With more than 100 design weeks around the world, design worshippers are hard-pressed to visit them all. Yet new cities are always being added. So why are so many municipalities trying to link their names with ‘Design’ and what can being a host bring to a city?
“The old world of museums as quiet, cavernous halls displaying collections of objects for those willing to make the trek is having to adapt. While perhaps branding was once sniffed at in cultural institutions as the dark arts of commercial witchery, today it is a key part of the show.
The Phillips specialists acknowledge that their November sale was only an opening move; the larger effort to disrupt the duopoly has just begun. “We’re still in this phase when we get the sympathy vote. I don’t think it’s a giant leap. It’s just a good step to take.”
First proposed by the Spanish government in 1995, the project to restore the only surviving part of Philip IV’s Buen Retiro pleasure palace, which housed Spain’s Army Museum until 2005, has been hampered by years of austerity. The building was officially assigned to the nearby Prado last October.
Hit the john!: There’s very little glamour in the way cities get rid of human waste. But it is important to see how they are doing this around the world: from loos at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the new public facilities in Madrid to a public toilet playing classical music in Vienna.
The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead ihas announced the first iteration of a major new international artist award. The BALTIC Artists’ Award is the first worldwide biennial art award to be judged solely by artists. It has been established to recognise four artists deserving of an international platform and offers a step change moment in their career.
Parks and gardens can provide a much needed escape from the day-to-day rush in a city. This week we discover London’s newest community garden south of the river, head to the outskirts of Vienna for a members-only green living experience and catch up with the Nature Society of Singapore.
Exhibitions are planned in London and Rome to celebrate the life and work of Zaha Hadid in buildings that the late architect designed, while her archive is due to stay in London.
Clémence and Didier Krzentowski— the founders and directors of the leading contemporary design Galerie kreo—have been collecting lights for 30 years. Focusing particularly on Italian and French design, their collection is the most important of its kind today, spanning creations from the 1950s to the 1990s with special attention to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
David Adjaye calls this concept “narrative construction.” It’s a mode of architectural storytelling embodied in the museum’s façade, a three-tiered, trapezoidal structure inspired by the staggered crown of an early 20th century Yoruban sculpture that Adjaye encountered in a book from his personal library.
As the sun begins to lower in the sky and the days begin to shorten, London awakens from the daze of summer and the design scene comes to life. DeTnk has been busy checking out the various exhibitions and events in order to create a series of walks for you to explore. We have chosen our favorites, the cream rises to the top!
Kartell opened its first Flagship Store in 2016 at 223 Brompton Road in London. Its collection comprises furnishings, tableware, lighting, fragrances, bathroom fittings and fashion accessories – a new concept for the multifaceted Kartell lifestyle.
Two Italians are turning manure into renewable electricity —and the inspiration for a museum.
Following the scent of one big idea.
THE DAIRY FARMER Gianantonio Locatelli climbed up the steel ladder and peered over the brim of a large corrugated vat, about the size of a very deep above-ground swimming pool. “It’s full!” he exclaimed, with warbling joy. “It’s beautiful!”
The design of a proposed visitor centre dedicated to the history, wildlife and geology of St Kilda has been unveiled.
The building is to be constructed at a cliff-top site at Mangersta in Uig on Lewis - about 41 miles (66km) east of the remote archipelago.
Building on St Kilda's main island, Hirta, was ruled out because bad weather can restrict access to the small group of isles.