May You Live in Interesting Times: it is always a question of viewpoints, as we are reminded by the 58th Venice Art Biennale, with its new perspective on the contemporary, less polarized, more willing to embrace different nuances of thought. A vision that can be applied on all scales.
Therefore our architectural coverage features a series of public works recently opened around the world, projects that are already icons due to their extreme, novel character. Like the Vessel the futuristic tower of steps designed at the Hudson Yards in New York City by Thomas Heatherwick; the National Museum of Qatar created by Jean Nouvel in Doha as a transposition of a desert rose; the marvelous Under, the first underwater restaurant in Europe, designed by the studio Snøhetta on the southern coast of Norway; and Meguri no Mori, the house of farewell by Toyo Ito in Japan. Without overlooking other projects that lead us to different interpretations of the same theme: living in a stimulating way.
As for design, from Venice this issue shifts to New York with a focus on emerging trends in the USA. Interviews with a series of designers working in Italy and America make it possible to find parallels between two different conceptions. And while the young American designers are displaying new creative verve, our new talents are delving into a more complete, managerial take on design.
The articles on new furnishing products, finally, zoom in on three themes: color, which from Pop suggestions to Deco citations conveys intense vibrations; texture, weaves of increasingly materic, sensorial surfaces; and design in sports, prompted by warmer weather and the desire for a more dynamic lifestyle.