ESRAWE STUDIO and SUPERFLEX Some 30,000 matte-glazed ceramic tiles clad the exterior of Arca Wynwood Design Center, an architectural materials showroom and arts space blocks from Miami’s Design District, the palette based on the denominations of pesos from Mexico, where parent company Grupo Arca is based. Photography: César Béjar.
ESRAWE STUDIO and SUPERFLEX Some 30,000 matte-glazed ceramic tiles clad the exterior of Arca Wynwood Design Center, an architectural materials showroom and arts space blocks from Miami’s Design District, the palette based on the denominations of pesos from Mexico, where parent company Grupo Arca is based. Photography: César Béjar.

A Look Back at the Beauty Brought to Life by the Creative Community in 2021

Richard Mosse

The 6-by-8-foot Platon, a 2012 image of land in the Democratic Republic of Congo fought over by indigenous Congolese tribes and rebel militias shot with Kodak Aerochrome film, was part of “Displaced,” at Fondazione MAST in Bologna, Italy.

RICHARD MOSSE: The 6-by-8-foot Platon, a 2012 image of land in the Democratic Republic of Congo fought over by indigenous Congolese tribes and rebel militias shot with Kodak Aerochrome film, was part of “Displaced,” at Fondazione MAST in Bologna, Italy. Photography: courtesy of Richard Mosse and Collection Jack Shainman.
Photography courtesy of Richard Mosse and Collection Jack Shainman.

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For Uncommon Store, an unmanned boutique in Seoul, South Korea, selling food, drinks, and skin-care products displayed along a 50-foot-long wall of acrylic and stainless-steel shelves, customers scan a QR code to enter, and 50 ceiling-mounted cameras apply face-recognition software to access their digital payment. 

50 ceiling-mounted cameras apply face-recognition software to access their digital payment. Photography: Yongjoon Choi.
Photography by Yongjoon Choi.

Esrawe Studio & Superflex

Some 30,000 matte-glazed ceramic tiles clad the exterior of Arca Wynwood Design Center, an architectural materials showroom and arts space blocks from Miami’s Design District, the palette based on the denominations of pesos from Mexico, where parent company Grupo Arca is based.

ESRAWE STUDIO and SUPERFLEX Some 30,000 matte-glazed ceramic tiles clad the exterior of Arca Wynwood Design Center, an architectural materials showroom and arts space blocks from Miami’s Design District, the palette based on the denominations of pesos from Mexico, where parent company Grupo Arca is based. Photography: César Béjar.
Photography by César Béjar.

Thaddeus Mosley

The nonagenarian debuted five wood sculptures, made from felled trees, sawmill cut-­offs, and reclaimed building materials, for “Thaddeus Mosley: Forest,” on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art through March 27. 

THADDEUS MOSLEY: The nonagenarian debuted five wood sculptures, made from felled trees, sawmill cut-­offs, and reclaimed building materials, for “Thaddeus Mosley: Forest,” on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art through March 27. Photography: courtesy of Thaddeus Mosley and Karma, New York.
Photography courtesy of Thaddeus Mosley and Karma, New York.
THADDEUS MOSLEY: The nonagenarian debuted five wood sculptures, made from felled trees, sawmill cut-­offs, and reclaimed building materials, for “Thaddeus Mosley: Forest,” on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art through March 27. Photography: courtesy of Thaddeus Mosley and Karma, New York.
Photography courtesy of Thaddeus Mosley and Karma, New York.
THADDEUS MOSLEY: The nonagenarian debuted five wood sculptures, made from felled trees, sawmill cut-­offs, and reclaimed building materials, for “Thaddeus Mosley: Forest,” on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art through March 27. Photography: courtesy of Thaddeus Mosley and Karma, New York.
Photography courtesy of Thaddeus Mosley and Karma, New York.
THADDEUS MOSLEY: The nonagenarian debuted five wood sculptures, made from felled trees, sawmill cut-­offs, and reclaimed building materials, for “Thaddeus Mosley: Forest,” on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art through March 27. Photography: courtesy of Thaddeus Mosley and Karma, New York.
Photography courtesy of Thaddeus Mosley and Karma, New York.

Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

The natural forms of trees inspired the plywood ribbing around columns at Eco Kindi, a kindergarten school in Vinh, Vietnam.

LABORATORY FOR VISIONARY ARCHITECTURE: The natural forms of trees inspired the plywood ribbing around columns at Eco Kindi, a kindergarten school in Vinh, Vietnam. Photography: Hiroyuki Oki.
Photography by Hiroyuki Oki.

Kanva with Neuf Architect(e)s

Occupying the former velodrome built for the 1976 Olympic Games, the Montreal Biodome science museum retains its architectural heritage with the insertion of a biophilic skin made from Batyline and Precontraint and freestanding elements and is capped with massive skylight panels.

KANVA with Neuf Architect(e)s: Occupying the former velodrome built for the 1976 Olympic Games, the Montreal Biodome science museum retains its architectural heritage with the insertion of a biophilic skin made from Batyline and Precontraint and freestanding elements and is capped with massive skylight panels. Photography: James Brittain.
Photography by James Brittain.

Anastasia Komar

Model Arielle Simone wears the Spanish leather Houndstooth bag, its 3-D reinterpretation of the traditional Scottish check meant to play with perception, by the founder of the environmental-, furniture-, and accessories-design firm Forms; Komar’s art practice Mooqko conceived the shoot’s set design.

ANASTASIA KOMAR: Model Arielle Simone wears the Spanish leather Houndstooth bag, its 3-D reinterpretation of the traditional Scottish check meant to play with perception, by the founder of the environmental-, furniture-, and accessories-design firm Forms; Komar’s art practice Mooqko conceived the shoot’s set design. Photography: Turkina Faso.
Photography by Turkina Faso.

Harry Nuriev

Early in the pandemic, the Crosby Studios founder virtually launched a home-goods collection, which includes fleece loungewear and the Blue Hand Pillow, then opened the bricks-and-mortar Crosby Studios Store in Moscow, where he lives part-time. 

HARRY NURIEV: Early in the pandemic, the Crosby Studios founder virtually launched a home-goods collection, which includes fleece loungewear and the Blue Hand Pillow, then opened the bricks-and-mortar Crosby Studios Store in Moscow, where he lives part-time. Photography: Mikhail Loskutov.
Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

Ot/tra & Zimmerman Workshop

In the entryway to its office, showroom, and shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the joint furniture-production and architecture studio designed, fabricated, and built on-site an elliptical solid-wood staircase. 

OT/TRA and ZIMMERMAN WORKSHOP In the entryway to its office, showroom, and shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the joint furniture-production and architecture studio designed, fabricated, and built on-site an elliptical solid-wood staircase. Photography: John Muggenborg.
Photography by John Muggenborg.

BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

A double-helix pattern of 146 steps made from weathering steel ascends to the top of the 82-foot Marsk Tower in Denmark’s Wadden Sea National Park. 

BIG–BJARKE INGELS GROUP: A double-helix pattern of 146 steps made from weathering steel ascends to the top of the 82-foot Marsk Tower in Denmark’s Wadden Sea National Park. Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj/courtesy of BIG–Bjarke Ingels Group.
Photography by Rasmus Hjortshøj/Courtesy of BIG–Bjarke Ingels Group.

TOWOdesign

A light show plays on the walls of a glass box in the first room of “Cave Dwelling Shall Predict the Future,” a multiyear exhibition promoting passive housing at a Gaoxin Real Estate sales office in Xi’an, China.

TOWODESIGN: A light show plays on the walls of a glass box in the first room of “Cave Dwelling Shall Predict the Future,” a multiyear exhibition promoting passive housing at a Gaoxin Real Estate sales office in Xi’an, China. Photography: Shao Feng.
Photography by Shao Feng.

Snøhetta & Stonehill Taylor

The Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel is part of the Cornell Tech campus and reflects its unique location with a witty blend of old school and New Age that begins with a booklined lobby centered on a 12-foot-tall FlyBoy sculpture by Hebru Brantley.

SNØHETTA and STONEHILL TAYLOR: The Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel is part of the Cornell Tech campus and reflects its unique location with a witty blend of old school and New Age that begins with a booklined lobby centered on a 12-foot-tall FlyBoy sculpture by Hebru Brantley. Photography: Steve Freihorn.
Photography by Steve Freihorn.

HWKN Architecture

“Shape Tomorrow: Towards a Future-Oriented Built Environment” was an interactive exhibition at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin featuring nine 16-foot-high towers symbolizing the diverse programmatic approaches of the firm’s projects, which prioritize people and their social interactions, accompanied by toy figures that visitors were invited to move throughout the installation.

HWKN ARCHITECTURE: “Shape Tomorrow: Towards a Future-Oriented Built Environment” was an interactive exhibition at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin featuring nine 16-foot-high towers symbolizing the diverse programmatic approaches of the firm’s projects, which prioritize people and their social interactions, accompanied by toy figures that visitors were invited to move throughout the installation. Photography: Marco van Oel.
Photography by Marco van Oel.
HWKN ARCHITECTURE: “Shape Tomorrow: Towards a Future-Oriented Built Environment” was an interactive exhibition at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin featuring nine 16-foot-high towers symbolizing the diverse programmatic approaches of the firm’s projects, which prioritize people and their social interactions, accompanied by toy figures that visitors were invited to move throughout the installation. Photography: Marco van Oel.
Photography by Marco van Oel.

Maximilian Pelzmann

Pavilion, an 11-foot-tall sculpture in mixed materials, stands on the concrete-paved amenity deck at VYV, a two-tower residential complex in Jersey City, New Jersey, by Arrowstreet, Perkins Eastman, and Studios Architecture.

MAXIMILIAN PELZMANN: Pavilion, an 11-foot-tall sculpture in mixed materials, stands on the concrete-paved amenity deck at VYV, a two-tower residential complex in Jersey City, New Jersey, by Arrowstreet, Perkins Eastman, and Studios Architecture. Photography: Eric Laignel.
Photography by Eric Laignel.

Studio Thier&vanDaalen

Irregular lumps of polyethylene plastics culled from factory overproduction get saw-cut or CNC-milled and transformed into Plastic Mine, a series of one-of-kind shelves.

STUDIO THIER&VANDAALEN: Irregular lumps of polyethylene plastics culled from factory overproduction get saw-cut or CNC-milled and transformed into Plastic Mine, a series of one-of-kind shelves. Photography: courtesy of Studio Thier&vanDaalen.
Photography courtesy of Studio Thier&vanDaalen.

Jill Anholt Studio

Sea Change, an interactive LED installation of mirror-polished stainless steel in a North Vancouver, BC, bus transit tunnel, was the CODAaward winner in the transportation category. 

JILL ANHOLT STUDIO: Sea Change, an interactive LED installation of mirror-polished stainless steel in a North Vancouver, BC, bus transit tunnel, was the CODAaward winner in the transportation category. Photography: Nic Lehoux.
Photography by Nic Lehoux.

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