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20th January, 2017

Take the scents of The Standard home

For the ultimate traveller looking to engage their olfactory senses, The Standard and Maison Francis Kurkdjian present an exclusive set of candles available The Standard Shops as well as in-room at all property minibars. Crafted and produced in France, the limited collection pays homage to the cities that The Standard considers to be home including New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. 

Kurkdjian imagined a fragrance evoking freshly cut wild grasses and a late night walk through the High Line park for the New York candle, and a fragrance that evokes the colorful fruity roses and the lush life of the tropical city of Miami, while a fragrance inspiring a languid hike to the Hollywood sign constructs the candle for Los Angeles.

The candles are available in The Standard Shops, The Standard online store, the Maison Francis Kurkdjian stand alone boutiques and online store in two different sizes – a single 6.7oz candle sold at the price of $65 and three 1.02oz candles offered in a Mini Trio Travel Set priced at $35. 

13th January, 2017

Sixth edition of Frieze New York in May sees rise in number of West Coast and Latin American galleries

Frieze New York announced the gallery list for its sixth edition this week, to be held at Randall’s Island Park from May 5 – 7, 2017. “Visitors can look forward to discovering emerging talents from Guatemala to Japan, as well as Toby Kamps’s new perspective on Spotlight and Cecilia Alemani’s inspired artist commissions. All of this will be at the heart of an unmissable week of exhibitions and events across New York City.” – Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze Fairs


This year will see an increased presence of 20th century art at Frieze with the popular Spotlight section, curated for the first year by Menil Collection’s Toby Kamps, expanding to 31 stands. In addition a number of international galleries specializing in 20th century art will be making their debut this year. We’re looking forward to welcoming Daniel Blau, and Eykyn Maclean, among others, to the Island for the first time. In addition FNY continues to grow as a platform for established and emerging galleries and artists in the US and across the Americas. Many of New York’s most stimulating young galleries are participating in the fair this year, alongside galleries both new and returning from South America and 19 galleries from California. All ensuring that Frieze New York continues to strengthen its role as the preeminent fair in the United States.



23rd December, 2016

Scott & Co’s Best of 2016

As the curtains close on 2016, we review the highlights of our year and thank everyone who helped us along the way.
Our first stop was Jerusalem to celebrate The Mamilla Hotel’s inclusion in Conde Nast Traveler’s Spa and Hotel Gold Lists. Journeying further East, we landed in Lahore to announce news of Pakistan’s first Biennale with curator Rashid Rana, to debut in 2017. Meanwhile, our friends at Duck & Waffle spread their wings for a week’s residency in Hong Kong, including a 24 hour takeover of the Ritz Carlton’s infamous Ozone restaurant.
We travelled to New York for Pamela Joyner’s ‘Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art’  launch; a book reexamining the place of African-American artists in abstract art. Also across the pond, The Standard Hotels introduced ‘Standard Time’ with an advertising campaign featuring the likes of Glenn O’ Brian, Susanne Bartsch and Joey Arias.
Back on home soil, we celebrated designer Duro Olowu, who counts Michelle Obama as a fan, opening ‘Making & Unmaking’ at Camden Arts Centre. Later in the Autumn, we were excited to move onsite once again to Frieze Art Fair, which saw over 290 international galleries decamp to Regent’s Park for a week.
In 2017 we look forward to launching SUSHISAMBA’s second London outpost in Covent Garden, celebrating ‘House Style – Five Centuries of Fashion’ at Chatsworth House, and travelling to Monaco for the first edition of NOMAD – a new annual event for collectable design. See you then!

21st December, 2016

Yuko Mohri follows residencies at V&A and Camden Arts Centre with debut UK solo show

In February, White Rainbow Gallery will open Theatre of Things, the first UK solo show from Yuko Mohri. One of Japan’s most impressive emerging artists, Mohri recently completed two residencies at established London institutions: the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Camden Arts Centre. Upcoming projects include participation in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in December and a group show at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), Tokyo, in early 2017 curated by Yuko Hasegawa. The focus of Mohri’s debut UK solo will be an installation of her project Moré Moré (Leaky), a long-term research project into the Tokyo metro. Mohri exhibited her first iteration of the project at the prestigious Nissan Art Award 2015, which she consequently won.


Mohri’s installations consist of reconfigured machine parts and everyday items such as bicycle wheels, plastic sheeting, watering cans, lightbulbs and more, collected in cities around the world. Mohri’s kinetic installation at White Rainbow will be in the form of a circuit, with found materials ‘wired’ together to contain flowing water. Make sure to mark off 8 February for the show’s preview.



2nd December, 2016

Standard Press releases 50 Parties by Ryan McGinness

The Standard’s publishing imprint, Standard Press, has released 50 Parties by Ryan McGinness. The book documents the Ryan McGinness 50 Parties project—a series of 50 distinctly themed parties for 50 successive weeks during 2009-2010 which ranged from a pool party to a debate tournament, a Vogue ball to a drawing salon.


The 50 Parties project documented the human condition and the interactions generated at social gatherings. By hosting sequential parties McGinness attempted to restore the artist’s studio as a space for genuine social exchange.


To celebrate the release of the book, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is hosting Party 51, a recreation of the themed parties in the property’s garden spaces to conincide with the 15th iteration of Art Basel Miami Beach.


50 Parties is available exclusively through The Standard shops and online store (ShopTheStandard.com) from December 2016.



25th November, 2016

NOMAD to launch first edition in Monaco

Giorgio Pace and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte are pleased to announce the first edition of NOMAD, a new annual event for collectable design that will bring together a selection of the world’s leading galleries in incredible architectural locations. Beginning its journey next April in Monaco at La Vigie, one of the most prestigious private villas on the French Riviera, NOMAD will travel to a different destination each year to stage an entirely new showcase that explores the dialogue between design and context.


NOMAD will present a maximum of fifteen galleries, both new and established, each to occupy a room or space within the villa, creating an engaging environment for collectors, architects and interior
designers from around the world. A talks and events programme will run in parallel in the gardens and terraces of the house and at select private residences across Monaco.



25th November, 2016

House of Voltaire returns to Mayfair featuring leading artists and designers from Jeremy Deller to Roksanda

London non–profit art gallery Studio Voltaire once again opens their doors to pop up shop House of Voltaire, which will run until 18 December 2016. Selling artworks, limited edition prints and exclusive home wares, clothing and objects by world–renowned artists and designers, all proceeds will directly support Studio Voltaire’s exhibition and education programmes.


Shoppers can find exclusive new artist and designer made products including; limited edition blankets by Michael Craig Martin; Jeremy Deller bumper stickers; slogan sliders by Cory Arcangel; aprons by Ed Ruscha; tea towels by Peter Saville; lambswool blankets by Sacai; ceramics by fashion designer Roksanda; glass vases by Prem Sahib; and embroidered jumpers by Alison Katz & Paolo Pecora. With prices ranging from £1 to £40,000, House of Voltaire enables established collectors as well as art and design enthusiasts to complete all their Christmas shopping in one place. House of Voltaire is also available online at Farfetch.com, the online platform to shop the world’s greatest luxury selection, with worldwide shipping.



14th November, 2016

Chatsworth announces major 2017 exhibition curated by Hamish Bowles

Scott & Co are excited to announce that we are working with Chatsworth on a blockbuster fashion exhibition opening Spring 2017. House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth will be their most ambitious exhibition to date exploring the history of fashion and adornment. Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-Large at American Vogue, will curate this landmark show with creative direction and design by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, the duo behind some of the most memorable fashion exhibitions of recent years.


Woven throughout the rooms one of Britain’s finest stately homes, House Style will  layer art history, fashion and archival material and give unprecedented insight into the lives of renowned style icons including the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; Adele Astaire, the sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire; the Mitford sisters; model Stella Tennant; and John F Kennedy’s sister ‘Kick’ Kennedy.


The exhibition runs from 25 March to 22 October 2017.



11th November, 2016

BALTIC announces major new international artist award: The BALTIC Artists’ Award

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is excited to announce a major new international artist award, the first UK art award to be judged solely by artists. Four globally renowned artist judges will each select an emerging artist whose work they strongly believe in. The judges for the 2017 iteration are recognised as some of the most acclaimed contemporary artists from the past twenty years, and represent an international perspective. They include:  Monica Bonvicini, Mike Nelson, Pedro Cabrita Reis, and Lorna Simpson.


“Baltic has long been host to global creative exchange”, Director Sarah Munro commented. “We are passionate about supporting artists and developing audiences. Our ambition for this international Artists’ Award is to open up a significant new biennial platform for nurturing emerging global talent and create discursive space for key issues for art, artists and audiences. The award does not impose any restrictions on age, media or nationality, instead BALTIC’s ambition is to offer all four nominated artists an unparalleled, step change opportunity to make a significant new presentation with mentoring from some of the most exciting and experienced contemporary artists today.



8th November, 2016

The Standard takes on election night from coast to coast

While we don’t yet know 100% who the winner will be in the 2016 Presidential Election, we do know whatever happens tonight will be HUGE. In light of this fact, all The Standard hotels across the country are hosting simultaneous election night viewing parties with a very creative twist.


At The Standard, Miami, they’ll be at the Lido Lounge, offering shots, music  and even Canadian passport applications—should they be necessary.  Up in New York you’ll find a raffle with a prize that changes depending on who takes home the Presidency. If it’s Mr. Trump, the gift is a one-way ticket to Canada and if it’s Ms. Clinton, winners get a free night at the hotel and dinner at Narcissa.


Meanwhile, The Standard, Hollywood is hosting a rather LA version of the party at The Lobby from 5-8pm and at mmhmmmthereafter. They’ll be a burlesque dancer literally “hitting the poles” to add some eye candy and a witty play on words into the mix. Good Luck America!



24th October, 2016

Mamilla Hotel welcomes hotel and design accolades

Mamilla Hotel has been awarded ‘Best Hotel in the Middle East’ at the Prix Villegiature Awards 2016, following a ceremony held in Paris on 17th October 2016. Comprising a Jury of journalists from around the world, the awards honoured the boutique luxury hotel, which faced competition from Fairmont Dubai and Jumeirah among others. Mamilla Hotel was recommended for this award by journalist Mario de Castro, Contributor to AD China, AD Italy and World of Interiors.


Separately, Israeli/Canadian/American architect Moshe Safdie (designer behind Mamilla Hotel), received a Lifetime Achievement Award by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum at the 2016 National Design Awards in New York on 20th October 2016.


Heeding Jerusalem law which dictates that all new construction utilises Jerusalem Stone – a local limestone with a distinctive, light hue, designed to protect and respect the city’s precious architectural beauty – Safdie created for Mamilla a stunning structure that emanates the characteristic shine of the stone, and in doing so developed a true Jerusalem aesthetic that is both modern and in keeping with the very ancient walls and buildings next door.
21st October, 2016

Iconic Japanese/Brazilian artist Tomie Ohtake has her first UK solo in 20 years

Tomie Ohtake is one of Brazil’s most celebrated artists, known primarily for her ambitious public sculptural projects across Brazil and Japan, which have come to define the cityscape of Brazilian cities such as São Paulo. Famous works include a monumental sculpture in Ibirapuera Park Auditorium carried out in 2004 in partnership with Oscar Niemeyer.


Born in Kyoto, Ohtake travelled to Brazil in 1936 and was prevented from returning to Japan after the Pacific War broke out. During the course of her long career – she continued working until her death at 101 – she participated in several international Biennales, including Venice, Havana, Cuenca and six iterations of the São Paulo Biennial. Ohtake’s public standing led to her becoming an ambassador for arts and culture in Brazil where she welcomed international figures to the country, including Queen Elizabeth II, the Japanese Emperor, Yoko Ono, and Robert Wilson. In November 2001, the Tomie Ohtake Institute opened in São Paulo.


If you haven’t already, make sure you get along to White Rainbow Gallery’s solo show of work by this incredible artist. It’s the first UK solo show of Ohtake’s work in 20 years, plus it’s a collection of works which have never been shown in Europe.



13th October, 2016

Viva Frieze 2016!

The fourteenth edition of Frieze London this year saw major acquisitions by international institutions and significant sales to private collectors. Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of The Serpentine said, ‘Nicolas Trembley’s wonderful Nineties section was a great highlight – a portrait of a decade through the remaking of exhibition history. As Eric Hobsbawm said, ‘a protest against forgetting.’ Frieze London is supported for the thirteenth consecutive year by main sponsor Deutsche Bank.


The fifth edition of Frieze Masters saw another year of widespread acclaim and strong sales across the broad range of works presented. Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts said, ‘The calibre of artworks, galleries and visitors makes Frieze Masters a fair like no other. It feels like an intensive museum experience rather than a fundamentally commercial one.’ Frieze Masters is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the fifth consecutive year, with Gucci as associate sponsor and sponsor of Frieze Masters Talks.


Both fairs are now closed, but the Sculpture Park will stay open until 8 January 2017, with free entry for all. Iconic works by 20th-century masters and new commissions by contemporary talents are placed throughout the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park, creating a free outdoor exhibition in central London. For the first time, Art Fund is the programming partner for the Sculpture Park.


5th October, 2016

Le Jardin de Chambord pops up at South Place Hotel

South Place’s Secret Garden bar has been given a feathery French makeover by black raspberry liqueur brand Chambord in time for London Cocktail Week. A slice of tropical tranquillity in London’s east end, the open-air bar has welcomed a migration of flamingos and tantalising concoctions such as the Chambord Royale, the classic French Martini and a new fruity Club Chambord creation. Head Chef at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Angler restaurant, Gary Foulkes, has created the perfect accompaniment: delicate macarons filled with crème de mure cream and dark chocolate truffles, filled with a rich chocolate ganache and seasoned with the distinctive liqueur.


Le Jardin de Chambord is open throughout the month of October (Friday and Monday evenings only) from 6pm.



30th September, 2016

David Shrigley’s ‘Really Good’ Fourth Plinth Unveiled on Trafalgar Square

David Shrigley’s ‘Really Good’ Fourth Plinth sculpture, commissioned by the Mayor of London, was unveiled on Trafalgar Square this Thursday to rave reviews. It is the eleventh sculpture to stand on this celebrated plinth.


The London Gallerist Stephen Friedman, who has represented David Shrigley for twenty years, commented: “David Shrigley’s ‘Really Good’ could not be unveiled at a more appropriate time. His message of sheer optimism demonstrates the openness for which London is renowned. Shrigley’s unique sense of humour, bordering on Monty Python ridiculousness, is captured perfectly here and will be sure to disarm and inspire even the most cantankerous of passers-by.”


“What it represents is so important – optimism, positivity, the best of us. This sculpture is so important showing Londoners that London is open.” Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London


‘Really Good’ sees a seven metre high hand giving a thumbs up. Cast in bronze, with the same dark patina as the other statues in Trafalgar Square, the thumb is disproportionately long. Shrigley’s ambition is that this simple gesture will become a self-fulfilling prophecy; that things considered ‘bad’ such as the economy, the weather and society, will benefit from a change of consensus towards positivity.



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