Responsive Environments: architecture, art and design by Lucy Bullivant. V&A Contemporary.
Responsive Environments tells the story of how an exclusive selection of spatial interactive designs came into being amidst a cultural context of growing multidisciplinary activity in art, architecture and design during the last 15 years. Drawing on the author’s interviews with the designers, architects and artists featured, this new book sheds fresh light on the way new technologies are being harnessed as well as the experiential effects of
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Dear is a unique emporium tucked away in Broome Street and I was particularly interested in going along because Liberty is going to stock the collection starting this autumn. Shop owners Joanna Baum (of Sir) and Rita Brookoff (from Legacy which is in Thompson Street) have teamed up to form this jewel of a shop. The duo’s retro frocks and dresses can be made to order from their New York place, but it will be just as easy to seek them out in Liberty.
Dear, 396 Broome Street, between Baxter and Mulberry. Tel: (001) 212 226 3559
When I was in New York last summer, I stumbled upon Po, a tiny Italian restaurant in Cornelia Street. It was so refreshing to come across a place that served simple, well-cooked food without any pretension. The restaurant’s success is largely due to Frane Lucin, who is the chef and manager and has a tremendous sense of humour. Some of his best dishes include gnocchi with smoked mozzarella and tomato, and a wicked ricotta cheese cake with Vermont maple syrup. I returned to Po last week and I have decided that it will now always be a fixture on my trips to the city.
Po 31 Cornelia Street, between Bleeker and W 4th Sts, Greenwich Village, New York. Tel: (001) 212 645 2189.
I stumbled across Mike Moran at this year New Designers. Mike has just graduated in BA Hons Wood, Metal, Ceramic and Plastics from Brighton University.
His stylish ceramics are eco-not-worthy; seamlessly bridging craft and mass production.
His range of hand-finished plants pots and vases could just be the start of a gardening revolution. Mike won a red dot award at New designers and has been asked to exhibit at Liberty during 100% design as part of Max Fraser’s Design UK installation.
Every year the Serpentine Gallery chooses an architect who has yet to design a permanent building in the UK to design their summer pavilion.
This year’s Pavilion is by Rem Koolhaas and structural designer Cecil Balmond. The centrepiece of the design is a spectacular ovoid-shaped inflatable canopy, which floats above the Gallery’s lawn.
Made from translucent material, the structure is illuminated from within at night. The canopy can be raised into the air or lowered to cover the amphitheatre below according to the weather.
Unfortunately the Pavilion was not open when I visited but you can bet I will be back there several times before the summer is out and the Pavilion disappears.
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