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June 15, 2022
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The beloved fetish grows in London in the Shoreditch Hundred
One Hundred Shoreditch has taken over the former hipster haven The Ace Hotel in the heart of London’s Shoreditch borough is the newest destination from the Lore Group, whose signature properties are known for their purposeful narrative threads. Creative director Jacu Strauss tempers the whimsy of Lore properties like the Pulitzer Amsterdam, and ups the ante: Behind its spacious windows and terraces, 258 cream-colored bedroom and suites feature bentwood and acrylic furnishings.
This does not mean that the Shoreditch Hundred lacks spontaneous prosperity. At the plush-colored seafood restaurant, Goddard and Gibbs, a massive yellow sunflower, perched atop one of the tables—a nod to Strauss’ childhood memories of building rock towers on the beach. Downstairs, celebrity and experimental cocktail master Ryan Chetiyawardana returns with his first opening in three years, Seed Library, the “Lo-fi” hub of his earlier highly conceptual projects that often blend scientific methodologies with brilliant presentations. If groundwater isn’t your thing, head to the rooftop, where the pink-tiled bar, succulents and cacti bring Palm Springs into the equation, albeit with a great view of the London skyline. –Jesse Doris
Work begins on the Studio Gang apartment tower in Mission Rock, San Francisco.
“The fourth and final component of Phase One of Mission Rock in San Francisco, a new mixed-use waterfront area rising on 28 acres of land near Oracle Field that was once home to a monster in a parking lot, is now officially underway. He announced Last week by the development team of Mission Rock Partners (a collaboration between San Francisco Giants and Tishman Speyer), construction on Parcel F, a 23-story residential tower clad in glazed ceramic tiles and topped with a biodiversity-supportive “sky garden,” is now underway. The high-rise apartment building designed by Studio Gang joins three other projects anchoring the area which are currently in various states of progress. ” [H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]
Adidas is suing Nike for infringing patents on mobile apps and shoe-fitting technology.
Adidas AG sued Nike Inc on Friday for allegedly infringing its patents with its mobile apps and shoe-fitting technology, marking the first federal lawsuit filed by Adidas against its rival in a long-running battle between the world’s two largest athletic shoe brands. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in East Texas, said Nike’s Run Club, Training Club, SNKRS mobile apps and the Adapt sneaker sizing system infringe nine patents from Adidas for exercise monitoring, the “smart shoe” system and other technologies. [H/T Reuters]
A hotel rises in the Hudson Yards, New York without a legitimate architect.
Amidst the twinkling geometric spiers that dot the Manhattan skyline, the 11th Avenue hotel in Hudson Yards is designed to stand out. At 642 feet, the building rises above the Hudson River, featuring ragged clusters of floor-to-ceiling windows that shimmer in the sun. For all outward appearances, Warren L. Schiffman, who was in his mid-80s and retired, was the record-breaking architect on the project.He had his professional seal and signature stamped on his design and the signature of two other large-scale projects in New York City.They all share the same developer, Marx Development Group. But Mr. Schiffman said he did not have an active role in those projects, raising questions about whether buildings were approved for construction without the oversight of a registered architect – a requirement in New York to ensure buildings are designed correctly and there is no safety risk. [H/T The New York Times]
Marina Abramović will be launching her first NFT at Art Basel this week.
World-renowned performer Marina Abramović is releasing her first NFT later this week Hero (2001), one of her most personal performance pieces. In the original piece, Abramović sat on a white horse, holding a white flag gracefully waving in the wind, against a vast landscape of trees and skies in Spain. Released as a movie, the film was a tribute to her deceased father at the time, who was a Yugoslav war hero during World War II. Abramovi’s NFT will be launched on Tezos, a proof-of-stake blockchain that is more environmentally friendly and less energy intensive than others. Details of the opening of the NFT are due to be announced during a conversation with CIRCA Technical Director Joseph O’Connor at Art Basel on June 18.” [H/T ARTnews]
LVMH Luxury Ventures acquires a stake in Israeli diamond startup Lusix.
“LVMH Luxury Ventures, the private equity arm of the luxury conglomerate, has taken a stake in Israeli lab-grown diamond startup Lusix along with other investors in a $90 million funding round. The bet is made by the largest luxury firm, whose company has invested subsidiary Ventures recently launched its Aimé Leon Dore and Heat, as the diamond industry seeks to respond to concerns about the ethics and sustainability of virgin mining materials.” [H/T Business of Fashion]
A newly signed bill paves the way for a national museum dedicated to AAPI history.
President Joe Biden on Monday signed off on what he described as “long overdue” legislation that could help create a national museum of Asian American and Pacific Islander history and culture. He said the bill would examine how to make the museum a reality and whether to make it part of the Smithsonian Institution, describing it as a “similar process” to that of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Biden said the bill comes at a “critical time,” noting the one year since the Atlanta resort shooting and the 80th anniversary of the 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. [H/T CNN]
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