Design Dispatch

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

Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Heart of Glass

Historian Hilary Lewis will be the new chief curator and creative director at Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. A Johnson scholar, Lewis spent years working directly with the architect on multiple texts, including his memoir.

Artists Allegedly Silenced in South Korea

Charges of blacklisting artists have been added to the allegations against President Park Geun-hye of South Korea. The embroiled leader is facing an impeachment trial on charges of corruption.
[The New York Times]

Coming Competition

Apple will debut original, scripted videos on Apple Music later this year. Although Apple will start with a relatively small content offering, many speculate that the company could intend to compete against services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
[The Washington Post]

Pitti Uomo Bomb Scare

An unattended suitcase at the entrance of the Fortezza da Basso in Florence prompted a bomb scare on Thursday morning that disrupted the Pitti Uomo menswear fair. The bag was destroyed by local police.

Gehry Project Revived

Thanks to a Chinese developer’s $290 million investment, Frank Gehry’s long-delayed Grand Avenue Project in Los Angeles may finally be built. “This is a milestone unlike any other in the history of this project. … It’s a total game changer,” said Related president Ken Himmel, who is also involved in the project.
[Los Angeles Times]

Museum Politics

Tristram Hunt, current Labour Member of British Parliament, will resign his post to become the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new director. In a letter to fellow party members, Hunt wrote that he couldn’t turn down the chance “to have one of the greatest museum jobs in the world.”

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