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Last chance to see Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings at the Royal Academy of Arts

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings  installation view, 2018. Photo: David Parry.

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings installation view, 2018. Photo: David Parry.

Last chance: see the Royal Academy of Arts’ uplifting architecture exhibition, Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings, in the New Year.

This January, escape into the world of Renzo Piano, the inspirational architect behind The Shard in London, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the 1.7-kilometre-long Kansai Airport in Japan. During his 40-year career, Piano has made a huge contribution to the modern city centre, not least on his own hometown of Genoa, where his regeneration work truly transformed the industrial harbour into a public space.

This stirring exhibition is like walking into one of Piano’s architectural logbooks. Daylit, bright and airy, the gallery houses 16 tables filled with original sketches, technical drawings, detailed models and in situ photos of some of his most important projects. Highlights include the first sketch of The Shard (which Piano drew on the back of an envelope in a restaurant), as well as 1:1 mock-ups of engineering elements, which his 150-strong team produce to test their scale and surface.

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings  installation view, 2018. Photo: David Parry.

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings installation view, 2018. Photo: David Parry.

Each of these reveal the vision and invention behind Piano’s pioneering constructions, and the truly global scale of his work. Designed and curated in close collaboration with Piano himself, join us for the first exhibition in London to put the spotlight on Piano in 30 years.

At the centre of the exhibition is a darkened room screening an intimate documentary with Piano, as well as the most imaginative object in the show: a metropolitan ‘Island’, created by Piano and his team, which brings together over 100 of his buildings at a 1:1000 scale into one landscape.

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings  installation view, 2018. Photo: David Parry.

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings installation view, 2018. Photo: David Parry.

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings is open until 20 January 2019. 

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Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Fondazione Renzo Piano.

Oh Comely readers can enjoy 20% off tickets using the code ARCHI18.

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New Year, New Space: Revitalising your Home Office with Moonko

The makers at Sheffield's emporium of handmade wonders Moonko are great believers in Van Gogh's observation that “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

Inspired by their musings, we've selected a number of small items which can revitalise your office space (and mood!) in surprisingly significant ways.

1. Start as you mean to go on...

The White Rabbit was notorious for his poor time keeping. This beautifully illustrated calendar won't stop you from daydreaming of Wonderland, but it will help keep you on track. 

2016 Alice in Wonderland Calendar with original illustrations by Anna Bond, £25.00, Moonko. 

2. Revitalise your space with geometric shapes and plants...

Changes of scenery are good for the soul, and small tweaks in how you present your belongings can make the world of difference. This Wall Display can be used as a simple decoration or as a display case for potted plants and cacti, notebooks or jewellery.  

Euclid Triangle Glass Wall Mount Large, Handmade by Monti, £75, Moonko. 

3. Keep your desk tidy...

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Keep everything to hand ready for sudden bursts of inspiration. This box features four useful compartments, which is great for organising your belongings or creating a beautiful display.

Copper Open Divider, £25.00, Moonko. 

4. Motivate yourself with affirmations...

A throroughly grown-up version of the motivational posters plastered across school gyms everywhere. Affirmations may feel silly, but can brighten spaces and the moods of those who dwell in them. 

Bees Knees Print by Anna Bond, £20.65, Moonko.  

5. Match your scent to the mood you seek...

Scents are an important element to consider when building a space to match a mood. The sweet citrus aroma of lemongrass is known for its cleansing and rejuvenating qualities, making it perfect for rainy days at the home office. 

Large Lemograss Classic Candle by Nathalie Bond Organics, £25, Moonko. 

All Images: Moonko

*This post was sponsored by Moonko.