Black Mountains is no lesser than 600-year-old, the Guardian reports.Llwyn Celyn, a Welsh farmhouse that lies in the Black Mountains, has been a dilapidated building for a considerable period. Its condition was so poor that rainwater ran through its roof and flooded the rooms, though two families of farmers still lived in this farmhouse.According to the Guardian report, conversion experts from the Landmark Trust, a British building conservation charity, which rescues buildings of historic interest or architectural merit, and then makes them available for holiday rental, first thought the farmstead was built in the late 15th-century. They undertook the dating process in 2007, but their repeated attempts to date the timbers using tree ring analysis failed, probably because this technique is not very much effective in a wet climate.The breakthrough came using a technique developed by the Department of Geography of Swansea University, by using technique of analysis of Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Carbon isotopes preserved within the cellulose of a tree’s rings to determine the actual climate conditions in which the tree has grown. Each tree ring has a distinct isotopic signal, so as to measure the amount of each isotope present and the actual age of the timber. This technique is normally used by the scientists to measure climate change. This technique has never been used before to date a historic building.Thus Llwyn Celyn, the 600-year-old building lying in the Black Mountains, in the border of England and Wales, has been found to be one of the few domestic buildings which have survived the destruction immediately after the failed revolt of the Welsh prince Owain Glyndŵr. It has also paved a new way of dating historical buildings, which may be used for dating the timbers. Neil Loader, a Professor of Geography of Swansea University, hopes that this technique will lead through the Roman Era and the Bronze Age.https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Group show “Spectrum II; The Weight of Light” at Joy Mardini Design Gallery, Beirut

Joy Mardini Design Gallery, Beirut, is hosting a group exhibition celebration of the gallery’s seventh year anniversary and a second edition of “Spectrum,” a group show launched back in 2015. The exhibition will be on view through February 28, 2019.The
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Group show “Spectrum II; The Weight of Light” at Joy Mardini Design Gallery, Beirut

Joy Mardini Design Gallery, Beirut, is hosting a group exhibition celebration of the gallery’s seventh year anniversary and a second edition of “Spectrum,” a group show launched back in 2015. The exhibition will be on view through February 28, 2019.The exhibition features the works of Marc Baroud, Karim Chaya, Georges Mohasseb and Thomas Trad.“A Spectrum is a band of colors, as seen in a rainbow, produced by separation of the components of light by their different degrees of refraction according to wavelength1,” says the gallery.Marc Baroud is a designer, with work spanning over various fields. His enthusiasm for new ventures led him to experiment his approach in projects that are seemingly unrelated to design. In his method, the process is designed first, thus turning it into a stand-alone outcome as it takes a form of its own. In 2012, he founded the Design Department at Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts which he directed from 2012 to 2017.Karim Chaya has a great love for designing objects, due to their longevity, functionality or the delight they impart in other people’s lives. And he always knew this, deciding to study industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design, before he established ACID.Spockdesign has been Chaya’s alias in the design world ever since his dog passed. The studio produces a wide variety of objects and furniture and perhaps one of its most distinguishing factors is its multifarious approach. Through his professional experience and intensive workshops Georges Mohasseb mastered wood furniture making techniques prominent in each of his designs. His passion for design has brought him to teach in many renowned academic institutions in Europe and in the U.S.Beirut based product designer Thomas Trad founded his studio in 2016, after graduating from London’s prestigious Central Saint Martin’s university.  His work with world renowned studios Fredrikson Stallard and Michael Anastasiades revealed his meticulous approach to materials and fascination with manufacturing processes, a direction which is prevalent in his practice.Thomas continuously works on refining his techniques, in his search for the unexpected in contemporary design. His future projects will involve larger scale work and further discovery of new materials, sealing his reputation as one of the key emerging designers in Beirut.The exhibition is on view through February 28, 2019 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. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

Vibrant Wall Art and Graffiti Dominate the Interiors of Bengaluru Eateries

Wall art, graffiti, antique paintings, and showpieces dominate the decors of eateries in India’s tech hub, Bengaluru. Eateries in the city are often turning into canvasses for local and upcoming artists, who, in turn, are happy to have discovered a profitab
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Vibrant Wall Art and Graffiti Dominate the Interiors of Bengaluru Eateries

Wall art, graffiti, antique paintings, and showpieces dominate the decors of eateries in India’s tech hub, Bengaluru. Eateries in the city are often turning into canvasses for local and upcoming artists, who, in turn, are happy to have discovered a profitable platform to display their installations, murals, and framed work. These artworks and paintings are not only creating a unique identity for these eateries, but they often provide a glimpse into the city’s history and culture, capturing the essence of Namma Bengaluru. To take the case of Church Street Social, the restaurant went through a complete reinvention last year, where, as reported by Economic Times, its “industrial look was replaced by an art-inspired decor complete with a massive hanging installation reflective of a swirling dervish, paintings, and sound-reactive installations.” Commenting on the revamped avatar, Managing director Riyaz Amlani said, “We have traditionally worked with architects and interior designers. This time, we wanted a fresh pair of eyes from a different discipline to reinvent our space.” Social’s fourth outlet in the city, located at Sarjapur is spread across 18,800 square feet and two floors. The Sarjapur Social is one of the biggest undertakings by the brand yet. Commenting on the decor of the place, Architectural Digest writes, “Sticking to its design ethos of minimal intervention, the newest outlet boasts of state-of-the-art sound system and holds on to souvenirs of times gone by to create maximum luxe feel!The spirit of art decor resonates throughout, with paintings adorning the walls, beautifully carved sculptures all around, and graceful arches drawing your attention to the ceiling.” Singkong at UB City, rebranded as Sriracha last year, has taken the art route as well. The focal wall of the revamped joint displays a hand-painted mural that illustrates iconic pan-Asian imagery with a contemporary twist. The artwork was commissioned to local artist duo Agni Janakiram and Gaurav Basu, who studied the eatery’s menu and incorporated elements like bowls and chopsticks into their frame. As per Janakiram, who has lapped up a few restaurant projects across India, “People love dining out which makes restaurants a good platform.” Commenting on the importance of including art in restaurant decor, Sriracha’s Chef Vikas Seth says, ‘’Art is a good conversation starter. It can also make a restaurant a landmark, as artwork cannot be replicated.” This trend of making art a part of an eatery’s ambience was started in the city by interior designer Payal Khanna, when she did the interiors of the Street Mama eatery drawing inspiration from the street art of London and Berlin. A firm believer in the idea that art should not be restricted to museums, Khanna engaged various local artists to make graffitis on the walls of the restaurant. Describing the place, Architectural Digest writes, “The grand sprawling interiors of Street Mama is symbolized with splashes of the Bengaluru street map artistically painted across the zone, a hand painted graffiti art of a double-headed crocodile, complemented by bright red and white upholstery, capsuled with old vintage street posters, among others.” Talking about this trend that is catching up fast with eateries in the city, Khanna says, “Bengaluru has a different vibe. People, especially techies, work hard and like to end their day by celebrating life. Art makes a place alive with unexpected and engaging visual imagery and keeps the restaurant-crew inspired too.” Echoes of Khanna’s words can be found in Bootlegger, a friendly neighborhood watering hole in Indira Nagar. Based on the concept of a speakeasy, Bootlegger offers relaxing conversations over different types ofbeers, ales, and lagers. Reflecting the mood of the place, the interiors are done in tasteful and understated wood-and-brick lined decor, marked with black and white wall art throughout the establishment. Other city-based eateries that have adopted the art route in their decor include Shizusan Shophouse & Bar, which collaborated with renowned artist Parbbonni Bhowmik for its artworks, and Blue Frog on Church Street, which is now collaborating with artist Vivek Aiyappa to paint a graffiti piece for its new music-inspired decor. Both Aiyappa and Bhowmik are based in Bengaluru. Art helps in building a sense of community, and as Akanksha Chaudhary of Azure Hospitality puts it, “restaurants must now feel like home, driven by community and sub-culture concepts.”    https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Nendo Unveils New Gravity-Inspired Melt Furniture for WonderGlass

Iconic Japanese design studio, Nendo, unveiled new collection of melt furniture that has been designed by its founder and master designer Oki Sato for WonderGlass. These “gravity-formed” pieces mark the Venice-based brand’s debut into furniture design,
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Nendo Unveils New Gravity-Inspired Melt Furniture for WonderGlass

Iconic Japanese design studio, Nendo, unveiled new collection of melt furniture that has been designed by its founder and master designer Oki Sato for WonderGlass. These “gravity-formed” pieces mark the Venice-based brand’s debut into furniture design, expanding on its existing collection of lighting and objects. Appearing like ice sculptures, this new range by Oki Sato features a U-shaped base formed by the effects of gravity on molten glass.  Melt, “features a chair that is comprised of an inverted arched base topped with a contrasting, flat pane of glass, and backed with a larger rectangle of glass,” reports dezeen. Along with the chair, the collection also comprises, as reported by dezeen, “a dozen pieces of furniture, all formed by gravity, over a pipe or mould. These include an armchair, chaise longue, dining table, side table, partition, and vase.”Describing the new collection, Wallpaper writes, “the collection sees the designer pair simple arch shapes with flat panels to form elegant chairs, tables, stools, benches and tabletop pieces with bumpy, imperfect surfaces, which lend them an icy appearance.”Attracted to WonderGlass’ highly skilled craftsmanship, Nendo decided to collaborate with the brand on its new collection. Sato was inspired to design the Melt collection after watching the traditional way that these artisans worked with molten glass in the brand’s workshops. In the designer’s own words, ‘’I was inspired by looking at the workshops, looking at the people working, using the melted material like a child molding a piece of clay. The main idea was to let the glass flow by itself using gravity and using the weight of glass itself. In a way, doing less and achieving more is the most complicated thing to do.”Describing the design process of the new collection, Wallpaper writes, “Nendo’s collection, fittingly named Melt, allows the material to direct the design process using gravity as main characteristic of this labour-intensive production technique. Made by the skilled team of craftsmen at the brand’s factory in Venice, each piece begins as a vat of molten glass scooped out of an oven, poured onto a surface, and rolled out like dough to create an even thickness. Still red hot, the glowing glass sheet is then carefully draped over a steel pipe, which gives a melted form. The piece is left to cool for a few minutes before being prised away from the pipe and lifted into an annealing oven, called a Lehr. The whole process involves a carefully orchestrated symphony of timings and temperatures and requires the team of eight or so craftsmen to work together as one to avoid any mistakes, which can ruin the entire process. If the temperature is just a degree out or the glass stays a few seconds too long in the Lehr, it can crack or shatter as it cools.”Talking about the unique design process adopted for this new collection, Sato said, “I discovered the beauty of glass when I saw that the plate-like glass created a beautiful arch by its own weight, when lifted bya number of craftsmen. I wanted to combine those beautiful flat surfaces withcurves to design this collection.”Commenting about the use of glass in their new collection, WonderGlass founders Maurizio and Christian Mussati said, “The Melt Collection pushes the boundaries and capabilities of cast glass. Nendo has explored the molten liquid nature of the material with incredible skill.”As reported by dezeen, “the Melt collection is presented for the first time at this year’s IMM Cologne trade show through January 20.” The exhibition offers a preview into WonderGlass’ upcoming installation at Milan Design Week in April this year.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Foster + Partners’ Apple Store in Kyoto Inspired From Traditional Japanese Houses and Lanterns

Apple unveiled its first store in Kyoto Japan designed by British international design studio Foster + Partners. The store is located on a prominent corner plot along the historic Shijo Dori street, which has been the city’s primary shopping location since
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Foster + Partners’ Apple Store in Kyoto Inspired From Traditional Japanese Houses and Lanterns

Apple unveiled its first store in Kyoto Japan designed by British international design studio Foster + Partners. The store is located on a prominent corner plot along the historic Shijo Dori street, which has been the city’s primary shopping location since the 1600s. According to the architects, the two-story store is organized around a soaring atrium towards the rear.Foster + Partners has taken a minimalistic approach towards the design of Apple Kyoto, drawing inspiration from the materiality of traditional Japanese houses and lanterns. As reported by dezeen, the store is fronted by a translucent facade made from a lightweight timber frame and paper, overhanging a glass-walled ground floor, designed by Foster + Partners as a continuation of the street. Describing the design of the storefront, Foster + Partners states: “On the ground level, the transparent glass facade blurs the boundary between the busy street and the calm interior, inviting people into the store.”Describing the store, dezeen writes, “the entrance is marked by sliding glass doors that lead onto the central display area which is lined with wooden cabinetry and tables that showcase the latest Apple products.” At the far end of the store is the Forum with a large display screen that forms an animated backdrop for the store. The screen at the Forum is paired with a set of moveable cube-shaped stools enabling the space to be used to host free events and workshops. Further details provided by Foster + Partners states that “a discrete staircase is tucked in behind the screen, leading up to the display areas on the upper floor. Using a lightweight timber frame and special paper, the facade on the upper level is wrapped by a translucent envelope inspired by Japanese lanterns, while also reference to the traditional Japanese houses made from timber and paper.”The new store in Kyoto comes as part of Apple’s ongoing retail expansion in Japan, which became the first country to host an Apple store outside the USA in 2003. Apple Kyoto also marks Foster + Partners’ first store to be designed for Apple in Japan. The design firm has been the practice behind the designs of all of Apple’s recent stores, including the ones in Thailand; Champs-Elysees, Paris; and Macau, China.Foster + Partners is a British international studio for architecture and integrated design, headquartered in London. The practice is led by its founder and chairman, Norman Foster, and has constructed many high-profile glass and steel buildings.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Wins Competition to Design China’s Tallest Skyscraper

In a recent press release, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), a Chicago based international architecture firm, announced their competition win to design the Shimao Longgang Master Plan that includes a 700-meter tall skyscraper called the Shenzhe
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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Wins Competition to Design China’s Tallest Skyscraper

In a recent press release, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), a Chicago based international architecture firm, announced their competition win to design the Shimao Longgang Master Plan that includes a 700-meter tall skyscraper called the Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center.“Set between the foothills of Longcheng Park and Dayun National Park, the site is adjacent to several sporting venues. The graceful new tower references anthropomorphic characteristics, offering a new sculptural icon for northwest Shenzhen’s skyline,” states AS+GG in their press release.Envisioned to be among the tallest towers in the world, the Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center is located at the heart of the Shenzhen Longgang Master Plan and is going to be designed as the main center for every office and apartment building within the development. Talking about the design of the new tower, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Design Partner Adrian Smith, FAIA said: “The Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center is anthropomorphic in its character, representing and honoring in an abstract way the athletes that train and struggle to have the opportunity to perform in the world-class stadiums, arenas, and natatorium directly adjacent to and integrated into the overall AS+GG master plan for this project. In this way, it adds a subtle layer of contextualism to the activities that these performance spaces contain. The result is a muscular expression in high-performance glass with layers of texture that define the elements of its shaped form.”At the top of the tower, a performance space, which will also double up as one of the world’s highest observation area, will be constructed to attract tourists. The tower’s top will also have additional club facilities, including a restaurant, a night club, spa services, and a grand swimming pool, all with views of Shenzhen and beyond.Describing the details of the master plan, AS+GG stated: “The mixed-use district that surrounds and connects with the tower contains a five-star hotel, offices, and conference facilities. A major retail facility defines the northeast corner of the site, while a community of apartment towers occupies the northwest section. The master plan integrates a dynamic new public realm that combines cultural and retail programs anchored by a cultural center and a main library. Programmed venues have open and enclosed spaces for recreation, leisure, tourism, art, dining, and social gatherings. Beautifully landscaped promenades connect patrons and visitors to every aspect of the activity.”Talking about the environmental aspect of the project, AS+GG said in their press release: “The environmental goal for the Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center and the surrounding landscape is to obtain LEED Platinum certification, therefore sustainability is considered in a holistic way: high-performance glass will be used to reduced heat gain; buildings are oriented to respond to existing environmental solar conditions for enhanced passive solar control; and strategic natural lighting for the interior spaces increases human comfort levels. The development was designed so that winds predominantly from the east and northeast are funneled into the open spaces to provide natural ventilation throughout the site and improve outdoor thermal comfort. The complex also will have a major public transportation center and bus terminal to move large groups of people to and from the site efficiently.”To cater to Shenzhen’s heavy rains and flooding during the summer months, water management occupies a central place in the design of the site. Landscape features are designed using engineered soils, retention ponds, native plants, and foliage as a network of systems that will help recycle the rainwater for irrigation and other uses.The Shimao Group develops large-scale, high-quality, integrated real estate projects, focusing on cities with a high economic growth potential in China.Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is known for designing high-performance, energy-efficient, and sustainable architecture.The firm was founded in 2006 by partners Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill, and Robert Forest, and creates designs that aid society, advance modern technology, sustain the environment, and inspire those around us to improve our world.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Best in Home & Interiors at IMM Cologne 2019

The International furniture and interiors fair IMM Cologne 2019 opens today and runs through January 20, 2019.This year’s edition brings nearly 1,300 exhibitors, with more than 70 percent coming from outside Germany. The two-yearly LivingKitchen event is al
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Best in Home & Interiors at IMM Cologne 2019

The International furniture and interiors fair IMM Cologne 2019 opens today and runs through January 20, 2019.This year’s edition brings nearly 1,300 exhibitors, with more than 70 percent coming from outside Germany. The two-yearly LivingKitchen event is also being held parallel to the IMM Cologne.The fair’s full diversity of interior styles and product ranges are displayed in eleven halls. According to the press release, Prime presents the interior world of classic furniture for every area of the home, while Comfort covers the entire spectrum of upholstered seating. In the Sleep hall, visitors can study the functionality and aesthetic qualities of furniture designed for a good night’s rest. Global Lifestyles takes the visitors on a journey through internationally attractive markets. Intelligent solutions for young, trend-conscious interiors are showcased in the Smart section, and Pure Editions features trending design labels.  “The simulated interior on show in the Das Haus installation provides a whole new perspective on what home can be like: every year, different designers create a miniature synthesis of the arts covering 180 square meters – and every year the result is entirely different,” states the press release. This year, the Rotterdam-based studio Truly Truly is presenting a flowing, organic interior “Living by Moods.”According to the organizers, some of the furniture trends to look out for include ultra-popular sideboards flanked by cool armchairs and light-footed sofas, books as display items, retro as a stylistic element, and modernist, mid-century, and pop culture classics popping up in new interpretations.The fair predicts the increasing popularity of a light palette of greys, accompanied by natural or pastel shades. But, according to the organizers, there are two other important directions that deserve a mention: the multicoloured look and a dark, elegant approach.Talking about the materials, wood is just as popular as ever, metal is preferred in warm, upmarket colors, and finishes like gold and brass. Classic velvet is making a comeback in home textiles.In Smart home section, the fair highlights how smart home technologies can be used to make life easier, for example by helping us eat more healthy food. Curated food is one of the themes of LivingKitchen.IMM Cologne takes place from January 14 through January 20, 2019, at Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne, Germany.For more information, visit: http://www.imm-cologne.de/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the event.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Interiors Spotlight: Hotel Joaquin by Studio Robert McKinley

Auric Road, the lifestyle curators of petite resorts, debuted its much-anticipated SoCal property, Hotel Joaquin, last year. The hotel occupies a renovated 1930s motor lodge in Laguna Beach. Studio Robert McKinley has designed the “chic, playful, and layere
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Interiors Spotlight: Hotel Joaquin by Studio Robert McKinley

Auric Road, the lifestyle curators of petite resorts, debuted its much-anticipated SoCal property, Hotel Joaquin, last year. The hotel occupies a renovated 1930s motor lodge in Laguna Beach. Studio Robert McKinley has designed the “chic, playful, and layered decor” of the 22-room resort.McKinley and his team opened up the floor plan of the public spaces and refocused the entire property toward the ocean views. The exterior was refurbished and the outdoor spaces were re-landscaped.Interiors combine vintage furniture and low-slung, contemporary built-in units. Much of the furniture and materials were sourced and built by local artisans. Materials throughout are very clean and minimal, but organic and textured — featuring hand oiled white oak throughout, natural linen shades on lighting, and cane-lined closets. Bathrooms feature handmade Mexican clay tile and veined marble.The hotel ambience has been conceived as a low-tech environment, hence there are no in room TVs and record players in room. A host of Californian artists don the walls, including Daniel Fuller and Sean Spellman, according to Studio Robert McKinley.“This private beach oasis features small batch in-room amenities, sweeping views, a serene pool, and bespoke resort-style service. Sensory-focused details weave a soulful narrative throughout the property and elevate the mood of laid-back luxury,” states the press release. The designer sanctuary seamlessly connects adventure and respite with the tranquility of the beach carried throughout the property, according to the release. Guests can enjoy surfboarding, hiking, diving, and cycling along with other outdoor activities.“Hotel Joaquin is the latest property in Auric Road’s petite resort collection. Every detail has meaning and intentionality, designed to inspire our guests,” CEO Paul Makarechian says. “The resort’s location is especially nostalgic, as I grew up diving the coves along the Pacific Coast Highway. We are proud to unveil the magic of our new brand in Laguna and are excited to see how Hotel Joaquin captivates our guests as the Innkeepers for their soul’s journey.”The property is sustainability-focused and aims to eliminate plastic waste and connect with local charitable organizations to deliver hands-on community experiences for guests.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the interiors.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Nir Meiri’s New Mycelium and Metal Light Collection

The London-based Nir Meiri Studio, in collaboration with BIOHM, has created a new lighting collection from Mycelium and metal.According to Nir Meiri, the table lamps collection is a result of an ongoing material research in mycelium — the vegetative part o
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Nir Meiri’s New Mycelium and Metal Light Collection

The London-based Nir Meiri Studio, in collaboration with BIOHM, has created a new lighting collection from Mycelium and metal.According to Nir Meiri, the table lamps collection is a result of an ongoing material research in mycelium — the vegetative part of the fungus. “Mushrooms or fungi are truly wondrous organisms with significant untapped potential. Mycelium consumes organic and synthetic waste to grow into desired shapes and different types of waste alter its properties. This could have highly significant implications for ridding our planet from the mountains and islands of synthetic waste. When lit, the light project on the mycelium from below and glows back as soft natural light,” says Meiri.“The inspiration for this design comes from the fungi itself, resulting in ‘a little garden of lights’ imitating the shapes of mushrooms growing in the wild,” he adds.Nir Meiri studied Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. After graduating Meiri was accepted to the prestigious interns program, part of the Keter Plastic Group, D-Vision. In 2009, Meiri started working as a product designer and art director for an international furniture company. In 2010, Meiri established his own studio, Nir Meiri design studio. The studio offers an out of the ordinary approach to everyday objects, and specializes in lighting design.Nir Meiri is represented by leading galleries worldwide including Nilufar gallery and Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, Mint gallery, and 19 Greek Street gallery in London, Design Museum Holon, and Tiroche Auction House in Israel, amongst others.BIOHM is a London-based startup working on developing sustainable solutions for the built environment.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Snøhetta Wins Budapest South Gate Competition

International architecture firm Snohetta recently won the Budapest South Gate International Masterplan Design Competition. The competition invited innovative designs for a new neighborhood in the Hungarian capital that would accommodate 12,000 students, and p
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Snøhetta Wins Budapest South Gate Competition

International architecture firm Snohetta recently won the Budapest South Gate International Masterplan Design Competition. The competition invited innovative designs for a new neighborhood in the Hungarian capital that would accommodate 12,000 students, and provide them with educational, recreational and sports facilities.As reported by dezeen, Snohetta’s winning masterplan envisions an “island’’ neighborhood off the Danube river in south Budapest. As described by dezeen and Snohetta’s official website, the design for the 135-hectare site involves creating a new channel of water off the Danube branch to form a new peninsula, rendering a unique identity to the new neighborhood. The focus of the design is strongly on urban relations. The design makes space for residential facilities of 12,000 students along with “education and sporting facilities, set between parks and recreation areas,’’ as reported by dezeen.Describing its winning masterplan, Snohetta stated: “The site provides the unique opportunity to create a lively waterfront for the people of Budapest. Water as main design element is highlighted with channels reaching far into the new district. Besides to the new public urban spaces along the riverfront, the park landscape offers recreational areas and sports facilities. Furthermore, the fluvial landscape enhances the biodiversity of the city quarter and provides for water treatment. All parts of the urban fabric are given strong identities, relating to each other and resulting in a resilient, colorful, and vibrant new district of Budapest — the South Gate Peninsula.’’Snohetta proposal was selected from 17 other invited applicants including UNStudio, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Adept, and Squire and Partners.Praising Snohetta’s design for making clever use of water and abundant green spaces, the competition jury stated, “it boldly accepts the challenge of developing a new neighborhood in Budapest that does not yet exist. It captures the opportunities of the area — offered by water, green belts and the characteristics of an island.”The peninsula in the south of Budapest is being developed as part of the Budapest 2030 plan, which envisages the Hungarian capital as a more sustainable, energy-efficient and socially minded urban space.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Snøhetta Launches Outdoor Care Retreats in Norway

Oslo and New York-based architectural firm Snohetta has launched two wooden outdoor care units in the vicinity of two of Norway’s largest hospitals. Nestled in the peaceful ambience of the woods, only a short walking distance from the hospitals, these eleva
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Snøhetta Launches Outdoor Care Retreats in Norway

Oslo and New York-based architectural firm Snohetta has launched two wooden outdoor care units in the vicinity of two of Norway’s largest hospitals. Nestled in the peaceful ambience of the woods, only a short walking distance from the hospitals, these elevated wooden cabins aspire to make hospitalization easier for patients and their families.Designed on behalf of the Friluftssykehuset Foundation, “the Outdoor Care Retreats offer ‘physical and psychological respite’ for patients, and are designed by Snohetta to contrast with the two hospitals,’’ reports dezeen. In Snohetta’s own words, “The space can be used for treatment and contemplation, and for spending time with relatives and friends away from the hospital corridors. The cabins are open to every patient connected to the hospitals regardless of disease group, and reservations are managed through a booking system.”The first cabin is situated one hundred metres from the entrance of the capital's Oslo University Hospital, while the other is in south Norway by the Sorlandet Hospital in Kristiansand. The cabins are donated as gifts by the Friluftssykehuset Foundation to the two hospitals. As mentioned by the architect firm, “The project has received funding from private and public supporters, including Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, Gjensidigestiftelsen, Bergesenstiftelsen, the Children's Foundation OUH and the Norwegian Parliament. In addition, a number of suppliers sponsored the first cabins with building materials, amongst others Kvadrat, Kebony, and Lindal Gruppen.”Describing the outdoor care cabins, dezeen writes: “The angular forms of Outdoor Care Retreats were modelled on the "playful construction of wooden tree cabins typically made by children. Elevated off the ground, both 35-square-metre cabins are made from skewed blocks of wood that will turn grey over time, helping them blend in with their surroundings. They each have a main room, a smaller side room for conversation and treatment, and a bathroom. They are accessed by wooden boardwalks that lead onto a small terrace. Both cabins are accessible for wheelchair users, and have angled entrances clad in black zinc, which are large enough to accommodate hospital beds.The interiors of the Outdoor Care Retreats are lined with oak, echoing the natural materiality of the neighbouring forests, and feature fold out tables in the walls.” The large glass windows and skylights of the cabins allow visitors to have a “peek into the woods, smell the damp forest floor, and listen to the sound of trickling water while still being inside the cabin.”Talking about the project, Maren Ostvold Lindheim, a child psychologist at the Oslo University Hospital and one of the initiators of the project said: “The Outdoor Care Retreat provides a peaceful space where visitors can benefit from the therapeutic qualities of nature. Nature provides spontaneous joy and helps patients relax. Being in natural surroundings brings them a renewed calm that they can bring back with them into the hospital, and contribute to better disease management.”Snohetta plans to build more outdoor care retreats in vicinity of hospitals in Norway and abroad in the near future.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Hong Kong’s Colonial Buildings Get a Cultural Transformation Courtesy Herzog and de Meuron, and Purcell

In a collaborative project, Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, and UK-based conservation architects Purcell, have transformed Hong Kong’s former police station, central magistracy, and prison into a new, non-profit, cultural hub called Tai Kwun, meanin
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Hong Kong’s Colonial Buildings Get a Cultural Transformation Courtesy Herzog and de Meuron, and Purcell

In a collaborative project, Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, and UK-based conservation architects Purcell, have transformed Hong Kong’s former police station, central magistracy, and prison into a new, non-profit, cultural hub called Tai Kwun, meaning “Big Station.” The complex is the city’s largest heritage conservation project till date. Most of Hong Kong’s colonial buildings were not protected, and usually the ones located centrally were bulldozed for high-rise commercial use. The Tai Kwun art center, which spans an area of 27,000 square meters, stands out from this trend. Though the compound is only a few minutes’ walk from the city’s financial hub, this colonial complex is one of the first to be restored as a cultural center.As stated by the Swiss architecture firm, ‘’the former central police station, the central magistracy, and the Victoria Prison is a walled compound of heritage buildings established by the British after 1841.” The site is steeped in history having served as a Japanese army base during the Second World War. Ho Chi Minh was also imprisoned here in the 1930s. The site is one of Hong Kong’s most important remaining historic monuments and reminds of the city’s colonial past, standing in stark contrast to the contemporary commercial buildings in its surroundings.In 2006, the site was decommissioned and vacated, leaving behind, what Herzog and de Meuron describes as, “a rare courtyard with a set of open grounds and a collection of unique buildings in the midst of one of the densest cities in the world.” That same year, the Swiss architects started work on revamping the site while retaining its cultural heritage. Though they added two new buildings to the site later, most of the complex has been retained in its original form, including the prison cells with their original numbers and locks.To conserve the colonial architecture of the buildings, Herzog and de Meuron collaborated with conservation architects Purcell, who as reported by dezeen, “preserved the outdoor corridors, arches, and pillars of the old brick structures. Herzog and de Meuron designed a series of interventions across the six-acre (2.4-hectare) site, while local firm Roco Design Architects acted as executive architect for the project.”The Hong Kong Jockey Club, in partnership with the Hong Kong Government, leads the project. Designed to host six to eight exhibitions a year, the Tai Kwun Contemporary art center, as described by dezeen, “is positioned on a corner lot and is walled-in with masonry structures along Hollywood Road and Chancery Lane. Their gabled roofs reflect a bygone era in the skyscraper-prevalent city. Visitors walk through the main gates, past a series of former administrative buildings, and into the main plaza and former Victoria Prison. The prison is now a museum that recounts its former use.”Describing the complex, dezeen states, “At the rear of the complex is a high masonry wall, which tops out at a sidewalk to reveal Hong Kong’s towering cityscape.” The two new buildings by Herzog and de Meuron, a gallery for Contemporary art and a cube-shaped 200-seat auditorium for the performing arts, film screenings, and events, stand close to the rear complex. As described by Wallpaper, “both the buildings are clad in monumental perforated aluminum bricks that stand out among the existing buildings’ handsome granite and brick facades.”Describing the importance of the Tai Kwun complex, Tobias Berger, Tai Kwun’s head of arts stated, “It is the connection between heritage and contemporary that is important: the buildings are seamlessly connected and you see that also in our mentality.”  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

KPF Completes Third Tallest Building in Shenzhen

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has completed the China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen. The 400-meter tall commercial office tower, located in the Houhai District, is the third tallest building in the city.The building, inspired by the shape of the win
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KPF Completes Third Tallest Building in Shenzhen

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has completed the China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen. The 400-meter tall commercial office tower, located in the Houhai District, is the third tallest building in the city.The building, inspired by the shape of the winter bamboo shoot, features a light yet stable tube and diagrid structural system that is expressed in its tapered, sculptural form, according to KPF.  “Rendered in pre-fabricated column and steel units, the system affords column-free interiors, in turn allowing greater expression of the tower’s radial symmetry and more boutique floorplates as it rises. The 56 vertical columns converge into 28 columns at the lower and upper sections of the tower, forming a series of entry portals at the tower’s base and merging to a singular point at its peak. At these junctures, faceted, triangular glass panels illuminate at night with a jewel-like brilliance across Shenzhen’s waterfront business district,” as per KPF’s press release.The top of the tower houses a conical, “cathedral-like space” — sky hall — offering visitors spectacular views of the diagrid spire. The building is one the few high-rises in the world that is occupiable at its absolute highest point, according to KPF.“It was an honor to work on this headquarters tower with China Resources, one of the nation’s oldest and most important companies,” said KPF President James von Klemperer. “The conical tower design shows a geometric boldness that reflects China Resources’ pride in their past and confidence in the future. By marking the skyline, it will be one of the most recognizable buildings of Shenzhen, China’s leading technology city.”The firm has designed four of the world’s 10 tallest towers: Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen, the fourth tallest at 599 meters; Lotte World Tower in Soul, South Korea, the fifth tallest at 554.5 meters; Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, the seventh tallest at 530 meters; and the Shanghai World Financial Centre, the 10th tallest at 492 meters.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Claude Lalanne on the Legacy of Les Lalanne

I hate the word ‘creation,’” Claude Lalanne announced brusquely over the phone from her home in Ury, a commune in the Seine-et-Marne region of France, outside of Fontainebleau. “I make things that amuse me, and that I want to make, and that’s that.
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Claude Lalanne on the Legacy of Les Lalanne

I hate the word ‘creation,’” Claude Lalanne announced brusquely over the phone from her home in Ury, a commune in the Seine-et-Marne region of France, outside of Fontainebleau. “I make things that amuse me, and that I want to make, and that’s that.”The nonagenarian — born in 1925 and educated at the Ecole des arts decoratifs de Paris — has been working alone for the past 10 years, ever since her husband and creative ally of over half a century, Francois-Xavier Lalanne, died in 2008. The two began to work in tandem as of 1956, although their sculptures and objects always remained independently signed and aesthetically distinctive.They had their first joint gallery exhibition in 1964; at the time, they lived in the squalid but vibrant Impasse Ronsin near Montparnasse, surrounded by an art coterie that spanned Constantin Brancusi, Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely.Distinguishing between relationship versus individual was of little consequence to the two, and the couple’s legacy is framed as a single unit: Les Lalanne. (“Unlike Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, the Lalannes did not collaborate so much as co-create,” as The Economist put it.) “It was natural; we lived together and worked together,” Claude Lalanne stated. “It was a very masculine world, so it was hard sometimes, but it was fine.”She continued: “we liked what we did,” noting that while they never expressly sought to make anything clever, “a sense of humor was built into our approach to life.” She added: “there was a lot of spontaneity.”He was known for turning animal menageries into practicable pieces — a hippo-cum-desk, a sheep- cum-chair — and she for molding and electroplating apples, cabbages, and leaves. While their work went in and out of fashion, there’s no question their reputation has been renewed within the past decade.Claude Lalanne’s bronze Crocodile bureau, which was based on a veritable dead crocodile recuperated from the Paris zoo, fetched $2.2 million at Sotheby’s in December 2017 (over four times its estimate).Claude Lalanne’s work has also doubled as the cover of a 1976 Serge Gainsbourg album (“L’Homme a Tete de Chou,” or “The Man with the Cabbage Head”) and her gilt metal castings — working off model Verushka’s lithe bust — were incorporated into Yves Saint Laurent’s 1969 autumn-winter Empreintes collection, overlaying chiffon dresses. By then, Saint Laurent had already commissioned the other Lalanne to make him an unparalleled rectilinear bar cart — in nickel-plated brass with an ovoid metal bottle rack, a spherical ice bucket, a cylindrical crystal vase, propped on four steel legs — for the Parisian living quarters the designer shared with Pierre Berge on Place Vauban. The iconic item eventually migrated to their library on rue de Babylone, until it was sold during the estate sale of the late designer's possessions in 2009 at Christie’s.Suzy Menkes described a “playful waltz between the two artists” when reviewing their exhibition at Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in 2010. The 150-piece showcase highlighted their technical craftsmanship and decorative flair, displayed by theme. Architect Peter Marino, who dreamed up the scenography for the exhibition, was a friend and dedicated collector of their work even before he orchestrated this show. Marino is, moreover, one of many high-profile fans, including designer Tom Ford, international art patron Pauline Karpidas and gallerist Ben Brown.The latter is in fact currently presenting “Les Lalanne” (on view through January 25, 2019) at his eponymous Ben Brown Fine Arts in London, in a self-described “fantastical tea party-like setting.”Amongst the 60 works by the couple, there are Claude Lalanne’s “Chaise Feuilles Bambou,” 2009/2017, and “Chaise aux Branchettes,” 1996/2010, mounted on the walls, plus a handmade silver cutlery service with references to the natural elements like twigs and petals. There is also a rarely-exhibited series of body molds created in 1975 that echo the Yves Saint Laurent collaboration. Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s signature nubby “Mouton de Laine,” 1965-1974, is joined by his “Petit Chien Heroique” (dog duo Bibi and Loulou).While many art and design pieces tend to have a kind of haute formality built into them, the Lalannes’ production conveyed none of that remoteness. “Their work has crossed boundaries between artists and artisans,” Jeremy Morrison, European head of Design, once stated in a video for Christie’s. “They wanted their works to be in an interior, to be used.”This article appears in the January 2019 edition of BlouinShop magazine.https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

The Mumbai International Emigration & Luxury Property Expo to be held in Mumbai

The large-scale conference and exhibition, the Mumbai International Emigration and Luxury Property Expo 2019, will be held on January 16 and 17, 2019, at the St. Regis, in Mumbai, India. On the first day (January 16), the Expo will hold a conference and on th
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The Mumbai International Emigration & Luxury Property Expo to be held in Mumbai

The large-scale conference and exhibition, the Mumbai International Emigration and Luxury Property Expo 2019, will be held on January 16 and 17, 2019, at the St. Regis, in Mumbai, India. On the first day (January 16), the Expo will hold a conference and on the second day (January 17), an exhibition, workshops, and networking opportunities will take place. In this Expo, leading companies from over 30 countries will participate. As stated on the Expo website, the topics to be discussed include, dual residency in highly developed countries, temporary and permanent residency in highly developed countries, change of residency, acquisition of luxury real estate as a permanent or seasonal residence, to secure assets (liquid real estate in the world’s largest cities, property lease), and to gain temporary or permanent residency through investment.  According to the Expo website, highlights of the discussion will be personal financial consultancies, including income and asset declaration in the EU, the USA, Canada, Great Britain, and other highly developed countries; Company registration, and bank accounts in highly developed countries; Private banking and Tax optimization.  Some of the regular exhibitors at the Expo include international associations, including FIABCI and the Investment Migration Council, prominent immigration companies, including Henley & Partners and CS Global Partners, luxury real estate market leaders, including Sotheby’s Real Estate, Christie’s, and Knight Frank, major personal financial consultancies, including EY, KPMG, PwC, and Deloitte and some more leaders associated to this field. The Mumbai International Emigration and Luxury Property Expo 2019 will take place on two days, January 16 and 17, 2019, at the St. Regis, in Mumbai.https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

“The Value of Good Design” at MoMA, New York

The Museum of Modern Art in New York will be presenting “The Value of Good Design” from February 10 through May 27.The show will explore the “democratizing potential of design” beginning with MoMA’s Good Design initiatives from the late 1930s throug
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“The Value of Good Design” at MoMA, New York

The Museum of Modern Art in New York will be presenting “The Value of Good Design” from February 10 through May 27.The show will explore the “democratizing potential of design” beginning with MoMA’s Good Design initiatives from the late 1930s through the 1950s, which aimed at “well-designed, affordable contemporary products.” The exhibition will feature objects starting from domestic furnishings and appliances to ceramics, glass, electronics, transport design, sporting goods, toys, and graphics.“The Value of Good Design” also sheds light on what good design means to people of today. It also highlights whether values from our past might be “translated and redefined for a 21st-century audience.” According to the museum, “Visitors are invited to judge for themselves by trying out a few ‘good design’ classics still in production, and exploring how, through its design stores, MoMA continues to incubate new products and ideas in an international marketplace.”Historically speaking, the concept of Good Design took hold in the wake of the Cold War, when both governments from across the divide took to it as a vital tool for social and economic reconstruction, as well as technological advancement in the years following World War II. Many of the objects on display reflect this view including “a mass-market Italian Fiat Cinquecento automobile and a Soviet-era East German Werra camera to a Japanese Sony television and a Brazilian bowl chair.”These items are on view together with other iconic and surprising objects made in the US, such as the Eames La Chaise, a Chemex Coffee Maker, and Irwin Gershen’s Shrimp Cleaner.“The Value of Good Design” runs from February 10 through May 27, 2019, at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA.For details, visit: https://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/museum-of-modern-art-(moma)/overviewClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Galerie Patrick Seguin Presents “Jean Prouvé, l’âme du metal” in Château La Coste

“Jean Prouve, l’ame du metal,” featuring furniture and architectural elements by Jean Prouve from Laurence and Patrick Seguin’s private collection is on view at Galerie Patrick Seguin in Chateau La Coste, through March 5, 2019. “Since the openi
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Galerie Patrick Seguin Presents “Jean Prouvé, l’âme du metal” in Château La Coste

“Jean Prouve, l’ame du metal,” featuring furniture and architectural elements by Jean Prouve from Laurence and Patrick Seguin’s private collection is on view at Galerie Patrick Seguin in Chateau La Coste, through March 5, 2019. “Since the opening of their gallery in 1989, Laurence and Patrick Seguin have carried out promotional work aimed at rediscovering the oeuvre of Jean Prouve (1901-1984), firstly through his furniture designs, then later through exhibiting particular examples of his architecture such as the prefabricated houses (6x6 and 6x9 Demountable houses, Ferembal house, Metropole house, Les Jours Meilleurs house, Bouqueval School, Villejuif Temporary School). During these thirty years, a large number of exhibitions in international galleries, museums and institutions together with the regular publication of books by the gallery have allowed Galerie Patrick Seguin to reveal the exceptional nature of Jean Prouve’s creations. Recognized today as one of the central figures in the history of 20th century architecture and design, his work is included in many of the largest museums of the world and the most prestigious private collections,” states the press release for the exhibition. Laurence and Patrick Seguin have also created a unique collection of furniture and architecture by Jean Prouve and the ongoing exhibition has presented sixty of these pieces designed by Renzo Piano. Some of the designs include, a table from Africa from 1952, a Centrale table, Antony from 1954, a Presidence desk made in 1955, a lighted ramp from Le Mans from 1954, a panel from the Federation du Batiment built in 1949 and a sliding door from the Pavillon du Centenaire de l’Aluminum from 1954, among several other unique pieces. “The Prouve / Rogers house initially installed in the Renzo Piano building will now be integrated into Villa La Coste. Bearing Number 30, this will be presented as a hotel suite, offering guests a unique experience. In 2015, this 6x6 Demountable house realized in 1944 by Jean Prouve for war victims in the French region of Lorraine was adapted by the architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. With respect to the original structure, the architects introduced electricity, hot water, a kitchen, and a bathroom. All these elements are flexible and can be dismantled in the spirit of the original concept. Having re-found its autonomy, the house is now the ideal archetype of a nomad house,” states the gallery. The exhibition is currently on view through March 5, 2019, at Galerie Patrick Seguin, 5 rue des Taillandiers, 75011, Chateau La Coste. For details visit: www.patrickseguin.com http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

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