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Reopening of a landmark in Boston
Langham, Boston, one of the city’s landmarks near the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, has reopened after an extensive, multi-year renovation. While the property debuted in 2003 at the former 1920s Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Langham Hospitality Group hired architect Dyer Brown and interior design firm Richmond International to oversee the next development, including a refreshed lobby on the first floor with emerald bankers’ lamps , Marble countertops and velvet benches, and a revitalized Lincoln Ballroom. Of the 312 rooms, the loft-style suites have two-story, brass-embossed windows with views of the neighborhood, while the property’s penthouse suite has a living room with a baby wing and an elegant dining room for eight. Guests can enjoy gin and bourbon cocktails at the Fed, a lounge reminiscent of the city’s jazz-era bars, and family-style dishes such as fried porchetta and cioppino stew prepared by Chef Stephen Bukoff at the Grana Italian restaurant become. langhamhotels.com.
When British still life photographer Kate Friend started asking fellow artists and creatives to share her favorite flower, she wasn’t prepared for the reaction she was going to get. “The plants became a way into people’s lives,” she says. “Sometimes they were an incredibly moving memory of a deceased mother or a lost child.” She has been traveling with her Pentax 67 in the British Isles since the summer of 2019 – and, if possible – during the entire lockdown – and set up makeshift sitting studios in sheds and offices , Barns and backyards to capture such a diverse flora and fauna. Now the project has spawned a poignant and surprisingly intimate series of botanical portraits on display at the Garden Museum in Lambeth, south London. There’s the wild 9-foot cactus by artist Maggi Hambling, the fluffy pink ranunculus by fashion designer Molly Goddard, and the perfectly preserved hydrangeas by designer Margaret Howell. “Each flower is an emblem of the person who chose it,” says Friend. “Kate Friend: Botanical Portraits, As Chosen By …” can be seen in the garden museum until August 1st. gardenmuseum.org.
Handmade loafers from Buenos Aires
This year the “glove” celebrates its 10th anniversary, Martiniano Lopez Crozet’s elegant slip-on, which has populated men’s and women’s wardrobes for the past decade. Its slowly growing popularity is due in part to the designer’s aversion to the fashion industry’s fixation on expansion. “It’s a bit the other way around for my brand,” he explains via email, “because in order to be able to keep up with the quality of the shoes, I only work with two small limited edition manufacturers.” Although the glove – like everyone else Designs by Lopez Crozet is handcrafted in his native Argentina – making up 60 percent of his production, his foray into loafers was a natural evolution: “I was influenced by three Argentine staples: the loafer, the espadrille and the riding boot,” he writes. His Resort Collection 2022 now includes two new loafers: the high heel Volker and a flat one called Pollok, both of which will be available in stores this year. Before Lopez Crozet became a shoe designer, he spent 16 years in the band Los Super Elegantes, selected for the 2004 Whitney Biennale, where he learned to “approach projects through research and then do them”. The lessons served him well. The Volker, $ 587, and Pollok, $ 564, will be available on martinianoshoes.com in November.
Opening of a Natural Wine Bar in London
Since the Beatles visited London’s Carnaby Street in the 1960s, the parallel Kingly Street has “gotten a bit corporate,” says entrepreneur Dominic Hamdy, who recently opened the natural wine bar and restaurant Bar Crispin on the block. Determined to bring a sense of the desired craftsmanship to the area, he turned to British designer and design dealer Jermaine Gallacher for his idiosyncratic eye. Check out the iconic 80s black tubular steel and PVC cord spaghetti chairs by Giandomenico Belotti for Alias - enough for 20 on the main floor and 12 in the private dining room downstairs. Elsewhere in the room are custom-made mirrors, benches in eggplant and chocolate bull skin, and rough-hewn plaster pendant lights by London-based sculptor Viola Lanari. The ambience together with a modern European menu with small dishes and an extensive wine list with varieties from volcanic regions in Tenerife, Sicily and Greece is a perfect pit stop for those who want to experience a more relaxed atmosphere. 19 Kingly Street, London, www.crispinlondon.com.
“Skirting the Center: Svetlana Kana Radević on the Periphery of Postwar Architecture”, the first major retrospective of the late Yugoslav architect and designer, is currently on view at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition in Palazzo Palumbo Fossati includes a collection of recently discovered drawings, writings and photographs from the life and professional projects of the architect. Blueprints and pictures of their first and award-winning building, the Hotel Podgorica – a brutalist building on the Moraca River – baptize the entrance. From there, the work unfolds like a diary and documents a previously largely underestimated uvre. Indeed, Radević is known as the first Montenegrin architect to study with titans like Louis Kahn in the United States and Kisho Kurokawa in Japan. She founded her own practice, which combined traditional building techniques and flourishes of the region with the anti-fascist principles of the time, which can be seen in her Hotel Zlatibor in Užice, Serbia, and Hotel Mojkovac, in Montenegro. Most of its structures – monuments, a residential tower and other hotels – are in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, and were built after the region was decimated by 84 bombs in World War II. Twenty years after her death, Svetlana Kana Radević is finally due. “Skirting the Center: Svetlana Kana Radević on the Periphery of Postwar Architecture” can be seen until November 21, 2021 at Palazzo Palumbo Fossati, S. Marco, 2597, 30124, Venice, Italy, labiennale.org.
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