Studio Gang Architects’ Hive at the National Building Museum​​

Frequent ABC Stone collaborator Studio Gang, headed by Jeanne Gang, is a prominent Chicago- & NYC-based interdisciplinary A+D firm continually undertaking vital and important projects, of which this is one. For their contribution to Washington, D.C’s National Building Museum‘s Summer Block Party installation series, entitled Hive, the studio have turned the museum’s main hall into a… [that’s right, you guessed it]. Comprised of three oculus-topped chambers of stacked silver and magenta-wound paper tubes, the hives were inspired by the Hall’s infamous acoustics issues: the vast open space has nothing of off which sound might bounce so being in it is very much like standing in a field. Sound physics is a very complex discipline – for example, even temperature can effect sound dynamics in a space; – but one with which A+D’s must needs directly engage, either obliquely or directly depending on the nature of the project: this even extends to the consideration of building materials depending on whether they are more or less dense, &c. That Gang is addressing the acoustics issues often created by beautiful architecture in this unorthodox manner is less a curio than it is a glimpse of a way forward for how architects might in the future think about and address matters related to sound.

Design Brooklyn 2017 Celebration & BBQ | Recap

If design is the premiere art form of the 21st century then Brooklyn is ground zero. Known for its cultural and artistic diversity, the borough is teeming with visionary professionals who have found innovative solutions to every design conundrum under the sun. On Thursday, June 22nd, ABC teamed up with our friends at LUXE Interiors + Design for our 2nd annual Design Brooklyn Celebration. ABC was proud to host and sponsor this BBQ-themed Summer kick-off. Special thanks to Sailor Jerry’s Rum and Beso Del Sol Sangria for their generous and delicious beverage sponsorships.

Photos Courtesy of LUXE Interiors + Design

2016 Carrara Residency Party Retrospective

For the past 6 years, ABC Stone, in cooperation with New York Academy of Art, has sponsored a stone sculpting Artist Residency in Carrara, Italy, as part of its ongoing commitment to promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Based at Corsanini Studios, located at the foothills of Apuan Alps, the Carrara Residency exposes students to the global art world, helps them cultivate lifelong relationships, and hone their craft in an immersive environment.

To honor the sculptures produced by the recipients of the 2016 Artist Residency in Carrara, New York Academy of Art students, Jiannan Wu and Brice Esso, ABC Stone held a celebration in its colorful Brooklyn warehouse.

As aerial acrobats entertained guests with their graceful maneuvers overhead, below were enjoyed dozens of new sculptures, from the hyperrealist sculptor Robin Antar, Stephen Shaheen, Barbara Segal, Alasdair Thomson, Michael Kukla, and Barry X Ball among others.

Brice Esso is a perfect example of a contemporary Renaissance Man. Born in Cote d’Ivoire in 1991, his childhood was filled with experiences that helped shape his sensibility for art and culture. Although his family had different expectations for him, he decided to travel abroad to pursue his college degree in America. While completing a Bachelor’s degree in business, Brice reconnected with his passion for visual arts. It is at New York Academy of Art that Brice continues to develop his skills as a sculptor.

Jiannan Wu is celebrated as a young artist specializing in sculpture and drawing. Born in 1990 in Dalian, China, Jiannan started to learn painting and drawing at the age of seven. From 2009 to 2014 he studied sculpture at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and graduated with a BFA. He works in both sculpture and drawing, and is interested in the relationship between image and sculpture. In his creative approach, he uses the combination of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional sculptures—the perspective effect of pictures is utilized in his sculptures.

ABC is honored to have had the opportunity to further the education of these promising young artists. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and millennia-old tradition of transforming it through highly skilled craft.

Entertainment provided: Adair Moran Aerialists

Lighting: Ken Farmer & Kyle Garner of Wild Dogs International

Music provided: DJ Leecy T

Photography: Elliot Goldstein

Culinary delights: Halcyon Gourmet

Photobooth fun: Mashbooths

Have any pictures of the event? Upload and tag @ABCStone or #LiveYourLifeInStone.

How to Pronounce the Names of 22 Notable Architects (from Arch Daily)

There’s no doubt that one of the best things about architecture is its universality. Wherever you come from, whatever you do, however you speak, architecture has somehow touched your life. However, when one unexpectedly has to pronounce a foreign architect’s name… things can get a little tricky. This is especially the case when mispronunciation could end up making you look less knowledgeable than you really are. (If you’re really unlucky, it could end up making you look stupid in front of your children and the whole world.)

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 22 architects with names that are a little difficult to pronounce, and paired them with a recording in which their names are said impeccably. Listen and repeat as many times as it takes to get it right, and you’ll be prepared for any intellectual architectural conversation that comes your way. View this article at ARCH DAILY.

2017 Tribeca Ball Retrospective

At the annual Tribeca Ball, guests explore all six floors of the historic Franklin Street building that houses New York Academy of Art, while visiting with over one-hundred MFA artists in their studios over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, with dinner guests moving on to a meal prepared by a master chef.

This year’s Ball, subtitled A Magical Menagerie, honored Will Cotton. Will trained at NYAA in the 1980s and is an unwavering protagonist of the academy’s mission. He teaches Master Classes, serves as a Senior Critic, and hosts an Artists’ Drawing Party fundraiser every fall. He is represented by Mary Boone, and known for his surreal, colorful portraits. Will has exhibited in major group and solo shows the world over, including at the National Portrait Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Triennale di Milano.

The event’s décor plunged guests into the aforementioned “menagerie,” with six floors of fantastical animal-themed installations inspired by Van Cleef and Arpels’ latest jewelry collection, L’Arche de Noé.

Starting in the lobby guests were regaled by the sounds of the Spiros Exaras Trio, and moving on to the upper floors they explored artists’ studios, an installation of prints by current NYAA students, and live drawing by alumni, among many other fanciful attractions.

Event Chairs included Alain Bernard, Christina Di Donna, Brooke Shields and Naomi Watts.

Support of the ball directly impacts the Academy’s scholarships and educational programming, allowing it to fulfill its mission of training the most talented emerging artists in the skills and techniques essential to the creation of vital contemporary art.

For more coverage of the Ball: Vogue, Avenue Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily.

New York Academy of Art requests the honor of your presence at the 2017 Tribeca Ball!

Guests will have the opportunity to explore all six floors of the historic Franklin Street building that houses NYAA, while visiting with 110 MFA artists in their studios over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner guests move on to an elegant meal prepared by renowned chef Daniel Boulud. With live entertainment, and surprises around every corner, the evening is guaranteed to dazzle even the most inveterate partygoer. ABC would be delighted if you’d join us in attending!


Your support will directly impact the Academy’s scholarships and educational programming, allowing it to fulfill its mission of training the most talented emerging artists in the skills and techniques essential to the creation of vital contemporary art.

For tickets visit: tribecaball.com.