Richard Meier Creates a Striking Minimalist Home in the English Countryside (from Architectural Digest)As they have since the first Bentley took to the road, many Brits still motor into the countryside to weekend in great country houses. But for guests of a family living in the rolling hills of Oxfordshire, the house at the end of a winding, hedge-lined lane is not a Downton Abbey pile or a rambling, thatch-covered cottage. What awaits instead is a bracing specimen of white geometric abstraction designed by American architect Richard Meier, so pristine inside that you can see a pin drop. View this article at ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST.
The design, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, incorporates Chareau’s furniture, light fixtures, and interiors, as well as examples of the artworks he collected, designs for the Maison de Verre, drawings, ephemera, and archival photographs. In designing the exhibition, the firm utilized video projections, virtual reality, digital installations, and film, to create imagined, atmospheric scenes providing a context for Chareau’s work.
The exhibition features projected shadows creating the illusion of a ghostly visitation. Virtual reality headsets situate the works in their original Parisian environments: Chareau’s personal study; the Grand Salon and Garden of the Maison de Verre. For the final section, DS+R created an impossible view of the Maison de Verre itself: an infill townhouse in a dense urban setting for which no entire view exists.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro is a firm that has truly made an impact on every aspect of the New York cityscape. From the stunning 70-story, LEED-certified, cold bent-glass residential tower at 15 Hudson Yards, and the serenity and detailed parklike agri-tecture of the High Line’s public space, to the Vagelos Education Center—a 100,000 square foot, 14-story glass edifice that will serve as Columbia University’s new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate facility—DS+R uses their signature interdisciplinary design strategy to create functional, uniquely modern structures and spaces that resonate profoundly today, while keeping a thoughtful eye toward the urban landscape of the future.
Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, the first U.S. exhibition focused on Chareau, will run through March 26, 2017 at the Jewish Museum.
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While one might be reminded by it of the effect of a setting sun, or the impasto of the French impressionists, another might recognize in its meticulous intricate patterns the topography of the arctic tundra; a tableau of the earth disappearing before you as you ascend into the skies on an airplane.
While this variety of dramatic interpretation may be true of any number of breccias, it is the subdued and subtle forms taken by Breccia Capraia that make the stone’s use such an intriguing premise to architects and designers. Depending on its application, the marble may be showy and ostentatious, or a tasteful complement to more pronounced decorative elements. In the latter case, where the material is intentionally not played to its obvious strengths as a facing stone, it provides an ambient backdrop that seems to almost swirl about imperceptibly.
This mobile nature of the stone contrasts with the muted, near transparent effect of its brecciation: hues of purple, red, grey, and green vein about the warm, pale background, almost in a blur of liminal motion, where one seems to bleed into another, and where the angular forms become increasingly amorphous and difficult to trace with the eye.
Significant structures which incorporated Breccia Capraia in their construction include the former Home Savings headquarters in downtown Los Angeles in Los Angeles, and the Schwarzemberg Hotel in Vienna.
The natural stone currently on view at ABC represents only the finest rocks on earth. Procured from 6 continents, ABC has truly moved mountains across oceans to bring the finest stone on earth to the A&D community. We are honored to bring to you Breccia Capraia, quarried on the Tyrrhenian seaside of the Apuan Alps, in Tuscany.