Milestones – 50 Years
Main Event 2022 is the April 30 gala celebrating 50 years of the boundary-pushing creativity of SCI-Arc, the private Los Angeles university focused on architecture—and the intersection of innovation and humanity, which this anniversary branding image illustrates via a playful reference to the creation of Adam—that counts Shigeru Ban and Barbara Bestor among its notable alumni.
Air France established Meridien Hotels in 1972, the first in Paris; today, the Marriott International–owned brand is called Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, has grown to over 100 properties worldwide, including the new Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa (top) and the historic Le Méridien Barcelona in Spain (bottom), and, for its 50th anniversary year, looks forward to opening Le Royal Méridien Doha and Le Méridien Hualien Resort.
Also created in 1972, by French journalist Franklin Loufrani for the newspaper France Soir, the Smiley trademark has become one of the most recognizable icons in graphic design, not to mention on Smart phones in the form of emojis, thanks to Loufrani’s son Nicolas, who also launched the nonprofit Smiley Movement in 2017.
“Portrait of Nation II: Beyond Narratives” celebrates five decades of visual arts in the United Arab Emirates, a highlight being The Mastaba, a project for Abu Dhabi, the only permanent work by Christo and Jeanne-Claude that consists of 410,000 multicolored steel barrels stacked into a 492-foot-high mosaic echoing Islamic architecture, an idea first conceived by the couple in 1977 and now being carried out, posthumously, in the Liwa desert by Christo’s nephew Vladimir Yavachev and the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation.
A Closer Look at the Posthumous Installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude That Temporarily Obscured the Arc de Triomphe
Tens of thousands of yards of fabric temporarily obscured the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, a posthumous installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claud.
Studio MK27 Brings Tropical Modernism to the Maldives
2021 Best of Year winner for Hospitality – Large Resort. Studio MK27 founder and architect Marcio Kogan’s lavish vision of tropical modernism has come to define the look of much residential design in his native Brazil….
DesignAgency Conjures a Spirited and Idiosyncratic Addition to Toronto’s Drake Hotel
Toronto’s Drake Hotel opened 17 years ago with interiors by +tongtong and became an instant “art hotel classic”: playful, creative, and deeply contextual to its West Queen West neighborhood that’s rife with indie…
Highlights from Cersaie 2022
Cersaie 2022, the world’s largest exposition of ceramic tile manufacturers, presented a variety of luxurious new collections last month.
AIA California Design Awards Focus on Climate Change and Sustainability
Get the scoop on the 2022 winners of the AIA California Design Awards, the west coast annual event, this year with a focus on sustainability.
Interior Design Hosts 30/30 Event in 3 Cities for Early Career Designers
Young designers gathered in Chicago, Dallas, and New York City for Interior Design’s 30/30 events, a new initiative to honor their work.