French shoemaker J.M. Weston will reveal a handful of one-off designs this evening as part of a traveling exhibit titled, “Humeurs, an encounter between artists and artisans.”. The shoes, designed by Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche, architect Frank Gehry, footwear designer Michel Perry, industrial designer Martin Szekely and gallerist Clemence Krzentowski, represent the marriage between the artist and craftsman--a relationship inherent to the J.M. Weston brand. Below, check out a preview of the one-off designs which are available immediately by special request.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has has filed a negligence suit against famed architect Frank Gehry for serious design flaws in the Stata Center, a campus building holding labs, offices, classrooms, and meeting rooms. MIT paid Gehry $15 million to design the building, which was completed in 2004, and spent $300 million to build it. The school alleges the flaws in Gehry's design have caused leaks, drainage problems, and mold growing on its brick exterior.
According to Gehry: "You never quite know where they went wrong. A building goes together with seven billion pieces of connective tissue. The chances of it getting done ever without something colliding or some misstep are small." The Stata Center’s builder, Skanska USA Building Inc., is also a defendant in the case, but Paul Hewins, executive vice president and area general manager of the company, told The Globe: “This is not a construction issue. Never has been.”
Gehry is definitely one of those figures that people either love or hate, and I'm guessing the Frank Gehry collection at Tiffany & Co. will be just as polarizing. Currently, the line includes four vases that echo Gehry's signature deconstructed or "crumpled" building style. Of course, I happen to love the most expensive piece in the line, the Crinkly Vase ( $2,700, at right). The foot-tall vessel is made from hand-blown Venetian glass, so each one is unique.
The other vases are made from bone china and priced between $125 to $195. I'm not crazy about the Torque Vase (below, at right), but I absolutely love the Rock Vase (center). Plus, they're perfectly priced to give as wedding gifts. What do you guys think?
The latest awesome jewelry collaboration is between renowned architect Frank Gehry and the beloved Tiffany & Co. If you have ever experienced a Frank Gehry building, it is a true transportation to brilliance. I've been lucky enough to travel to the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain. Even better, there was an Armani exhibit there at the time! It was a fantastic day and quite a memorable experience.
So what do you get when you mix one of the world's most famous experimental architects with the classic American jewelry company? Sharp, statement jewels fit for a design junkie.
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