Stephen Burks’ “Are You a Hybrid?” at the Museum of Art and Design is part of MADProjects, which explores emerging trends and innovation in the design world. Curated by Burks, the show highlights design pieces by Patricia Urquiola, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Hella Jongerius, Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard, and Charles and Ray Eames. There are photographs and artworks by Zwelethu Mthethwa, Glenn Ligon, and Chris Ofili. On view through October 2 in New York.
This week, we checked out the new Treasure & Bond shop in New York’s Soho neighbourhood. Part interiors and fashion boutique, part art gallery, the store donates 100% of its after-cost profits to philanthropic causes in New York. The stylish shop carries brands like Surface to Air, Design House Stockholm, James Perse, Rogan, and Thomas Paul, among many others. Non-profit organisations to benefit include the New York Public Library, NYC’s Young Men’s Initiative, Friends of the Highline, and Edible Schoolyard.
The form of this sculpture by Liz Magor is based on the great freight shed located on Vancouver City Wharf about a century ago. As a half-scale version it recalls the simple wooden buildings which marked the industrial activity of the harbour in an earlier age.
Last night I went with Tony Chambers to Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at the Roundhouse, part of the Bloomberg Summer season. Ron has invited his favourite artists, musicians and friends to create unique work for the 360° installation. The structure – 5,600 silicon rods suspended from a large ring, serves as canvas for film, and other performances. Last night debuted Sordid Earth, a breathtaking film by the artist Mat Collishaw, that uses images of infected, visually menacing flowers in a tropical landscape of cascading waterfalls. It is definitely worth popping down to Curtain Call before it closes on 29th August.
This morning the New York team enjoyed breakfast at ellabess, Troy Unruh’s newly opened American restaurant, located within The Nolitan Hotel. At the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets, The Nolitan Hotel is the first boutique hotel in New York’s Nolita neighborhood. Design firm Grzywinski+Pons have created a welcoming space for neighbors and travelers alike. With warm woods, rich leathers, bold-colored sofas, and a floor to ceiling bookcase curated by Phaidon Books – guests are bound to find themselves feeling quite at home.