Loved meeting architect and architectural historian/critic of Jerusalem David Kroyanker at his home in Tel Aviv. He has written dozens of books about Jerusalem urban planning and architecture, and his knowledge of every building, every tile, gate, and tower in spectacular Jerusalem is admirable. Here are some of the iconic buildings in his recent book "The Jerusalem Triangle, an Urban Biography.
I was thrilled to read that Kips Bay Show House, the best annual showcase of interior design in NYC will be taking place at the Villard Mansion on Madison Avenue this time. Moving back to old, luxurious setting from its not that successful location of last year. Benefiting the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, this iconic event celebrates the work 22 designers, including Christopher Peacock; Darryl Carter; JUan Montoya; and my friend John Douglas Eason.
Hugo França, the Brazilian designer who crafts furniture out of reclaimed woods and gigantic trees, is the subject of a show at the Fairchild Gardens in Miami. It is presented by his gallery, the fabulous R & Company.
One of the more applicable and therefore popular materials in the world of 3D printing design is certainly ceramics, but the world of design constantly seeks for alternatives. In Israel, I was introduced to the work of Anat Negev, printed in nylon and steel. A student at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem and a daughter of a renowned archaeologist, Negev's series of vessels have been inspired by the material culture of the ancient Nabataeans, tribe living in the Middle East, All pieces are based on a single motif, the palm leaf, which was the central motif in ceramics produced by the Nabataeans, merging the ancient with the contemporary.
His homes have become synonymous with California Modernism, and his legacy has lived with us, design lovers for decades. Now, the Pitcairn House, one of the most quintessential residential buildings designed by Richard Neutra is on the market for sale. Located in a forest in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, its interiors are as genuine as they were when the house was completed in 1962, a celebration of what was perceived as high brow taste at that time, furnished with Scandinavian masterpieces, furniture produced in Dunbar, and pieces by George Nakashima.
What I find most intriguing about Design Days Dubai, a design fair which opened its third edition this past weekend, is discovering regional collectible design of Dubai and its neighboring countries, and investigate directions of local design collecting. This time, the Fair, which stared by Cyril Zammit showcases works by such designers as Marc Dibeh, Marc Baroud (represented by Art Factum of Beirut, shown also at Design Miami last December), and the work by local designers presented by Coalesce Design Studio of Pakistan. I hope that the program at Design Days Dubain will expand this direction which puts it in a distinctive place comparing to the other, more established design fairs.
She was one of the most stylist women of the 20th century and a true fashion icon. Now, she is the subject of a film starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace, and here she is in 1969, wearing A-Line minidress paired with a little cardigan, the stylish look of the 60s.
Galerie VIVID in Rotterdam has made its name for presenting advanced, cutting edge contemporary design in fairs worldwide. Now it has opened a show "Janne Kyttanen," with work by the designer, all created in 3D printing. I particularly like the Sedona Bench, made in aluminum, since the form reflects new possibilities created by 3D design and printing. Kyttanen is one of the pioneers who, in his studio, Freedom of Creation, founded in 2000, has came to shape the future of 3D printing.
One of my most favorite areas in Tel Aviv is the former Strand Hotel, which modernist architect Joseph Neufeld designed on the shore of Tel Aviv in the late 20s. Renamed Hotel Monopol in the 30s, it was part of a complex that formed the triangular block of Herbert Samuel Square. In addition to the hotel, this Plaza included the first opera house in the country, which was since demolished. The design of the Herbert Samuel Square, representing the influence of the German Expressionist Movement, was the result of an architectural competition, and it came to mark a turning point in the tourist landscape of Tel Aviv, not only in terms of the new architecture.
One of the best design events of the year: Serpentine Gallery has announced the architect who will design its summer pavilion. It is the super talented visionary Chilean architect Smiljan Radic (above, and below look into his work).
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