Connected Earth: Iceland’s ION Hotel

We are completely enamored with Iceland’s newest luxury hotel, which enables guests to fully immerse themselves in the country’s otherworldly landscape. The ION Hotel has been designed by Santa Monica-based practice Minarc, and is located in Thingvellir National Park - a volcanic region of Southern Iceland. Energy-efficient in its design, the hotel takes inspiration from the dramatic and mountainous surroundings, such as ...
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Art Everywhere: Britain’s Largest Art Show

For the next two weeks, a brilliant new initiative will see artworks displayed on thousands of billboards across the UK, turning the country into a large-scale, outdoor public art exhibition. Art Everywhere is the collaborative effort of Richard Reed, co-founder of drinks brand Innocent, Art Fund and Tate. Artworks (spanning 15th century masterpieces through to modern day contemporary works) have been voted ...
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Quietude: Cloudscapes in Tokyo

Japanese practice, Tetsuo Kondo Architects recently created an indoor cloud at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Housed inside a transparent cube structure, visitors were invited to enter through a small door and climb up into the cloud via a central staircase. The cloud effect was created when controlled amounts of hot and cold air were pumped into the cube, ...
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Edinburgh Fringe: The Hunt & Darton Cafe is Back

Visual artists Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton have returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a second year with their award-winning pop-up performance café. Opened today, the duo has turned a “fully functioning” cafeteria into a socially interactive performance space, which invite customers to dine on food and drink while they become part of a live performance piece. Everything is presented ...
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Museums Without Walls: Amazon Art Launches Today

Online retail giant Amazon is making its foray into the world of art commerce, launching a new service that enables users to browse and purchase works from over 4,500 high-profile and lesser-known artists. The venture sees Amazon partnering with over 150 galleries and dealers based in the US (including online art community Paddle 8) to provide a range of artworks in ...
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We love… Cardboard Cathedral by Shigeru Ban

Today marks the opening of Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban's poignant Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. The structure replaces a former cathedral in the city, which was damaged during an earthquake in 2011. Constructed from cardboard tubes (laminated to protect them from rainwater) and timber, the triangular-shaped structure will last approximately 50 years before it is replaced by a permanent building. ...
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New Stores: FOS x Celine in London this Autumn

French luxury house, Céline is commissioning a series of practical furniture pieces by Danish artist FOS for the brand’s new flagship store in London this September. According to online sources, pieces from the collection will include earthenware tables and concrete and metal lamp stands, which will unite Céline designer, Phoebe Philo’s minimalist aesthetic with the Danish artist’s quirky and fantastical vision. “Design ...
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Textile Futures: New Design Frontiers

Currently on at the Espace Foundation EDF in Paris, a group of future-focused designer and thinkers are exploring the ways synthetic biology could define future material manufacture. Entitled Alive: New Design Frontiers, the show comprises the work of designers, architects working at the intersection of art, science and engineering and nature. The exhibition has been split into five themes; The Plagiarists are ...
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We love… Matali Crasset’s Bibliothèque de Plage

Forgotten to pack your summer read for your holiday? Not a problem if you’re in the South of France this summer.  Designer Matali Crasset has installed a mobile library on the beach of La Romaniquette in d'Istres, France. Called the Bibliothèque de Plage, the simple yet colorful structure is made from steel, wood and tarpaulin, and features large alcoves to shade ...
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Crowd Power: Marina Abramović Institute

Serbia-born performance artist, Marina Abramović has recently turned to crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, to help her build an institute for creative performance and education in New York City. The venture invites architects Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu of practice OMA to design the space, which will re-imagine a formerly abandoned theater in the city. Hosting performances, lectures, workshops and festivals, the institute ...
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Automotive Trends: Wild Cats

Animal print and pattern continues to dominate the runway for F/W 13 and Cruise / Resort 2014, and the trend is now filtering into automotive design, with a particular emphasis on traffic-stopping leopard spot motifs. Volkswagen Beetle - Image by David Wilkinson In London this summer, the Stylesight team has noticed a number of cars adorned in this playful print. Some of ...
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What’s On New York: Step into the Light -

Here in New York, summer is in full swing, and there is no better way to escape the stifling heat of the city than with two exhibitions that will transport you to another dimension. Aten Reign (2013) by James Turrell - image courtesy the Guggenheim Museum On view at the Guggenheim is James Turrell's much-anticipated, first solo show in New York since 1980, ...
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The Nature of Music: Bjork & Attenborough’s New Documentary

Inspired by Bjork’s 2011 Biophilia album, the Icelandic musician has teamed up with Sir David Attenborough to explore the relationship between humans, animals and music. The short documentary, entitled The Nature of Music, is part of Channel 4’s Mad4Music series, which explores the ways we currently engage with music, and the role technology might play in the future. Bjork collaborated with Attenborough ...
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Fetishism in Fashion: MoBA Biennale Arnhem

Last Saturday, Stylesight traveled to Arnhem in the far east of the Netherlands to attend the fifth edition of MoBA’s fashion biennial. Curated by Lidewij Edelkoort, in collaboration with Philip Fimmano and Willem Schenk, MoBA choose the theme Fetishism in Fashion. The exhibition fully explores the expression of veiling and covering our bodies in the most extreme ways, and confronts us ...
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Africa Calling: Graphic Africa and Habitat during London Design Festival

This September during London Design Festival, British furniture retailer Habitat is hosting an African Design exhibition. Graphic Africa will showcase over 20 pieces of new furniture by 16 designers from 10 African countries. Alongside the exhibition, Habitat is launching a textile collection in collaboration with the Malian designer Boubacar Doumbia. Habitat's senior designer Rebecca Hoyes will working alongside Doumbia using bogolan, ...
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