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October 11, 2021

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Stellar Works and Calico Wallpaper come together in a showroom

Stellar Works has gained fame by fusing first-rate Asian craftsmanship with modern manufacturing, but does not yet have a physical presence in the United States. That changes with a showroom the brand recently opened in Manhattan inside the former Pearl Paint building on Canal Street. The showroom will actually have two showcases, one that showcases the brand’s latest furniture, fixtures and accessories, and another that hosts facilities that showcase their roster of design collaborators, including June Aizaki and Michèle de Lucchi.

In a spirit of collaboration, Stellar Works invited Calico wallpaper—The Brooklyn studio founded by Nick and Rachel Cope who elevates wall coverings to the next level of art to establish their very first physical outpost in the showroom. The duo’s wallpaper appears everywhere, changing with the seasons and in dialogue with the Stellar Works collections. The walls are currently covered in Noir, a wallpaper motif designed with Sam Baron and inspired by the work of French artist Pierre Soulanges. It offers a pleasant contrast with Luca Nichettothe whimsical “Space Invaders” collection of colorful Murano glass pieces currently on display.

The eagerly awaited Audrey of Nashville is an ode to Appalachian cuisine

James Beard Award winner Sean Brock has been a staunch ambassador of Southern culinary customs as the founding chef of the Husk restaurant triumvirate. Her latest project, Audrey – her grandmother’s name – adds a more personal element to the love story while expanding the idea of ​​what constitutes a restaurant. With help from interior designer Katie Vance, the sprawling space of Nashville’s Cleveland Park neighborhood is an ode to Brock’s native Appalachians. In the first-floor dining room, the walls are adorned with museum-worthy pieces from his Southern Folk Art collection, such as quilts by Gee’s Bend and paintings by Butch Anthony and Mose Tolliver, as well as original photographs taken by Brock. From the furnishings to the tiled floors to the welcome booths, every interior detail has been custom-made by an cadre of local artisans, including the second-floor bar with lighting fixtures that double as speakers and herb dryers.

Brock has higher ambitions for Audrey than just a place to serve food. (Although the wait is high for the rotating daily menu featuring ingredients from organic, biodynamic and sustainable producers.) An on-site research and development lab will welcome specialists to preserve and push the history of Southern cooking. into the future by experimenting with techniques such as oil and fragrance extraction and mold cultivation. The resort is equipped with both a podcast studio and a staff wellness area for meditation and massage. Aubrey opens October 15th.

BIG’s Burning Man installation “The Orb” is heading to the NorthSide Festival in Denmark.

Bjarke Ingels and the gigantic inflatable mirror sphere by Jakob Lange, nicknamed The Orb, who made his Burning Man debut in 2018, will reappear at the NorthSide 2022 festival in Denmark next June. Scheduled to be held in Eskelunden, a park near the city of Aarhus, the outdoor music festival will put more emphasis on sustainability this year. “Since 2010, we have worked intensely to make NorthSide the heart of sustainable initiatives in the field of international festivals,” said Peter Skoven, Director of Atmosphere. declaration. “We do this by taking tangible and measurable actions, like making all of NorthSide 2022 run on 100% green energy and adding artistic means like The Orb. The point is to get us all to stop and remind ourselves that we need to take care of each other and the world around us. “

The Trump DC Hotel suffered more than $ 70 million in losses while Trump was president.

After years of claiming his grand Washington DC hotel was making tens of millions of dollars, new documents released by the House Oversight Committee show the property is in fact lost $ 70 million from 2016 to 2020. The documents also uncovered millions of undisclosed foreign government loan payments and deferrals, raising questions about potential conflicts of interest during his presidency.

Tunnel-shaped vaults house cafes and workshops along a revitalized Prague waterfront.

After years of neglect, a series of arches on the banks of the Vltava River in Prague have been modernized by architect Petr Janda of the Brainwork studio with the aim of revitalizing the waterfront embankment. 20 in total, the mix of glass-fronted shops, galleries, steel-door cafes and workshops represents the city’s biggest investment in public spaces since the end of the Communist regime in 1989. Future phases will see the addition of street furniture, free-standing toilets, a floating pool and a terminal for cruise ships.

Lisson, Lehmann Maupin and other galleries open their doors in a new free trade center in Beijing.

Installed within the new Espace Blanc International d’Art Contemporain, the three month pop-up will take place in the Tianzhu Free Zone and is the result of a partnership between a group of influential dealers. “We believe their initiative can add a unique dimension to Beijing’s art scene,” says Greg Hilty, curator of the Lisson Gallery. The shows will begin on October 23.

Theaster Gates will create an introspective monument at Tom Lee Park in Memphis.

Inspired by the heroism of Tom Lee, “A monument to listening”Will consist of two stone and brick squares with functional bronze sculptures designed by a renowned artist Theater doors. Throughout the year, the monument will be activated by a solid program including poetry and oral creation competitions. Gates describes it as his “attempt to leverage the traditional monument for new potentials” while commemorating Lee as “the human who considered other human lives as precious as, if not more, than his own.”

3.1 Phillip Lim launches a durable weekend bag made with Volvo interior materials.

Known for its accessories made from organic sources, 3.1 Phillip Lim is launching a weekend bag called Nordico made from a new, durable material for Volvo interiors. It follows recent news that all new fully electric Volvo models will be completely leatherless, starting with the C40 Recharge. Nordico consists of textiles made from recycled materials such as PET bottles, bio-attributed materials from Scandinavian forests and recycled corks from the wine industry.

Untitled Art launches progressive pricing sector to support emerging galleries.

Chosen by artistic director Omar Lopez-Chahoud, each participant in the show’s “Nest” initiative will pay only a fraction of the normal stand fees. In doing so, Untitled Art aims to ease the burden on emerging galleries while providing them with a creative platform in a landscape that often favors big fairs and mega-galleries backed by big business. The initiative will be launched during Miami Art Week; participants include Aperture, Casa Hoffmann and Monica King Projects.

Today’s Attractive Distractions:

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