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October 13, 2021
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Moncler’s first perfume smells of snow and includes bottles with LED screens
Moncler is embarking on the fragrance game with fragrances that evoke wild landscapes perfectly suited to their outerwear. The Italian brand unveiled two new fragrances – Moncler Pour Femme and Moncler Pour Homme – in two distinctive bottles, each carrying brand identity features such as the silver rib of the cap that is reminiscent of the quilting of their iconic puffer jackets. Formulated exclusively for Moncler by Swiss perfume experts Givaudan, Femme evokes the glow of powder snow, Italian bergamot and jasmine, while Homme evokes an alpine forest with a crisp, enveloping woody aroma.
For the first time on the perfume market, the bottle-shaped “borraccia” bottles are equipped with LED screens that can display personalized messages via a smartphone application powered by Bluetooth, a high-tech feature reminiscent of the collaboration of the mark in the luggage with Rimowa. Find it exclusively in Moncler and Bloomingdales boutiques.
Cipriani plants piles inside Manhattan’s Grand Battery maritime building
Once a great testament to New York’s architectural and maritime prowess when it debuted in 1909, the Battery Maritime Building on the South Street Seaport waterfront has languished for decades, serving as the office for various city agencies and even a times as a homeless shelter. Now the Grande Dame des Beaux-Arts, originally designed by Walker & Morris, is ready for her next act. And who better than Cipriani to restore it to its former glory?
The famous hotel brand, whose restaurants and clubs epitomize maritime luxury, called on Marvel, Thierry W. Despont and preservation specialists Higgins Quasebath & Partners for the restoration and conversion of the historic structure into a private club and a hotel. On the menu: 47 elegant rooms and suites with private balconies and views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty; a deco-inspired jazz café; a booming event space in the Great Hall with an impressive skylight; a spa lined with white oak; a membership club in the spirit of the iconic Harry’s Bar in Venice; and a variety of culinary outfits.
London’s Studio Voltaire reopens in a colorful creative hub with artist-designed toilets.
After the biggest renovation in its 27-year history, the non-profit arts organization is getting a workspace facelift thanks to Matheson Whiteley. The site is home to 75 affordable creative studios, a public garden and contemporary toilets, three of which are equipped with a permanent art installation by artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan who enhance the experience of conventional equipment with technicolor tiles and facial designs.
Ice mined from Antarctica could reveal new information about the extent of climate change.
Visitors who attend the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow can see a carefully preserved bulb of Antarctic air from 1765. Many historians identify this year as the start of the Industrial Revolution, which means that the air bubbles preserved inside could very well be the purest on the planet. “Snow is falling in Antarctica from year to year, but there is no melting going on,” said Dr Robert Mulvaney of the British Antarctic Survey. The Guardian. “The snow accumulates and compresses all the years of snow below. As we deepen, we move further and further into the past, much like counting the rings of a large tree. Side-by-side comparisons of today’s air samples reveal the large increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide since that date.
The SCAD Museum of Art is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a dynamic range of fall lighting fixtures.
To launch its 10th anniversary, the SCAD Museum of Art looks back on its achievements through a series of personal exhibitions focused on its past and its future. The institution has hosted more than 200 global artists since its inception, a legacy they continue until the fall. A diverse list from Japan, Spain, France, Mexico and Colombia presents their latest addition: “Hein Koh’s anthropomorphic art awakens the senses, Izumi Kato’s curious creatures intrigue and fascinate, and the visual ecology of Ira Lombardia explores and elucidates the ephemeral ”, founder and founder of SCAD. President Paula Wallace says of the artists on display.
LoveFrom’s cryptic new website still doesn’t reveal what the creative collective is up to.
The collective founded by Marc Newson and former Apple designer Jony Ive launched a public site, but that still doesn’t tell us much about exactly what they are doing. Using a new typeface called LoveFrom Serif, the page describes LoveFrom as “obsessed with the traditions of design and manufacture”, “insatiably curious” and “working on projects for the joy”. It could commemorate the tenth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, nodding to the creative autonomy and collaborative ethics he aimed to inspire.
To fight against rising temperatures, Miami names the world’s first “heat boss”.
Climate change is pushing up temperatures and sea levels, and Miami is taking note. Shifting from her role as responsible for city resilience to fight rising temperatures, Jane Gilbert’s vision as the newly appointed Heat Officer is “to expand, accelerate and coordinate our efforts to protect heat people and save lives ”. Canopy buffer zones, cold rooms and other “climate resilience centers” are among the interventions it plans to deploy.
A secret nude portrait of Picasso is restored using advanced imaging technology.
Picasso’s works are riddled with mystery – he often painted over his initial compositions to create alternate narratives. The Oxia Palu art restoration group has found another hidden portrait, this time in his painting of the Blue Period The blind man’s meal, using XRF imaging, image processing and AI to render the masked figure in his style. Called “The Lonesome Crouching Nude,” the re-enactment is on display at the Deep AI Art Fair in London until Sunday.
Apple enters Hollywood with a new regional headquarters in Los Angeles.
Apple is expanding its presence in Los Angeles with a 550,000 square foot campus near Culver City that will house its Apple TV +, Apple Music, engineering and artificial intelligence teams. Although the tech giant has yet to disclose Apple TV +’s subscriber base, the new location near the film production district suggests increased investment in the streaming service and a larger stake in the entertainment industry.
Today’s Attractive Distractions:
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