Design Dispatch

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

Bags from the new Jeff Koons x Louis Vuitton collaboration. (Photo: Courtesy Louis Vuitton)

Artful Attaché

Louis Vuitton has unveiled a new collaboration with Jeff Koons that utilizes imagery from art historical heavyweights such as Van Gogh and Rubens—art that Koons previously appropriated for his “Gazing Ball” series. The bags also feature a tag shaped like a more well-known Koons piece, the inflatable rabbit. Louis Vuitton has hinted that the partnership with Koons will continue, with further products to be unveiled at a later date.
[Louis Vuitton]

Hilton Als. (Photo: Dominique Nabokov/Courtesy the Windham-Campbell Prizes, via Artnews)

Critic Commended

Hilton Als, the theater critic for The New Yorker as well as an author, photographer, curator, and more, has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. “His reviews are not simply reviews; they are provocative contributions to the discourse on theatre, race, class, sexuality, and identity in America,” said The New Yorker in a post yesterday.
[The New Yorker]

A still from “Graphic Means.” (Photo: Briar Levit/Graphic Means, via It’s Nice That)

Means of Production

Graphic Means, a Kickstarter-funded documentary on the history of graphic design production, will premiere later this week at a Seattle film festival. “It’s been roughly thirty years since the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry works,” says the film’s director, Briar Levit. “For decades before that, it was the hands of industrious workers, and various ingenious machines and tools that brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards, before they were sent to the printer.”
[It’s Nice That]

A section of Hyperloop One track. (Photo: Flickr)

Working on the Railroad

Hyperloop One has revealed a plan to link 35 major cities in the U.S. with high-speed rail. The project would include 11 routes, connecting over 83 million Americans. The company’s first hurdle will come later this year, when it conducts its first full-scale test on a purpose-built track in the Nevada desert.

MAD Architects’ proposal for the Scali Milano project. (Image: Piero Cruciatti/La Presse, via Archdaily)

Milanese Master Plan

MAD Architects, one of five firms invited to submit proposals for revitalizing Milan’s rail yards, has unveiled its plan. The design calls for parks, cycling plans, mixed-use towers, and more. “The vitality of the future city does not rely on top-down modernist planning, but exists in the symbiosis of multilayered urban elements, and the chemistry among them,” said firm founder Ma Yansong.

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