Design Dispatch

Our daily look at the world through the lens of design.

A rendering of the bathhouse. (Image: Courtesy Studio M.R.D.O., via Archdaily)

Too Close for Comfort

Studio MRDO and Studio Lam have won a competition to design a subterranean bathhouse in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. The clever plan keeps visitors from the two countries separated—and dressed in contrasting robes—but still ensures that they come into contact as they descend the structure’s ramps.

Edward Enninful. (Photo: Mert & Marcus, via Business of Fashion)

Heir Apparent

Former magazine style director Edward Enninful will be the new editor-in-chief of British Vogue. Enninful will take the reins from Alexandra Shulman, who has held the title for 25 years.
[Business of Fashion]

A Blue Origin rocket test. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Galactic Gamble

Jeff Bezos has revealed that he sells $1 billion in Amazon stock each year to fund his rocket company, Blue Origin. “If we can make access to space low-cost, then entrepreneurs will be unleashed,” said Bezos. “You will see creativity, you will see dynamism, you will see the same thing in space that I’ve witnessed on the internet in the last twenty years.”
[The New York Times]

Uffizi Gallery’s Boboli Gardens. (Photo: Flickr)

Package Deal

After Greece refused Gucci’s request to host a fashion show at the Parthenon, the brand has found an alternate historic site. Gucci will put on a show in Florence’s Palazzo Pitti, and provide $2.13 million to restore the property’s Boboli Gardens in exchange. “I guess that Greece’s fiscal situation is in better shape than Italy’s,” said Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Outside the Walls

The Philadelphia Museum of Art recently broke ground on its $525 million renovation, and debuted an outdoor, Pentagram-designed display space for the interim. Reproductions of works by Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, and others will be on view there for the next three years.

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