ListenUp: Gorillaz feat. George Benson: Humility

Gorillaz feat. George Benson: Humility

Cartoon band Gorillaz (aka Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett) have just released two songs from their upcoming record The Now Now, and one is the particularly summery “Humility”—featuring the talents of the inimitable soul and jazz musician George……

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Latest Dezeen Weekly features a tiny house built by robots and wooden furniture by Foster + Partners

The latest edition of Dezeen Weekly includes the world’s smallest house, which was assembled by micro-robots and solid wooden furniture by Foster + Partners, designed with longevity in mind. Subscribe to Dezeen Weekly ›

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Menu opens showroom apartment in New York

Danish brand Menu has furnished a New York apartment with its range of products, creating a space for the company to launch new collections and hold events.

Menu Space New York opened May 2018 to coincide with the city’s NYCxDesign festival. It occupies a loft-style apartment in a historic building on the edge of the Soho district.

Menu Space New York

Doubling as a home for the brand’s area sales manager, the one-bedroom residence is kitted out with Menu‘s furniture, homeware and accessories.

Meetings, product launches, casual get-togethers and customer viewings will all take place in the space, which acts as a permanent showroom for Menu.

Menu Space New York

“The idea was to create a space that was warm, welcoming, and inviting – a little slice of Copenhagen in the Big Apple,” said a statement from the brand.

The decor is minimal and colours are muted, in keeping with Menu’s Scandinavian aesthetic. Textured rugs cover portions of the stained wooden floor, while dark-toned curtains cordon off private areas.

Menu Space New York

Among the products on show as part of the debut display are Jonas Wagell’s popular JDWA lamp, which is now available with a marble base – as it was originally intended when first designed.

Other updated pieces include the brand’s bestselling Afteroom Chair, refreshed with a wider backrest to be more comfortable as a dining chair.

Menu Space New York

In the light and bright bedroom are marble side tables, and an electrical outlet in the form of a pendant that hangs from the ceiling.

The showroom will be regularly updated as Menu releases new furniture and home accessories.

Menu Space New York

“The idea is to keep Menu Space moving and ever-changing,” said Menu design director Joachim Kornbæk Engell-Hansen.

“To have friends of the house and people we admire stop by on a regular basis and help shape the interior layout – ensuring that we always have a vibrant, creative, lively space that continues to inspire our neighbours, visitors, friends, clients, and designers.”

Menu Space New York

Menu Space New York joins the first outpost in the Nordhavn harbour area of the Danish capital, which serves as a co-working space, cafe, office, and showroom for the company.

Designed by Norm Architects, which frequently collaborates with Menu, the Copenhagen branch opened in July 2017. The company has since also opened Menu Spaces in London and Hong Kong.

Menu Space New York

The current popularity of Scandinavian design in the US has also sparked other brands from the region to open or expand their showrooms in New York. For example, Carl Hansen & Son moved to a much larger space in the NoMad neighbourhood in February last year.

Menu Space New York is open on weekdays and available to visit by appointment.

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Yellow metal walls wrap Animo South Los Angeles High School by Brooks + Scarpa

Architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has reconstructed a high school in Los Angeles after it was destroyed by a fire, choosing a bright yellow finish for its aluminium facades.

South Los Angeles High by Brooks Scarpa

Animo South Los Angeles High School is wrapped in anodised-aluminium panels that all carry the same bold shade of yellow, making the complex dramatically stand out from its surroundings.

The school located is in the Westmont-West Athens neighbourhood, which has one of the highest crime rates in LA county, so city-based firm Brooks + Scarpa designed the building to be “visually open but entirely secured”.

South Los Angeles High by Brooks Scarpa

“Fair Housing and school busing have plagued the area since the early 1960s, where median family income is less than $35,000 per year and 25 per cent of the population lives below the poverty level,” said Brooks + Scarpa. “The area was also a central trouble spot during the 1964 Watts and the 1992 Rodney King Riots.”

South Los Angeles High by Brooks Scarpa

In 2014, a fire broke out and destroyed half of the school campus. Brooks + Scarpa therefore redesigned the new public charter high school as an addition to an existing campus from the 1950s, on “an extremely limited budget”.

Rather than a property line or a security fence, the 20-foot-high (six-metre) yellow metal walls surround the school, and are designed to be bullet resistant.

South Los Angeles High by Brooks Scarpa

Perforated screens that surrounds parts of the complex were chosen to create a sense of security and privacy, while also allowing light and air to pass through. They also form shaded outdoor walkways, which link classrooms together.

South Los Angeles High by Brooks Scarpa

“The use of cladding, fenestration, colour and transparency create a memorable sense of richness, providing a bright moment in an extremely tough inner-city community,” the firm said.

The rectangular site is entered via a horseshoe-shaped courtyard that cuts into the plan, and provides access to the school’s three single-storey buildings – totalling 18,000 square feet (1,672 square metres).

South Los Angeles High by Brooks Scarpa

In a square-shaped volume to the right are offices and a reception area, a teacher workroom, and two classrooms. Two rectangular volumes, to the left and along the rear, contain classrooms and restrooms to accommodate 630 students.

South Los Angeles High by Brooks Scarpa

The layout shape is informed by a series of required clearances, such as an existing oil well on the site that was abandoned in the late 1970s.

Other projects by Brooks + Scarpa include a Seattle transit station covered in a blue metal strips and an white coloured art museum in Utah with an enormous wave-like design for a roof.

Project credits:

Principal-in-charge: Lawrence Scarpa
Project team: Angela Brooks, Jeff Huber, Chinh Nguyen, Diane Thepkhounphithack, Micaela Danko, Eleftheria Stavridi, Arty Vartanyan, Fui Srivikorn
Associate architect: Arthur Fernandez and Michele Stanghetti of Franco + Associates
Landscape design: Brooks + Scarpa
Landscape architect: Wynne Landscape Design
Engineers: B&B Associates, Inc-Structural, Hyle Engineering, Geotechnologies Inc, Kipust Engineering
Environmental engineer: Environmental Audit Inc, Placeworks
Construction: Blackwell Construction Inc

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