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All Blues Brings Peter Do’s Runway Jewelry Into the Real World
When Peter Do staged his Spring/Summer runway show in Paris this past September, all eyes were on the collection of remixed suiting, punctuated by striking splashes of red. Those singularly focused on the new Helmut Lang artistic director’s design signatures—singularly brilliant executions of tailoring and drape—likely missed out on some choice styling gems in the form of All Blues’ sterling silver bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. The Swedish jewelry brand founded by Jacob Skragge channeled Do’s signature minimalism into an 11-piece stackable collection made of recycled sterling silver and available online, at All Blues’ Stockholm store, and at Dover Street Market Tokyo. —Jenna Adrian-Diaz
Surya has acquired the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams brand and plans to relaunch it as a wholesale and trade resource, with product shipments starting in the first quarter of 2024, according to Surya CEO Satya Tiwari. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it includes the acquisition of intellectual property, some inventory, and manufacturing equipment, with retail leases not part of the acquisition. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and ceased operations, and Surya intends to rehire some of the brand’s employees, with Mitchell Gold staying involved in an advisory capacity.
Kablusiak has won the prestigious Sobey Art Award, Canada’s top recognition for visual arts, receiving a substantial prize of 100,000 CAD ($72,904). The announcement was made at a special event at the National Gallery of Canada, with other shortlisted artists also receiving 25,000 CAD ($18,226) each. Kablusiak, a multidisciplinary Inuvialuk artist based in Calgary, Alberta, explores themes of dis/connections, family bonds, and the impact of colonization on Inuit expressions of gender and sexuality, health, and daily life. The award recognizes artists who reflect upon and speak to contemporary moments nationally and globally.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has completed the $100 million restoration of Park Avenue’s iconic Lever House tower, originally designed by the firm in 1952. The project aimed to modernize the midcentury landmark while preserving its distinctive architectural character, encompassing a revitalized lobby, a redesigned public plaza, updated building systems, and the addition of the Lever Club, an indoor and outdoor hospitality suite. Moreover, energy-efficient improvements such as a dedicated outdoor air system were implemented to enhance the building’s energy performance, and original elements like terrazzo flooring and glass mosaic tile walls were meticulously restored.
Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has expanded the Serralves Museum in Porto, a building he designed himself. The new addition, a three-story, 45,000-square-foot extension, seamlessly integrates into the park landscape and offers more gallery and archive space. Built with reinforced concrete, cork insulation, plaster, and granite wainscot, the building’s interior features white galleries with marble base and wood floors, and its design includes a distinctive triangular window demarcating the entrance. The expansion will allow more works from the museum’s permanent collection to be on display and facilitate the staging of architectural exhibitions. It is scheduled to open to the public early next year.
Microsoft has hired Sam Altman, the co-founder of OpenAI, following his removal as CEO of OpenAI. This move marks a significant development in the field of artificial intelligence. Greg Brockman, another co-founder of OpenAI, is also joining Microsoft, which is the startup’s biggest financial backer. Meanwhile, OpenAI has appointed Emmett Shear, the former CEO of Amazon’s streaming service Twitch, as its interim CEO. The circumstances surrounding Altman’s removal from OpenAI remain somewhat unclear, but his move to Microsoft has brought an end to a weekend of speculation about his potential return to the company.