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New Work: ‘Mad Men’ Monument

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Over the course of seven seasons, the landmark series “Mad Men” has charted the rise of ad man Don Draper in the “Golden Age” of advertising in 1960s New York. Today AMC unveils a special installation that commemorates the show’s impact in the city. Designed by Pentagram’s Lorenzo Apicella, Michael Bierut and Emily Oberman, the monument takes the form of a sleek, elegant bench that features the iconic graphic of Draper from the show’s opening title sequence. Pentagram project coordinator Julia Lindpainter worked closely with AMC and the bench’s fabricator, DCL, to manage the design’s careful execution.

The bench is located outside the Time & Life Building, the fictional home of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (changed to Sterling Cooper & Partners in the sixth season), where Draper and fellow characters Roger Sterling, Peggy Olson, Joan Holloway and Peter Campbell work in the series. “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery were on hand today for the sculpture’s unveiling.

The installation coincides with the show’s final seven episodes, which kick off on Sunday, April 5. The bench will be on display in the Time & Life Building Plaza at 1271 Avenue of the Americas (between 50th and 51st Streets) for fans and passersby to enjoy from March 23 through the summer.

One M&T Plaza Pavilion Wins AIA Buffalo/WNY Award

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Each year, the Buffalo/Western New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects presents awards to honor excellence in architectural design. We are proud to announce that Pentagram partner Lorenzo Apicella’s design for the One M&T Plaza Entrance Pavilion has received one of three Honor Awards in the 2014 AIA Buffalo/WNY Design Awards program.

Awards: Christian Louboutin’s Menswear Boutique

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William Russell’s concept for Christian Louboutin’s men’s shoe boutique in Selfridges has been shortlisted for a World Interior News award.

Selfridges has the largest dedicated men’s shoe department in the world, selling over 250 brands. The boutique offers a luxurious space in this crowded retail environment.

Russell and his team were briefed to create an immersive, masculine environment that captured the theatricality of Christian Louboutin’s designs. Contrasting materials and textures express this sense of drama and reflect the joyfulness that is synonymous with the personality of the French designer.

New Work: Nigel Cabourn – The Army Gym

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William Russell and team have designed Nigel Cabourn’s new flagship store in London. Based in Covent Garden, the store is Cabourn’s first outside of Japan.

The interior of the store reflects the brand, which is inspired by traditional British military uniforms and the iconic outerwear of famous explorers. As with all of Cabourn’s stores, the London edition takes aesthetic clues from old army gyms.