Opening tomorrow and designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, the new pavilion at The Serpentine Gallery celebrates all its predecessors. Their design involves digging a 5 meter hole to expose ‘hidden history’, with a roof supported by 12 columns representing each pavilion. We saw it when building work was clearly still in progress but feel delighted to have seen it before the official opening.
Summer 2012 sees a celebration of all things Bauhaus with the Barbican’s retrospective on the famous design school. The Aram Gallery has curated its own complementary show, ‘Bauhaus Live’, which charters how the influential movement continues to inspire contemporary designers. As a fitting tribute to the Bauhaus philosophy of form following function, the show is perfectly proportioned, featuring a mix of architectural and furniture collections inspired by the modernist school of thought. I loved Jasper Morrison’s Thinking Man’s Chair and Michael Anastassiades’ beautifully slender Black Tube chandelier.
We recently stumbled across Mociun — a lovely, spare store on a quiet corner of Williamsburg with a curated-to-perfection collection of ceramics, jewelry, textiles and accessories. Nestled between jewelry by Iacoli & McAlister and proprietor Caitlin Mociun (known for her textile designs, also for sale), we discovered Doug Johnston’s Sashcord Studies — woven vessels, sculptures and bags based on the ancient art of coiled pots. Soften the Blow – a special exhibition of soft wares and pillows by Johnston and others – is on view through June 10th.
The newly opened Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is housed in a renovated factory building that boasts high ceilings, bare beams and furniture made from wood salvaged from the original building. The ground floor restaurant ‘Reynards’ is run by the team behind nearby culinary hotspot Marlow and Sons; it serves up artisanal dishes, termed ‘New American Cuisine’. There’s a rooftop bar with spectacular views of Manhattan’s sprawling skyline and, rumour has it, several rooms with actual bunk beds for grown-ups.
Written by Lale Arikoglu
LUX and the ICA have teamed up for their first year of Biennial of Moving Images, a four day event celebrating experimental film in all its forms and eras. The opening night last Thursday showcased four controversial and sharply edited films followed by a music set harping back to the famous club nights at the ICA. It was a great success. I returned to the ICA on Saturday for another series of short films, all by varying artists curated by British director Ben Rivers. This must become an annual event as it brings the diverse and fascinating world of experimental film to our city.