David Adjaye curves pink concrete around Los Angeles store The Webster

The Webster Los Angeles by Adjaye Associates

David Adjaye has used pink-tinted concrete to form a “tough and gentle” store in Los Angeles for fashion retailer The Webster, which marks the British-Ghanian architect’s first project in California.

Adjaye Associates was enlisted to create the 11,000-square-foot (1,022-square-metre) flagship store for the luxury retailer at the base of the Beverly Center.

The Webster Los Angeles by Adjaye Associates
Photograph by Laurian Ghinitoiu

The pink-tinted concrete walls are intended to both complement and contrast the exterior of the brutalist-style building above. Continue reading

Striped Eel Catfish Traverse the Ocean Floor as a Strategically Rotating Mass

For young striped eel catfish, there really is safety in numbers. A recent Instagram post shares a video by Marie-Laure Vergne of about one hundred juvenile fish moving across the bottom of the ocean. The Abyss Dive Center, a scuba diving school located in Amed, Bali, explains in the post that until the fish are fully grown and gain all of their deadly capabilities, they protect themselves by swimming in dense groups. Similar to other catfish, this species has four pairs of barbels on the upper and lower jaws. In their pectoral and first dorsal fins, though, the fish have a highly venomous, and sometimes fatal, spine. Continue reading

Historic Geometric Pools Interrupt Australia’s Rocky Coastline in Aerial Shots by Nicole Larkin

All images © Nicole Larkin, shared with permission

For years, Nicole Larkin has been capturing the ocean pools along the coasts of New South Wales in a project titled The Wild Edge. Mostly constructed as public works endeavors more than 80 years ago, the geometric spaces often are nestled in Australia’s rocky shorelines, surrounded by crashing waves and filled with jewel-toned waters. In a statement about the project, Larkin described the swimming sanctuaries as offering visitors “intimate encounters with the landscape.” Continue reading

Unit London Honors Tom French in Show

Unit London is hosting a retrospective and memorial show to honor the late Tom French, the brilliant young painter who lost his battle with cancer on Christmas Day 2019. “Transcend” offers a riveting set of mostly monochromatic works, 16 in total, from the artist, who was born in 1982. The show runs Jan. 30 through Feb. 19 at the space.

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Author: Andy Smith