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‘Come Home Again’ by Es Devlin at Tate Modern. Photograph by Max Alexander

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Es Devlin illuminates the Tate Modern with its vibrant drawings of endangered species.

“British designer Es Devlin created Come back home, a lighted dome illustrated with her own pencil drawings of the 243 species of flora and fauna on London’s priority conservation list. Located outside the Tate Modern gallery in London, the large-scale public installation is a scale model of the domed St Paul’s Cathedral across the River Thames. Devlin created the Come Home Again installation using recycled steel and her own pencil drawings of London’s endangered species arranged in illuminated decorative clusters. These include birds, beetles and moths, as well as mushrooms, fish and wildflowers – all of which are on London’s priority conservation list set by the City of London’s Biodiversity Action Plan. [H/T Dezeen]

A huge disused gas platform attracts interest and anger as an art installation.

“It looms high over the Grand Pier and dwarfs the big wheel on the boardwalk. As it took shape on the beach at Weston-super-Mare, See monsters– a disused North Sea gas platform transformed into one of the UK’s largest public art installations – has provoked a head-scratching mix of head-scratching, interest and anger. Finally, after delays caused by the unpredictability of this summer’s extreme weather, visitors are invited to climb aboard. The installation is the ninth to be produced as part of the Unboxed: Creativity in the UK series, which has drawn widespread criticism and derision, not least because of the project’s cost: a whopping $128 million to the taxpayers of the four british nations. [H/T The Guardian]

New Mutina headquarters in Fiorano, designed by Patricia Urquiola

Tile specialist Mutina unveils its new headquarters designed by Patricia Urquiola.

“To coincide with Cersaie in Bologna, ceramic tile specialist Mutina is presenting its latest products at its renovated headquarters in Fiorano, Modena. The new Spazio Mutina was designed by Urquiola Studio in collaboration with the Mutina Projects Division as a space for the entire universe of brands: Mutina Collections, Mutina Interiors, Mutina Editions.As part of this robust renovation, the showroom will present installations that showcase the brand’s relationships with designers as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec celebrate. Patricia Urquiola, Konstantin Grcic, Tokujin Yoshioka, Raw Edges, Hella Jongerius and Barber & Osgerby. New products in the Mutina range include small tiles by Tokujin Yoshioka as well as a collection of Vincent van Duysen.” [H/T Wallpaper]

The Guggenheim Museum is canceling the closely watched biennial Hugo Boss Prize.

“New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is canceling its $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize. The institution gave no reason for the cancellation of the biennial prize, which was organized with German luxury fashion company Hugo Boss in 1996 to reward innovation and influence in contemporary art by nationality or age, the award often included a solo exhibition at the museum and had become a mainstay of the international art world, bringing international prestige to emerging and established talent alike.” [H/T Artforum]

In Houston, the country’s first multi-story 3D printed building is beginning to take shape.

“Construction of the first multi-story 3D-printed building in the United States is underway in Houston. Designed by two assistant professors of architecture at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), the two-story single-family home fuses 3D-printed concrete with a traditional timber frame creating what designers Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic believe sets a precedent for future 3D printed multi-family and mixed-use developments. Upon completion, the 4,000-square-foot home will have three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a two-car garage , while a 40-foot tall chimney will make the home one of the tallest 3D-printed buildings in the United States. [H/T Archinect]

Miller & Lux Steakhouse by Ken Fulk and MBH Architects in San Francisco. Photography by Douglas Friedman

Ken Fulk, MBH Architects and Tyler Florence team up at a San Francisco steakhouse.

“MBH Architects recently completed Miller & Lux, a new upscale steakhouse in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. MBH Architects was commissioned as executive architect to implement the overall concept of the restaurant design by Ken Fulk and celebrity chef and operator Tyler Florence. Spread over two floors, the 7,000-square-foot waterfront restaurant offers diners the ceremonial experience of visiting a steakhouse. The team framed the restaurant’s interior with brasswork and dark marble surfaces with a palette of caramel and gold to create a sense of elegance. ” [H/T Dexigner]

Amanita Gallery opens in the former building of the famous CBGB club in the East Village.

“New York City mourned when the famous rock club CBGB closed in 2006. The legendary home of rock ‘n’ roll, punk and dance, CBGB was where Johnny Rotten dealt with the disbanding of the Sex Pistols and where the police and Patti Smith began their careers, often singing for you for the most part empty club. When the space was acquired by menswear brand John Varvatos two years later, many New Yorkers saw it as emblematic of the endless gentrification of the East Village. But rejoice! The Amanatia art gallery is opening soon at 313 Bowery in a reinvention that the founders hope will bring the famed venue back to its roots. The CBGB premises were originally home to the 313 Gallery art gallery. Amanita, which already has a space in Florence, is opening its New York space with “Place Holder” featuring works by up-and-coming Italian painter Leonardo Meoni, opening September 29.” [H/T ARTnews]

Compact Disc Chair by Boris Dennler. Stage design by Karen Pisoni

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