Tiffany’s Blue Box Cafe Heads West, an Atari Hotel, and Other News

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Tiffany’s forthcoming Blue Box Cafe at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California. Image courtesy of Tiffany & Co

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Tiffany will open a Blue Box Cafe at its revamped Orange County boutique in November. 

LVMH may have reneged on a $16.2 billion deal to acquire Tiffany, sparking an ugly set of legal proceedings, but the legacy American jeweler still has ambitious expansion plans. West Coast connoisseurs of Breakfast at Tiffany’s will delight in the famous jeweler’s soon-to-open 12,000-square-foot boutique at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, which will feature a Blue Box Cafe awash in the brand’s signature blue hues and a menu with American classics to rival its New York counterpart. (The cafe follows local social distancing guidelines; Orange County restaurants resumed indoor dining at 25 percent capacity in September.) The revamped location, which opens in November, “embodies the best of Tiffany retail right now,” artistic director Reed Krakoff tells the Los Angeles Times. “It has the space and the scale where we can really tell the whole story of this chapter—and the next chapter—of Tiffany’s.” 

Perrotin is hosting a treasure hunt for 20 artworks hidden inside Paris’s Grand Palais.

In a contemporary art experience unlike any we’ve ever seen, the Grand Palais is teaming up with Perrotin to host a 48-hour scavenger hunt for artworks hidden inside the palatial Parisian building’s empty nave, which will soon close to the public for renovations. The gallery enlisted 20 artists, including Paola Pivi, Takashi Murakami, Daniel Arsham, and Jean-Michel Othoniel, to develop artworks specifically for the event, taking into account the building’s historic architecture and crafting them with the intent of being hidden throughout. The age-old rule of “finders, keepers” applies: if you find an artwork, you’re free to take it home. “Works of art are more precious than ever,” says gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin, “which is why it’s important to offer them to as many people as possible.” 

An architect killed by falling building debris may be legally responsible for her own death.

According to a new legal filing, a New York City architect who was killed when a chunk of falling building debris struck her while walking down a Manhattan street may be responsible for her own death. The widower of Erica Tishman filed a wrongful death and negligence suit against the city and the building owner, claiming that the occurrence was preventable and that the building had racked up several violations with the Department of Buildings regarding its shoddy exterior. In a new “affirmative defense” filing with the Manhattan Supreme Court, however, city attorneys argue that Tishman herself may be at fault, though a city spokesman commented that affirmative defenses are often raised to establish potential legal arguments for cases. The defense filing only adds profound insult to an already grievous injury—Tishman, a partner at DeWitt Tishman Architects and mother of three, was known to be a “stickler for building safety.”

The Atari Hotel in Las Vegas. Image courtesy of Gensler

Gensler unveils visuals for a thoroughly branded 400-room Atari-themed hotel in Las Vegas.

Almost one year after the entertainment brand Atari partnered with hoteliers GSD Group to mastermind a group of video game–themed hotels, visuals for the garish Las Vegas flagship have been revealed. Designed by global firm Gensler, the 400-room hotel offers a family-friendly combo of “retro-futurism, pop culture, and nostalgia,” according to a press release, while adults can escape to fully equipped speakeasies and nightclubs. Design-wise, the main structure features two askew hotel tower hemispheres connected by a glass atrium that illuminates to mimic a massively scaled version of the Atari logo. Further details are forthcoming, but GSD Group aims to open eight Atari hotels in Phoenix, Austin, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. The Las Vegas edition will open in 2022.

AIANY calls on architects to stop designing jails until the U.S. sees “measurable reform.”

Following widespread racial justice protests, the American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter has announced a stance against designing correctional facilities. “Until there is measurable reform in the American criminal justice system to apply the law without racial bias,” the AIANY board of directors wrote, “we are calling on architects no longer to design unjust, cruel, or harmful spaces of incarceration within the current U.S. justice system. We instead urge our members to shift their efforts toward supporting the creation of new systems, processes, and typologies based on prison reform, alternatives to imprisonment, and restorative justice.” The statement follows a series of regular board meetings seeking to implement change on an institutional level, in which members listened to architects advocating for change, people working directly in the space, and abolitionists. 

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