Art in Print

Patrick McKillen Adds Luxury Accommodations to Provence’s Château La Coste

Irish property magnate Patrick McKillen is opening a new hotel on the 600-acre estate of Château La Coste in the heart of Provence. The luxury Villa La Coste has involved a roster of star architects, including Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Tadao Ando. McKillen’s estate first opened to the public in 2011 and boasted an organic winery and art and architecture park filled with works by 26 architects and artists.


The walls of the new hotel will feature art hand-selected by Mckillen. At the check-in desk visitors will be welcomed by Alberto Giacometti’s sketches, a painting from Damien Hirst’s psychedelic spin series, and a canvas by Sean Scully. Elsewhere, pages from Louise Bourgeois’s embroidered fabric book Ode à la Bièvre hangs above a Charlotte Perriand table, and a large Nouvel table adorned by a Tom Shannon sculpture holds centre attention in the lobby.


Via The Wall Street Journal 


Exhibition of 1950s Britain reveals how lives improved through design 

Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration is a fun summer show that captures the excitement and optimism of the postwar era. The show is shaped around a fictional young couple’s consumer journey through the decade, beginning in a cramped “people’s house” of the early Fifties and upgrading to a more luxurious home, on the way acquiring increasingly sophisticated amenities and appliances. With loans from major museums to ordinary people alike, this exhibition reveals a time of rising British prosperity and a decade reflecting William Morris’ ethos that art should be for everyone.


Via The Times