Awe-Inspiring Architecture, Interiors, Fashion, and Art of 2019

John Gerrard's Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017, a digital simulation on a frameless LED wall of billowing smoke at a now-barren oil field, stood at the gateway to the Coachella Valley for the second installment of Desert X, the public art biennial in California. Photography by Lance Gerber/courtesy of Desert X.

Wutopia Lab's Shrine of Whatslove, a permanent installation at Fangyukong Guesthouse in Tonglu, China, comprises 4 1/2 miles of thermoplastic-coated carbon fiber filament. Photography by CreatAR Images.

At San Francisco’s De Young Museum, “Contemporary Muslim Fashions,” an exhibition by Hariri and Hariri Architecture, included Malaysian designer Haslinda Abdul Rahim’s wool and silk ensemble. Photography by Haslinda Abdul Rahim for Blancheur. 

A canine Bluetooth speaker and printed paper insect inhabit Cun Design founder Cui Shu’s office in Beijing. Photo­graphy by Su Tang/Wang Jin and Wang Ting.

At the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut, Urs Fischer’s “Error,” a solo exhibition spanning two decades of work, featured Problem Painting, a 2012 mixed medium. Photography by Mats Nordam/courtesy of the artist and Gagosian. 

Still Life, Nicolas Party’s 7-by-7-foot mural inset with Jean-Baptiste Perronneau’s 18th-century portrait, both in pastel, is on view in “Nicolas Party: Pastel” at the FLAG Art Foundation in New York. Photography by Steven Probert.

Available through Stowe Gallery, the two colorways of Magnus Gjoen’s Happy Nations Have No History are mixed media. Photography by Magnus Gjoen/courtesy of Stowe Gallery. 

Available through Stowe Gallery, the two colorways of Magnus Gjoen’s Happy Nations Have No History are mixed media. Photography by Magnus Gjoen/courtesy of Stowe Gallery. 

Nest by Tri-Lox is a reclaimed-cedar playscape located on the rooftop of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in New York. Photography by Aarion Poerr.

Spanning 300 feet across two facades of the Novel Stonewall Station garage in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wonderwall by Marc Fornes/TheVeryMany consists of 6,000 aluminum pieces. Photography by Naaro. 

Artist Ruben Toledo created a portrait of his iconic fashion-designer wife, partner, and collaborator Isabel Toledo, who died from breast cancer in August. Photography courtesy of Ruben Toledo.

For The May Room, a temporary installation, Shantell Martin drew phrases like “May you hear laughter” on walls with a Krink paint marker in a deconsecrated chapel on Governor’s Island in New York. Photography by Steven Simione. 

For The May Room, a temporary installation, Shantell Martin drew phrases like “May you hear laughter” on walls with a Krink paint marker in a deconsecrated chapel on Governor’s Island in New York. Photography by Steven Simione. 

Part of the 2019 Moncler Genius collection, the menswear designer’s nylon puffer-coat ensembles can be deflated. Photography courtesy of Moncler.

Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture upholstered seats at Imabari City Public Hall in 1,000 shades of sail canvas for 1000 Color Waves during the Japanese city’s annual Color Show. Photography by Daisuke Shima. 

Alessandro Trincone’s men’s ensemble appeared in “Gender Bending Fashion” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photography by Gioconda & August/courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

At the Institute for Computational Design and Construction, Universität Stuttgart, 70,000 robotically placed pieces of injection-molded recycled plastic formed a pavilion. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Da Vinci-Mona LisaNick Smith’s collage of hundreds of custom-colored paint chips, was in “Pinched” at Rhodes Contemporary Art, London. Photography courtesy of Nick Smith.

Claire Danes, aka Homeland’s Carrie Mathison, appears on vinyl wall covering in the café at Showtime’s Los Angeles office by CannonDesign. Photography by Eric Laignel. 

In a corridor of Madison Marquette’s Washington headquarters by Perkins and Will, imprinted aluminum fins present a photomural of the Wharf, one of the real-estate developer’s local projects. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Phillip K. Smith III’s Portals 5, in fiberglass, automotive paint, and color-changing LEDs, was part of “Portals: A Space for Color” at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in California. Photography by Lance Gerber/courtesy of Phillip K. Smith III Studio. 

Luc Druez’s Lady V, a synthetic horsehair, silver, and copper tapestry, appeared in “Textiles Revealed: Belgium Is Design” at Unix Gallery during New York Textile Month. Photography by Jeromé Galland. 

At the entrance to Wilmer Park in Chestertown, Maryland, David and Eli Hess’s pair of stainless-steel sculptures composing Broad Reach won the CODAaward in the landscape category. Photography by Geoff T. Graham. 

Magnus Gjoen’s I’LL CRY WHEN I’M DONE KILLING is a limited-edition silk screen with hand-painted tears. Photography by Magnus Gjoen/courtesy of Art of Protest Gallery.

In various types and polishes of steel, Carol Bove’s The First Braid was in “Ten Hours” at David Zwirner, Hong Kong. Photography courtesy of Carol Bove and David Zwirner.

At the Dessert Kitchen by Towodesign in Chengdu, China, a cheese slice is rendered in stainless steel. Photography courtesy of Towodesign. 

Aranya Art Center in Qinhuangdao, China by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, features a skylit amphitheater that can also function as a water feature. Photography by Pedro Pegenaute.

Loop, a concrete bench, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park in Portugal. Photography by João Morgado.

Loop, a concrete bench, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park in Portugal. Photography by João Morgado. 

Thousands of pigmented ceramic half cylinders cover 23,000 square feet of surface area on Biblioteca Central y Archivo Municipal en Leganés in Madrid by BN Asociados. Photography by Roland Halbe.

In celebration of its centennial, Bauhaus designs form the number 100 on a poster by Eurydyka Kata & Rafal Szczawzinski. Photography courtesy of Re:design. 

Studio INI’s Anyπakok (Disobedience), an interactive installation of spring-activated CNC-cut recycled plastic, was the Greek pavilion at the London Design Biennale. Photography by Ed Reeve.

The cash-wrap desk at One-Off, a luxury womenswear emporium in Brescia, Italy, by Dimore Studio, is fitted with dozens of wigs. Photography by Paola Pansini. 

Sato Sugamoto’s Double Dreams climbs the walls and ceilings in two rooms at the BnA Alter Museum, an art hotel in Kyoto, Japan. Photography by Tomooki Kengaku.

The painted aluminum Specter by Sterling Ruby also appeared in this year’s Desert X. Photography by Lance Gerber/courtesy of Desert X.

Aluminum rods crisscross above a cantilevered pool at Gloriette Guesthouse, a boutique hotel in Soprabolzano, Italy by NOA. Photography by Alex Filz. 

The Constellation by Helmick Sculpture, winner of the institutional category CODAaward, is an abstract portrait of United Arab Emirates founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. Photography courtesy of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs/Abu Dhabi. 

An acrylic and oil on linen, The Candidate by Loribelle Spirovski appeared in “Love, Death and the Time I Knew You” at the House of Fine Art, London. Photography courtesy of Loribelle Spirovski and the House of Fine Art.

Niall Staines, the head of art at TBWA\Dublin, is also represented by Hang Tough Gallery, for which he created Dublin Quays, an archival pigment print. Photography by Niall Staines.

For the Islamic Arts Festival in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Antonio Pio Saracino’s Infinitum employed mirror and digitally fabricated, high-density EPS versions of the arches found in traditional mosques to symbolize a path toward ideal human civilization. Photography by Antonio Pio Saracino. 

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