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Sheila Hicks Recreates Her Striking Venice Biennale Pavilion at The Bass in Miami

Escalade Beyond Chromatic Lands, a fiber-art installation by Sheila Hicks, is part of a 30-work exhibition at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami. Photography by Zachary Balber, courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach.

 

When Sheila Hicks first conceived her vibrant, larger-than-life installation Escalade Beyond Chromatic Lands for the Arsenale at the 2017 Venice Biennale, she faced a unique dilemma. “They gave me a space to exhibit that no other artist wanted because there were holes in the roof,” Hicks, a renowned fiber artist who once studied under Josef Albers, recalls. “I thought, I can handle it.”

Escalade would ultimately be remembered as one of the Biennale’s most striking, and tactile, moments, and was recently reconstructed in full at The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach for Campo Abierto (Open Field), an ambitious survey covering six decades of the pioneering fiber artist’s career. A floor-to-ceiling wall of multicolored bundles of pigment fiber pairs with tapestries in cotton and linen, which Hicks wove at a loom in Antigua, Guatemala, in collaboration with bespoke textile designer Mitchell Denberg.

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Campo Abierto (Open Field) at The Bass in Miami is an exhibition of six decades of work by fiber artist Sheila Hicks. Photography by Zachary Balber, courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach.

Though the museum certainly appears more structurally sound than the Arsenale—the roof and walls here are entirely intact—The Bass had to reconstruct its upper story to properly accommodate Hicks’s colossal installation, not to mention some 30 other works, many also ambitious in scale, spanning her oeuvre.

While this is Escalade’s third iteration—it was also exhibited last year at Kunstenfestival in Watoui, Belgium—its hundreds of rainbow bundles are as bright as ever. They’re not dyed; rather, Hicks crafts each one of pure powdered pigment that, with the help of a binding agent, transforms into a fiber.

“Do you know the difference between a carrot and a radish?” Hicks teases, likening each fiber bundle to the former. “A radish has color on the outside, but not the inside. A carrot is color through and through.”

Visitors to The Bass Museum of Art in Miami can view more than 30 works by Sheila Hicks, through September 29, 2019. Photography by Zachary Balber, courtesy of the The Bass, Miami Beach.

The fiber is produced in Turkey, processed in Western Europe, and finally woven in the United States. It fiercely retains its color in both sunlight and water. (Hicks even claims that she once left the material in a bathtub full of Clorox for two weeks to see whether the color would change. It did not.)

This retention of color makes it a choice medium for an artist whose works are frequently exposed to the elements. Take, for example, her 2017 installation Hop, Skip, Jump, and Fly: Escape From Gravity, where she wrapped aluminum tubes in another extremely durable material, Sunbrella solution-dyed acrylic, and installed them along New York’s High Line.

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“It’s a big advantage to take a supple, friendly material, to be able to walk it outdoors, leave it, and come back six months later to find it’s still okay,” she says of the pigment fiber. “That’s been exciting to me because I’m so interested in three-dimensional sculptural and environmental works. It’s a possibility I didn’t have six or seven years ago.”

Campo Abierto (Open Field) is on view through September 29, 2019.

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David Baker Architects Designs Healdsburg’s Intoxicating Harmon Guest House

Redwood slats shade the transparent façade. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

 

The small town of Healdsburg, named after its founder Harmon Heald, might have established itself in California’s verdant Sonoma County nearly 250 years ago, but it feels perfectly in tune with the times. Surrounded by vintners such as VML Winery and Jordan Winery, the town boasts an attractive central square bordered by three-Michelin-star restaurant Single Thread, gourmet bakeries and ice cream shops, and a pair of Piazza Hospitality hotels—Hotel Healdsburg and H2Hotel—designed by David Baker Architects.

Now comes a third: the Harmon Guest House, whose 39 rooms form pods around a glassed-in central courtyard and have patios or balconies facing the town or trees. “The site is narrow,” says DBA associate Brett Randall Jones, “so we made a unique room type, with an open bathroom that guests walk through to enter the main space of the room. The ceiling height, floor-to-ceiling windows, and generous depth make the rooms feel expansive.”

Sculptor Andy Vogt created the geometric artwork at the entry out of salvaged Douglas fir. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

 

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Harmon Guest House’s rooms are furnished with custom pieces and mid-century classics in palettes drawn from the landscape. “The window seats in each room turned out to be the perfect cozy spot for lounging,” says associate/interiors lead Julie de Jesus. “The custom daybed and pillows, the pendant, the windows with slats, and the table and chairs work to create this perfect space within the room.”

And just in case visitors desire more perfect spaces, the town’s only public rooftop bar can be found upstairs, with intoxicating views of nearby Fitch Mountain.

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To the left of Pacassa Studios’ custom reception desk, Sabine Reckewell’s multimedia installation hangs above seating by GubiAnthropologie, and Carl Hansen & Son, as well as Herman Miller stools, all around a Studio Vestri table. Photography by Bruce Damonte.
To the left, the roof lounge features Andreu World sofas and poufs by The Citizenry, with Ohio Design tables; to the right, custom tables surroundKnoll side chairs and woven Kettalseating on the deck. Photography by Angie Silvy Photography.
Exterior slats filter light across the meeting room’s white oak flooring by Nor-Cal Floor Design; the chairs are by Vitra. Photography by Bruce Damonte.
In the Founder’s Suite, a Design Within Reach sleeper sofa rests upon a Peace Industryrug, before a custom table illuminated by a Rich Brilliant Willing pendant. Photography by Bruce Damonte.
A double queen room on the third floor offers a custom Kay Chesterfield Upholstery headboard in Maharam fabric, with Treko blankets. Photography by Angie Silvy Photography.
The bridge leading down to a park along Foss Creek is ipe wood and corten steel. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

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20 Cheerful Yellow Interiors That Radiate Sunshine

Bright yellow—the color of Easter “Peeps” and spring daffodils—adds a touch of sunshine to any room. Cheerful pops of this vibrant hue create visual focal points, while bolder, more saturated applications give plain spaces a wow factor, as seen in these 20 yellow interiors. 

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1. BT Arquitectos Creates Dynamic Tensions in a Beachfront Panama City Apartment

From the moment you step out of the elevator into this home, polarities begin. The living and dining areas, which segue seamlessly into one another, are mainly white, disrupted by luscious hits of color. Dining chairs upholstered in canary yellow sing out, and wingback armchairs covered in a faux-marble-print fabric make a tongue-in-cheek nod to the stone’s current popularity. Read more

2. Miami Beach Apartment by SheltonMindel Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Large Apartment

Interior Design Hall of Fame member Lee F. Mindel, the founding principal of SheltonMindel, combined two residences for a family of six. The sweeping water views afforded by the apartment’s floor-to-ceiling glazing and wraparound terraces inspired his décor scheme. “It conjures the feeling of vacation, of joy and beach balls and umbrellas,” Mindel says. Here, wire jellyfish sculptures by Benedetta Mori Ubaldini appear to drift against the curved sunny yellow doors of a hallway storage unit. Read more

3. Wutopia Lab Conceives a Fantastical Kids’ Amenity Space at a Coastal China Resort

Although Wutopia Lab is no foe of bright, youthful hues, having used them to transformative effect, for the Aranya Kids’ Restaurant, they shifted into neutrals, with a few well-placed strokes of yellow and red. Trippy funhouse mirrors, gravity-defying vertical gardens, giant “soap bubbles,” and a balloon-strewn ceiling help spark the imagination. Read more

4. Sanchez + Coleman Refreshes a Tired Manhattan Apartment With Tropical Vibes

Tasked with refreshing this four-bedroom pied-à-terre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Christopher Coleman combined his new chromatic restraint with a touch of his old flamboyance, creating a predominantly white shell to which he added feverish electric-blue and lemon-yellow accents. The project is the first for Sanchez + Coleman studio, a new venture that formalizes Coleman’s longtime collaboration with Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez. Read more

5. HBA Designs Spa Hotel Artyzen Sifang Nanjing Recreation Centre in Ettore Sottsass Building

The host building for Hirsch Bedner Associates‘ interior was conceived by Sottsass Associati a few years before the death of Ettore Sottsass himself. The prolific architect was known for geometric shapes, primary colors, and black-and-white motifs. And the Sifang building is pure Sottsass: splashy and colorful, rendered in outsize geometric forms. Here, polished textured stucco lines the walls around the pool. Read more

6. Studio Modijefsky Discovers the Power of Three in Rotterdam’s CityHub Hotel

Rotterdam’s Witte de Withstraat is two neighborhoods in one: by day, it’s a bustling art district, while after dark it’s a neon-lit nightlife destination. The new CityHub does one better, combining the interiors of three Withstraat buildings into a single hotel, courtesy of the vision and hard work of Amsterdam’s Studio Modijefsky. To guide guests around the hotel, the buildings have separate color schemes, with tones that gradually darken from floor to floor as the natural light increases. Read more

7. Architecture Research Office Coats Calvin Klein’s NYC Flagship in Taxicab Yellow

Calvin Klein’s creative director, Raf Simons, rarely holds back. In light of this, Architecture Research Office changed the entire aesthetic of the previous minimal showroom. Scaffolding, the city’s ultimate forecast of change, became the focal point. Not to mention a means for hanging artist Sterling Ruby‘s mixed-media sculptures incorporating found objects. Then, every inch of the once-creamy interior was coated in taxi-cab yellow. Read more

8. Playster by ACDF Architecture Wins 2017 Best of Year Award for Midsize Tech Office

ACDF Architecture‘s associate architect Joan Renaud used a secret weapon to befit a hip company’s headquarters: color. Aside from the central circulation corridor, paneled in glossy white vinyl, other connectors and common spaces are vivid statements in mustard, teal, or rose, with the walls and carpet coordinating for maximum saturation. Each team got assigned a different identifying color that also nods to the company’s logo. Read more

9. 1960’s Paris Office Complex Gets an Electrifying Update by Saguez Workstyle

Saguez Workstyle‘s client had one major objective for their office complex: to connect with the elegant gardens of the nearby Parc Monceau, around which many of the bankers who financed Baron Haussmann’s 19th-century reinvention of Paris once lived. From the gilded details of the park’s majestic iron gates came the golden yellow of the rugs at the lobby’s two reception desks. Read more

10. Moncler NYC Flagship by Gilles & Boissier Could Pass for a Grand Parisian Apartment

Like a grand Parisian apartment, Gilles & Boissier began the store’s journey with a proper foyer. Shoppers, having opened the tall glass front doors with the help of Louis-style oiled-bronze pulls, encounter a bronze Moncler logo set into the floor and, to either side, wall installations comprising tall, curved louvers anodized gold and backlit to radiate a sunny warmth. It’s a surprisingly abstract, contemporary introduction to an interior built upon a firm foundation of tradition. Read more

11. Cumulus Creates “Pockets of Play” for Romania’s OK Center

The OK Center in Bucharest is more than just an after-school spot for Romanian teenagers to take courses geared toward financial literacy. In the words of concept architect Yasmin Asan, whose firm Cumulus designed the interiors, it’s an “anti-boredom place.” No yawn-inducing grids of desks and chalkboards here. On the mezzanine, a “pocket” of yellow aluminum cladding announces the kitchenette. Read more

12. A Lentil Design Mixes Simple Materials and Bold Hues for a Cozy Home in Taipei

From the get-go, the client told Taipei-based A Lentil Design that an all-white residence would bore them. So the firm, led by Lin Chia Hsien, broadened the apartment’s palette to a range of vibrant colors mixed with different materials. Russet red mingles with a lake-like green; yellow plays a role as well. But it’s not all bold—oak and pine throughout lend subdued touches. Read more

13. Lim + Lu Brightens Up a Bachelor Pad in Hong Kong

It takes a certain type of client to hire a design firm whose motto is “live differently.” For the firm in question, Lim + Lu, that client was an eccentric French bachelor looking to inject playful personality into a tiny Hong Kong apartment. The firm achieved the requested atmosphere by combining subdued, pale tones with dynamic pops of color and texture. Read more

14. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Bergen by EwingCole Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Healthcare

The task of transforming a former office building into a state-of-the-art outpatient treatment center was secondary to the challenge of conjuring what EwingCole managing principal Mary Frazier calls a “magical environment” to foil the clinical gloom. In the central waiting area, shapely columns of white glass fiber-reinforced gypsum whimsically ascend into illuminated ceiling apertures, the sculptural motif reiterated in curvaceous armchairs by Jaime Hayon. Read more

15. Thiel Architecture + Design Integrates Client’s Creative Collection Into the NYC Office of Collins

For the New York office of Collins, chief creative officer and co-founder Brian Collins brought a sizable collection of books, vintage toys, and furnishings. From oversize comic strips to a scale model of a Holiday Inn, unique objects were carefully integrated into the workspace by Thiel Architecture + Design. Pops of color, from hot pink to bright yellow, also foster creativity throughout the office. In a communal space, a counter-height table is topped in yellow laminate. Read more

16. 2Michaels Takes a Less-is-More Approach to 1970s East Hampton Gem by Joseph D’Urso

Jayne Michaels of New York design firm 2Michaels and her husband have long been drawn to the natural beauty of eastern Long Island. While searching for the perfect modernist house for themselves, they spent years renting offbeat hideouts in Amagansett and Montauk. Then in 2014, a modest Joseph Paul D’Urso house with all its key features intact popped up on the market, and it was kismet. Here, a Frank Veteran painting hangs in the sunroom addition, featuring a vintage Stilnovo lamp and a wrought-iron chair with vinyl upholstery. Read more

17. Six Delicious Dining Environments Whet the Appetite

At Casaplata by Lucas y Hernández-Gil, rounded forms and a pastel upholstery palette juxtapose with such industrial, brutalist nods as unpolished concrete flooring and exposed pipes. Read more

18. Church Undergoes Divine Transformation by INC Architecture & Design into The Line DC Hotel

While turning deconsecrated churches into commercial space is hardly cause for pearl-clutching these days, the grandeur of this particular nave made its ecclesiastical heritage impossible to ignore. For INC, the elephant in the room was the main room itself: a 60-foot vaulted sanctuary with massive Diocletian stained-glass windows. Now the win­dow is the centerpiece of a Rake’s Progress, a res­tau­rant inside the hotel. Read more

19. Saguez & Partners Creates a Tour de Force of Color for the Conseil Régional d’Ile-de France

Bureaucracy is rarely this exuberant. Offering an eye-popping explosion of colors, patterns, and graphics, the headquarters of the Conseil Régional d’Ile-de France, the civil administration for Paris and its surrounding ring of seven départements, is a visual tour de force by Saguez & Partners. A custom mural backs seating by Propeller Design in a break-out area. Read more

20. HOK’s Facelift of Ronald and Maxine Linde Hall of Mathematics and Physics is Far from Formulaic

As HOK‘s senior designer Mike Goetz discovered, the entire faculty at California Institute of Technology still writes with chalk, on blackboards, as a form of mind-body communication. So chalk was factor number one in his design equation for the math and physics departments’ home. In the coffee bar, hand-painted ceramic tiles were positioned to reference sine waves. Read more

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Emma Roberts Just Bought This $4 Million 1920s Mediterranean-Style Home

The American Horror Story actress hasn’t owned a property since she sold her Laurel Canyon house to costar Sarah Paulson in August 2016.

 

Emma Roberts has some new walls to decorate using the inspiration boardsshe loves so much. The American Horror Story actress, who sold her home in Los Angeles’s Lauren Canyon to her costar Sarah Paulson in August 2016, recently purchased a new house in the ritzy Laughlin Park enclave of L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood. The three-bedroom residence, which also has two full and two half bathrooms, spans 3,802 square feet over three stories. The home was built in the 1920s with a Mediterranean style in mind but has since been renovated on the inside. (The exterior, with its bold yellow paint, still harkens back to a different Hollywood era.) The main floor has a skylight-topped entrance gallery and a living room featuring a carved-stone fireplace and French doors that open out onto an awning-covered terrace. The dining room, similarly, has floor-to-ceiling French doors, but those open out onto a balcony.

Also on the main floor is a cozy den and a kitchen outfitted with granite countertops, mahogany cabinets, and top-notch appliances. Downstairs, a family room invites guests to relax with a walk-in wet bar that opens out to the backyard via yet another set of French doors. Outside, there’s a swimming pool with a separate circular spa; an outdoor kitchen; and a bar area. Each of the home’s bedrooms is flooded by natural light thanks to doors that lead out to balconies overlooking the property. The master suite features a bathroom with a deep-soaking tub.

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