Rone: The Omega Project

Australian street artist Rone transformed a condemned Melbourne house in haunting installation The Omega Project

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

We live in a time of constant churn, where old buildings are demolished to make way for the shiny and new. Capturing a moment of nostalgia, beauty and decay, Melbourne mural artist Rone has created The Omega Project, transforming the interior of a condemned weatherboard suburban house in the city's north with his signature wistful 'Jane Doe' female characters. Check out the space, open until Sunday 30 July, or tour its haunting rooms here, including an evocative video preserving the installation for posterity.

ABOVE: The Blue Room at Rone's Omega Project
BELOW: The Hallway

ABOVE: The Living Room

'This was an opportunity to recreate elements of a classic mid-century Australian home in its fragile final moments,' says Rone, 'drawing from memories of homes that I visited growing up, and of the many abandoned houses I have recently explored.' He leapt at the chance to celebrate the early 1900s home at the invitation of residential developer YarraBend, which will demolish this property by the end of the month. Inspired by the idea of a 'fantasy film set', Rone crafted murals for each room, using Taubmans paint to colour the blue bedroom and kitchen, green and mauve dining rooms, sepia living room and yellowed hallway. Stylist Carly Spooner curated the time capsule of dusty, mid-century Australiana ornaments and objects, from a wood-grain TV to figurines and retro phones, with one bedroom strewn with autumn leaves.

Doomed environments draw Rone, who previously memorialised the soon-to-be-demolished Star Lyric Theatre in Melbourne's Fitzroy with in-situ exhibition 'Empty' in 2016. He's also internationally known for his large-scale street art works, from London to New York and Hong Kong, and recently completed a huge portrait of a farming couple for Victoria's rural Silo Art Trail.

We love the video below of The Omega Project, a dreamy, bitter-sweet fragment of the melancholy interiors shot by Defero Productions for Rone's street art collective Everfresh Studio, set to music by Julia Stone. You can also see more sensual glimpses of the atmospheric house on Rone's Instagram feed, a fitting homage to lives lived and spaces lost...
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The Omega Project is open for inspection at 28 Parkview Road, Alphington, 10 minutes' north of the Melbourne CBD, from 10am-5pm, until Sunday 30 July 2017.

Pictures: Tyrone Wright
 

520 West 28th x Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid, the world's leading female architect, is making her mark on New York with a soft and shiny sculptural building in West Chelsea, Manhattan's hippest neighbourhood...

BY DEE IVA

Word has reached Fizz HQ that a new landmark will soon be gracing the skyline of New York City. The iconic Empire State, Chrysler and Flatiron buildings and the new World Trade Center will soon be joined by a fluid, organic residential structure designed by Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Zaha Hadid (right).

ABOVE: The high life meets The High Line at 520 West 28th Street

ABOVE FROM TOP: Corner bedrooms boast panoramic views across the city; Gaggenau appliances and a top-of-the-range Xila kitchen by Italian company Boffi bring hi-tech style to each apartment

Located on The High Line, 520 West 28th is a slinky and curvaceous addition to the Big Apple. Commissioned by Related Companies, Hadid’s distinctive architectural style brings a new design dialogue to the concrete jungle of Manhattan. The soft rounded corners and sweeping balconies that seem to wrap around 520’s exterior are in stark contrast to the more rectangular masculine aesthetic of the city.

Set over 11 floors, the 39 apartments within will feature ceiling heights of up to 11 feet, wide-plank white oak flooring, sleek Boffi kitchens designed by Hadid, integrated wardrobes and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city that never sleeps. In the triplex penthouses, Hadid has added a sinuous sculptural staircase between the three floors.

BELOW FROM TOP: A wide organic staircase designed by Hadid connects the floors in the three triplex penthouses; Alternating curved balconies wrap around the exterior

Of course, anyone wanting to live in West Chelsea’s glamorous new kid on the block is going to need deep pockets. Prices start at US$4,950,000 soaring to $50,000,000 for the largest penthouse. It’s a sign of the times as this part of Chelsea is now a thriving arts district with a clutch of upscale art galleries, shops and restaurants in the shadow of aerial park The High Line. The new Whitney Museum of American Art, designed by Renzo Piano, opened here in 2015 immediately sealing the area’s reputation as Manhattan’s hippest cultural hotspot. Due for completion in 2017, it looks like 520 is destined to become NYC’s most stylish and desirable place to live. We can but dream...
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Only YOO

Word has reached Fizz HQ that Montreal is about to get a bold design fix courtesy of the legendary Philippe Starck

BY DEE IVA

A striking mix of minimalism and opulent excess, YOO Montreal is the latest luxe development from the surreal world of Philippe Starck. Set in Canada's Future Corridor of Culture in Montreal, it will comprise 96 sleek apartments spread over 20 storeys with views over downtown Griffintown.

In a nod to the area's industrial history, concrete, timber and leather will form the backdrop to a myriad of design features. Think glittering chandeliers, larger than life vases and illuminated heads, all pulled together in Starck's inimitable style. But before you put the key in the door you've got some some work to do too; each apartment will be fitted out in one of three design palettes, Minimal, Nature or Culture, using different finishes and colours. Simply pick a look and the team at Yoo will help you decide every detail to individualise your home.

Meanwhile back in the UK, if you fancy getting your hands on a bit of YOO kit for your home, then check out the new YOO Home collection of furniture, accessories and lighting which features exclusive pieces from an eclectic mix of designers including Brit talents Bethan Gray, Jon Male and Studio Dare
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BELOW FROM LEFT:
'Pawn' side table, £1595, Jon Male
'Lou Read' chair, £5500, Philippe Starck
Leather 'Stud' coffee table, £3500, Bethan Gray
'Drone' side table, £1650, Sean Dare
'Minimal' four-poster bed, £6295, Yoo Studio

Yoo Montreal launches spring 2016 yoomontreal.com  yoo.com Prices start from CAD 350,000.
The YOO Home furniture collection is available now at Harrods harrods.com