A Look Back at the Beauty Brought to Life by the Creative Community in 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
The natural forms of trees inspired the plywood ribbing around columns at Eco Kindi, a kindergarten school in Vinh, Vietnam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
- Anastasia Komar
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- BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
- Esrawe Studio
- Harry Nuriev
- HWKN Architecture
- Jill Anholt Studio
- Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
- Maximilian Pelzmann
- Neuf Architect(e)s
- Ot/tra & Zimmerman Workshop
- Richard Mosse
- Stonehill Taylor
- Studio Thier&vanDaalen
- Thaddeus Mosley
- Wilson Barlow and Annie Block
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Models Marsk Tower After the DNA Double Helix
Since its discovery in 1953, the DNA double helix has been symbolic of life itself. That’s why BIG–Bjarke Ingels Group chose the shape for its Marsk Tower, a tall, twisting structure in Southern Jutland, Denmark.
‘Thaddeus Mosley: Forest’ Opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art
“Thaddeus Mosley: Forest” bows this fall at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The BMA exhibition showcases five biomorphic works Mosley made from when he was 89 to today, using solely a mallet and chisel.
A Closer Look at Aaron Blendowski’s Otherworldly Pieces
Aaron Blendowski’s otherworldly, one-of-a-kind pieces were part of “Never Normal,” a Detroit gallery show that reexamined domestic objects.
Spacesmith Fosters Trauma Informed Design for a Family Center in New York
Spacesmith works to create a warm and calming space for this New York Family Center, using trauma informed design.
Relativity Architects Renovates a Decades-old L.A. Warehouse for the Fear of God Label
See how Relativity Architects transforms a 1930’s warehouse into a combination showroom, design studio, and office for the Fear of God label.
This Connecticut Home on the Water Offers an Invitation to Slow Down
Interior designer Sashya Thind draws on natural materials and a cool color palette for this Connecticut home with views of Long Island Sound.