For this exhibition design a concept was devised in conjunction with the artist Peter Struycken’s light plan, where a mixture of classic, eclectic, rococo, baroque, exotic and gothic objects were exhibited in a number of separate rooms and housed in steel and mesh cages. The placement of the cages facilitated different routes through the rooms. At times the visitor could walk around the cages and at other times through them, viewing the exhibits from different angles and under different lighting conditions.
Exhibition: NEO Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands, by Peter Struycken, and UN Studio
To call The Fat Duck in the Berkshire village of Bray a restaurant is merely to skim the surface of what has become one of the world’s most distinctive dining experiences. Originally a pub, the Fat Duck was recently voted the best restaurant on the planet, a tribute to the creative culinary skills of Heston Blumenthal, the self-taught chef who has rewritten the rules with dishes such as salmon poached with liquorice, lasagne of langoustine, carrot toffee and smoked bacon and egg ice cream.
The current tasting menu at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck includes nitro-green tea and lime mousse as well as snail porridge, salmon poached with licorice and mango and Douglas fir puree.
Reservations recommended, three stars in the Michelin Guide, at The Fat Duck
Renowned Cognac maker Hennessy have released a specially designed Cognac which incorporates all the talents of master blenders from seven generations dating back to 1800 with Hennesy’s first master blender, Jean Fillioux. The cognac has an intensely complex bouquet with notable hints of candied fruit, wild roses and rancio, that earthy aroma that comes from the aging process.
Ellipse Cognac, $4000, from Hennessy
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“Here we will build a monument dedicated to nature and we will make it our lives’ purpose”.
Le Corbusier’s ‘chapel of our lady of the height‘ is a pilgrimage chapel, though on most days more frequented by architectural pilgrims than the intended variety. Perched on a commanding hill above the village of Ronchamp, it is the latest of a long history of chapels on the site. Its predecessor was destroyed in fighting in the Second World War, though much of its stone is used in the walls of Le Corbusier’s building.
The thick, curved walls – especially the buttress-shaped south wall – and the vast shell of the concrete roof give the building a massive, sculptural form. Small, brightly painted and apparently irregular windows punched in these thick walls give a dim but exciting light within the cool building, enhanced by further indirect light coming down the three light towers.
Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France, by Le Corbusier
Displayed at Illums Bolighus in Copenhagen, and subsequently sold at auction, proceeds to the Danish AIDS Foundation.
Series 7 chair, by Arne Jacobsen, for Fritz Hansen
Located in the city-center of Maastricht, this renovated 15th century monastery of the Crutched Friars offers you a breathtaking synthesis of a veritable Gothic exterior with a sleek, dressed-down modern interior. Many innovative solutions for structural challenges (e.g. a glass elevator connecting the church to the monastery area) only confirm the notion that the sobriety of modern style forms a perfect match for a late-medieval architectural expression of religious virtue.
Kruisherenhotel, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Chateau Hotels
We’ve written before about Olafur Eliasson, the New York Times writes about a new project called “The New York City Waterfalls” a public art project of four man-made waterfalls rising from New York Harbor, some as high as the Statue of Liberty. Organized by the nonprofit Public Art Fund and the City of New York.
The New York City Waterfalls, by Olafur Eliasson