Posts Tagged ‘Design’
In 1923, the German economy was devastated by World War I. As hyperinflation set in and prices rose exponentially, common currency became worthless. To meet the demand, paper notes were printed almost nightly in every region, jumping from thousands to millions to billions. These marks were known as notgeld, or Read More
Home to some of the most banal and sublime modern architecture, China has just unveiled a stunning new sculptural building Called the Lotus Building that falls into the latter category. Located in the heart of Wujin, the burgeoning southern district of Changzhou, Jiangsu PRC, the structure and the surrounding 3.5 hectare People’s Park have been designed by Australian firm Read More
In an effort to raise awareness of various humanitarian crises such as women's & children's rights, fair treatment of prisoners, and the lessening of violence, Amnesty International has teamed up with advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather and artistic duo Coarse on a new line of “Freedom Candles” to raise profits for the humanitarian organization. Ostensibly, the candles are sculptural Read More
Modern design icon and past Supertouch collaborator Marc Newson's London home is a study of rustic modern architecture that serves as a comfortable foil to his normally space age sleek design sensibility in this artist-guided tour.
Seemingly the hub of all economic development these days, China is leading the way in architecture with some of the world's most modern & beautiful structures popping up in the country at breakneck speed (unfortunately, there's also a lot of really ugly, empty ones, unsafe ones, too). Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid's newest and easily most beautiful structure to date, the 330,000-square-metre Galaxy Soho retail/office/entertainment complex in Beijing now tops that list. Read More
Featured in this month’s Architectural Digest is the shockingly tasteful, art-filled NYC pad of one former San Diego broadcast journalist cum-comedic actor, Ron Burgundy, known in a previous life as everyday schmoe Will Ferrell. Read More
An official collab between Quinze & Milan and The Andy Warhol Foundation, these awesome, squishy Brillo Box seats make the artist's original groundbreaking (and then-controversial) art pieces from 1964 way cooler by making them both affordable, and use-able. Knowing Andy, he might prefer these to the originals. Get them for $425 here... Read More
Madonna relaxes on Newson's "Lockheed" on-camera in 1993. Amazingly, this fact hasn't hurt the chair's value...
Supertouch buddy and upcoming "Stages" art show participant MARC NEWSON created his iconic "Lockheed Lounge" chair in 1988 and in recent years it has become the most famous piece of designer furniture to ever change hands at auction. Last week saw an artist proof of the silver aluminum chaise lounge that previously belonged to the artist's mother (and once made an appearance in Madonna's 1993 "Rain" music video) close out the design auction at PHILLIPS DE PURY & CO in London for a record $1.6 million USD, a new record for a piece of design furniture. The chair broke its own sales record previously established at a 2007 Sotheby's auction when the chair brought in $968,000 USD. Amazingly, the design world has managed to buck the massive sales slump currently facing the art world with resale values remaining virtually undiminished and demand for stellar pieces consistently high. Maybe the fact that it's art you can actually helps justify the splurge in a downturn...
With a tolerance for cold exceeded only by his outright fetish for high heels, the London-based street art phantom known as INSA spent the past three weeks in -35 degree temperatures carving out his own visionary art suite at Sweden's legendary ICE HOTEL in the Arctic Circle. A boarding phenomenon unto itself, the hotel is an annual construction that allows guests to eat, sleep, and whatever else might happen on a Reindeer skin in between eating and sleeping, in the cold comfort of a hotel and bed constructed entirely of native ice & snow. A sculptural palace akin to the fortress of solitude in its crystalline grandeur, the hotel is a marvel of chainsaw-carved architecture beneath the haunting lights of the aurora borealis. Insa's room, is of course, dominated by a pair of 6-foot-tall legs in high heels straddling a bed whose headboard bears the artist's trademark interlocking swirly heels graphic, transforming the space into a sacrilegious space of worship for the truly devoted. If your fat layers are properly developed and you fancy a stay, unleash your reservation by clicking HERE. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Finally, we get a closer look at the forthcoming chair/sculpture by Dutch designer & artist PARRA who created the edition in conjunction with character & toy design house TOYKYO and debuted it at his show "Boo to the Hoo" at Paris' LAZY DOG GALLERY earlier this month. No word yet on edition size, price, or colorways, but this little beauty is a must-have nonetheless. HAVE A LOOK: Read More