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The MCA strikes gold again with a new retrospective on Merce Cunningham, one of the forefront modern dance artists of our generation. Cunningham is as known for his contemporary dance choreographic innovations as well as for his collaborations with artists from different art forms such as Andy Warhol and Frank Gehry. 

Born in Washington state in 1919, Cunningham followed his heart to NYC and went on to be a soloist for the  Martha Graham Dance company for six years. Afterwards, spending time teaching at Black Mountain College, Cunningham became exposed to different art forms such as theater and visual arts. It was here that he came up with the idea of choreographing to include other disciplines. 

Merce Cunningham Dance Company frequently collaborated with visual artists, architects, designers, and musicians; back then, it was rather pioneering! Over the course of his career, Cunningham choreographed more than 200 dances and over 800 “events,” (site specific) choreographic works. Working to disengage his pieces from being set to music; and in such, springing the music onto the dancers at rehearsal for the first time, Cunningham was able to tell a complete story. So ahead of his time, it's great to see Cunningham's work honored today when people might begin to forget who he was!

Merce Cunningham, 1981.

Image courtesy of: Places Journal, photographed by: Terry Stevenson

Some costumes from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. 

Image courtesy of: The New York Times, photographed by:Gene Pittman

"Common Time" runs at the MCA through April 30th and also, concurrently through July 30th at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center.

Image courtesy of: Concierge Preferred, photographed by: Nathan Keay

If there's one word to describe Cunningham, it'd be "innovative".

Image courtesy of: Chicago Tribune, photograph courtesy of: Alyssa Pointer

Posted in: Culture

Hitting the right notes

April 6, 2017

Canada's National Music Centre, or Studio Bell, is an ambitious and amazing new home for  "amplifying the love, sharing and understanding of music". Spanning 2 city blocks, this latest project by Allied Works Architecture (AWA) won an international competition for the commission 8 years ago. The thought was to build a modern looking, elegant building with a terra-cotta facade. 

Inside, enough space needed to be set aside for a performance hall, live music venue, broadcasting station and a museum. We love the central auditorium which has just 300 seats in an intimate setting. This space can open up to the lobby for more seating, and if there's a desire to carry the music into the lobby.

This is Canda's first national music museum... something that's quite hard to believe with all the amazing Canadian musician that have graced our lives. Some treasures inside include a 1679 harpsichord and the piano at which Sir Elton John composed his first 4 albums.

Review the photographs below and you'll agree that this newer building is one which we'll be speaking about for quite some time!

Notice the ridgeway... or sky bridge... which connects Studio Bell across the 2 city blocks.

Image courtesy of: East Village Experience

We love the abstract, concrete-and-brass building that was designed. It feels completely perfect for it's intended purpose!

Image courtesy of: East Village Experience

The 160,000 square foot museum has a very intimate performance hall. It must be truly lovely to listen to a performance there!

Image courtesy of: Studio Bell, photography courtesy of: Brandon Wallis

The inspiration for the dramatic building was the landscapes of Western Canada and the tradition of instrument construction. 9 interlocking towers make up Studio Bell, each modeled by light, gravity and acoustics. With an average of 75,000 people coming though each year, we're glad so many will be able to experience Studio Bell's beauty for their own!

Image courtesy of: Allied Works Architecture


As a renowned architect, Ricardo Bofill immediately saw potential in the WWI-era factory which he came upon in 1973. Located just outside of Barcelona, this factory was in desperate need of MAJOR repairs and love.

"La fabrica" is overflowing with vegetation and lush greenery; softening the space. No two rooms look alike and relaxation spots can be found through the property. As this was transformed into his personal abode, Bofill and his team designed a specific part of this enormous building as their studio.

It just goes to show that with enough imagination, anything can evolve into something unfamiliar and beautiful!

The exterior of the "factory" is now elegantly overrun with grass plus eucalyptus, palm and olive trees.

Image courtesy of: SP Faust

Boil's architectural firm, Taller Arquitectura, surely has the coolest studio space in the world!

Image courtesy of: Arch Case

The studio space feels like a wonderful oasis. From the original 30 silos, 8 remain which have become offices.

Image courtesy of: Minoa

Think about this quote by Bofill, "I have the impression of living... in a closed universe which protects me from the outside and everyday life". Could this perhaps be why Bofill took on the "time capsule"?

Image courtesy of: Design Boom

Posted in: Architecture

Wearable fossils?

March 24, 2017

How does someone who goes to college in order to study philosophy, political science and economics become a jewelry designer? Well, with a bit of luck and a love for traveling the world!  Monique Pean worked at the architecture and design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero in NYC initially and also worked in the financial industry. 

Always intrigued with monochromatic and minimalistic environments; naturally Pean was drawn to the Japanese culture. Designing jewelry came after traveling to the Arctic Circle and meeting with native Alaskan Eskimos from the Inupiat and Yupik tribes. Considered the world’s first environmentalists, it seems only natural that they make items out of fossilized pieces. That struck a cord with Pean and she began to weave together sustainable items into her unique designs.

Travel also played and continues to play a very big part in Pean’s inspiration and thus, work. Traveling to all seven continents, there was so much beauty to be found. Indigenous items make for beautiful and unfamiliar jewelry. Dinosaur bones as part of a necklace might seem strange; but not when you view the magic that Pean works. Luckily, she has master craftsmen who help her hand-carve those materials that weren’t intended to be made into fine jewelry. Evenutally, perhaps Ms. Pean will attempt these delicate tasks herself; but until then, please keep traveling, gathering and designing!

Rutile triangular ring with black diamond pavé, 18 carat recycled oxidized white gold, 1.75 TCW. KOYO Collection

Image courtesy of: Monique Pean

Light yellow kite diamond, kite-shaped diamond slice and white diamond 3-tier earrings, post top, 18K recycled white gold, 6.14 TCW

Image courtesy of: Monique Pean

Cream fossilized walrus ivory geometric scrimshaw blueprint ring with white diamond pavé, 18 carat recycled oxidized white gold, 0.64 TCW. From the LAHNSE Collection.

Image courtesy of: Monique Pean

Monique Pean effortlessly modeling some of her jewelry.

Image courtesy of: Style Blazer 

Posted in: Culture

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