If you happen to find yourselves in Singapore in the next couple of days, do go to this wonderful store Egg3 who are having their end of season sale with discounts of up to 50%. It’s a treasure trove of unique and quirky homeware, tee-shirts and gift accessories. Whenever I go back to Singapore, this is one shop, I never fail to visit. Besides the original shop at Erskine Road next to the ubercool Scarlet hotel, they have now two more sister shops at Haji Lane called Salad and another Egg3 in the Eastern suburbs in Joo Chiat.
Call 0065- 6536 6977 for more info.
New York-based architect Ali Tayar has redesigned The Omnia hotel in Zermatt, Switzerland. Tayar conceived the 30-room boutique hotel as an avant-garde contemporary American mountain lodge in the Swiss Alps, furnished with some of the greatest 20th century design classics by Mies Van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen amongst others.
Prominent Italian architect-designer Ettore Sottsass passed away on New Year’s Eve aged 90 at his home in Milan. Sottsass, one of the most influential designers of the 20th century will be best remembered for founding the Memphis Movement and designing the red plastic Olivetti typewriter that is now considered a design icon.
Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture is back with a new installation, venue and different designers. The exhibition that will open in April 2008 will feature Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Mcqueen and Hussein Chalayan among other designers and will focus on the visual and conceptual similarities between fashion and architecture since the 80s. The architecture fraternity will be represented by Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, David Adjaye and Thomas Heatherwick. The installation has been designed by some of the most edgy designers such as Boudicca, Comme des Garcon, Martin Margiela, Victor & Rolf, Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe.
It’s intersting to note that some of the most famous fashion designers originally trained as architects such as the late Gianfranco Ferre and former Gucci creative head Tom Ford. Last year the exhibition ran at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
The exhibition will run from April 24 to August 10 2008 at Somerset House, Strand, London. For more information visit www.somersethouse.org
Zaha Hadid has come a long way from The Peak competition in Hong Kong at the beginning of her career. Even though she won the competition, the design was deemed too radical an never got built. But here she is once again. Pritzker Prize winner Hadid is now designing the Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The 130,000square foot complex will house research labs, exhibition spaces, classrooms and lecture halls.
There’s nothing that Zaha Hadid can’t or hasn’t designed. From buildings to cars, kitchens, and now this awe-inspiring railway station in Innsbruck, Austria, in her signature fluid style.
Top and Middle: Graffiti-painted public housing blocks
Bottom: Shtrikh Kod (barcode in Russian) in St. Petersburg
Today we are travelling to Russia. Check out this cool barcode building called Shtrikh Kod in St. Petersburg by Vitruvius and Sons. Built in a large centre next to the Volodarsky Bridge with grey public housing all around, the bright red barcode building really livens up the place.
Also check out the graffiti-clad public housing in Moscow which is anything but drab. Apprently, the Moscow Municipality gets aspiring graffiti artists to practice their art on these otherwise ‘grey’ buildings. It’s fantastic and economical way to dress up the drab.