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October 29, 2021

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The craze for the mirror booth continues in Canada

Canada has a weakness for mirrored cabins. Earlier this spring, Arcana has launched a series of sleek, wood-lined freestanding structures encased in polished stainless steel shells in a secret location two hours outside of Toronto. Come now Reflection, two black wooden cabins in the Charlevoix forest near Quebec. The local company Bourgeois Lechasseur is at the origin of the concept, an antidote to the traditional rustic typology designed to immerse guests in nature.

Lined with full-height reflective glass walls, interiors are done up with pale wood ceilings, monochrome furniture, and heated polished cement floors. Two bedrooms, a high-end kitchenette, and open common areas furnished with monochrome furniture and freestanding fireplaces make the space perfect for a six-person ski trip to the Massif or a weekend of rest and contemplation. The mirrored panels of the facade are adorned with a special coating only visible to the wildlife of the surrounding woods, so that the dive-bombed birds will never come crashing into the window.

Kalon Studios opens serene showroom in Los Angeles

Johann Pauwen and Michaele Simmering, the husband and wife duo behind Los Angeles furniture studio Kalon, have quietly mastered the art of evoking emotion in everyday objects. A purity of form and materiality permeates their handmade furniture, the quintessence Single bed and clever IO cradle relaxed Rugosa chair– with a timeless allure endemic to great design. Now the duo is taking their philosophy to the next level by opening a dedicated cutting edge sustainability showroom that will also serve as an event space for LA’s burgeoning creative community.

Kalon’s materials-driven philosophy permeates the sunny 2,000 square foot space, which skillfully uses organic materials such as wood, linen, stone and metals that reveal their character over time. Their latest furnishings – the new Highland collection and Rugosa’s expanded range of ultramarine and moss green upholstery fabrics – will rotate throughout the year and accompany the work of local manufacturers such as Brendan Ravenhill and Bari Ziperstein.

“With so many of our lives spent online, we felt it was a powerful time to channel some of our energy into creating a physical space in the world, where people could come and experience Kalon and all that. we represent, touch the materials, and see how our designs make them feel, ”says Pauwen. “Much of our practice concerns these materials and the cultivation of particular feelings and emotions. All of this is best experienced in the flesh, with all of our sensory abilities at work and able to engage.

X marks the location of OMA’s wood-clad escalators in the KaDeWe department store in Berlin.

Enlisted by Kaufhaus des Westens for a tip-to-toe facelift, the architectural firm reformulates the nine-story structure into four quadrants in four different architectural styles– the completed first section features a series of crisscrossing wood-clad escalators that connect the newly formed retail and event spaces. Functioning as a central link, the installation talks about OMA’s reinterpretation of typical department stores through a post-pandemic lens.

A $ 350 million wellness theme park may soon take root on Manhattan’s waterfront.

Responding to New Yorkers’ call for more green space, luxury spa maker Therme Group hired High Line developer Robert Hammond to create a wellness theme park on the Manhattan waterfront. “As someone who understands firsthand the healing power of nature and the importance of mindfulness, I believe everyone needs a place where they can comfortably and inexpensively reconnect with themselves. itself, nature and the environment around it, ”says Hammond. While the project is still on the hunt for a location, it will become the Therme Group’s first outpost in New York if approved.

Dubai outclasses the High Roller of Las Vegas with the world’s largest Ferris wheel.

The Middle Eastern country unveiled the Ain Dubai, a tourist trap that stands 820 feet tall and set a new world record as tallest observation wheel, overtaking its famous counterparts in London and Las Vegas. With a capacity of 1,750 seats and accommodating 40 passengers in each of its air-conditioned cabins for up to 38 minutes, the ride offers impressive views of the Dubai skyline from Bluewaters Island.

In Spain, a striking yellow funicular revitalizes a 1970s hotel tucked away near Gran Canaria.

Responsible for renovating an old hotel in Mogán, Atelier LopezNeiraCiaurri Architecture designed a modern 42-degree funicular that facilitates traffic. “We took on the challenge of creating an infrastructure with a soul – strategy and poetry in equal parts,” the studio explains. Associated to renewable energy systems on its rooftop, the installation sports yellow cabins that offset the whitewashed hues of the surrounding area, marking the transit structure as a magnetic attraction that offers sweeping views of the seaside district.

The Black Artists + Designers Guild names the four winners of the Creative Futures Grant.

Maintain the Black Artists + Designers Guildcommitment to represent black talent and culture in visual arts, architecture and interior design, the Creative Futures Grant has named its first class of awardees: Abena Otema Danquah, Janiya Douglas, LaRissa Rogers and Neysa Wellington . Each will receive $ 5,000 and mentorship from industry professionals to support legacy projects from ideation to implementation. “Mentorship and arts education are just as important to me as artistic creation,” says Dr. Lisa Whittington, mentor with Rhonnika Clifton, Nina Cooke John and Beth Diana Smith. “I find it an honor to help my people, especially knowing that African Americans are at a disadvantage in the arts.”

Today’s Attractive Distractions:

Irish revelers once carved faces out of turnips in order to avoid dark spirits.

A formidable dog-sized scorpion ruled the China Sea 400 million years ago.

Amazon’s trend-obsessed comedy Fairfax doesn’t quite live up to the hype.

MSCHF sells 1,000 sketches of Andy Warhol, of which 999 are false.

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