Archinect - News 2017-07-28T07:07:27-04:00 Spruce up with this architectural floor-plan jewelry by QUPA Justine Testado 2017-06-06T20:45:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T11:31:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The architectural floor plans of the most extravagant structures can be a work of art themselves, as seen in the &ldquo;CROQUIS&rdquo; jewelry line by architects&nbsp;Eleni Kouineli and Stefanos Papadatos of Greek design studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">QUPA</a>. Fusing their love for handcrafting and architecture, Kouineli and Papadatos transform the floor plans of some of the world's famous cultural landmarks into elegant pendant necklaces and earrings.</p><p>The mini floor-plan pieces are made via classic molding, 3D-printing or laser cutting in materials like 24K Gold, platinum, ruthenium, and sterling silver. So far, the collection includes ancient rotundas, temples, and theaters as well as more contemporary buildings like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bernard Tschumi</a>'s Acropolis Museum and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>'s zig-zag Jewish Museum in Berlin.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Rotunda of St. George laser-cut necklace. Photo &copy; QUPA.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Jewish Museum Berlin earrings. Photo &copy; QUPA.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Theatre of Epidaurus. Photo &copy; QUPA.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Parthenon. Photo &copy; QUPA.</em></p><p>Find more of QUPA's floor plan jewelry on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their Etsy shop</a>.&nbsp;</p>... 2016 World Interior of the Year goes to Black Cant System store by Hangzhou AN Interior Design Justine Testado 2016-11-18T20:12:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T18:59:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Black Cant System, a chic monochromatic fashion concept store by Hangzhou AN Interior Design was revealed as the 2016 World Interior of the Year on the last day of the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors...Located in the suburban outskirts of Shanghai, the Heike concept store is quietly tucked away on the second floor of a furniture store.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of over 100 competitive submissions, the retail store joins other stunning World Interior of the Year winners like March Studio's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotel Hotel</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOTT32</a> restaurant in Hong Kong by Joyce Wang Studio, and David Kohn Architects' <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrer Aviny&oacute;</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find more details about the project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> To thrive post-Zaha, Koolhaas says ZHA should emulate high fashion brands Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-17T17:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rem Koolhaas said Zaha Hadid Architects could survive the death of its founder if it feeds on her architectural DNA. [...] &ldquo;I think there is a model these days where fashion houses survive by working on the DNA of their founders,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It is a model that is becoming more and more current and it could work in architecture too, I think.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Impromptu Zaha Hadid retrospective planned for Venice Biennale" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Impromptu Zaha Hadid retrospective planned for Venice Biennale</a></li><li><a title="ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid Dies at Age 65" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Dies at Age 65</a></li></ul> Shohei Shigematsu of OMA transforms the Met for the spring Costume Institute exhibit Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T22:57:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NOT MANY ARCHITECTS get to reshape a wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But Shohei Shigematsu, who runs the New York branch of Rem Koolhaas&rsquo;s Rotterdam-based firm, OMA, has done precisely that. This month he converts a skylit, double-height section of the museum&mdash;the 1970s Robert Lehman Wing&mdash;into a graceful, cathedral-like setting for Manus x Machina, the Costume Institute&rsquo;s spring show, opening May 5.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The exhibit, curated by Andrew Bolton, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">considers</a> "the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of industrialization and mass production."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Accordingly, the organizers wanted an exhibition design that blends the analog and the mechanical. Shigematsu's intervention is intended to "soften" the existing brick-and-stone of the 1970's-era Robert Lehman wing, which was designed by&nbsp;Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates.</p><p>Interested in other collaborations between the sartorial world and architecture? Check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prototyping: "Architecture in Digital Fashion" makes parametricism personal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Justin LeBlanc</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The extra-architectural ventures of Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG in Paris: Bjarke Ingels to design for Galeries Lafayette on Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at "Real Fantasies," AMO's latest collaboration with Prada</a></li></ul> Sou Fujimoto to design immersive "Forest of Light" for Salone del Mobile 2016 Justine Testado 2016-03-24T15:08:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T13:12:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'I envisage to make a forest of light. A forest which consists of countless light cones made from spotlights above. These lights pulsate and constantly undergo transience of state and flow.' &ldquo;People meander through this forest, as if lured by the charm of the light. Light and people interact with one another, its existence defining the transition of the other.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In another collaboration with top-notch designers, fashion label COS has teamed up with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou Fujimoto</a>&nbsp;to create a nature-inspired installation for Milan's Salone del Mobile 2016&nbsp;next month. For COS' fifth year of taking part in the design fair, Fujimoto is creating a "Forest of Light" that will exhibit the brand's collection in what could be a mesmerizing combination of light and sound.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Forest of Light" draws inspiration from the experience of walking through a forest at twilight, which Fujimoto relates to his growing up in Hokkaido, where he was surrounded by nature. Set inside the now-derelict&nbsp;Cinema Arti theater, the installation will comprise&nbsp;of a darkened space illuminated by numerous towering cones of light produced from spotlights shining from above.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As visitors go about the space, the cones of light will pulsate and respond to their movements. Mirrored walls will create a seemingly infinite landscape of "abstracted trees, joining together to form a shifting forest of light." F...</p> Archi-core? An architect-by-training designs unisex clothing line Nicholas Korody 2016-02-09T18:12:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T18:40:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Aaron] Jacobson [of FAAN], now 31, spent &ldquo;a lot of time imagining space&rdquo; as a child in Cleveland, Ohio, and remembers being ecstatic when his parents gave him graph paper, which he&rsquo;d fill with blueprints for dream houses. He studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and received his master&rsquo;s degree from University of Toronto before moving to Beijing to work for a small Chinese firm. A half-year later...he first tried his hand at garments...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>"Jacobson&rsquo;s early sketches were more architectural drawings, the only visual language he spoke. (&ldquo;I was even cutting sections through them, and blowing up details to try to explain the construction,&rdquo; to the bewilderment of his pattern-makers, he says.)"</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Interested in other architectural adventures into fashion (or sartorial forays into architecture)?&nbsp;Check out some these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at "Real Fantasies," AMO's latest collaboration with Prada</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in fashion design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In at the deep end: Zaha Hadid takes the plunge into swimwear</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prototyping: "Architecture in Digital Fashion" makes parametricism personal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show</a></li></ul><p>&#8203;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p> Take a look at "Real Fantasies," AMO's latest collaboration with Prada Nicholas Korody 2016-02-05T13:43:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T21:16:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the 2016 Spring/Summer Prada Real Fantasies, AMO graphically reinterprets the Indefinite Hangar as a synthetic sunset fixed within a 3 dimensional blank space. The abstract hangar is populated with geometric objects and furniture. Characters move through a neutral scene between the undefined and distilled fragments of daily life. The horizon and scale constantly shifts, manipulating the frame and disrupting a linear sequence: an artificial landscape where fiction and collection collide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>OMA and its think tank counterpart, AMO, have deep ties to the fashion world, in particular with Prada. Alongside built work by the architectural powerhouse, notably the recently-completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fondazione Prada</a>, OMA/AMO has designed runways, look books, and videos for the Milanese luxury brand.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Since 2012, that collaboration has produced graphic short movies showcasing new collections under the project banner "Real Fantasies." For the 2016 Spring/Summer collection, AMO imagined a world of pure architectural extension, a CAD utopia unblemished by reality.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Described as a "3 dimensional blank space," the setting of the video seems locked in an endless sunset. Lithe models ride a train past a city of pure geometry, which morphs seamlessly into an unending picture window.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's visual porn at it's best and well worth a look. Watch the video below, and for more connections between fashion and architecture, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vinn Patarari...</a></li></ul> The 2015 holiday gift-giving guide for architects Julia Ingalls 2015-12-10T19:51:00-05:00 >2015-12-10T19:57:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you&rsquo;re asking yourself, &ldquo;What should I give the architect(s) in my life?&rdquo; the answers are here: we came up with a slew of architect-appropriate gifts, ranging from clothing to furnishings to apocalyptic salvation, for that special detail-oriented someone. The best part? Absolutely no clich&eacute;d, Frank Lloyd Wright tchotchkes. You&rsquo;re welcome.</p><p><strong>ALTERNATIVE MODELS</strong></p><p>These model-based items reconceptualize seemingly static spaces and processes in aesthetically pleasing (and quite efficient) ways. Archie Archambault&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mental maps</a>, which represent cities not with GPS-accuracy but rather in the way we mentally and physically navigate them (for example, by landmarks extending outwards in concentric circles) are not only intellectually stimulating, but visually gorgeous too. Damien Murtagh's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arckit models</a>, meanwhile, have a more practical application: by creating a kind of pre-fab, quick-to-build scale model house kit, architects can spend less time with tedious adhesives and more time modifying ...</p> AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show Nicholas Korody 2015-10-09T15:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:05:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>AMO &ndash; the think tank counterpart to OMA &ndash; extensively works with fashion labels. They've designed stores and runways for brands like Prada and Miu Miu for years, crafting (often) conceptually-charged, and (always) visually-punchy environments to consume the latest and greatest sartorial inventions.</p><p>For the 2016 Spring/Summer Miu Miu show in Paris, AMO designed a large geometric volume &nbsp;clad in reflective industrial materials that served both as backdrop and pathway for the models, who walked around it on Wednesday.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Jammed into the hypostyle of August Perret's monumental Palais d'Iena, the structure &ndash; or folly &ndash; is intended to play off the architecture, both obscuring and offering glimpses of the building's famous tapered columns.<br><br>"Timeless Ruin" &ndash; as its called in the press announcement &ndash; is intended to introduce "a dramatic counterpart to the rigorous linearity of the Palais." It's a pleasant-enough name and probably intended to reflect AMO's thinking about Perret's architecture, but ...</p> Win a Tiny Modernism 'designer shirt' for your future architects Archinect 2014-12-02T11:29:00-05:00 >2014-12-07T21:25:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the holiday season now officially upon us, the annual gift shopping panic has quickly picked up steam &mdash; and knowing how notoriously hard architects and designers are to shop for, doesn't make things any easier.</p><p>One of our favorite gift ideas 'tis season are the adorable architectural toddler t-shirts and baby onesies by LA-based label <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Tiny Modernism</strong></a>.</p><p>The simple screen-print designs are based on the fact that babies love nothing more than their mommy and showing off their preferred genre of architecture: <em>Rem &amp; Norman &amp; Renzo &amp; Jean</em> on Monday, <em>Zaha &amp; Frank &amp; Daniel &amp; Thom</em> on Tuesday, and maybe Gropius' <em>Bauhaus</em> building on Wednesday. How about a little black <em>Tadao &amp; Kenzo &amp; Shigeru &amp; Toyo</em> for a Friday night out on the town?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>You simply can't start early enough with the architectural education of future designers, and admittedly &mdash; channeling parents' need for self expression through their children's outfits never looked so good.</p><p>Visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> for more and use your chance to w...</p> Farshid Moussavi: ‘We are in a world where ideas migrate’ Alexander Walter 2014-11-17T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:00:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I am excited by being an architect now,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;We are in a world where ideas are shared and migrate. There is no going back, so let&rsquo;s go beyond. Let&rsquo;s look at what really are the differences between, for example, two housing projects that both have curved balconies. Architecture makes a difference. Let&rsquo;s discuss what difference it makes.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vinn Patararin challenges the possibilities of textile architecture Justine Testado 2014-11-12T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T17:19:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="970" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vinn Patararin</a> combines the craftsmanship, experience, and interests of multi-disciplinary designers Vinn Chokkhatiwat and Patararin Pongprast. Training separately at prestigious architecture and design schools in Thailand and France followed by working with different Parisian haute couturiers, Chokkhatiwat and Pongprast also incorporate cross-disciplinary theories from sociology, history, art, and culture in their design philosophy.</p><p>Vinn Patararin's garments don some seemingly common traits of architecture-meets-fashion pieces &mdash; like emphasis on material choice, utilitarian details, pared-down colors, etc. &mdash; but the designers add their trademark with their lattice-patterned textile.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Vinn Patararin wanted to create an architecturally structured textile pattern that can adapt to the functional needs and expression of the user. Whether the textile is worn on a human body, used as furniture accents, in art installations, or even applied as a building fa&ccedil;ade, the designers wanted to chall...</p> Rome, home of the Tod’s Colosseum, Fendi Fountain and the Spanish "Bulgari" Steps Archinect 2014-07-16T18:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T18:23:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The practice of using corporate largess to finance restoration projects for public antiquities was once fairly rare here. But with the nation struggling with a stagnant economy and crushing public debt &mdash; Rome is flirting off and on with bankruptcy &mdash; politicians are now looking to private companies and international sources to help preserve Italy&rsquo;s cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In at the deep end: Zaha Hadid takes the plunge into swimwear Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:49:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is there no end to this woman&rsquo;s talents? Well, in the case of Zaha Hadid, a grinding halt seems to have been reached with the eminent architect&rsquo;s flirtations with fashion. Hadid has long pushed the boundaries of her considerable talents, with credible adventures into furniture design and oil painting, but her latest swimwear range for Viviona shows that sometimes even the deepest wells can run dry.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How Mad Men inspired an architecture student to start a fashion firm Alexander Walter 2014-04-04T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T13:57:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Barton Strawn didn&rsquo;t set out to be a fashion designer. In 2009, he was an architecture student at N.C. State University, drafting by day in increasingly technical courses his senior year, which proved to be so taxing that Strawn needed an outlet. [...] And, inspired by college formals and a touch of Mad Men, he found one: Handmade neckties and bowties. [...] Over the years, Lumina has added pants and button-up shirts, all made in the United States.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> From revolting to revolt: Why is my office this color? Alexander Walter 2014-01-09T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-01-09T13:50:43-05:00 <img src="" width="610" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Avocado Green,&rdquo; explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. &ldquo;And Harvest Gold.&rdquo; Those were the colors of the 70&rsquo;s, with a nice helping of brown. &ldquo;It was all so pervasive in that time,&rdquo; Eiseman says &ndash; without derision, notably. In the early eighties, the dominant color scheme was mauve, gray, and turquoise. Back then, color trends were virtually &ldquo;dictatorial,&rdquo; says Eiseman, &ldquo;everyone marched to the same drummer.&rdquo; Then, consumers revolted.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> John Edwards Lecture 2013: Peter Marino in conversation with Marc Jacobs Archinect 2013-12-30T15:18:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:29:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2013 edition of The AF&rsquo;s annual headline event and trans-disciplinary dialogue presented New York-based architect Peter Marino in conversation with fashion designer Marc Jacobs. The event, which took place at Tate Modern&rsquo;s Starr Auditorium, was chaired by Penny Martin, editor in chief, The Gentlewoman explored the territories of fashion and architecture and the space in which these two art forms interlink.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Prada Celebrates Architecture Exhibit in Paris Archinect 2013-11-27T13:22:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T13:23:10-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Curated by architect and historian Joseph Abram, in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas&rsquo; OMA/AMO, the exhibition celebrates the work of Perret, in particular his extended use of reinforced concrete. The exhibition analyzes, through more than 400 original documents such as sketches, pictures, scale models and personal letters, eight buildings conceived by Perret. These include the Th&eacute;&acirc;tre des Champs-Elys&eacute;es in Paris, along with the H&ocirc;tel de Ville and the Eglise Saint Joseph in Le Havre.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal Archinect 2013-09-17T15:32:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T17:48:25-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nearly eight years after opening, Prada Marfa has been classified by the Texas Department of Transportation as an &ldquo;illegal outdoor advertising sign&rdquo; because it displays the Prada logo on land where that is prohibited. This could lead to forced removal of the installation, although the department has not yet decided what action it will take.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa saved</a></p> Zaha Hadid designs shoe for United Nude Archinect 2013-07-02T18:28:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T19:51:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions,&rdquo; Hadid stated. &ldquo;Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An open letter to Milan's Mayor about his dismissal of Stefano Boeri Archinect 2013-03-27T12:06:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T12:14:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Open letter to Giuliano Pisapia, Mayor of Milan, from the international community of arts &amp; culture...<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> Dear Mayor Pisapia,</p> <p> It is with regret and disappointment that we learn that Stefano Boeri was dismissed from his position as Councillor for Design, Fashion and Culture for the city of Milan.</p> <p> Thanks to the energy and commitment of Boeri, and despite the deepening of the gravest crisis to have faced Italy since the postwar years, since 2011 Milan has succeded in projecting an image of renewed cultural vibrancy and dynamism onto the international stage. Thanks to Boeri's many initiatives&mdash;citywide events such as Book City and Piano City, or international exhibitions of internationally renowned artists such as the Marina Abramovic, Picasso, Bramantino, Alberto Garutti and Jeff Wall&mdash;Milan had finally succeeded in reaffirming itself forcefully on the international stage as an epicentre of art, design, fashion and culture.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>Mayor Giuliano Pisapia</em></p> <p> This unmotivated dismissal de...</p> Bracelets shaped like cathedrals and necklaces modeled on aqueducts Archinect 2013-01-21T20:17:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T20:18:30-05:00 <img src="" width="634" height="611" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Joshua DeMonte, who is based in Philadelphia, said he looked to 'ancient' structures to develop the unisex range, which costs between $700 and $5,000. Talking about his designs he told Modern Luxury magazine: 'I enjoy playing with scale and connecting architecture to the body.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> OMA Creates Prada’s Ideal House Archinect 2013-01-18T14:45:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:41:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The staging was called the Ideal House, and it was a fully furnished modern home, but one with an audience, a runway wrapped around it, and &ldquo;windows&rdquo; projected on the walls with scenes of the outside world. It was the latest in many intricate and avant-garde pairings between Prada and OMA... The 12-piece furniture collection, designed by OMA for Knoll, will debut at the Salon Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in April.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Pharrell Talks Jean Prouvé, Gio Ponti, Zaha Hadid, And “Other Super Genius Guys” at Design Miami/ Archinect 2012-12-10T18:19:00-05:00 >2013-01-04T16:44:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The budding industrial designer also gave his top picks from the fair, which unsurprisingly all feature bright swaths of primary colors: a Charlotte Perriand bookshelf from Galerie Downtown accented with yellow squares; a Pierre Guariche chair from Demisch Danant, a Riteveld chair from Galerie Vivid; and a desk from Galleria Rossella Colombari by Gio Ponti, whom he was so delighted to have discovered: &ldquo;He tried to make the office fun!&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Swarovski Crystal to build luxury towers in Pune, India. Seriously. Archinect 2012-12-07T13:15:00-05:00 >2012-12-08T03:27:05-05:00 <img src="" width="630" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gateway Towers 1 is designed to please even the most exacting and fussy Corinthians. That's why every home here is fully automated, giving you the most advanced technology of the century and making your life smooth and easy. Even the amenities have been handpicked with special attention, right from the designer fixtures to the Swarovski lobbies to the private theatre within the towers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Arquitectonica branches out into fashion Archinect 2012-12-06T20:06:00-05:00 >2012-12-07T17:51:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Laurinda Spear and Marisa Fort have launched the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ArquitectonicaSHOP</a> website in a move to expand their new design venture, ArquitectonciaSHOP, to include other fashion accessories and furniture. Striving for total integration between architecture and product, Arquitectonica&rsquo;s collection rethinks everyday objects by bringing thoughtful design to every daily life. The new website and step into social media outlets is the first step in evolving current offerings into new echelons of functional and accessible design. Their shift into fashion stems from their view that &ldquo;buildings are only a part of the built environment, which can be experienced at different scales.&rdquo; Whether it is fashion, interiors, furniture design, graphics, this mother-daughter duo does it all.</p> <p> Spear, a founding principal of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arquitectonica</a>, is the recipient of the AIA Silver Medal and the Rome Prize in Architecture. Arquitectonica, an architecture, interior design, and planning firm, that began in Miami in 197...</p> Office Style at the High Line's James Corner Field Operations Archinect 2012-11-11T23:49:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:20:05-05:00 <img src="" width="426" height="639" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On working in the field: "I find myself running in heels, and walking in the woods in heels. And when you're a landscape architect and you're investigating a site, you're having to look professional on the one hand often to meet with a client, and then you do a site walk. So I've found myself walking around landscape sites in heels more often than not."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Oscar Niemeyer teams up with Converse Archinect 2012-10-26T14:03:00-04:00 >2012-10-30T13:12:45-04:00 <img src="" width="570" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The man and the legend behind the concrete mecca known as Brasilia is a ripe 104 years of age, and though he was reported to have been &ldquo;a bit dehydrated&rdquo; at Rio&rsquo;s Hospital Samaritano where he was hospitalized last week (he is thankfully &ldquo;fine,&rdquo; as doctors told ABC News), Niemeyer&rsquo;s old age has not precluded his latest project, a collaboration with sneaker mega-brand Converse.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What They Wear In New York Orhan Ayyüce 2012-10-19T11:16:00-04:00 >2012-10-20T00:50:04-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is all like hood style now mixed with hipster... Hoodster..?</p></em><br /><br /><p> The most extensive video survey of what New Yorkers, mostly the young ones, wear these days neighborhood by neighborhood, some 14 of them. At the end, what's so different anyway.., hip hop, hipster, casual and formal, all represented. If you are wondering what to wear at your work.</p> OMA to reimagine retail for Coach's new stores Archinect 2012-08-03T17:29:00-04:00 >2012-08-03T18:36:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> News broke about a collaboration between OMA and American luxury retailer Coach. With OMA partner-in-charge Shohei Shigematsu leading the design work, two new Coach flagship stores are scheduled to open in New York and Tokyo in the next few months and unveil the new concept.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Coach Omotesando Conceptual image &copy; OMA</em></p> <p> Here's the official release we've received from OMA:</p> <p> American fashion brand Coach has commissioned OMA to develop a new merchandizing system that accommodates Coach's wide diversity of products while returning to the clarity of Coach's heritage stores. The collaboration, led by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, will begin inside upcoming flagship stores in New York and Tokyo.</p> <p> Since establishing its first workshop in 1941, Coach has diversified its range and style, while simultaneously broadening the spectrum of its retail environment: from factory stores to outlets, shop-in-shops, boutiques and flagships. Although this expansion transformed Coach from a specialis...</p>