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Copenhagen-based design studio Wang & Söderström were inspired by the science of archaeology and the readings of human activity for their series of sculptural vases 'Excavation.’ Bought to life by New York-based Unique Board, they use 3D printing to join together the plaster and monochrome resin. The result is a range of abstract and vibrant vessels that are imbued with a playful confetti-style design.
I have always been something of a picky eater, especially when it comes to meat and poultry. Like everything else, my rule is ‘less but better’, so no intensively reared factory-farmed muck for me; in its place, I eat just a little of the good stuff. The same goes for fish – I won’t touch anything farmed. Following a series of back-to-back visits to Paris’ Maisie Café (where I discovered an alternative to the usual Fashion Week fare of bread, butter, pastries, cheese and chips), coupled with a few lunches at Yeotown on London’s Chiltern Street, a daily intake of ‘plant-based’ Instagram posts by journalist Calgary Avansino and, most importantly, watching the new pro-vegan documentary What the Health on Netflix, I beefed up the plant-based part of my diet and eliminated a hefty number of animal products. Gift aid: my current favourite hotel gift shop is Les Ateliers Courbet at...
Scene setting: the American Stock Exchange Building - a 25,000 square foot space located in the heart of Wall Street- was Bottega Veneta’s venue of choice for its first runway presentation on New York soil. A first for the Renaissance Revival-style and Art Deco-accented building as well (this is the first fashion show staged in its halls ), the setting was a clear reflection of creative director Tomas Maier’s appreciation of architecture - also one of the defining aspects of the brand. Team work: to properly articulate this, Maier roped in the talents of the Tony Award-winning set designer Scott Pask to design a home interior within the building as a backdrop for the show. Touching on the opening of the label’s Maison flagship on Madison Avenue, which features a new concept known as The Apartment that exhibits Bottega Veneta’s home and furniture creations in an elegant living environment...
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Sto Werkstatt gallery celebrates architectural photography in a show designed by Mobile Studio Architects
Showcasing the annual architectural photography awards through an imaginative design, ‘Building Images’ is back at the Sto Werkstatt gallery in London for the fifth year running. The show, which highlights work by some of the best of the year’s architectural photographers, is brought together through an installation by emerging London-based architecture practice Mobile Studio Architects. The team used their innovative Modular Display Frames – a flexible exhibition display system – to create a playful thread that unites the displays. Participating in the show is a wide and global range of photographers such as Adam Letch, Brian Rose, Siyuan Ma, Tom Roe, Tom Stahl, Wison Tungthunya, Yao Li and Zhenfei Wang – a total of 20 strong contestants, which have been selected by a panel of specialists that included Sto Werkstatt curator Amy Croft, photographer Matt Emmett, head of communications at Foster + Partners Katy Harris, Royal Academy of Arts curator...
Infiniti is on a mission to find a distinctive voice, and the company’s new Q Inspiration concept is an expression of this. Presented last month at the North American International Auto Show, the study car is rich with references to the future of the Japanese marque. Despite recognition in the US and throughout Asia, Infiniti – Nissan’s premium arm – is somewhat misunderstood in Europe. Q, and the production cars that follow, may change our perception. The concept car proposes an unconventional design theme that breaks away from the usual three-box saloon style; it explores a human-focused interior inspired by elements of Japan and looks at Infiniti in the ever-advancing age of clean autonomous driving. The project was led by Karim Habib, who from his base in Atsugi, Japan leads Infiniti’s design teams in Beijing, San Diego and London. An advanced VC-Turbo engine powers the car Discussions over project Q had already begun before Habib...
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