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09 November 2022

The International Fashion Research Library in Oslo. Photo by Mganus Gulliksen, courtesy of the International Fashion Research Library

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An extensive library holding fashion print material is soon to open in Oslo.

Rumor has it that the ghost of the former stationmaster can be felt creeping through Stasjonsmesterboligen, the three-story cream-colored building located at the entrance to Oslo’s picturesque Aker Brygge area. Dating back to the 1920s, it was once part of the old railway station to the west, however today the site hosts another kind of ethereal presence. Now home to the International Library of Fashion Research (ILFR), the brainchild of publisher Elise By Olsen, the Station Master’s House, as the building’s name translates, houses more than 5,000 pieces of printed material contemporary that was once destined to be thrown away. This notion of ‘middle station’ shaped Olsen’s ambition to open up a place where the ephemerality of material donated by the late cultural theorist Steven Mark Klein can help direct critical fashion discourse. Doors open on November 29. [H/T Wallpaper]

The Royal College of Art presents a design scholarship at the end Virgil Abloh‘name of.

“The Royal College of Art on Monday introduced the RCA Virgil Abloh Scholarship, named for the late designer who served as visiting professor at the London institution. The scholarship will be offered to a talented, but financially constrained, Black British student in any program at the RCA School of Design. It will cover full tuition and maintenance support, totaling £35,000. The selected student will also benefit from industry experience and networking opportunities and will be supported by designer Samuel Ross and other partners from the creative industries throughout their studies.” [H/T WWD]

The Milan International Forest Stadium by Stefano Boeri Architetti. Image courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri Architetti presents a tree-lined stadium and park in the heart of Milan.

“The Stefano Boeri Architetti International Forest Stadium will host the new home for football fans of the Milan teams, and stands as a new landmark for the San Siro area and the city. Located in the heart of an 11-acre public urban park, the project makes nature the protagonist of the football experience, introducing a new urban landscape for all citizens. Developed in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, including ARUP, Fabio Novembre and Balich Wonder Studio, the winning proposal is part of a competition, announced in 2019 by the Inter and Milan teams, for the new Milan Stadium.” [H/T Designboom]

A new online database will detail thousands of lootings Benin Bronzes worldwide.

“A new online database listing looted artworks from the Kingdom of Benin has been launched, shedding light on 5,000 looted objects housed in more than 100 museums around the world. The timely new digital catalog Digital Benin, described as the first “comprehensive database of Benin bronzes”, could accelerate the restitution of ancient African artifacts from institutions and collections around the world. The so-called Benin bronzes have become a test stone to test the willingness of European museums to restore heritage looted from Africa in the colonial era. After the violent looting and devastation of the Benin Royal Palace by British troops in 1897, at least 3,000 artifacts were dispersed internationally. [H/T The Art Newspaper]

Adidas names former Puma boss Bjorn Gulden as its next CEO.

“Adidas named former Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden as its next chief executive officer effective January 1, as Germany’s largest sportswear company seeks to overcome a crisis over the termination of its partnership with rapper Ye. Current Adidas boss Kasper Rorsted will step down on Friday and chief financial officer Harm Ohlmeyer will serve as interim chief executive until the end of the year, the company said in a statement. Gulden, 57, will inherit a company mired in crisis on several continents. Adidas recently ended its partnership with Yeezy following a series of offensive and anti-Semitic comments from the hip-hop artist and designer formerly known as Kanye West.” [H/T Business of Fashion]

The McGrath Road Housing Project by Peter Barber. Photography by Morley von Sternberg

Peter Barber wins this year’s Soane Medal for helping to tackle the UK’s housing crisis.

“British architect Peter Barber has been named winner of the Soane Medal for having ‘dedicated his life’ to helping solve the UK housing crisis. Barber, who is the founder of London-based Peter Barber Architects, was praised by the jury for his work on affordable and social housing. Since it was founded in 2001, his studio has created projects on rough and derelict sites across London, with prominent examples including the Mount Pleasant shelter for the homeless and the post-war addition of 15 tacked-on houses to Kiln Place. Elsewhere in London, his studio recently completed the McGrath Road Affordable Housing Scheme which won the RIBA Neave Brown Award for Housing 2021”. [H/T Dezeen]

A new study suggests that works of art in the workplace improve the well-being of employees.

“It may seem obvious that looking at a work of art is less depressing than looking at the dreary gray enclosure of your office cubicle, but now there is research to back it up. A new research study found that for 69 percent of participants, having “interesting and visually striking art” in the workplace contributes to their well-being. Brookfield Properties, a real estate development and operations firm, selected Perspectus Global for the research study on the factors that make employees more effective and inspired in the workplace.” [H/T Hyperallergic]

Still from the Arthur episode “Binky Barnes, Art Expert” (1997). Image © 1997 WGBH. Underlying TM/© Marc Brown

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