Critics of Singapore’s modern built landscape invariably focus on the bent of local architects for creating glass boxes that, in the humid tropical heat, become year-round saunas that need 24/7 air-conditioning.
The ultimate Berlin dream home is a ‘Haus am See’, a property with waterfront access beside one of the many attractive lakes surrounding the city. The earth is almost pure sand around here, so the shorelines are beach-like and the lakes are clean. Summers on the outskirts of Berlin tend to involve lots of wild swimming, barbecues and messing around in boats
Eastern and Western culinary rituals converge in Ommo, a new line of household accessories hailing from Hong Kong. Designed by Shane Schneck, the creative force behind many of Hay’s most memorable products, Ommo’s objects are simple in form yet cleverly reimagine their traditional functions
A campus-like feel of open, multifunctional space can be created in pretty much any new container in any location ( OMA ’s massive hangar for G-Star Raw on an Amsterdam ring road springs to mind, see W*180). Carving the same kind of space out of an existing building is more of a challenge
A centenary is always worth celebrating, and the powers that be behind Acqua di Parma have decided to mark the occasion with three new perfumes, each inspired by the world of opera. The reason? Though these days the company is based in Milan and owned by the luxury conglomerate LVMH, its origins – as its name suggests – are in Parma, the Italian city of opera par excellence
‘Can we join forces with the unknown?’ This conceptual question was at the heart of a limited-run show of 14 artists selected by the curatorial team of the Galeries Lafayette’s progressive new cultural institution, Lafayette Anticipation.
After a few months’ eager anticipation and no doubt long deliberation, the RIBA has just announced its finalists for the inaugural 2016 RIBA International Prize. The British Institute’s new biannual accolade, announced late last year (and supported by Wallpaper*) , marked the launch of a worldwide hunt for the best building of the past three years. It is open to any registered architect and to buildings outside of the UK.
From now until mid-January 2017, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is hosting one of five remaining original Porte-bouteilles (or Bottle Rack) , the sculpture signed by Marcel Duchamp. The iconic galvanised steel sculpture has arrived from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which selected the Paris gallery to oversee its sale to a public institution
In central London, the luxury of a garden enveloped by a bustling shopping area like Conduit Street has appeal all in itself. Giuseppe Zanotti, who is opening a new store in just such a location, is bringing the outside in and vice-versa, in a Georgian townhouse in Mayfair
Self-styled ‘perfumer curator’ Anastasia Brozler has been involved in the development of a number of British fine fragrance brands, including Union and Illuminum. Formerly the head of marketing in Europe for L’Oréal and Estée Lauder and founder of bespoke fragrance house Creative Perfumers, she has steadily built up her reputation behind the scenes as a formidable force in the fragrance industry.