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 / Art & Architecture

AZURE January - February 2015

Lively, fresh, forward-looking, but also socially relevant — this defines Azure, the leading design publication covering the expanding world of international contemporary architecture and design. Each issue delivers readers inspiring ideas and cutting-edge innovations, from state-of-the-art green building to the latest in furniture and home accessories from around the globe.

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8 Issues


1 min.
we asked: who would you most like to design your dream house?

“Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza. I’m a long-time fan of his works, as well as the photographers he has document his projects.” Architect and photographer Taiyo Watanabe captured Deegan Day Design’s light-infused C-Glass House, on the California coast, for “Under the Big Blue Sky.” → Page 62 “My friends Yoshiko Sato and Michael Morris. They designed a small guest cottage that’s the perfect beach getaway, energy efficient and cute as a button.” For “Beach Beauty,” New York writer Melissa Feldman visited David Hu’s monolithic beach house, whose double-height windows look out onto the Jersey Shore. → Page 68 “Craig Steeley, a San Francisco architect with a reputation for sparse construction and linear plans that open the homes to land, sky and water.” Photographer Michael Crichton turned eight portable speakers into a high-fidelity panorama for “Soundscape.”…

2 min.
very gehry

TO REACH THE FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON, you head westward from the heart of Paris to a wooded park and zoo at the edge of the Bois du Boulogne, just barely within the city limits. This seclusion immediately puts Frank Gehry’s grounded vessel at an advantage, since it need not fight with the grandeur of Paris’s renowned urban planning, nor with the charming side streets that would preclude a full-scale view. Visit the Fondation after dark, though, and the building’s features become discernible in a way that wows even more than by day: the steel geometries through the 13,500 square metres of glass facade, the engineered wood buttresses, the fibre-reinforced concrete blocks. Here you see, essentially, a vessel for outsized ambition and imagination. Since Louis Vuitton CEO Bernard Arnault first reached out to…

3 min.
sebastian herkner

Patrizia Moroso discovered the one-time Stella McCartney intern – and his multi-hued Bask collection of paper yarn and metal wire baskets that double as tables – during Milan Design Week in 2010. Since then, Herkner has been going full speed. Working out of a small studio in Frankfurt, Germany, he now collaborates with such top European manufacturers as Gubi, Rosenthal and Very Wood, as well as ClassiCon, whose Bell Table has propelled him into the spotlight since it debuted three years ago. We asked the designer how he manages to keep up the pace. You have a wonderful way of mixing materials. How did that evolve? I select many materials when I’m travelling. When I see a new material or colour, I keep it with me. Right now, I’m fiddling with the…

2 min.
carte du future

MANY RESTAURANTS aim to deliver some degree of novelty, but at the recently opened Café ArtScience in Cambridge, Massachusetts, diners are guaranteed an experience they won’t find anywhere else. Along with food and cocktails, the restaurant serves up an array of menu items that seem teleported from the future. Step up to the WikiBar and order WikiPearls – morsels of such foods as yogurt, cheese and ice cream in edible, electrostatic gel wrappers designed to behave like a grape skin, so you can hold them with your fingers. Or sample Le Whaf, a carafe that uses ultrasonic waves to vaporize drinks so you can inhale a flavour cloud; or AeroLife, a lipstick-sized device that delivers a zero-calorie burst of taste and nutrients. The restaurant is part of the larger Le Laboratoire…

2 min.
mind-bending woodcraft

WHILE COMMEMORATING ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY last summer, Colorado’s Aspen Art Museum unveiled a striking structure with which Pritzker Prize–winning Shigeru Ban once again reveals the versatility of wood in an original and unexpected way. Inside the four-storey building, an intricate wooden space-frame ceiling crowns much of the upper floor, reaching out to form a canopy over a rooftop sculpture garden. Most dramatically, the architect developed a unique facade for his first permanent North American museum, by weaving long bands of ProdEX, a paper-resin composite sandwiched between veneers of African okoume hardwood. Specially customized for the project, the strips are joined and affixed to a structural steel frame, creating an open-mesh screen that clads the two street-front elevations. The wood species – prized for its suppleness and its mahogany-like appearance – is…

4 min.
show buzz

JANUARY 22 TO 25 Toronto’s Interior Design Show includes such crowd favourites as the Studio North showcase of emerging talent. Speaking of which, young German designer Sebastian Herkner is in town to talk about his work, such as the Banjooli line for Moroso (shown). Urban Capital and Italian designer Luca Nichetto round out the bill, with a novel urban living space. interiordesignshow.com FEBRUARY 3 TO 7 The Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair is the ultimate destination for tapping in to Scandinavian design from Swedese, Alexander Lervik, et al. Special guest Ilse Crawford – known for several high-profile projects in Stockholm, among them the Grand Hotel’s three restaurants – will create an inviting lounge in the main entrance hall. stockholmfurniturelightfair.se JANUARY 20 TO 22 KBIS, North America’s largest kitchen and bath show, once again takes over…