MVRDV’s radio hotel is a colorful ‘vertical village’ in new york

‘radio hotel and tower’ completes in new york


In Washington Heights, a neighborhood in the uppermost part of Manhattan, New York, Dutch studio MVRDV completes ‘Radio Hotel and Tower.’ The architecture takes shape as a stacked assemblage of colorful blocks, clad in eight different shades of glazed brick, and described by the design team as a ‘vertical village.’ A celebration of the neighborhood, the project introduces event space, offices, and 221 much-needed hotel rooms to the area.


With Stonehill Taylor as the architect of record, the project was designed for developer Youngwoo & Associates — who invested $300 million into the development. ‘For that investment we could have easily constructed a building in downtown Manhattan,’ says Margarette Lee, partner at Youngwoo & Associates.

MVRDV new york hotel

images © Ossip van Duivenbode@ossipvanduivenbode (unless otherwise stated)



learning from washington heights


Radio Hotel and Tower in New York expresses MVRDV’s consideration for the neighborhood and community at a range of scales. The blocks which make up the overall tower match the size of the neighboring buildings — this strategy lends a result which does not overwhelm its context, as might a slender glass skyscraper. What’s more, this stacking organization generates multiple outdoor roof terraces, each with thoughtfully curated views of Amsterdam Avenue and the city beyond.


The architects further celebrate the Dominican culture across Washington Heights, drawing the vibrant colors from local shopfronts to inform the building’s palette. While the brightest colors — bright green, yellow, blue, red, and orange — are found on the highest blocks, visitors at street level are met with more muted colors — plum, teal, and grey-brown.


We chose this location because we believe in the neighbourhood, and we have a chance here to have an impact,’ said Margarette Lee, partner at Youngwoo & Associates. ‘Seventy percent of the employees at the hotel and restaurant are from the neighbourhood; our presence here will result in a significant economic input to the community.’

MVRDV new york hotel



a vibrant gathering space for the community


With Radio Hotel, MVRDV creates a vital hub for those traveling to New York for conferences hosted by the nearby Yeshiva University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital. The hotel’s interior design, curated by New York-based studio Workshop/APD, reflects the brightly-colored exteriors.


Alongside the hotel programming, the building hosts ground-level retail, and over 16,000 square meters (over 170,000 square feet) of office space. The twelfth floor — within the blue block — a dedicated event space dubbed ‘Above The Heights’ can host a range of gatherings including weddings, reunions, bar mitzvahs, or quinceañeras. This event space opens out onto a dedicated rooftop terrace with sweeping views toward the city.

MVRDV new york hotel
Radio Hotel and Tower is clad in eight different colors of glazed brick

MVRDV new york hotelMVRDV draws colors from the local shopfronts

MVRDV new york hotela stack of smaller blocks, the large building does not overwhelm the neighborhood

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michele de lucchi ‘stay’ chair and table for stellar works

michele de lucchi alludes to nature with ‘stay’ chair & table 


Leading Asian design brand Stellar Works has unveiled the new ‘Stay’ Dining Table and Chair, its second collaboration with famed Italian architect Michele De Lucchi. Boasting agile, playful, and organic forms, the furniture set is carved out of wood, alluding to nature with poetic flair.


Indeed, when approaching the design, De Lucchi wanted the ‘Stay’ collection to express a certain sensitivity to nature. He says: ‘At this time when we are aware of the climate emergency and the need to change our behavior, wood is sustainable and makes everything seem natural. I love carving wood because it is a material that lends itself well to our ability to create ever-changing objects with our hands, which sets us apart as human beings. I thought it would be fantastic to create a collection carved in wood for Stellar Works, which expresses today’s sensitivity to the planet with a strong emotional identity. Wood never makes waste.’ 

stellar works launches hand-carved chair & table set by michele de lucchi

all images courtesy of Stellar Works 



organic, playful, and agile forms 


The ‘Stay’ Dining Table has a round top and comes in all standard wood finishes from Stellar Works’ signature collections. The top is supported by four wooden pieces that seamlessly join the center with a refined edge bevel design. The table legs, meanwhile, branch into two pieces reminiscent of a tree while also ensuring stability.


Michele De Lucchi (see more here) endowed the ‘Stay’ Chair with an equally strong character, straying away from industrially-produced designs. Carved from wood, the individual components of the seating object are finished by hand, making each piece unique. Its overall organic silhouette is thus a consequence of eliminating the superfluous.

stellar works launches hand-carved chair & table set by michele de lucchi

‘Stay’ Dining Table and Chair by Michele De Lucchi 



The seat, meanwhile, evokes the shape of a four-leaf clover, continuing De Lucchi’s reference to natural forms. Each leg branches into two twig-like pieces, adding solidity to the chair and refinement to the design. During production, the team controlled the direction of the wood grain to add an aesthetic touch to the chair while highlighting the natural quality of the material used.


The ‘Stay’ collection is suitable for both home and commercial spaces and nicely complements either modern or traditional contexts. The dining table and chair are available in Black Oak, Dark Brown Oak, Natural Oak, Natural Walnut, Onyx Oak, and Soap Finished Walnut.

stellar works launches hand-carved chair & table set by michele de lucchi

clover-like seating design stellar works launches hand-carved chair & table set by michele de lucchi

the collection is suitable for domestic/commercial and traditional/modern spaces

stellar works launches hand-carved chair & table set by michele de lucchiorganic forms boasting a strong character 

stellar works launches hand-carved chair & table set by michele de lucchi

the dining table and chair are available in light and dark wooden tones

stellar works launches hand-carved chair & table set by michele de lucchi

back view of the chairstellar works launches hand-carved chair & table set by michele de lucchi

side view of the chair




project info:


name: Stay Dining Table and Chair 

design: Michele De Lucchi 

client: Stellar Works 

dining table: C1200 x H750mm
chair: W500 x D560 x H810mm
seating height: 450mm

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wild garden + amphitheatre by z’scape enliven chinese hotel site

z’scape restores native flora for HYLLA Hotel site in Lijiang


After completing the HYLLA Vintage Hotel’s Alpine Garden in Lijiang, China, Landscape Architecture practice, Z’scape, was invited to design a wild garden and outdoor amphitheater. The low-maintenance and minimally invasive intervention aimed to maximize the restoration of native vegetation on a 3-hectare site, away from the hotel buildings. Named ‘Wilderness Garden,’ the project’s first section celebrates plants growing naturally or at will. ‘Through the changes, we would witness the sprouting of life and observe the withering of it as well. Based on understanding the site’s life cycle, people could appreciate the beauty of four seasons and nature as a living picture where it reproduces, changes, and renews on its own rhythm, shares Z’scape.


Set to the east, the ‘Wilderness Garden’ site was a deserted, low-lying lot of weeds with an uneven surface. It is crossed by two runoffs of melted snow water and populated by large native trees and a few native plants that have grown to adapt to the pan-Himalayan climate of Lijiang. However, as the site had been abandoned for many years, piles of domestic and construction waste were left behind, possibly polluting the passing streams and land. The site sits lower than the Alpine Garden and can be glimpsed from a wooden path nearby. The lush and overgrown plants have unfortunately restricted access to that area for a long time.

z'scape restores hotel site in china with amphitheater + lush, native garden

Amphitheater | image © Holi Landscape Photography



the wilderness garden 


To restore ecological functions, the team at Z’scape first stripped topsoil from the construction area of the wooden path and collected it using protective methods. Then, through a series of procedures — including removing rubble, plastic products, and other construction waste, crushing clay, remixing and filling the topsoil — the land was nourished during months of a long rainy season, waiting for the seeds in the native soil to bud and grow. The vegetation gradually recovered over time and regained its vitality.


Meanwhile, the winding wooden path weaves in and out of the garden, offering visitors a safe and up-close experience of the ‘Wilderness Garden,’ creating an immersive, walkable and reflective space to connect freely with the plants and nature. The path ascends and ends at the elevated observation deck, which provides a distant view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and a close view of the wild garden. It also forms a layered and integrated landscape with the stones and preserved old native trees.

z'scape restores hotel site in china with amphitheater + lush, native gardenimage © Holi Landscape Photography



In the middle of the garden is a small piece of experimental land, left without any design intervention to spotlight the color and texture of Yunnan’s unique red soil. Only a few species were replanted in this area, leaving room for natural growth or building small structures. In addition to plants, the ‘Wilderness Garden’ is also an essential habitat for wildlife, providing abundant nutrition and shelter. The wooden path was thus elevated by 60 centimeters, ensuring minimal disturbance to the original site while allowing animals and insects to move around easily. While the stacked stones may appear as a pure aesthetic presence, they provide shelter for small animals.


Two water features were also installed on-site. The first is a circular pond that collects rainwater for irrigation, helps nourish aquatic plants, and attracts wildlife. Meanwhile, a rectangular water feature is hidden among the plants on the eastern border.

z'scape restores hotel site in china with amphitheater + lush, native garden

wooden path weaving through the native growth | image © Holi Landscape Photography



the amphitheater


At the northern end of the ‘Wilderness Garden’, a lower and rather open and flat lot sat untouched for years, with a 6-meter drop, inaccessible to people. ‘When we first arrived here, we had an idea that there should be a natural stage which blends with the land, where people can feel the wind and rain, the sun, the moon, the stars, insects and birds. Children can run and play freely, and visitors could quietly look at the snow-capped mountains. The most beautiful songs and dances under the snow mountains can be carried out there, and the most sacred celebrations of the Naxi people can be offered on the stage as well. There would be no need for bright lights or setting, nature is the best stage,’ notes Z’scape.


The 1,500-square meter amphitheater therefore took shape, enclosed by a circular ramp and a terraced platform that can be reached from the wooden footpath, echoing the image of Yunnan’s stepped rice fields through a contemporary design.


z'scape restores hotel site in china with amphitheater + lush, native gardenstepped platforms with wooden benches | image © Holi Landscape Photography



While designing the outdoor stage, the architects slowly raised two ‘ridges’ from the ground, turning them into slopes and terraces. At the same time, a wooden path made of recycled sleepers was embedded in the ground with benches made of old timber. Various landscape elements were later integrated to outline the amphitheater. Gullies, slopes, and platforms also appear in the large circular space, blending in with nature. The traditional Naxi Torch Festival is held here annually, where people pay tribute to the snow mountain and ancient folk traditions and pray for a good harvest. Dances and songs around the bonfire echo throughout the Alpine Garden, becoming a haven for residents and visitors alike.


‘The Wilderness Garden and Amphitheater are an exploration of our landscape design practice. The design technique uses a few simple and light strokes to create a poetic space that blends with the land and environment. The project created an original and artistic space with vitality, establishing a contrast and integration between the wild and disorderly nature and the artificially geometric order. In the overly synthetic modern world, the natural succession of wilderness landscapes brings a touch of hope for green to people. A true wilderness landscape is a habitat for local plants and animals to flourish, then a landscape place for human users to rest and enjoy. In the timeline of the changing seasons, we witness the process of natural restoration and touch the souls of people with the primitive power of the land itself,’ concludes Z’scape. 


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rustic accents pop out from contemporary casa mulata in oaxaca

Casa Mulata: a subtle encounter of rustic & modern touches


Architecture firm RootStudio brings rustic pops within its contemporary lodging in the center of Oaxaca. Dubbed ‘Casa Mulata,’ the residential project emerges from the restoration of three sections of an old mansion house whose construction dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The architects sought to blend modern elements with features that celebrate the architectural legacy of the historic city, creating a bridge between the present and the past.


Led by architect João Boto Cæiro, the team retained elements of the original infrastructure, such as the terracotta walls and the ceiling vaults, incorporating a modern wood-clad structure to form two unique spaces within its interior. The new structure is portable and not anchored. This means that it can be removed at any time, restoring the primordial state of the property.rustic accents pop out from contemporary casa mulata in oaxaca

all images © RootStudio (images found here)



Rustic & natural elements dominate the interior


For Casa Mulata, the Oaxaca-based architecture studio revisited the value of traditional building techniques, all the while incorporating bioconstruction and social responsibility principles. The final result sees a harmonic coexistence between the colonial and the contemporary period, creating a subtle fusion between the old and the avant-garde. As the architects mentioned, ‘The original area of 81 square meters, with its pre-existing adobe walls, was used to achieve an environmental dichotomy between its two levels, nestled behind the old façade.’


Casa Mulata comprises two levels: the main floor and a mezzanine. The ground level accommodates the kitchen and living room, while the upper one hosts a bedroom and a bathroom. The interiors are imbued with different textures, materials, and a neutral color palette, evoking an elegant and classic atmosphere. For the new structure, the architects utilized recovered wood to clad walls, floors, and ceilings, generating a warm and cozy interior. The double-height space gives the property greater flexibility, with a terrace expanding the living area and offering panoramic views of the mountains of the Valley of Oaxaca.


When it comes to furniture and decorative details, the studio collaborated with local master artisans with expertise in textiles, pottery, and cabinetmaking. Rustic and natural elements take over the space. Endemic materials, such as clay, tropical woods (nopo, pine, and tzalam), earth- and lime-based paints, and vegetation reflect the natural environment in its simple form. rustic accents pop out from contemporary casa mulata in oaxaca

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project info:


name: Casa Mulata

architects: RootStudio

location: Oaxaca City

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sep 29, 2022

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seats & vases of ‘proporzione mediterranea’ reflect the vaulted houses in amalfi coast

proporzione mediterranea by annarita aversa


Milan-based architect Annarita Aversa, the founder of Architetti Artigiani Anonimi, presents Proporzione Mediterranea, a collection of seating and vases that reflect her vernacular architecture study of Mare Nostrum (the Mediterranean Sea), specifically the vaulted houses of the Amalfi coast. The anthology draws from the wisdom of Mediterranean vernacular masterpieces conveyed as tokens of heritage preservation that circle back to what Aversa calls ‘a return to the origins and essence of architecture.’


Inspired by the distinctive houses with vaulted ceilings that dot the Amalfi Coast, the collection includes a daybed, a sofa, a bench, and a selection of vases whose soft curves, waving figures, and minimal design provoke the viewers’ minds to think back to the mellow rhythm of the Mediterranean Sea. The exhibition is on view from September 30th to October 29th, 2022 at Giustini / Stagetti gallery in Rome, Italy.

Proporzione Mediterranea by Annarita Aversa
images courtesy of Giustini/Stagetti Gallery | photos by Omar Golli



synthesis between human proportions and human needs


Annarita Aversa hopes that she managed to conceive her collection Proporzione Mediterranea as a call upon the synthesis between the harmony of human proportions and human needs, desires, dreams, and abilities through essential furniture. Colored terracotta and hand-worked wrought iron play with the tune of solids and voids, slowly being shaped from their raw foundations to objects that adorn one’s home.


A rediscovery of the intimate relationship between people and their inhabited space becomes the lyrics Aversa sings that resulted in sculptural works. As she explains: ‘Conceiving internal and external space and its furnishings as a total unicum, strongly linked to the context, has always steered my work, particularly in this collection. The purpose of the project is to remind architects of the reasons behind our so very delicate task in an era often littered with disorienting images.’

Proporzione Mediterranea by Annarita Aversa
Vase 01



architectural Gesamtkunstwerk as an inspiration


The architectural Gesamtkunstwerk inspires Proporzione Mediterranea by Annarita Aversa that creates a natural play of light and shadow, underlining her intent to merge the world of architecture and design. Ceramic and metal push and pull, only to culminate into benches set along the edges of coastal terraces. Produced in Vietri sul Mare, the epicenter of ceramic art and design on the Amalfi Coast, the modular seating pieces recall the balance between technique and form which influence and extend the space the pieces dominate.


Aversa even calls her design ‘architectural dreams’ whose ‘skin’ opens the prelude of space, light, and water synthesizing. The design echoes the intimacy of vaulted spaces, highlighting the skillful modeling of the raw materials, lending grace and meaning to every creative decision.

Proporzione Mediterranea by Annarita Aversa
Proporzione Mediterranea by Annarita Aversa

Proporzione Mediterranea by Annarita Aversa
Bench 01

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fuat değirmenci’s NFTs reinterpret renaissance masterpieces

Fuat Değirmenci: a Neo-Renaissance in Minimal Strokes


From ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer to the ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci, Fuat Değirmenci transports Renaissance masterpieces into the digital sphere, stripping them down to bold, minimal brushstrokes. The series of modern 3D renderings titled ‘Minimal Renaissance’ digitally reinterprets some of the world’s most renowned paintings, encapsulating their original essence through lines, colors, perspectives, and light, illustrated in a contemporary expression. Emphasizing the movement’s ‘rebirth’ of human-centered understanding of thought, Değirmenci’s simplification of these infamous, historic artworks hones in on their underlying beauty.


Recently, the visual and motion artist has launched this series as a collection of phygital NFTs with Dubai’s Art World Creation NFT Gallery. Each purchased NFT also comes with a physical framed digital screens, which have both been minted together.

fuat degirmenci’s NFTs reinterpret renaissance masterpieces with modern brushstrokes
all images © Fuat Değirmenci via Behance | header video © Art World Creation NFT Gallery



Contemporary 3D reinterpretations of Renaissance masterpieces


Fuat Değirmenci’s ‘Minimal Renaissance’ further revives the enlightening rediscovery of humanism that initially emerged during the Renaissance movement, with a modern reinterpretation. In his distinctly bold and experimental style, the artist recreates some of the most significant paintings created by the most revered masters between the 14th– and 17th-centuries. Johannes Vermeer’s ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’, Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Self-Portrait’, Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ and Salvador Dalí’s ‘The Elephants’ are given new life as evocative 3D artworks engaged in delicate motion.


In the production process, Değirmenci began with mapping out the basic forms and tones of the paintings in a 2D plane, removing the intense, realistic details of the works in order to emphasize the expressive renaissance (‘rebirth’). This is achieved not only in the simplified recreation of forms but with intricate elements including lines, colors, perspective, and light which as a whole recall the intrinsic atmosphere of renaissance art. The designs were then enhanced in 3D modelling software to produce minimal, sweeping textured brushstrokes, all the while maintaining the original paintings’ identities. 

fuat degirmenci’s NFTs reinterpret renaissance masterpieces with modern brushstrokes
‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer



bridging traditional & digital art in the ‘phygital’ NFT ecosystem


In collaboration with gallery Art World Creation Dubai and digital display agency Octopus, ‘Minimal Renaissance’ has been released as a collection of phygital NFTs, bridging traditional and digital art, and innovative technology. The project integrates a new signage software technology developed by Octopus into the NFT ecosystem. When purchased, each NFT artwork also comes locked into a framed digital screen, allowing owners to display their pieces physically. 

fuat degirmenci’s NFTs reinterpret renaissance masterpieces with modern brushstrokes
Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Self-Portrait’

fuat degirmenci’s NFTs reinterpret renaissance masterpieces with modern brushstrokes
Salvador Dalí’s ‘The Elephants’

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holy cross receives cross-shaped arts hub by diller scofidio + renfro

holy cross and the arts


Diller Scofidio and Renfro celebrate the completion of the Prior Performing Arts Center at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts — founded 179 years ago, marking one of the oldest Catholic higher-learning institutions in the United States. The university has progressed greatly over the years. The once all-men, Christian-run school, now sees a co-ed student body and is led by Vincent Rougeau, its first non-clerical and African American president.


Since its founding in 1843, the school has maintained a deep commitment to the arts, and its belief in art as a force for ‘addressing the world’s most pressing concerns,’ empowering students toward positive community change from a local to global scale. The new performing arts center embodies these values, all within a structure of interlocked precast concrete and weathering steel.

diller scofidio holy cross
west elevation: Public Entry Marquee, Cantor Gallery | image © Iwan Baan



artistic spaces by diller scofidio + renfro


With its Prior Performing Arts Center, the architects at Diller Scofidio + Renfro introduce 84,000 square-feet of built space to the College of the Holy Cross campus. While some studio and performance spaces are highly specialized, others are flexible and encourage engagement and collaboration between students.


The project’s many new spaces include the Luth Concert Hall, a 400-seat proscenium theater; the Boroughs Theatre, a 200-seat flexible studio space; and the relocated Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery. Meanwhile, The Beehive marks a flexible area that encourages creative collaboration between students among all disciplines. In this way, the architecture takes shape as ‘an incubator for multidisciplinary learning and creativity.’

diller scofidio holy cross

northwest elevation: Arched Entry, Sculpture Court, Large Rehearsal Room, Cantor Gallery | image © Iwan Baan



Charles Renfro, partner at DS+R and lead designer for the performing arts center, comments:The new Prior Performing Arts Center is an uncommon commons. The building is uniquely perched on a hill overlooking the campus and Worcester, yet straddles the intersection of multiple cross-campus paths.


While its world-class facilities provide a singular new home for Holy Cross’ performing arts students, its atrium invites the broader student body to participate in casual and unscripted creative activities.


The building’s dual identity is also expressed in its materials, which are tough and industrial without sacrificing warmth and comfort. We’re excited for the performing arts center to welcome students and faculty into a new kind of space for Holy Cross—one that puts intersectionality, inclusion, and interdisciplinarity at its heart.’

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west elevation: Public Entry Marquee, Cantor Gallery | image © Iwan Baan diller scofidio holy cross
Arched Entry with twisting GFRC and weathering steel | image © Iwan Baandiller scofidio holy cross

Beehive view from third level looking into Cantor Art Gallery and Media Lab | image © Iwan Baan

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slow studio’s passive house in spain unfolds around covered atrium

slow studio builds sustainable house in spain


Slow studio designed a low-energy residential building in the mountainous area of Massís del Garraf, Spain. The project aims to achieve zero consumption and a healthy interior environment through bioclimatic strategies in a single-family home. This passive house is based on a tight program of 90 sqm. To optimize the climatic performance of a limited surface area, the team opted for a compact square floor plan. This has the advantage of avoiding thermal losses in the facades but also the disadvantage of not allowing direct sunlight to the south in the rear rooms. For this reason, a central space that captures light and heat was designed in the form of a covered atrium. With openings to the south in the upper part, it rises above the roof.

slow studio's passive house in spain unfolds around bioclimatic atrium
the exterior surface uses brickwork | all images by Carla Step



planning around a bioclimatic atrium for energy-saving


The layout of the rooms is arranged around the bioclimatic atrium. This central double-height space accumulates heat thanks to an upper opening to the south and sustains the temperature of the north zone rooms while generating crossed ventilation. In this way, the atrium produces a second facade for solar gain and stores hot air that is used for the ventilation of the house. The team used the bioclimatic atrium to achieve stratified air, with hot air rising above, as well as solar collection in its upper part. The central space, also, has a multipurpose program, which can be used as an extra living room, dining room, or simply a free access space to night areas. Finally, overlooking views to the north, the atrium has a small mezzanine accessible with a library-type staircase that can be moved along or get hidden when it is not necessary.

slow studio's passive house in spain unfolds around bioclimatic atrium
the living room is arranged next to the central atrium



heating and ventilation made easier in this passive house


The construction system is based on a double wall, using stone for the interior and brickwork for the exterior surface, retaining insulation between them. At the entrance, the exposed brick wall generates a semi-open lattice that makes the access to the house stand out. Sun protection is achieved by using external textile blinds on the openings of the house. To generate hot water and heating on cold winter days, a biomass boiler with pellets that feeds a system of conventional radiators was installed. The air freshening in this house is carried out through the central atrium using ventilators that introduce air from the highest point of the gallery and whose extraction is located in the wet areas of the bathrooms and kitchen.


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world design capital valencia hosts jaime hayon’s largest exhibition

jaime hayon’s first large-scale retrospective exhibition


The World Design Capital Valencia 2022 pays tribute to the endless creativity of one of its most international ambassadors, Jaime Hayon. In the Ferreres – Goerlich hall of the center, the venue becomes the first large-scale retrospective exhibition on the work of the Spanish artist-designer to be held in Spain. With works never seen before, Jaime Hayon: InfinitaMente opens its doors to the public, offering an experience of the creator’s creative and personal process through a variety of media. 

world design capital valencia 2022 hosts jaime hayon's largest exhibition
Jaime Hayon at the exhibition | image © Brava

all images courtesy of World Design Capital Valencia 2022



Organized and produced by the Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana and the CCCC, Jaime Hayon: InfinitaMente opens its doors as it takes place within the framework of the official program of World Design Capital Valencia 2022. Until April 16th, 2023, the public gets to witness the artist‘s first large-scale showcase of his most emblematic works, including pieces never before presented in Spain. The immersive journey unravels through his personal universe and creative process through materials, tools, inspiration and references. 



In the year in which Valencia is World Design Capital, we could not leave out a tribute to the work of Jaime Hayon, one of the most outstanding creators in our country, whose work combines design and art, craftsmanship and industry, showing, from Valencia, the presence of design in people’s daily lives, in everyday and decorative objects, and how artistic pieces can reach all citizens,’ says the director of the Consorci de Museus and the CCCC, José Luis Pérez Pont.

world design capital valencia 2022 hosts jaime hayon's largest exhibition
Jaime Hayon: InfinitaMente opens its doors until April 16th, 2023 | image © Brava

world design capital valencia 2022 hosts jaime hayon's largest exhibition
the exhibition is showcasing a selection of works produced over the 20 years | image © Brava



‘Jaime Hayon: InfinitaMente’ showcases work never seen before


Jaime Hayon: InfinitaMente is showcasing a selection of works produced over the 20 years of Hayon Studio, including limited-edition pieces both in the fields of illustration and art, as well as products for companies. The show also includes artwork that has never been presented in the country before, such as ‘Masquemask’ —an exhibition of 7 large tapestry-masks designed for the LODZ Design Museum—,’Mesamachine’ or ‘Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ —one of the designer’s first exhibitions—, as well as large format paintings and sculptures. 



‘We have organized and produced six exhibitions to celebrate this year in which Valencia holds the World Design Capital status. One of the highlights is presented today, with an exhibition that reviews and recognizes the work of Jaime Hayon, one of the most prominent creators of our country and a benchmark of Spanish design internationally, who has chosen to live in Valencia and locate here his studio’s base of operations. The Centre del Carme brings together for the first time the entire creative universe of the artist in a large format exhibition that offers a broad tour of his career, ranging from paintings to sculpture, furniture, ceramics, glass, tapestries, graphics or glass,’ adds director José Luis Pérez Pont.

world design capital valencia 2022 hosts jaime hayon's largest exhibition
the exhibition features limited-edition works both in the fields of illustration and art | image © Brava

world design capital valencia 2022 hosts jaime hayon's largest exhibition
the show includes artwork that has never been presented in the country before, like Masquemask | image © Brava



Glass and ceramics, major players in Hayon’s work, are the main focus of two of the rooms, whose core themes are creativity applied to the material and the search for different expressive tools. The central section is dedicated to the creative process behind pieces of furniture, lighting and accessories of a commercial nature, highlighting the behind the scenes of the products and revealing freely the references, sources of inspiration and details of both industrial and handcrafted production, which both enrich their story and put the pieces in context. Also on display are sketchbooks, notebooks and drawings, as well as various objects, samples and prototypes of the artist’s most personal works.

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“Coastal Grandma Meets Graphic Designer” Living Room

Earlier this week I shared the beginnings of a living room refresh project – layouts, schemes, mood board, cringey before photos, and all – and today I’m excited to reveal the final results and dive into all the details with you!

Let’s remember where we started:

living room before

Before, I thought I was making fool-proof choices in furnishings by going with neutral everything. I chose white storage cabinets, a leather (re: easy to clean) chaise sofa in a neutral color, no rug (to avoid messy toddler hands and feet), and a modern media console in a beautiful walnut wood. Despite what I thought was logical thinking, it completely backfired because there was no cohesion in design. Plus, safe and neutral actually translated to sterile, boring, and unbalanced – who knew!?

All the while, all the books and toys started to take over the room. It was clear who was king and queen of the household. The lack of division between the two different functional spaces we needed (a space for the adults to unwind and an area for the kids to be kids) made the room feel cluttered and disjointed.

I voiced these pain points to our interior designer, Alex Yeske who drafted up three main layouts. We discussed each of them in depth and I shared what I liked, parts of a scheme that couldn’t work with our current season of life (i.e., sharp marble corners and a toddler still learning to walk), and details my husband was drawn to. After a few iterations, we landed on this final scheme:

living room scheme

And here are the glorious after photos:

living room with gallery wall

One of the first things we did was give the space a fresh coat of paint. Because the room is north-facing, the current white paint made the room feel dingy, cold, and sterile due to the lack of warm, natural light. We chose Moon Ritual by Backdrop, who describes the color as a “light gray-beige with warm undertones.” The new subtle color instantly injected cozy vibes into the room, even without final furnishings in the space. We also cut the mantle edges down to be flush with the fireplace and painted both the mantle and bricks with Backdrop’s Supermoon, a pure white that freshened up the area.

When it came to finding the right furnishings, I relied on Shopify’s Shop app to give me new ideas and possible contenders after I found myself dissatisfied with the selections from big box stores. Because the app pulls in the millions of brands and businesses that use the Shopify platform for their e-commerce business, I was able to find a majority of my home furnishings from this one app. In my opinion, it’s an underrated app that I think interior designers (or anyone furnishing their home) should have in their back pocket. Add in the conveniences of adding my favorite brands to a list, discovering all their new arrivals, and tracking all my orders – it’s just a no brainer. Let’s take a closer look at what I ordered!

Shopify shop app

Actual screenshot of my Shop app with my favorite brands, both newly discovered and longtime faves

The Sixpenny Gabriel corner sectional is the headliner of the show and probably the one we put the most thought into. We host family over a lot and my husband loves his shows and live streamed concerts, so we wanted a high-quality, comfortable sectional that didn’t feel too precious for everyone to relax on. I didn’t love the feel of our previous leather sofa and while a white sofa is very chic and future-proof for changing tastes and styles, we went with this beautiful French flax linen in Quiet Sage that adds a pop of sophisticated color. I also felt good about going with a feather down fill because the distributor that Sixpenny carefully vetted only uses non-live-plucked down feathers which are obtained as natural byproducts of the food industry. This vendor is also audited and inspected every year for certification renewal by the Feather and Down Association. It was a hard decision between feather down and Sixpenny’s poly fill, which consists entirely of vegan poly fiber, but I’m happy with our choice.

green sofa and bookcase

coffee table with water glasses

With the amount of square and rectangular pieces in the space, Alex advised on going with a round coffee table, so I sourced this newer Field Round Coffee Table from Canada-based Sundays Furniture after already owning the Field Side Table that we use in my son’s bedroom. I thought the walnut wood and brown rush rug would be too tonal but it makes the space feel bigger. A white marble table would have highlighted how much of the space it actually takes up in the modest-sized room. The Field table’s low, rounded profile also makes it less of a hazard for our kids, which makes me feel even more relaxed in the space. We already broke our “no food in the new living room” rule, so I added two straw cushions for my toddlers to sit at a proper height in an attempt to at least keep food off the sofa. We’ll see how long that lasts…

Room & Board bookcases

Eagle-eyed readers might notice that we ended up going with different cabinets from Alex’s original scheme. I really wanted to go custom for the cabinets that were going to flank the fireplace and had a budget for them, too. However, it just wasn’t in the cards with us with quotes ranging from $8400 (reasonable) to $16,000 (*sobs*). There were also longer-than-usual lead times and the rising costs of wood to consider. To get the custom look without the custom look price, we turned to a favorite, tried-and-true brand, Room & Board. I didn’t expect ready-to-ship cabinets to look as good as custom cabinetry, but the white oak Keaton Bookcases completely exceeded our expectations. They look like they were custom ordered and because the shelves are adjustable, they can adapt to our future needs. I’m so glad we went this route because I can bring these beauties to our next home (if that’s ever in our future), something I can’t do if they were custom fitted and installed in our home.

Room & Board Bookcase

Room & Board bookcase

Everhem drapes and curtains

Upholstery wasn’t something I thought I would shell out extra money for (big box options always seemed fine to me!), but after working with Alex, I am a complete convert. For our drapery, we went with local, Los Angeles-based company Everhem, who Alex worked with to create our custom drapes to pair with Everhem’s Woven Wood shades. Because our living room is north-facing and doesn’t ever get direct light, we initially wanted a light-colored shade that wouldn’t darken the already dim room. Alex convinced me that the Khaki would give the room some texture and cohesiveness to our rush straw rug from Shop Rush House. Alex worked so hard to find me yardage of a discontinued Pindler fabric I fell in love with for its perfectly airy, checkered texture and Everhem turned it into perfectly pleated drapes. The satin brass hardware gave just enough contrast to the fabric and shades.

I also went custom with all our accents pillows minus the one dusty blue lumbar pillow I was able source on sale from Rejuvenation. While they weren’t cheap, I felt that this was an area I could add a personalized touch and because they’re washable (and dyeable, if worst comes to worst), I figured they had a long life span. After a cryptic email from me (“Do you have anything flower textured? Not necessarily a floral print. Maybe something cream?”), Alex sourced a beautiful raised floral fabric from Fabricut to pair with the grey patterned fabric she chose, and I loved, from Schumacher. For the custom drapes and pillows, I spent roughly $1850 (including a $250 rush fee). The joy of having bespoke pieces in our home though? Priceless.

custom grey and white pillows

gallery wall

A gallery wall is also a great place to express a home’s individuality. Alex sourced three pieces from Artfully Walls, which has so many unique, affordable prints and is so convenient because you can order frames from them at the same time. She also found a geometric vintage print and frame from a local flea market, the latter of which I sanded and stained to take on a walnut tone instead of cherry wood. I bought the Learning From Japan print and frame from the Design Museum in Copenhagen after visiting the museum’s reopening this year. The graphic design ties in nicely with the Bookshop print. The floral ink print is my favorite of all, an original from my friend Molly Fitzpatrick of DittoHouse. Alex worked with a tasker from Task Rabbit to create the perfect arrangement that will still allow for new additions.

gallery wall

kids nook area

One of my favorite features about our new space is that there is a designated area for my two toddlers to play kitchen, read books, and draw all day long. Do some of those materials sometimes spill over to the grown up area? Yes, of course, but carving out this area for them has already given them the autonomy to own their own space, so much so that very little toys actually end making it over. The Ecobirdy table and chairs is perfect for my toddler who’s still a bit wobbly, because there are zero sharp corners with this slightly bulbous design. The table is also made of recycled plastic toys, hence the confetti effect, which makes me smile having a piece of circular design in our home. The Duc Duc Indi bench not only gives us some extra storage for toys and books, but it’s become a soft surface for make-believe, thanks to Alex’s surprise gift of a custom cushion (the newest way to my heart).

dinosaur toy on kids table

kids bench with books and toys

black cabinet

Because of the way our home is laid out, we needed a drop-off area for keys, sunglasses, and wallets, so Alex created a designated space designed around this stunning Carnegie Chest of Drawers from Jayson Home. The black ties in with other dark details within the overall space, like our picture frames and our two angular brass floor lamps from Foundry Lighting. The curved front edge is also a very unique detail that I love. We use this station daily as it holds (and hides) items we need regularly, like diapers, wipes, extra coasters, and other entertaining necessities.

Our entryway is one of our favorite moments in the space because it has a slight old-world feel to it with the vintage table (a $30 Facebook Marketplace find) and the hand-made, chocolate brown Moroccan zellige tiles from Zia Tile. The irregularities of both elements gives the space so much charm. The walnut canopy from our Amélie light fixture from Cedar & Moss ties back into the brown theme of the room and brings back that balance of vintage and modern. In an ideal world, I would replace our door and sidings but I’ll save that project for another day, much to the delight of my budget-conscious husband.

entryway with brown tiles

entryway table

I knew Alex nailed it with the design when friends and family would review the schemes and layouts and declare with their vote, “This one feels most like you.” I love how comfortable and lived in the space feels while still looking current with touches of contemporary design. It gives me “coastal grandma meets graphic designer” vibes, with the contemporary furnishings and wall art paired with the classic and vintage items. I love and am so excited about this space (especially come the holidays!) that I can’t foresee changing one single thing about it any time soon.

brown dog on dog bed

gallery wall

flowers in green vase

Room & Board Keaton bookcase

Alex Yeske, Vy Yang

Alex Yeske and Vy Yang

If you love any of the pieces in today’s post, here is a full source list of furnishings and decor:

1. Sixpenny Gabriel Corner Sectional in Quiet Sage and Feather Down Fill | 2. Sundays Field Round Coffee Table in Walnut | 3. Everhem Khaki Woven Woods Shades with Satin Brass Hardware Custom Drapery | 4. Aerin Charlton Floor Lamps via Foundry Lighting | 5. Rush House 9×12′ Original Rug | 6. Amélie Surface 10″ Flush Mount Light in White and Walnut | 7. Ecobirdy All Bright Set via Goodee | 8. Jayson Home Carnegie Chest of Drawers |  9. The Inside Marble Side Table | 10. Duc Duc Studio Indi Bench in Fern | 11. Zia Tile 4×4 Zellige Tiles in Burnt Sugar | 12. Artfully Walls “Maybe This Is How It Starts” Print, “Matilija Poppies” Print, “Tule Study 2” Print | 13. Bookshop “Classic Books and Modern Art” Print | 14. Design Museum “Learning From Japan” Print |  15. Ciseal Aspen Magazine Rack | 16. Komolab Elysian Incense Holder | 17. The Foggy Dog Bed | 18. Pablo Designs Candél Lamp | 19. Backdrop Paint in Moon Ritual and Supermoon | | 20. Samsung 65″ The Frame TV | 21. Etsy Brass Mirror by Libitii | 22. Etsy TV Art by Harris Lane Prints | 23. One Forty Three Guitar Hooks in Walnut and Black Leather | 24. Ollie Ella Luggy Basket | 25. Room & Board Keaton Bookcases in the 45″ Width in White Oak |  26. Room & Board Homage Throw Blanket in Sky | 27. Room & Board Althea Vase in Ivory | 28. Hawkins Brass Plant | 29. Ferrone Deerborn Carafe and Large Water Glasses | 30.  Zara Table Lamp | 31. Zara Blue Glass Vase

All photos by Jennifer Chong Studio.

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As the Lifestyle editor, Vy Yang is obsessed with discovering ways to live well + with intention through design. She’s probably sharing what she finds over on Instagram stories. You can also find her at

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