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In Moscow, VETER designs Artest with an immersive restaurant design where worlds collide.
+ The two-floor restaurant is designed around light. The ground floor represents the “Dark world” and earth, where natural elements such as a chef’s table made from tree stumps evoke a sense of grounding and rooting.
+ Meanwhile, the top floor, or the “Light world,” is an airy, warm space centered around a sculptural fireplace. Shape also plays an important role in the room, meant to elicit a sense of kinetic movement.
Neri&Hu’s new book offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the studio’s best-known projects.
+ Neri&Hu Design and Research Office: Thresholds: Space, Time, and Practice details the architecture studio’s creative process, presented through never-before-seen sketches, before-and-after photos, concept descriptions, and more.
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Iwan Baan shares photos of Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin before it was swept into the ocean.
+ ICYMI: Yayoi’s Pumpkin was smashed and swept away in a severe, unexpected storm that hit Naoshima Island, where the object had been exhibited since 1994.
+ Iwan’s photographs capture the sculpture within its greater context to the island, where it had become an integral part of the landscape.
Introducing the new Lincoln Navigator, which includes hands-free technology and design updates that emphasize wellness.
+ The new Navigator is the first Lincoln vehicle to offer hands-free technology. “The confident, new look of Navigator and the introduction of advanced features such as Lincoln ActiveGlide—our hands-free driver-assist technology—are great examples of how we elevate our sanctuary experience and keep our vehicles fresh,” Lincoln President Joy Falotico said in a statement.
+ Kemal Curic, design director at Lincoln, also noted that wellness played a big role in the SUV’s design. “Building on what we already know and further refining our strengths, we explored more ways for clients to enjoy the sanctuary of their vehicle, using it as a space for personal relaxation and wellness—from home, to work and to stationary moments.”
When photography and hospitality collide: KesselsKramer uses portraits of LA locals to mark the launch of citizenM’s LA outpost.
+ Creative agency KesselsKramer arranged a series of portraits recalling LA’s casting call culture for the new hotel, highlighting the diversity of the community. Shot by local photographer Corinne Schiavone, the demonstrative exhibition is on display in the windows of the hotel until the end of August.
+ The agency told Creative Review that the portraits represent the community, ranging “from entertainers to human-rights advocates, trans men and women, queer night club promoters, musicians, artists, and chefs who gave up everything to feed BLM campaigners.”
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Writer Grace Perry releases book of essays hilariously weaving pop culture moments from the early 2000s and her personal journey in becoming “gay as hell.”
+ Called The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture, Grace, who contributes to Sixtysix, chronicles pop culture moments from the early 2000s and how they shaped her identity.
+ Grace uses humor and cultural criticism to explore how a straight, heteronormative decade impacted her life in a time where LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance was nonexistent.
Studio Hagen Hall turns a North London townhouse into a 1970s-era California Canyon home.
+ Evocative of a warm summer day in Laurel Canyon, the design team at Studio Hagen Hall incorporated rich colors of tamarind, ruby grapefruit, and peach throughout the townhouse. Shades of pale pink and brass hardware accent the Modernist space, punctuated by cork panels and mid-century lighting.
+ Texture is abundant throughout the home, with heavy linen curtains and a golden velvet sofa adjacent the bespoke elmwood kitchen. Fittingly Canyon house also features a soundproof recording studio separate from the rest of the house, solidifying the Hollywood Hills narrative.
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Ceramicist Woody De Othello shares how the pandemic shaped the future of his work.
+ The Miami-born artist best known for his whimsical, surrealist sculptures has admittedly been working “nonstop since 2017,” but when the pandemic cut his residency at the Kohler Arts Center short, it marked a shift in his work. “I’ve been freestyling a lot more,” he told Architectural Digest, lately inspired by the “spontaneous, intuitive, improvisational energy” of jazz.
+ Woody’s latest work is influenced by self-reflection and self-care, featuring planters and hand mirrors as remnants of the 2020 pandemic. “All that anxious energy goes into the ceramics, and it leaves me with the freedom and the space to be lighter and more optimistic,” he said.
India Mahdavi refashions Enzo Ferrari’s 1940s canteen into a race car-inspired trattoria, headed up by renowned restaurateur Massimo Bottura.
+ Branded by racing red paint reminiscent of Ferrari’s formula one rossa cora and checkered floor tiles emblazoned with the Cavallino symbol, India designed Ristorante Cavallino to live and breathe Ferrari.
+ Bright yellow bench seating borders the dining room accompanied by petite circular tables and a gallery wall of vintage Ferrari memorabilia. Arched windows mirror the pergola, where red custom made tables and chairs are set for outside dining amongst the garden.
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