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November 24th, 2013 – The Land Rover Defender has turned 65! That means this robust cross-country vehicle long ago passed the minimum age to qualify as an old-timer. To enhance the vehicle’s history and aura, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, the duo behind Antwerp-based Studio Job were asked to take this 4×4 in hand. It has become a pièce de résistance. The Land Rover has been submerged in a Studio Job ‘bath’, with all that this implies. Like a project that has got out of hand, the Land Rover has been dissected and interpreted, ridiculed and celebrated, laden with stories and adorned with a variety of materials. The motor has remained in place but driving the vehicle is anything but a comfortable experience.
‘As you would expect from someone who knows nothing about making a car, our approach got completely out of hand,’ says Job Smeets. ‘The numerous elements kept accumulating. The car literally sticks its tongue out. It wants to be something that it actually isn’t. It’s become a great concoction, monumental and cynical. But isn’t that also true for power and class structures? Those are surely also inventions. A fictive status symbol that other people supposedly look up to. It’s also a nudge at designers who are asked to design a concept car and who then invent a stylish-looking apparatus that is launched with all the necessary bells and whistles. So we also take aim at the car industry: I can already imagine the chief sitting in this modern carriage, with the chauffeur in the front and his various wives and children in the back. A Popemobile for an African chief, personalised in a bizarre way.’
In respects to the novel and flamboyant additions to the Defender, we felt the need to properly credit each one. Outfitting the Land Rover are lamp holders with polychrome glass, rugged terrain exhaust system, mechanical door handles & faience grips, crystal enlaid xl exterior mirror, high-beam headlamp with candle, high load imperial with smurray planks, sirens in hand blown glass, imperial mounted sound speaker, aluminum & polished brass shock-absorber, stained glass windows with peepholes, aluminum casted tailor-made mudguard, hand painted flags on pole (zimbabwe & congo), curtain rails & rings in wax printed vlisco fabrics, mud flap holders with xl figurative rubber mud flaps, crystal inlaid globe with belt drive & pulley system, fuel system: hose, trumpet, grinder & barrel, stick out tongue grill, sex cake hub-cap, bronze bull bumper, charm chain, capitol hub-cap, colloseum hub-cap, exhaust flame, warning bell, coach wheel, high load tail gate, gilded rhino hood horn, rock mudguard & side, exterior fire pan mirror, thick toot, porch roof fender, cable reel & bracket, crate of duvel, barbed spare wheel & suspension, classic steering wheel and knob, low tech thermometer, leveler, timer & navigationfront seats upholstered in wax printed vlisco fabrics, rear benches upholstered in wax printed vlisco fabrics, car leveler, sand timer, dashboard clock, mono radio, rock handle & headrest french oak floor, brass pedals, heavy duty shift, compass and a rock headrest.
Photography by Zero40 | fashion by Viktor & Rolf
On November 13, 2013, acclaimed Brazilian architect and designer Isay Weinfeld opened A/Z, his first ever US exhibit at Espasso in New York City. Espasso’s showroom is dedicated to featuring modern and contemporary Brazilian furniture and this new exhibit showcases many of Weinfeld’s products. The exhibit also focuses on his newly released monograph compiling his most recent works in celebration of his studio’s 40th year. I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down with him to discuss his journey, which, according to Weinfeld, is far from being over.
“Pleasure,” Weinfeld said with warmth in his eyes as he contemplated the one word that sums up the feeling of looking back at his studio after 40 years. Weinfeld is responsible for numerous minimalistic and contemporary boutique, home, restaurant, and hotel designs, projects that have received many accolades. Though despite his tremendous success, Weinfeld does not feel that he has reached a marking point in his career worth such nostalgic reflection. “I don’t feel that time passed like this so quickly as I am still working. I don’t feel as if 40 years is a marking point, something that is strong. It’s still going,” he said confidently then adding with a laugh, “I am not dead yet.” And it soon became clear that as long as Isay Weinfeld is alive his designs would continue to flourish as well, for creating seems to be a part of who he is.
He admits that he doesn’t remember how he got into architecture, it simply just happened. This seems to be how he begins many of his designs as well, by just letting it happen. He doesn’t constrain himself to stick to any particular style or set of materials, in fact he says he cannot even commit to a favorite. Instead he treats each project as an individual, creating each piece with inspiration from various aspects of life, art, dance, theater, film, etc., and choosing materials that will best compliment his design. “I never start with a material, it’s always a consequence,” he explains. It is clear that Weinfeld views architecture as more than simply a strive for a finished product.
He treats the whole process like an art form and finds pleasure from the first sketches to the end product. “It’s like a baby that I take care of from the beginning to the end,” he says. And just like a father would say of his children, Weinfeld says that he cannot pick a favorite or most meaningful project because they are all unique and important in their own way. He does admit that he receives great pleasure from seeing the finished product of a work he put 100% into. Weinfeld doesn’t remember any significant ups or downs over the past 40 years and modestly says he always felt to be at a consistent middle level of work, never at the top, never at the bottom. But he says this is not what he focuses on, instead he focuses on doing his best designing a variety of projects like hotels, spas, fitness, and cultural centers. He dreams of designing a brothel in the future but says with a grin “I’m still waiting for a call.” A/Z will be on display at Espasso until December 1st. As I left the exhibit and thanked Isay Weinfeld for his time he gave a “good luck” to any aspiring architects. And as for anyone who is still looking for their calling he simply says to “let it be.”
Writing by: Jessica Britvich
Outside, portions of the 22 feet high A-frame structure are covered with black steel cladding, while other parts of the exterior are outfitted with reflective mirror. Contrasting materials allows the mirror components to blend in with the natural surroundings, and the black-hued components to visually jump from the mountain landscapes.
The architects at UUfie created a free-flowing floor plan with comfortable and flexible spaces to meet the needs of a large family who will be housed in the cottage. A continuous set of windows are carved from the A-frame structure to provide natural light and openness – blurring the boundaries of interior and exterior.
In a conscious effort to integrate nature into the family’s daily activities, mirrored surfaces and several openings strategically punctuate the pale wood fish-scale textured walls.
The hand-chiseled staircase contributes to the raw aesthetic of the completely bespoke piece of architecture that was built using traditional construction practices and locally-sourced materials.
Formally educated in Tokyo, UUfie’s principal designer is highly influenced by the distinctive minimalist aesthetic of contemporary Japanese architecture. From that background, A delicate appreciation for nature, simplicity and fine details were scrupulously implemented into this poetic mountainside structure.
Photography by Naho Kubota
October 28th 2013 – Nobuyoshi Araki has been widely labeled as one of Japan’s most provocative artists. His works demonstrate features of post-modern Japan such as: richness of figurality, Evanescence and lyricism of life, as he has captivates audiences by portraying a variety of shifting values in Japan. For these reasons, Araki was chosen to take part in this year’s Setouchi Triennale, an annual collective of art installations constructed in various cities throughout China. Superimposed to the outside of a train that runs between Takamatsu and Kanonji, connecting Takamatsu to sites west of the city, is the photography of Araki. The imagery illustrates the idea of traveling art, with bold and vibrant flower arrangements that are meticulously juxtaposed with bright blue dinosaur toys and the naked bodies of retro baby dolls. The cars of this train have been wrapped in Araki’s work to create art in motion. Granting a wonderful way to travel to ports linking the Triennale islands west of Takamatsu.
Photography Courtesy of Setouchi Triennale
October 16th, 2013 – Most of us stand in before a mirror each day, searching for a sense of reality. The same reflector that we grow to trust, is the object that artists have used to manipulate the mind in powerful ways. A clever use of a mirror can make a room look larger, make an object appear as though it’s floating, or make a space go from dark to light. Get a dose of some magical mirror trickery in this week’s roundup.
Seemingly floating Monopoly-like mirror houses designed by photographer and creative director Autumn De Wilde.
Bureau Betak used spherical mirror globes to visually distort Christian Dior’s runway at the Place Vauban, Paris.
Artists Hiromi Tango and Craig Walsh’s mirrored fishing boat, Traces: Blue, is nearly invisible to the eye.
Madrid-based architecture studio OHLAB created five eye-catching gold boxes inside Port Adriano’s new jewelry boutique, Relojeria Alemana.
A metropolis has been cleverly turned upside down due to mirror trickery at Audi’s ‘Hanging City’ during Frankfurt’s 2013 International Motor Show. The innovative exhibition was designed by Munich-based KMS Blackspace, in collaboration with Schmidhuber Architects,
Found Associates employed black mirrors to add visual depth and dimension to a symmetrical space. The shoes on display at this Kurt Geiger boutique multiply in record numbers, showcased on mirrored tables and cantilevered glass pedestals, behind back lit Kurt Geiger artwork.
The massive mirror globe overlooking the lobby of London’s new EDITION Hotel allows patrons to be more discrete when “scoping the talent”, thanks to Ian Schrager and design studio Yabu Pushelberg.
Holzer Kobler Architekturen designed the outer skin of the new Paläon Research and Experience Center to act as a giant mirror that reflects the surrounding landscape and thus becomes one with the surroundings. Ultimately, the precisely crafted volume is covered with a reflective surface that becomes a mirror of the landscape.
In this piece entitled Fear Expanded, by artists Ryan Everson and Jason Garcia, the idea of fear seems to vanish into a soothing and peaceful landscape. The pair decided to work on the project together, with Everson building the letters and then handing them off to Garcia to further develop them based on his own personal vision. The final results are these four large wooden letters covered in variously-sized pieces of mirror.
October 15th, 2013 – When juicing goes desert. In celebration of Britain’s best-selling contemporary artist, Damien Hirst, a retrospective of his life’s work will be on display from October 10 till January 22, 2014, at ALRIWAQ DOHA exhibition space. Relics will present the largest collection of Hirst’s work ever assembled. Spanning over twenty-five years of Hirst’s artistic career, the exhibition includes both iconic and previously unseen works. The artist, who has explored the complex relationship between art, love, life and death, explained “I’ve got an obsession with death, but I think it’s like a celebration of life rather than something morbid”.
In respects to the Relics installation, Hirst teamed up with the fashion aficionados over at Prada to create Pharmacy Juice Bar, installed in the uninhabited Doha desert, like a mirage of sorts. A juice bar is exactly what you want in the Arabian desert after all. Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), is the third hand in this collaboration. It was launched in respects to “Relics”.
His work bears testimony to his enduring fascination with the daily intrusion of death into life, and the inevitable decay of our bodies despite an increasingly unquestioning faith in pharmaceuticals. Often framing scenes within boxes, tanks or vitrines, he stages startling and thought-provoking situations in which life cycles play out, life wrestles with death, and cures become confused with illnesses.
Emerging from the Young British Artist (YBA) movement that originated in London in the late 1980s, he was part of a group which became renowned for their audacious and often shocking works, receiving international acclaim and succeeding in revitalizing the British art scene. As Jean Paul Engelen, Director of Public Art at the Qatar Museum Authority comments: “With his own artistic language Damien Hirst changed our perception of London and the UK. There are very few artists in history that have had such a profound impact on high and popular culture. QMA is extremely proud to make this exhibition with Damien.”
The exhibition will be curated by high-profile writer, critic, and internationally renowned curator Francesco Bonami, currently Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and who has previously occupied a number of prestigious posts, including Artistic Director of the Venice Biennale in 2003.
Relics is part of a series of cultural projects initiated by QMA to promote and support local and international art production, foster appreciation and understanding of artistic practices, and create opportunities for cultural dialogue. It also aims to encourage local audiences, to take part in debates and discussions about the arts that can challenge our understanding and unveil new perspectives.
The restrospective is part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. Inspired by the Qatar National Vision for 2030, Qatar UK 2013 celebrates and showcases the deep-rooted bilateral relations between Qatar and the UK. It aims not only to showcase each other’s culture and forge new partnerships in culture, education, research, but also to provide a platform on which to build new long-term relationships between institutions and local communities.
Photography Courtesy of Qatar Museums Authority
July 9th, 2013 – The story behind Marseille’s new museum, MAMO, short for MArseille MOdulor, runs deep into the roots of modern architecture to pay tribute to a building and an architect. The recently opened MAMO is housed in the upper levels of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse, an extensive apartment complex built in 1947 that is often described as a “vertical village”. The pioneer of modern architecture was an instrumental urbanist who spearheaded the movement toward contemporary vertical living, making it no surprise that the architect would push the boundaries of urban living by incorporating all of 337 apartments, a restaurant, a hotel, a bookstore and a nursery school into one tower.
The beloved building was widely noted as a meaningful and prized piece of architecture and went on to be classified as one of France’s historical monuments in the 1980′s.
A turn of events took place for Cité Radieuse in 2010, when the building’s rooftop gym and solarium went up for sale. Designer Ito Morabito, who goes by Ora-Ito professionally, purchased it as a collector might. “Like you buy a piece of art, but architecture,” he noted. After the acquisition, it became Ora-Ito’s self-appointed mission to honor the iconic structure.
Ora-Ito transformed the rooftop of Cité Radieuse into MAMO, a contemporary art center dedicated to exhibitions and creative ateliers. The renovation was a three year undertaking that involved a full restoration of the original rooftop structure, including the removal of an unsightly add on, and the realization of design elements in Le Corbusier’s blueprints that had not been realized when the building was originally constructed.
The opening of MAMO kicked off with the exhibition of Ora-Ito’s friend and sometimes collaborator, the French artist Xavier Veilhan. Titled Architectons, the exhibition features a series of large-scale sculptures made specifically for this space and includes an angular bust of Le Corbusier on the rooftop. Veilhan created Le Corbusier’s bust as a way to pay homage to a master on the top of his legendary build. “Le Corbusier would be proud,” Ora-Ito said.
Photography by Diane Arques
August 1st, 2013 – We can’t seem to get enough of Craig & Karl’s always inspiring artwork, ever. So when the illustrating duo teamed up with fashion designer Henry Holland from House of Holland for an exclusive collection we had to deliver the scoop! Starting today, Londoners will likely get a glimpse of a custom designed House of Holland “ice cream” truck singing its way through the British capital. Instead of tasty treats, the truck will be selling the new Mr. and Mrs. Quiffy collection (translates to puff in French). The collection is inspired by the world of ice and sweet treats, therefore this new kind of pop-up store: a traveling ice-cream truck, will be debuting Mr. and Mrs. Quiffy’s scarves, shirts, dresses, skirts, iPhone cases, sunglasses, caps, and jewelry to the public through the month of August. Take a gander over to House of Holland’s brand new website to see more of Mr. and Mrs. Quiffy’s polka dots, checks, and stripes.
Recasting the Rotunda: Artist James Turrell transforms the Guggenheim rotunda with new LED art exhibition
June 20th, 2013 – In the most dramatic transformation of New York’s Guggenheim Museum ever conceived, that wasn’t CGI’ed in a blockbuster action movie, American artist James Turrell’s powerful exhibition begins tomorrow and focuses on the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space.
Tomorrow marks Turrell’s first exhibition in a New York museum in 32 years. The entrancing exhibition, aptly titled Aten Reign, is a major new project that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume, filled with shifting artificial and natural light. Reorienting visitors’ experiences of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original curvacious rotunda from above to below, Aten Reign gives form to the air and light occupying the museum’s central void, proposing an entirely new experience of the structure. The exhibition kicks off on June 21st, 2013 and comes to a close on September 25th.
James Turrell, Aten Reign, 2013. Daylight and LED light. Temporary site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © James Turrell. Photography captured by David Heald © SRGF
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How eight impossibly thoughtful designs are conceptualized from the most improbable everyday materials.
There was a time in all of our lives when we envisioned a rocket ship from a discarded cardboard box, light sabers from the prosaic paper towel roll, and an infra-red Mission Impossible-esque laser security system out of our standard, yawn-worthy electrical tape. Well, at some point along the way, we lost that childlike wonder and imaginative spark. Not these folks. They’re the MacGyvers of the design world. Give them a rubber band, three paperclips and stick of gum and they’ll build you a geodesic dome (Okay, okay, maybe we took that a little too far – but you get the idea). It takes a truly brilliant brain to create sheer design genius from uninspired everyday objects that the rest of the masses discard – we’re talking pencils, tape, cardboard, fabric, and chain link fence.
Enter …. designer Aakash Nihalani, artists Soo Sunny Park, Philip Karlberg, Janet Echelman, Jacob Hashimoto, Nils Völker, François Dumas, and the creatives from M4 Architects. These cardboard crusaders and rope renegades are pushing the limits with disruptive design, shifting our perception of traditional design by utilizing mundane materials in new, innovative ways. Ten bucks says they’ll have you thinking twice the next time you take out your recycling. Could that empty gallon milk jug be an impromptu watering jug? There’s only one way to find out…
Aakash Nihalani – The Taped Crusader
Featuring bold, fluorescent streaks of tape, Aakash’s geometric installations exist on a completely different plane, offering optical illusions that are divinely incandescent.
Philip Karlberg – The Pencil Pundit
A study in smart design, Karlberg’s pencil pin art effectively captures the likeness of iconic figures in a simplistically loose and beautifully abstract manner.
M4 Architects – The Fabric Shifters
For a Moroccan Tagine restaurant in Seoul, Korean design office M4 created a graphic black and white space with a dreamy, cloud-like ceiling. The curvacious white fabric is dotted with lights, and diffusers that cause the clouds to shift and move.
Nils Völker – The Rubbish Beautician
German artist Nils Völker has transformed a bunch of black plastic garbage bags into captivating wall art in his newest installation, Eighty-Eight.
Janet Echelman – From Mesh Fabric To Wind Choreographer
Janet Echelman’s floating sculpture She Changes in Porto, Portugal dances in the air because of its lightweight materials of string and mesh fabric.
François Dumas – Broom Re-purposer
Jacob Hashimoto - The Paper Prep
For the American artist’s first solo show in the UK, he hand-made hundreds of small kite elements from paper, which he then adhered to bamboo frames. In the exhibit space, the kites hang from thin dowels and rest at various levels to create an uneven, fragmented landscape.
Soo Sunny Park – The Chain Link Scuplter
Suspended from the walls and ceiling are thirty-seven individually sculpted units are arranged to appear as twisting mesh of crystals at Park’s ‘unwoven light’ installation that animates the Rice Gallery.
February 7th, 2013 – And with a blink of an eye, the week is nearing its end. You were only able to cross a few ‘to do’s’ off the list you made on Monday morning, but that’s ok – The relaxing weekend is upon us. While you were busy hustling for that dolla’ all week, we put together a list of our top five most noteworthy weekly creative happenings. Maybe these happenings don’t call for an entire article, but they are definitely worth celebrating and sharing. So what made the cut this week? Thousands of wireless light rocks that can interact with people, Confederate Motorcycles unveiled their latest man-made machine, Louis Vuitton opened their first resort in the Maldives, and, well, just scroll down and see for yourself….
Studio Roosegaarde’s CRYSTALS are thousands of wireless light rocks that interact with people.
CRYSTAL functions as a ‘digital campfire’ where people share stories of light. Each Crystal contains LEDs that are wirelessly charged via a powermat. Once visitors start adding, moving or sharing Crystals, the basic breathing of the Crystals changes. The lighting behavior of crystals moves from ‘excited’ to ‘bored’, keeping visitors curious. People can either share or steal them. CRYSTAL creates a sensual relation between people, technology and light.
Creative firm Craig and Karl took the reins on the art direction for Japanese Vogue
Long distance relationships do work! The fact that Craig is based out of NYC and Karl is now in London (previously in Australia) doesn’t deter this duo from producing some epic artwork. Whether the two are illustrating skateboards, creating patterns for fashion collections, or dressing the windows at Sephora, they seem to confidently evolve their bold artistic style in each new project. Japanese Vogue commissioned Craig and Karl to lend some art direction for their ‘Playing With Color’ editorial in their March issue. The editorial is shot by creative photographer Lacey, who’s edgy creative work has landed her a stream of jobs with magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed&Confused, Details, and Esquire.
Confederate Motorcycles unveiled their new R135 Wraith Combat Motorcycle
This holistic contextual man-machine is the newest edition to the Confederate family of motorcycles. Little details have been released yet on the R135 Wraith Combat bike, except that it looks like it was born to be rebellious and comes with a hefty price tag $135,000.
Designer Omar Arbel creates an bright and earthy aesthetic for the 38 at Tacofino restaurant
When Tacofino, a food truck service specializing in baja-inspired tacos decided to open a permanent location – named the Tacofino Commissary – the owners called on local designer Omer Arbel. Departing from the trucks’ vibrant orange-and-teal palette, Arbel opted to pare back the East Vancouver interior to create a laid-back southwest vibe. The designer employs salvaged lumber and his wonderful 38 Series fixtures to create the first restaurant by the Vancouver food truck service. White powder-coated steel tubes prop up the tables and stools, creating a miniature forest rising from the concrete floor. The walls are coated in white-painted burlap. But it’s Arbel’s sweeping chandelier that steals the scene. Made by Bocci (Arbel’s lighting design company) the piece consists of dozens of illuminated globes that double as planters.
Louis Vuitton opening their first resort in the Maldives
Cheval Blanc, the high-end hospitality brand developed by luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), will open a resort hotel in the Maldives, adding another world-class accommodation option to the island nation. Currently under construction on the island of Randheli in Noonu Atoll, the resort will feature 46 luxury villas, each with private infinity pool, and a Guerlain spa offering exclusive signature treatments. Directing all of Cheval Blanc’s cuisine across its global resorts will be the multiple award-winning chef Yannick Alléno.
January 21st, 2013 – Bastian Preussge’s drippy hatchings are usually carefully carved out from coffee ashes, tea, gouache, or Indian ink. But the Hamburg-based artist is now pairing his daring doodles with a little bit of urban flair. Preussge has created a series of story telling skateboards with illustrations of a powerful bird kingdom, biblical tales, and a graffiti-esque black and white depiction of a life gone to waste. Preussge says that the skateboards are currently designated to no one. This was a passion project, done for no money, or attention. So if you’re a million dollar skate house looking for some creative new decks to sell, please do not bother Preussge…. unless you’re a multi-million dollar skate house, because these cool decks are aching to ravage some concrete, and are sure to sell.
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It seems like the duo behind FWY can go from 2D to 3D with a quick snap of the finger. Borkson and Sandoval decided to give us a glimpse into the schematic phase of the Happy Rainbow exhibition, with their conceptual illustrations – which are art in itself. The joyous characters are first created on a two dimensional wonderland, then transformed into an interactive rainbow shrine. We caught up with Borkson and Sandoval, and decided to ask them some trivial questions, to get a better idea of who they are and how they work (note: Borkson and Sandoval answered the questions as one – which made us smile.)
KNSTRCT: If aliens came to our planet, and you could send only one person to be an ambassador, to talk them out of annihilating the human race, who would you send?
K: When you sleep at night, do you dream of the color spectrum? Do more than less objects in your dreams have smiley faces?
FWY: No, there are so many things that happen in dreams – so abstract or normal situations or magical ideas or things that are not quite explainable.
K: FriendsWithYou expresses their dream of pushing evil out of the world, we love this concept! What’s your game plan on kicking evil out?
FWY: I think we do this in our personal lives. We don’t want to kick out evil. Sometimes it’s necessary. We just want to arm people with power and increase love and magic between all people.
K: Would you consider the TV series Jersey Shore a reality show? or a documentary?
FWY: It’s just awesome
K: FriendsWithYou has copyrights to the term “Magic, Luck, and Friendship. Do either of you practice magic?
FWY: We both do!
K: Who do you like more, your mom? or your dad?
FWY: love them both differently.
K: Do you prefer to read fiction? or non-fiction?
FWY: I like fictional graphic novels depicting factual stories or legends the best.
K: What should we expect from FriendsWithYou next?
Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval, founders of FWY, July 2012