It’s difficult to gauge the impact cashmere has on the environment and how it affects its provenance land, Mongolia. Long touted as the luxurious wool for lavish loungewear, cashmere has lost part of its glory due to cheap sweaters popping everywhere on the high street and pushing the industry to produce more while cutting its prices
Two decades ago the Ace Hotel Group and its founders – Alex Calderwood, Wade Weigel and Doug Herrick – re-envisaged hospitality for a new millennium. Ace disregarded many of the tenets of traditional operations: favouring idiosyncrasy over uniformity, focusing on communal experiences, energising public spaces, and ultimately applying the kind of brand-building principles that were more commonly associated with jeans than hotels. The ‘hotel as lifestyle’ idea is now common currency but, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Ace’s independent spirit was both a challenge to the major players and something to be studied and assimilated
Designed by Erik Van Biervliet in the 1960s, the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens is one of the most stylish private art establishments in Belgium, with a treasure trove of a collection to match. Now, a new project by artist Hans Op de Beeck, in collaboration with architect Mo Vandenberghe of Studio MOTO, has been added to the grounds
‘Boring’, ‘banal’, ‘bureaucratic’ — forget the chocolates or the chips and mayo, Brexit (the biggest B-word) has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Brits when it comes to Brussels. It doesn’t help too, that thanks to social media, Belgium has become a butt of architectural jokes – the Instagram page ‘UglyBelgianHouses’ boasts more than 60,000 followers.
Layering scent is not new, but a new push to put customisation in the hands of the consumer is taking hold. British brand Thomas Clipper has developed a trio of scents, called City, Coast and Country, designed to mix according to mood and location, while US brand DS & Durga has developed a fragrance enhancer called I Don’t Know What, which has the ability to re-animate any other scent in your repertoire. The London-based experimental Perfume Club has produced Layers, a blending collection comprising three scents that can be used to mix a unique smell in a fourth empty bottle.
Hedi Slimane has lost no time in making Celine his own, after taking over as creative director at the luxury brand given cult status by the departing Phoebe Philo. Since his arrival last year, Slimane has removed the accent on the ‘e’, introduced menswear , put his stamp firmly on womenswear, and is now rolling out his new retail concept worldwide. Of the latest move, Celine’s CEO Séverine Merle explains: ‘Celine has a great distribution network and high-quality visibility but no large stores
Nike recently joined forces with London design studio Concrete Objects to engage East London’s community spirit ahead of the Hackney 5k. For the race day – which took place over the weekend on 18 May – designers Samuel Ross and Jobe Burns were tasked with creating the finisher t-shirt, participant medal, as well as the start and finish gantry and a post-race rest area for runners
The largest collection of Gerhard Richter seascapes ever to be displayed is on view from today at Guggenheim Bilbao. The renowned German painter – widely regarded as one of the most important living artists – is celebrated for his masterfully various oeuvre, that contains both sweeping abstractions and meticulous photorealism. In a world that has already seen myriad Richter retrospectives, here, close attention is paid to the artist’s decades-long fascination with the sea, and so offering a new – if narrow – perspective; despite the artist’s vast history with solo museum exhibitions.
Hampstead Heath’s 78 South Hill Park doesn’t look like a house born of embarrassment, but that is exactly what it is. In the 1950s, architect Brian Housden visited Dutch De Stijl master Gerrit Rietveld (who played roughly the role in architecture that Mondrian played in painting ) and, when they parted, Rietveld told Housden he’d love to see the plans of the Hampstead house he was working on. Housden said he was mortified, ashamed of the timid designs he had drawn and decided to start over
The Aranya Gold Coast in Qinhuangdao, China is an established resort within the Asian tourist market and a well known port town in the northern province of Hebei. So when enlightened developer Aranya asked Neri&Hu to design an art centre for their seaside community, the Shanghai-based duo jumped at the opportunity. The brief felt a fairly straightforward one – a space for art within the resort to cater for residents and visitors