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‘Hallyu! The Korean Wave’ at V&A South Kensington celebrates South Korea’s cultural soft power through K-art, K-pop, K-drama, K-film, K-fashion and K-beauty
We speak to British artist Tracey Emin in her hometown of Margate, where she has created a new painting to raise funds for TKE Studios, a pioneering complex serving the next generation of radical creatives. ‘I don’t want to die being an artist that mad…
Contemporary craft fair Collect was founded by the British Crafts Council in 2004 as a pioneering fair for collectible craft, presenting recent work by living craftsmen, artists and designers (with some pieces created especially for the fair). The latest edition, previewed digitally in collaboration with the global online art platform Artsy, offers a glimpse into the diversity and eclectic richness of today’s craft panorama.
‘Collect has introduced and represented the very best global galleries for contemporary craft to design buyers and collectors for 17 years. Creating opportunity in the disruption of this past year has been so important, ensuring we maintain visibility for this global moment for craft in the cultural calendar. This online version of the fair will provide rich content as well as helping collectors to discover, view and purchase exceptional work from highly talented international artists,’ said the fair director, Isobel Dennis.
We’re all re-thinking the way we work, where we work and how we work. Microsoft’s new Surface Duo is a premium mobile product with a very specific pitch; people who want to get things done. To that end, the Duo sports twin 5.6” screens and is designed to be used in a myriad number of ways. ‘Things are getting faster and better – that’s the nature of technology,’ says Tim Escolin, Microsoft’s director of industrial design. ‘With the Duo, we wanted to get more productivity from a two-screen device. However, we didn’t want it to feel like two phones combined. Instead, we took inspiration from a physical notebook – like a Moleskine – something you carry around and dip into.’
Swooshing in just in time for the start of the ski season is Méribel’s newest ski-in/ski-out hotel. With admirable restraint, the Paris-based interior architect Pierre Yovanovitch has gently terraced into the side of a meringue-white slope to spread Le Coucou’s 55 rooms, suites and chalets over ten cascading levels of rugged stone walls and spacious terraces.
Having magnetised waves of Chinese tourists to its original base in Bilborough, near York, the thoroughly British Scotts Fish & Chips has set its sights on Chengdu, making the unorthodox leap to China for the opening of its second venue.
The latest Design Museum exhibition explores how humans could inhabit Mars, asking a series of psychological, philosophical and practical questions. How do we stay human on a place not designed for humans? How are we going to stay safe and sane on a 9 month journey to Mars? At what point do we become Martians?