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London’s New Masterpiece: The Shard by Renzo Piano Opens to the Public

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This week, London touches the sky. Friday marks the opening of The Shard, which at 1,016 feet (or 72 stories) makes it the tallest building in the European Union. Designed by iconic architect Renzo Piano, the structure sits alongside the Thames River in one of the oldest parts of the city. Housing office space, restaurants, multimillion-dollar condos […]

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“2013 Designs of the Year” Nominees: By Zaha Hadid

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Renowned as the first woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, Zaha Hadid has also been repeatedly acknowledged in design categories ranging from architecture to furniture to technology (her Z-Car is on permanent display at New York’s MoMA). And it looks like 2013 will be no exception: Last week, the world-renowned architect, whose futuristic creations focus […]

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Bali: A Wonderland Built of Bamboo

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An extraordinary development in Bali is taking the idea of sustainable living to the next level. Crafted entirely of bamboo—the indigenous species of grass that has the strength of wood—Green Village is the brainchild of Elora Hardy, daughter of jeweler John Hardy and former print designer for Donna Karan. “Even sustainable timber can’t begin to […]

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Frank Gehry’s Fish Lamps at the Gagosian Gallery

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Internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry, whose monumental buildings include Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, is now going small. A duel exhibit of Gehry’s fish lamps is currently being shown at two of superdealer Larry Gagosian’s galleries, in Beverly Hills and Paris. The architect […]

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Steve Rubell’s Studio 54 Auction: everything must blow!

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Quick! What do a sterling-silver Bulgari postcard, an invitation to the premiere of the 1978 film The Wiz, an Andy Warhol Polaroid of Grace Jones, and a diploma from Syracuse University have in common? Well, they’re all going on the block tomorrow in West Palm Beach, when Palm Beach Modern Auctions sells a collection of rare memorabilia from […]

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Fashion Restoration: Diesel Sponsors Venice’s Ponte di Rialto

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With his announcement of a 5.5 million euro gift to restore Venice’s iconic Ponte di Rialto bridge, Diesel founder Renzo Rosso has become only the latest fashion force to preserve a piece of European history. Through his holding company, Only the Brave (which also owns Maison Martin Margiela and Viktor & Rolf), Rosso is working with the City of Venice to bring the structure—the oldest of […]

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Cold Comfort: Sweden’s Icehotel

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Every winter, in the village of Jukkasjärvi in Sweden, artists and designers are selected to design the Icehotel, located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. First created in 1990, the hostelry, kept at a temperature of 23 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-5 Celsius), operates from December through April, when it begins to melt. Chunks of ice and snow taken […]

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Brazil: Mistral’s Innovative Showcase for Wine and Champagne

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The Brazilian wine and champagne distributor Mistral recently commissioned Studio Arthur Casas to design an innovative store that would change the way their clients approach the world of wine. Featuring a boldly fashioned series of spaces—from the tasting room, interactive gallery and reading room to the cellar, storage and sales—the São Paulo boutique showcases a […]

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