Design Dispatch

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

Vik Muniz’s installation “Perfect Strangers” in the 72nd Street subway station. (Photo: Courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Flickr, via Curbed New York)

Underground Art

New York City’s new Second Avenue subway line, slated to open next month, features permanent installations from artists Vik Muniz, Sarah Sze, Chuck Close, and Jean Shin.
[The New York Times]

Beauty Queen

After 25 years at the company, Bobbi Brown has announced that she will be leaving her eponymous makeup brand. Her colleagues credit her as “one of the pioneers” of natural beauty. Read our recent interview with Brown.

On the Waterfront

Manhattan’s Pier 26 is set to be reinvented as a park and maritime education center. Plans show a mix of programmed areas and greenery in the OLIN Studio-designed park, as well as a sleek education center by Rafael Viñoly Architects.

Aiming High

Airbnb is working on an air travel booking tool, currently referred to as Flights. The service will join other new additions, like tours and restaurant reservations, that position the company to extend beyond home rentals.

Star Power

Cate Blanchett plays multiple roles in a 13-screen video installation at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory. The work, created by Julian Rosefeldt and titled “Manifesto,” features Blanchett reciting the broadsides and polemics of 20th century artists, from Claes Oldenburg to Werner Herzog.

Grand Dame

Tomorrow, Miuccia Prada’s newest Fondazione Prada space in Milan will open to the public. Dubbed Osservatorio (Observatory), the gallery will be devoted to contemporary art and photography.

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