Welcome to Curbed's new weekly round-up of architecture and design on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and (god forbid) even LinkedIn. Collected from retweets, intra-office chats, and, well, anything that sent us into a 140-character tizzy, this is what Curbed editors saw on social last week. Please be in touch if you have a recommendation for next week.
The whirlwind that was the press preview of the Chicago Architecture Biennial has wound down, but the Biennial itself (the first in the U.S.!) is charging onward, full-steam ahead. (It'll be open to the public until January 3rd.) Until you have a chance to make it to Chicago yourself, you can relive the early days of the three-month-long-event with a series of really stellar Instagrams, like this one, above, from our news editor, Patrick Sisson, who was on the ground at the end of last week to cover the event for Curbed. "Rump Tower." Get it?
We loved this. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the 20th-century Scottish Art Nouveau architect and artist who is probably best known as the mastermind behind the gorgeous (and recently fire-damaged) Glasgow School of Art building, was also a gifted painter. Kim Drew, a social media producer at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, mined the museum's collection to bring us this gem, a circa-1920 piece entitled "Peonies."
We have long followed the Instagram account of one Saxon Grogan, a Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K.-based painter and interior enthusiast whose photos are light-filled meditations on everything that's good about being cozy at home. Now that autumn is upon us (peak cozy-at-home season), this photo set our hearts especially aflutter.
Our editor-in-chief, Kelsey Keith, spent some time in Mexico City recently and, over the weekend, visited architect Luis Barragán's Casa Barragan, which is a real dream of a house. The residence, long known for its brightly-hued walls, is also the site of some serious design history, including Barragán's 1980 Pritzker Prize (designed by Henry Moore). The house is also full of orbs. No, not the paranormal activity kind—the gleaming, reflective, design objet kind.
Attention, journalists: We have got to do better by Zaha Hadid. One of the winningest architects of the modern era recently ended an interview with a BBC journalist after being pelted with questions about (inaccurate) reports of deaths on the job-site of the architect's stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Much like you or I would, Hadid didn't take kindly to the BBC reporter's resurfacing of these claims—claims that got the New York Review of Books's Martin Filler sued in 2014. New York magazine's critic for architecture (and classical music, because he's a Renaissance man), Justin Davidson tweeted this Guardian story wherein that paper's archi-critic, Olly Wainwright, looks at how the line of questioning in Hadid's BBC interview took such a turn for the worst.
Justina Blakeney's green kitchen tile, though. Seriously, Justina, if you're ever in New York and want to hang out and talk interiors, we are here for that.
We'll leave you with this final, ghostly, futuristic image of Bertrand Goldberg's landmarked, corn-cob-reminiscent Marina City in Chicago.