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Auction: Five Garden Chairs by John Risley

We are charmed by these very 60′s enameled steel chairs by designed by John Risley.

Set of five chairs, 1965, by John Risley, at Auction (Estimate: $5,000–7,000), Wright

Icon: Royal Suite 606 designed by Arne Jacobsen

In the centre of Copenhagen, on the sixth floor of the Royal Hotel, a single room preserves a microcosm of the definitive masterwork of Danish architect and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen. Room 606 is the last surviving interior of the SAS House: an unparalleled example of modern architecture and design, completed in 1960. With the grey, blue-green colours, the wengé wood and a selection of the most representative furniture designed for the hotel, this room takes its visitors to another time and place.

Hotel guests with an interest in design are welcome to visit Room 606, when it is available. Arne Jacobsen designed the famous Egg and Swan chairs for the Royal as well as the lesser known and rare Drop chair. The room features other details like built-in makeup mirrors, radio and intercom system.

Room 606, starting at 1,295.00 DKK per night, by Arne Jacobsen, at Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark

Room 606, A survey of the work of architect and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen.
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Platinum Infused Face Cream by La Prairie

“The most precious metal on earth now empowers your most precious asset: your skin.”
Cellular cream may or may not work, but what works for us is the packaging. Is that a precious stone in the applicator?

Platinum Infused Face Cream, $1,000, by La Prairie
via: The Dieline

Ultimate Hides, Architecture as Holiday Destination

Jacqueline Wagar has hand-selected a collection of holiday properties that encompass contemporary architectural design, Ultimate Hides aims to promote great architecture and design through first-hand experience. By spending time within a property, visitors are able to observe & appreciate the use of materials, colour and space, as well as gain insight into the design process.

Design Destinations: Accommodation by Design, at Ultimate Hides

$365,500 for Charles and Ray Eames Plywood Sculpture

Rare molded plywood sculpture created by Charles and Ray Eames and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Design for Use, in 1944.

Untitled sculpture, 1943, by Charles and Ray Eames, Sold at Auction for $365,500, at Christies

Exhibition: Eero Saarinen at Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts jointly present this first major museum retrospective of architect Eero Saarinen’s short but prolific career. Saarinen was one of the most celebrated, unorthodox, and controversial masters of 20th-century architecture. In many ways he was the architect of what has been dubbed “the American century,” the post-World War II era when the United States emerged as an influential world superpower.

Exhibition: Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, September 13 – January 4, at Target Gallery The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

Jeff Koons Does Paris

Jeff Koons invades …the gilded chambers and sculpted gardens of the Château de Versailles …in recent years has displayed only a few select works of contemporary artists. The exhibition of 17 Koons sculptures marks the first time that the chateau built by Louis XIV has organized so ambitious a retrospective of one contemporary artist.
Not everyone here was as pleased by the installation. Several dozen people demonstrated outside the palace gates early Wednesday, a protest organized by the National Union of Writers of France, a little-known, right-wing group dedicated to artistic purity in France. The group’s chairman demanded that the exhibit be canceled.

Exhibition: Jeff Koons at Versailles
via: New York Times

Field, Terracotta Figures by Antony Gormley

Field, Terracotta variable size, approx 35,000 elements, by Antony Gormley

New Princi Bakery in Milan

Claudio Silvestrin Architects have completed the new Princi bakery in Via Speronari (Duomo), in the heart of Milan. Silvestrin has chosen a sand-coloured porphyry stone that matches the colour of the bread-flour. Slabs of smooth porphyry cover the floor, while rough porphyry is used to texture the wall that faces the stretched 19m-long bronze counter. The mighty impact of this earth-wall is softened by the gentle features of a waterfall.

Princi bakery, Duomo, Milan, Italy, by Claudio Silvestrin
We like the other bakery too.

Rare Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen Chair up for Auction

Among the most important furniture designs of the 20th century, Eames’ and Saarinen’s prize-winning entry for seating in the famous Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1941 was comprised of various armchairs, a sectional sofa and the present side chair. With their single-piece compound-moulded plywood seat shells, the chair designs were exceptionally innovative and signalled a totally new direction in modern furniture.

Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen chair from the Museum of Modern Art Organic Design Competition 1940 manufactured by Haskelite Corporation/Heywood-Wakefield (Estimate: $15,000–20,000) at Wright

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