Ma Yansong Reinvents the “Tunnel of Light,” and Other News

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“Flow” by Mad Yansong at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan. Photography by Yuuki Tadokoro

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Ma Yansong reinvents the “tunnel of light” at the new Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. 

“Ma Yansong, principal partner of MAD Architects, has revealed his latest artwork “Flow” at the recently opened 8th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. Taking place this summer in Japan, the installation reinvents part of the “Tunnel of Light” artwork that was completed back in 2018. Through a series of immersive platforms, the architects abstracted and captured the spirit of the Kiyotsu River, providing visitors with an immersive and dynamic spatial experience. The Triennale hopes to improve the local economy through art, and promote a more harmonious relationship between human and nature.” [H/T ArchDaily]

Amazon Fashion is named as a presenting partner of the CFDA Fashion Awards.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America is preparing for the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, commencing Nov. 7 at Casa Cipriani. This year, the council has announced a brand-new partnership with Amazon Fashion, the latest presenting partner of the ceremony. This time around, the fashion world will be celebrating more than just the inauguration of a new class of innovative thinkers in the industry, but also the 60th anniversary of the CFDA. The 2022 awards show is to be co-hosted by CFDA members Joseph Altuzarra, Gabriela Hearst, Aurora James, Lazaro Hernandez, and Jack McCullough. [H/T Hypebeast]

Former Whitney Museum chairman Warren Kanders hasn’t divested from tear gas.

“Warren B. Kanders, who resigned from the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2019 following protests against his company’s sale of tear gas, remains in the chemical weapons business despite announcing that he was exiting it. According to an investigation by The Intercept, rather than divesting his company Safariland of divisions that sell tear gas, as Kanders had said he would do, the military-supplies mogul reportedly instead rearranged his holdings.” [H/T The Art Newspaper]

“A Statement of Form” by Gaggenau at Milan Design Week. Image courtesy of Gaggenau

Gaggenau mounts a culinary installation inside the Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan.

“During Milan Design Week, Gaggenau welcomes architects, designers, and professionals into an interactive culinary experience called A Statement of Form. An installation as if an exposed kitchen pavilion finds its home inside the glass interior of Villa Necchi Campiglio, as visitors walk through, experience culinary excellence, and observe design innovation. The structure unites key qualities of the German brand, mixing form and function with the highest-grade appliances in situ. Everything that goes into creating and complementing their products are laid bare and deconstructed for all to appreciate: precision from raw ingredients to cuisine, heritage, and craftsmanship through to progressive innovation, the importance of materiality, and the home as the entertaining space of the future.” [H/T Designboom]

The RealReal founder Julie Wainwright has stepped down as CEO and chairperson.

“The RealReal founder Julie Wainwright is stepping down from her post as chief executive officer, chairperson and director of the firm, effective immediately. The board has appointed Rati Sahi Levesque, The RealReal’s president and chief operating officer, as well as Robert Julian, the retailer’s chief financial officer, as co-interim CEOs, effective Tuesday. The news comes as the luxury reseller continues to struggle with widening quarterly losses, even as top-line sales grow. In May, the retailer revealed losses of $57.4 million, despite revenues rising 48.5 percent.” [H/T WWD]

Image courtesy of Pace

Pace dials up Web3 ambitions by partnering with generative NFT platform Art Blocks. 

“The crypto slump isn’t slowing down Pace’s Web3 ambitions. The blue-chip gallery announced a partnership with leading generative art NFT platform Art Blocks in an effort that promises to give each organization access to each other’s very different collector bases. Art Blocks was founded by Erick Calderon in 2020 after years of trying to get his novel idea off the ground: a specially-designed NFT platform that caters to generative artists.” [H/T ARTnews]

Product design firm Whipsaw wins five Red Dot Awards for clients including Uber.

“Whipsaw, the creatively driven, full-scale global product design and innovation company specializing in industrial design, engineering, strategy and digital design, celebrates five new wins by the internationally recognized Red Dot Award. Whipsaw and its clients Uber, TP-Link, Tile, and Midea, received recognition for its unique product aesthetic, smart and intuitive solutions that connect with users, demonstrating exceptional quality and advanced innovative technologies. Red Dot is known around the world for honoring the best in design and business.” [Press Release]

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