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Art Nouveau-rich Latvian capital welcomes remarkable hotel

Known as the Quiet Centre, Riga’s Art Nouveau district is home to a new hotel that pays homage to the neighborhood’s roots while adding a bit of mid-century modernism to the equation. The property, named A22settled inside the bones of the 1930s United States Embassy building, debuting a tasteful remake by local interiors firm CBP Design.

The 20 rooms and common areas display a mix of original Art Nouveau touches (restored wall mouldings, parquet floors) and layers of contemporary mid-century style (dark wood paneling, curvaceous furniture), while the exterior of the The property has been painted black and adorned in brass window frames, making it a striking juxtaposition to the leafy boulevards and verdant parks of the area. At the restaurant and bar — nicknamed John and Jackie, a reference to JFK’s 1939 visit as a young Harvard student traveling through Europe — chef Kristaps Silis crafts artful presentations with hyper-seasonal ingredients cooked on Josper’s most favorite charcoal grill, from Scotch beef to Latvian zander.

A London restaurant debuts with a towering yellow rock sculpture as its centerpiece.

“The sculpture is based on my memories of traveling to the seaside as a child and making towers out of piles of rocks on the beach,” says Jacu Strauss, creative director of Lore Group of the massive yellow artwork perched atop a table at Goddard & Gibbs. Taking over the space that once housed the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, the seafood restaurant’s design is tinged with subtle nautical themes such as sandscape artwork and seaweed green banquettes. On the menu: dishes prepared with ethically sourced ingredients and inspired by the fishing villages and seaside towns of the British coast.

Gyo Obata, influential architect who helped lead global company HOK, dies at 99.

Throughout his career, Gyo Obata orchestrated buildings that have become recognizable emblems of modernism, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and the Priory Chapel, both located in his hometown of St. Louis, King Said University in Saudi Arabia and the Terminal of Sendai International Airport in Japan. After receiving a scholarship to attend the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he studied with Eliel Saarinen, Obata joined the company now known as HOK, where he worked as an associate in charge of design. His influence reverberated widely: “He started the design culture at HOK,” Bill Hellmuth, the company’s president and CEO, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But more importantly, he gave us humility and humanity in everything we do. We were founded in the Midwest, we have Midwestern values. That humanity and humility are elements of our culture that still exist today.

Lehmann Maupin launches an augmented reality experience from Ashley Bickerton.

Ashley Bickerton ventures into the virtual realm with the launch of three NFTs on Nifty Gateway and three augmented reality works via Lehmann Maupin. The project, called CollectAR, will see three of the artist’s “Ocean Chunk” series installed at the gallery in Manhattan, the nearby High Line and on Pier 55 in Hudson River Park. Getting into augmented reality, according to Bickerton, is “something I always wanted to do, but never seemed to find the time or the right technology partners. Suddenly I was given both.

Italy will turn an abandoned island prison into an open-air museum and tourist hub.

The island of Santo Stefano was home to some of Italy’s most notorious criminals for centuries until 1965 when the government shut it down. The panopticon-like structure has since remained vacant, but Italian authorities now plan to turn the site into a open-air museum on the history of the prison and its prisoners, as well as an academic center with artists’ studios. “It was closed for decades, in a state of total disrepair,” said Silvia Costa, the Italian government official behind the project. CNN. “There is no light, no running water. Access is tricky. The renovation aims to tell the story of the pain suffered in this prison, preserving this symbolic place of memory but looking to the future. The project is currently scheduled for completion in 2025.

Police identify suspect who stabbed two Museum of Modern Art employees.

Over the weekend, a man who was refused entry to the Museum of Modern Art in New York jumped over the front desk and stabbed two employees. Police are still looking for the suspect, Gary Cabana, a Manhattan resident who was a regular at the museum and often attended movies, but whose membership was recently revoked due to disorderly conduct. The victims, a 24-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, were transported to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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