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At Diptyque, Cristina Celestino’s Stylish Spin on Refillable Candles
Every fragrance enthusiast knows there are only so many ways to reuse the vessels that once held a beloved candle. Anyone who has had to seriously contemplate the quantity of the French parfumerie’s 6.7-ounce classic candle jars they can justify stashing will be thrilled to know that designer Cristina Celestino and Olivia Giacobetti have teamed up with Diptyque on a new collection of 9.5-ounce refillable candles. Celestino’s glass vessels come in smoky hues of sage, tamarind, and berry, and correspond to Giacobetti’s evocative, custom-crafted scents of Forest Dreams, Golden Lands, and further gardens of earthly delight. —Jenna Adrian-Diaz
Miami is preparing for the addition of Tower 36, a high-rise office building designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). This 635-foot skyscraper, approved for construction in the heart of the Design District, will become the neighborhood’s tallest structure, offering sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach. KPF’s scheme incorporates a striking glass facade with terraces on each office floor, creating a sense of motion and connection with the area. The building’s podium will house retail spaces, parking, and a rooftop restaurant, featuring artistic elements inspired by Miami’s culture.
Last week, climate activists targeted the Louvre pyramid, defacing the glass structure with orange paint. Members of the Dernière Rénovation group launched balloons at the pyramid and one protester scaled its outer glass roof, spraying an orange liquid. The structure didn’t sustain damage and visitor access to the museum was uninterrupted during the incident. The activists, citing humanity’s dwindling time before societal collapse due to carbon emissions, are urging civil resistance and demanding a nationwide plan for thermal insulation in buildings from the French government. This glass pyramid, designed by architect I.M. Pei, was inaugurated on March 4, 1989, and stands as an architectural marvel in Paris.
Skims, the shapewear company co-founded by Kim Kardashian, has become the official underwear brand for the NBA, WNBA, and USA Basketball. The partnership extends to NBA players wearing Skims under their jerseys and promises appearances at key events like the NBA All-Star and the NBA In-Season Tournament. Skims co-founder and CEO Jens Grede views the partnership as engaging the next generation of fans. The news follows Skims’ recent menswear debut and the brand’s role as the official underwear provider for the U.S Olympic Team at the Tokyo Summer 2021 Olympics.
The Türkiye Design Council has assembled 13 design firms, including Foster + Partners and Bjarke Ingels Group, to aid in the revitalization of Hatay, a historic province severely impacted by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in February. Foster + Partners will lead the design and planning of the new master plan for Antakya, while other firms like DB Architects and KEYM (Urban Renewal Center) will collaborate on rebuilding the city. The full master plan is set to be unveiled in 2024. The project aims to create a resilient, sustainable city while preserving its 2,300-year-old heritage, including important archaeological sites and religious landmarks.
Apple has unveiled its latest custom-made processors—the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Pro Max—at an event live-streamed on Monday. These processors are set to power the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops, featuring the M3 Pro and M3 Pro Max chips. These laptops come with performance improvements including 2.5 times faster speeds than the previous M1 family of chips and 50 percent faster core processing performance. Apple is also introducing M3 chips to its 24-inch iMac line, offering enhanced speed and retaining its colorful design. The new MacBook Pro laptops start at $1,599 for the 14-inch model and $2,499 for the 16-inch version, while the M3-powered iMac starts at $1,299 and begins shipping next week.