Design Dispatch

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

Desks inside the Yale Art and Architecture Building. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Closing the Gap

According to new data, the disparity between male and female architecture students in the U.K. is at two percent—lower than it has been in a decade. Professor Fionn Stevenson, head of the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, believes the the change is in part due to the increased visibility of women architects. She added that it was “just a matter of time until girls caught up with the boys.”
[The Architects
’ Journal]

Inside the University of Iowa Visual Arts Building by Steven Holl Architects. The project received an honor from the AIA. (Photo: Iwan Baan)

Best in Show

The American Institute of Architects New York chapter has announced the winners of the 2017 Design Awards. Diller Scofidio + Renfro won the Best in Competition Award for its new Columbia University center. Other awardees include Steven Holl Architects, Deborah Berke Partners, and nARCHITECTS.

The Starlight Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the 1940s. (Photo: Courtesy Waldorf Astoria)

Landmark Status

New York’s Waldorf Astoria, which recently closed for a renovation and partial condo conversion, has been designated an interior landmark. “Today’s action not only protects the rich and beautifully detailed art deco features of the hotel’s interior public spaces, it also preserves the unique experience of moving through the hotel’s varied interiors, which countless New Yorkers and visitors have enjoyed for more than eight decades,” said Meenakshi Srinivasan, the chair of the city’s Landmarks Commission. (See our tribute to the iconic hotel here.)

Inside WANT Apothecary in New York. (Photo: Courtesy WANT Les Essentiels)

Most Wanted

Canadian accessories brand Want Les Essentiels has opened the first stateside location of its Want Apothecary storefront inside New York’s NoMad Hotel. The boutique carries high-end beauty and fashion lines alongside Want’s own products.
[Want Apothecary]

Nike’s new Pro Hijab. (Photo: Courtesy Nike, via The Independent)

Nike’s Show of Support

Nike has created a solution for female Muslim athletes who struggle with their hijabs while playing sports: the Nike Pro Hijab. “The Nike Pro Hijab has been a year in the making, but its impetus can be traced much further back to Nike’s founding mission, to serve athletes, with the signature addendum: If you have a body, you’re an athlete,” reads Nike’s statement.
[The Independent]

Bernard Arnault, with Silvia Venturini Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld, and Pietro Beccari at last year’s opening of the Palazzo Fendi. (Photo: Courtesy Fendi)

Arnault to Open New Museum

Bernard Arnault, the billionaire chairman and CEO of luxury conglomerate LVMH, has announced plans to open a new museum in Paris. Frank Gehry has been hired to renovate a defunct former museum into the new institution, which will be called La Maison LVMH/Arts, Talents, Patrimoine.
[The Art Newspaper]

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