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Device mats for CC-Tapis enhance the in-between

“We don’t just make another pretty rug,” Fabrizio Cantoni says of CC-Carpet, the textile brand he founded with his wife, Nelly Chamszadeh. Instead, the French-Italian brand and its Kathmandu atelier are more interested in faithfully rendering the contemporary visions of their growing list of collaborators such as Faye Toogood, Philippe Malouin, and Christophe Delcourt, many of whom rarely design in the medium. The results are statement rugs marked by multi-dimensional shapes and raging color fields that elevate the medium to fine art.

Next on their list of collaborators is Device, the New York studio directed by Gabriel Hendifar whose sophisticated furniture and lighting are often imbued with emotion and a narrative twist. Ditto for the resulting collection, called Sequence, which comes in the form of hand-tufted rugs with pure Vietnamese silk and worsted New Zealand wool in simple shapes. Each is remotely connected in linear series using Apparatus brass hardware, resulting in nearly endless configurations. The arrangements underline the power of the in-between, recalling Pierre Cardinthe silhouettes and the sense of passage evoked by a porte-cochere.

Jefre’s twisted steel sculpture will anchor a redesign of Jacksonville’s waterfront.

Local artist Jefre’s massive 151-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture of the word ‘Jax’ will be the anchor for the revitalization of the downtown waterfront plaza. Other features of the Miami-based company’s winning concept, dubbed A Jax Park, include a central lawn, playground, riverside terrace, beer garden, park pavilion, ‘heavenly garden’ for al fresco dining and a cycle and pedestrian link to the bridge from Main Street. Perkins and Will have also just been selected to reinvent Huizenga Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Salvatore Ferragamo has appointed Maximilian Davis as the label’s new creative director.

Maximilian Davis has been named the new creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo. The Trinidadian British designer was recently shortlisted as one of the 20 semi-finalists for this year’s LVMH Prize for Young Designers, but pulled out of the competition. He will focus entirely on the Florence-based brand and pause operations of his eponymous label, which is stocked at Dover Street Market, Matchesfashion, Browns, Ssense and Net-a-Porter. Ferragamo CEO Marco Gobbetti praised Davis for the “elegance, refined sensuality and consistent commitment to quality” of his work, he said in a statement. “Through his lens of contemporary sensibility, he will write an exciting new chapter for this house built on a legacy of creativity, craftsmanship, sophistication and exceptional human values.”

The Met calls on Frida Escobedo to redesign its modern and contemporary art wing.

Frida Escobedo will redevelop the modern and contemporary art wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Mexico City-based architect, who landed the prestigious Serpentine Pavilion commission in 2018, may seem like a surprising choice for the $500 million project given that most of his completed structures have been temporary. “I like a challenge,” she told the New York Times. “One of the dream commissions for any architect is to design an institution with the significance and relevance of the Met.” She reiterated the importance of her design, which is expected to be completed in seven years, to “connect to the rest of the museum, connect to the park, connect to the city, and also represent New York’s cultural diversity.” The $500 million expansion, which will be named after administrator Oscar L. Tang and his wife, Agnes Hsu Tang, will create 80,000 square feet of galleries with a more open structure.

Ole Scheeren unveils two eco-advanced resorts stacked on top of each other in China.

Scheduled to open in 2020 on Hainan Island in southern China, the tropical resort will act as a vertical jungle sort of hanging gardens adorning the hexagonal facade, which protects the building from the sun and promotes natural cross-ventilation which reduces the energy footprint. The vertical stacking of Regent Sanya Bay and Indigo Sanya Bay Hotel creates a visual effect that echoes the lapping of the ocean waves, while the gardens will house diverse species, biotopes, pavilions, restaurants and lounges.

Jill Biden chooses interior designer Mark D. Sikes to decorate her East Wing office.

Mark D. Sikes will soon tackle an order as prestigious as possible: the redesign of the East Wing Office for First Lady Jill Biden. “As is customary with previous first ladies, Dr. Biden is updating his office and working with an interior designer,” said a statement released by the office about the selection. “She spends a lot of time in her east wing office and is eager to customize the space to better reflect her work style, where she can hold larger meetings and host guests.” Likes has become well known within the design community for his interiors that combine classic style with modern elegance, has participated in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, and has his own lines of furniture, lighting and fabrics.

Daniel Libeskind brings sharp angles and planes to Hennessy’s latest decanter.

Although Daniel Libeskind has orchestrated large-scale commissions like the World Trade Center site and the Denver Art Museum, his latest project is much smaller. The New York architect brought his signature – sharp angles and asymmetrical planes – to a new decanter for Hennessy, a curved Baccarat glass bottle housed inside an angular five-sided window. “Outside you have Libeskind and inside you have Richard,” says Hennessy master blender Renaud Fillioux de Gironde of the cognac distiller’s 250-year-old founder, Richard, whose name now adorns the carafe.

Today’s attractive distractions:

Universal Studios Hollywood plans to open a Nintendo theme park Next year.

A ceramic collector makes a donation 3,000 pieces at the restaurant of the Everson museum.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new animated video is full of The shots of LA.

A hyper-focused team of 2,731 people is reconstruction New York in Minecraft.


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