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VITRA HOUSE

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ARCHITECTURE.

Fans of Vitra’s Home Collection will appreciate their new showroom in Weil Am Rhein, Germany. Designed by Jacques Herzon and Pierre de Meuron, the stacked structure beams eccentricity and quirky modernism.

Design Boom got a first look and discusses the concept: “The concept of the ‘Vitrahaus’ connects two themes which are occurring in the architectural practice of Herzog & De Meuron: the theme of the archetypal house and that of stacked volumes. the five-story structure is comprised of 12 ‘houses’ – five houses are set at the base in which seven other houses are stacked upon one another. Each of the structural volumes appear as if they have been shaped by an extrusion press and are cantilevered up to 15 metres in some places. The floor slabs intersect the underlying gables, resulting in a three-dimensional assemblage
or ‘pile of houses’.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, art & design, museums

INTERVIEW: LEOPARDS IN THE TEMPLE

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ART & CULTURE.

Written by Elsa Brown: The exhibition space at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York appears customary when you first arrive. The main level of the former industrial building is a traditional gallery with white walls, high ceilings and rotating exhibitions of contemporary sculpture and installation. But walk to the back of the gallery, and a narrow set of stairs descends to a basement where you will find artworks staked out in underground tunnels, nestled beside brick walls and projected onto stone alcoves.

Leopards in the Temple, an exhibition that opened in January and runs through March 30, 2010, utilizes both floors of the Center. Among the artists featured on the more cavernous level is Philadelphia-based artist Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, who answered a few of our questions about the show, the Center and the curious locale of Long Island City. Click Read More for the full interview and photos.

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Featured in: FOOD + DRINK / Categories: art & design, people

TRACKING TRANSCIENCE

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ART & CULTURE.

Written by Elsa Brown: On view now at SITE art space in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Hasan Elahi’s Tracking Transience is a painstaking study in self-surveillance. It is also a response to, and provocation of, the politics of privacy and government oversight. Elahi, a Bangladesh-born American, developed the piece after being falsely accused as a 9/11 terrorist accomplice in 2002. He documents every detail of his life in photos: meals before he eats them, toilets before he uses them, and monitors his location with a GPS tracker. The artist has said: “I’ve decided that if the government wants to monitor me that’s fine. But I could do a much better job monitoring myself than anyone else.”

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design

IMAGES FROM BERLIN

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PHOTOGRAPHY.

We’ve always admired Berlin’s clean lines and simple branding. From building marquees to traffic signs, they get it right. Many photographers attempt to capture the city’s quiet expression, but few evoke the feel of the city like Massju. We took one look at his photo set and instantly wanted to go to Berlin to witness it all. If only we had an address for the places photographed. At least we can check out these photos in the meantime. Click Read More to view a few samples from images of Berlin.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, photography

WALES' POST SECRET

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Written by Elsa Brown: Amidst a busy square in Cardiff, Wales, you can find a series of miniature worlds—if you know where to look. Artist Jane Edden designed diminutive tableaux that were recently installed in the tops of unassuming bollards, or traffic posts, that dot St. David’s shopping center. The permanent installation is called Post Secret, and was developed by Edden in collaboration with students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She photographed and sketched the students, then constructed the tiny, laser-cut scenes, which reside in secret until a curious visitor gazes in.

Edden: “Within the bollards are miniature constructions, created in a stylized monochrome form. Some of these environments seem to transcend the space that can be perceived to be within the bollards. This interplay with the interior and exterior space is designed to create the feeling of looking into another place or world.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design

BONDI BEACH AND BILLY BOOKSHELF

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Written by Elsa Brown: Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers at Sydney’s Bondi Beach were recently surprised with the unexpected offer of a good book. In celebration of 30 years of their Billy bookcase, our favorite Scandinavian furniture superstore, IKEA, set up thirty Billy’s stocked with reading in the sand on a recent afternoon. Beachgoers were invited to take a book, and encouraged to swap one of their own, or make a donation to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: art & design, photography, social

NEW YORK ELEVATOR ART LIFTS SPIRITS

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Written by Elsa Brown: The elevators at the 181st Street and 190th Street A-train stops in Manhattan have a history as purveyors of community spirit. Norhattan describes how elevator operators at the stations took to personalizing their domains with family photos, images of revered musicians, and cut-outs of cute pets. Commuters who rode these elevators, “were experiencing a moving community collage.” Then, in 2001, the MTA ordered the assemblages be removed, deeming them a fire hazard.

The celebrated collages remain banned, but organizers recently brought a new kind of community art back to the station elevators, with hopes of rekindling some lost neighborhood pride. In each of six elevators, four artwork posters will be now displayed. Three will come from the collection of Arts for Transit, the MTA’s own subway art program. The fourth is to be selected by Artists Unite, a nonprofit group that formed around this issue, and will be created by a community artist. Although the collection may not recreate the original collages’ charm, it’s a sign of a community coming together to preserve one of the cherished quirks that make daily city life special. Click Read More for additional information.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design

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