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October 07, 2021
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Art Collector Sues Nifty Gateway Over Botched Beeple Bid
In the NFT world, a legal fracas is brewing on Beeple – not the ubiquitous (and problem) collage which fetched $69.3 million at Christie’s and made him the third most expensive living artist, but a lesser-known work called Abundance. Art collector Amir Soleymani bid $650,000 on the coin, but ultimately lost out to a $1.2 million bid from Ethereum co-founder Taylor Gerring. Unbeknownst to Soleymani, the sale was a ranked auction, meaning he and the other 98 highest bidders had to accept editions of the artwork at their best bid price.
Soleymani refused to pay, citing the unusual format of the sale: “I have never come across such an auction as NG seems to have used only for Abundance NFT,” he said.ART news, saying his offers were made “with the intention of acquiring the original artwork”. While this bizarre format is also new to us, the terms were technically described on the auction page, casting a shadow of doubt over its legal claims.
Flack Studio’s patchwork style pervades the New Ace Hotel Sydney
In the wake of his Brooklyn debut Channeling the spirit of Le Corbusier, Ace Hotels is heading Down Under to launch its first Southern Hemisphere outpost, a 264-key property inspired by the cinematic colors of the Australian landscape. Living in the former Tyne House brick factory – once home to one of the country’s first ceramic kilns – in Sydney’s Surry Hills district, the hotel group brought in Melbourne-based Flack Studio as their responsible for the design.
Known for reviving historic spaces with bold colors and unexpected material combinations, the firm fashioned the lobby’s off-form concrete staircase in a vibrant ocher red and outfitted the rooms with acoustic textured straw walls, nooks textile-lined window seats and a hodgepodge of bespoke furniture, millwork and lighting. Look for upcoming announcements regarding social spaces, including the rooftop restaurant and bar, in the coming months before the hotel officially opens next May.
The noose necklace makes a tactless return to the catwalk, this time by Givenchy.
The luxury brand’s creative director, Matthew M. Williams, is slammed for showing off an insensitive necklace that looks like a disconnected noose at the Givenchy show in Paris. Boosted by a direct caption from fashion’s meticulous watchdog Diet Prada, the accessory is reminiscent of Burberry’s ill-fated 2019 hoodie that introduced the self-harm motif.
Tesla to pay former contractor $137 million for racial abuse lawsuit.
The lawsuit, brought by Owen Diaz, was prompted by racist experiences the black entrepreneur faced during his nine-month tenure at Tesla’s Fremont factory. Although the automaker has not announced an appeal, previous promises of a better work culture demand greater accountability given the fact that its employees are non-unionized and recent reports of racial slurs.
A Somerset hotel installs a Beezantium that doubles as a bustling exhibition space.
Taking inspiration from rustic English lodges, Invisible Studio unveils a lakeside apiary at the Newt Hotel, a cottage escape within the 18-acre Hadspen House estate. insert with functional hives, the waterfront development invites bees and guests alike to partake in the magic of honey-making and beekeeping. “The Beezantium was designed to provide an otherworldly sensory experience,” says Piers Taylor, Founder of Invisible Studio. “But instead of just being a matter of fun, the Beezantium is a useful building designed to house bees in viewing hives in the exterior walls.”
Foster + Partners will redesign the Hall of Realms at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
Spain is committed Norman Foster and Carlos Rubio to co-design a $42 million expansion project titled “Hidden Design”. The artery plan, consisting of an open atrium, solar-panelled roof and sunny exhibition space, was the winning submission from the world competitionwhich included submissions from David Chipperfield and Rem Koolhaas.
In Düsseldorf, Snøhetta unveils a multi-tiered opera house and cultural hotspot.
Snøhetta imagined an opera and cultural hotspot which will bring two V-shaped dance towers to the German city. Complemented by landscaping that reworks the nearby urban forest and a layered glass facade that reflects its surroundings, the company’s latest feat aims to create a multipurpose space: the ground floor engages the public with a blend of open spaces, while the glass towers accommodate both residences and offices.
Officine Universelle Buly 1803 joins the growing stable of LVMH luxury brands.
The 2014 relaunch of the French perfume and cosmetics brand by the duo Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac rewarded the brand for its beauty products and scented candles with vintage aromas. After receiving funding from LVMH Luxury Ventures in 2017, the lavish conglomerate has now procured Buly as part of its arsenal, marking the first acquisition of a brand backed by the minority investor arm of LVMH.
Today’s attractive distractions:
Denmark has started smartly reusing old wind turbines bicycle shelters.
Moroccan scientists find first evidence of tools to make leather garment.
Dave Grohl admits Nirvana could change It does not matterthe artwork pending a trial.
Frank Gehry’s Last perfume bottle because Louis Vuitton imitates its kinetic architecture.