The Bay Area Gets A Beatnik-Inspired Clubhouse And Other News – SURFACE



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June 14, 2022

Martin Brudnizki’s bungalow kitchen. Image courtesy of The Bungalow Kitchen

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The Bay Area will get a Brudnizki-designed, beatnik-inspired clubhouse

Martin Brudnizki made the huge atrium of the Beekman Hotel in New York City cozy and transformed the interiors of Paris’ La Plage Parisienne into a breathtaking homage to outdoor cabarets. For his first project in the San Francisco Bay Area, he received a slightly different brief from Executive Chef Michael Mina and hospitality veteran Brent Bolthouse: Transform a two-story, 12,000-square-foot, 300-seat space on the waterfront in Tiburon into a community clubhouse with a Flower -Power vibe.

Reminiscent of the region’s beatnik and bohemian era, interiors are reminiscent of 1960s and 1970s Bay Area homes: a dining room with a custom fireplace by local Pasadena Craftsman tile and rattan furniture in ocean blues and greens; a private listening room outfitted with vintage carpets and a custom-designed Wilson Audio speaker; Photographs of musicians like Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones. And the surrounding area is a great spot for Mina’s ice-cold bowls of garden crudité or oak-oven steaks. A stained-glass panel from San Francisco-based Lenox-Stained Glass illuminates the path to the upstairs parlor, complete with billiards and a corner sofa — not to mention a trellis terrace with retractable roof and a view as intoxicating as the signature Hygia cocktail that blends Montenegro, Aperol, and butterfly pea foam with the same free-spirited determination that Brudnizki brought to the room. –Jesse Dorris

The Newson Task Chair for Knoll by Marc Newson. Image courtesy of Knoll

Marc Newson unveils his first work chair, an ergonomic chair with a floating effect.

“Famed Australian designer Marc Newson has designed everything from airplane interiors, jetpacks, racing bikes and Olympic uniforms to kitchen utensils, fountain pens, samurai swords and Apple products. That said, it’s almost surprising that Newson has never designed a task chair before. His Newson Task Chair for Knoll will arrive later this summer for an undisclosed price. The design is a continuation of the Newson Aluminum Chair he released with Knoll in 2018. Its cantilevered frame design was a nod to the modernism of Mies van der Rohe. For its performance-focused update, Newson wanted to retain the chair’s floating effect and unique silhouette – while giving the design the ergonomic adjustments and support of a task chair.” [H/T Fast Company]

The Morgan Library & Museum in New York unveils a newly restored sculpture garden.

“In 1908, an unnamed correspondent for The London Times wrote the first public account of financier J. Pierpont Morgan’s two-year-old library next to his home east of Madison Avenue at 36th Street. Designed by architect Charles Follen McKim after Renaissance buildings like Rome’s Villa Medici, the library contained Morgan’s famous collections of rare books and manuscripts and was built at a little over US$1 million (about US$32 million today). This weekend and next, the Morgan Library & Museum will celebrate McKim’s landmark restoration and unveil an adjacent new garden – Manhattan’s new green space – and exhibition.” [H/T The New York Times]

The Children’s Institute Los Angeles campus designed by Frank Gehry. Photograph by Oltmans Construction Co., courtesy of the Children’s Institute

Frank Gehry designs a Children’s Institute community center in Watts, Los Angeles.

“The Children’s Institute’s (CII) new 20,000-square-foot campus in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Gehry, is slated to open later this month. This is the non-profit organization’s first purpose-built home in the community of Watts. The $25.79 million campus will serve to centralize CII’s operations in the region. It will accommodate 150 CII staff and will house a range of therapeutic programs and complimentary services for children and families, including toddler socialization, individual and group counseling, youth development activities, parenting workshops, staff development/employment support and Project Fatherhood sessions. The building is designed to function as both a community center and therapy center, offering flexible public spaces that can be used for neighborhood council meetings and community events, as well as transparent and accessible entry points.” [H/T Archinect]

Cosmetics giant Revlon is preparing to file for bankruptcy amid supply chain problems.

“Cosmetics giant Revlon Inc. is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as soon as next week as it grapples with supply chain issues and a high debt burden, according to people familiar with the matter. Talks about the potential filing are not final and could change, said the people, who asked not to be named when discussing private negotiations. A Revlon representative declined to comment. First, the distressed debt news provider Reorg reported on the possible bankruptcy. Shares of Revlon plunged 53 percent on Friday, the biggest one-day drop on record, to close at $2.05.” [H/T Business of Fashion]

The 2022 Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize goes to metaverse-oriented Marina Otero.

“The 2022 Harvard Graduate School of Design Wheelwright Prize goes to Marina Otero. The curator and researcher won the prestigious prize this year with her proposal “Future Storage: Architectures to Host the Metaverse”. Focusing on storing data through the architectural and digital lens. Otero is currently leading the Social Design Masters course at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Data storage is an unprecedented demand today, and Otero’s work aims to shed light on architecture’s response to the issue and reinvent digital infrastructures.” [H/T Wallpaper]

JW Anderson describes his latest collaboration with Moncler Genius as “a dream in color”.

“Transforming the manicured gardens of Italian estate La Foce into a kaleidoscopic playground, JW Anderson and Moncler reunite to present an imaginative Fall/Winter 2022 collection. Highlights from the collection include sweaters, skirts and crochet hats made from supple cotton bouclé fleece, and voluminous totes, outerwear and shorts lined with down and sheepskin. The pieces feature a medley of green flecks, bold colorful prints in Moncler’s signature colors, matte nylon and bleached denim.” [H/T Hypebeast]

A wooden building from the 1960s by Kazuo Shinohara is being built on the Vitra Campus.

“One of the iconic architectures of the Japanese architect Kazuo Shinohara, designed in the “First Style”, has been reconstructed on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. Originally built in Tokyo in 1961, the Umbrella House will serve as a venue for small on-campus gatherings and offer visitors a glimpse of modern Japanese architecture. After the geodesic dome by Buckminster Fuller/George Howard in 1975 and a gas station by Jean Prouvé in 1953, the project is the third historic building to be reconstructed on the Vitra Campus.” [H/T Archdaily]

The “Illusion” course at Puttery. Image courtesy of Puttery

Today’s Attractive Distractions:

Japanese scientists transform leftover cabbage to a concrete-like material.

NASA launches one official study to better understand UFOs.

A restored painting commemorates the use of the Colosseum as a sacred Christian space.

Puttery, a new miniature golf bar in Washington, DC, May put you in a trance.

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