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September 20, 2022
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Athena Calderone’s first line of furniture combines simplicity and elegance
The secret to Athena Calderone’s success has always been the wisdom of the nearly one million passionate followers of her popular EyeSwoon blog. So when Crate and barrel approached her to collaborate on a collection for the home, the tastemaker immediately knew which boxes her inaugural foray into furniture should tick, namely making ambitious design accessible and accessible to everyone. Crate & Barrel, the handcrafted furniture retailer whose core design-centric values live with purpose and intention, proved to be an ideal collaborator.
Calderone has honed her astute eye to design a comprehensive assortment of basic furniture, kitchen and decor that draws inspiration from the informed collection she has taken years to curate for her own home. A sense of ease and elegance reigns: the Scandinavian-inspired shearling Le Tuco chair and Angolare sofa in soft mohair fabric lend warmth, while accent pieces like Crucible planters and vases Facette and Enorme Fluted bring a touch of modernity to old shapes. While realizing the collection is a must-have moment for Calderone, she is thrilled to see how her followers style the pieces: “What an honor it is to think about how the collection will live on in people’s homes and intimate spaces for coming years. ” —Ryan Waddups
In a first in Canada, more than a dozen restaurants in Toronto are awarded Michelin stars.
“The city is well known as a culinary juggernaut, but until recently the Canadian food scene has been largely ignored by Michelin. Toronto is the first city to have its own guide, and Vancouver is expected to follow before the end of 2022. More than a dozen GTA restaurants received stars for the inaugural guide, and Sushi Masaki Saito even won two. Among them are Aburi Hana, Alo, Alobar Yorkville, Don Alfonso 1890, Edulis, Enigma Yorkville, Frilu, Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto, Osteria Giulia, Quetzal, Shoushin, Sushi Masaki Saito and Yukashi. [H/T The Spaces]
Uber launches Uber Restore, an app in Ukraine to help protect endangered artifacts.
“The Russian invasion still poses a major threat to museums, historic sites and other cultural heritage in Ukraine. Now an unlikely ally has entered the fray. Believe it or not, it’s Uber. The ride-sharing service partners with the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture’s National Research and Restoration Center to help protect and preserve endangered artifacts and places through a special version of the Uber app called Uber Restore . The company offers Ukrainian conservationists free on-demand walks as part of their work to identify, restore and protect damaged or threatened cultural heritage. Since May, Uber has provided transportation to more than 100 locations across the country, helping to secure important national treasures and evacuate them safely if necessary. [H/T Artnet News]
The Getty commits $3.1 million to preserve modern architecture by black designers.
“Last week, the Getty Foundation announced the allocation of $3.1 million to preserve and protect the often overlooked historic contributions of black designers and architects to 20th century architecture. In collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, Getty’s Conserving Black Modernism program will identify sites designated as black modern architecture in the built environment and beyond, from museums to landscapes . [H/T Architectural Record]
The world’s tallest apartment is up for sale for $250 million.
“The tallest apartment in the world is on sale. Hitting the market for $250,000,000, the property sits atop the world’s tallest residential building, Central Park Tower. And according to a Wall Street Journal report, the developers are confident they can sell the triplex penthouse at that price. The home features seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, three powder rooms, two kitchens, a private terrace, and multiple living and entertaining areas. A grand staircase connects all three levels, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the residence provide panoramic views of the New York skyline below. [H/T Architectural Digest]
Experts fear for the safety of an ornate mosaic discovered in a Gaza refugee camp.
“The recent discovery of an important Byzantine mosaic in the Gaza Strip has raised concern among experts who fear for its preservation amid conflict in the region. The ornate relic features 17 iconographies of beasts and birds. He was found in the Bureij refugee camp, just 800 meters from the Israeli border, by Palestinian farmer Salman al-Nabahin and his son as they were planting an olive tree on their land last spring. Parts of the mosaic had been damaged by the roots of old olive trees; they covered the unearthed pieces with tin foil and reported it to local authorities. But following recent Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) bombings in the area and an ongoing blockade, there are few resources left for archaeological matters and the news has not received the attention it deserves. . [H/T The Art Newspaper]
Everlane secures $90 million in funding round to develop and develop new products.
“The core brand just secured another round of funding to solidify its expansion plans. The direct-to-consumer company, one of the first digital-native startups in apparel, secured $65 million revolving credit facility and an additional $25 million loan, its financial partners announced Thursday. Modern Retail broke the news for the first time. The company will use the cash injection to open more stores and develop new products, according to Michael Presyman, Founder and Executive Chairman of Everlane, which currently operates 10 physical locations in cities including New York and L.A. Everlane recently hired Mathilde Mader, a former designer at Marni and Sonia Rykiel, as its new Global Creative Director to help transform the company into a more traditional fashion brand by releasing seasonal collections instead of b product bases. [H/T Business of Fashion]
AI-savvy entrepreneurs are selling text descriptions to get the best results on DALL-E.
“Over the past few years, the art created by programs like Midjourney and OpenAI’s DALL-E has become surprisingly compelling. These programs can translate a text prompt into literally (and controversially) award-winning art. As the tools become more sophisticated, these prompts have become a craft in their own right. And like any other craft, some creators have started to put them up for sale. PromptBase is central to the new prompt trade to generate specific images from of image generators, a sort of meta-marketplace for art. Launched earlier this summer to both intrigue and critique, the platform allows “quick engineers” to sell text descriptions that produce a certain art style or topic on a specific AI platform When you purchase the prompt, you get a string of words that you paste into Midjourney, DALL-E, or another system you have access to. s. The result (if that’s a good prompt) is a variation on a visual theme like nail art designs, anime pin-ups, or “futuristic succulents.” [H/T The Verge]
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