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Urbanspace Favs | Top 5 ATX Labor Day Events 2021

Top 5 ATX Labor Day Events 2021

 

 

Looking to mix up your Labor Day plans? Check out these weekend plans you won’t want to miss.

 

Free Yoga at Waterloo Greenway: Castle Hill Fitness is hosting free yoga classes in the park at Waterloo Greenway on Monday September 6, 2021. The classes are open to members and non-members but you must bring your own mat and water bottle. Located at Moody Amphitheater the classes are 9:00am-10:00am, 10:00am-10:30am, and 6:30pm-7:30pm CDT. Registration is required for capacity purposes. You can sign up here. (1401 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701)

 

Austin Live Music Revival: Austin Live Music Revival is a multi-genre event featuring 50+ performances across five venues and three days! The event is taking place on Labor day Weekend starting on Friday September 3rd at 3:00 pm through Sunday September 5th at 11:00 pm CDT. A few of the venues include Antone’s, Swan Dive, Barbarella, Cedar Street Courtyard, and more. Check out the lineup and more information on the event here. (Multiple Venues)

 

Bob Schneider’s Labor of Love Fest: Bob Schneider is a family friendly event open to all ages. There will be a full bar and food available at the venue. The Labor of Love Fest will be on September 4, 2021 at 6:00pm at Nutty Brown Amphitheater. No outside chairs, food, drinks, containers, or blankets allowed. All minors will be charged an additional $5 at the door. (12225 Hwy 290 W, Austin, TX 78738)

 

Drive Thru Labor Day Weekend Fish Fry: Hosted by Austin Central Labor Council is the Labor Day Fish Fry. This year’s fish fry has been moved to a drive-thru only event. The event is scheduled for Friday, September 3rd at the NALC Hall (601 Williams Street, Austin, TX 78752).

 

Rooftop Night Party Labor Day Weekend: Enjoy some good music by Jamie Dred at a Rooftop Party hosted by Encore. Located at Speakeasy, the event will be held from September 5, 2021 from 9:00pm – 2:00am. Tickets are $10 and you can purchase them here. (412 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701)

The Modern Austin Residences | Development

Kevin Burns Reveals New Details About Rainey Street Skyscraper, Including Name and Project Team

The tower formerly known as 9092 Rainey, which has been in the works for several years, officially has a new name and new project specifications.

 

The Modern Austin Residences will have 55 stories featuring 345 market-rate residences and 20 affordable housing units. Austin’s Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors is developing the project.

The affordable housing units will be available to people earning 80% of median family income, which is $98,900 in the Austin metro. The market rate units will start in the $400,000 range for a one-bedroom unit. Three-bedroom units will go for $1.6 million and above.

These updates, provided by Urbanspace CEO Kevin Burns, come just a few months after Austin City Council approved a density bonus for the project, allowing the building to go higher than typically allowed. At the time, the tower was planned to be 51 stories high and to contain 400 total units.

Burns said some of the extra stories were added to improve the look of the crown of the building by hiding water cooling towers and other mechanical features. He said they ended up reducing the number of market rate residences but maintaining the same number of affordable ones.

Many have wondered about the fate of Container Bar, the popular bar made of shipping containers that sits on the project site. Burns said the bar will close just before crews break ground on The Modern, which is set for late March 2022.

However, Bridget Dunlap — who owns Container Bar as well as Clive Bar and Lustre Pearl — has signed on to run an entertainment space in the basement of the building.

“Container Bar had a good run, but I’m excited for what’s next,” Dunlap said in a statement. “This next concept will fill a niche that Austin is missing in the music/hospitality scene, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to stay in our spot.”

Nelsen Partners will be the design architect for the tower, Flintco will be the general contractor and Page will be the architect of record. Urbanspace will handle sales and interior design for the tower.

Sales are expected to begin at the start of next year. Burns said it will likely take two and a half years to complete construction. He projects they’ll finish in the second half of 2024.

Original plans for the tower included hotel space and permanent residences, but Covid-19 forced the developer to rethink the plan.

“The fact of the matter is what my company knows inside and out, backwards and forwards is high-rise condominiums,” Burns said. “So it allowed us to really focus on what we do best.”

Urbanspace has been tapped to sell the condos for other high-profile Austin towers, including The Independent, which has an onsite coffee and cocktail bar on the ground floor, similar to what is planned for The Modern. But The Modern Austin Residences represents Burns’ first foray into high-rise development.

Calls for denser housing within the city limits have grown louder amid the city of Austin’s persistent housing shortage. In June, the Austin Board of Realtors reported that the city had only 0.7 months of housing inventory on the market. That means if no new houses were listed, the city would be completely out of available housing in less than a month.

“We couldn’t beat the timing as far as the current market demands for products in Central Austin,” Burns said.

Rainey Street, in particular, has transformed considerably in recent the years. In the mid-2000s, the neighborhood received Central Business District zoning, making it easier to build big in what was once a residential area. The street is now known in large part for its bars, which largely occupy former single-family homes.

“Rainey street is evolving for families from all different walks of life, for those that want to ditch the car and be able to walk to everything,” Burns said. “I’m excited to see not just my project but the other projects that are going up in the area that are really going to create an incredible experience, not just for those that live there, but for the entire city.”

Article from: Austin Business Journal

 

Urbanspace Favs | Top 5 Ways To Wind Down Your Summer

Top 5 Ways To Wind Down Your Summer

 

Photo From: MLS Soccer

 

With the end of summer approaching, we have a list of must-do ATX activities for August. Check out our Urbanspace Top 5 Ways to Wind Down Your Summer below!

 

Austin FC Home Games: Go cheer on Austin’s first professional soccer team, Austin FC! The team has four home games in August where they will play at the new Q2 Stadium. August 4th at 8:00pm the team will play Houston. August 18th at 8:00pm they will host Vancouver. Then on August 21st at 8:00pm they will play Portland. On August 29th at 7:00pm the team will play Dallas. You can purchase single-match tickets here. (10414 McKalla Pl, Austin, TX 78758) 

 

16th Annual Bat Fest: The biggest bat-viewing party of the year will be held on the Congress Avenue Bridge on August 28, 2021. Enjoy live music, local food and drink, a bat costume contest, children activities, and more than 50 arts and crafts vendors. The event will run from 4:00pm to 11:59pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 cash at the gate. Kids 8 and under are free with an adult. You can purchase tickets here. (100 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704)

 

Blues on the Green: Blues on the Green is back and will take place on August 10th and 11th at Zilker Park. Gather friends and family, pack a blanket, and enjoy the free concert series with performances by local artists. (2207 Lou Neff Rd, Austin, TX 78746)   

 

Donut Boat Rentals: Donut Boat rentals is exclusive to Lady Bird Lake and provides small groups an electric boat adventure. The Donut Boat’s unique design allows up to ten people to sit around a center table with a center post umbrella for shade. Never driven a boat? No problem, you’ll receive an orientation. Feel free to bring your own food and snacks, or choose from one of the plated options Capital Cruises offers from the Hyatt Regency Austin. Rental pricing is $100/hour with a 2 hour minimum for all reservations. (208 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704)

 

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures: Enjoy the Austin Hill country with five thrilling Ziplines over Lake Travis! Includes all needed equipment, boat transportation, and bottled water. You can also enjoy access to their private lakefront property where you are able to swim, picnic, play beach games, or relax in hammocks. Reservations are required and can be made here. (14529 Pocohontas Trail, Leander, TX 78641

Urbanspace Favs | Top 5 ATX 4th of July Events This Year

Top 5 ATX 4th of July Events This Year

 

 

Whether you’re looking to go all out on 4th of July weekend or just watch the fireworks, here are some great ways to spend the holiday weekend in Austin and the Texas Hill Country.

 

HEB Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks: H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks is back! Spend this Independence Day with your family and friends, decked out in red, white and blue. Head down to Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) this July 4th for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics. This event is planned, produced, and performed entirely by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, with the help of its generous sponsors. The festivities begin at 8 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks. The event is free and open to the public. (Auditorium Shores and Long Center) 

 

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival: Head to the Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival on July 4, 2021 from 4-10 p.m., for live music, shopping, dining and fireworks. Bring the whole family to enjoy backyard games and local live music, then finish out the evening with a spectacular firework show. (Hill Country Galleria)

 

Bob Schneider’s Independence Day Celebration: Another fan favorite is Austin musician Bob Schneider’s Independence Day Celebration. Bring the family out on Saturday, July 3, 2021 and join the local legend at the Nutty Brown Amphitheater, followed by (you guessed it) a firework show! (Nutty Brown Amphitheater)   

 

July 4th Weekend at Geraldine’s Austin: Geraldine’s, the 4th floor rooftop bar and live music venue inside the Hotel Van Zandt is hosting live blues performances all weekend long, from July 1-4, 2021, including performances by Jo James, Blake Whitmire, Vin Mott and Paul Val. On Sunday, July 4, the bar will welcome blues musician Paul Val from 8-9:30 p.m., then view the fireworks display across the lake from 9:30-10 p.m.(Hotel Van Zandt)

 

Lakeway 4th Of July Parade & Events: Independence Day is the largest annual event in Lakeway, Texas, which is about a half-hour drive from Austin. This festive parade starts at 8:30 am and marches from the Live Oak Golf Course to the Lakeway Activity Center. The procession is followed by a hot-dog lunch, fun activities, and the Pageantry of Flags program. Live music and other entertainment spice up the day. Families would enjoy the celebration at Lakeway Swim Center that lasts from noon to 8 pm. (Lakeway, TX

 

 

Austin’s Top Chef Competitor to Open Mexican Eatery on Rainey

Austin’s Top Chef Competitor

to Open Mexican Eatery on Rainey

 

 

For a taste of the Yucatan, head to Rainey Street District, run by an Austin-based top chef.

Chef Gabe Erales, currently the 18th season contestant of Bravo’s top chef and master of Mexican cuisine, will open his first restaurant – a Mexican-inspired restaurant called Bacalar, which draws influence from different regions of the Yucatan peninsula where Erales has his family .

Bacalar, slated to open next fall, will anchor the ground floor of 44 East Ave Residences, the sleek skyscraper currently under construction on the shores of Lady Bird Lake.

Bacalar is a partnership between Erales and Austin-based owner and CEO of Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors, Kevin Burns, and the company’s lead designer, Merrill Alley. Burns and Alley, who recently launched Urbanspace’s first hospitality concept, Codependent Cocktails and Coffee in the Seaholm District, bought the first floor retail space at 44 East Ave and sought out Erales for the new restaurant partnership.

“I’m very excited to partner with Urbanspace as my relationship with Kevin and Merrill have shown me their true potential in developing projects that are not only unique and exciting, but also a milestone for the Austin community.” says Erales. “I’ve been a close friend of Merrill and her family for 10 years. During this time we exchanged our professional passions, dreams and goals and at the same time witnessed our professional growth. I knew that one day we could create something special together. “

Erales’ previous cooking stints in Austin include chef work at downtown Comedor and local favorite Dai Due Taqueria.

Although the new restaurant’s menu is still under development, the concept is based on Erales’ family memories of Bacalar, the historic and stunning Mexican lakeside town north of Belize, including its good experiences with local flavors and cuisine. Bacalar will also draw on the concept of “La Milpa”, with Erales emphasizing the personal relationships with the farmers he sources from and the ingredients he will highlight in his dishes. And you can bet the menu features odes to traditional Mexican corn and chilli, two of the chef-selected ingredients.

“We love working with passionate, talented people, and Gabe really is the best of the best,” says Burns. “His attention to detail in the preparation of his dishes matches the attention to detail we bring to the environments we create. This concept is about creating an appealing and harmonious setting in which Gabe’s talent takes center stage. “

While fans of Erales’ food will have to wait about a year to dine at Bacalar, they can catch him at Top Chef, the high-stakes culinary competition that airs Thursday night on Bravo.

 

Story taken from Dailyaustinnews.com 

Urbanspace Favs | Top 5 ATX Hotel Pool Passes

Top 5 ATX Hotel Pool Passes

 

Photo from: Travel + Leisure

 

 

Treat yourself with a day in the sun sipping your favorite cocktail and lounging poolside at some of the top hotels across the city. While you’d like to enjoy the luxury hotel pools offer without having to book a hotel room, plenty of Austin hotels allow non-guests to make a splash just for the day. Check out our Urbanspace Top 5 Hotel Pool Passes below!

 

Fairmont Austin: This spacious rooftop pool at The Fairmont offers resort-style amenities with a sophisticated city center backdrop. The expansive pool and whirlpool, situated on the 7th floor of the luxury hotel, present the perfect summer retreat. Day passes are available for outside guests to purchase Monday through Thursday. Adult passes are $40, and children are $25. (101 red river st, 78701) 

 

The LINE Austin: Enjoy a cocktail and a swim with the best vista in town at the LINE Austin’s lakeside salt water infinity pool. Overlooking the Congress Avenue Bridge, Lady Bird Lake and the lush Austin skyline, it’s a spot that will make you forget you’re in the heart of the city. The pool is reserved for hotel guest use only on weekends, with guest passes available for purchase on weekdays. Adult passes are $40, and children are $25. (111 e cesar chavez st, 78701)

 

Austin Motel: Austin Motel’s iconic kidney-shaped pool is now open for reservations Friday through Sunday from 12 – 8 p.m. Reservations are $40 a person for a two hour block and are available for parties up to 5. (1220 s congress ave, 78704)  

 

South Congress Hotel: The pool at South Congress Hotel is the perfect combo of chic and simple. Snack on the fresh, farm-to-table fare of Café No Sé while you lounge. Non-hotel guests can access the pool with daily passes for $40, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. To book your pool day, call 512-920-6405 or email [email protected] your name and requested date and time. (1603 s congress ave, 78704)

 

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt: Soak up the sun or breathtaking views of Lady Bird lake while relaxing poolside at Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt. With a refined design, luxurious lounge chairs, and premium cabanas, the Kimpton is an ideal daytime retreat. Day passes start at $38 for adults and $15 for children. (605 davis st, 78701

 

 

Urbanspace Favs | Top 5 ATX Swimming Spots

Top 5 ATX Swimming Spots

 

Photo from: RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/Getty Images

 

 

With Summer approaching fast and furious, you’ll definitely need a place to shake the Texas heat. But luckily, Mother Nature blessed Austin with a number of splashy swimming spots that offer a fun way to cool off. Check out our Urbanspace Top 5 Swimming Spots below!

 

Barton Springs Pool: Combine great swimming with people watching at the historic Barton Springs Pool, just minutes from downtown Austin. Located in the heart of the 360-acre Zilker Park, this swimmer’s paradise features clear water fed from underground springs that stays a refreshing 68 degrees year ‘round, along with grassy hills for sunbathing. (2131 william barton dr, 78746) 

 

Deep Eddy Pool: The huge Deep Eddy Pool is the state’s oldest pool, and offers a traditional public pool experience in the center of Austin. (401 deep eddy drive, 78703)

 

Hamilton Pool Preserve: Located a 40-minute drive from Austin in Texas Hill Country, Hamilton Pool Preserve is a geological wonder. This historic swimming hole was formed by the Hamilton Creek spilling out over limestone outcroppings, creating a dramatic 50-foot waterfall that plunges into a canyon. (24300 hamilton road, TX 78620)  

 

Jacob’s Well: Swim in an artesian spring just 40 minutes outside of Austin at Jacob’s Well Natural Area. The cool, clear water is surrounded by rocky ledges and shady trees, creating a picture-perfect swimming hole. Jacob’s Well is the second largest fully submerged cave in Texas and the spring releases thousands of gallons of water a day, eventually feeding into the Blanco River. (1699 Mt Sharp Rd., TX 78676)

 

Blue Hole: Drive 45 minutes south of Austin to reach the glorious Blue Hole, located just outside of Wimberley. The crystal-clear waters of Blue Hole stay an ideal 75 degrees all year round, and are shaded by towering cypress trees. Manicured waterside lawns are the perfect place to spread out a blanket and crack open your cooler. Rope swings hanging from the trees complete the quintessential water hole experience. Admittance is limited and reservations are required for swimming, so make your reservation online here. (blue hole ln, 78676

 

 

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle | Austin Food Delivery

Austin Food Delivery + Take-Out Services

Austin’s flourishing restaurant community is being forced to switch gears in another direction. As the Coronavirus outbreak has now reached Austin, Mayor Steve Adler ordered that all bars and restaurant dining room to be shut through at least May 1st to slow the spread of COVID-19. This major change as impacted many individuals, fortunately restaurants have not been shut down entirely as take-out, drive-through and delivery food service is permitted.

Below we’ve listed the best places to get delivered or take-out from by food category. Make sure to check the restaurants website for more details before placing an order.


Italian + Pizza  

  • Homeslice – Offering order or call ahead take out
  • Salvation Pizza – Order online for delivery or pick-up, also offered by Favor on the Favor Delivery app.
  • Via 313 – Place a no contact pick-up order by calling or ordering online.
  • East Side Pies – All locations are open for pick-up or delivery, order online or over the phone.
  • Hoboken Pie – Offering orders on their mobile app, over the phone and online for pick-up or delivery.
  • Brick Oven on 35th – Call or order online to get food to-go.

Austin Water Lantern Festival

March 7, 2020 | Muller Lake Park    

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone where you can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. 

 

 


Texas Film Awards

March 12, 2020 | Austin Film Society

Don’t miss the 20th anniversary of the biggest event in Texas film. The Awards return to the grand stage at Austin Studios in 2020, where we’ll celebrate the newest members of the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 


South by Southwest

March 13 – 22, 2020 | Various locations throughout Austin

Join artists, innovators, and thought leaders from around the world and turn your ideas into reality this March. Experience 10 days of unparalleled discovery, learning, and networking with creatives across tech, film, and music industries at the 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals

 

 


Austin Rodeo

March 14 – 28, 2020 | Travis County Exposition Center

Tap into your true Texan for some traditional Western rodeo entertainment. Rodeo Austin remains home to one of America’s Top 10 pro rodeos, exhibiting top-ranked athletes competing tournament-style in events like bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and more. Meanwhile, Rodeo Austin’s daily three-stage lineup caters to both the young and old with varied genres. In addition to the music, livestock exhibition, and rodeo itself, there’s the annual sprawl of Austin’s biggest carnival, silly with rides and game booths.

 

 


St. Patrick’s Day Festival

March 15, 2020 | Jourdan – Bachman Pioneer Festival

This annual family-friendly festival celebrates all things Irish. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic!

 

 

 


Dell Technologies Match Play

March 25 – 29, 2020 | Austin Country Club

With a rare, match-play format consisting of the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play field consists of the very best players from around the world and is one of the most elite and exciting tournaments on golf’s calendar.

 

 


Austin Urban Music Fest

March 27 – 28, 2020 | Auditorium Shores  

Austin Urban Music Festival is a two-day event featuring a family-friendly lineup of live musical entertainment. The festival showcases gospel, hip hop, R&B, soul and neo-soul and is a platform for talented local African-American artists to reach a diverse audience.

 

 

 

 


  Mighty Texas Dog Walk                

March 28, 2020 | Austin American – Statesman 

Don’t miss The Doggiest Day in Austin! In addition to the walk, you can find free samples of the best dog foods and treats; free advice from top veterinarians and trainers; raffle; artisan and food vendors. 

 

 

 


ABC Zilker Kite Festival

March 29, 2020| Zilker Park

ABC Zilker Kite Festival invites the public every year to a free wonderful and colorful celebration, where colorful kites fill the sky above the green spaces of Zilker Park in the heart of downtown Austin. This spring event is aimed for the whole family whether as spectators or as participants. In addition to the kite’s event, there will be local food stands as well as various children activities take place through the park!

 

Behind the Design | The Camaleonda Comeback

Camaleonda

 

The Camaleonda system, originally designed by Mario Bellini in 1970, makes its comeback 50 years later. Speaking a contemporary language, between structural solutions and sustainable choices.

 

                                                                             THE HISTORY:                                                                                                                                              50 YEARS THAT HAVE NOT GONE BY

 

Presented to the public in 1970, Camaleonda has passed through 5 decades of design history as a true icon. Designed by Mario Bellini, this modular sofa has designed the aesthetics of an entire era of interior design, thanks to its great success both in terms of the public and critics. It is constantly featured in most international design museums and in film-sets that have defined the collective imagination. An Object that is loved by design affectionates, antique dealers and interior designers alike is finally back in production after a careful design process that involved the close collaboration between B&B Italia’s Research & Development Centre and Mario Bellini.

Mario Bellini’s work is characterized by bringing together design and architecture and Camaleonda testifies to his unique ability to move confidently between diverse design languages, between macro and micro, geometry and curves, artificial and natural materials. As Bellini himself says, Camaleonda was created to fill a void: “At the beginning of the 1970s, upholstered furniture for the home stagnated into the tired traditional stereotypes and radical-proactive elitist forays into the future that, although stimulating, rarely challenged the relationship between the evolution of new patterns of behavior in the home and the types of furniture available on the market at the time.”

With Camaleonda we find ourselves in the presence of a sofa intended as an architectural element, capable of transforming the landscape of the interior space that inhabits. A landscape that is neither immobile nor permanent, as its chameleon-like nature involves change and transformation. A promise that is clear from the name itself, as Bellini recalls: “Camaleonda is a name that I invented 1970 by mixing two words: the first is the name of an extraordinary animal, the chameleon (camaleonte in Italian), that can adapt to the environment around it and the word ‘onda, wave, that indicates the curve of the sea and the desert. Both these words describe the shape and function of this sofa.”

Camaleonda continues to live on thanks to an identity that has become an evergreen iconic vintage, current for each generation precisely because of its timeless qualities.

 

                                                                                 THE PRESENT:                                                                                                                                                      A CONTEMPORARY REISSUE

 

In its reissue, Camaleonda preserves the elements that have made it a contemporary classic. By mutual agreement, Mario Bellini and B&B Italia have decided to keep with the 90×90 cm seat module, together with the backrest and the armrest, faithful to the original project, whose original cutting pattern was used for the new edition.

The generous polyurethane padding that forms the characteristic capitonné design remains unchanged, still manufactured with the innovative system of cables, hooks and rings created by Bellini in 1970, which defines the characteristics look and modularity. Thanks to the tie-rods and the rings, the modules can be unhooked and recombined at will, allowing the sofa to adapt to an evolving taste and the dynamic needs of those using it.

The fundamental characteristics of Camaleonda is its unlimited modularity, a geometric pattern that allows each element to become a sort of enormous pixel through which to define your home environment. By hooking and unhooking seats, backrests and armrests, you can enjoy the luxury of changing your mind as many times as you desire, moving and redesigning the space. A concept which is dead to Mario Bellini: “Of all objects, I have designed, Camaleonda is perhaps the best in terms of its sense of freedom. There are infinite number of possible configurations.”

The padding has been thoroughly updated by the B&B Italia Research & Development Centre, making it even more comfortable than the original version. Thus the magical balance between the rigorous geometry of the square and the welcoming of the roundness of the padding is confirmed, further underlining the elasticity and tactile ergonomics that characterize many of Mario Bellini’s design projects. Camaleonda can be upholstered with B&B Italia’s entire textile and leather collection, allowing for another variable in the multitude of possible combinations.

Camaleonda is a dynamic, alive and sincere object, not at all enigmatic, that allows for an infinite number of configurations while still maintaining its peculiar and unique identity.

 

                                                                                    THE FUTURE:                                                                                 SUSTAINABILITY AND CIRCULARITY

 

The re-edition of the Camaleonda does not look back at the past, but on the contrary, it aims to rewrite an indisputable classic in a contemporary perspective.

Aesthetics, dimensions, proportions, and the way it is configured remain unchanged, while the composition of the interior has been completely redesigned with no room for nostalgia. “When I was asked to update Camaleonda, it was immediately clear to me that I should never or would never be able to do anything. Change the shape? No, the way it was intended is as good today as it was then. Change the materials? Yes, and that’s why I had a conversation with a company that is a leader in terms of its ability to transform a piece of furniture into a sustainable product.”

The “sandwich” structure of the Camaleonda is made up of recycled or recyclable materials that can easily be disassembled. The seat, backrest, armrests and bases are made of wooden panels. The sofa rests on the floor on a series of spherical feet made of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified beech wood.

The padding of the seat, the backrest and the armrests are made of polyurethane in various levels of density and firmness. The highest degree of complexity lies in the seat, where elements are shaped and assembled to allow every layer to interact, at the same time guaranteeing a high level of comfort. The various layers generate empty spaces or pockets designed to create a comfortable spring effect.

The engineering and composition of the seat allow the interior elements of the sofa to be disassembled and therefore easily recyclable. The padding is protected by a removable cover made of dacron, a synthetic fabric that is entirely made of recycled PET, the same material used to manufacture plastic water bottles.

 

                                                                                   THE DESIGNER:                                                                                                                                                           BEHIND THE DESIGN

 

Mario Bellini is an architect and designer internationally renowned. He received the Golden Compass Award eight times (one assigned to B&B Italia Le Bambolein 1979) and 25 of his works are in the permanent design collection of the New York MoMA, which dedicated to him a personal retrospective in 1987.

He has designed countless art, design and architecture exhibitions over the years, both in Italy and abroad: among the latest those at Palazzo Reale with Giotto’s masterpieces (2016) and – at the Milanese Museo del ‘900 – the one dedicated to Margherita Sarfatti (2018-2019).

In 2015 the Milan Triennale awarded him a Gold Medal for his career in architecture. Since 1991 he has been named as the Royal Honorary Designer of RDI.

Bellini has dedicated himself to almost entirely architecture since the 1980s. Projects currently underway are the New Polytechnic School of Genoa (2006-2020), a vast hotel and residential development on Virgin Gorda Island in the British Virgin Island (2018-2020). He also has various projects within the design stages.

 

                                                                          ENDLESS COMPOSITIONS:                                                                          GLI SCACCHI

 

Mario Bellini has also designed Gli Scacchi, which uses a combinatorial nature of Camaleonda to create the chess pieces. These series of accessories can be utilized to become extra tables or seats.

The three pieces that make up the series are inspired by the game of chess, in particular the queen, the knight and the rook (hence the Italian names Regina, Cavallo, and Torre), light and easy to move like on a chessboard. “They are among the most playful pieces of furniture I have ever designed”, Bellini states.

In 1971, the original version of Gli Scacchi represented a remarkable technical innovation as they were produced in self-skinning polyurethane foam, a solution which was initially used only by the automotive industry and was introduced for the first time in furniture. The 2020 reissue offers soft covers made of think leather and calf hide with visible stitching.

 

A classic is reborn 50 years after its introduction, maintaining all of its original character with a new dedication to a sustainable future.

Infinitely configurable, infinitely versatile, available now for order at Urbanspace.

Behind the Design | Nanimarquina Silhouette

Nanimarquina Silhouette

 

After success of the first collaboration with designer Jaime Hayón in 2017, Nanimarquina presents Silhouette, a collection of rugs for indoor and outdoor use that highlights the acclaimed casual style of the Valencian based designer and artist.

 

Depicted with a delicate stroke, the illustration defines the silhouettes of several imaginary characters that intertwine and coexist in a beautiful composition.

Hayón subtly introduces color through small elements brimming with personality that help to interpret each of the images.

Nine faces are distributed at different angles so that the rug can be viewed from any perspective, fitting perfectly in any space.

Through this new collaboration with Jamie Hayón, Nanimarquina introduces the embroidery on kilim techniques for the first time. A laborious process handmade in Pakistan, the chain stitch embroidery adds texture and a soft volume that emphasizes the sinuousness of the illustration.

Despite its delicate appearance, it is a sturdy technique suitable for both residential and commercial use.

Nanimarquina also presents, for the first time, an outdoor hand-tufted rug, developed with 100% recycled PET fiber and produced in India. This combination provides great utility while transferring a sense of well-being that is needed for an outdoor space.

 

 

Born in Madrid in 1974, Jamie Hayón enjoys an illustrious career in the recent history of contemporary design.

His exhibition entitled “Mediterranean Digital Baroque” at the David Gill Gallery in London, and the collections of bathrooms he designed for ArtQuitect marked the beginning of his meteoric international rise, which was then established with the BD Showtime collection and his subsequent work with companies such as Camper, Llandró, Bisazza, Swarovsky, and Moooi.

Learn more about Spanish designer, Jamie Hayón and his collaboration with Nanimarquina design inspiration behind the Silhouette:

Did you specifically create the illustration thinking that it would be a rug? And if not, what made you feel it would work well as a rug?

It’s a freehand drawing, similar to the work in my sketchbooks. I consider the disposition, which was interesting from different angles; in other words, it would work for a rug. 

You are a compulsive illustrator, where do your characters come from? Specifically, what is the story behind the figures in this drawing, and their personality?

There are infinite characters that are part of my imaginary. They change and evolve, according to my current interests. There are characters that are endearing, others are more ironic, and some even provoke fear on occasion. In the case of characters, what I am most interested in is the ability to transmit emotions.

From the sketch to the product, what happens when one of your personal drawings becomes an object? Something to be shared and interpreted by others?

This happens in very exceptional cases in which the format, material, and use are ideal to portray emotivism through the figurative. Rugs for Nanimarquina are the perfect example; the format is ideal to be able to work with absolute freedom, similar to a painting or tapestry.

Compared to the first collaboration, we could say that this proposal is less busy, depicting fewer strokes, less characters, and more restrained use of colour. How has your work evolved? Is this style a common feature in your current projects?

I wanted to contribute a different stylistic language able to integrate with other facets of character, more serene. Above and beyond the evolution of my work, I wanted to complement our collaboration and expand the range of use.

This is the second time you have worked with Nanimarquina. What would you highlight about the collaboration with Nanimarquina?

Working with Nanimarquina is a pleasure. Collaborators are able to work surrounded by respect and mutual admiration. The knowledge regarding each fibre and material, the variety of techniques, and the close work with artisans is palpable in the result of Nanimarquina rugs. 

You design different types of objects, what attracts you to specifically design rugs?

I am attracted by the possibility of working with an object from a purely artistic perspective, witnessing the translation of artistic expression onto a vary different surface than that of paper or canvas.

Downtown Development Digest | East Side Introduces Saltillo

As Austin continues to top the lists for real estate growth in the Country, we also see zip codes become hot on the list of fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods in major American cities. These zip codes — 78702 and 78721, predominately areas located in East Austin, have seen the most substantial change in the past decade.

Just a few years ago, the stretch of city blocks from East 5th Street and East 4th Street just east of I-35 was the home to empty warehouses and illegally dumped trash that had been burned and buried. This site sat empty for just over two decades without any development and contaminated soil throughout the six-block, 10-acre span.

The land is owned by Capital Metro and includes the Plaza Saltillo MetroRail Station. The developers explained that “Saltillo” was designed to encourage people to walk, bike, and use transit. Enacting on a community plan that was put into place starting with a vision 20 years ago in order to bring the community together through improved connectivity, service offerings for the neighborhood, as well as offices, retail and residential living communities. This project was influenced by the booming neighborhoods of young professionals whom are health and fitness minded, that have flocked to East Austin.

In addition to the rail station that runs through the site, they are aiming to make Saltillo a transit hub, with below-and-above ground parking garages, electric vehicle stations and an extension of the Lance Armstrong Bikeway.

Saltillo soon plans on opening a 36,000 sqft Whole Foods and a 26,000 sqft Target, that will also contain a CVS inside. The Developers said it was important to add a grocery and connivence store to this project, as neighbors when polled previously said a top feature the community was lacking was simpler access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Currently there are a few businesses up and running, those include:

  • Club Pilates
  • Chipotle
  • Spectrum Communications
  • JuiceLand
  • Snooze
  • Orange Theory Fitness

 

The Businesses preparing to open are:

  • Target
  • Whole Foods
  • Cherry Blow Dry Bar
  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar
  • The Kebab Shop
  • Enamel Dentistry
  • Poke Austin
  • Dolce Neve Gelato
  • Nails on 5th
  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

 

Google will also occupy a larger office space above Target in the upcoming months.

Read more about Saltillo at plazasaltillo.com»

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle | Top March 2020 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top March Events


GT World Challenge America

March 6 – 8, 2020| Circuit of The Americas 

The GT World Challenge America will return to COTA on March 6-8 to open their 2020 season. The 90-minute SprintX style format provides racing fans with some of the most exhilarating competition in the motorsports world. For the sixth time at COTA, GT World Challenge America will bring an action-packed weekend with roaring engines from seven different manufacturers as drivers go door to door in a highly competitive series.

 


Austin Water Lantern Festival

March 7, 2020 | Muller Lake Park    

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone where you can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. 

 

 


Texas Film Awards

March 12, 2020 | Austin Film Society

Don’t miss the 20th anniversary of the biggest event in Texas film. The Awards return to the grand stage at Austin Studios in 2020, where we’ll celebrate the newest members of the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 


South by Southwest

March 13 – 22, 2020 | Various locations throughout Austin

Join artists, innovators, and thought leaders from around the world and turn your ideas into reality this March. Experience 10 days of unparalleled discovery, learning, and networking with creatives across tech, film, and music industries at the 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals

 

 


Austin Rodeo

March 14 – 28, 2020 | Travis County Exposition Center

Tap into your true Texan for some traditional Western rodeo entertainment. Rodeo Austin remains home to one of America’s Top 10 pro rodeos, exhibiting top-ranked athletes competing tournament-style in events like bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and more. Meanwhile, Rodeo Austin’s daily three-stage lineup caters to both the young and old with varied genres. In addition to the music, livestock exhibition, and rodeo itself, there’s the annual sprawl of Austin’s biggest carnival, silly with rides and game booths.

 

 


St. Patrick’s Day Festival

March 15, 2020 | Jourdan – Bachman Pioneer Festival

This annual family-friendly festival celebrates all things Irish. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic!

 

 

 


Dell Technologies Match Play

March 25 – 29, 2020 | Austin Country Club

With a rare, match-play format consisting of the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play field consists of the very best players from around the world and is one of the most elite and exciting tournaments on golf’s calendar.

 

 


Austin Urban Music Fest

March 27 – 28, 2020 | Auditorium Shores  

Austin Urban Music Festival is a two-day event featuring a family-friendly lineup of live musical entertainment. The festival showcases gospel, hip hop, R&B, soul and neo-soul and is a platform for talented local African-American artists to reach a diverse audience.

 

 

 

 


  Mighty Texas Dog Walk                

March 28, 2020 | Austin American – Statesman 

Don’t miss The Doggiest Day in Austin! In addition to the walk, you can find free samples of the best dog foods and treats; free advice from top veterinarians and trainers; raffle; artisan and food vendors. 

 

 

 


ABC Zilker Kite Festival

March 29, 2020| Zilker Park

ABC Zilker Kite Festival invites the public every year to a free wonderful and colorful celebration, where colorful kites fill the sky above the green spaces of Zilker Park in the heart of downtown Austin. This spring event is aimed for the whole family whether as spectators or as participants. In addition to the kite’s event, there will be local food stands as well as various children activities take place through the park!

 

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