FROM THE WORLD OF ABC STONE

Jun 21, 2018 / Sculpture

Vergine Bambina by Jago

The Concept

The idea for the Vergine Bambina (Virgin Child) was born and developed as a statement against corruption, as it takes on the form of conception without sin, represented by a naked body showing its pregnant form as a symbol of purity. This will be realized by Jago sculpting a block of Vermont Danby Marble approximately 16 feet tall and 7 feet wide. This will be the second piece the artist realizes in American marble as part of his partnership with ABC Stone and the North American Sculpture Center.
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Jun 21, 2018 / Sculpture

Work of Jago

Learn more about Jago at jago.art.

Memoria di sé (memory of self): “The face I was sculpting, which was mine, seemed incomplete. I opened the stone, releasing the image of my memory, an image of incorruptible purity…” (NOW ON VIEW AT ABC STONE)

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KPF’s Jeff T. Blau Hall at the University of Michigan for the Ross School of Business

Jeff T. Blau Hall at the University of Michigan was designed by our friends at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), and is characterized by a contemporary linear aesthetic. The Hall houses UM’s Ross School of Business and contains classrooms, lecture halls, and public space. The ​​exterior of the hall ​​​​was created with a material​ palette of ​stone, terra-cotta, and glass​ arranged in geometric patterns.​ ​The glass volumes are LEED Gold certified, in keeping with the team’s and project’s focus on innovation and sustainability; the Hall has other energy-efficient features including expansive windows which minimize the need for artificial lighting, and a landscape design which reduces storm-water runoff.

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Renderings released for Rafael Viñoly renovation of a historic building in Hell’s Kitchen

Our friends at Rafael Viñoly Architects have released new renderings for their renovation of a large historic Hell’s Kitchen industrial building in an Art Deco style at 787 Eleventh Avenue originally designed by Albert Kahn, 1927. This project entails the reconfiguration of the existing structure into a series of car showrooms and office spaces. Viñoly and company will add two floors to the 8-storey building, unique in that they will be slightly receded to create a private outdoor green terrace connecting the original structure to the addition. A double-height office will be created by removing the 7th floor slab. The project also includes a renovation of the facade, the ground-floor entrance and lobby, and the introduction of enormous floor to ceiling windows as large of which some will measure 10’x10′: the purpose of which is to activate the heretofore unrealized natural lighting afforded the building by its unobstructed nearness to the Hudson River.

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Join ABC for TCLF Garden Dialogues in Bridgehampton, NY

TCLF Garden Dialogues: Bridgehampton, NY
Jun 23, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

This Sawyer | Berson project was one of our faves and now it’s the subject of a TCLF Garden Dialogue! Come see the extraordinary gardens, innovative green roofs, and ABC’s gorgeous Ramon Grey Gold and Grey Smoke exterior stone in action while enjoying the dramatic vistas and scenic views at the impressive Hamptons compound. Link to tickets: https://bit.ly/2kU3CV8

Located along scenic Sagaponack Pond with dramatic vistas of the beach and ocean beyond, this contemporary Hamptons compound was created as a year-round family retreat. The site includes two parterre gardens, which thrive with seasonal vegetables, herbs, and flowers, as well as innovative green roofs at the Main House and the pool pavilion of the Pond House. The landscape, gardens, and green roofs are impeccably maintained year-round, utilizing the most sophisticated organic and toxin-free methods. Other highlights of the estate, which comprises three residences, include two swimming pools and spas, three outdoor kitchens, a sunken tennis court with adjoining pavilion, a pétanque court, a pier projecting into the pond for launching kayaks, and custom corten steel pergolas.
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot Win International To Design Arts Facility in Adelaide

After beating out a group of 107 teams of international renown, the team consisting of our friends at Woods Bagot and Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been selected by Arts South Australia (the Australian Government’s ministry for funding for the arts and cultural heritage) to build an arts facility in Adelaide, state capital of South Australia, which will sit at the edge of a Botanic Garden near the Art Gallery of South Australia. The museum includes a sculpture park and, it is hoped, will become the foremost repository of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the country. The designers call their scheme a “soft beacon” which follows the sloping grade of the building site. While by day the glassy structure will reflect the sky, at night the galleries will glow from within, offering glimpses inside at the collection to passersby. The plan also includes floating “sky galleries” on the top floor, and a suspended rooftop garden which in its design pays tribute to the site’s precolonial landscape, the traditional lands of the Karuna people.

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TPG Architecture Designs New York Office for the Associated Press

TPG Architecture has designed a New York office for Associated Press (AP), located in Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’s Brookfield Place. It is made up of three continuous executive floors with a separate dedicated newsroom floor. The New York outpost acts as a satellite for 263 offices in 106 countries. Transparency was embraced as a design theme to reflect the ethos of the AP as a cooperative, unincorporated association of journalists working together to get at the truth behind current events. Our friends at TPG were given a canvas of 172,K SqFt of space on which to work, and charged with the task of creating a workplace “ring as on-brand” for the organization, which was established in 1846, meaning the scheme had to embrace the past of journalistic tradition and the future of news reporting.

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OMA | Office for Metropolitan Architecture’s Prada “Tower” (Milan)

Our friends at OMA | Office for Metropolitan Architecture‘s 9-storey exhibition venue “The Tower” is a luminous white poured-in-place concrete structure which stands beside the Prada Foundation arts complex in Milano. The Rotterdam office of OMA and its head, Rem Koolhaas, along with Christopher van Duijn, have headed up the renovation of 7 former industrial buildings dating back to 1910, and constructed 3 new. The tower is relatively small in terms of footprint—21.6,K Sqft, featuring one gallery per floor on six levels, with the additional three featuring a café, coat check rooms, and miscellaneous services—but stands 200’. It features rectangular and wedge-shaped floors.

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May 11, 2018 / Design

ABC @ ICFF

ABC @ ICFF

ABC Stone is pleased to announce that we will be a featured exhibitor at the 30th annual ICFF | International Contemporary Furniture Fair, to be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, from May 20th to May 23rd, 2018.

ICFF NYC, North America’s platform for global design, maps the newest frontiers of what’s best and what’s next. For the four-day duration of the Fair, the Javits Center will be abuzz with more than 36,000 interior designers, architects, and design industry professionals, all in determined pursuit of design’s timely truths. In addition to an encyclopedic exhibition of up-to-the-moment offerings, ICFF is a series of fascinating, fun, and edifying programs, and will feature a packed schedule of exhibits and features.

You’ll be able to find us at Booth 2537, where we will be showcasing several exciting new ABC materials like Stonethica, Flexibilize and MAs concrete, as well our La Bella stools. Click here to register. Read More

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May 10, 2018 / News

ABC Stone: Lunch & Learn

For architecture and design industry professionals, interested in earning CE units, learning about the wonders of the application of natural stone, and enjoying delicious lunches, ABC Stone, in conjunction with the Natural Stone Institute (NSI), offers Lunch & Learns. (more…)

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