They may have veered into the realm of kitsch a while ago, but cuckoo clocks are wonderfully evocative of a time, a place and a craft tradition. Those factors, then, would seem to make them a prime target for re-imagining in the 21st century. That’s exactly what recently happened in a happening spanning continents and time zones.
By Michael Webb
Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a dazzling exhibition with a misleading title. In the 1920s, Berlin, not Paris, defined the metropolis, and German artists had a love-hate relationship with its oppressive streets, flashing lights, and surging crowds. Filmmakers followed their lead—in Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, People on Sunday, and the dystopian vision of Metropolis.
By Jack Skelley
The theme of the latest designer makeover of Greystone Mansion is “Titans of Business.” But the results are anything but business-like. Color and imagination runneth-over in the more than two dozen installations in the already extravagant Doheny residence overlooking Beverly Hills. Curator Design House International had designers pay tribute to business leaders who inspired them. Even when that titan is the designer’s own patron, the results are elegantly fun—as when Lisa Turner, of Interior Obsession, salutes her client Stevie Wonder: It’s a music room of sculptures and artifacts from Wonder’s own collection, including a pop-art “Wonder wall” of album covers and a tangled, brass-instrument sculpture above the piano.
Workplace design is changing. It’s a given. We see it most of all in creative office environments. Places where a premium is placed on collaboration and connection. But what about office space form more traditional fields, say finance?
Alan Vartabedian, a principal at Huntsman Architectural Group, offers one take, in the design for Lek Securities’ Manhattan office. “It adheres to tradition in the sense that the expected formalities are there,” Vartabedian explains. A reception area, conference rooms—the usual suspects appear. The departure comes in the inspiration. Vartabedian looked to the worlds of residential and hospitality design to create inviting spaces that tempered the intensity of the business at hand with a more relaxed vibe.