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A weekly round-up of inspiring design and architecture achievements worth noting

By Lisa Wallace | June 14, 2017 | Design

It is said that we are exposed to more than 5000 messages on a daily basis, from product advertisements to content consumption. In all that ‘noise’ it might be hard to syphon out the real treasures. Each week we make this easier for you in our design round-up – the inspiring design achievements that we think are worth noting.

Soviet architecture heritage in Georgia depicted by Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego

While some buildings have been already destroyed from the Soviet era in Georgia, like the iconic ‘Antropov’s ears’ in Tbilisi, others have been renovated, a few slightly different from their original design. Italian photographers Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego have worked on a compilation of images that represent the Soviet heritage in Georgian architecture, highlighting important features that are found throughout each piece, in order to preserve and capture this very unique and traditional form of architecture.

A defining moment for African design as Southern Guild opens new showroom in the Silo District

Southern Guild, a Cape Town-based gallery that forms part of the GUILD Group, provides a platform showcasing the very best of South African design from the most respected designers and artists in the country. Exhibiting locally and at leading design fairs around the world, the yearly collection strives to progress, stimulate and promote the industry. Last night (14 June) it celebrated its beautiful new home at the Silo District, featuring work from the stars of African design.

The return of iconic Panthère de Cartier watch par Sofia Coppola

Cartier, a Maison synonymous with style and femininity, has given carte blanche to Sofia Coppola to direct the film for the Panthère de Cartier collection. Sofia stands out as an icon of style, taste and contemporary elegance; a fitting partnership. As an artist whose work transcends trends, she gives sensitive expression to what femininity is today. Her vision of the 80s and of what it means to be a Panthère woman is the perfect match for this collection, which was born in 1983.

Public hotel by Herzog & de Meuron features fuss-free bedrooms ‘like cabins on a yacht’

Photographs of New York’s latest hotel Public, designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, have emerged following its opening last week. Public is the brainchild of legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, who opened the 367-room venture in the city’s Bowery neighbourhood in response to growing competition from Airbnb. Located at 215 Chrystie Street, the tower also includes private apartments with interiors designed by John Pawson.

In an interview with Dezeen Magazine ahead of the opening, Schrager described the hotel’s pared-back approach and aesthetic as ‘tough luxe’.

‘It’s not shabby chic, retro, industrial, reclaimed or the ubiquitous Brooklyn look… it’s simplicity as the ultimate sophistication,’ – Ian Schrager


Illustrator Brian Sanders offers a rare glimpse into Stanley Kubrick’s creative process

A ramshackle old bank in Clerkenwell, London, has been transformed by architect-turned-gallery director Didier Madoc-Jones into a new exhibition space. Two years ago, the half-abandoned shell was crying out for conversion. Didier enlisted his brother, the RIBA award-winning architect Pascal Madoc-Jones, to pull the space apart, adding partition walls to provide picture hanging room.

The now Lever Gallery walls, dedicated to preserving the oft-ignored, papered-over visual heritage, are a fitting tribute to what hangs on them: postwar magazine illustrations. ‘Before photography dominated, colour magazine illustration had a brief heyday in the UK, lasting from the late 1950s to the mid-70s,’ says Didier. ‘That time is gone and will not come again.’

A series by revered lifestyle illustrator Brian Sanders, currently on show with the gallery, is just one og its hidden gems. The collection has never before been exhibited – having been tucked away for almost half a century in Stanley Kubrick’s house. Sanders was invited by the cult director onto the set of his legendary film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1969) to document the comings and goings of cast, crew (and spacecraft). The resulting series offers a unique glimpse into the director’s notoriously private creative process.

Sou Fujimoto forms a functional ‘forest of books’ at Design Miami/Basel

At the 2017 edition of Design Miami/Basel, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto presents a series of bookshelf structures that measure more than two metres in height. Named ‘forest of books’, the project comprises five large sculptures that each stand at 2.4 metres tall. In developing the project, Sou Fujimoto sought to reinterpret the intricate ironwork of the 19th century with organic forms that allude to a more natural setting. Very unique indeed!

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