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7 Towering Designs By César Pelli, Who Died Friday At 92

July 22, 2019

Dees Stribling, Bisnow National Want to get a jump-start on upcoming deals? Meet the major players at one of our upcoming national events! Renowned architect César Pelli died Friday at 92. Pelli grew up in Argentina and came to the United States in the 1950s for graduate studies, working for a decade for architect Eero Saarinen in Michigan and then for firms on the West Coast. In 1977, he founded his own firm, currently known as Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and also became dean of the Yale School of Architecture, a post he held until 1984.

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New in Europe: 10 Recent Projects in Milan, Madrid, Stockholm, and More

From Milan to Stockholm, a variety of new projects reflect the modern/traditional mix of contemporary European design. These hotels, homes, apartments, restaurants, showrooms, shops, and galleries capture the distinct personality of the brands and clients for which they were designed.

1. Galleria Rossana Orlandi in Milan Opens Glamorous Aimo e Nadia BistRo

Galleria Rossana Orlandi is a mandatory Milan stop for design aficionados. The three-story emporium encourages visitors to linger: They can wander through its labyrinthine rooms, sit in the greenery-filled courtyard, and even have dinner at Aimo e Nadia BistRo, Orlandi’s restaurant located next door. Read more about the gallery/restaurant

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2. Matteo Foresti Modernizes a Narrow Stockholm Building Into a Light-Filled Café

Matteo Foresti’s eponymous design firm had only just opened when a commission came in: the chance to transform a student pub in a circa-1915 building, located in the center of his new home of Stockholm, into a fast-casual spot called Kale & Crave. The opportunity was big, but so was the challenge of organizing a 50-seat restaurant across four narrow floors totaling just 2,200 square feet. Read more about the café

3. Tom Dixon Opens Restaurant/Showroom The Manzoni in Milan

Rather than just another five-day exhibition at Salone de Mobile, this year designer Tom Dixon decided to make his mark on Milan a little more permanent. His Design Research Studio created The Manzoni, a restaurant that doubles as a showroom. Incorporating Dixon’s three new collections, The Manzoni—named for its location at 5 Via Manzoni—elevates the products from simply being on display to functioning in an active environment. Read more about The Manzoni

4. Zooco Studio Masterminds a Witty Madrid Flagship for La Oca Selezione

La Oca Selezione has long been the place—or, with over 20 store locations, the places—for design-savvy Spaniards seeking modern furniture. For its new flagship on Madrid’s trendy Calle de Castelló, the company turned to local firm Zooco Estudio to transform a blandly anonymous space into a witty take on retail design. Read more about the flagship

5. Stone Designs Gives Mid-Century Mod a Contemporary Twist in Teads’ Madrid Office

Global media platform Teads might be a truly 21st-century enterprise, masterminding online ads that reach more than one billion eyes each month, but its new Madrid office is more Mad Men than Blade Runner. Which is not to say the 5,200-square-foot space is a museum piece. Instead, local firm Stone Designsbreathed new life into the 1950s-era building. Read more about the office

6. Auer Weber and Christophe Gulizzi Architecte Create Dynamic Exterior for Arena du Pays d’Aix

The Arena du Pays d’Aix in southern France is a response to the sport-as-spectacle movement. Designed by Auer Weber and Christophe Gulizzi Architecte, the exterior of the 250,000-square-foot elliptical building is as engaging as the activities happening within—mostly handball but also basketball and hockey games, boxing matches, concerts, and other entertainment. Watch a video walkthrough of the stadium

7. NOA Gives Arches a Modern Twist at Gloriette Guesthouse in Italy

The arcaded belvedere, along with its local descendants and the villas they serve, many in the art nouveau style, informed the design of Gloriette Guesthouse, a new 25-room boutique hotel by NOA* Network of Architecture that reinterprets Soprabolzano’s leisured past for the 21st century. Read more about the hotel

8. Natural Light and Neutral Finishes Define a Studio DiDeA-Designed Apartment in Palermo

A couple in Palermo had been looking around for a new house; instead, while looking through a magazine, they found local Studio DiDeA and together embarked on a refreshing of their 1,500 square-foot apartment. Windows on both sides of the home let in not only cooling breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea and the nearby Parco della Favorita, says architect and cofounder Emanuela di Gaetano, but also ample light. Read more about the apartment

9. Dimore Studio Fashions a Unique Look for Luxury Italian Womenswear Emporium One-Off

Over the past decade, Dimore Studio has become one of the design world’s buzziest practices. Their interiors often bring together unusual color combinations, a wistful nostalgia, and striking originality. Unveiled last month, Dimore Studio’s latest project is One-Off, a 6,500-square-foot luxury womenswear boutique in Brescia, about an hour east of Milan. Read more about the boutique

10. Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler Architekten Brings Latin American Modernism to Swiss Villa

Architects Andreas Fuhrimann and Gabrielle Hächler have amassed quite an artsy clientele since founding their eponymous firm in 1995. Their residential work is notable for the fluid transitions between spaces as well as the clarity, simplicity, and rich tactility of the materials palette. Those specialties are leveraged in another multistage project they recently completed: transforming a midcentury-era villa into a combination residence, studio, and exhibition space for an art-world couple. Read more about the residence

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16 Danish Furniture Highlights from Copenhagen’s 3 Days of Design

Popularity for Danish furniture continues to surge. A great place to experience this in action: 3DaysofDesign, which was held May 23-25 in Copenhagen. With product and brand launches, exhibitions and pop-up events, and a record 150 exhibitors, the sixth edition of Denmark’s annual design event was bigger and bolder this year, with increased citywide presence in part due to a graphic identity crafted by Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon. From Michelin-starred restaurant furnishings now available to all, archival pieces finding a new audience, and a reinvention of the lowly toilet brush, here are 16 of our favorite finds.

Photography by Magnus Omme, courtesy of Space Copenhagen.

 

Take home your very own Michelin-starred restaurant furnishings with the Holmen collection from Space Copenhagen. Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant lauded as one of the best in the world, auctioned off its oak side tables by cabinet maker Malte Gormsen for a cool $4,000 a piece—while the MG 205 side table by Malte Gormsen was offered at a more reasonable price point. 

Photography by Magnus Omme, courtesy of Space Copenhagen.

The browned oak and metal MG 101 dining chair, also part of the Holmen collection by Malte Gormsen for Space Copenhagen, once furnished the 108 restaurant in Copenhagen, a Noma-spin off.

Photography courtesy of Carl Hansen & Søn.

An archival piece with a distinctive pressed veneer backrest saw daylight once more with Carl Hansen & Søn ‘s re-release of the Contour lounge chair, designed by Børge Mogensen in 1949. Available in oak, walnut, or a combination of the two, the chair stays true to original sketches— with the exception of added comfort in the form of an upholstered seat.

Photography courtesy of File Under Pop.

File Under Pop presented a new brand focusing on surfaces, first previewed in Milan last month. A collaboration between File Under Pop founder and creative director Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer and architect Elisa Ossino, H+O is a modular tile brand applicable for use on walls, floors, and ceilings. The large-format Rilievi collection consists of eight different tiles with three-dimensional geometric surfaces available in four color ways.

Photography courtesy of &Tradition.

The distinctive shape of a fungus brings the USB-chargeable Setago table lamp for &Tradition to life. Just like a mushroom, the wireless lamp, designed by Jaime Hayon and first presented in Milan this year, can be plucked and moved at ease.

Photography courtesy of Takt.

The stackable oak and plywood Cross chair by London studio PearsonLloyd for the freshly launched design brand Takt can be shipped flatpack—one of the factors leading to its sustainable certification. It’s also made of 100 percent FSC-certified wood.

Photography courtesy of Wehlers.

Fishing nets and steel are recycled and repurposed for the fabrication of the R.U.M. chair—short for ReUsedMaterials—designed by C. F. Møller Design for Wehlers.

Photography courtesy of Please Wait to be Seated.

Bulk just where you want it—at the seat pad—is behind the name of the tubular steel Tubby Tube, a stool by Faye Toogood for Please Wait to be Seated.

Photography courtesy of Jot.jot.

The comfort of wood and the strength of steel are a successful union for the slim yet sturdy and stackable Shadow chair by Boris Berlin Design for Jot.jot.

Photography courtesy of Skagerak.

Bold color marks the 20th anniversary of the Cutter Jubilee bench by Niels Hvass for Skagerak , now available in scarlet red-lacquered oak.

Photography courtesy of House of Finn Juhl.

The armchair, later nicknamed the Grasshopper due to its nod to the herbivorous insect, was first designed by Finn Juhl in 1938. However, it wasn’t until much later that the chair’s avant-garde form received appreciation. Before its release at Milan Design Week under House of Finn Juhl, the firm that carries on the designer’s legacy, only two existed—and one auctioned off for $360,000 in 2018.

Photography courtesy of House of Finn Juhl.

House of Finn Juhl also presented Finn Juhl’s extendable Bovirke table, which premiered at an exhibition in 1948. Available in oak or walnut, Bovirke nearly doubles in size, from 55 inches to 94 inches long.

The Bovirke table by Finn Juhl, an archival piece released by House of Finn Juhl. Photography courtesy of House of Finn Juhl.
Photography courtesy of Fredericia.

In tribute to the former home of Copenhagen’s Royal Mail—now the manufacturer’s showroom—Fredericia presented the Post collection by Cecilie Manz. A plywood seat and back combines with a solid wood frame for the Post chair. First previewed in Milan last month, the collection also includes a table.

Photography courtesy of Unidrain.

A 3 Days of Design breakfast event celebrated the lowly toilet brush with a presentation from Unidrain. With an inner container fitted with a splash guard and a replaceable brush head resisting both water and paper collection, Toilet Brush Wall Mounted Copper is engineered to reduce bacteria and mess.

Photography courtesy of Overgaard & Dyrman.

 The distinctive shape of a technical drawing tool—the compass—inspired the back of the Circle dining chair by Overgaard & Dyrman, while cushions take cues from the round sphere it draws.

The Circle dining chair by Overgaard & Dyrman. Photography courtesy of Overgaard & Dyrman.
Photography courtesy of Montana.

Montana introduced a new color palette for its signature shelving—an endeavor the manufacturer undertakes every eight years. Developed in collaboration with Danish designer Margrethe Odgaard, the 30 new hues include amber, rhubarb, flint, and chamomile, shown (clockwise) here.

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Five Emerging Interior Designers From Around the World

Tristan Auer

Tristan Auer Studio

Paris

Tristan Auer’s design makes the interplay of art and architecture the focal point of a Paris apartment, which serves as his design studio. Photo by Yann Deret

 

Elegant, understated and comfortably timeless, Tristan Auer’s interiors are the epitome of Parisian chic.

The 47-year-old Mr. Auer, who honed his skills while working with Christian Liaigre and Philippe Starck, set up his eponymous studio in Paris in 2002. He was commissioned to decorate Coco Chanel’s Paris apartments on rue Cambon probably that same year.

Three years ago, he opened Wilson Associates’ first European office, which focuses on the luxury hospitality market.

Mr. Auer was one of four interior designers chosen to work on the renovation of Paris’s 18th-century Hotel de Crillon, a project that was heralded by Architectural Digest magazine. That and his other residential, commercial and hospitality projects around the world led to his being named Maison & Objet’s 2017 Designer of the Year.

“Interior design is all about layout and flow,” he said. “Decoration is about color and style. I’m not that interested in decoration.”

Mr. Auer, who also designs furniture and lighting, insists that he doesn’t have a signature style, saying he’s inspired by each client’s likes and lifestyle.

Tristan Auer tailors his interiors to the likes and lifestyles of his clients. Photo by Vincent Leroux

“I consider myself a tailor,” he said. “I’m doing a suit not for myself but for them. Each suit will be designed to fit one client perfectly, but all of them will be elegant, comfortable, audacious and of course, modern.”

For Mr. Auer, each project is a psychological study.

“I work to understand not what my clients want but what they need,” he said. “The perfect space will change your life and your relationships. I start each story with people; it’s always a surprise because I never know how it’s going to end up.”

Mr. Auer, who has done work for the royal family of Qatar, recently designed a small apartment for a couple in Paris. “The husband was from India and the wife was from Japan,” he said. “I adapt myself to all cultures, and the scale of the project doesn’t matter. I learn from every project.”

Mr. Auer, a graduate of the ESAG Penninghen school of art direction and interior architecture in  Paris, has always been attracted to beautiful objects. “I cannot live in an environment that doesn’t please my eyes,” he said.

In his own Paris home, he hung a 1910 tapestry depicting fairytales opposite his bed. “It’s the first thing I see every day and the last thing I see every night,” he said. “Its composition is perfect—the harmonious interplay of proportions, objects and colors makes me happy.”

Mr. Auer is working on residential projects in London and New York City as well as on his own newly purchased home in the countryside outside Paris.

Tristan Auer tailors his interiors to the likes and lifestyles of his clients. Photo by Vincent Leroux

Natasha Baradaran

Natasha Baradaran Interior Design

Los Angeles

Contemporary art and casual, comfortable furniture set the tone for a living room Natasha Baradaran designed in a Brentwood, California, home. Photo by Roger Davies

Natasha Baradaran started her career with the iconic firm Wilson Associates. Photo by Roger Davies

The past and the present reside beautifully together in the casually elegant interiors that Los Angeles-based designer Natasha Baradaran creates.

“My aesthetic is about a mix,” said Ms. Baradaran, who is in her 40s. “It’s a combination of vintage finds, contemporary arts and my own furniture collection in order to create unique spaces that reflect the homeowner. Vintage pieces feel timeless and fresh next to contemporary pieces. I strive to create work that is fresh, sophisticated and relevant.”

Ms. Baradaran, who had done projects in London, Aspen, New York and Montecito, California, in addition to Los Angeles, often finds the past in her own present: She collects many of her vintage objects in Milan, Italy, where she has a summer house.

“I’m inspired by the Italian expression ‘la dolce far niente,’ which means ‘the sweetness of doing nothing,’” she said. “I especially love Robertaebasta, which has the best of Italian vintage presented by decades in four different stores in the heart of the city’s Brera design district.”

If her designs draw deeply from a variety of inspirations, it’s because of her own eclectic background. “They are an amalgamation of L.A. lifestyle, my Middle-Eastern heritage and my time in Italy,” she said.

Natasha Baradaran started her career with the iconic firm Wilson Associates. Photo by Roger Davies

No matter how sophisticated or refined, her interiors are designed to be lived in. “L.A. has always been a part of me and my aesthetic,” she said. “The casualness and approachability of my interiors, regardless of how grand or formal, is something inherent in me since I am a native Angeleno.”

Ms. Baradaran took her first interior design courses at UCLA while waiting to start a doctoral program in international relations.

“I was a newly married homeowner,” she said, “and I thought it would be fun.”

Ms. Baradaran, who opened the interior design studio that bears her name in 2000, started her career with the iconic firm Wilson Associates, where she worked on residential and hospitality projects.

Her work has been featured in numerous magazines ranging from Architectural Digest to Elle Décor, and she has received several awards and accolades. She won the 2012 “Star on the Rise” award from West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center and in 2013 was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the “25 Most Influential Interior Designers in Hollywood.”

In addition to interiors, Ms. Baradaran designs furniture and textiles. “I see these as three different arms,” she said. “Each arm infuses another and could not exist without the other. To really understand my point of view as an interior designer, each practice is a piece of a complete story.”

New projects include a beach house in Montecito, a penthouse in Century City, California, and a townhouse in New York City. Her latest fabric collection launches in the fall.

“The collection plays with outmoded ideas of masculinity and femininity that have been placed on materiality, such as the perception that a fragile material is feminine or a bold one is masculine,” she said.

Ashley Darryl

Ashley Darryl Interiors

New York City

Large-scale abstract art and colored window frames give a classic contemporary look to a living room designed by Ashley Darryl in a 19th-century house in Clinton Corners, New York. Photo by Marco Ricca

Ashley Darryl’s contemporary classical interiors are designed to be timeless.

“When you look at my projects, you can’t tell when I did them,” she said. “Neither can I.”

Ms. Darryl, 37, who opened her eponymous studio in Manhattan in 2014, artfully mixes old and new pieces to help stop the ticking of the clock.

“I love the story behind each vintage piece,” she said. “I like to know that someone loved it and enjoyed it through the years. These pieces catch the eye in a room. No one can duplicate some of the things I’ve created because the pieces are unique.”

Ms. Darryl, who was named a Next Wave Designer by House Beautiful in 2014 and a Rising Star by the New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association in 2017, has an interesting history.

Ashley Darryl in her New York City apartment. Photo by Allyson Lubow

The daughter of an interior designer, she never thought about going into the field. Instead, she studied art history at Southern Methodist University and did graduate studies at Sotheby’s, where she learned about antiques. An internship with an interior designer through that program shifted her focus.

“I was obsessed with interior design,” she said.

After working for Jeff Lincoln Interiors in New York City for seven years, she opened Ashley Darryl Interiors.

Ms. Darryl, whose work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Vogue and Domino, draws inspiration from a variety of design icons, notably Jeff Lincoln, Billy Baldwin, Steven Gambrel, Jacques Adnet and David Hicks.

And also from her own past. “My mother used to take me to flea markets,” she said. “And I used to bring my finds home rearrange my room every other day.”

Her Texas upbringing also plays into her designs. “I grew up half a year on a horse ranch, so I like bringing greenery into a room,” she said. “It brings life to the cold concrete of New York City. And it makes the space and the people in it feel better.”

Ashley Darryl in her New York City apartment. Photo by Allyson Lubow

Bryan O’Sullivan

Bryan O’Sullivan Studio

London

In a Fifth Avenue apartment in New York City, Bryan O’Sullivan created bespoke tables to complement the walnut bed by architect Annabelle Selldorf. Vintage pieces, including a 1937 Venini mirror and Roberto Giulio Rida table lamps, add a relaxed sense of glamour to the space. Photo by James McDonald

Bryan O’Sullivan opened his London studio in 2013. Photo by Mark Cocksedge

Since opening his namesake design studio in London in 2013, Bryan O’Sullivan has completed a variety of residential and commercial projects around the world.

His designs, which he describes as “timeless and elegant, homey yet cutting-edge stylish,” are bespoke and personalized.

“We design everything from lighting to furniture, which adds more layers to the uniqueness of these spaces,” he said.

The 36-year-old Mr. O’Sullivan, who is from Kenmare in County Kerry in Southern Ireland, worked for Selldorf Architects in New York; David Collins and Martin Brudnizki in London; and Luis Laplace in Paris after he studied architecture at the University of Westminster.

Bryan O’Sullivan opened his London studio in 2013. Photo by Mark Cocksedge

“I look up to Annabelle Selldorf,” he said. “She is an incredible architect/designer, and she always strikes the right balance of beauty, elegance and art.”

His studio, which he started in his bedroom, now occupies two floors in a London office that houses a team of 20.

As a young designer, he strives to offer a “fresh perspective” that takes his clients’ needs and wants into account.

Mr. O’Sullivan takes inspiration from a variety of sources, including the beauty of his native Ireland.

“My parents’ house has big floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the bay,” he said, “and I was always interested in the idea of creating spaces both architecturally and internally and the connection with the outside from a young age.”

He recently completed a four-and-a-half-year restoration of an 11,000-square-foot townhouse in Paris, a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park in New York City, a ski chalet at the  Courchevel resort in the French Alps and several yachts in the Mediterranean.

Mr. O’Sullivan has done projects for several hotels, including the Berkeley in London, The Green on St. Stephen’s Green park in Dublin, the Tamburlaine in Cambridge, England, and the LAVIDA at the Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.

He’s developing a bespoke lighting and furniture collection and is looking forward to adding textile design to his oeuvre.

Andrew Sun

Atelier SUN

Toronto

Live bamboo trees, which have become Andrew Sun’s signature, were used at the Courtyard House in Toronto to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. Photo by Chao Chen

Architectural and interior designer Andrew Sun creates naturalistic, minimalist spaces that explore spatial relationships and the interplay of light and shadow.

“My heart lies more in the architectural field,” he said. “I strive to cut to bone in my design to seek the balance point where there is nothing to add and nothing to take away.”

Mr. Sun, 35, who graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2008 and established his boutique atelier in 2013, is best known for the Courtyard House, an award-winning home he designed and decorated that features his signature statement: live trees planted in the living space.

“I like to divide spaces into multiple areas to create smaller spaces and use live trees and plants as dividers,” he said. “It’s like designing a village, and it gives a treehouse feeling.”

Andrew Sun started his career with an architectural firm. Photo by Jean Su

The greenery is meant to complement Mr. Sun’s use of natural materials, notably wood flooring and stairs. “I want to create a connection to nature,” he said. “Tiles and concrete are too cold.”

He said the idea of bringing nature inside is particularly appealing to his clients in the Greater Toronto Area, where the cold and snow make it impossible to enjoy the outdoors for great lengths of time.

For commercial projects, he takes inspiration from the local culture, the clients’ identity and the particular use of the building. “I always embed a little surprise,” he said. “I want the design to evolve when the user interacts with it.”

At a newly constructed hand-pulled noodle restaurant in Toronto, for example, he took inspiration from the noodle-making process and hung cutting boards on the ceiling.

“The space is very long and narrow, and the client didn’t think the very end of the restaurant would attract many customers,” Mr. Sun said. “We applied different finishes on each side of the cutting boards, so the moment customers look back, they see a completely different restaurant. The further you are inside the restaurant, the greater the effect is.”

Mr. Sun, who started his career in an interior design firm and worked in the interior design division of an architectural firm, soon will be a licensed architect.

Andrew Sun started his career with an architectural firm. Photo by Jean Su

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Here Are the 5 Best Places for Art and Design Lovers to Travel in April

Covering everything from major design fairs in Europe and New England to must-see art, home, and garden festivals and exhibitions.

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Accent Pieces for the Home that Make a Grand Statement

Gallerist Bernd Goeckler shares his favorites from eBay Collective.

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7 Glass Mosaics Around the World That Take Design to New Heights (Literally)

From a mosque in Iran to the largest Tiffany glasswork in existence, AD rounds up the locales of the most beautiful mosaics

Upon first entering St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, most visitors can’t help but do one thing: look up. This hulking Italian Renaissance church—designed in part by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini—dates back to the 16th century and boasts some of the world’s most impressive, painstakingly crafted ceiling mosaics. During construction, the church enlisted the most skilled artisans of the period for the job, resulting in a treasury of shimmering glass-tile creations that are so precisely executed that they’re often mistaken for paintings.

 

Many awe-inspiring examples of this centuries-old art form can be spotted outside the Vatican City walls—you just have no know where to look. From a palace turned hotel in Budapest to a historic Chicago department store, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s most stunning glass ceilings.

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Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, Spain

Built between 1905 and 1908, architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s Catalan Art Nouveau masterpiece is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a monumental stained-glass-and-mosaic ceiling.

Photo: Getty Images/Izzet Keribar

Shah Cheragh, Shiraz, Iran

Shah Cheragh, a funerary monument and mosque, is also known as the Emerald Mosque because of its mesmerizing mirror-mosaic ceiling and the shimmering chandeliers that hang from it.

Photo: Getty Images/Stefano Oppo

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy

Built between 1865 and 1877 at the intersection of two streets, this sprawling arcade is regarded as the oldest shopping mall in Italy. The crown jewel of the arcade is its soaring 164-foot-tall octagonal glass dome, located at the very center of the complex.

 
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel D’Angleterre

Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen, Denmark

Hundreds of thousands of pieces of glass comprise the mosaic ceiling of the d’Angleterre’s Palm Court, making it the largest ceiling of its kind in Northern Europe. It was designed by Italian glass artist Albano Poli, whose other mosaic credits include a blown-glass rose window at the Santa Croce Basilica in Florence and mosaics in the Vatican Gardens.

 

Photo: Getty Images/UIG/Jeff Greenberg

Tiffany Dome at Macy’s, Chicago, USA

High above the makeup department on the first floor of Macy’s in Chicago sits the largest Tiffany mosaic in existence. Originally commissioned for the Marshall Field’s department store (acquired and renamed by Macy’s in 2006), Tiffany’s magnum opus is comprised of 1.6 million pieces of iridescent glass.

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary

Guests of this Art Nouveau treasure, located on the banks of the Danube River, are greeted by a sprawling white-and-aqua-blue glass atrium in the hotel’s lobby. The glass ceiling, described by the hotel as “a true labor of love,” was designed to enclose what was originally a horse-and-carriage drop-off for the palace.

 
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Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Also known as the Pink Mosque, the Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque features a sprawling presentation of candy-color glass mosaic ceilings, accentuated by kaleidoscopic stained-glass windows and rainbow-hued carpets.

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