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Studio Wok transforms an Italian pizza place into a dreamy Mediterranean escape.
+ Myrto is located in the famed Sardinian cultural district Promenade du Port, and the avant-garde design—at least for a pizza place—took inspiration from the landscape itself. “When we think of this part of Sardinia, we think of granite rocks shaped by the wind. The power of the wind erodes and carves out the granite formations, turning them into architectural structures that can be lived in,” the team said on its website.
+ As such, the restaurant’s interior “takes on the features of a cave with sinuous shapes and Sardinian earth tones” reflective of a site-specific design.
In other design news, the new Woman Made book celebrates a century of women product designers.
+ Written by architect Jane Hall, who founded Assemble, Woman Made: Great Woman Designers is an A to Z-style book chronicling some of the best female product designers from the last century, including Ray Eames, Ilse Crawford, Eileen Gray, and more.
+ The book features more than 200 designers from over 50 countries whose work explored functional objects in the home. “The home is the site where you can, in a way, trace how women’s roles have changed throughout the 20th and 21st century,” Jane told Dezeen. “So that was a nice tie-in to frame the narrative around women as designers.”
Jasper Morrison’s Tea chair for Molteni&C is a tribute to lightness.
+ “My intention with the ‘Tea’ chair has been to update the traditional wooden-framed, upholstered dining chair,” the industrial design star told Wallpaper. “The upholstery has been reduced to a surface rather than a volume, which is hidden within the frame. So the comfort is a slight surprise and the visual heaviness that upholstery usually brings has been eliminated.”
+ The chair’s backrest was also designed to accentuate the dining experience as a whole. “I chose to give it a more rounded backrest shape and to keep the backrest relatively low, because I dislike the way tall-backed dining chairs hide the table.”
Here are some of the interventions to look out for at this year’s Salone del Mobile.
+ As with every Salone event, many installations and projects by international architects will be unveiled across Milan, such as CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati’s “Natural Capital,” an installation at Brera’s botanical gardens that claims to be one of the largest data visualization pieces ever produced. The project showcases how plants take part in oxygen and carbon dioxide production.
+ Other highlights include Swiss university ECAL’s collaboration with MUJI on COMPACT LIFE, a collection of furniture and home accessories that aid in organizing day-to-day tasks. Andreu World will also be presenting the Nuez Lounge BIO®, a 100% circular, sustainable, and biodegradable armchair by Patricia Urquiola, and the Adela Rex, a family of seats made of 100% wood by Philippe Starck.
Rick Owens recollects the design memories that shaped him ahead of new Converse collaboration.
+ “One of my earliest design memories is of a beautiful tan leather binocular case on my father’s bookshelf. The way the smooth black binoculars fit into the perfectly fitting velvet-lined interior really stuck with me,” the famed designer told Surface.
+ “I wanted to alter [the Converse x DRKSHDW TURBOWPN] more profoundly than just decorating their surface. I wanted to modify them architecturally so they became bombastic and otherworldly. When I extend things beyond their original space, I am suggesting an openness to possibilities,” Rick said of the collaboration.
Yinka Ilori headlines this year’s Design London with his signature technicolor designs.
+ Spanning from September 22 to 25, this year’s Design London hosts Yinka as its headline speaker and chief collaborator. Yinka designed his first dedicated talks space, called “Transparency in shades of colour,” for the event, which features a kaleidoscopic tunnel of color.
+ The Discussions at Design London will feature four days of compelling headline talks, trend forecasts, and panel discussions with both leading designers and rising stars of the design world.
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Damien Hirst designed the cover of Drake’s new album, and everyone is … confused.
+ The artist’s cover for the highly anticipated Certified Lover Boy, out Friday, features 12 “Pregnant Woman” emojis in a variety of skin tones and shirt colors. The reveal has left people, including fans and musicians like Lil Nas X, scratching their heads, spurring memes making fun of it.
+ This isn’t Drake’s first foray into art: The rapper borrowed the aesthetic of James Turrell in his 2015 music video for “Hotline Bling.”
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