New York’s Museum of Modern Art is exhibiting the “extreme maquettes” of late Congolese sculptor Bodys Isek Kingelez, who modelled futuristic African cities with recycled cardboard, colourful paper and Coca-Cola cans. Located on the museum’s third floor, Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams is the first US retrospective of work by the architect, sculptor and artist.
Danish brand Menu has furnished a New York apartment with its range of products, creating a space for the company to launch new collections and hold events. Menu Space New York opened May 2018 to coincide with the city’s NYCxDesignfestival. It occupies a loft-style apartment in a historic building on the edge of the Soho district.
Pink bathrooms covered in silk flowers and a hanging unicorn sculpture are among the host of fanciful features Martin Brudnizki Design Studio has included in its overhaul of infamous London members’ club Annabel’s. Annabel’s occupies a Grade I-listed Georgian townhouse on Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. It sits two doors down from the club’s original site, which was opened back in 1963 by entrepreneur Mark Birley.
American designer Kelly Wearstler has used clashing patterns, colours and textures to decorate a hotel in San Francisco, alongside notable furniture pieces from various European design movements. San Francisco Proper is located in a “flatiron”-shaped structure built in 1926. Based in Los Angeles, Wearstler retained the original character of the lobby and lounge spaces.
Soho House has turned part of the BBC’s Television Centre in west London into its nineteenth private members’ club, which features a rooftop pool overlooking White City. Purpose-built by architect Graham Dawbarn in 1960 as the headquarters for the BBC, which relocated in 2013, the building now houses members’ facilities inside the central ring of the Grade II-listed building.
New York studio Fogarty Finger has converted a defunct industrial building in New Jersey into a single-family home, adding a volume on the roof and converting the basement into liveable space. The Paulus Hook Residence is located in the historic district of the same name, a short distance away from Downtown Manhattan by ferry or rail.
This 1960s home has been renovated by Birmingham-based architecture firm Design Initiative, which sought to return the building’s original charm, while modernising its interiors and improving circulation. Mountain Brook Residence was originally designed by Fritz Woehle, the first architect from Alabama to be awarded the title of Fellow by the American Institute of Architects(AIA) in 1975.
The more money you have, the more texture you get. The reverse is true of lighting and sound: the more money you have, the less of both of those you get. These are not universal rules, but a return from a month spent in Europe to the United States, which is always much harsher in its economic realities than the countries over there, made it evident to me how prevalent the reality of texture discrimination is. Let’s call it walmartism: the transformation of the spaces used by those with the least means into boxes devoid of texture.
Sisters Corinna and Theresa Williams have designed a laundromat in New York to include lounge areas and a coffee shop, as a welcoming alternative to other coin-operated wash places common across the city. Celsious located in Williamsburg, a trendy area of Brooklyn known for its cafes, bars and loft apartments. The Williams sisters – born and raised in Germany – manage the space themselves.
An old school building in Shanghai has been transformed by Coordination Asia into a restaurant with social media-optimised decor. The local architecture and interior design studio overhauled the 19th century building for Gaga restaurants, to create Changning Villa. “The Gaga restaurants attract a young, well-informed Shanghai crowd that is constantly on a hunt for the new and upcoming. Setting foot into a historic building is not on the top of their list,” founder and director of Coordination Asia Tilman Thürmer told Dezeen.