Connect: January/February 2018

Places to go, things to do and see, and people who are leaving their mark on the world of style.

By Melissa Mauzy


Liston Design Build, St. Louis, MO
Liston Design Build (formerly Liston Construction), a third-generation family-owned business that focuses on residential construction and remodeling, recently opened their new office. Keith Liston, master carpenter and co-owner of Liston Design Build, said the company needed a larger space that could facilitate their current and projected growth, and to showcase craftsmanship and design possibilities. The design-centric space has been strategically converted from a Craftsman-style house featuring various treatments throughout the office to showcase the company’s workmanship. It also boasts a 2,000-sq. ft. workshop area where clients can see projects come to life. “It’s very important to us that we provide a friendly concierge experience for our clients,” said Jeanne Liston, co-owner of Liston Design Build. “Here, that’s exactly what they get. When clients come for meetings and rendering presentations, they get a front-row seat—and a unique opportunity to experience our work and capabilities.”

Yves Saint Laurent Museum Marrakech, Morocc
Photography by Nicolas Mathéus
The Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened in Marrakech in mid-October to conserve part of the iconic designer's collection. While most of his pieces are housed in Paris, Morocco was a place that inspired Saint Laurent, so opening a museum in Marrakech to showcase more of his design work made sense. The museum building will include a permanent exhibition space, which will showcase the fashion work of Yves Saint Laurent, a temporary exhibition space, a research library with 6,000 volumnes, a 150-seat auditorium, a bookstore and a terrace café. The museum was designed by Studio KO, who were inspired by the designer's archives, particularly the curves running alongside straight lines, and the succession of delicate and bold forms. The façade appears as an intersction of cubes with a lace-like covering of brick that is reminiscent of the weft and warp of fabric. The interior is radically different with the feel of a couture jacket: velvety, smooth and radiant. 

Portland Japanese Garden Portland, OR
Photography by Bruce Forster
Celebrated as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden recently unveiled its $33.5 million Cultural Crossing expansion. Built upon the organization’s celebrated legacy, this step forward honors the beauty and tranquility of the five traditional gardens, and makes room to welcome the hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world who flock to the Garden to experience the essence of nature and spirit of peace. The expansion offers new opportunities to discover the richness of Japanese culture. The centerpiece of the expansion is a Cultural Village designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma. Kuma is one of the most significant contemporary Japanese architects working today. He believes the study of a place is essential to integrating a project with its surroundings. The Cultural Village offers visitors an immersive experience in traditional Japanese arts through seasonal activities, performances, and demonstrations in the courtyard.