From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this biweekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.
Walter Hood Receives the Architectural League’s Highest Honor
On Wednesday, July 21, the Architectural League of New York awarded Walter Hood, the founder of AD100 firm Hood Design Studio, its President’s Medal. Dedicated to exceptional achievement in architecture, urbanism, art, design, and the environment, the award is the League’s highest honor, with past recipients including Darren Walker, Ada Louise Huxtable, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and Renzo Piano, among others. In an online statement, the organization lauded Hood as “one of the most influential designers of public space of our time, an artist who sees his work as a cultural practice, creating beauty in everyday environments, revealing hidden histories, renewing connections, guiding the way to coexistence in all our multiplicity and difference.”
TIWA Select Takes On Big Plates
For Alex Tieghi-Walker, the founder of design gallery TIWA Select, 2021 is the summer of entertainment. Last month at L.A. showcase Sized, TIWA Select exhibited an array of mezcal cups, all handmade by artists like Jim McDowell and Minjae Kim. Now, the gallerist is thinking bigger—literally, as he and cocurator Fiona McKay take on Big Plates, where oversized platters rule. Popping up from August 5 through 7 in Stone Ridge, New York, Big Plates will showcase platters, two to four feet long each, produced by artists including Simone Bodmer-Turner and Deborah Needleman. Rather than displaying the show in a typical gallery setting, the curators are embracing the outdoors: A forest adjacent to a barn on McKay’s upstate property is planned as the exhibition space.
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Burberry is rolling out a new design concept, which is best encapsulated in the brand’s new No. 1 Sloane Street flagship in London. 2021 AD100 debut Vincenzo De Cotiis collaborated with the company on the design, which features checkerboard floors, brightly lit gallery-like displays, and a gridded ceiling that calls to mind the brand’s signature plaid. The new aesthetic will also define three yet-to-open stores—in Shanghai, in Paris, and elsewhere in London.
Pierre Yovanovitch Opens New Paris Showroom
This week, French interiors connoisseur and AD100 designer Pierre Yovanovitch opened the doors to his first-ever furniture showroom. Located next to the firm’s headquarters in Paris, the new space features 300 square feet of new and existing Mobilier pieces. Wanting a space that truly reflected the brand, Yovanovitch tapped four galleries to curate the artworks, which hang on custom vibrant orange walls crafted by Atelier Mériguet-Carrère. The showroom is open by appointment only.
Dallas’s Design Scene Is About to Get More Colorful
Designers in the Lone Star State will soon have easier access to Kelly Wearstler’s decidedly spirited paint palette, Roman and Williams’s nature-derived pigments, and more from Farrow & Ball’s rich range of paints and wallpapers. The heritage British manufacturer is opening a new showroom in the Dallas Design District, marking the first retail opening for the brand since 2018. A soft launch is set for the trade this month; showroom doors officially open to the public in September.
Light Up Your Life (or Desk) With Louis Vuitton’s New Speaker
It’s a flying saucer…it’s a cute fashion accessory…it’s Louis Vuitton’s new portable electronic device. The fashion brand has unveiled the Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Speaker, a decidedly chic gadget for those who want only the finest things in life. Inspired by the Toupie handbag, the speaker is made of noble leather and metal components, and features lights that synchronize with music.
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