Design Dispatch

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

An installation photo of the 2016 "Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei" exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum. (Photo: Courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum)

Warhol’s Watchman

Patrick Moore, currently the interim director of the Andy Warhol Museum, will be the institution’s permanent director. “The Andy Warhol Museum stands at an extraordinary moment, where we have the opportunity to present aspects of Andy Warhol that the world is still unaware of—his importance as a filmmaker, the depth of his religious faith, and his continuing influence on young artists,” said Moore.

The fall/winter 2017 Hood by Air show. (Photo: Alessandro Garofalo /, via Vogue Runway)

Helmut By Air

Hood By Air designer Shayne Oliver is working on a special collection for Helmut Lang, which will debut this September. Oliver was enlisted by Helmut Lang’s new editor-in-residence, Dazed editor-in-chief Isabella Burley. “Helmut Lang is a pioneering company and we are going back to its heritage of being bold,” said chief executive Andrew Rosen, who brought on Burley.
[Business of Fashion]

Inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, where students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture spend half of their school year. (Photo: Flickr)

On the Wright Track

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has successfully become an independent entity, which will allow it to maintain its accreditation. “One thing I have been working on with the faculty is figuring out how to do this in such a way that we can be the best experimental architecture school in the country,” said school dean Aaron Betsky. “Now that we have the HLC approval, we can move ahead with our plans.”
[The Architect’s Newspaper]

Azzedine Alaïa and his St. Bernard, Didine, in Paris. (Photo: Franck Juery for Surface)

Alaïa on Film

Fashion stylist Joe McKenna has created a short documentary on the elusory designer Azzedine Alaïa. The movie is available to watch here. (Read our Sept. 2016 cover story on Alaïa here.)
[The New York Times]

A driverless car developed by Waymo, a company under the Alphabet umbrella. (Photo: Flickr)

Almost Legal

The California DMV has proposed new regulations that will allow self-driving cars to graduate from testing to commercialization. Specialists such as Costas Samaras, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, stressed the importance of getting the laws right. “This next few years is when consumers are going to get a first impression of automated features,” he said. “First impressions matter.”

A wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Up for the Job

More than 600 companies have formally expressed interest in designing and building President Trump’s proposed border wall. The Department of Homeland Security’s solicitation notes that the government is looking for a 30-foot wall “that will meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage.”
[Los Angeles Times]

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