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Harvard GSD collaborates with local hospitals on novel personal protective equipment

An unlikely collaboration led by members of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and two Boston-based hospitals—Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital—has resulted in the development of a new medical device designed to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within the hospital setting. As a form of personal protective equipment (PPE), the patient […]

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Westworld’s production designer drew from global architecture to realize 2058

Dr. Robert Ford, Anthony Hopkins’ character in the HBO television series Westworld, offered this insight to a child looking over his shoulder after rendering a snake inanimate with a gentle wave of his finger: “Everything in this world is magic, except to the magician.” The show, now in its third season, revolves around a highly […]

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Here are the major design events that have moved to 2021

When AN first compiled our list of events, fairs, and shows that had been postponed at the end of February due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the situation on the ground was very different than at the time of writing. With much of the world practicing social distancing or under orders not to […]

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The Architect’s Newspaper recognizes excellence at the first Annual Design Gala

On March 11, The Architect’s Newspaper hosted its inaugural Annual Design Gala in New York, which recognized leaders in architecture, design, and construction in North America. The night consisted of a cocktail reception followed by an awards dinner; both held in the Stanford White-designed Bowery Savings Bank, a sumptuous Beaux-Arts space bedecked with a bevy […]

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Sam Jacob designs ambiguous street shelter in Shenzhen

A most unusual object has recently been installed on a street corner of the former Yantian port district of Shenzhen, China, that may at first appear to be a peace offering from an alien race. Designed by the London-based architecture firm Sam Jacob Studio (SJS), the Yantian Dolmen is a part of a family of […]

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Coronavirus cancellations hit New York Design Week

NYCxDESIGN, the weeklong annual celebration of design that encompasses 400-plus events from product launches, installations, exhibitions, talks, open studios, and more across all five boroughs, has been postponed due to precautions meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Originally slated to kick off in May 12, NYCxDESIGN will now take place in October […]

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AN Interior examines the evolution of the U.S. collectible design market

Over the past two decades, a new type of design has taken shape. The contemporary collectible design market has combined the vintage market’s tradition of connoisseurship and the art world’s commercial structure with the experimental fervor of the early postmodern and studio craft movements. A select group of galleries, fairs, and museums and a growing […]

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Airbnb launches $1 million fund for wacky homes

Airbnb has launched a $1 million design fund that encourages current and future hosts on the online hospitality platform to get totally and unabashedly freaky—architecturally speaking. Dubbed the Unique Airbnb Fund, the competition-based program is trying to find and finance a total of 10 “unconventional and unusual” living spaces via an online competition judged by […]

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Milan’s Salone del Mobile postponed until June over coronavirus fears

The 2020 edition of Salone del Mobile, slated to kick off on April 21 and run through April 26 in Milan, has been postponed until June 16-21 amid fears about the spread of coronavirus in and around Italy’s Lombardy and Veneto regions. The rescheduled event is still set to be held at the Fiera Milano […]

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New York’s Demisch Danant gets colorful with modern and contemporary furniture

Up through February 22, admirers of 1960s and ’70s French design may observe a richly laid out exhibition of upholstered furniture at the Demisch Danant gallery in Greenwich Village, New York. Appropriately titled Color Diaries, the presentation provides an ample selection of works by such pioneers of French furniture design as Jean-Pierre Laporte, Pierre Paulin, […]

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Cooper Hewitt director and six trustees resign over wedding controversy

Caroline Baumann, director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, resigned from her post last week after internal controversy arose over her 2018 wedding. According to The New York Times, an investigation conducted by the Smithsonian’s inspector general dove into the amount of money Baumann paid for a custom-made wedding dress, as well as the […]

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Vitra Design Museum examines a century of seismic shifts in domestic interiors

In 1920, western society was either embracing social progress and financial prosperity or bracing for political revolution and economic insecurity. In architecture and design, a polarity would also emerge between the rationalist International Style and the eclectic Art Deco style. While certain practitioners and theorists were still trying to codify the form-follows-function principle—a tenet inspired […]

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