Design: Great Dane
In Arne Jacobsen's take on Modernism, body-cupping chairs were called Egg and Swan, and steel cake servers took the shape of boomerangs. This year, the centennial of his birth, the Danish designer is the subject of retrospectives in New York City and Denmark. From candlesticks to ice cream kiosks to town halls, New York's Scandinavia House shows the range of his puckish sensibility (Sept. 27-Nov. 9; 58 Park Ave.; 212/879-9779). In Denmark, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (through Jan. 12; 45/4919-0719; www.louisiana.dk), just north of Copenhagen, is packed with more than 1,000 of his creations. And Copenhagen's Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, a high-rise he designed in 1960, is letting guests tour room No. 606--a Jacobsen original down to the teal-colored upholstery. If you're looking for souvenirs, www.arne-jacobsen.com lists Danish manufacturers now reviving his housewares--Georg Jensen just brought back the boomerang.
Architecture: Urban Planning
Where can you get a glimpse of Renzo Piano's sleek new headquarters for the New York Times, Norman Foster's bullet-shaped Swiss Re tower in London, and a bold group of new villas in Beijing, known as the Great Wall Commune?At Venice's 8th International Architecture Exhibition, "Next," curated by British critic Deyan Sudjic, a panoramic survey of the as-yet-to-be-built by the world's leading architects. More than 100 projects are on view at the Arsenale, adapted for the exhibition by the minimalist architect John Pawson (best known, perhaps, for his streamlined Calvin Klein stores). Separate sections are devoted to museums, skyscrapers, urban plans, workplaces, domestic design, and transportation.
Dozens of countries will also display models and plans in their permanent national pavilions at the Giardini di Castello, on Venice's eastern edge. Unlike the world's-fair pavilions, these were built to last. The result is a strangely anachronistic panoply of national self-images. The Russian pavilion, an ornate czarist concoction, pre-dates the Bolshevik Revolution, but for years it housed art exhibitions from the Soviet Union and now does the same for the Russian Republic. Austrian Secessionist architect Josef Hoffmann conceived of his country's gemlike exhibition space, while Alvar Aalto created the Finnish pavilion, and de Stijl pioneer Gerrit Thomas Rietveld designed the Dutch one. U.S. exhibitions are housed in a 1930's neo-Palladian brick villa that has been described as "halfway between Monticello and Howard Johnson." This year's show focuses on the multitude of proposals put forth to replace the World Trade Center (Sept. 8-Nov. 3).
--Michael Z. Wise
Real Estate: Newport New
For golfers who dream of never leaving the course, there's the Clubhouse, opening next spring at Carnegie Abbey, a private club near Newport, Rhode Island. Overlooking the 18th hole of a golf course designed by Scotsman Donald Steel, the three-story Adirondack-inspired building with screened porches and fieldstone fireplaces has 22 furnished apartments, ranging from $700,000 to $3 million (plus a $140,000 refundable deposit and $7,500 annual membership dues). A yacht designer created varnished surfaces with clever use of space inside the one- and two-bedroom residences, which are named after America's Cup challengers. In addition to the 18-hole course, members are granted access to yachting, tennis, and equestrian centers, as well as a 5,000-square-foot European-style spa. Carnegie Abbey 401/682-6000; www.carnegieabbeyclub.com.