Ouna Malan opens dream design home in the Hills, and other news

Ouna Malan opens dream design home in the Hills, and other news

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November 17, 2023

Una Malan. Photography by Douglas Friedman

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Una Malan opens a dream design home in the hills

West Coast design enthusiasts have called Una Malan’s La Cienaga showroom home since it opened in 2016. Now, they can venture into the Hollywood Hills to her 1930s mansion tucked behind bougainvillea and hedges. She calls it Una Casa Privada. With its kitchen equipped with Monogram appliances and bathroom equipped with Kallista, it functions like a dream home, hosting a full calendar of creative and wellness events. But it is also an exhibition, as evidenced by art consultant Carlos Antonio’s careful selection of contemporary works. This includes 40 vendors and collections including Rose Uniacke, Gabriel Scott, Designs of the Time, Loro Piana and in-house designed sofas, chairs and beds. —Jesse Doris

Installation view of “Heroes and Monsters: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Thaddeus Mumford Jr. Venice Collection” at the Orlando Museum of Art. Photography by Macbeth Studios

Aaron DeGroft, the former director of the Orlando Museum of Art who faced controversy over an alleged exhibition of fake works Basquiats He was subsequently fired and a lawsuit was filed against him by the museum File a counterclaim. De Groft maintains that the museum’s claims are a baseless lie concocted by its board of trustees to make it a scapegoat for their failures. He blames the museum’s former president, Cynthia Brumbach, who he claims approved the exhibition despite knowing of an FBI subpoena related to the artworks. De Groft is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 for wrongful termination and damage to his reputation. The OMA has not commented on the matter, and negotiations are said to be ongoing to settle the potential lawsuit.

He launched the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis Idea House 3 Collectible design platform. The retail concept combines limited edition furnishings, lighting, textiles and accessories within themed home environments such as the kitchen, bedroom, living room and office. The curated selection features works by Deborah Ehrlich, Proba StudioAnd Frank Gehry, promoting experimental design that reinterprets traditional craft traditions. The initiative aims to bridge the gap between museum-quality display and retail, inviting visitors to bring home the latest design innovations. The inaugural exhibition, “Midwestern Here and Now Guest Room Design,” showcases regional talent and aims to dispel the idea that cut-edge design is limited to East and West Coast cities.

Jasmine Larry. Image courtesy of the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan

Jasmine Larry It is on track to build one million flood-resistant homes across Pakistan.

In 2022, in the wake of devastating floods in Pakistan that displaced 33 million people and caused $30 billion in damage, architect Yasmin Lari pledged to build… One million flood-resistant homes. The Pakistan Heritage Foundation, which Larry founded, recently provided an update, noting that it has built 333,000 homes for individuals displaced by the floods as part of its rebuilding programme, which aims to reach 1 million replacement homes by 2024. These resilient homes have been built using materials From local sources such as earth, lime, and bamboo, using vernacular construction methods to withstand future floods. Lari’s approach, known as barefoot social architecture, encourages self-build methods to support marginalized communities, and has already earned her a RIBA Gold Medal for her achievements in this field.

The Langmatt Museum in Baden plans to sell three paintings by Paul Cézanne, including… Fruit and ginger bowlhe have It sparked criticism Due to violating industry guidelines. The Swiss institution cited the financial necessity of the sale, with estimates ranging from $35 million to $55 million. Recent research has uncovered evidence that the painting was likely sold under duress in 1933, leading to an agreement with the heirs of the Jewish art dealer, Jacob Goldschmidt, who partly owned the work. The museum aims to raise 40 million Swiss francs ($44 million) to establish an endowment fund for its survival.

Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Letitia James He filed a lawsuit v. PepsiCo, alleging that the food and beverage giant has harmed the environment and deceived the public regarding its commitment to reducing the use of single-use plastic in its packaging. The lawsuit claims that much of the plastic waste in the Buffalo River can be attributed to PepsiCo products. James is seeking unspecified damages, a solution to pollution caused by PepsiCo products in the Buffalo area, and a reduction in the company’s plastic packaging entering the river. It also demands that the company stop selling or distributing single-use plastic products in the Buffalo area without “proper” warning labels. In response, PepsiCo announced its commitment to plastic reduction and recycling efforts.

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