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Rosamar in Lison by Studio Pim. Photography by Francisco Nogueira

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A Seafood Restaurant in Portugal Needles the Nautical Thread

After successful collaborations on Lisbon hotspots Java and Leonett, Belgian designer Perrine Velge of Studio Pim and restaurateurs Pierre d’Andrimont and Margaux Marcy are getting the band back together for another run. At Rosamar, the trifecta has created an ode to the sea that isn’t too “on the nose.” Details such as archetypal Portuguese tiles in traditional azulejos style, long fabric rolls to mute the sun and reference the sails of the boats offshore, and Murano glass honey-colored seashells imbue the space with a sense of timelessness and nostalgia. 

A mishmash of retro posters, as well as illustrator and ceramicist Henriette Arcelin’s hand-painted nautical mural, reinforce the breezy vibe and set the stage for a freshly procured menu of grilled seafood and raw bar specialties. One look at Rosamar’s note-perfect execution and it becomes clear the project’s brain trust has a special thing going—perhaps it’s kismet? The trio went to primary school together and years later reconnected on Instagram. Something tells us this won’t be the last time they reunite.  —Nate Storey

Notel a Hotel Ishigaki by Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto unveils a hotel with an undulating green roof on Ishigaki Island, Japan.

“Sou Fujimoto has unveiled a “Not a Hotel Ishigaki”, a new project in the southwest of Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, Japan. The unique tropical resort hotel sits on a circular base open in all directions toward the surrounding natural landscape. The main feature of the building is the undulating roof covered in vegetation. Its shape allows access from the building terraces, creating an inner landscape, complete with meadows, relaxation areas, and a water mirror that reflects the sky and the singular tree in its vicinity.” [H/T ArchDaily]

Amazon reports that its carbon footprint increased by a staggering 18 percent in 2021. 

“Amazon.com Inc. said its carbon footprint grew 18 percent in 2021, as the company’s rapid growth during the pandemic overwhelmed nascent efforts to cut its contribution to the emissions warming the planet. The world’s largest online retailer emitted 71.54 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent last year, Amazon disclosed on Monday in an updated edition of its sustainability report. That’s up about 40 percent since the company first disclosed the figure, with data from 2019.” [H/T Business of Fashion]

Mobility and Logistic hub by MAD Architects at the Milano Innovation District. Image courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD Architects shares visuals of a gateway complex at the Milano Innovation District.

“MAD Architects has unveiled renderings of a monumental gateway complex located along the western edge of the Milano Innovation District, a newly constructed neighborhood northwest of central Milan, Italy, that combines cutting-edge scientific research and educational, commercial, and recreational facilities.” [H/T Designboom]

A giant Jean Dubuffet sculpture will be relocated from Chicago’s Thompson Center.

“Jean Dubuffet’s 29-foot-tall sculpture Monument with Standing Beast (1984), a fixture outside Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center since before architect Helmut Jahn’s famous postmodernist building was even completed in 1985, will soon be standing elsewhere. After the state of Illinois sells the Thompson Center to Google—via a consortium of developers who will retrofit the iconic building to the tech giant’s specifications—it will relocate the ten-ton Dubuffet sculpture about three blocks south to 115 South LaSalle Street, a former bank building the state recently purchased to replace the office space it is losing at the Thompson Center.” [H/T The Art Newspaper]

The new maternity sportswear collection by Adidas and Stella McCartney. Image courtesy of Adidas

Adidas teams with Stella McCartney to design a new activewear maternity collection.

“Sportswear brand Adidas has collaborated with British designer Stella McCartney on a collection of maternity sports clothes designed to adapt to women’s bodies “through each stage of motherhood.” The brand’s Fall/Winter 2022 Maternity Collection comprises five core pieces, including what Adidas described as its first performance nursing bra.” [H/T Dezeen]

A study shows that women painters make 10 percent as much as their male peers.

Are men 10 times better at painting than women? The market may not be deliberately deceiving us but it certainly gives the impression that male artists are much better than female ones. The most expensive painting ever sold—Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci—fetched $450 million while the world record for a female artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, is just $44.4 million, a tenth as much. And lower down the chain, a 10:1 disparity still holds. Helen Gorrill, the author of Women Can’t Paint, has studied the prices of 5,000 paintings sold all over the world and found that for every £1 a male artist earns for his work, a woman earns a mere 10p. [H/T The Guardian]

Google is launching an initiative called “simplicity sprint” to help improve efficiency.

“Google is launching a new effort called “Simplicity Sprint” in an effort to improve efficiency and improve employee focus during an uncertain economic environment. The Alphabet company had its regular all-hands meeting last Wednesday, and the tone was somewhat urgent as employees expressed concern over layoffs and CEO Sundar Pichai asked employees for input, according to attendees and related internal documentation viewed by CNBC. Google’s productivity as a company isn’t where it needs to be even with the head count it has, Pichai told employees in the meeting.” [H/T CNBC]

Gran Turismo 7. Image courtesy of Dior

Today’s attractive distractions:

As the pandemic continues on, conversation pits are making a comeback.

Book publishers would be wise to look at vinyl records to re-energize sales.

Dior debuts digital clothing and a custom vehicle through Gran Turismo 7.

Netflix’s new ad subscription may galvanize a revival of good commercials.

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