Astolat Dollhouse Castle To Go On Public Display for the First Time

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The Astolat Dollhouse Castle will go on public display for the very first time – to be unveiled during ‘Holiday Under The Stars’: A New York Tradition at The Shops at Columbus Circle on November 12 through to December 8main-logo2

Renowned miniature artist Elaine Diehl designed and built the Castle over a 13-year period. Her inspiration was Elaine of Astolat, the heroine of the Victorian ballad, The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Diehl commissioned fine craftsmen, carpenters, goldsmiths, glass blowers, and silversmiths from around the world to furnish the incredible structure. Thousands of additional hand-crafted pieces have been added over the last 20 years and include seven periods and styles including Spanish, Oriental, Tudor, 18th-century English, and Victorian. Original works of art include Eric Pearson, George Becker, Warren Dick, Laurel Coulon, Mary McGrath, and others. Photos and video at www.dollhousecastle.com.

Appraised at $8.5 million, The Astolat Dollhouse Castle will be on public display this holiday season at The Shops of Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center in Manhattan for the first time ever since being built in the 1980s. On November 12, the unveiling of the "dollhouse" will coincide with Time Warner Center's lighting of its "Holiday Under the Stars" at 5 p.m. Admission to both the Astolat Dollhouse Castle and star viewing is free, courtesy of The Shops at Columbus Circle. Voluntary donations to benefit children's charities can be made at www.dollhousecastle.com. (PRNewsFoto/Astolat Dollhouse Castle Proj.)

Appraised at $8.5 million, The Astolat Dollhouse Castle will be on public display this holiday season at The Shops of Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center in Manhattan for the first time ever since being built in the 1980s. (PRNewsFoto/Astolat Dollhouse Castle Proj.)

Notable reviewers have said: “Astolat Dollhouse Castle represents an important example of American art, both historically and aesthetically.” “Astolat is one of the finest miniature structures in the world…exhibiting a rare combination of sculpture, art, engineering and detail that set it apart from anything in existence today. It must be seen to be believed.”

Appraised at $8.5 million, The Astolat Dollhouse Castle will be on public display this holiday season at The Shops of Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center in Manhattan for the first time ever since being built in the 1980s. On November 12, the unveiling of the “dollhouse” will coincide with Time Warner Center‘s lighting of its “Holiday Under the Stars” at 5 p.m., the largest specialty crafted exhibit of illuminated color mixing in the world featuring twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling of the 150-foot Great Room overlooking iconic Central Park.

Under the massive stars and through tiny doors is the world-famous Astolat Dollhouse Castle. It is nine feet tall, weighs 800 pounds and features 29 rooms filled with 10,000 miniature pieces, including elaborate furniture, oil paintings, mirrors, fireplaces, gold miniature jewelry, rare-mini books more than 100 years old, fine rugs, fabrics, and pieces made of and silver and gold. It has seven levels, stairways, hallways, a basement, a wine cellar, a kitchen and an armory. There are formal rooms, a library, a music room, a grand ballroom and a bar, and that’s before you get to the Wizard’s tower on the top level. Continue reading

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong Launches New “Shanghai Architecture Experience” for Guests

The Five-Star Shanghai Hotel Puts an Architectural-Inspired Spin on Afternoon Tea Coupled With a Private Tour of the City’s Most Iconic Buildings

Paying homage to the city of Shanghai’s stunning collection of 1930’s Art Deco architecture, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is pleased to now offer guests a new private day tour of the city’s most dynamic architectural styles that have impacted the history of Shanghai. The Shanghai Architecture Experience includes a private day tour of Shanghai’s most dynamic architecture from old to new, an optional second day of touring the traditional waterfront villages outside Shanghai, a new Art Deco-inspired afternoon tea at Aura overlooking the Bund, and three night club accommodations.

The influence of the 1930s can be seen upon arrival in the lobby, where doormen and bellboys, dressed in specially designed uniforms, welcome guests

The influence of the 1930s can be seen upon arrival in the lobby, where doormen and bellboys, dressed in specially designed uniforms, welcome guests

The lobby offers an inviting space where guests not only check in but connect with friends, family and colleagues throughout their stay

The lobby offers an inviting space where guests not only check in but connect with friends, family and colleagues throughout their stay

Curated by renowned architect and local historian Spencer Dodington, the Shanghai Architecture Experience tour concludes with a relaxing afternoon tea at Aura, where guests will enjoy tea as well as desserts resembling the city’s most iconic Art Deco structures while overlooking aerial views of The Bund.

Arranged by the luxury hotel’s Concierge, The Shanghai Architecture Experience tour provides guests the opportunity to stroll through Shanghai’s best neighborhoods, viewing an array of building styles that define the Paris of the East, from towering, sleek skyscrapers to Art Deco gems. Guests will experience the Bund, the old British waterfront district which is home to the best Art Deco and Neo-Classical structures in China. As a striking juxtaposition, guests will be amazed by sights of the Oriental Pearl Tower and the new skyscrapers of Pudong’s Lujiazui, the financial epicenter of China where The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong resides inside the highest part of the IFC complex designed by world-famous Architect Cesar Pelli.

The corner Carlton Suite features a separate sitting area, ideal for entertaining, with Oriental Pearl TV Tower and North Bund views

The corner Carlton Suite features a separate sitting area, ideal for entertaining, with Oriental Pearl TV Tower and North Bund views

In Aura’s sophisticated lounge, located on the 52nd floor, hotel guests will sip “As Time Goes By” — an elegant tea blend exclusively made for the experience — alongside an original array of macarons, minicakes, and pastries mirroring silhouettes of Shanghai’s skyline. Presented over an illustrated sketch of the skyline, the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower is recreated by Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Luc into a decadent dessert consisting of vanilla curd “verrine” compote of berries, cinnamon crumble, and macaroons made with strawberry almond cake, lemon and passion fruit. Other sweet treats resemble Shanghai’s historical buildings and Pudong’s skyscrapers, including a mango mousse dome on a buttery biscuit, and pistachio and milk chocolate jivara cake glazed with dark chocolate, served alongside boat-shaped chocolate and mascarpone cream cakes that reflect the passing ships on the Huangpu River. Continue reading

Travel Alert: ZERO HALLIBURTON, Inc. Introduces the GEO Aluminum 2.0 Luggage Collection

ZERO HALLIBURTON‘s best-selling aluminum series, The GEO Aluminum, has recently been updated and now includes new features like recessed Drawbolt Latches that feature TSA-Accepted Combination Locks, Stain-Resistant Signature Linings, and a reinforced Sealed-Gasket Frame. Besides classic Silver and Black, there is a striking new third color that is being introduced: Bronze. The two largest Spinners, the ZRG228 and the ZRG230, will also include a premium Neoprene Luggage Cover for quick identification and additional protection of the exterior.

Travel in Style (PRNewsFoto/Zero Halliburton, Inc.)

Travel in Style (PRNewsFoto/Zero Halliburton, Inc.)

According to Mr. Atsushi Osaki, President of ZERO Halliburton, Inc., “The new GEO Aluminum 2.0 addresses the needs of today’s traveler: it is quite functional with exceptional organization and packing capacity; it is extremely durable and offers the ultimate protection of your belongings while traveling. In regard to design, ZERO HALLIBURTON‘s new GEO Aluminum 2.0 is one of the most aesthetically attractive cases on the market. Travelers who carry the new GEO Aluminum 2.0 will definitely feel both rewarded and empowered.”280495 (2)

ZERO HALLIBURTON‘s NEW GEO Aluminum 2.0 Luggage Collection is is available in seven sizes, ranging from the International Carry-On 4-Wheel Spinner Travel Case to the 30″ 4-wheel Spinner Travel Case. Prices range from $750 to $1,300; and sold at the ZERO HALLIBURTON Flagship Store in New York City and at the finest specialty luggage and department stores throughout the world.

Modernism Week in Palm Springs Announces 2016 Schedule, Highlights Include Modern Cuba Experience, Fashion, Events Beyond the Coachella Valley

Modernism Week’s Signature February Festival Will Take Place February 11-21, 2016, Highlighting Midcentury Modern Design, Architecture, Art, Fashion And Culture In The Palm Springs Area Of Southern California.

Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs.

Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, photo 2007, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands; A. uincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, 1966

Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, photo 2007, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands; A. uincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, 1966

Modernism Week logo

Modernism Week 2016 Logo

This exciting festival takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Modernism Week features more than 250 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, tours of iconic homes, a world-class lecture & film series, architectural walking, biking, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication for architect Richard Harrison, vintage fashion, classic cars, garden tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, Modern Giants – a celebration of the area’s largest collection of midcentury modern commercial buildings at Eisenhower Medical Center and more.

In addition to the events in February, Modernism Week hosts the “Fall Preview” over Columbus Day weekend in mid-October. Partner organizations collaborate to produce a “mini-Modernism Week” to kick-off the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs.

Modernism Week is also a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, providing scholarships to local students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design; as well as supporting local and state preservation organizations and neighborhood groups in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.

Coming off the tremendous success of Modernism Week’s tenth celebration in February 2015, we’ve expanded this year’s slate of events geographically,” explained Board Chairman, Chris Mobley. “February’s schedule includes exciting tours and activities throughout the Coachella Valley and beyond, and long-time supporters of Modernism Week will be thrilled with the selection of appealing new programs.

The Kaufmann House designed by architect richard Neutra helped establish the style that became known as Deser Modernism. Completed between 1946-47, the iconic project was built as a winter vacation home. Photo Credit: David A. Lee

The Kaufmann House designed by architect richard Neutra helped establish the style that became known as Deser Modernism. Completed between 1946-47, the iconic project was built as a winter vacation home. Photo Credit: David A. Lee

A highlight during the first weekend of Modernism Week is “Party at the Yacht Club – An Exclusive Taste, Toast and Tour of Albert Frey’s Historic Masterpiece” (2/12), a celebration of Albert Frey’s North Shore Beach & Yacht Club (1959) being officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). A direct shuttle will depart from Modernism Week’s CAMP headquarters to the Salton Sea, where guests will enjoy an exclusive tour of the yacht club, lunch, the unveiling of the NRHP plaque, and the premiere of the Salton Sea Art Show – a curated collection of paintings, sculptures and photography.

Modernism Week will also take a trip to the Museum of Pinball in Banning, one of the greatest kept secrets of the midcentury modern revival. ‘Retro Pinball Mania’ (2/15) will be an evening of partying in a midcentury modern atmosphere while enjoying unlimited free-play on more than 700 beautifully restored vintage arcade and pinball machines. Continue reading

The Peninsula New York Presents Grimanesa Amoros’ PINK LOTUS in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Internationally-Acclaimed Artist Creates Large-Scale Light Sculpture Installation On The Landmark Hotel’s Facade
10-logo-1024x1024 On October 1, The Peninsula New York presents PINK LOTUS, a large-scale light installation sculpture by noted interdisciplinary Peruvian artist, Grimanesa Amorós, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The installation, exclusively curated for The Peninsula New York by Circa 1881, is part of the brand’s global “The Art of Pink” charitable program, with Peninsula hotels around the world partnering with artists to help raise both funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Supporting innovative public art around the world is an ongoing commitment at The Peninsula Hotels. The Art of Pink Campaign builds on the partnerships each hotel has created with leading art museums, galleries and private collectors to provide guests with privileged access to groundbreaking art by established global masters and emerging local artists.

PINK LOTUS, a large-scale light installation sculpture by noted interdisciplinary Peruvian artist, Grimanesa Amorós, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

PINK LOTUS, a large-scale light installation sculpture by noted interdisciplinary Peruvian artist, Grimanesa Amorós, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Peninsula New York supports SHARE, a nationwide community that offers support, information and the benefit of experience to women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancers. PINK LOTUS will be on view at The Peninsula New York from October 1 to November 15.


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In keeping with the initiative’s “pink” theme, Amorós has used LED lights to create a pink lotus flower that highlights The Peninsula New York‘s landmark Beaux-Arts facade. The installation activates the entrance of the hotel on 55th Street and Fifth Avenue, with a focus on the large Palladian window and the carvings of Ceres, Roman Goddess of agriculture and abundance, and Diana, Roman Goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth. By placing the installation on the main facade, Amorós is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month by drawing attention to both the Roman Goddesses, who represent the power of women worldwide and to the lotus flower’s symbolic associations with creation, enlightenment and rebirth.

The installation, exclusively curated for The Peninsula New York by Circa 1881, is part of the brand's global "The Art of Pink" charitable program, with Peninsula hotels around the world partnering with artists to help raise both funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

The installation, exclusively curated for The Peninsula New York by Circa 1881, is part of the brand’s global “The Art of Pink” charitable program, with Peninsula hotels around the world partnering with artists to help raise both funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

As in all of her work, Amorós’ PINK LOTUS has created a dialogue with the existing architecture and the history of the site. The dramatic composition provides the public with a unique visual experience created by the use of LED lighting. The beauty and spiritual symbolism of the lotus flower are certain to make the PINK LOTUS one of the highlights of The Art of Pink.

Limited edition PINK LOTUS tote bags have also been exclusively designed by Amorós and can be purchased at The Peninsula New York for $40, with all proceeds benefiting SHARE. On October 27, 2015, Amorós will give an art talk on PINK LOTUS from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at The Peninsula New York, open to the public. For more information on PINK LOTUS, visit www.peninsula.com/newyork.

A popular part of every Peninsula in Pink campaign is the Pink Afternoon Tea. This October, guests at The Lobby of each hotel will relish a creatively themed The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweet and savory treats served on a tiered silver platter, and accompanied by rosé wines and bubbles.

Pink Lotus Cocktail

Pink Lotus Cocktail

Pink Panna Cotta

Pink Panna Cotta

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Nominees for the Leading Culture Destinations Awards Announced, The “Oscars” for Museums

Shortlist Announced For Leading Culture Destinations Awards 2015

The shortlist for the Leading Culture Destinations Awards, including the world’s most visionary museums and cultural institutions, has been announced. The award celebrates the vibrancy and vitality of museums and cultural institutions around the world, which are constantly evolving. Today cultural destinations are not only dedicated to art experiences and education; they have become social hubs for visitors to spend time, dine, shop, work and even sleep.

In appreciation of this, the jury selected the Leading Culture Destinations Awards shortlist, according to five categories: Exhibitions and Programming; Architecture and Spatial Design (presented by EcoWorld Ballymore); Digital Experience; Eating and Drinking and Shopping (presented by Selfridges & Co).Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 6.27.59 PM

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum have been nominated alongside the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the recently opened Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris designed by Guggenheim Museum Bilbao architect Frank Gehry.

Now in its second year, the organizers has expanded the list to include ‘Emerging Culture Destinations’ from all over the world, sparking lively debate across creative communities everywhere about the changing role of museums and galleries. The 31-strong ‘Emerging Destinations’ shortlist includes the recently opened Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, and the spectacular Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China.

Finally, the Traveller’s Awards for Best Art Experience in a Hotel and Best Emerging City for Culture, recognize a hotel and city with outstanding art collections, programs and offerings, highlighting the role of culture as the main catalyst for tourism and lifestyle.

This year the judging panel is chaired by Gail Dexter Lord of Lord Cultural Resources, one of the world’s leading consultancies for cultural capital. It includes Justine Simons OBE, Head of Culture at the Mayor of London’s office, fashion designer Neil Barrett, and ArtNet CEO Jacob Pabst.

The shortlist and winners was carefully selected by the jury from a long list of nominations put together by global Ambassadors, who are drawn from the community of the world’s most influential and traveled creative professionals – all of them cultural nomads, committed to supporting the arts and innovation wherever in the world they might be.

This year’s shortlist for the ‘Leading Culture Destinations’ Awards are:

Leading Culture Destination – Best Exhibitions & Programming

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)

New Museum, New York (USA)

Serpentine Gallery, London (UK)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Architecture & Spatial Design presented by EcoWorld Ballymore

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (France)

Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao (Spain)

State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (Qatar)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (USA)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Digital Experience

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)

Getty Center, Los Angeles (USA)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Eat & Drink

Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Serpentine Gallery, London (UK)

Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)

Somerset House, London (UK)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Shop presented by Selfridges & Co

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)

Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (France)

The Shortlist For The ‘Best Emerging Culture Destination Of The Year’ Includes:

EUROPE

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

The Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris (France)

Barcelona Design Museum, Barcelona (Spain)

Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (United Kingdom)

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (Russia)

Fondazione Prada, Milan (Italy)

ASIA

Museum SAN, Wonj (South Korea)

Asia Modern, Wufeng, Taichung (Taiwan)

Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (China)

Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita (Japan)

Pinacothèque De Paris (Singapore)

AFRICA

Museum Mohammed VI, Rabat (Morocco)

Museum MMP +, Marrakech (Morocco)

Ouidah Museum of History (Benin)

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Winter Travel Advisory: Cool Fall-Winter Hotel Packages Make Miami Beach a Hot Destination for Couples, Singles and Families

South Beach Group Announces Brand New Over-The-Top Vacation Packages At The Popular Catalina Hotel, The Hotel Croydon, And Tradewinds

South Beach Is A Great Getaway Choice For Fall-Winter 2015

As we all mourn the end of summer, most people mistakenly wait until temperatures drop and they are up to their eyeballs in wet, soggy snow before arranging their winter travel. Several hotels, including the South Beach properties owned and operated by the South Beach Group, are already launching fall-winter 2015 vacation packages with awesome extras making Miami Beach the hot spot to jet off to. As if you needed me to tell you that. With appealing deals for couples, singles and families; it’s worth it to jump on these packages in advance.

There is something for everyone on Miami Beach from great shopping, food and cultural events to watersports and sight-seeing. Deals this good are hard to come by,” explains Alan Lieberman, owner of South Beach Group.

Hotel Croydon Rooftop Deck

Hotel Croydon Rooftop Deck

The Hotel Croydon Miami Beach, a fully-renovated, 1937, 7-story art deco boutique hotel located steps away from the ocean. With high style and edgy design elements, Hotel Croydon dazzles with 100 guest rooms including a sprawling Penthouse with ocean views, meeting room and banquet space, a gym, an outdoor pool, a spa, an on-site restaurant and bar, and a rooftop sun deck with 360 degree views of the ocean and Miami.

Hotel Croydon Bedroom

Hotel Croydon Bedroom

For couples in the mood for pleasure and adventure the “Romantic Escape Package” at Hotel Croydon is a great choice. The package includes in-room candy, flowers and wine, couple’s massages (indoor or outdoor), sunset dinner for two on a gorgeous rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Miami Beach, paddle boarding, beach chairs, poolside cabana and complimentary nightly happy hour from 7-8pm. Three night package rate is $995 for 2 adults, except 12/1-12/5, 12/25-1/2. hotelcroydonmiamibeach.com

The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club - Main Lobby

The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club – Main Lobby

The Catalina Hotel + Beach Club is high energy and big action! Located right on center-of-the-South-Beach-universe Collins Avenue it’s a block from the beach and a fast walk from all the major happenings on South Beach. The property’s 190 rooms are all equipped with comfortable Tempur-Pedic Swedish mattresses, Masconi linens and goose-down comforters and pillows with new ultra-luxurious bathrooms with oversized bath towels and pique bathrobes. Having stayed at The Catalina myself several years ago, I can attest to everything: the beds were fabulously comforting, you will actually want to live in those robes, and the Beach Club is a little slice of Heaven.

For single ladies seeking a weekend of partying in paradise, there’s the “South Beach Party Package” at The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. The package includes 2 complimentary “Hangover Breakfast with Bloody Mary and Mimosa,” complimentary cocktails from 7-8pm nightly, a Vodka & Sushi Sampler at Fung Ku’s VIP table to get taste buds popping, and goodie bags filled with Neutrogena Sunblock, Cover Girl Waterproof Mascara, Rimmel London Waterproof Eyeliner and Essie Nail Polish, plus complimentary beach chairs (2 per room). Three night package rate is $1099 for 2 adults per room, additional guests $250 per night, 4 people per room maximum, except 12/1-12/5, 12/25-1/2. catalinahotel.com Continue reading

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Presents Unprecedented Retrospective “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist”

Smithsonian Exhibition Highlights Multi-Dimensionality of Celebrated Painter’s Art

For nearly five decades, Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, b. 1935) has charted an artistic career that is not bound by singular definition. While her early work with Native themes celebrate heroic American Indian leaders with stately, abstract compositions and her more recent heroically scaled paintings recast American landscapes as Native places, WalkingStick’s artistic persona originates from roots in the New York art world of the 1960s and 1970s and her immersion in considerations of abstraction, minimalism and feminist art. “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist” is the first major retrospective of WalkingStick’s work, including more than 75 works that trace her dynamic career from the 1970s to the present.siLogo_k

The exhibition will be on view from November 7, 2015 through Sept. 18, 2016, in the National Museum of the American Indian’s third-floor gallery (4th St & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, 202-633-1000) and is co-curated by Kathleen Ash-Milby (Navajo), associate curator, and David Penney, associate director for museum scholarship. It features both well-known works, such as WalkingStick’s “Chief Joseph” series and hallmark diptychs, as well as never-before-seen works, richly illustrated sketchbooks from the artist’s personal collection and a gallery film featuring the artist discussing her work and process.

Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, b. 1935), Chief Joseph series, 1974–76. Acrylic, ink, and wax on canvas, 20 x 15 in. each. (27 panels of a 36-panel series). National Museum of the American Indian

Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, b. 1935), Chief Joseph series, 1974–76. Acrylic, ink, and wax on canvas, 20 x 15 in. each. (27 panels of a 36-panel series). National Museum of the American Indian

For her entire career, Kay WalkingStick has been rewriting the narrative about Native peoples through her artwork, which has defied categorization,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “These seeming contradictions and complexity are part of being an American Indian today, and what makes her an American artist. Our nation itself is built upon diversity of culture and expression. WalkingStick’s background and art reflect this same richness and diversity.”smith_1l_stacked_color_transbkgrd

The organization of the exhibition is chronological and features five major sections: “The Sensual Body,” “Material and Meaning, “Two Views: Diptychs,” “Italian Romance” and “Landscape: The Power of Native Place.” WalkingStick’s career progressed from an early focus on feminism and minimalism to spiritual explorations of landscapes through use of abstraction. Beginning in the 1980s, she began to more directly confront Native identity, both personal and within national histories, a practice that is still reflected in the artist’s most recent paintings. After several semesters teaching and living in Italy spread over 17 years as a professor at Cornell University, the influence of Italian art and environment is also prevalent in many of her later works.

Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, b. 1935), New Mexico Desert, 2011. Oil on wood panel, 40 x 80 x 2 in. Purchased through a special gift from the Louise Ann Williams Endowment, 2013. National Museum of the American Indian.  Photo by Lee Stalsworth, Fine Art through Photography, LLC

Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, b. 1935), New Mexico Desert, 2011. Oil on wood panel, 40 x 80 x 2 in. Purchased through a special gift from the Louise Ann Williams Endowment, 2013. National Museum of the American Indian. Photo by Lee Stalsworth, Fine Art through Photography, LLC

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Kay WalkingStick is arguably one of the most important American painters working today,” said Penney. “But her resistance to a narrow program and insistence on defying categorization makes her enormous accomplishment less subject to summary and generalization.

Even avid followers of WalkingStick’s work will be surprised at the depth and breadth of her art practice,” said Ash-Milby.

WalkingStick’s biography is inextricably intertwined with her art. The exhibition examines key moments of her life, which further illuminate the artist’s methods and motivations. Her entrance into the male-dominated New York art scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with her exhibition of vivid, playful explorations of the body, set the pace for a career of innovation and unique expression, breaking down barriers for both women and American Indian artists. Although her family moved from the Cherokee Nation to New York state before she was born, her exploration of Native history and her own identity is underscored in later evolutions of her work that focus on landscapes of the American West—a journey that continues to unfold.

The museum will hold a free symposium in honor of WalkingStick, titled “Seizing the Sky: Redefining American Art,” Thursday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the museum’s Rasmussen Theater, featuring a diverse roster of nine scholars, artists and curators, including Cornell University’s Jolene Rickard, the renowned artist Robert Houle (Saulteaux) and Lisa Roberts Seppi of State University of New York in Oswego. The program celebrates the artist and uses her groundbreaking work as a launch­ing point for a fresh perspective and dialogue about contemporary American art and how other Native artists are redefining it.

National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.

National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.

The show catalog, Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist, (November 2015. Price: $50/Pages: 208. ISBN: 978-1-58834-510-3. Smithsonian Books) features more than 200 of WalkingStick’s most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures and sketchbooks—as well as the diptychs for which she is best known. In this first comprehensive catalog of her artistic career, WalkingStick’s fascinating and complex biography is finally captured in vivid relation to her artwork, a life story that has only been glimpsed before in disparate pieces. The biographical timeline and extensive bibliography make this an outstanding resource. The catalog is edited by Ash-Milby and Penney, with a forward by Gover; major essays by Ash-Milby, Penney, Kate Morris, Margaret Archuleta (Tewa/Hispanic), Seppi, Lucy Lippard; and contributions by Jessica Horton, Houle, Miles Miller (Yakama/Nez Perce), Judith Ostrowitz, Erica WalkingStick Echols Lowry (Cherokee) and WalkingStick, herself. It will be available in bookstores, online retailers, including www.SmithsonianStore.com, or by phone at 1-800-242-6624.

For additional information about the National Museum of the American Indian, visit www.AmericanIndian.si.edu. #KayWalkingStick

Cooper Hewitt Announces 2016 Exhibition, “Beauty―Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial”

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (2 East 91st St. at Fifth Avenue in New York City) will present “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” the fifth installment of the museum’s popular contemporary design exhibition series, from February 12 through Aug. 21, 2016. With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, “Beauty” will fill most of two floors of the museum with more than 250 works by 62 designers from around the globe.

Featuring recent work from the most outstanding voices in the global design scene, ‘Beauty’ will expand the discourse around the transformative power of aesthetic innovation,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “The exhibition will celebrate design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body and senses with works of astonishing form and surprising function.Cooper Hewitt logo

Inaugurated in 2000, the Triennial Series looks at new developments in design as they surface in studios, fairs, shops, galleries and media around the world. In organizing “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” the museum engaged a panel of international curatorial advisors early in its process: Adélia Borges (Brazil), Claire Catterall (England), Kenya Hara (Japan), Mugendi M’Rithaa (South Africa), Suvi Saloniemi (Finland), Sarah Scaturro (United States) and Annemartine van Kesteren (Netherlands). The exhibition is designed by Tsao & McKown Architects

Organized by Assistant Curator Andrea Lipps and Senior Curator of Contemporary Design Ellen Lupton, the exhibition explores beauty through seven lenses: EXTRAVAGANT, INTRICATE, ETHEREAL, TRANSGRESSIVE, EMERGENT, ELEMENTAL and TRANSFORMATIVE.

EXTRAVAGANT

Designers use rich materials and shimmering, sometimes deceptive, surfaces to create an aura of luxury, glamour, seduction and excess. Highlights of the works on view include makeup artist PAT MCGRATH’s transformative visages; GIAMBATTISTA VALLI’s candy-colored gowns that beg to be touched, smelled, even tasted; and hair artist GUIDO PALAU, who creates fantastic hairstyles that consistently push the field, and our eye, forward.

INTRICATE

Performing astonishing feats of craftsmanship and physical construction, designers and artisans create textured or patterned surfaces that engage the eye in a wandering journey. Among the works on view in this section include the voluptuous typography of NON-FORMAT; the textured garments of fashion designer MARY KATRANTZOU, which glisten from a distance and pulse with intimate detail up close; and, the work of STUDIO JOB, featuring patterns that appear traditional at first glance yet give way to a jarring iconography of the everyday—from gas masks and peace signs to syringes and kitchen tools.

Mary Katrantzou Fall 2012 RTW

Mary Katrantzou Fall 2012 RTW

ETHEREAL

Designers create forms that shape space, time, light or air, sometimes defying permanence and weight in favor of ephemeral materials or fleeting effects. Highlights of the designer projects on view include work by scent artist SISSEL TOLAAS, who collects and preserves smell molecules from around the world and has been commissioned by the museum to create a new scent based on Central Park; and a grid of analog clocks that forms a giant digital timepiece whose elements align every 60 seconds to read out the time in numerals made of clock hands, created by the firm HUMANS SINCE 1982.

Editorial / 2009 / Berlin Published in [www.mono-kultur.com linktext:mono.kultur] / Berlin Sissel Tolaas has dedicated her life to something we all take for granted: the sense of smell. Obsessively researching and exploring our most primal and yet unnoticed sense in all its facets, Tolaas has shared her research in many ways: from research projects with hospitals and institutions such as MIT or Harvard, to commercial projects for the likes of Adidas, Comme des Garons and Louis Vuitton, to art exhibitions at the MoMA New York or the Third Berlin Biennial. Tolaas is fiercely passionate and outspoken on the power of smell, and how paying greater attention to it might just change our lives.

Published in [www.mono-kultur.com linktext:mono.kultur] / Berlin
Sissel Tolaas has dedicated her life to something we all take for granted: the sense of smell. Obsessively researching and exploring our most primal and yet unnoticed sense in all its facets, Tolaas has shared her research in many ways: from research projects with hospitals and institutions such as MIT or Harvard, to commercial projects for the likes of Adidas, Comme des Garons and Louis Vuitton, to art exhibitions at the MoMA New York or the Third Berlin Biennial. Tolaas is fiercely passionate and outspoken on the power of smell, and how paying greater attention to it might just change our lives.

TRANSGRESSIVE

Embracing androgyny, antiform, the grotesque, the formless and the fantastic, designers blur established boundaries and definitions, challenging normative standards of beauty, gender, genre or behavior. Works on view include Ana Rajcevic’s Animal headpieces, which partly obscure the face of the wearer, questioning the boundary between humans and animals; NOA ZILBERMAN’s jewelry series Wrinkles, which distributes lines of gold across the artist’s face and cleavage; the unisex clothing collections of RAD HOURANI; and AFREAKS, a collection of fantastical beaded creatures created by the HAAS BROTHERS in collaboration with female beaders from the Khayelitsha informal settlement outside Cape Town, South Africa.

Animal: The Other Side of Evolution by Ana Rajcevic

Animal: The Other Side of Evolution by Ana Rajcevic

 Jewelry That Celebrates Wrinkles Instead Of Hiding Them

NOA ZILBERMAN’s jewelry series Wrinkles: Jewelry That Celebrates Wrinkles Instead Of Hiding Them

Afreaks by Haas Brothers and Monkeybiz

Afreaks by Haas Brothers and Monkeybiz

EMERGENT

Emulating nature and embracing code and mathematics, designers create rules and processes that determine the final outcome of a project, working with data flows and user interactions to create responsive forms. Featured work includes DANIEL BROWN’s digital blossoms, which celebrate the glamour of artifice; NERI OXMAN’s Wanderers, 3-D-printed wearable objects permeated with capillaries and seeded with microorganisms to enable future survival on distant planets; and ALEXANDRA DAISY GINSBERG’s project Designing for the Sixth Extinction, which depicts genetically engineered creatures that could someday clean the air of toxins, neutralize acid in the soil and collect and scatter seeds. Cooper Hewitt has commissioned architect JENNY SABIN to design a knitted, textile structure for the exhibition.

Forest 15 (www.daisyginsberg.com)

ALEXANDRA DAISY GINSBERG’s project Designing for the Sixth Extinction, Forest 15 (www.daisyginsberg.com)

Brown said; “The ‘Love Blossoms’ project gave the opportunity to apply cutting edge generative-art principles to an established, heritage luxury brand and create a seasonal and unique gift for each Mulberry follower. Using prints from the Spring Summer 2011 collection, each flower is generated so that no two blooms are ever the same.”

Brown said; “The ‘Love Blossoms’ project gave the opportunity to apply cutting edge generative-art principles to an established, heritage luxury brand and create a seasonal and unique gift for each Mulberry follower. Using prints from the Spring Summer 2011 collection, each flower is generated so that no two blooms are ever the same.”

ELEMENTAL

Drawing energy and character from basic materials, designers create serene geometries and uncluttered forms that invite intuitive interaction from users. The exhibition will feature works by SAM HECHT and KIM COLIN, founders of Industrial Facility, who find beauty in the equilibrium of making, use and memory; FORMAFANTASMA and EMILIANO GODOY, who give shape to lava and glass respectively, materials that shift from liquid to solid; and YEONGKYU YOO, whose World Clock rolls to display the time in all 24 time zones. Continue reading

Cooper Hewitt Announces Lineup for 2015 National Design Week and Full Schedule of Fall Public Programs

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum marks the 10th anniversary of National Design Week Oct. 10–18, 2015 with a range of programs for students, teachers, design professionals and the general public celebrating the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. The museum’s largest educational initiative, National Design Week is a highlight of Cooper Hewitts full suite of fall programs, which include the return of Design by Hand, a series of workshops for all ages led by designers from Pixar Animation Studios; Game Changers, a new program of conversations with influential and innovative practitioners; and exhibition-related lectures on graphic design and architecture.Cooper Hewitt

Our education programs bring the public into dynamic contact with the world’s most celebrated innovators and problem solvers in design today, including many of our National Design Awards winners,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt. “Participants are immersed in design’s rapidly changing landscape and the field’s latest innovations, while also gaining critical design-thinking skills.

Launched in 2006, National Design Week makes design widely accessible to the public through interactive events and programs for students, teachers, corporate professionals, designers and other members of Cooper Hewitt’s dedicated audience. Kicking off with the Target Family Design Festival Oct. 10 and 11, the week continues with events such as the Teen Design Fair, and a panel with winners of the 2015 National Design Awards, among many others.

Design by Hand (Black)

Design By Hand, Part of the Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Week festivities

This fall’s Design by Hand series focuses on the craftsmanship and innovations of pioneering film studio Pixar Animation Studios, concurrent with the exhibition “Pixar: The Design of Story.John Lasseter, Pixars chief creative officer, will give a Design Talk Nov. 12, moderated by Michael Bierut, partner in the New York design firm Pentagram. Programs led by Pixar’s creative staff include hands-on workshops for teens, families, college students and adults on all facets of the design process.

Launched in April 2015 with Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO, Game Changers is a new program of conversations with designers, thinkers and industry leaders across design disciplines. The series continues this fall with graphic designer Irma Boom, architect Bjarke Ingels and interactive designer Jeff Han.

In conjunction with the current exhibition “How Posters Work,” Experimental Jetset joins senior curator of contemporary design Ellen Lupton in conversation Sept. 16, while Philippe Apeloig and Georgie Stout helm a Graphic Design Meet Up Sept. 26.

On Oct. 8, Thomas Heatherwick speaks with architectural critic and Vanity Fair contributing editor Paul Goldberger about his studio’s origins and current work, some of which is on view in “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio,” in a lecture at Cooper Union.Print

NATIONAL DESIGN WEEK: OCT. 10–18, 2015

Target Family Design Festival
Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11; 11 a.m.–4 p.m
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st St., New York City

A free two-day family festival with educational activities for all ages, including scavenger hunts, workshops and storytelling, celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Design Week.

Design Tales Family Programs
Monday, Oct. 12, and Wednesday, Oct. 14; 10–11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st St., New York City

Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 15; 10–11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cooper Hewitt Design Center, 111 Central Park North, New York City

A free literacy-based program for preschool children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers incorporating storytelling, design vocabulary and hands-on activities.

Drop In on Design Family Programs
Monday, Oct. 12–Friday, Oct. 16; 4–6 p.m. daily.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st St., New York City

A series of free afterschool programs, where families with kids ages 7 to 12 explore design through fun hands-on activities.

Teen Design Fair
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 4–6 p.m.

Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian–New York, the George Gustav Heye Center, One Bowling Green, New York City

New York City teens learn about design careers and educational opportunities from winners, jurors, guest designers and college representatives. Tim Gunn will give the keynote address.

National Design Award Winners’ Panel
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 7–8:30 p.m.

Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian–New York, the George Gustav Heye Center, One Bowling Green, New York City

A panel discussion with 2015 National Design Award winners about their inspiration. Panelists include Roman Alonso (Commune), Stephen Burks (Stephen Burks Man Made), Adi Gil (threeASFOUR) and John Underkoffler (Oblong Industries).

National Design Awards Gala (Tickets required.)
Thursday, Oct. 15

6 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m.: Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and the Westside Highway, New York City

A gala benefit dinner and awards ceremony honoring this year’s National Design Award winners. All proceeds support Cooper Hewitt’s programs that educate, inspire and empower people through design.

Target Design Kids Family Programs
Saturday, Oct. 17; 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30–3 p.m.
Cooper Hewitt Design Center, 111 Central Park North, New York City

A series of free workshops where families with kids ages 5 to 12 become designers and make fun projects all day.

EXHIBITION- AND COLLECTION-RELATED PROGRAMS

Actual Size: Experimental Jetset
Wednesday, Sept. 16; 6:30 p.m.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st St., New York City
$15 general, $10 members, $8 students; registration required.

Experimental Jetset was founded by Erwin Brinkers, Marieke Stolk and Danny van den Dungen in Amsterdam in 1997. The designers are known for their rigorously systematic work, including the new identity for the Whitney Museum of American Art. Work by Experimental Jetset is included in Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection and is featured in the exhibition “How Posters Work,” on view through Jan. 24, 2016.   Continue reading

The All-New 36th Season Of THIS OLD HOUSE® Reveals Two Ways To Create Historical Style

A Classic Victorian Restoration And A Brand New 18th Century Style Farmhouse

Premiering October 2015 on PBS

THIS OLD HOUSE is back with its beloved cast of experts featuring two projects that highlight the series’ expertise in both historic restoration and cutting edge building techniques. Week by week, national audiences will see general contractor Tom Silva, master carpenter Norm Abram, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O’Connor tackle the restoration of a 1890’s Shingle style Victorian house and the building of a new historically-accurate federal style home pre-engineered in a factory. The Emmy® Award-winning home improvement series premieres new episodes October 1, 2015 on PBS (check local listings).

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We are very excited about this upcoming season. We will give viewers both a classic THIS OLD HOUSE project—a deep-dive historic restoration and an exciting twist; a historic style home built from the ground up using some of today’s most innovative building and engineering techniques,” says Senior Producer John Tomlin.

Cast of new season of "This Old House," premiering October 1, 2015 on PBS (check local listings). Left to right: Kevin O'Connor, Roger Cook, Richard Trethewey, Tom Silva and Norm Abram. PHOTO CREDIT: Carl Tremblay (PRNewsFoto/WGBH-TV/THIS OLD HOUSE)

Cast of new season of “This Old House,” premiering October 1, 2015 on PBS (check local listings). Left to right: Kevin O’Connor, Roger Cook, Richard Trethewey, Tom Silva and Norm Abram. PHOTO CREDIT: Carl Tremblay (PRNewsFoto/WGBH-TV/THIS OLD HOUSE)

Season 36 kicks off in Belmont, Massachusetts, a suburb northwest of Boston featuring homeowners Katherine, Murat, and their two children. They have embarked on a journey to bring back their home to its original Victorian style after a previous owner stripped many classic architectural details. The 3,200 square foot Shingle Style house will be transformed back in time making it both architecturally accurate while very livable for a modern family. The show will feature the journey of the family over 16 episodes as they work with THIS OLD HOUSE to restore the traditional Victoria aesthetics, rebuild the former grand front porch, update the kitchen, create a mudroom and convert two bedrooms into a master suite.
In the second project, located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, THIS OLD HOUSE will work with Bill and April as they move with their new baby from the city to the suburbs and break ground on a new pre-engineered 3,000 square foot home with the fine architectural details of late 1700s. This fascinating building style known as “The New Old Home Concept,” captures the essence of historic architecture in a new home with today’s practical layouts and modern amenities. The family purchased the components of the home from Connor Homes which pre-designs and engineers historically accurate homes. This 10 episode arc will cover the techniques of constructing a new home tailored to the aesthetic of a previous time, the implementation of geo-thermal heating and cooling technology, and how automated components bring new efficiency to the construction process. The final result will be a brand new energy efficient home that looks like it has always been there. Continue reading

Architect David Adjaye Awarded 2016 Eugene Mcdermott Award In The Arts At MIT

Award Includes $100K Prize, Artist Residency, Gala And Four Public Programs At MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announce that architect David Adjaye OBE is the recipient of the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. The $100K prize awarded at a gala in his honor also includes an artist residency at MIT in spring 2016, during which Adjaye will participate in four public programs. These events will include panels and symposia focused on the future of the museum, library and campus, as well as a keynote lecture about his own body of work.

David Adjaye Awarded the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT

David Adjaye Awarded the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT

The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT was established in 1974 by the Council for the Arts at MIT to recognize innovative talents in any arts discipline and offers its recipient a $100,000 cash prize and a campus residency. The selection process reflects MIT’s commitment to risk taking, problem solving, and the idea of connecting creative minds across disciplines. The Award honors Eugene McDermott, cofounder of Texas Instruments and long-time friend and benefactor of MIT.

Upon receiving the news, Mr. Adjaye’s remarked, “In my career I have sought to cross creative platforms, to collaborate with artists and designers from different disciplines and to focus on the creative discourse surrounding the act of making things. I believe it is this dialogue – the cultural intersection – that moves us forward, generates new possibilities and creates greatness. The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT has long stood for exactly this principle, and it for this reason I am both supremely honoured and supremely humbled to be named as this year’s recipient.

David Adjaye OBE is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. He founded Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions. In Oslo he designed the NOBEL PEACE CENTRE in the shell of a disused railway station (completed in 2005). In London his design for the WHITECHAPEL IDEA STORE pioneered a new approach to the provision of imagesinformation services (2005). Later projects in London included the STEPHEN LAWRENCE CENTRE, with teaching and community spaces (2007), RIVINGTON PLACE, an exhibition venue and resource centre (2007), and the BERNIE GRANT CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (2007).

Adjaye Associates now has offices in London, New York, and Accra and is working throughout the world. In the United States, Adjaye is the designer of a new home for the MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART in Denver (2007), two public libraries in Washington DC (2012), the SUGAR HILL low income housing development in Harlem (2014) and the redesigned ETHELBERT COOPER GALLERY OF AFRICAN & AFRICAN AMERICAN ART at Harvard’s HUTCHINS CENTER (2014). Adjaye Associates’ largest completed project to date is the £160 million MOSCOW SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT SKOLKOVO (2010).

Current high profile architectural projects include $360 million THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the Alara concept store in Lagos, the AISHTI FOUNDATION ARTS AND RETAIL CENTRE in Beirut, a new headquarters building for the INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION in Dakar, the new home for The Studio Museum in Harlem, the CENTER FOR ART AND CULTURE at Colgate University, and a condominium development for FOUR SEASONS in Washington, DC.

Adjaye recently collaborated with Okwui Enwezor on the design of the 56TH VENICE ART BIENNALE (2015). Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye, a comprehensive retrospective exhibition, was held at Haus der Kunst in Munich and is at the Art Institute of Chicago September 19, 2015–January 3, 2016.

The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT celebrates individuals whose artistic trajectory reveals that they will achieve the highest distinction in their fields and continue to produce inspiring work for many years to come. The $100,000 prize represents an investment in the recipient’s future creative work, rather than a prize for a particular project or lifetime of achievement. The official announcement will be made at the Council for the Arts at MIT’s 43rd annual meeting at MIT on October 30, 2015 and Mr. Adjaye will be presented with the award at a gala in his honor on March 29, 2016. Continue reading

An American Icon Since 1965, The Iconic Lava Lamp® Turns 50!

Limited-Edition Anniversary Collection & The Beatles Themed Lava Lamps Now Available

In 2015, the ubiquitous 1960’s pop culture icon celebrates its 50th Anniversary. This year marks a half-century of Lava® Lamps in the United States, which has been featured in countless TV shows, movies, magazines and more. In honor of its golden anniversary, the ever-popular “original shape of cool” has created a limited edition 50th collection for its fans.

A lava lamp (or Astro lamp) is a decorative novelty item, invented by British accountant Edward Craven Walker, the founder of Mathmos, in 1963. The lamp contains blobs of colored wax inside a glass vessel filled with clear or translucent liquid; the wax rises and falls as its density changes due to heating from an incandescent light bulb underneath the vessel. The appearance of the wax is suggestive of pāhoehoe lava, hence the name. The lamps are designed in a variety of styles and colours.

Lava Lamp Celebrates 50 Years Along with The Beatles' 13 Album Releases! Limited-Edition Anniversary Collection Lava Lamp (?right?), plus The Beatles and Yellow Submarine Themed Lava Lamps available on www.lavalite.com September 1! (PRNewsFoto/Lava Lite, LLC)

Lava Lamp Celebrates 50 Years Along with The Beatles’ 13 Album Releases! Limited-Edition Anniversary Collection Lava Lamp (?right?), plus The Beatles and Yellow Submarine Themed Lava Lamps available on http://www.lavalite.com September 1! (PRNewsFoto/Lava Lite, LLC)

A classic lamp contains a standard incandescent bulb or halogen lamp which heats a tall (often tapered) glass bottle. A formula from 1968 U.S. patent consisted of water and a transparent, translucent or opaque mix of mineral oil, paraffin wax and carbon tetrachloride.

Lava Lite, LLC® has been the global manufacturer of Lava® Lamps worldwide and sells millions of Lava Lamps annually. This iconic product is popular with fans of all ages, from adults to millennials, appearing everywhere from offices to dorm rooms. At 50 years old, Lava Lite, LLC is the international manufacturing company that offers the original shape of cool, the Lava Lamp and based out of Elk Grove Village, IL. The company holds the US trademark rights to the shape and name Lava Lamp and is sold across various distribution channels in US, Canadian, and European retailers.


The limited edition 50th Anniversary Collection includes four lamp sizes: 14.5″ ($19.99), 17″ ($29.99), 16.3″ ($39.99), and 27″ Grande ($119.99). The lamps have premium features included: gold painted base & cap, embossed 50th anniversary logo on the base, certificate of authenticity, and either an easy-access switch on the base or a dimmer switch, depending on the size of the lamp.

In addition, an exclusive collection of The Beatles-and Yellow Submarine-themed Lava Lamps debut on September 1st . Lava Lite, LLC is partnering with Apple Corp. Ltd. to bring fans this collection and will feature designs inspired by the albums Help!, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as a series based on their timeless animated classic Yellow Submarine. The Lava Lamps will also have premium features and embellishments such as full color decals with album cover artwork, Beatles and album logo silk-screening, and multi-colored, hand-painted glass globes. Priced at $29.99, standing at 14.5″ tall and filled with 20 oz. of either glitter or Lava, these lamps will truly rock & roll.

Lava products can be found in mass merchants, gift and specialty stores, warehouse clubs, and various online retailers. For more information and to purchase all lamps, please visit www.lavalite.com.

Third Annual “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges” Convenes City Leaders and Global Mayors in London, October 18-20

Mayors from London, Jerusalem, Atlanta, Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, Bangkok, Athens, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Christchurch among participants

The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies will convene the third annual “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges” in London Sunday-Tuesday, October 18-20. The summit will bring together global mayors with a diverse group of urban experts to collaborate on real, scalable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing cities around the world. CityLab will take place at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel with trips to various London locations in the midst of vibrant and substantial change.

The CityLab summit is an expansion of The Atlantic‘s longstanding partnership with the Aspen Institute, devoted to the exchange of ideas of consequence, which established the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2005, the Washington Ideas Forum in 2009, and New York Ideas in 2012. CityLab was honored as Best Conference in both 2013 and 2014 at the Folio: FAME Awards.
Across the summit, a global group of presenters and participants will engage in dozens of plenaries, breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions on such topic areas as: affordable housing, urbanization in India, the future of work in cities, climate change, global perspectives on community policing, urban analytics, and unleashing innovation from the front line of government. As CityLab’s first international host city, London will play a key role in the summit. Field trips will take participants to visit projects that have transformed the city: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; Kings Cross Redevelopment Area; Clapham Underground‘s Zero Carbon Food; and Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project.
CityLab speakers and attendees are drawn from a diverse global roster; last year’s 550 participants represented 127 cities and 26 countries. This year’s summit will host an expanded roster of mayors from cities across the world, including Accra, Addis Ababa, Athens (Greece), Atlanta, Austin, Bangkok, Christchurch, Denver, Hamburg, Jerusalem, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., and others.
Confirmed speakers to date include three-term New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Mayor Giorgos Kaminis of Athens, Greece, and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; architect Jan Gehl; Executive Director of Digital in the Cabinet Office Mike Bracken; Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe; Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey; former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan; Tel Aviv Global CEO Hila Oren; Nesta Chief Executive Geoff Mulgan; Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman. Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson, Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley, and James Bennet, editor in chief and co-president of The Atlantic, will also speak.

The presenting level underwriters for CityLab are General Motors and JPMorgan Chase & Co. McKinsey & Company is a knowledge underwriter. Airbnb is a supporting level underwriter. Bechtel and Waze are contributing level underwriters.

Further details about the program agenda and speakers will be released in the coming weeks. Media interested in learning more or attending the program should contact Anna Bross (abross@theatlantic.com).

Home & Interiors: Sherwin-Williams Launches Breakthrough System to Simplify Color Selection

Colorsnap® Integrates Online And Offline Tools, And Includes New In-Store Display

This week, Sherwin-Williams introduces its latest innovation: ColorSnap®, the company’s most comprehensive, integrated color selection system ever offered. Designed to help consumers and professionals make confident and efficient paint color selections, ColorSnap includes a first-of-its-kind, in-store display that makes color selection fast and easy, in addition to enhanced online and offline tools, and new colors.

With the ColorSnap system, we’ve created a completely new way to navigate color. Whether in their neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store, at home or on the go, ColorSnap provides a solution to easily explore and find color any way the consumer chooses,” said Jackie Jordan, Director, Color Marketing, Sherwin-Williams.

Easy, Intuitive And Fast
Customers can explore color in an entirely new way with the interactive, in-store ColorSnap® Studio display, which groups color by family, such as red, yellow or blue, then displays color by saturation level from bright to neutral with a new category just for whites. Each color family is set on one of 24 rotating panels. By turning a panel, customers can see a curated selection of nearly 50 paint chips of specific colors within that color family — making the selection process simple and fun.

ColorSnap® Studio

ColorSnap® Studio

The display, which will be the centerpiece of every Sherwin-Williams store, also features new 2-by-3-inch take-home color chips, rather than strips, so customers can get a bigger, better idea of how colors will look in their space.

In-Store Display

In-Store Display

Quicker Selection Time

Quicker Selection Time

Sherwin-Williams conducted extensive testing to ensure the new ColorSnap system would improve the overall customer experience. During in-store testing, on average, customers found their paint color of choice in 60 percent less time than with the previous display.

Sherwin-Williams collaborated with IDEO, an award-winning global design and innovation consultancy, on the in-store display, which uses a human-centered, design approach to help simplify the color-selection experience for both DIYers and professionals.

We were honored to work with Sherwin-Williams to reimagine the color selection journey through the lens of the company’s many diverse customers. After a thoughtful and iterative design process, we’re excited to see ColorSnap come to life,” said Michelle Ha Tucker, Portfolio Director, IDEO.

As part of the new display, a central work area will be added for customers to arrange and review their color choices, explore Sherwin-Williams color tools and interact with store experts. Customers will also be able to browse and take home nine new color guides and 12 postcards that are designed to inspire, educate and simplify color selection.

ColorSnap® Visualizer

ColorSnap® Visualizer

In addition to ColorSnap Studio, the redesigned in-store color display, the all-new system includes a refreshed and integrated online set of tools including ColorSnap® Visualizer for iPhone, iPad, Android and online (at sherwinwilliams.com). The tools allow users to explore color before ever picking up a paintbrush. With the mobile app, customers can scan the new 2-by-3 inch color chip with their iPhone or Android smart phone for instant access to room scenes featuring that color, options for coordinating colors, and more. ColorSnap Visualizer also inspires by matching a color in a photo to a specific Sherwin-Williams color, allowing users to virtually paint a room or simply browse details on the full range of Sherwin-Williams colors. The iPad app also features inspirational room scenes that showcase expert color picks.

The ColorSnap system also seamlessly integrates with Sherwin-Williams industry-leading Sher-Color™Advanced Color Matching Technology, which calibrates color formulas specifically for every product and sheen, ensuring outstanding color accuracy and consistency when ordering a Sherwin-Williams color or matching a color to an accessory or to a color from another paint brand. Sher-Color™ is available in-store for fast, precise and custom color matching.

Faster And Easier For Design Professionals
Professionals will also find color selection easier and faster, thanks to the variety of new resources available to them, whether in the office or on the job site. The ColorSnap® Design Pro Suite includes an updated and expanded suite of tools for professionals (including a new ergonomic fan deck, portable and desktop kits and more), along with the ColorSnap Visualizer online tools. The ColorSnap Design Pro Suite creates a powerful color selection system that can differentiate a design practice. It will be available in early 2016.

ColorSnap starts rolling out this month and will be available in all 4,000 Sherwin-Williams stores across the U.S. and Canada by the end of January 2016. To learn more about the Colorsnap System, visit your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store or www.colorsnap.com.

Pottery Barn Debuts First-ever Product Collaboration With San Francisco Designer And Event Planner Ken Fulk

Exclusive Capsule Collection for Pottery Barn Available In Stores and PotteryBarn.com

Pottery Barn, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, today unveils an exclusive product collaboration with celebrated designer and lifestyle curator, Ken Fulk. The collection features more than 60 pieces for living room, bedroom and bar, including furniture, tabletop and barware, rugs, lighting, wall art and decorative accessories. From the Quilted Leather Sectional crafted in quilted full-grain Italian leather and Crocodile Coffee Table made of cast bronze with crocodile-skin texture, to the playful barware and retro gold-rim glassware illustrated with a charming sketch of Fulk’s beloved golden retriever, the entire Ken Fulk for Pottery Barn collection showcases Fulk’s charm, personality and attention to every design detail and is available at Pottery Barn stores and online at potterybarn.com, with prices ranging from $6-$10,000.

Pottery Barn Debuts First-Ever Collaboration With Ken Fulk (PRNewsFoto/Pottery Barn)

Pottery Barn Debuts First-Ever Collaboration With Ken Fulk (PRNewsFoto/Pottery Barn)

The San Francisco-based interior designer and event planner is renowned for the elegance and whimsy of the environments and experiences he curates, the luxurious details inherent to all he touches, for his layered interiors and over-the-top parties; and he brings that same aesthetic to Pottery Barn, resulting in a collection that is modern yet classic with a dash of humor and personality. San Francisco-based Fulk has spent 20 years developing a business out of making the impossible a reality and has become the curator of his clients’ lifestyle, not only designing their homes down to the custom stationery, but also their wardrobes, weddings, dinner parties and family vacations. In addition to his residential work, Fulk takes a multi-disciplinary approach for hospitality projects including the highly esteemed social club The Battery SF, the overhaul of San Francisco’s historic Mark Hopkins hotel, restaurants with New York’s acclaimed Major Food Group, and his latest new concept on urban living, The Hi-Side NYC, in Manhattan. Featured in such publications as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor and The Wall Street Journal, the Virginia-born Fulk is happiest watching his three Golden Retrievers bound around the pool at his ranch in Napa Valley–the setting that inspired much of his collaboration with Pottery Barn.

Fulk created the Applause light box after searching for a vintage sign of his own. (image courtesy of www.architecturaldigest.com)

Fulk created the Applause light box after searching for a vintage sign of his own. (image courtesy of http://www.architecturaldigest.com)

Fulk references his favorite 1960s Italian design with the Admiral Bar Cart.

Fulk references his favorite 1960s Italian design with the Admiral Bar Cart. (image courtesy of http://www.architecturaldigest.com)

Pottery Barn was a very natural fit for me as I’ve long admired their iconic American style,” said Fulk. “For our collection, I turned to my own life and the things I love for inspiration: travel, entertaining, my dogs, the daily rituals and the special moments. This is a very personal collection, and is essentially an extension of who I am.

The Signature canopy bed is modeled after Fulk’s custom bed in his San Francisco loft.

The Signature canopy bed is modeled after Fulk’s custom bed in his San Francisco loft. (image courtesy of http://www.architecturaldigest.com)

Signature pieces and Fulk favorites include the afore-mentioned Quilted Leather Sectional, Retriever Ice Bucket and Bar Tools, Graphic Applause Sign, Brass Bar Cart and Giraffe Bust, among others. In addition to unique designs, Fulk also shares his tips for how to host a magical event with style on PotteryBarn.com.

Inspired by vintage vaulting horses, the Pommel seating collection is covered with smooth, patinaed leather.

Inspired by vintage vaulting horses, the Pommel seating collection is covered with smooth, patinaed leather. (image courtesy of http://www.architecturaldigest.com)

The Dylan quilted leather armless sectional is crafted from full-grain Italian leather.

The Dylan quilted leather armless sectional is crafted from full-grain Italian leather. (image courtesy of http://www.architecturaldigest.com)

The Keyhole Collection consists of mixed-wood-grain pieces reminiscent of items Fulk grew up with in Virginia.

The Keyhole Collection consists of mixed-wood-grain pieces reminiscent of items Fulk grew up with in Virginia. (image courtesy of http://www.architecturaldigest.com)

We are thrilled to partner with Ken Fulk on the first collaboration of its kind for Pottery Barn,” said Sandra Stangl, President, Pottery Barn Brands.We love the wit, whimsy and effortless elegance he brings to everything he does, and his collection for Pottery Barn embodies his fearless approach to design. We can’t wait to share this exciting new collection with our customers and bring a bit of Ken’s magic touch to our customer’s homes.”hateful_eight_ver3

Pottery Barn is a premier specialty retailer for casual, comfortable and stylish home furnishings. Key product categories include furniture, bedding, bath, rugs, window treatments, tabletop, lighting and decorative accessories. Nearly all Pottery Barn products are designed in house and are exclusive to its catalogs, stores and website. Pottery Barn currently has 198 retail stores in the United States, Canada and Australia and unaffiliated franchisees that operate stores in the Middle East and the Philippines, as well as an e-commerce site at www.potterybarn.com.

HGTV’S Hot New Renovation Competition Series ‘Beach Flip’ Debuts July 5

Teams Lucy Farmer & Daphney Masey, Melissa Llewellyn & Mahdi Alston, Nick Karakaian & Sarah Roussos-Karakaian, Martha Montross & Alex Borre; Hosts David Bromstad, Nicole Curtis, Josh Temple (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Teams Lucy Farmer & Daphney Masey, Melissa Llewellyn & Mahdi Alston, Nick Karakaian & Sarah Roussos-Karakaian, Martha Montross & Alex Borre; Hosts David Bromstad, Nicole Curtis, Josh Temple (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Outdated beachfront properties are transformed into hot commodities in HGTV’s newest renovation competition series, Beach Flip. Premiering on Sunday, July 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, HGTV and DIY Network stars Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict), Josh Temple (House Crashers) and David Bromstad (My Lottery Dream Home) act as hosts, judges and mentors to four rival teams as they compete to renovate rundown waterfront bungalows with outdated décor, loud wall colors and awkward layouts into spectacular properties in just eight weeks. The team with the highest increase in property value as determined by the region’s top appraisers wins the $50,000 grand prize and a spread in HGTV Magazine.
Beach Flip offers fans teams to root for, home improvement tips from our star experts Nicole Curtis, Josh Temple and David Bromstad, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a competition with an ocean view,” said Allison Page, general manager, HGTV and DIY Network.”

David Bromstad (left), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip.  (Image courtesy of HGTV)

David Bromstad (left), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip. (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Josh Temple (right), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip

Josh Temple (right), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip. (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Nicole Curtis (far right), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip

Nicole Curtis (far right), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip. (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Armed with a $40,000 budget, the teams must manage their time and money to renovate their assigned two bedroom/two bathroom property from top to bottom. In addition, the teams vie to win additional funds by competing in weekly challenges, including a full kitchen reno, a complete living room redesign, a guest room makeover based on chosen inspirational pieces and the addition of a multifunctional office/den space.

In the season premiere, the contestants’ must renovate and redesign the master bedrooms. At the end of the challenge, mentor David Bromstad evaluates the overall look of the space, quality of the renovation and total value added through smart design decisions.

The talented teams in HGTV’s Beach Flip include: long-time sweethearts from Chicago, wealth management expert Martha Montross and experienced builder Alex Borre; long-distance couple, Melissa Llewellyn from Los Angeles and Mahdi Alston from Philadelphia, who are in the process of flipping their first house; married duo Sarah Roussos-Karakaian, the professional organizer, and Nick Karakaian, a handyman with a background in architecture, from Astoria, N.Y.; and longtime best friends Lucy Farmer, a designer, and Daphney Massey, a real estate agent, from Birmingham, Ala.

Each team has great ideas for how they want their spaces to look,” said Bromstad. “Time management is really going to determine the winner of these weekly challenges and that extra money for the renovation budget is a huge advantage.”

Fans also can learn more about the teams by visiting hgtv.com/beachflip, as well as watch contestant interviews and behind-the-scenes outtakes with David Bromstad. In addition, online visitors can participate in weekly fan polls and even live tweet during the series premiere using #HGTVBeachFlip.

National Geographic Studios Presents ‘ROBOTS 3D’ Narrated by Simon Pegg as ‘RoboThespian’

New Giant Screen Film Looks at World’s Most Awe-Inspiring Humanoid Robots

There are millions of astonishing robots in existence — and innovators at the forefront of the robot revolution are taking robotics to the next level with the new generation of these awe-inspiring machines: humanoid robots that can work like us, play like us, learn and even look like us. This summer, a new giant screen film experience from National Geographic Studios will give audiences an inside look at how hard it is to mimic what we humans can do as well as what it means to be a humanoid. ROBOTS 3D (a 40-minute large-format film that explores the latest in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, humanoid cognition and human-robot interaction as well as exciting developments in cloud robotics) premieres in giant screen, IMAX® and digital 3D cinemas around the United States and worldwide beginning June 5, 2015.

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ROBOTS 3D gives audiences a fascinating and exciting look at what makes us human, how far machines must go to look and act like us and how humanoids are already changing our world. Addressing technological and philosophical questions with clarity and humor, the film provides a glimpse into a future in which man and machine forge an increasingly sophisticated relationship.

In ROBOTS 3D, host and narrator RoboThespian — an android voiced by actor, comedian and filmmaker Simon Pegg (“Star Trek”; “Shaun of the Dead”) — takes audiences on a lively tour of the world to meet a dozen of the most remarkable robots in Europe, Japan and the United States. From Robonaut, the first space robot handyman, to robot butlers and home-helper humanoids to eerily human-looking androids to search-and-rescue robots, the film showcases the latest cutting-edge efforts — as well as the challenges — driving roboticists, engineers and scientists around the globe to new breakthroughs.

With RoboThespian as a guide, the film highlights the featured aptitudes of each robot. Among the humanoids that ROBOTS 3D introduces to audiences are:

  • “HRP-2”: Designed to study locomotion, this bipedal bot can crawl and walk.
  • “ASIMO”: Honda’s famed humanoid can jump and run up to 5 mph.
  • “ATLAS”: This 6-foot, 330-pound, search-and-rescue robot navigates rough terrain.
  • “COMAN”: Just try to knock down this small headless wonder with the flexible joints.
  • “HERB THE BUTLER”: Thanks to this helper, we may never have to clear the table or do dishes again.
  • “ROBONAUT”: NASA’s space handyman helps astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
  • “CHIMP”: This humanoid “sees” by using laser light and sending out pulses that bounce back, like a bat uses echolocation.
  • “JUSTIN”: You will definitely want this robot on your team. It has a 90 percent accuracy rate for catching balls.
  • “iCUB”: This adorable robot is designed to look like a child and to learn like one.
  • “PR-2”: This robot could tie shoes and fold laundry because of its ability to recognize shapes and manipulate soft and flexible materials.
  • ANDROIDS: The human face has over 40 muscles to express emotions like fear, anger, surprise, happiness — and these androids seem capable of these emotions, too.
  • “NAO”: This small humanoid used for education is a huge favorite with kids everywhere.

Directed by Mike Slee (“Flight of the Butterflies”; “Bugs!”) and produced by Jini Dürr (“Mysteries of the Unseen World”; “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure”), ROBOTS 3D provides rare access to labs where researchers are putting robots through their paces, striving to replicate human capabilities such as mobility, locomotion and dexterity, using sensory data and visual perception. Getting a machine to move or think like a human, or to sense, plan and act, is no easy feat. Given the complexities and capabilities of the human brain, hands, feet and face alone — not to mention the number of muscles and joints — robot researchers have their work cut out for them in developing humanoids that won’t just achieve human potential, but could one day surpass it.

This film will really open people’s eyes and make them think about how amazing these machines are, how amazing human beings are and how complicated it is to make a machine that can do what we do,” said Slee.

ROBOTS 3D not only gives remarkable insight into what is currently going on in
robotics labs around the world and the extraordinary leaps that have been made in the field, but also highlights the complexities of human ability,” added Dürr.

ROBOTS 3D will captivate on every level,” said Brooke Runnette, president of National Geographic Studios. “Dazzling visuals and a tremendously entertaining story filled with real scientific adventure and technological innovation are all wrapped up in the eye-popping giant screen package.”

ROBOTS 3D also travels to the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the intense two-day competition to test how robots might deal with disasters, staged by the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as a response to Japan’s 2011 Fukushima earthquake. The competition tested rival all-purpose rescue robots’ abilities to perform tasks such as driving, walking on rough terrain, clearing debris, opening doors, using a power tool and turning a safety valve, all during catastrophic conditions.

An original production from Day’s End Pictures for National Geographic Studios, ROBOTS 3D was produced in partnership with Lockheed Martin. Symantec is an educational outreach partner, while the National 4-H Council and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers are promotional partners for the film. Executive producers are Brooke Runnette and Lisa Truitt. Sean MacLeod Phillips is director of photography.

The National Geographic Studios is the video and film production division of the National Geographic Society, a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. From television series and specials to giant screen, from mobile video to digital news and educational content, National Geographic Studios’ productions embody the Society’s long-standing reputation for stunning visuals and captivating storytelling and has received nearly 150 Emmy Awards and almost 1,000 other industry accolades, including recognition from the Peabody Awards, DuPont Columbia Awards, multiple film and museum industry awards and the highest honors from natural history film festivals. National Geographic Studios also produces and distributes giant screen and digital 3D films for the museum cinema industry.

For more information on ROBOTS 3D, including theater listings, links to the trailer and behind-the-scenes videos, visit robotsfilm.com or movies.nationalgeographic.com.

MARY HEILMANN: SUNSET AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Installation view of Mary Heilmann: Sunset (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May 1, 2015–). Photograph by Marco Anelli © 2015

Installation view of Mary Heilmann: Sunset (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May 1, 2015–). Photograph by Marco Anelli © 2015

To coincide with the opening of its new downtown home in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on May 1, The Whitney Museum of American Art has commissioned Mary Heilmann to create a site-specific installation for its largest outdoor gallery, located on the building’s Fifth Floor. Mary Heilmann: Sunset comprises of three components: a pair of shocking pink geometric forms climbing the museum’s north facade, a group of forty sculptural chairs to be used by visitors, and a video Heilmann shot around the Museum’s neighborhood in 1982. The inauguration of the Fifth Floor Outdoor Gallery is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

Miss Heilmann became known in the 1970s for vibrant paintings that married taut abstract forms with quivering line and vivid color. For more than thirty years, she has intermittently explored a stair-step motif brushed within rectangular fields or expressed through irregularly shaped canvases, which happen to rhyme with the dramatic setbacks and grid lines of the Whitney’s new building. This serendipitous connection inspired Heilmann to enlarge a detail of one such painting and print it on two large panels that playfully turn the building itself into her canvas and tweak its sharp geometries. Extending more than fifty feet up the facade, the panels are visible from the High Line, the streets to the north, and the West Side Highway.

Heilmann’s intervention extends to a group of sculptural chairs scattered on the terrace like a shower of confetti. Adapted from furniture she has displayed in homes and exhibitions, the chairs serve as elements in her larger composition and provide visitors with a space to lounge and chat with each other while taking in the majestic views of the Hudson River to the west and the Manhattan skyline. Looking down from the Museum’s higher terraces, the installation will resemble a a playful abstract composition on the paved floor below. “Museums are places to hang out,” Heilmann says, as are New York rooftops.

The final component of the installation is a large outdoor monitor that will screen the debut of Heilmann’s Swan Song. In 1977, Heilmann moved to Manhattan’s west side waterfront and documented the neighborhood the Whitney now calls home in her video Swan Song, made with Kembra Pfahler in 1982. Debuted here, this ode to a vanishing city provides glimpses of the light over the Hudson River, the destruction of the former West Side Highway, and the warehouses that dotted this ever-changing area and serves as a counterpoint to teh festive atmosphere created by the chairs; as well as offering a glimpse back in time of teh neighborhood the Whitney now calls its home.

Mary Heilmann: Sunset is organized by Scott Rothkopf, Nancy and Steve Crown Family Curator and Associate Director of Programs. The installation is Outside the Box programming which is supported by a generous endowment from The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA TO ATTEND WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART DEDICATION CEREMONY

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama will be the special guest (and speaker) at the Dedication Ceremony and Official Ribbon-Cutting for the new downtown New York City home of the Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014) on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 11 am. The Whitney’s new building returns the Museum to downtown Manhattan where it was founded in 1930 by artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The 220,000-square-foot building in the Meatpacking District doubles the Museum’s exhibition space, enabling the Whitney to present its innovative exhibitions and programs in the context of the world’s foremost collection of twentieth-century and contemporary American art. The building opens to the public on Friday, May 1, 2015.

A view of the building from the High Line, November 2014. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

A view of the building from the High Line, November 2014. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

A view of the High Line and the building’s eastern face, December 2014. Photograph by Ed Lederman

A view of the High Line and the building’s eastern face, December 2014. Photograph by Ed Lederman

The new building viewed from across the Hudson River, October 2014. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

The new building viewed from across the Hudson River, October 2014. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

Other distinguished guests and speakers will include Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York; Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art; Renzo Piano, architect; Chairman and Founding Partner, Renzo Piano Building WorkshopRobert J. Hurst, Co-Chairman, Whitney Board of Trustees; Brooke Garber Neidich, Co-Chairman, Whitney Board of Trustees; Neil G. Bluhm, President, Whitney Board of Trustees and Flora Miller Biddle, Honorary Chairman, Whitney Board of Trustees, and granddaughter of Museum founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Other participants will include Matana Roberts, composer and alto saxophonist, performing a commissioned musical work, Incantation, The Wooster Group, renowned experimental theater company, performing the ribbon-cutting, and teens from the Whitney’s Youth Insights Program. Admittance to the ceremony is by invitation only but a live webcast will be available to the public at whitney.org/Dedication.

The Meatpacking District is a twenty-square-block neighborhood on the far West Side of Manhattan. Surrounding the meatpacking plants just north of Gansevoort Street are some of New York’s most notable restaurants, bars, fashion boutiques, clubs, and hotels. The neighborhood is bordered to the north and east by Chelsea, renowned for its art galleries, cultural organizations, and educational institutions. To the south is the West Village and its nineteenth-century townhouses, charming streets, and unique shops. To the west is the Hudson River. (Photography by Timothy Schenck)

The Meatpacking District is a twenty-square-block neighborhood on the far West Side of Manhattan. Surrounding the meatpacking plants just north of Gansevoort Street are some of New York’s most notable restaurants, bars, fashion boutiques, clubs, and hotels. The neighborhood is bordered to the north and east by Chelsea, renowned for its art galleries, cultural organizations, and educational institutions. To the south is the West Village and its nineteenth-century townhouses, charming streets, and unique shops. To the west is the Hudson River. (Photography by Timothy Schenck)

Situated between the High Line and the Hudson River in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, the new building will vastly increase the Whitney’s exhibition and programming space, offering the most expansive display ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art.

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Ed Lederman

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Ed Lederman

The High Line is New York City’s newest and most unique public park. Located thirty feet above street level on a 1930s freight railway, the High Line runs from Gansevoort Street  in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street in Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings.

The High Line is New York City’s newest and most unique public park. Located thirty feet above street level on a 1930s freight railway, the High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street in Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings.

The fifth floor gallery’s east-facing window, seen from below, October 2014. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

The fifth floor gallery’s east-facing window, seen from below, October 2014. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

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The new building in the evening, October 2014. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

The new building in the evening, October 2014. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

Workers constructing the exterior stairs, December 2014. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

Workers constructing the exterior stairs, December 2014. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

Upclose exterior view of the (new) Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District.  Photograph by Ed Lederman

Upclose exterior view of the (new) Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District. Photograph by Ed Lederman

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph © Nic Lehoux

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph © Nic Lehoux

Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the new building will include approximately 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space and terraces facing the High Line. An expansive gallery for special exhibitions will be approximately 18,000 square feet in area, making it the largest column-free museum gallery in New York City. Additional exhibition space includes a lobby gallery (accessible free of charge), two floors for the permanent collection, and a special exhibitions gallery on the top floor.

According to Mr. Piano, “The design for the new museum emerges equally from a close study of the Whitney’s needs and from a response to this remarkable site. We wanted to draw on its vitality and at the same time enhance its rich character. The first big gesture, then, is the cantilevered entrance, which transforms the area outside the building into a large, sheltered public space. At this gathering place beneath the High Line, visitors will see through the building entrance and the large windows on the west side to the Hudson River beyond. Here, all at once, you have the water, the park, the powerful industrial structures and the exciting mix of people, brought together and focused by this new building and the experience of art.”

The dramatically cantilevered entrance along Gansevoort Street will shelter an 8,500-square-foot outdoor plaza or “largo,” a public gathering space steps away from the southern entrance to the High Line. The building also will include an education center offering state-of-the-art classrooms; a multi-use black box theater for film, video, and performance with an adjacent outdoor gallery; a 170-seat theater with stunning views of the Hudson River; and a Works on Paper Study Center, Conservation Lab, and Library Reading Room. The classrooms, theater, and study center are all firsts for the Whitney.

A retail shop on the ground-floor level will contribute to the busy street life of the area. A ground-floor restaurant and top-floor cafe will be conceived and operated by renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group, which operated +Untitled+, the restaurant in the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building on the Upper East Side, until programming there concluded on October 19.

Mr. Piano’s design takes a strong and strikingly asymmetrical form—one that responds to the industrial character of the neighboring loft buildings and overhead railway while asserting a contemporary, sculptural presence. The upper stories of the building overlook the Hudson River on its west, and step back gracefully from the elevated High Line Park to its east.

The campaign for the new Whitney goes far beyond the creation of a new museum facility that will showcase and safeguard the Museum’s irreplaceable collection. It is an investment in future generations of artists and the growing audiences who will engage with their work.  Continue reading

THE WHITNEY ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL YEAR EXHIBITIONS FOR ITS NEW DOWNTOWN HOME

When The Whitney Museum of American Art‘s new Renzo Piano-designed home on Gansevoort Street (99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014 (212) 570-3600) opens its doors on May 1, 2015, the inaugural installation will be the largest display to date of the Whitney’s permanent collection. The inaugural exhibition, America is Hard to See, presents a distinctly Whitney narrative drawn entirely from the Museum’s unparalleled permanent collection of 20th- and 21st-century American art. This ambitious display will offer new perspectives on art in the United States since 1900, following the Whitney’s in-depth analysis of its collection of more than 20,000 works, an initiative that has been underway since 2012. The opening presentation will fill over 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, utilizing all galleries in the building, and it will celebrate the Whitney’s extraordinary new home and the richness of American art. The sweep of the collection is echoed in the building’s magnificent multiple perspectives: the new Whitney looks south toward the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, east into the city, and west across the Hudson toward the expanse of the country.

 

The Whitney Museum of American Art. View from the Hudson River, October 2014. Photograph by Tim Schenck.

The Whitney Museum of American Art. View from the Hudson River, October 2014. Photograph by Tim Schenck.

Following this distinctly Whitney narrative will be an array of exhibitions devoted to the work of Archibald Motley, Frank Stella, Laura Poitras, and David Wojnarowicz, as well as a show of hundreds of works gifted to the Whitney and the Centre Pompidou in Paris by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner.

The Whitney has been steadily building a remarkable world-class collection of American art since our founding by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1930, much of which has remained largely unseen,” said Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director. “This transformative moment—the opening of our beautiful new home downtown—calls for a fresh look at ourselves and is the perfect occasion for us to celebrate our collection, the essence of who we are.

Led by Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs, a team of Whitney curators, including Carter Foster, Dana Miller, and Scott Rothkopf, has conducted an unprecedented study of the collection in consultation and debate with other members of the curatorial department as well as artists, curators, and scholars from a variety of fields. Throughout this process, the team has rediscovered forgotten works and figures that will be shown alongside the Museum’s iconic treasures in order to provide a challenging and revealing take on more than a century of art in the United States. This narrative will be propelled by a dynamic sense of invention and even conflict, as artists struggled to work within and against established conventions and often directly engaged their political and social contexts. Works of art across all mediums will be displayed together, acknowledging the important ways in which modern and contemporary artists have engaged various modes of production and broken the boundaries among them.

Miss De Salvo noted, “The new building is a game changer for the Whitney and, we hope, New York’s cultural landscape. Our program—a mix of exhibitions, screenings, performances, and permanent collection presentations—will demonstrate that while the Whitney remains committed to embracing the art of the present, it can now do so against the backdrop of over a hundred years of history. Our aim is to present history and artistic production as an open, rather than closed chapter.”

 

On the occasion of the opening of the new building, the Museum will publish an expanded handbook of the collection, its first since 2002, featuring 350 artists. A companion volume will explore the Whitney’s core philosophy through essays discussing the Museum’s history and the ongoing reinvention of its display strategies and changing definitions of American art in a global context. Following is a list of selected exhibitions that will be presented during the Museum’s first year downtown.

ARCHIBALD MOTLEY: JAZZ AGE MODERNIST
OCT 2, 2015–JAN 17, 2016

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Archibald Motley (1891—1981) was one of the most important figures associated with the Harlem Renaissance and is best known as both a master colorist and a radical interpreter of urban culture. Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is the first full-scale survey of his paintings in two decades. The exhibition will offer an unprecedented opportunity to carefully examine Motley’s dynamic depictions of modern life in his home town, Chicago, as well as in Jazz Age Paris and Mexico. Specifically, it will highlight his unique use of both expressionism and social realism and will resituate this underexposed artist within a broader, art historical context. The exhibition will be presented in the sky-lit eighth floor galleries of the new Whitney during its inaugural year.

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is organized by the Nasher Museum at Duke University and curated by Professor Richard J. Powell. The installation at the Whitney Museum will be overseen by Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing.

FRANK STELLA  – OCT 30, 2015–FEB 7, 2016

Frank Stella, Gran Cairo, 1962. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 85 1/2 × 85 1/2 in. (217.2 × 217.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art  63.34. © 2010 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Frank Stella, Gran Cairo, 1962. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 85 1/2 × 85 1/2 in. (217.2 × 217.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art 63.34. © 2010 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Museum will present a career retrospective of Frank Stella (b. 1936), one of the most important living American artists. This survey will be the most comprehensive presentation of Stella’s career to date, showcasing his prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present through approximately 120 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings. Co-organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Whitney, this exhibition will feature Stella’s best-known works alongside rarely seen examples drawn from collections around the world. Accompanied by a scholarly publication, the exhibition will fill the Whitney’s entire fifth floor, an 18,000-square-foot gallery that is the Museum’s largest space for temporary exhibitions.

This exhibition is curated by Michael Auping, Chief Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, with the involvement of Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art. Continue reading

One World Observatory Announces Friday, May 29 Opening Date

Tickets Available for Purchase Beginning on Wednesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. EDT

Observatory at Top of One World Trade Center Will Provide Unparalleled Panoramic Views of New York City and Three Floors Filled with Innovation and Inspiration

One World Observatory has announced that its official public opening date will be Friday, May 29, 2015. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow,Wednesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. EDT at www.OneWorldObservatory.com or by calling 844-696-1776.  One World Observatory is located at One World Trade Center, New York, New York 10007. The entrance to the Observatory is located on the West Plaza located alongside West Street at the Northwest corner of the World Trade Center site near the intersection of West and Vesey Streets. The Observatory is open year round. Starting May 29th until September 7th operating hours will be 9 a.m. until midnight seven days a week with the last ticket sold at 11:15 p.m. Non-summer operating hours of One World Observatory are from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week with the last ticket sold at 7:15 p.m.  Throughout the course of the year operating hours will be expanded during holiday periods such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

One World Observatory Opening May 29, 2015 (PRNewsFoto/One World Observatory)

One World Observatory Opening May 29, 2015 (PRNewsFoto/One World Observatory)

Positioned on top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere – on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the One World Trade Center building – One World Observatory will provide guests with unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters from above 1,250 feet. A customized guest experience will complement the seemingly endless views – which evoke feelings of the City’s signature pride, hope and determination – and include exhibits and dining options, including a sit-down restaurant.

The experience will invite guests to explore all three levels, each equipped with the latest in innovative technology. Upon entry, guests will be greeted in the Global Welcome Center, where a large video board will feature salutations in an array of languages, and a dynamically generated world map will highlight the hometowns of

One World Observatory Logo: One World Observatory Opening May 29, 2015 (PRNewsFoto/One World Observatory)

One World Observatory Logo: One World Observatory Opening May 29, 2015 (PRNewsFoto/One World Observatory)

visitors. Guests will then proceed to a pre-show program, titled Voices, which tells the personal stories of the men and women who built One World Trade Center, and Foundations, which displays facts about the very bedrock on which the building stands. Visitors will board one of five dedicated elevators, termed Sky Pods, to ascend to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds.  Immersive, floor-to-ceiling LED technology in each cab invites guests to experience a virtual time-lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline from the 1600s to present day.

The Sky Pod elevators, among the fastest in the world, will bring passengers directly to the See Forever™ Theater on the 102nd floor. The See Forever™ Theater will present a two-minute video presentation that combines bird’s eye imagery, time-lapse shots with abstract textures and patterns to present the unique rhythm and pulse of New York City to dramatic life in three dimensions.

The Main Observatory space on the 100th floor will include an interactive skyline “concierge” – City Pulse – that allows guests to deeply connect with the landmarks and neighborhoods they observe from above. At City Pulse, global ambassadors will be stationed under a ring of HD video monitors and outfitted in gesture recognition technology, summoning imagery to the screens and providing guests with close-up views and personalized recommendations.

The Main Observatory also features the Sky Portal where guests are invited to step onto a 14-foot wide circular disc that will deliver an unforgettable view, using real-time, high-definition footage of the streets below.

One World Observatory will also offer three distinct dining options on the 101st floor available to guests with Observatory tickets, including access to selective eateries from casual cafe fare to seated fine-dining. Catering will be available on the 102nd floor, which will operate as a 9,300 square foot special event space with a maximum capacity of 300. The premier space will include floor-to-ceiling, uninterrupted views, high-end decor and an exclusive, customizable experience with a state-of-the-art sound system and HD projection capabilities. A start-to-finish visual representation of the guest experience is depicted in the latest video, available for viewing at https://oneworldobservatory.com/groups/#groups-take-tour.

In the days leading up to the official public opening, One World Observatory will say a special thank you to New York City by hosting multiple free preview days. On Tuesday, May 26, One World Observatory will invite local school students to see the observatory, and on Wednesday, May 27, the workers that helped build One World Trade Center will be invited.  On Thursday, May 28, One World Observatory will host an open house for the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. The exact details surrounding each event will be announced at a later date.

On May 29, One World Observatory will officially open its doors to the public – offering visitors an inspiring and unparalleled opportunity to experience New York City,” said David Checketts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Legends, operator of the Observatory. “From sweeping panoramic views, to innovative interactive exhibits, to world-class dining options, we expect One World Observatory to be the premier destination and attraction in New York City for both tourists and local residents.

As previously announced, One World Observatory will offer complimentary admission to 9/11 family members and the rescue and recovery workers who responded on 9/11 and in the months after. Admissions will be administered by the 9/11 Tribute Center, a project of the September 11th Families’ Association that brings together those who want to learn about 9/11 with those who experienced it.  Visit tributewtc.org/observatory for more information.

Special discounts will also be offered to active and retired members of the U.S. military, with full details to be released at a later date. Special group rates, for 20 or more, may also be available to travel professionals, corporate groups, organizations, schools and camps. (Submit your inquiry online at www.OneWorldObservatory.com/groups.) The Observatory experience will also offer a variety of Priority and Flex ticket options, available for an additional charge. For more information on tickets, please visit www.OneWorldObservatory.com. Tickets will be on sale for all dates through January 3, 2016. Tickets for days after January 3, 2016, will become available at a later date.

Bellagio Las Vegas Celebrates Japanese Culture with Vibrant Spring Conservatory Display and Art Installation by Renowned Sculptor Masatoshi Izumi

A burly turtle made of thousands of fresh-cut flowers rests next to an 18-foot-tall cherry blossom tree, gracefully adorned with 300 acrylic blossoms and leaves.

A burly turtle made of thousands of fresh-cut flowers rests next to an 18-foot-tall cherry blossom tree, gracefully adorned with 300 acrylic blossoms and leaves.

The Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests  and other visitors to Las Vegas to take a peaceful journey through the Japan’’s rich culture with its first Japanese-inspired display (a collaboration between Bellagio’s expert horticulture team and MGM Resorts International Event Productions with consultation from Master Gardener Kanji Nomura from Nagoya). Pairing the soothing aesthetics of Japan’s traditional gardens with Bellagio’s striking grandeur; the new display boasts a vibrant collection of more than 82,000 flowers and larger-than-life floral creations. Among the thousands of flowers, including fresh tulips, daffodils and snapdragons, guests will discover traditional bonsai trees nestled among recreations of some of Japan’s most iconic landmarks. Adding to the charming atmosphere, live musicians perform Japanese melodies on a floating platform. On view through May 11, the Japanese Garden will culminate with Golden Week, a national celebration in Japan recognizing several significant holidays including Constitution Day, Children’s Day and Greenery Day. Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open daily, 24 hours a day.

The West Garden is a sacred scene featuring a 26-foot-tall Japanese temple inspired by Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple. Resting on the shore of peaceful waters, the regal temple is elaborately arrayed in gold veneer featuring wood frames with traditional rice paper Shoji screens.

A 26-foot-tall Japanese temple inspired by Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple is elaborately arrayed in gold veneer featuring wood frames with traditional rice paper Shoji screens.

A 26-foot-tall Japanese temple inspired by Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple is elaborately arrayed in gold veneer featuring wood frames with traditional rice paper Shoji screens.

Nestled among raked, golden sand, a traditional Japanese-inspired tea house celebrates Japan’s ancient tradition of drinking tea.

Nestled among raked, golden sand, a traditional Japanese-inspired tea house celebrates Japan’s ancient tradition of drinking tea.

The Japanese-inspired garden boasts a vibrant collection of more than 82,000 flowers, including 12 types of tulips.

The Japanese-inspired garden boasts a vibrant collection of more than 82,000 flowers, including 12 types of tulips.

In the East Garden, guests are greeted by a towering, 18-foot-tall cherry blossom tree, gracefully adorned with 300 acrylic blossoms and leaves. At the foot of the tree, 75 live Koi fish enjoy the refreshing waters of a tranquil pond, while a cascading tsukubai waterfall flows from16 feet above. Two ornate floral topiaries showcase a combined 15,000 fresh-cut flowers: one, a majestic crane standing six feet tall and the other, a burly turtle stretching seven feet in length. These botanical animals enjoy shade offered by a colorful parade of 35 hand-painted parasols, each exquisitely decorated and suspended in midair.

Nestled among raked, golden sand in the South Garden, a traditional Japanese-inspired tea house invites guests to take in the splendor of the exhibit. Custom built using bamboo pieces, natural logs and mineral copper accents, the 12-foot-tall structure celebrates Japan’s ancient tradition of drinking tea.

In the North Bed, just steps from the tea house, is a hanging garden of Wisteria and Bougainvillea vines. Abstract stone art rests below, each representing different Japanese cultural icons such as Mount Fuji, the crane and turtle. Stone lanterns are placed within this serene setting, illuminating the garden and contributing to its reflective ambiance.

Springtime in Japan is truly breathtaking and we are excited to share this extraordinary cultural experience with our guests from around the world,” said Randy Morton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bellagio. “After traveling more than 5,000 miles to study gardens in Tokyo and Kyoto, our horticulture and design teams created a dynamic interpretation of Japan’s enchanting spring season, featuring many of the culture’s most recognizable elements.

Renowned Japanese stone sculptor Masatoshi Izumi stands with his A Gift From the Earth installation now featured at Bellagio.

Renowned Japanese stone sculptor Masatoshi Izumi stands with his A Gift From the Earth installation now featured at Bellagio.

Masatoshi Izumi’s A Gift From the Earth is comprised of four distinct stone sculptures – Wind, Fire, Water and Land – each representing one of Earth’s four elements.

Masatoshi Izumi’s A Gift From the Earth is comprised of four distinct stone sculptures – Wind, Fire, Water and Land – each representing one of Earth’s four elements.

Continuing the celebration of Japanese culture, the Bellagio has also unveils a striking new art installation handcrafted by renowned Japanese sculptor Masatoshi Izumi just outside of the hotel’s main entrance. The installation, A Gift From the Earth, is comprised of four distinct stone sculptures, Wind, Fire, Water and Land, each representing one of Earth’s four elements. Meticulously hand carved from basalt over the course of 18 months, each sculpture weighs between 17,000 and 27,000 pounds. Basalt, a form of lava that has cooled on the volcano’s surface, is frequently found in Japanese art as it represents the origins of the island nation.

Izumi was born into a family of stone carvers in Japan and began working on his own craft in 1953. His work celebrates harmony with nature by taking existing forms and altering them slightly to reveal an even more beautiful state. Izumi’s work has been showcased around the world in Japan, Taiwan, San Francisco and Chicago, in addition to Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas where “CACTUS Life – living with Earth” has been part of the iconic CityCenter Fine Art Collection since the hotel’s opening in 2009.

Art and culture are integral to the Bellagio experience, with original works throughout the resort, in addition to rotating exhibits at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art,” said Tarissa Tiberti, executive director of MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection. “The Izumi installation is a tremendous addition to this experience and is a beautiful representation of the authentic art forms within the Japanese culture.”

Pantone Color Institute Announces 2016 Color Trends for Home Furnishings and Interior Design

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 highlights nine directional color palettes with innovative themes and forward-thinking style

At the  International Home & Housewares Show 2015,  The Pantone Color Institute®, the global authority for color forecasting and custom color development, unveiled PANTONE® VIEW home + interiors 2016 – Innovation and Impact, a multi-faceted trend forecast highlighting color trends for the home and interiors marketplace in 2016. Containing nine key trend palettes, plus individual color and material direction, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors provides home furnishings and interior designers with the color information they need to make those critical color decisions.

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 contains visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies, individual tear-out palette cards for each of the nine forecasted palettes, swatches of the 77 forecasted colors, and product imagery for use in presentations and storyboards. Highlighting additional insight and direction, a summary page provides a comprehensive color overview and a look at other factors influencing the world of home furnishings and interior environments. To enable digital design, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 also includes PANTONE COLOR MANANGER for direct download of all PANTONE Color Libraries into design software.

The nine palettes for 2016 are: Natural Forms, Dichotomy, Ephemera, Lineage, Soft Focus, Bijoux, Merriment, Footloose and Mixed Bag.

  • Unambiguous colors, including shades that are plumbed from natural sources such as warm rosy clay and sheepskin beige, give us Natural Forms.
  • Dichotomy reinforces the concept that opposites do and can attract as silver metallic, sunny yellow and bright cobalt blue combine with calmer versions of the hues.
  • Pastel-focused Ephemera blends delicate shades of wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow.
  • Lineage is a palette where shades of navy, black, tan and regimental green co-mingle with touches of brighter colors.
  • Soft Focus reveals subtle and/or muted colors, sometimes being described as “smoky” and always versatile.
  • In the French language, Bijoux means “jewelry” – a fitting title for this palette that gleams with drama and intensity across many jewel tones.
  • Merriment is full of joyful shades including vibrant greens and yellows contrasted with pinks and oranges.
  • Capricious color combinations with vacation-destination blues and blue-greens create Footloose – a palette that supports the idea of throwing off the constricting scheduling of everyday life and simply enjoying the freedom of the outdoors.
  • Mixed Bag is an assortment of eclectic patterns and prints, with exciting and unique colors like pirate black and mandarin red as well as violet and florid orange.

Products in colors from the nine palettes featured in PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 is presently on display through tomorrow in the PANTONE ColorWatch Display located in the Hall of Global Innovation at the International Home and Housewares Show. Colors from PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 will also be highlighted in two presentations at the show given by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

PANTONE VIEW inspiration for interiors 2016 ($350 for One year subscription), PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 ($450 for a One year subscription), PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 color kit ($550 for a One year subscription) and PANTONE VIEW inspiration for interiors 2016/plastic standards ($750) are available immediately at www.pantone.com/viewhome2016.

The 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show Expands to Two Locations; Delivers New Programming, Special Events, and Installations

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The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, the premier U.S. luxury design fair, is set to run from March 19–22, 2015, at New York City’s Piers 92 & 94, 55th Street and Twelfth Avenue. The show is produced by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), a division of Vornado, in partnership with Architectural Digest and co-sponsored by The New York Times.

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

 

The show explores the world of design through inspiring installations, high-caliber programming, exciting special events, and more, (featuring more than 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, carpets, electronics, ceramics, stone + tile, wall covering, lighting, outdoor products, building products and more). The show, open to both the design trade and consumers, has expanded this year, taking over adjacent spaces Pier 92 and Pier 94, together with DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) showstopping DINING BY DESIGN. Popular areas such as Furniture & Furnishings, MADE, the SHOPS, and reFRESH will each feature a notably larger roster of new talent in addition to returning exhibitors like Scavolini, Ligne Roset + LV Wood, Orley Shabahang, PELLE, Asher Israelow, and Calico Wallpaper.

Show highlights include:

• Exhibitions by a diverse range of 400+ brands in the luxury home market— from Fortune 500 companies to artisanal studios.

• More than a dozen new complimentary panels and talks by leading talents in 21st-century design, including a keynote presentation by Architectural Digest Editor in Chief Margaret Russell and the celebrated New York Times Design Series.

• New international exhibitors from the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, and France.

DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren

DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren

 

MADE—a juried show-within-a-show featuring artists and designers with limited-edition, custom, and one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings— welcomes 69 new exhibitors. It will be a showcase of talent from around the country (Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit, Nashville, Providence, Seattle, and more) and around the world. An expanded Los Angeles contingent at MADE will include Eric Trine, Parachute Home, Wolfum, 100xbtr, Brendan Ravenhill, Ria Leigh, Elyse Graham, BROOK&LYN, Mimi Jung, and Lewis Mauk. Additionally, more than 30 businesses exhibiting are women-owned or -run. Continue reading

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Unveils “The Dream”, Video Marking its 15th Anniversary

Burj Al Arab - Exterior

Burj Al Arab – Exterior

As part of its 15th anniversary celebrations, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the world’s most luxurious hotel, has launched The Dream
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMtS1M0MsLc&feature=youtu.be ] – a powerful motion graphics video that takes the viewer on a journey starting from the vision, to the arrival, to the unveiling, to the heart and finally to the promise of more to come. The Dream [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMtS1M0MsLc&feature=youtu.be ] showcases a number of the hotel’s most recognisable locations, including its famed sail, helipad and 180m high atrium – the world’s tallest.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah always strives to find new ways of expressing its uniqueness to its many admirers across the world,” said Ross McAuley, Group Vice President of Brand, Digital and Loyalty at Jumeirah Group. “The hotel has always sought to be bold and innovative. This time the innovation is more artful, using carefully devised double-exposure filming techniques to bring elements of this remarkable icon to life with a dream-like narrative and a mesmerizing sequence of images. Another great example of Jumeirah’s STAY DIFFERENT(TM) promise“.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is owned and managed by Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding. It is designed to resemble a billowing sail and stands at a height of 321 meters. It is one of the most photographed structures in the world and has been consistently voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, with features including in suite check-in and check-out, reception desks on every floor, round-the-clock private butlers and use of the hotel’s Rolls-Royce fleet and private beach. The hotel’s 202 luxury suites range from 170 to 780 square meters with a rain shower and a Jacuzzi in each suite, as well as six restaurants and conference and banqueting venues.

Burj Al Arab - Remarkable Exterior View

Burj Al Arab – Remarkable Exterior View

Already one of the most awarded hotels in the world, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah were the recipient of the following awards in 2014:

  • Virgin Holidays Awards 2014 – Best Platinum Hotel (Al Qasr – Gold Award)
  • Virgin Holidays Awards 2014 – Best Hotel in the Middle East (Jumeirah Zabeel Saray – Silver Award)
  • Travel Weekly’s Hot Hotel Awards 2014 – Favourite Hotel for Spa and Luxury (Jumeirah Zabeel Saray)
  • Travel Weekly’s Hot Hotel Awards 2014 –  Favourite Hotel for Food and Drink (Madinat Jumeirah)
  • That’s Shanghai Awards – Best Foreign Culture Spa (Talise Spa, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel)
  • City Traveler Awards 2014  – Highest Indoor Ceiling in Shanghai (Grand Ballroom at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel)
  • Condé Nast Traveller Middle East – Best Hotel for Business Travel in the Middle East (Jumeirah Emirates Towers)
  • Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards 2014 – Best Hotels in the Middle East & North Africa (Burj Al Arab – ranked no.1; Jumeirah Emirates Towers – ranked no.7 and Jumeirah Beach Hotel – ranked no.8)
  • Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards 2014 – Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World (Burj Al Arab – ranked no. 28)
  • Villégiature Awards 2014 – Best Hotel in the Middle East (Jumeirah at Etihad Towers)
  • Hotels 2014 Social Hotel Award – Best Digital Video Campaign (Burj Al Arab – Red Bull Racing F1 Stunt on Burj Al Arab Helipad)
  • Orbitz 2014 – Best in Stay Elite Award – Dubai (Dar Al Masyaf)
  • Orbitz 2014 – Best in Stay Elite Award – Rome (Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto)
  • Business Traveller UK Awards – Best Business Hotel Chain in Middle East (Jumeirah Group)
  • Business Traveller UK Awards – Best Business Hotel in Middle East (Jumeirah Emirates Towers)
  • Green Globe Organisation – Sustainability Leader Award (Jumeirah Group)
  • Business Traveller Awards Asia Pacific 2014 – Best Business Hotel Brand (Jumeirah Group)
  • Spanish Institute for the Tourism Sustainability (ISTUR) & Spanish Ministry of Industry and Tourism – Golden Sustainability Certificate (Jumeirah Port Soller)
  • Green Globe Certification 2014 – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray; Jumeirah at Etihad Towers; Burj Al Arab Jumeirah; Jumeirah Beach Hotel; Jumeirah Emirates Towers; Jumeirah World Trade Centre Residences
  • Skift 2014 – Best Social Media Presence by an Individual Hotel, Property or Resort (Burj Al Arab)
  • TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence Award 2014 (Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel)
  • TripAdvisor – Best Waterparks in the World (Wild Wadi – 6th place)
  • Expedia Insiders’ Select 2014 List – Most Reviewed Hotels (Dar Al Masyaf-3rd; Jumeirah Beach Hotel; Jumeirah Zabeel Saray; Jumeirah at Etihad Towers)
  • Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels 2014 – Burj Al Arab (No. 4 Top City Hotel in Africa and Middle East)
  • Uğur National Award 2014 – Best Spa Resort (Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel)
  • Middle East Hotel Awards 2014 – Best Hotel in the Middle East (Burj Al Arab)
  • Middle East Hotel Awards 2014 – Best Hotel Lobby (Jumeirah Creekside Hotel)
  • Dubai Quality Awards 2013 Tourism Sector – Jumeirah Beach Hotel
  • Dubai Quality Appreciation Award 2013 Tourism Sector – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
  • Daily Telegraph’s Ultratravel Readers 2014 – Best Hotel in the World (Burj Al Arab)
  • Daily Telegraph’s Ultratravel Readers 2014 – Best Hotel in the Middle East (Burj Al Arab)
  • Spa Traveller Awards 2014 – Best Wellness SPA Middle East (Talise Ottoman Spa)
  • Expedia Insiders’ Select™ 2014  – Winner, one of the top-ranked properties on Expedia (Jumeirah Zabeel Saray)
  • World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 – Best Luxury Hotel Spa – Global Winner (Talise Spa, Burj Al Arab)
  • World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 – Best Luxury Hotel Spa – Europe Continent Winner (Talise Spa, Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa)
  • World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 – Best Luxury Hotel Spa – Middle East Continent Winner (Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray)
  • World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 – Best Luxury Wellness Spa – Middle East Continent Winner (Talise Spa, Jumeirah Emirates Towers)
  • Arabian Travel Market 2014 – Expedia’s ‘Middle East & Indian Ocean Campaign of the Year 2013 (Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts)
  • Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2014 – Best Hotel Brand in the Middle East (Jumeirah Group)
  • World Travel Awards 2014 – Kuwait’s Leading Business Hotel (Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa)
  • World Travel Awards 2014 – Middle East’s Leading Spa (Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray)
  • World Travel Awards 2014 – Middle East’s Leading Resort Residences (Jumeirah Zabeel Saray)
  • World Travel Awards 2014 – Abu Dhabi’s Leading Hotel (Jumeirah at Etihad Towers)
  • World Travel Awards 2014 – Abu Dhabi’s Leading Conference Hotel (Jumeirah at Etihad Towers)
  • World Travel Awards 2014 – Middle East’s Leading Hotel (Jumeirah at Etihad Towers)
  • World Travel Awards 2014 – Middle East’s Leading All-Suite Hotel (Burj Al Arab)
  • World Travel Awards 204 – Dubai’s Leading Hotel (Burj Al Arab)
  • World Travel Awards 2014 – Dubai’s Leading Conference Hotel (Al Qasr)
  • World Travel Awards 2014 – Middle East’s Leading Conference Hotel (Al Qasr)
  • Travellers Choice Awards 2014 – Top 10 Hotels for Families, United Arab Emirates (Jumeirah Beach Hotel – ranked at no.1)
  • HolidayCheck Award 2014 – TopHotel in the region – Dubai (Jumeirah Beach Hotel)
  • HolidayCheck Award 2014 – TopHotel in the region – Abu Dhabi (Jumeirah at Etihad Towers)
  • HolidayCheck Award 2014 – “Popular among couples” (Jumeirah Zabeel Saray)
  • HolidayCheck Award 2014 – “City Trip” (Jumeirah Emirates Towers)
  • Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Gold List Africa – Middle East – Top Hotels (Burj Al Arab)
  • Conde Nast Traveler 2014 The Platinum Circle – Readers’ Favorites Year In and Year Out – (Burj Al Arab)

The Jumeirah Group operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Baku, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Mallorca (Spain) and Rome in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living with properties in London and Dubai; the new contemporary lifestyle hotel brand VENU; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme. Future openings include luxury and lifestyle hotels in China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia and the UAE.

2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show A High Design Hit

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The 13th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show (ADHDS), March 20-23, annually held at Pier 94 in New York City, was (and is) a premier showcase for luxury products and cutting-edge designs from close to 400 brands. The four-day fair showcased the best in the home design and luxury market and features more than 300 exhibitors and close to 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, electronics, ceramics, stone and tile, wall covering, lighting, outdoor products, and more. From product launches, theater programming, and special events, the show is (and was) a must-attend for the industry’s top professionals and discerning consumers. Next year’s show dates are March 19-22, 2015.

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Show Floor (Photo Credit: SocilaShutterBug.com)

Show Floor (Photo Credit: SocilaShutterBug.com)

More than 40,000 attendees from across the globe took to the aisles to discover distinctive items for their projects, visit the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio for exciting seminars presented by Architectural Digest and The New York Times, and experience the Shops at ADHDS, a new curation of cash-and-carry storefronts, and the first-ever outdoor pavilion. Exhibitors noted the marked increase in attendance, including a remarkable 55 percent increase in the number of design trade attendees, and came away with productive leads from both discerning industry professionals and consumer visitors.

Farrow and Ball Ltd.

Farrow and Ball Ltd.

Giulio Capua, vice president and publisher, Architectural Digest credits the show’s wide range of offerings for helping to set the tone for a successful weekend. “We’ve continued to innovate the show experience and programming by creating a showcase in step with industry trends,” he said. “This year, attendees experienced a wealth of great design—from of one-of-a-kind artisan pieces to new product launches from top manufacturers and design studios to important technologies leading the smart home revolution.”

A showcase of some of the finest home furnishings manufacturers and leading designers present their latest lines and projects. A wide range of exquisite offerings from around the world including contemporary and classic furniture, lighting, carpets, decorative accessories, textiles, art and more. The juried MADE galleries showcase the work of craftsman, artists and designers of limited edition and one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings. Internationally renown and newly emerging talent present unique, beautiful and imaginative works in a range of mediums. The largest collection of luxury and premium kitchen, bath and building products in North America. reFRESH offers international product debuts, innovations in technology, state-of-the-art design and culinary demonstrations from leading chefs. Appliances, cabinets, tile & stone, bath fittings & fixtures, windows, doors, hardware, security systems, smart home technology and more.  Continue reading

Artist Alison Sigethy Debuts Redesigned Sea Core Bubble Tubes at MADE, Part of Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York

Professional artist Alison Sigethy‘s first New York City showcase is shaping up to be a memorable event; the Architectural Digest Home Design Show will set the stage for the presentation of her newly redesigned signature works, Sea Core Bubble Tubes. Sigethy anticipates that the visibility of MADE will help her connect and communicate with an even larger audience. Being in New York City and boasting over 40,000 architects, interior designers, gallerists and design buffs in attendance, it’s safe to say that the entire art and design world will turn its attention on the show. Learn more about MADE and the Home Design Show at the official website: http://www.archdigesthomeshow.com/show-information/made/.

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The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, now in its 13th year, runs from March 20 to 23 at Pier 94 in Manhattan; this year’s show is produced by Merchant Mart Properties Inc. and co-sponsored by The New York Times.

A world of design inspiration awaits at the 13th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show.  SHOP the latest furniture, accessories, lighting, art, kitchen, bath and building products for all your design projects.  BE INSPIRED with seminars offered by leading talent from the world of design. CELEBRATE DESIGN at North America’s Premier Design Show for the luxury market.

  • Thousands of products from more than 300 brands.
  • Design lectures hosted by Architectural Digest, Keynote presentation by Margaret Russell, Architectural Digest Editor in Chief, along with seminars presented by The New York Times.  All four days of theater programming present panels of star talent from the design world and leading industry experts.
  • Special daily events, book signings, cocktail receptions, culinary demonstrations and more.
  • Celebrating it’s 30th year, DIFFA’s kick-off event brings the celebration of DINING BY DESIGN NY to the show with over 40 spectacular dining environments.

Sigethy’s exhibition will be part of the Home Design Show‘s MADE galleries, which showcase one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces from international artisans. This juried show highlights the “most talented artists and designers working in the world of design today,” from lighting and decorative art to fine crafted furniture.

Alison Sigethy Sea Core Bubble Tubes.  (PRNewsFoto/Alison Sigethy)

Alison Sigethy Sea Core Bubble Tubes. (PRNewsFoto/Alison Sigethy)

The Sea Core Bubble Tubes have proven to be attention getters; Jen Chappell, Design Consultant at American Eye DC, incorporated one in the outdoor covered space at last spring’s DC Design House. “I was familiar with Alison’s work, and I love how the Sea Cores bring depth to a space. At the design house, the gently bubbling column added sound, color and dynamism that a flat piece of artwork cannot match. The ecological aspect is also inspiring, as many of the internal components are recycled glass.”

Although this is her first time exhibiting with Architectural Digest, Sigethy is no stranger to the Home Design Show. “I visited the MADE galleries last year and was impressed by the quality and professionalism of the exhibitors. The entire show, in fact, was remarkable and well organized. I knew then that I wanted to submit my work the following year.”

Alison Sigethy Sea Core Bubble Tube.  (PRNewsFoto/Alison Sigethy)

Alison Sigethy Sea Core Bubble Tube. (PRNewsFoto/Alison Sigethy)

Sigethy’s newest version of the Sea Core Bubble Tubes features several mechanical and aesthetic alterations to distinguish them from earlier iterations. The overall design of the pedestals is more contemporary. Custom pedestals, reconfigured for ease of use and skinned in new decorative metals, create striking bases for the delicate glass pieces above. Internal parts have been shifted, not only to slow the evaporation process, but also to completely conceal the Tubes’ mechanical workings.

Aesthetically, the Sea Core Bubble Tubes created especially for display at MADE will feature larger, more exotic components to complement Sigethy’s new styles. Each component within the tubes is handcrafted from various types of glass, much of it salvaged. Since the artist hand forms each piece, often with a client’s color palette in mind, every Sea Core is unique.

Alison Sigethy is a professional artist who works out of her studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center inAlexandria, Virginia. She graduated from Marymount University in Arlington with degrees in interior design and art history. Today, her work focuses on issues such as ocean conservation, sustainability, ecology and education. She has exhibited her work nationally, along with appearances in American Craft Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post and USA Today.

Sigethy’s talents extend beyond fine art. She is a skilled kayaker, having competed in the Greenland National Kayak Championships, in which she has won eight medals. She has paddled most of the famed and treacherous Northwest Passage. In 2010, Sigethy was a member of the US team at the Harbin Snow and Ice Carving Competition.

“Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal” at The Museum of Modern Art

February 01, 2014–June 01, 2014

The Robert Menschel Architecture and Design Gallery, third floor

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers, New York. 1927–31. Aerial perspective. Graphite and colored pencil on tracing paper, 23 3/4 x 15” (60.3 x 38.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Jeffrey P. Klein Purchase Fund, Barbara Pine Purchase Fund, and Frederieke Taylor Purchase Fund

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers, New York. 1927–31. Aerial perspective. Graphite and colored pencil on tracing paper, 23 3/4 x 15” (60.3 x 38.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Jeffrey P. Klein Purchase Fund, Barbara Pine Purchase Fund, and Frederieke Taylor Purchase Fund

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, organized by Barry Bergdoll, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, examines the tension in Wright’s thinking about the growing American city in the 1920s and 1930s, when he worked simultaneously on radical new forms for the American skyscraper and on a comprehensive vision for the urbanization of the American landscape in what he called “Broadacre City.” The spectacular model of that plan, for a low-density development over a vast territory, is among the most startling and beautiful of the many large-scale models prepared for exhibition by Wright and his associates and students at Taliesin. It toured the country for several years in the 1930s, beginning with a display at Rockefeller Center. Paired with Wright’s projects for skyscrapers—from designs for Manhattan (St. Marks in the Bowery proposal) to an ideal project for a mile-high skyscraper—the work reveals that Wright was as much a theoretician of the horizontal as of the vertical city. In this way his work is not only of historic importance, but of remarkable relevance to current debates on urban concentration. Architecture and Design Collection Exhibitions at MoMA are made possible by Hyundai Card.

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Frank Lloyd Wright and Eugene Masselink at the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architect. November 13, 1940–January 5, 1941. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. Photo by Soichi Sunami

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Model of Broadacre City. 1934–35. Photograph, 6 5/8 x 4 1/4” (16.8 x 10.8 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York). Photo by Roy E. Petersen

Model of Broadacre City under construction by Taliesin Fellows. 1934–35. Photograph, 9 9/16 x 7” (24.3 x 17.8 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Model of Broadacre City under construction by Taliesin Fellows. 1934–35. Photograph, 9 9/16 x 7” (24.3 x 17.8 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). Broadacre City Project. 1934–35. Model: painted wood, 152 x 152” (386.1 x 386.1 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). Broadacre City Project. 1934–35. Model: painted wood, 152 x 152” (386.1 x 386.1 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). Grouped Towers, Chicago. 1930. Perspective. Pencil and ink on paper, 19 x 28 1/4” (48.3 x 71.8 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). Grouped Towers, Chicago. 1930. Perspective. Pencil and ink on paper, 19 x 28 1/4” (48.3 x 71.8 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). Grouped Towers, Chicago. 1930. Plan of the pedestal. Pencil on tracing paper, 13 3/4 x 35 3/8” (34.9 x 89.9 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). Grouped Towers, Chicago. 1930. Plan of the pedestal. Pencil on tracing paper, 13 3/4 x 35 3/8” (34.9 x 89.9 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Model of the H.C. Price Company Tower under construction by Taliesin Fellows. n.d. Photograph, 7 3/4 x 9 1/2” (19.7 x 24.1 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Model of the H.C. Price Company Tower under construction by Taliesin Fellows. n.d. Photograph, 7 3/4 x 9 1/2” (19.7 x 24.1 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

JW Marriott Marquis Miami And Christie’s Celebrate Miami’s Art Deco Landscape With Pre-sale Exhibition During Miami Art Week 2013

Global Brand Partners Host 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Pre-Sale Exhibition

JW Marriott® (www.marriott.com, www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com) and Christie’s have banded together to present a pre-sale exhibition of 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design and Ettore Sottsass: Important Works from a Private Collection during Miami Art Week 2013, December 2 – December 9, 2013. With its unique integration of 20th Century furniture, jewelry, drawings and decorative objects, both collections are truly unparalleled, and feature important works of 20th Century design by Antoni Gaudí, Jean-Michel Frank, Eugene Printz, Jean Royere, Isamu Noguchi, Fernando and Humberto Campana, and Claude Lalanne. The exhibition will be open to the public from daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, December 5 – Sunday, December 8.

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne.  Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes a NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service enliven spa and salon and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL. (For additional information and booking please visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com.)

JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Christie's Celebrate Miami's Art Deco Landscape with Pre-Sale Exhibition During Art Week 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Christie’s Celebrate Miami’s Art Deco Landscape with Pre-Sale Exhibition During Art Week 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

As official hotel partner of Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Design Miami, Art Miami, and the Perez Art Museum, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com) is immersed in the growing art scene already present in the city. Besides it’s more than $250,000 in sponsorships, and its support of other arts orginazations such as the Miami International Symphony Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera and others, the hotel and JW Marriott brand boast a strategic partnership with Christie’s, the world’s leading art auction house.  The partnership began during Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 when the hotel featured a popular exhibition of Post-War and Contemporary highlights which included pieces from artists such as Andy Warhol, Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst. Continue reading