Sotheby’s Sets $70 Million Record, Francis Sultana Designs a Jewelry Store, and More News This Week
Last weekend, works by Faye Toogood went on view at the NGV Triennial. Two tapestries are part of Toogood’s immersive and design-oriented offering. As a whole, the triennial will run through April 18 of next year.
David Adjaye and Others Support Black Female Architecture Students
Architecture for Change, a nonprofit that strives to address systemic racism throughout the design industry, is in the throes of staging an important auction. Set to run through the end of this weekend, it will benefit its Desiree V. Cooper Memorial Fund, which seeks to accrue scholarship money. Works by David Adjaye, David Rockwell, and more are included in the sale.
Landscape Architect Carol R. Johnson Dies
Carol R. Johnson, a pioneering female landscape architect, has passed away at age 91. The news was reported by outlets such as The Architect’s Newspaper. In addition to creating the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, Johnson taught in the planning department at Harvard GSD.
Francis Sultana Drafts Up a Glittering Jewelry Store
You may have seen a Francis Sultana home—but have you seen a Francis Sultana jewelry store? Now, Londoners on the hunt for a new bauble can get a dose of interiors inspiration along the way. The AD100 designer has created the new flagship store of jeweler Fawaz Gruosi, and it features Art Deco inspiration and a refined palette of patinated bronze, suede, tweed, rock crystal, and marble. A custom sofa by Sultana joins two Mattia Bonetti chairs in one particularly chic moment.
Poliform Designs Its First Hotel Space
High up in the duplex penthouse of the Gansevoort Hotel in New York now sits a Poliform-focused room. “Gansevoort Meatpacking is quintessential NYC and Poliform is excited to have a partner in them allowing us to apply true design principles,” Poliform general manager Kevin Woodard comments to AD PRO of the 1,700-square-foot interior. “Gansevoort owner Michael Achenbaum told us he wanted the ultimate living space in this Penthouse Suite and gave us the freedom to create something for real design and art enthusiasts.”
Loro Piana Opens a New NYC Shop
This week, Loro Piana opened its new Meatpacking District store in New York City. The space, designed by designer Vincent Van Duysen, features artwork by Marie Watt. In a statement, Watt commented, “I am drawn to Loro Piana’s generational history and commitment to environmental stewardship. Relationships between people, animals and the land are intertwined, inseparable, and necessary for planetary resilience for future generations.”
A New Home and Lifestyle Destination Arrives
Like many of us, Brittany Peltz Buerstedde, a children’s wear designer, did some soul searching this year. That process led her to pivot her creative focus into the world of interiors and launch a new Miami-based business called Sena Lifestyle Studio. The founder works as an interior designer and also just launched e-commerce; her shop features globally curated goods across all lifestyle and wellness categories from trusted brands like Aerin and the Calico Guild.