Art life: 5 things gallery editors love this week

The pavilion was designed by the Berlin office of Studio Other Spaces, founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann. picture: Adam Potts

1. Olafur Eliasson added a stained glass pavilion to the Donum Estate in California

Berlin-based Studio Other Spaces, the architecture firm founded by pioneering artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Beemann, has completed a new wing on the Donum Estate in California’s scenic Sonoma Valley. Already home to more than 50 site-specific artworks, the famous winery has christened the Vertical Panoramic Pavilion, a conical structure draped in more than 830 colored laminated glass panels of various opacities. Intimate and immersive wine tasting sessions will take place in the structure’s interior seating areas, which are lined with earth-toned brick walls that appear integrated into the landscape. “The pavilion maps the visitors’ surroundings—soil, vegetation, wind, sun, atmosphere, rain—and incorporates them into the colorful canopy, reflecting the wine’s unique signature,” Eliasson and Bahman write. – Jeffrey Montes

Interiors from Major Seaman Schepps. picture: Chris Tamborillo Courtesy of Seaman Schepps

Interiors from Major Seaman Schepps. picture: Chris Tamborillo Courtesy of Seaman Schepps

2. Penny Drew Bird designs in New York for jewelry brand Seaman Schepps

Renowned for providing the finest jewelry to style icons like Marlene Dietrich and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the prestigious jewelry house has just revealed its flagship store on the corner of 69th Street and Madison Avenue. The Manhattan space will carry the brand’s entire collection, including popular turbo-shell earrings, mousetrap bracelets, and new, innovative designs, as well as introduce a much-anticipated homeware collection. To celebrate nearly 120 years in the business, owner Anthony Hopbenham has enlisted world-renowned interior designer Penny Drew Bird to lead the architecture of this two-level space. Incorporating a color palette of soft beige and blue, the interiors embody a Parisian feel to pay homage to the timeless elegance for which Seaman Chips is known. “The design inspiration for the new flagship store comes from Seaman Schepps from the namesake brand,” says Bird. Gallery. “Seaman Schepps is unique because it is at once classic and sophisticated, vintage and contemporary, sexy and serene. Seaman Schepps is a romantic brand, where every piece tells a story and history and gives us a romantic vision. I wanted the store to be a place where a woman can only feel awe and glam, while You still feel at home.” In addition to the stunning interiors, which include the original Italian Rococo mirror for the 1850s Park Avenue store as well as an impressive spiral staircase, a vault of the brand’s historic pieces will accompany more than 5,000 original sketches of jewelry designs. – Shelby Black

Named after Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and pleasure, Dio makes three different drinks that are fun and easy to drink. picture: Landon Nordman

3. Unusual party planner, Bronson Van Wyck, makes drinking out of an elegant can

When it comes to hyper-fictional events, no one tops Bronson Van Wyck. With his family company, Van Wyck & Van Wyck, he has created unforgettable parties all over the world for celebrities, socialites and VIPs. Getting into one of his evenings, like the last Save Venice ball, is to forget yourself and immerse yourself in the moment – the decorations, the music, the costumes. But as the expert himself will tell you, cocktails are an essential part of making room buzz. So, he looks like the creative genius behind the book is a no-brainer Born to Party, Forced to Work Phaedon will create a range of ready-to-drink cocktails in a can that are just as delicious as the signature drinks served at his exclusive parties.

Named after Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and pleasure, Dio makes three different drinks that are fun and easy to drink. Turning to his knowledge on Earth and his extensive travels, Van Wyck has crafted a sophisticated flavor profile that is unique and extremely delicious. A spicy pineapple margarita, a drop of lemon and turmeric ginger, and French Hibiscus Rose 75 provide the perfect twist on familiar classics. All concoctions are all-natural, and non-GMO as are the blenders Van Wyk will be launching in the fall with his Dio business partner, tech entrepreneur Nick Bradley. Perfect for parties of one or more people, each can hold two meals, which can be served over ice, garnished with decorations, or sipped straight from the can. – Jacqueline Tribune

Mark Cunningham designed the new Merida showroom at the New York Design Center. picture: William Geddes, Courtesy of Merida

Mark Cunningham designed the new Merida showroom at the New York Design Center. picture: William Geddes, Courtesy of Merida

4. Merida unveils new Mark Cunningham showroom at the New York Design Center

To give clients a welcoming place to fully experience the range of custom-made natural rugs, Merida introduced a new 5,000-square-foot showroom at the New York Design Center. On display are more than 40 monochromatic pieces from the Atelier Collection, woven by professional artisans in Fall River, Massachusetts, and which draw inspiration from artists known for their experiments with light and space, such as James Turrell and Anish Kapoor. Designer Mark Cunningham designed the Design Gallery, and moved to the fifth floor, offering marble-roofed balconies and a cozy residential-style lounge. “The original inspiration was an art gallery,” says Cunningham. Gallery. “We ended up finding the perfect long, linear space that invites the viewer to experience the craftsmanship and beauty of these rugs up close.” – Jill Siraki

Daniel Orchard’s installation at The Surf Lodge. picture: Courtesy of The Surf Lodge

5. Contemporary Artists Revamp the Waves Inn

Enjoy an outdoor cocktail or live music surrounded by contemporary art at Surf Lodge this August. Montauk’s premier destination gets a makeover with new commissions by four artist-in-residence. Vibrant murals by Tarsila Schubert and Hart Evangelista cover the stage and beach areas, while a site-specific installation designed by Danielle Orchard encases her lounging female characters. Additionally, charming Anthony James light sculptures are dotted around the property. The art takeover continues this Labor Day weekend with an exhibition curated by Brooke Wise. — Stephanie Lee

Cover: The suite was designed by the Berlin office of Studio Other Spaces, founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann.
picture: Adam Potts

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