If you ever needed a sign of Yorkville’s culinary credentials, look no further than Sofia restaurant, Christine Mast’s swanky new Italian – the Toronto-based chef is checking all the boxes when it comes to setting, ambience and menu. Particular applause, please, for local outfit Studio Munge which created a sophisticated progression of spaces, beginning with a foyer lined with rich red wall panels and black and white marble. This leads into a lounge inspired by Italian art deco which is anchored by a circular bar wrapped in leather, and eventually into a dining room whose dimensions are exaggerated by rectangular columns clad in mirrors and a dozen Barovier & Toso chandeliers, alongside tables topped with Rosso Levanto stone
The Dutch chef Annemiek Wils’ new restaurant Hex in Oudewater takes its name from the women who sat trial as witches in the building next door in the 16th century.
As a young man exited the small, curtained nook where Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price was exhibiting her latest two-channel HD video, txtʃərz, he remarked at how refreshing it was to catch an esteemed artist in the backwoods of Waterloo Station. The artist, he said, was bringing her message to the masses – a rare delight.
As Vancouver’s real estate wars ravage the city’s heritage housing, including its considerable cache of midcentury modernism, the West Vancouver Museum’s West Coast Modern Home tour offers a beacon of hope on the architectural horizon. Coinciding with the close of their What’s Lost exhibition of photography by Selwyn Pullan (Canada’s answer to Julius Shulman) featuring images of important West Coast modernist residences that have been demolished – the tour provides a unique perspective on both heritage preservation survivors and contemporary homes inspired by their spirit. West Vancouver, Canada’s wealthiest postal code and home to both unique residences from the last century designed by the likes of Arthur Erickson and Ron Thom as well as being ground zero in the great reckoning between heritage architecture and price per square footage/lot value – is a kind of architectural crucible.
VMDPE Design is taking playtime seriously at the IBOBI International Education Centre and Kindergarten in Shenzhen. Located in the Jingshan Villa, a high-end property development in the Shekou Area of the city, the new facility is designed top-to-toe with little people in mind; complete with pint-sized furniture, low-level windows for easy viewing, and even mini-staircases, so that children can explore the space as freely as possible. The local firm – which specialises in designing spaces for children – was tasked with creating a space in line with the Montessori educational approach, a child-centred method based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood, where grown-ups often take a back seat, allowing the child to discover the world around them, establishing their own set of interests naturally
Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest contemporary art biennial is back for its tenth run. Spread across Liverpool and showing for 15 weeks, this year’s edition is inspired by a poem – Beautiful world, where are you
Los Angeles’ fitness fans have yet another beautifully-designed sweat spot to choose from in the form of a new Equinox health club, designed by MBH Architects. Equinox – a 1990s stalwart of American fitness, before social media exploded gym-going into a social necessity – often occupies prime real estate. The new location is no different
Skateboarding was born out of surfing, and if the later sport is an attempt at dominating the indomitable surface of nature, skating is about conquering urban terrain. In the 1970s, when surfers bored by flat oceans began to take over the abandoned architecture of Southern California, it hardly seemed possible that skating could turn into a worldwide phenomenon, and even an Olympic Sport. Yet with the public space becoming more crowded and surveilled, skating is being pushed away from its subculture roots.