Our daily view of the world through the prism of design.
03 December 2021
The Design Dispatch offers essential news written by experts in the world of design designed by our dedicated team. Think of it as your cheat sheet for the day in the design delivered to your inbox before you have your coffee. Subscribe now.
Do you have news that our readers need to see? Submit it here.
Submarine NFT makes noise at OMA’s Reefline Sculpture Park
To promote the OMA’s ReefLine Sculpture Park, Charlotte Taylor and Nicholas Préaud published a trippy, NFT underwater video. The sequence takes that of Shohei Shigematsu Areanthat Coral sculpture – which has a physical counterpart – from a white-boxed gallery and submerges it under the Atlantic, where it is quickly colonized by corals, sponges and algae. “The structure is a sculptural masterpiece but it has a very modest purpose; architecture not for the masses but for the aquatic ecosystem, ”says Taylor. “We hope to pass on this humble monument and its very significant impact as we follow its journey.”
The ReefLine Sculpture Park was launched by Argentinian curator Ximena Caminos last year; OMA signed on as master plan designers shortly thereafter. When completed, the park will stretch for seven miles and will only be visible to snorkelers and snorkelers. “The ReefLine is a unique project that draws attention to and mitigates the dangers of climate change in Miami Beach, while simultaneously enriching the city’s vibrant arts scene,” Shigematsu said.
Lush Dominican retreat Casa Las Olas opens to the public
The retirement home, known colloquially as Casa Las Olas, is the perfect place to beat SAD in the winter, and it is ready to take reservations. The The 20,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom home is one of five structures that dot the verdant site of Playa Grande, Dominican Republic, all built by New York-based company Young Projects.
Originally designed as a private estate of the Novogratz family, the now public vacation rental sits on 4.5 acres of land overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and lush tropical jungle. Young Projects has oriented the house in such a way as to maximize natural light and ventilation in all rooms and provide panoramic views of the natural splendor of the area. The highlight? Its roof, which includes over 200 distinct scissor trusses, resulting in “a very complex and fluid structural condition that moves along the hallways, curves through double-height primary spaces and swivels to navigate the geometry with each corner, ”according to Young Projects.
NFTs abound at Art Basel, but Zaha Hadid Architects’ virtual art gallery, NFTism, possibly one of the best we’ve seen. Set in a futuristic base that showcases the British design company’s iconic curvilinear designs, NFTism spans the gamut of cutting-edge and rising technologies: MMOs, high-speed networks, clouds and parametric design technology are all included.
Rubell Museum makes progress on second outpost in Washington, DC
Occupying the site of the historic Randall Junior High School, the Miami-based school Rubell Museum is planned for renovate the old building in new exhibition spaces that will allow visitors to observe artists at work, a move that suggests an expansion of Rubell’s artist-resident program. Another clue: The museum’s 31,000 square foot campus will sport a 12-story U-shaped residential structure with 500 apartments, 50 of which will be affordable.
A mind-boggling $ 125 million grant, courtesy of activist collectors Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang, brought the expansion of its modern wing closer to the Met for a decade. While the architects behind the expansion have yet to be selected, the $ 500 million redesign will increase the exhibition footprint of the 80,000-square-foot wing.
Following the success of his first forays into the art world, the Grammy-winning musician and artist is back with another immersive experience, called Kube, which invites viewers into a mirrored trapezoidal shape housing Anish Kapoor Mirror (pagan gold to organic green). “As soon as you step into this cube, you are part of it”, says Moretti. A D. “All of a sudden the relationship between you and Anish Kapoor [artwork] this is something in there that is not only visible, but it is beautiful. He raises his own questions.
Construction of an 18-story condo tower nearby may be to blame for the Surfside building collapse this summer. The victims and their families have filed a class action lawsuit, saying the developer of Eighty Seven Park ignored warnings of dangerous vibrations and other safety concerns. According to the complaint, 80 percent of the vibration readings exceeded the safe threshold.
It’s been a long road, but the plan first proposed by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto in 2018 to renovate the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden has finally been approved. The new plan, which will update Gordon Bunshaft’s original design, will make room for open-air galleries, a new water feature and improved wheelchair access. More than half of the $ 60 million needed to finance the project has been accounted for and the museum plans to reopen the garden in 2024.
Tesla quietly reveals a Miniature cyberquad for lovers of small stature.
A mosaic of Caligula’s party boat served as a low table.
Ralph lauren immortalize his Polo bear in a new series of skate decks.
Newly unveiled BMW XM hybrid provides for the design direction of the brand.