The New Museum, designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA is the first art museum ever constructed from the ground up in downtown Manhattan.
Sejima and Nishizawa, who received the commission in 2002, have described the building as their response to the history and powerful personalities of both the New Museum and its storied site. “The Bowery was very gritty when we first visited it,” they have said. “We were a bit shocked, but we were also impressed that a contemporary art museum wanted to be there.”
“In the end, the Bowery and the New Museum have a lot in common. Both have a history of being very accepting, open, embracing of every idiosyncrasy in an unprejudiced manner. When we learned about the history of the New Museum we were flabbergasted by its attitude, which is very political, fearless, and very tough. The New Museum is a combination of elegant and urban. We were determined to make a building that felt like that.”
Shift: SANAA and the New Museum
Edited by Joseph Grima, Lisa Phillips and Karen Wong
The highly anticipated catalog dedicated to the New Museum’s stunning new building is here! The first museum to be developed from the ground up in Lower Manhattan. Finalized only after the building was complete, the essays, images, and architectural renderings contained within this book allow for a unique and thorough insight into the numerous stages of the institution’s transformation into a landmark destination.
Softcover; 136 pp; 200 color images, architectural renderings.
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The Beomaster 1900 arrived in 1977 as the most stylish Hi-Fi amp/tuner on the planet. This remains an outstanding design of the period. It is a masterpiece of design with its brushed aluminium, detailled illuminated front indicators and of course the mysterious touch sensitive pads.
Jacob Jensen succeeded in a further coup. Not only did he resist the temptation to follow the general trend and stack individual components on top of each other to form a so-called “hi-fi tower”, but he also demonstrated how to counter Japanese firms, who had long since dominated the market with uninspired metal boxes full of buttons and dials.
Beomaster 1900, by Jacob Jensen, for Bang & Olufsen
Kast is made from solid European oak or powder coated aluminium and is available in various colours. The best aspect of this system is the ability to store and yet keep the items discreet. This is furniture as architectural element.
The site is on 15 acres of wooded grassland with a ravine. The architects decided to place the house spanning the ravine creating a bridge on the landscape. Continuous glass walls look south towards the landscape.
Bridge House, Marin, California, USA by Stanley Saitowitz Natoma Architects
“Light lines, light spheres, light cubes – objects clearly defined in terms of geometry, which can be used flexibly according to the principle of modularity. This ensures that every time new lighting units and lighting installations originate, matched to the respective room situation. Carefully composed and accurately defined details create an interplay of brightness, shadow and colours – dynamic tools for interiors addressing people’s emotions.”
- Matteo Thun
The luminaire range includes ceiling-mounted, wall-mounted and pendant luminaires. Chrome in various forms is part of the luminaire design, establishing the creative link throughout the range.
Sconfine, LINEA, CUBO & SFERA by Matteo Thun, for Zumtobel
“We worked for five years to avoid any small details like that which are common in boats… to finally have a boat which looks like the computer rendering. Such a boat is the vision, the dream”.
- Philippe Starck
The Giga Yachts A is 387 foot long, with three pools, one master suite, six guest suites, and rooms for 42 staff. The fuel tank is so big that it costs $US1.4 million to fill up. It’s owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, who got it built for about 150 million euros at the Blohm & Voss shipyard, Germany, according to a Philippe Starck design.
We will be happy to settle for one of the two tenders, also designed by Philippe Starck
Laurent-Perrier introduces a limited edition Coffret for its multi-vintage prestige cuvee, Grand Siècle champagne. The set includes a magnum of Grand Siècle and six hand blown Baccarat crystal champagne flutes. The design of the flutes was commisioned in 1965 to mirror the upturned shape of the Grand Siècle bottle.
Coat hanger in natural mixed rattan core; available in unfinished version or stained: coral and green.
Corallo Coat Hanger, by Michael Sodeau, for Gervasoni
We wrote before about this rocky coast house in Japan designed by Sou (Sosuke) Fujimoto. New images from a magazine feature round out the sense of space in this dramatic concrete and glass house.