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Christie’s makes its Aspen debut

Auction giant Christie’s has savored a fruitful 20-year relationship with the posh resort town of Aspen, whether in the form of film screenings or art collector dinners. These connections have now spawned an official downtown Christie’s outpost which opened on June 16 and will close for the season in September. The two-story, 2,635-square-foot building was first designed as a gallery for Marianne Boesky by Selldorf Architects (the studio also managed Christie’s new 20 Rock galleries in New York) in 2017, displaying concrete floors polished, a terrace and an outdoor sculpture garden. “We are delighted that the space we have designed continues to be used as an exhibition space for modern and contemporary art,” says Annabelle Selldorf, founding director of Selldorf Architects. “In renovating and expanding the original 1886 cabin, we wanted to create a welcoming place for all members of Aspen’s vibrant community with windows to the street and abundant daylight and views.”

Vivrelle unveils its New York flagship

Through Vivrelle, the premium rental service founded by Blake and Wayne Geffen, members can borrow a slew of designer handbags, jewelry and watches. In the brand’s newly opened 14,000 square foot showroom and salon in New York’s NoMad neighborhood, courtesy of local designer Hilary Matt, they can personally try out the rotating assortment of products before chatting over cocktails. concocted at the lively bar. To ensure the glitzy merchandise remains the centerpiece, Matt opted for a neutral palette enlivened by glamorous pops of pink.

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AIA New York awards $10,000 to rising BIPOC architects

To help champion much-needed diversity in architecture, AIA New York inaugurated its 2030 Fund, established by 2021 Chapter President Kenneth A. Lewis in collaboration with the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Designed to support NOMA’s 2030 Challenge, which is working to double the number of licensed black architects in the United States by the end of the decade, the fund provided six winners with $10,000 to help them repay their debilitating student loans. The recipients, who identify as Black, Native American or Latinx, are all serious about pursuing careers in architecture and, along with the financial increase, they will take free ARE prep classes and meet with mentors quarterly.

In memory

Beloved design publicist Susan Becher has passed away

Susan Becher, a pioneering force in design-related public relations and a valued presence on the New York design scene for decades, died on June 3. Becher started his namesake business in 1982. His first client was Sam Flax, the once-ubiquitous destination. for art and office supplies. Over the next 35 years, she worked with a constellation of the industry’s top designers and brands, a heavyweight list that included Victoria Hagan, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Thomas Jayne, Cassina, Boffi, Marimekko and Waterworks, among many others. She has also championed a wide range of businesses and institutions through pro bono work and old-fashioned activism, including Alpha Workshops, the nation’s first nonprofit organization dedicated to Decorative Arts and Employment Education for Adults with Disabilities, which was founded by Ken Wampler. in 1995 in response to the AIDS epidemic. Beyond her creditable career achievements, Becher will be remembered for her extraordinary generosity of spirit, quick wit and humor, her mentorship of young talent (with an emphasis on building up women in the workplace ) and a fierce intelligence that allowed him to place design in a broader context of changing social, cultural and political trends.

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