Design Dispatch

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

Inside Dior's spring 2017 couture show. (Photo: Alessandro Garofalo /, via Vogue Runway)

Mise en Scène

Forget the garments, Dior and Chanel’s sets stole the show on Paris Couture Week’s second day. Dior built a labyrinth of ivy, moss, and trees, while Chanel constructed a mirrored salon within an Art Deco edifice.
[The New York Times]

Grand Tour

Airbnb’s new Trips platform has launched with The Cutting Edge, a fashion-focused, two-day tour of Los Angeles. It marks the company’s first expansion into travel services beyond lodging.

Common Knowledge

The Harvard Graduate School of Design will soon release a free online course in architectural history, “The Architectural Imagination.” The program promises to “examine some of history’s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s complex aspirations.”
[The Architect’s Newspaper]

Combining Forces

Art dealers Jay Gorney and Lisa Cooley will join the staff of Paula Cooper Gallery. Cooley, who closed her own eponymous space last summer, said Paula Cooper is “the antithesis of all the bummer things in the art world of late. I love that the gallery is committed to creating culture, not just selling art.”

Safe Spaces

Before Barack Obama left office last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation selected 10 sites around the nation to serve as testing grounds for self-driving cars. “This group will openly share best practices for the safe conduct of testing and operations as they are developed, enabling the participants and the general public to learn at a faster rate and accelerating the pace of safe deployment,” said former Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
[The Verge]

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