A Japanese lady in Venice
For her work on light and space, her buildings, such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and her Lion d’Or presented in Venice 2004, the Japanese architect Kazuyo Seijima is the first woman to be elected President of the architectural section of the Mostra.
12th Venice Biennnale of Architecture, 29 August-21 November 2010.
Sign of elegance
Andrée Putman, a major figure in interior architecture and design, has created a series of occasional furniture together with his daughter Olivia. An office that feels like a night club, to help you forget that you are working.
“Unseen, unknown” office, Studio Andrée Putman, SilveraEdition. www.silvera.fr
With white as the colour theme, Martin Margiela, the Flemish designer who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Anvers, has never given an interview or been in a published photograph. To mark 20 years exceptional creativity, the huge neo-classical palace in London has invited the designer to exhibit in one its wings.
3 June – 5 September 2010, Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R1LA. www.somersethouse.org.uk
Giorgio Armani’s favourite architects, Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas have designed the luxurious Armani Stores in Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York. Now, again for Italians − the Alessi brand − the inseparable couple have sculpted a ceramic vase, size XXL, limited to only 99 pieces. “Zouhria” by Doriano and Massimiliano Fruksas for Alessi.