Olivier Dwek launches a Pristine Design Gallery in Brussels, and other news – SURFACE


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21 October 2021

New Hope Gallery in Brussels. Photograph by Philippe Garcia

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Olivier Dwek launches a Pristine Design Gallery in Brussels

Almost two decades ago, Belgian entrepreneur Frédéric Hanrez inherited a ballroom steeped in history just opposite the Horta museum in Brussels. Hanrez had other plans, razing the decrepit structure (minus its distinctive facade) and enlisting his friend, local interior designer Olivier Dwek, to create an immaculate design gallery in a brand new building on the site. After five years of construction, the gallery, called New Hope, opened its doors.

Inside, expect design flourishes typical of Dwek’s lavish projects, which range from Greek vacation homes to Parisian townhouses that harmoniously blend styles and eras. Temporary exhibitions will be offered in dialogue with Hanrez’s own collection of pieces by George Nakashima, Sam Maloof and Ado Chale, as well as rare Scandinavian objects; works of art by Richard Serra and Philip Guston adorn the walls. New Hope’s piece de resistance, however, is perhaps a massive double-height marble wall reminiscent of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona pavilion and has been meticulously selected by Dwek so that the veins create a fascinating mirror effect.

Jenny Nguyen, founder of Hello Human

Cause-focused PR firm enters new phase

Jenny Nguyen launched her public relations collective, Hello Human, at the start of the pandemic with one goal in mind: to raise independent designers who create based on their own intrinsic values ​​and quality, not quantity. The cause-driven business goes against the grain of its peers, prioritizing clients who are BIPOC, female-owned and committed to social good. For example, Nguyen, the founder of Tantuvi, Arati Rao, and the co-founder of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Jean Lee, came together to launch the Charity raffle #DesignforATL in the wake of this year’s surge in anti-Asian racism.

Demand for their services has skyrocketed – they served over 100 clients just one year after launch – so the company is looking to fund $ 50,000 specifically for growth. Part of their goals include expanding the team and bringing their PR model to industries outside of the home and design realm: beauty, fashion and hospitality, among others. The fundraiser, launched on iFundWomen, even offers benefits for donors: access to “who’s who” industry guides, strategy tutorials, and even a “we’ll write your pitch” service. In the sharp world of public relations, this is a new approach that deserves attention.

Insect Index by SR Studio. THE. CALIFORNIA. Photography by Noua Unu Studio

Sterling Ruby delves into the world of insects for SR Studio. THE. The latest collection from CA.

The enigmatic artist makes us discover a high bug abstraction via SR Studio. THE. CA.’s “INSECT INDEX”, a capsule that evokes new forms of creepy crawlers through a process called “an opera death”. Ruby explains how the destructive mating process of insects led to a fusion of traditional classifications and biological texts to create her cutting-edge creations, such as “the long-jawed weaver” and “the purple witch,” which adorn coins selected from its range.

Sotheby’s ventures further into the “Metaverse” with an exclusive NFT marketplace.

As the first major auction house to launch an NFT-only platform, Sotheby’s latest digital business follows a similar approach to other NFT outlets such as OpenSea and Nifty Gateway. Called Metaverse, the online forum also tapped artist NFT Pak to create personalized profile pictures of its growing list of clients as it launched its inaugural sale earlier this week.

The port authority puts the brakes on the LaGuardia AirTrain project after public reaction.

In the wake of Governor Kathy Hochul’s call for alternative transit systems at LaGuardia Airport, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has put its controversial transit project on hold. Priced at $ 2.1 billion, the LaGuardia AirTrain was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in July despite criticism of its high cost, impractical route, and potential negative impact on the well-being of Queens residents. near. The plane now faces a trial by two local opposition groups and the environmental agency Riverkeeper.

Edie Farnsworth House. Photography by Mike Crews

Farnsworth House is renowned for honoring the unrecognized contributions of its namesake.

Known as the first residence of Mies van der Rohe, the glass-wrapped monument’s status as a beacon of Modernism has eclipsed the role of Edie Farnsworth, who ordered the house. To mark its 70th anniversary, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has renamed the structure Edith Farnsworth House as part of its “Where Women Made History” campaign, which seeks to highlight the role of women in historic architecture.

Versace chief Jonathan Akeroyd will succeed Marco Boggetti as Burberry CEO.

Following the announcement of the departure of current Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti for Salvatore Ferragamo at the end of the year, the British label has appointed Versace as head of Jonathan akeroyd at its power table. Akeroyd’s appointment is expected to bolster Burberry’s ongoing plan to consolidate its financial pipeline and restore its role as a major player in the luxury arena through his background at Versace and Alexander McQueen.

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