Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’
The Molteni Group and Archivia Books are joining forces to invite you to toast the holiday season with furnishings, kitchens, and books at Archivia Books’ pop-up bookstore, which opens tomorrow evening.
Co-founders Cynthia Conigliaro and Will Rogers opened the independent bookshop Archivia Books on New York’s Upper East Side in 2007 to specialize in illustrated books. The original Archivia: The Decorative Arts Book Shop was located on Madison Avenue across from the Whitney Museum from 1991-2001, and had established an international reputation. Now housed in a lovely, 800 square-foot space on Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue, Archivia Books features over three thousand titles on architecture, design, decorative arts, interiors, furniture, gardens, fine arts, fashion, and a miscellany of fiction and non-fiction. The store serves neighborhood clientele as well as a professional base of architects, designers, gardeners, collectors, museum curators and all those interested in the visual and applied arts. Designed by Cynthia Conigliaro herself, the shop also offers a physical space where customers seeking design inspiration, cultural exploration, and historical reference can discover and interact.
The Italian furnishing company Molteni Group opened the two-floor Molteni&C Dada Unifor Flagship Store in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. The store features Molteni’s modern home furnishings, the Dada kitchen collections, doors by Citterio, and the contemporary furniture built for work environments by Unifor. The New York Flagship Store is the first example of integration not just of technology and style, but also of retail between all the firms in the Molteni Group.
We are excited to present the opening of their pop-up bookstore this season!
Details about the opening:
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 from 6-8 pm
Molteni&C Dada Unifor
New York Flagship Store
60 Greene Street
RSVP by phone at (212) 673-7106 or email email@example.com.
Posted by Nicole Bruce
Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New York City nonprofit organization founded in 1982, is committed to helping progress pioneering thinking in architecture, art and design through their acclaimed exhibition program. With exhibitions, artist talks, film screenings, conferences, and publications, the organization initiates conversation “across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries.” Because of its location in the Chinatown/Little Italy/Soho area of New York City, three considerably different cultural neighborhoods, Storefront has been known to attract a diverse audience.
This Saturday, September 26, the public forum for emerging voices is inviting readers, artists, thinkers, builders, visionaries and the like to The BLDGBLOG Book Launch. Author Geoff Manaugh of The BLDGBLOG Book (Chronicle Books; Paperback; On-sale now) has been a voice in speculation about architecture, landscape, and the built environment since 2004. Enhanced by stunning images, The BLDGBLOG Book cultivates Manaugh’s distinct vision, offering an inspirational and entertaining idea-filled guide to the future of architecture.
It’s a free and open to the public day-long event of presentations covering architectural conjecture, urban speculation, and landscape futures, by many of the writers, thinkers, and practitioners whose work is featured in The BLDGBLOG Book at Storefront for Art and Architecture.
For more information on Storefront for Art and Architecture and this event, please visit Storefrontnews.org.
To purchase or read more about The BLDGBLOG Book, visit the Chronicle Books site.
Photos of Storefront for Art and Architecture by Rasmus Norlander found on Storefrontnews.org.
Posted by Nicole Bruce
The sixth annual Architecture and the City Festival is continuing into its last couple weeks in San Francisco. Presented by the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter and the Center for Architecture + Design, it is the nation’s largest architectural festival showcasing tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more.
Once again, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom officially proclaimed September “Architecture and the City month.” Architecture and the City offers an incomparable opportunity to experience San Francisco, whether you are looking to become involved with the local architecture and design community or simply want to learn more about the city in which you live.
(Pictured above: Boor Bridges Architecture’s adapted Ames Cottage via SFgate.com)
This year’s festival promises many new and exciting ways to engage in conversation about the city of San Francisco. The festival theme “Everyday, Design” celebrates the countless ingenious and unexpected ways design impacts our daily lives, revealing the unseen hand of the designer in everything from civic and institutional works to landscaping and residential design. Programs promise to explore the distinct ways architects and designers thoughtfully impact our communities and reflect ever-important issues of sustainability.
(Pictured above: John Maniscalco Cole Street Residence via Remodelista.com)
For the second year in a row, Architecture and the City will also offer architectural programming for the whole family, tours that explore the evolving San Francisco neighborhoods and dining by design, a rare opportunity to enjoy local culinary arts with the architects and chefs who make it possible. Throughout the festival, participants will also have the opportunity to discover the best in residential architecture; watch films that examine the work of Los Angeles modernist architect Gregory Ain, as well as the incredible life and career of architectural photographer Julius Shulman; partake in architectural runs and bicycle rides; and enjoy lectures by designers such as Piero Lissoni, among others.
(Pictured above: Architecture Bike Tours – Mission History Ride participants cruise by Mission Dolores in San Francisco via SFgate.com)
Posted by Nicole Bruce
Lightroom is a multi-faceted design company based in Atlanta, and offers services in architecture, website design, print design, and identity design. Impressed and intrigued by its architectural portfolio (including the design of its personal office space) listed on their website, LoftLife was keen to hear from the lead architect behind the company’s vision, William Carpenter. Striving to create “a thoughtful and collaborative process” and to “act as a catalyst to bring clarity to vision and identity,” Lightroom understands the concepts we at LoftLife love best about spatial design. Taking time away from his drafting table, LoftLife enjoyed a quick Q&A with the savvy designer.
LoftLife: What triggered your personal passion for architectural design? Was there a specific memory or building?
William Carpenter: I went to a High School Career day at Parsons School of Design in New York. Richard Meier led a breakout session. He was wearing a white suit and a red bow tie. I did not like his clothes but I liked the architecture he presented. At the time he was building the High Museum in Atlanta.
Also, meeting Alan Alda while I worked for Norman Jaffe in Bridgehampton. Norman threw me in to the water without a life preserver (so to speak). He was testing me and sent me to a meeting with Alda. I was 19! I remember asking him what he wanted his house to be like and enjoying the idea of designing something to a real client. Norman passed away and I really miss talking to him.
LL: How would you describe the Lightroom’s mission?
WC: The mission of Lightroom is “creative services for creative people.” We believe in multi-disciplinary design. In a typical day we work on designing films, furniture, buildings, grocery lists, websites and graphic design. We want to change the very nature of architectural practice by expanding the normal way an architect works. Think about it– a website is like a building– emotions, compositions, space, experience, branding etc..
LL: Why does Atlanta make sense for your company’s home base and growth?
WC: We love Atlanta and the south. My father is from Mississippi and my mother is from Brooklyn. Atlanta makes sense because it has doubled in size in ten years. People here love modernism– but you have to find them.
We have also been involved in creating a high school design competition (see aiaatlanta.org and a great design conference–see breather.org)
LL: Your company developed its own home office. How is Lightroom’s aesthetic represented in this personal space?
WC: Well, our offices were once my personal live/work loft. I loved it because I rarely had to drive. But now we have grown and it’s our office. We believe an office should inspire the people who work there and the people who visit whether it is the UPS man or a future client.
LL: What are some future projects you would love to see Lightroom involved in?
WC: We want to design a museum where we can design the branding, website, graphics, architecture, interiors and exhibits. Also, we want to be involved in designing a restaurant in New York and a home in Dubai, and currently we are busy proposing a museum for the work of Harry Callahan.
Pictured left is Lightroom’s own home office on a shady street in Decatur, GA.
Posted by Kyra Shapurji