Design Dispatch

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

A rendering of Zaha Hadid Architects‘ design for 666 Fifth Avenue. (Photo: Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects/Kushner Companies, via Archdaily)

Hadid Gets High

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled new images of a proposed 1,400-foot-tall skyscraper in Manhattan. The $12 billion plan includes 464,000 square feet of residential space, a hotel, and nine stories of retail.

A work from Shen Shaomin’s “Summit” series. (Photo: Tim Wimborne/Reuters, via Quartz)

Dictators on Display

At Art Basel Hong Kong, Shen Shaomin’s artwork “Summit,” which features replicas of communist leaders, is serving as a prized selfie opportunity. The lifelike models on view mimic the appearance of Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, Kim Il-Sung, Fidel Castro, and Vladimir Lenin. “The fair attracts not just private collectors, but also important museum people, so you can put on a more challenging, more intellectual show,” said Tokyo gallerist Misa Shin.
[The New York Times]

The New Museum has a female director. (Photo: Flickr)

Director Deficit

A new study reveals that, despite some improvement, men still occupy the majority of museum director positions, and receive higher pay than their female peers. The problem seems to be most pronounced in encyclopedic and single-artist institutions.

The Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater from Bulgari. (Photo: Coutesy Bulgari)

Winning Combination

As more watchmakers experiment with smartwatches, many are finding success with hybrid watches, which fuse features from digital and analog models. Researcher Ben Wood puts it more simply: “Smartwatches are starting to look like watches.”
[The New York Times]

The pool at The Surf Club in Miami. (Photo: Christian Horan Photography)

Surf’s Up

The Four Season Hotel at The Surf Club in Miami has opened its doors. The beachside project was envisioned by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier and interior designer Joseph Dirand.

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