Design Dispatch

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

Kusama’s "Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity," 2009, is among the works currently installed at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. (Photo: Cathy Carver, via Marketplace)

Money Maker

Admission to the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is free, but a blockbuster show of Yayoi Kusama’s installations is still providing the institution with revenue. As visitors struggle to secure in-demand timed tickets, many are opting to pay for the privileges of membership.

A rendering of the Marciano Art Foundation, designed by Why Architecture. (Image: Courtesy Why Architecture, via Los Angeles Times)

Fashionable Foundation

The Marciano Art Foundation, a private contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, is set to open on May 25. Paul and Maurice Marciano, the cofounders of clothing brand Guess, are funding the institution, which will occupy a building renovated by Kulapat Yantrasast, of Why Architecture.
[Los Angeles Times]

Gigi Hadid in the Missoni fall 2017 runway show. (Photo: Getty/Jacopo Raule, via Elle)

Runway Riot

Designer Angela Missoni provided every guest at her fall 2017 show with a pink knit hat, modeled on the “pussy hats” worn at the worldwide women’s marches last month, and invited them to join in a celebration with herself and the models (who were also donning the hats) at the finale. Patti Smith’s “People Got the Power” provided the soundtrack to the activist-inspired festivities.
[Business of Fashion]

Sony’s PlayStation VR. (Photo: Flickr)

Sony in Shock

Sales of Sony’s PlayStation VR headsets have exceeded expectations—even those of Sony’s own employees. Andrew House, global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, recounted that in Japan, “You literally have people lining up outside stores when they know stock is being replenished.”
[The New York Times]

(Image: Courtesy Steelblue / Renzo Piano Building Workshop, via The Architect’s Newspaper)

California Construction

Renderings of a new mixed-use hotel designed by Renzo Piano have been unveiled. The 385-foot glass tower will replace several century-old masonry buildings in San Francisco.
[The Architect’s Newspaper]

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