The Macallan Presents the Masters of Photography - Magnum Edition 

Documenting the New Macallan Distillery

Magnum Edition marks the seventh release in The Macallan’s award-winning Masters of Photography series.  Previous Masters of this remarkable series included iconic photographers Rankin, Albert Watson, Annie Leibovitz, Elliott Erwitt, Mario Testino, and Steven Klein. On 27 August 2018, The Macallan Masters of Photography, Magnum Edition was officially launched in Hong Kong. 

The Macallan Creative Director Ken Grier kicked off with a video documenting the photo-journey of the Magnum Photographers during the construction of New Macallan Distillery. Ken then led the press on an exclusive tour of the event space and drew attention to each photographer’s individual style and works.  

The Magnum Edition is a collaboration between The Macallan and the world’s most famous photographic union, Magnum Photos, and celebrates the opening of the new Macallan distillery and visitor experience in Speyside Scotland.

The creation of the new distillery will forever change the landscape of The Macallan Estate and this special release documents this historical moment, telling The Macallan story in a new and compelling way, as some of the world’s leading photographers record the next stage in the journey of the world’s ultimate single malt whiskey.  

This awe-inspiring collection of images, taken by six world renowned Magnum photographers - Steve McCurry, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Mark Power, Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Alec Soth - captures different aspects of the iconic distillery.  From the landscape and the materials from which the distillery is born to the character of the workers and protagonists who have brought it to fruition, artistic portraiture of people and casks complement more abstract representations of the building and its unique structure.  

This magnificent and world-class collectible set of images comes together as a limited edition objet d’art, presented in a stunning archive style gift box.  It comprises a specially limited release whiskey; a selection of six signed prints, one from each photographer, and an exclusive book of photography.  The box that holds the collection was influenced by the classic photographic portfolio boxes on display at the Magnum studio.

By immersing herself in the photography, The Macallan Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess has created a single malt crafted from a combination of eight casks, all differing in character to reflect the photography style of each of the Magnum photographers and to represent Magnum itself.

A spicy gingered cask reflects McCurry’s bold and brave style; a cask of age where oak influence prevails over individual characteristics symbolizes Parr’s oblique view of the world; a classic cask with an intense black cherry note complements Pellegrin’s forceful black and white pictures; two casks reflect Power’s photography which captures the familiar, but from an often obscure point of view; an ex-European red wine cask imparting a rich mahogany red color represents Pinkhassov’s contrasting and brightly colored work and a first fill American barrel with its delicate citrus notes captures Soth’s heritage and spirit of adventure.  The final cask is an intensely sweet yet classic Macallan with edge and depth, bringing the whole creation together and representing the imagination and brilliance of Magnum.

Ken Grier, Creative Director for The Macallan, said: “Magnum are the ultimate masters of their medium, offering incredible diversity and distinction within their ranks and capturing all aspects of human life around the world with an unparalleled sense of vision, imagination, and genius.  They are the greatest collective of documentary photographers in the world and their partnership with The Macallan reflects our shared values of craftsmanship and commitment to excellence.  

“For the first time in The Macallan Masters of Photography series, we are working in partnership with multiple photographers to tell the story of the new Macallan distillery and the people behind it, taking it from Genesis to completion.  This coveted edition shows history in the making against the backdrop of The Macallan’s ongoing commitment to mastery.”

Tim Paton, Global Head of Commercial Assignments for Magnum Photos, said: “This project has been a wonderful assignment for both the photographers and the Agency.  To be given this amount of creative freedom on a commercial project is very rare.  The photographers were literally shown the building site and told to shoot whatever they liked.  

“Both I and the six Magnum Photographers have loved visiting The Macallan and witnessing this amazing building grow out of the ground.  We first visited the site when it was just a hole in the ground so we all feel very connected to this wonderful piece of architecture.  All the staff and contractors have been great to work with and very welcoming.  This beautiful part of Scotland will forever be a big part of Magnum Photos history.”

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Magnum Edition is available globally from August 2018, priced at HKD$ 26,460 and limited to 2,000 editions worldwide.

TASTING NOTES

ABV : 43.7%.  

Colour : Deep amber with rose gold hues

Nose : Light hints of peat layered into warm spiced ginger with mellow oak notes.  

Gently coming behind these notes, are an almost tangerine citrus and                         

caramelised apple

Palate : Candied dried fruits and a butterscotch sweetness with a tickling of spice that 

moves into a honeyed nut note

Finish : Medium to long finish ending in sweet earthy peat notes

For more information on The Macallan, please visit: http://www.themacallan.com

2018 Beirut Design Fair scenography will be designed by GM Architects

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An emergence of Beirut’s cultural and creative energy

Beirut Design Fair is being held for the second time in its history, as an important hub for multi-cultural design and innovation in the region. Bringing together emerging and established designers with industry leaders and the public, highlighting the creative power of the Lebanese capital.

In order to further shed light upon this emergence of a cultural and creative boom happening in Beirut, GM Architects has decided to pay tribute to the city, its past and its future. Recalling a pre-civil war, 1960 Golden Age, and declaring a new renaissance for the Lebanese capital as a global hotspot for rising talent and culture.

GM Architects is pleased to announce a collaboration with Beirut Design Fair, in the design of its interior exhibition space. An impressive 4,000m2 space, that will welcome thousands of visitors and where creatives and designers from the region and around the globe will exhibit their own creations and designs.

GM Architects is inspired by the “organized chaos” that so clearly defines the organic urban growth of Beirut, mixing its changing colors, proportions, and styles; the architects’ goals was to create the interiors of Beirut Design Fair such as they reflect this influx of creativity and fertile ground for innovation in design.

Galal Mahmoud explains his inspiration and main theme for the exhibition space as “the layered evolution of Beirut’s urban fabric as it continuously evolves from order to disorder and vice versa...Space will be organized like a city, where one tends to get lost in its play of narrow and wide streets all while having punctual high landmarks that gives a sense of direction.”

Such effect will be will be materialized, the architect explains, through the use of shifting walls, that serve to give a direction to the visitor and guide them through the exhibition- all while being used as partition walls for the various stands. The colors that were chosen are a direct reference to Beirut’s golden age, a reminder of past times marked by bright optimism for the future “as we try to get back on that right track that we were once on half a century ago” Galal Mahmoud explains.

Also based in Beirut, GM Architects, makes part of this very fabric of the city’s design and creative emergence and promising influential future in the region and internationally.

About Beirut, design hub of the Levant

BEIRUT DESIGN FAIR is principally dedicated to collectible and limited edition contemporary or vintage furniture and design objects. The fair presents pieces by leading international designers and galleries from across the world (Europe, USA, Middle East), with about 60 exhibitors from over 10 countries. The event includes a non-commercial program consisting of conferences and round-tables, workshops, installations and live performances.

BEIRUT DESIGN FAIR offers an exceptional, innovative program that confirms Beirut’s role as one of today’s most vibrant centers of contemporary creation while positioning Lebanon in its rightful place:  as the Design Platform of the Middle East!

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For more information, please visit: https://beirut-design-fair.com/

Summer Splash! Have fun with the Lipstick collection of outdoor furniture!

Fun and good-humored in character the Lipstick collection is one of the most laid back and vibrant of Diabla’s designs. For its creation, José A. Gandía-Blasco Canales was inspired by an everyday object and at the same time a fetishistic one: the lipstick. A set of furniture that includes an armchair and coffee table with a Pop feel, perfect for providing an outdoor space with an informal, daring and colourful character as well as being very stylish in its own right.

 

The typical oval form of the ubiquitous cosmetic is specifically evident in the back rest of the armchair, suggesting its source inspiration but at the same time not going overboard. This makes for a marked presence with a unique sensibility: that grabs the attention but is also restrained and elegant. The ideal furnishings for an informal eating space or for serving pre or post dinner drinks, offering multiple options for different compositions: four armchairs arranged in a circle around the central coffee table, two armchairs grouped side by side with the table in between or just a single armchair on its own to highlight a relaxation area using the coffee tables as a foot rest like a chaise-longue.

The two furniture elements that makeup Lipstick can quickly adapt to all types of terrain given that they made from 100% recyclable polyethylene, a material that is exceptionally resistant to and recommended for inclement weather. And given that the collection does not explicitly have a summery look it can quickly be dressed with cushions or a throw to create an outdoor ambiance at other times of the years when the weather is less warm, in fact, all year round.

Designed originally for GANDIABLASCO the Lipstick collection now forms part of the Diabla catalogue with new versions available in an unusual and varied colour palette that ranges from neutral tones to more daring ones, such as red and pink.

Designed originally for GANDIABLASCO the Lipstick collection now forms part of the Diabla catalogue with new versions available in an unusual and varied colour palette that ranges from neutral tones to more daring ones, such as red and pink.

A NEW BRAND WITH HUGE EXPERIENCE BEHIND IT

DIABLA  DIABLA is a new brand of outdoor furniture, accessories, and complimentary items. The designs are typically casual, original and creative, with new formulas for enjoying outdoor living in all kinds of settings and at any time of year. DIABLA is a brand with an inspiring attitude that offers creative ideas for stylish settings. The bold, colourful designs not only contribute something new, but they are also the expression of modern lifestyles. 

DIABLA is the third GANDIABLASCO brand, a new business adventure backed by this prestigious firm with close to eight decades of experience in the domestic and international contemporary design sector. The collections are developed with the support of resources and expertise accumulated by GANDIABLASCO regarding the design, production and development culture that prevails in the business. The company entrusted the leadership of this new project to architect and designer Sara Romero, founding partner of the Romero Vallejo studio. 

Diabla has its own online shop www.diablaoutdoor.com where its products can be purchased as well as the usual sales points of GANDIABLASCO.

For more details: www.diablaoutdoor.com

Global Millennials a World-Class Experiential Art, Culture and Retail Landmark - K11 MUSEA

K11 MUSEA a name inspired by A Muse by the Sea for its revolutionary retail concepts – is the latest and most prestigious addition to K11’s burgeoning museum-retail portfolio and is located at the heart of Victoria Dockside, a broader project by New World Development that includes cultural, commercial, residential, hotel and family spaces, as well as art and design programmes. Victoria Dockside is a rejuvenation by New World Development of a once-celebrated district of Hong Kong, previously popular with tourists and locals alike. The project has been described by US media outlets as “Hong Kong’s Hudson Yards,” about the Manhattan mega-project, and as “Hong Kong’s most anticipated opening.”

Celebrating K11’s 10th anniversary, the Group announced the naming of its anchor project at Victoria Dockside as K11 MUSEA (pronounced: meu-see-ah), K11 MUSEA is inspired by the name of A Muse by the Sea and K11 MUSEA to be open in Q3 2019. Situated along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, K11 MUSEA is the brand’s most ambitious museum retail landmark ever, as well as an aspirational global destination merging lifestyle, culture, and art. 

The 10-storey K11 MUSEA is K11’s latest flagship project, catering to the dynamic lifestyles of globetrotting millennials by bringing together world-class experiential retail, art, culture, entertainment, and dining under one magnificent roof.K11 MUSEA will house an extensive selection of international brands – many of which will be concept stores and flagships debuting in Hong Kong with a brand new image. K11 MUSEA takes inspiration from research that reveals Asian millennials as “Super Consumers,” prominent drivers of global consumption with spending power set to reach US$6 trillion by 2020 as they grow to account for 45% of Asia’s millennial population. K11 MUSEA will get together global millennials to discover their muse after its opening in Q3 2019 while positioning itself as an aspirational destination merging art, culture, and commerce in Hong Kong and Asia.

Hailed as the crown jewel of K11’s museum-retail concept, K11 MUSEA features many architectural highlights, including the 2,000-square-foot outdoor Sunken Plaza, modeled on amphitheaters and installed with programmed water patterns and a misting system for a cooling effect. Together with a large 25-foot-tall LED screen above, Sunken Plaza offers an intimate and immersive venue for cultural events ranging from outdoor movie screenings and live music to art and design related performances. As a new global destination to discover one’s muse and bask in the most exceptional art and cultural content, K11 MUSEA will display a world-class public art collection throughout its premises when it opens, highlighting the brand’s core values of Art, People, and Nature.

For more details on #K11MUSEA, its radical concepts and #DiscoverYourMuse stories and activities, please follow on Facebook and Instagram @K11MUSEA 

Finnish library culture on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

A new central library will open in the Finnish capital in December 2018 that promises to transform the way we think about public spaces and libraries. Finland’s library culture is on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale from 26 May to 25 November 2018.

Finnish library culture on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Oodi and Finnish library culture and architecture are currently on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which runs from 26 May to 25 November 2018. The Mind-Building exhibition at the Pavilion of Finland explores the development of Finnish library architecture over the years, from the country’s first public library in 1881 to the opening of Oodi in December 2018.

Mind-Building rests on the idea of the public library as a case study of modern monumentality. The exhibition considers libraries as buildings that remind us of the values of civic society and the power of enlightenment. The exhibition at the Pavilion of Finland and its library theme have attracted a lot of international media attention, including positive reviews in The Guardian, CNN, and Monocle. Both Wallpaper and the Financial Times have named Mind-Building one of the highlights of this year’s Biennale.

"We are delighted by the great reception that the exhibition has already received. Public libraries capture people's imaginations as key places of learning and sharing. Investing in their great architecture makes libraries stand the test of time, giving us buildings we love and are proud of. In Finland, this has been the case for more than 100 years. Helsinki Central Library Oodi will be the next great chapter, a pulsating heart for the Finnish capital," says Hanna Harris, director of Archinfo Finland and Mind-building’s commissioner.

The Venice Architecture Biennale is the world’s leading architecture event. In 2018 it presents 63 national pavilions alongside the main exhibition, Freespace. Finland has a strong presence in Venice this year, as it is also in charge of the Nordic pavilion. The exhibition is presented by the Museum of Finnish Architecture and features an interactive installation curated by Eero Lundén. In addition, the main exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale features a section by Talli Architecture & Design.

Central Library Oodi (Credit: ALA Architects) | Mind-Building exhibition at the Venice biennale (Credit: Ugo Carmeni)

Further information:

Mind-Building is organised by Archinfo Finland and presented with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland as well as the City of Helsinki, the Embassy of Finland in Rome, Visit Finland, Visit Jyväskylä, Visit Seinäjoki, Artek, Konto Acoustics, MTAB Finland, the Building Information Foundation RTS, Arkkitehti – Finnish Architectural Review, Alvar Aalto Foundation and Helsinki City Library.

For more information:

Finland's cities are havens for library lovers https://wpyadmin.ne.cision.com/l/vivboyxz/www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/may/15/why-finlands-cities-are-havens-for-library-lovers-oodi-helsinki
Why Finland is home to the world's most radical libraries https://wpyadmin.ne.cision.com/l/vivboyxz/edition.cnn.com/style/article/finland-mind-building-libraries-venice-biennale/index.html
Helsinki Central Library Oodi  http://media.ne.cision.com/l/vivboyxz/www.oodihelsinki.fi/en
Mind-Building exhibition at the Pavilion of Finland http://media.ne.cision.com/l/vivboyxz/archinfo.fi/en/venice-biennale/mind-building