Design Dispatch

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

The Adidas by Stella McCartney Parley Ultraboost X. (Photo: Courtesy Adidas)

Designing a Difference

Adidas announced its new stark-white Parley Ultraboost X, a first-ever fusion of two of the brand’s long-time collaborators, Parley for the Oceans and Stella McCartney. Knitted from yarn made of salvaged plastic, these shoes sport modern details shared with other Stella McCartney and Adidas productions: a clean look from a cleaner ocean.

A rendering of the ICA Miami's new building, to open Dec. 2017. (Photo: Courtesy ICA Miami)

Home at Last

Founded in 2014 and working out of a temporary outpost since, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, will finally have a place to call home on Dec. 1. The museum’s 37,500-square-foot building, designed by the Madrid-based firm Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos, will sit on prime Design District real estate donated by developer and art collector Craig Robins and include a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden. The design and the construction of the project is being funded solely by Irma and Norman Braman.
[The Art Newspaper]

Lyrics on a board at the Genius headquarters in Brooklyn. (Photo: Ogata for Surface magazine)

Identity Crisis

The Brooklyn-based song lyric-annotating company Genius has never been shy about letting the world know about its mission to annotate the entire internet. But now the outfit, which recently laid off a quarter of its staff, has become hungry for a slice of the modern media pie—heavy on the video. The company, as cofounder Tod Lehman told The Verge, is shifting away from “capturing knowledge” and toward packaging and distributing it. Still, he insisted, Genius will help its audience “look deeper into popular culture.”
[The Verge]

Tom Ford. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Making Moves

Tom Ford has decided he’s actually not into the see-now-buy-now craze some fashion houses have pivoted to of late. After one season trying out the instant-gratification model, his label will be switching back to the traditional calendar—a strong indicator that perhaps the shift is neither a good nor permanent solution in transforming the industry. Time will tell. (Or maybe Tom already has.)

Sebastian Wrong. (Photo: Courtesy Dezeen)

Full Circle

British furniture producer Established & Sons welcomes back a familiar face: one of its founder’s. Five years after leaving the the company to start his own lighting brand, Sebastian Wrong returns as its design director to see the company through what we hope will be many more collaborations with renowned designers such as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, and Barber Osgerby.

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