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05 January 2022

Cubitts at the County Arcade shopping center in Leeds. Photograph by Felix Speller, courtesy of Child Studio

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Cubitts’ new show store impresses with its historical clues

With its pink marble columns, mosaic ceilings and Victorian shopping arcades, Leeds County Arcade has been a treasure trove of local design for over a century. Its latest addition, the new Cubitts eyewear store, pays homage to the building’s heritage with a layered design reflecting its history. Britain’s response to Warby Parker brought in London’s Child Studio for interiors, which mix vintage appointments with Art Deco and Modernist touches.

Notable features include a 1930s Bakelite clock by former watch producer Genalex, a personalized service counter inspired by the classic desks of British designer Robin Day in the mid-20th century, a dome-shaped lamp by Eileen Gray, a 1970s black leather Monk chair by Italian duo Afra and Tobia Scarpa, and more. A geometric pattern of beige, terracotta and umber tiles covers the floor in homage to the original glazed ceramic details of the County Arcade. On the shelves: The brand’s highly edited collection – each new release sparks the retirement of an older style – bespoke frames that have won high profile fans and boys such as Madonna and artist David Shrigley.

A library recently unveiled by Snøhetta in Beijing. Render courtesy of Plomp

In Beijing, Snøhetta is finishing a burgeoning library that resembles a forest of water lilies.

Construction ends on Snøhetta’s latest feat, a monumental new library whose interiors resemble a 52-foot-tall water lily forest. Located in Beijing, the sculptural ‘reading landscape’ features a spectacular valley-like structure created by free-flowing wooden stairs with uninterrupted views thanks to a lack of internal partitions. Green elements are woven throughout: photovoltaic panels cover the roof, glass walls cover most of the length of the building to regulate solar gain, and building materials all come from the region.

New York’s first net-zero community begins development at Far Rockaway.

Construction of the city’s first net-zero community is finally progressing after more than four decades of planning. Arverne East, a large mixed-use development, will bring 1,650 housing units to a 116-acre beachfront site in Far Rockaway, Queens, which has long been vacant. The project also includes a 35-acre nature reserve, managed by the non-profit organization RISE and designed by Starr Whitehouse and WXY, which aims to restore local wildlife habitats. The other components of Arverne Est include a seaside hotel, a brasserie and a restaurant. Each building will be raised up to four feet above the New York City required flood elevation standard to protect against flooding and sea waves.

MetaBirkins by Mason Rothschild

Hermès has sent a cease and desist notice to the creator of the MetaBirkins NFT series.

Mason Rothschild, the creator of NFT’s MetaBirkins series which is inspired by the popular handbag, received a cease and desist letter of Hermes. In the letter, the French luxury goods brand said it viewed the NFT 100 series as “infringing[ing] on [its] trademark rights, and an example of fake Hermès products in the metaverse. In his defense, Rothschild claims that the First Amendment gives him the right to create art based on his interpretations of the world around him. Hermès has yet to file a complaint, but the MetaBirkins have been removed from the NFT OpenSea platform potentially following removal requests from Hermès.

A new NFT business requires buyers to prove they know the artist before bidding.

Started by Christie’s veteran Xin Li-Cohen and Audrey Ou, a scholar who worked with the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, TR Lab was designed as an antidote to the rampant speculation that took root during the craze for the cryptographic art. “We really do our best to make sure that works of art go into the hands of collectors who appreciate the pieces and aren’t just robots trying to return them to the aftermarket. ” Or said. “You can only successfully apply to be whitelisted [bidding intake application form] if you answer all the questions about the artist, his background and his previous works.

“For the Women’s House” (1971) by Faith Ringgold

A Faith Ringgold mural on Rikers Island may soon make its way to the Brooklyn Museum.

Ringgold originally dedicated the mural, called For the Maison des Femmes (1972) and its first public commission, to women incarcerated on Rikers Island. After five decades spent in the infamous New York prison, the painting could make its way to the Brooklyn Museum. The Department of Corrections and New York First Lady Chirlane McCray announced the mural moving plans Last week. If the plans are approved by the NYC Public Design Commission, the work will become part of the permanent collection of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. “I am proud that this historic painting is held in the Brooklyn Museum, where children can see it and know they too can create works of art that ignite change, expand awareness and stimulate the imagination,” McCray said in a statement. .

Santiago Calatrava’s sliding glass bridge in Venice will be redone in stone.

Santiago Calatrava’s footbridge over the Grand Canal, Ponte della Costituzion, will receive a new trachyte stone surface, replacing the current glass after years of pedestrians complaining about its slippage. “It’s not a bridge,” says Angelo Xalle, 71, a retired port worker, who remembers helping people with broken chins or foreheads rise from its smooth ground. “It’s a trap.” The architect is no stranger to controversy, including the firestorm that surrounded his commission to design New York’s oft-delayed and off-budget transportation hub known as the Oculus.

Kaori Kurihara ceramics

Today’s Attractive Distractions:

that of Kaori Kurihara fruity ceramic could be picked from a magical rainforest.

Scientists unveil living robots that reproduce by pooling stem cells.

Mercedes-Benz latest electric concept car launched 620 miles on a single charge.

The Rijksmuseum creates a 717 gigapixels image of Rembrandt Night watch.

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