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A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily. 

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Our BIG news for the month of March is that Raj Desai has re-joined our firm as a Managing Partner in charge of architecture and construction. We are so thrilled to have him back after his exciting times with Skywalker Ranch and the Lucas Museum. He joins Katie Boyce as a Managing Partner and Gosia Podosek as Design Director. 

In the pipe-line for this month are:

  • An entire apartment added to a wonderful contemporary residence we are designing in Miami.
  • An incredible large wall mirrored cabinet by Vincenzo De Cotiis purchased for a space in Manhattan. The cabinet was just featured in the New York Times Magazine.
  • At the Lake House we are building on the shore of Lake Michigan, we see the stone floor installed, and the incredible pine panels and doors beginning to encase the interior.  The hardscape of stone walls, gates, and driveway are also taking shape.
  • A partnership with Nature Squared has created a chair edition we designed. We will keep you posted as to from whom they may be purchased.
  • We are looking forward to sharing an office photo shoot by the talented Jessica Tampas, who has recently captured the village that is “US” for our new website. Our website is being designed by Joana Mendez Koiller, who offices in San Francisco and specializes in the design of  user experience.
  • Not far from (3 blocks to be exact) the fabulous new space where the Richard Gray Gallery is moving in April, we have found an enormous column free, bow-trussed space that will potentially be our new office location.
  • And the Dominican Republic continues to draw us to that wonderful warm sunshine!! 

We look forward to sharing more in the months to come!!

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Recently opened, the new Shanghai Natural History Museum is an architectural feat. Perkins + Will spent 9 years on perfecting the design, development and construction after winning an international design competition. Drawing upon traditional Chinese cultural references was important; thus, the building beautifully represents the harmony between humans and nature. Taking inspiration from the ancient Chinese tradition of mountain water gardens, China's natural landscape was stunningly "minimized".

The circular design allows for easy movement within, and the interior organization is made easier by the nautilus shell design which, in nature, is one of the truest geometric forms... perfect for a natural history museum.

More than 10,000 artifacts (representing all seven continents) are displayed in the bright, light-filled building. The 30-meter atrium is welcoming and the adjacent glass wall mimics the cell-structure of both plants and animals. 

And finally, the design is environmentally friendly... the building is bioclimatic by maximizing the sun's output for solar power; nearby, the courtyard pond provides evaporative cooling. The interior temperature is regulated via geothermal and rain water is collected from the vegetated roof, stored in the oval pond and recycled.

Perhaps most importantly, with an additional 20 exhibition spaces, this space won't soon get outgrown!

At almost 500,000 square-feet, there are plenty of places for you to explore the natural world.

Image courtesy of: Design Museum

This central wall mimics the cell structure of plants and animals. Doing double-duty, the light which filters in through the panes brightens the entire atrium 30-foot atrium.

Image courtesy of: Design Museum

The lobby is representative of the interior's elegant beauty. Set within the Jing'an District, the museum is centrally located and close to the famous Jing'an Sculpture Park.

Image courtesy of: Archilovers, photographed by: James and Connor Steinkamp

It would be difficult to call this enormous building completely sustainable; but, it does boast some major "green" features. Kudos to that!

Image courtesy of: New Atlas, photographed by: James and Connor Steinkamp

Posted in: Architecture

The Timelessness of Style

March 13, 2017
Posted in: Welcome to My Cage
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With each growing up in Russia and graduating from a prestigious St. Petersburg Art Academy; it must be meant to be as Igor and Marina eventually got married and now collaborate on each wonderful piece of art they make. What makes this possible is that they come to the canvas from completely different perspectives. Igor is masterful in appreciating how to play off abstract images. He also has a great sense of color... it's never the color that overpowers the subject. On the other hand, Marina draws new images based off Old Masters' paintings, specifically those of the Italian and Dutch Renaissance eras.

It was studying the techniques of religious Russian art, becoming especially inspired by the work of Andrei Rublev and Dionysius alongside those of the West European Renaissance, that brought Igor and Marina to where they are today. And by researching the deeply spiritual figures of more modern masters such as Chagall and Kandinsky, Igor and Marina were able to meld additional techniques into their works. 

What we love is the subtle Russian influences that blend in seamlessly. Clearly influenced by their childhood, both Igor and Marina pay beautiful tribute to their strong heritage.

From the collection of "The Other Side of the Looking Glass", we especially love "Soul Mates", Oil on canvas, 46/70" (117/178 CM)

Image courtesy of: Igor and Marina

Another beauty... "Isabella" triptych. Oil on canvas, 68/124" (173/315 CM) from the collection of "Renaissance That Never Was".

Image courtesy of: Igor & Marnia

How pretty is the gold leaf application? "Rite of Spring" comes from "All the World is a Stage". Oil, acrylic with a 23K gold leaf on canvas, 3D. 60/48" (152/122 CM)

Image courtesy of: Igor & Marina

This talented duo says that their strongest influences are those of the Russian icons. Lucky for us, Igor and Marina live near our hometown of Chicago (in Evanston). We are very excited about their upcoming April show at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery!

Image courtesy of: Art Jobs

Posted in: Fine Art

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