NEW YORK — The World Monuments Watch program, an offshoot of the World Monuments Fund, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by opening a gallery here adorned with colorful photographs of some of the architectural gems that it has helped preserve.
Images of Ghana's Larabanga Mosque, Russia's Alexander Palace, Turkey's Hagia Sophia and Italy's Temple of Hercules are among the pictures that line the walls at the World Monuments Fund's Gallery at the Prince George at 15 East 27th Street. The space, which will be available for other architecturally intensive exhibitions, is a piece of work in itself.
Working with the firm of Beyer Blinder & Belle, architecture students from Parsons School of Design renovated the space last summer. They were determined to leave behind remnants of the building's past as evidenced by traces of exposed brick walls and decayed molding.
The fund is counting on visitors en route to the refurbished Prince George Ballroom, built in 1904 as a hotel and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to help spread the word about the gallery and to catch the current exhibition. Partygoers must pass through the gallery to get to the ballroom.
The WMF is trying to line up an exhibition about the Church of St George's Bloomsbury in London, which was designed by the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor in the early 18th century.
On another front, for the fund's 2006 watch list of endangered sites, nine 20th-century buildings were pegged — more than double those on any other previous list. Included are the International Fairground designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Tripoli, Lebanon; Lisbon's Art Deco theater, the Teatro Capitolio; the Edward Durrell Stone-designed building at 2 Columbus Circle in Manhattan, and in Moscow, architect Konstantin Melnikov's house and studio and the Narkomfin Building, Richard Neutra's Cyclorama Center in Gettysburg, Pa., the Ennis-Brown textile block house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles, Finland's Helsinki-Malmi Airport and the historic center of Asmara, Eritrea.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion