The Selected Artistic Directors Of 2018 Venice Biennale Win The 2017 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals!

Mar 06, 2017

Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara, directors of Grafton Architects, have been recognized along with three other individuals as winners of the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals. The award, presented by the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, honours “the exemplary contributions of recipients to the endeavors in which Jefferson excelled and held in high regard”, including Law, Citizen Leadership, Global Innovation, and Architecture.

“As founding partners of Grafton Architects, Farrell and McNamara have built an international award-winning practice that has made substantial contributions to culture and education and have embodied their values in profound works of architecture,” said Ila Berman, dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

This is the third honor received by Farrell and McNamara this year, having already been selected as the artistic directors of the 2018 Venice Biennale, as well as winning the inaugural RIBA International Prize for Grafton’s Engineering and Technology University (UTEC) in Lima. 

This Italian Fashion House Dives Into The Home Design Space!

Mar 03, 2017

This January, Etro, the fashion brand best known for its paisley prints, moved deeper into the home space with a collection of wallpapers. The fashion house already offered select home products including bedding, pillows, and fabric, but its latest addition marks a larger leap toward decor.

The wallpaper line, crafted in collaboration with German manufacturer Rasch, comprises four designs and a handful of coordinating solids, all of which are adaptations of Etro's textile prints, resized and rendered in slightly more muted palettes than the brand's fashion and home accessory offerings. The launch is largely the brainchild of Jacopo Etro, son of Etro founder Gerolamo and the brand's current creative director of accessories, leather, home, and textiles.

Asian Paints Unveils The Much Anticipated ‘colournext 2017’ Trends!

Mar 02, 2017

ColourNext, Asian Paints’ releases its 14th edition of annual colour & décor trends forecast this year. These significant discoveries are the result of a year-round scientific study, carried out by an expert panel of India’s top designers, architects, noted sociologists and advertising professionals.

They have studied the socio-economic and political environment, articulated, and visually-mapped the emerging patterns to arrive at four trends that will lead design this year: Local Pride, Bot Is Human, Elixir and Slow Living. Along with these themes, they are introducing a beautiful new shade, ‘Intense Ocean,’ as the colour that represents the mood of the year to come, the Colour of 2017.

This year’s Colour of the Year, Intense Ocean, is inspired by the duality of this enigmatic force of nature. Its ferocity and calmness, strength, and fragility. Intense Ocean is a wonderful blend of grey (representing detachment and composure), blue (representing depth and wisdom), and green (representing stability and endurance). 

Osram & Beaconsmind Ag To Launch Their ‘einstone Smart Retail’ App At The Euroshop Trade Fair

Mar 01, 2017

Osram reports that it has concluded its collaboration and partnership with beaconsmind AG, the first iBeacon full-service provider based in Switzerland. beaconsmind AG will present the Einstone solution portfolio using Osram LED lighting at the EuroShop trade fair from March 5 to 9, 2017.

Osram and beaconsmind are granting retailers a glimpse into their technological future with the ability to deliver personalized direct marketing, in addition to offering detailed analyses and integration of sales channels. Retailers can now achieve this technological potential in their shop environment thanks to “Einstone Smart Retail.”

The solution package uses LED lighting equipped with an iBeacon visual light communications chip that makes LED fixtures act like location beacons. Each luminaire transmits data about its particular location within the store. An Einstone app on customer smartphones translates digital photos of the LED lighting above into data about where the customer is located within the store. Additionally, the app also tracks the customer’s previous purchases, store items in stock and their locations on the shelves. 

Tjx Companies, Inc. To Launch New Home Concept Store Similar To Homegoods

Feb 28, 2017

TJX Companies, Inc., which is the parent company to HomeGoods, Marshalls, T.J.Maxx to name a few, has cornered the market in off-price products. The company's fourth-quarter earnings report showed impressive growth through their statistics stating decor-lovers flocking to HomeGoods in herds, scooping up everything from servingware to wall art.

To capitalize on their winning retail formula and to tap on the “significantly underpenetrated” US home market, TJX Cos. President and CEO, Ernie Herrman just announced the launch of their new home concept store similar to HomeGoods in the upcoming year. Based on the company’s earnings, Mr. Herrman remains confident of their customers accepting the new brand with open arms. In the meantime, the company plans to add even more HomeGoods stores this year while also opening four new-format home concept stores. 

Oma To Design The Next Mpavilion, Australia!

Feb 27, 2017

Founder Rem Koolhaas and Managing Partner David Gianotten of Dutch firm, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) will design the fourth annual MPavilion. Commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, the 2017 MPavilion will be OMA’s first completed project in Australia.

Located in Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Gardens, the MPavilion serves as a design and cultural laboratory that hosts talks, workshops, performances, and installations that are free and open to the public from October to February. The announcement of OMA’s commission comes shortly after the closing of the 2016 MPavilion – a wooden structure by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. OMA’s design details are still under wraps, as their pavilion will open only on October 3, 2017.

“We are excited to design a cultural heart for [Melbourne]—a space of public engagement that will spark creativity and discussion, and that will act as a theatre for ideas,” Koolhaas and Gianotten remarked in a joint statement.

Diy Wood Décor Creating Studio Now Open In Florida

Feb 27, 2017

The Makers Market and Workshops, a store for customers to create their own home décor, has now opened in Bradenton, Florida. Friends and family members can come together to make popular wood signs or home accessories like serving trays, tool caddies, or holiday decor.

Co-owners, Jennifer Bade and Jennifer Gunter use the advantage of unfinished art having a “rustic, farmhouse feel” to their customers’ satisfaction. To add value to their end result, they also offer free corrective solutions to existing customers. The Makers Market and Workshops is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Odisha’s Architectural Excellence Uncovered In This Book!

Feb 27, 2017

With the aim of depicting the architectural wonders of the Odisha, also known as the Soul of India, Dr. Soumyendu Shankar, KIIT School of Architecture and Planning, along with Dr. Kajri Misra compiled the 201-page visually-arresting book published by Bloomsbury, for which they even travelled to Maoist and Naxal-hit areas.

The book contains perfectly defines the niceties of Odisha’s architectural wonders, which haven’t been accurately described ever before. For instance, the book not only entails essential design details of certain chariots of the religious Jagannath Rath Yatra, but also significant facts of 62 tribes’ architectural intelligence. According to the book, these tribes are also leaving behind their design culture and adhering to modern homes, to which Mr. Soumyendu puts forth the importance of a modern home with a touch of our Indian culture. 

Government College For Women In Thiruvananthapuram Gets Hi-tech Library

Feb 24, 2017

Realising the importance of a modern library in raising the quality of higher education, government colleges such as the Government College For Women in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, are slowly going the hi-tech way by incorporating the latest technological advancements.

Constructed in an eco-friendly manner by Habitat Group of noted architect G Sankar, the four-storeyed library building was completed in less than one-and-a-half years with a cost of around Rs.  3 crore. 

The library provides users with the facility to access over one lakh e-books and more than 4,000 e-journals. The e-journals can be accessed free of cost as they have been supplied under a University Grants Commission (UGC) scheme. The e-books and e-journals can be accessed on the third floor, which is earmarked as a Research section and Cyber Centre. 

Casablanca Coast To Get Redesigned By The End Of 2017!

Feb 24, 2017

Lemay has won the prestigious international competition to redesign the corniches of Morocco’s Casablanca coast, which include the new seaside promenade of the Hassan II Mosque and the Ain Diab corniche. This win reinforces Lemay’s international presence and once again showcases Quebec’s creativity and design abroad. 

Lemay’s project is destined to become a landmark destination in Morocco. Led by Lemay Principal and International Development Director René Hubert and designed by the LemayLAB, this win further confirms the company’s ability to create tangible value for collectivities.

Lemay’s proposal stood out with its transdisciplinary approach combining broad expertise in international development, sustainable development, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and graphic design, edging out submissions by high-profile firms in the U.S., Europe and Australia. For the purposes of the project, Lemay collaborated with Moroccan firm Geodata, which specializes in topography and engineering.

The completion of the first phase of the Hassan II Mosque’s seaside boardwalk is scheduled for end of 2017, with the Ain Diab corniche inauguration planned for the following year.