Design Dispatch

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Natacha Ramsay-Levi. (Photo: via Instagram)

New Direction

Chloé has named Natacha Ramsay-Levi, a designer who worked for 15 years under Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga, as its new creative director. “It’s like a marriage,” said the brand’s chief executive, Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, of selecting Ramsay-Levi for the role. “There’s always a certain level of uncertainty. And you know there will be surprises, but I think they will be good surprises.”
[The New York Times]

Ushering In Banality by Jeff Koons. (Photo: Courtesy Jeff Koons)

Illegal Copy

A French court has ruled against Jeff Koons in a plagiarism lawsuit over his 1988 piece “Naked,” a work in his “Banality” series. Heirs to the estate of deceased photographer Jean-François Bauret successfully argued that Koons’s artwork was copied from one of Bauret’s photographs. This is one of four lawsuits Koons has been involved in over his “Banality” series.

Shanghai Lujiazui Exhibition Centre designed by OMA. (Photo: via Artnet)

Art Above

The Shanghai Lujiazui Exhibition Centre, designed by Rem Koolhass’s firm OMA, has been completed. The exhibition space was built on the ramp of a former ship cradle, which allows it to hover above the ground.

Los Angeles-based architect Mark Lee, one of the artistic directors of this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial, walking in the Hermès show. (Photo: Surface editor-in-chief Spencer Bailey)

California Boys

On Thursday night, Hermès hosted a presentation of its fall/winter 2017 men’s collection in a downtown Los Angeles warehouse. Several local cultural figures walked as models, including MOCA director Philippe Vergne and architect Mark Lee, an artistic director of this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial and a partner of the firm Johnston Marklee. Following the runway show, guests entered a carnival-like environment featuring bars, Airstream food trucks, interactive games, and a concert by the rock band Cold War Kids.

Selfridges department store in London. (Photo: Flickr)

Rooftop Recipes

Blue Hill chef Dan Barber has brought Wasted, a pop-up restaurant that aims to highlight food waste, to London. The eatery will be on the roof of department store Selfridges through April 2. It features lamps by Danish product designers Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt, tables by Spyros Kizis of Kizis Studio, pieces by Jan Swinkels and Aanyoung Yeh of Wonderwall Studios, and uniforms by Tilit’s Alex McCrery and Jenny Goodman.

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