Thursday, 9 October 2014

Zaha Hadid branches into home ware design

London-based architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled her first line of home ware in. Developed in partnership with London department store Harrods, the collection’s designs feature Hadid’s distinctive angular and twisted shapes, and it includes scented candles, acrylic candelabra, ceramic and bone china tableware, and a polished resin chess set.

Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Monday, 6 October 2014

Victoria Beckham opens first store in London

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham has commissioned London-based architect Farshid Moussavi to design her inaugural world flagship store. Occupying 560 square metres of a three-storey Georgian building located at 36 Dover Street in London’s Mayfair neighbourhood, the interiors of the minimalist retail space relies on the neutrality of abundant concrete, glass and steel, and on a notable absence of mannequins in order to direct the visitor’s gaze towards Beckham’s own creations.

Photographs courtesy of Victoria Beckham

Sunday, 5 October 2014

London welcomes first Mondrian Hotel outside the US

The Morgans Hotel Group has unveiled the first Mondrian hotel outside the US. Located on the South Bank of London, on a prime location of the British capital facing the river Thames, the latest Mondrian occupies the Sea Containers House, a building originally designed by American architect and interior designer Warren Platner that, in spite of its original purpose as a luxury hotel, had been mostly occupied by offices since its inauguration in 1978. 

With interiors by Design Research Studio, and under the creative direction of designer Tom Dixon, the 359-room hotel evokes the building’s heritage by featuring seafaring elements and industrial touches throughout in an elegant juxtaposition with heavy, luxurious textures anchored by a deep colour palette.

Photographs courtesy of the Morgans Hotel Group

Friday, 26 September 2014

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey win 2015 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey are the recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal, one of the world’s most prestigious architecture awards. 

John Tuomey and Sheila O'Donnell

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal (which was awarded for the first time in 1848) is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”. 

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey co-founded their practice O’Donnell and Tuomey in Dublin in 1988. In the early 1990s, they were part of the group 91 Architects who were responsible for the regeneration of Dublin’s neglected Temple Bar. The building they designed for the Irish Film Institute in the area became emblematic of the practice’s sensitive urban interventions and unconventional creative approach. Ever since then, and through their buildings, publications, exhibitions and teaching they have forged a confident new identity for Irish architecture.

Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey will be presented with the 2015 Royal Gold Medal at a special event at the RIBA in London on 3 February 2015.

An Gaeláras Irish Language Arts and Cultural Centre (Derry, Northern Ireland)

Lewis Glucksman Gallery (Cork, Ireland)

Lyric Theatre (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Students' Centre (London, UK)

Photographs courtesy of the RIBA

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Todd Lynn Spring/Summer 2015 menswear

Canada-born and London-based fashion designer Todd Lynn has unveiled images of his menswear collection for Spring/Summer 2015, marking the end of a three-year creative silence on his ambition to develop a men’s fashion line.

Claiming inspiration from the fantastical science-fiction undertones of the 2013 film Under the Skin (directed by Jonathan Glazer and featuring Scarlet Johansson), the collection is anchored by a colour palette of black (with occasional accents of sand, pink and off-white), with leather playing a prominent role as the material of choice (in either soft or heavier versions) against soft wool. Silhouettes juxtapose urban subcultures (through hoodies and biker jackets fastened by zippers) while channelling suave dandyism in the form of tuxedo jackets with peaked lapels, sharply angular shoulder and collar lines, and merino wool tops incorporating blocks of chiffon. 

At the same time, stark details such as slit elbows, horizontal and vertical appliquéd fabric stripes on trousers, and cropped, sleeveless shirts serve to elongate the shape of the body while subtly drawing attention to the role of flesh in engendering the physicality of contemporary menswear.

Images courtesy of Todd Lynn