Vicky Poriki imbues a Greek microroaster with artisanal appeal and other news – SURFACE
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Vicky Poriki imbues a minimalist microroaster in Greece with artisanal appeal.
“From roasting to brewing to pouring, the art of specialty coffee making is all about precision and patience. Greek architect Vicky Poriki of Ioannina-based VP Architectural Studio has successfully channeled these qualities in the design of the Flow micro-roaster which recently opened in Veroia, a small town in northern Greece. Located on the ground floor of a modern apartment building, the space combines a minimalist aesthetic that reflects the establishment’s no-nonsense attitude to coffee making, as well as handcrafted furniture and tableware that reflect the baristas’ attention to detail. [H/T Yatzer]
François Pinault will buy the French music streaming platform Deezer for 1.16 billion dollars.
“Billionaire François Pinault and other founders of a blank check company are buying music streaming platform Deezer in a deal valued at more than $1 billion. The family office of the founder of Kering SA, Pinault, along with two other founding members of I2PO, a blank check company listed in Paris last year, announced on Monday that they would acquire the French company for an enterprise value of 1.075 billion euros (1 .16 billion).) and make it public. Deezer is an unprofitable streaming platform that competes with Spotify Technology SA, another loss-making platform, as well as Apple Music.[H/T Business of Fashion]
Ellen DeGeneres unveils her namesake campus for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
“Less than 100 people per day are allowed to trek in the habitat of mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. But for those who do, “it’s the most life-changing experience,” says Ellen DeGeneres, who first visited the area in 2015. … Now a 60th birthday present from his wife, Portia de Rossi, helped underwrite what is called the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund: a 12-acre complex dedicated to gorilla conservation. It is named after both the television star and his idol, the self-taught naturalist who may have single-handedly saved the mountain gorillas from extinction before his assassination in 1985.” —[H/T Architectural Digest]
Johnston Marklee, SO-IL and others are awarded the 2022 Arts and Letters Architecture Prize.
“Famous Catalan architect Carme Pinós; hyphenated artist, architect, educator and writer Anthony Titus; and the husband-wife founding directors of three architecture studios – Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO–IL, and Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of Ensamble Studio – are the winners of the 2022 Architecture Prize awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The winners were selected from a pool of 25 people and practices nominated by members of the Academy, a prestigious 122-year-old honor society based in New York. —[H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]
A treasure trove of pop culture artifacts lands at DC’s National Museum of American History.
“What are Mr. Roger’s sneakers, Selena’s leather jacket, Prince’s yellow cloud guitar and Dorothy’s ruby slippers have in common? They will all be part of a new pop culture exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which is set to open later this year. This is the first-ever permanent exhibition devoted to the history of entertainment at the museum, and it has been in the works for over a decade. … It will chronicle the past of American pop culture, including television, film, music, theater and sports. —[H/T DCist]
The National Gallery of Victoria receives a $100 million gift to fund a new gallery.
“A former curator at the National Gallery of Victoria has welcomed a $100 million gift from the Fox family to help fund the construction of his new contemporary art space, saying philanthropy is needed to make up for the lack of funding audience. Government Andrews announced on Tuesday that the new gallery will be called The Fox: NGV Contemporary, to reflect the gift of billionaire trucking magnate Lindsay Fox and his wife, Paula. It is the largest donation ever made to an Australian art museum gallery by a living donor, and builds on the $20 million donated by the Ian Potter Foundation in 2020 for the same project. —[H/T The Guardian]
The Eli Klein gallery is dedicating an exhibition to Christina Yuna Lee, who once worked there.
“Two months after Christina Yuna Lee was brutally killed in her Chinatown apartment in New York, her family and friends are finding new ways to honor her life. The latest comes in the form of an exhibition at the Eli Klein Gallery in Manhattan, where Lee once worked ten years ago, which opens in his honor. It features the work of nine Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists and includes an original piece by Lee herself. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Christina Yuna Lee Memorial Fund, which supports causes important to her. —[H/T CNN]
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