Behind the Scenes: New Giles Miller installation for Bespoke

For the last couple of weeks, we've been busy with the installation of Giles Miller Studio's breathtaking new installation for Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The Bespoke project is part of our ongoing work with Kempinski Hotel MoE - previously we commissioned a mural for Salero Tapas & Bodega restaurant in the hotel, and a series of paintings by Emirati artist Mohammad Al Qassab  for the Arabic Gallery

Approximately 5000 brass gold box elements were hung in series, cascading down the face of the reception feature wall. These boxes vary in depth, colour and transparency, and when viewed from afar, a pattern inspired by the UAE's undulating sand dunes emerges. When fully lit, the effect of the rolling dunes is quite spectacular, and we wanted to share some of our behind the scenes snaps from the install process.

London-based design practice, Giles Miller Studio, specialises in the development of innovative surface and interior design projects, marrying architecture with beautiful interior finishes. Capsule Arts has developed an ongoing relationship with the studio, collaborating on several high profile projects, includingDesign Days Dubai 2014, where we showcased the studio's new lighting sculpture series Castor & Pollux.

 

Capsule Arts on the judging panel for the 2014 Commercial Interior Design Awards

We are delighted to announce that this year our very own Rachael Brown, co-founder and Director of Capsule Arts, is one of the judges for the 2014 Commercial Interior Design Awards. The CID Awards recognise interior design projects across seven categories in sectors like hospitality, institutional, office and residential. The awards also honour individuals and firms that have made an impact on design this year.

Rachael will be in good company - with other confirmed judges including Dean Skira, founder of Skira lighting; Barbara Bochnak, lead architect, Zaha Hadid Architects; Michelle Evans, creative director, AyKa design; Godwin Austen Johnson, founder of Luxury Interior Design blog; Alfred Johnson, founder and principal of Alfred Johnson Design; and Linsey Thomson, interior design teaching fellow, Heriot-Watt University Dubai.

Speaking to DesignMena about her inclusion on this year's judging panel, Rachael says, “I have followed the awards closely over the years and have been continuously impressed by the calibre of the nominees and also of the other judges. At Capsule Arts, we work closely with interior designers for our bespoke art consulting projects, so I hope to bring a new perspective to the panel, drawing upon my experience as an art consultant.”

Rachael's top pick of the categories: Leisure and Entertainment“We’re working on a lot more restaurants at Capsule Arts and it’s here that we have seen some really adventurous and unique concepts that show a highly creative and often quite playful approach to interior design.”

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Pavilions great and small

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Each year the Serpentine Gallery invites an architect to create a summer pavilion that sits alongside the gallery in Hyde Park for four months, providing a social space. This year saw Chilean architect Smiljan Radić take up the challenge, and we love his luminescent cylindrical structure, which resembles a glowing pebble (pictured above).

Speaking about his design, Radic says, ‘the Serpentine 2014 Pavilion is part of the history of small romantic constructions seen in parks or large gardens, the so-called follies, which were hugely popular from the end of the 16th century to the start of the 19th. Externally, the visitor sees a fragile shell suspended on large quarry stones. This shell, white, translucent and made of fibreglass, houses an interior organized around an empty patio, from where the natural setting appears lower, giving the sensation that the entire volume is floating. At night, thanks to the semi-transparency of the shell, the amber tinted light will attract the attention of passers-by like lamps attracting moths.’

Inspired by the innovative design approaches year on year to the Serpentine Pavilion, we have brought together some more weird and wonderful pavilion designs that we are generally in awe of

 Dan Graham’s Pavilion, 2001, & Girls Make-up room, 1998-2000

For fifty years, American artist Dan Graham has made work that is poised between sculpture and architecture. He has been designing glass and mirrored pavilions since the late 1970s, which have been realised in sites across the world. These disorientating structures call to mind the use of reflective glass in the urban environment and highlight the voyeuristic side of design in the built world. Graham himself has described his work as ‘geometric forms inhabited and activated by the presence of the viewer, [producing] a sense of uneasiness and psychological alienation through a constant play between feelings of inclusion and exclusion.’

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MoMA PS1 gallery Pavilion, 2014

For their commission for the 2014 MoMA PS1 gallery pavilion, New York studio The Living created a cluster of circular towers built from bio bricks that were actually grown from corn stalks and mushrooms – taking the concept of organic architecture to its perfect conclusion. Titled Hy-Fi, it was the winning project in the annual Young Architects Program contest, which each year invites emerging architects to propose a temporary structure that will host MoMA Ps1's summer events.

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Uchronia by Arne Quinze

Uchronia, an art installation at the Burning Man Festival in 2006, was the creation of artist Arne Quinze executed by design group Quinze & Milan and financed by art philosopher Jan Kriekels. The structure was a dizzying mass of wood and fastenings that arched over visitors’ heads, and set the stage for a series of nightly performances during the festival. We think it would fit perfectly within the UAE’s own desert!

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QUinze

2012 Serpentine Pavilion by Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron

Another Serpentine Pavilion - for the 2012 structure, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron collaborated to create a pavilion that carved down into the ground rather than growing out of it. Covered by a floating platform roof of water, beneath the designers excavated the layouts of past pavilions and clad the interior in cork to echo the earth.  Through this archeological approach, tracing the ghosts of these past structures, they aimed to reveal the hidden history of the Serpentine Pavilion.

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