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Studio Job at Z33

Z33 has presented an extensive exhibition entirely devoted to Studio Job. The Belgian gallery is continuing its journey exploring the edges between visual art and design.

Exhibition: Studio Job, at Z33

Georg Jensen Eel Dish Sold for $102,000

Georg Jensen silver from Denmark has a tactile quality all its own, probably because it is handmade. It gets only better with age, and the prices fetched at auction are also improving with age. Time to take a closer look of that Scandinavian silver tucked away in your closet.

Eel dish, model 1054, sterling silver, 1957, by Henning Koppel, sold at Objects D’affection auction for $102,000, at Wright

Travel: Spain, Hotel Puerta América

While the facade is the work of the French architect Jean Nouvel, each of the Hotel Puerta América’s 12 floors – from the elevator lobbies down to the blankets and bathrobes – has been conceived by powerhouse architects and design studios, among them Arata Isozaki, Norman Foster, Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Richard Gluckman, Javier Mariscal, Victorio & Lucchino and Zaha Hadid. With public spaces like the Black Tears restaurant designed by Christian Liaigre and the underground garage by Teresa Sapey, the Puerta América can bill itself as “12 floors with 19 stars.”

Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, Spain, $250 to between $1,500 and $3,900 for the suites, designed by Starchitects.

Books: Airworld. Design and Architecture for Air Travel

For nearly a century now the airline industry has been an important player in the field of architecture and design. For many architects and designers it is an honour to design something for this branch of industry, from stewardess’s (and stewards) uniforms to signposting, from a terminal to services and cutlery. Airworld gives a good picture of the history of air travel, with a focus on the developments that design and architecture have undergone.

This is the first time that this theme has been illuminated so widely from the perspective of architecture and design. The exhibition Airworld. Design and Architecture for Air Travel is organized by the Vitra Design Museum. The Stedelijk has added posters from its own collection and objects that are typical for Dutch design.

Airworld. Design and Architecture for Air Travel, Exhibition at Stedelijk Museum
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Jeff Koons Puppy Vase Available for $7,500.00

 

Gagosian has released an edition of 3000 porcelain puppy vases signed and numbered by the artist Jeff Koons. Having first made a splash on the contemporary art scene back in 1998, the design took cues from Koons’s mongo-sized puppy sculpture (1992), which was filled with over seventeen thousand flowers. “The vase is a symbol of love, warmth, and happiness,” says Koons.

Puppy Vase, $7,500, by Jeff Koons, re-issued by Gagosian Gallery
via: V Magazine

Eruptions of Fire at the Bird’s Nest, Beijing

New images have emerged of the fire and light display over the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.

Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium, August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China, Photos by Bill Luan

Gallery Sakuranoki by NAP

A quirky gallery space in Japan with very thin walls.

Gallery Sakuranoki, Nagano, Japan, by Designer, for Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

How to Set a Table—Cloth by Elise Rijnberg

Ever have that nagging feeling the the fruit knife should be on the right and not the left? Elise Rijnberg has created a tablecloth with a useful diagram in subtle embroidery. This goes a long way in solving one of the biggest dilemma in western culture.

Cloth, by Elise Rijnberg

Exhibition: Ampelphase at Vitra Frankfurt

Selected architects and the class of the Städelschule art academy present a personal installation showing their associations with a red room. Each participant worked separately on their own presentation.

Exhibition: Ampelphase 3: raumrot, Vitra Showroom, Frankfurt am Main, Germany,
August 13 – September 6

Wallpaper* Selects—Limited Edition Prints from the Magazine

Wallpaper* magazine is offering limited edition prints of their unique archive of work by Jonathan de Villiers, Mauricio Alejo, Jonathan Frantini, Christopher Griffith, Stefan Ruiz, Daniel Stier, Benedict Redgrove and Joël Tettamanti. Produced in editions of 10, 20 or 30 and signed and numbered by the artists. All of the works have appeared in Wallpaper*, having been commissioned especially for the magazine, but have never before been available to buy.

Wallpaper* Selects Limited Editions

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Konstantin B
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MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11
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