Diverse Art for a Diverse City

On August 4, the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced that a diverse group of artists – ranging from designers to performers – will be taking over five venues across Chicago in the upcoming months. The purpose? To put a contemporary perspective on historic locations throughout the city.

The Garfield Park Conservatory will host Francois Perrin, who will present his architectural experiment Air Houses: Design for a New Climate. The tropical microclimate of the Palm House will be transformed with Perrin’s fabric structure, which offers a perspective on the current ecological crisis. The Conservatory will also house SO-IL and Ana Prvački’s poetic collaboration, L’air pour l’air, a musical piece that will highlight mask and shelter enclosures inspired by the plants of the Conservatory.


(A video of Ana Prvački preforming)

In downtown Chicago, the Water Tower arts space will host a video installation by performance artists Gerard and Kelly. The piece, two chapters from Modern Living, were staged at Phillip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT, and highlight homes that shelter relationships as profound as their designs. The space will also feature James Welling’s colorized images of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus.



Galerie-Marian-Goodman-James-Welling-1 On September 16, performances of a piece by artist Nick Cave and architect Jeanne Gang will begin at Navy Pier, and will involve performers wearing soundsuits interacting with audience members and highlighting Chicago’s creative spirit. All of the instillations are joined by a city-wide series of programs sponsored by over 100 partner organizations.


Nick Cave HEARD at Pitt Street Mall on November 10, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Anna Kucera)

Nick Cave HEARD at Pitt Street Mall on November 10, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Anna Kucera

Muista Active Chair: Freedom To Rock and Fidget At Work

Sitting is an inevitable part of any traditional office job. Although this may be the case, a multitude of studies show that prolonged inactivity is horrendous for our health. A Mayo Clinic article even suggests that prolonged sitting can increase the risk of heart disease. In recent years, standing desks have become popular – but if you are not ready to take that step, an innovative design from Aurimas Lazinskas and his team may be the right move, quite literally, for you.64d58d95aeebef20483b7b42637e9ca5_original Enter the Muista active chair, which gives you the ability to rock back and forth and fidget at work. The chair, which has currently raised over $8,000 on Kickstarter, boasts a number of health benefits for the user. Its Kickstarter page states that because the chair is on a continuous pivot, it better circulates your internal body fluids, promotes a better posture, and can even lead to a better mood and a sense of relieved stress.

muista-1-600x460 The chair is available in two sizes, Muista Fit and Muista Big. It has a handsome wood finish, and a variety of colored cushions to choose from. The cushions themselves are filled with buckwheat hulls, a material that provides ventilation and zero carbon footprint. The material gives your backside a balance between comfort and exercise – allowing you to work muscles you normally wouldn’t in a traditional desk chair. Is the Muista active chair the solution we need to save our generation from the dangers of prolonged sitting?

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Ian Schrager’s chic, budget PUBLIC hotel opens in NYC

The Lower East Side of New York City is not necessarily known for budget hotels. But on June 7, hotelier Ian Schrager (founder of popular 1970’s nightclub Studio 54) opened PUBLIC on 215 Chrystie Street in the Bowery district.

public hotel “I truly believe that everyone deserves a one-of-a-kind experience that lifts their spirits and makes their heart beat faster, one that elicits an emotional response…and to deliver this at a reasonable price point is even more on the mark for today’s savvy and sophisticated traveler,” Schrager said.

215chrystie-public-capped With a starting price of $200 per night, the 367 room hotel is relatively competitive for its Lower East Side location. Although the price point is rather low, the hotel spares no expense. Rooms are outfitted with Apple TVs, an online food ordering system, and USB ports fit for the most tech-savvy traveler.

e3ec12b5_z The design of the hotel is cozy, chic, and radical – Schrager said his hotel will not have the usual Brooklyn look, and will not feature the designs commonly found in other NYC hotels. One aspect of Public that differs from other Manhattan hotels is its two green spaces, which offer guests of the hotel with a little taste of green in an otherwise concrete jungle.

Throughout the hotel, there is not one style; there is a rather eclectic mixture of furniture and furnishings that cannot be classified into a single design oeuvre. Similar to Schrager’s other properties, there will be an emphasis on fun. Schrager also said Public will have an emphasis on public arts, hosting film screenings, theater productions, musical performances, exhibitions, and even talks.xISC_Public_09_RGB_V1-crop.jpg.pagespeed.ic.hZ7JI2YQcK In addition to a stunning, eclectic style, Public will also boast two restaurants headed by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Public Kitchen and Louis will serve diverse culinary offerings, from pastrami sandwiches to sushi (Public Kitchen,) and offer part-grocery store, part-luncheonette, and part-market for Public guests.

large_PUBLIC-Hotels-NYC-DBG-02 One thing is for sure – the buzz surrounding Public has continued to grow, and the hotel is ready to go, well, public.