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March 30, 2022

Bocci’s 28t lamp, available for purchase at Design Miami/ to raise funds for Ukraine

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Design Miami / launches fundraising series for Ukraine

As the Russian-Ukrainian war enters its second month, designers such as Marcin Rusak and Alex Probe mobilized to raise funds urgently needed to address the humanitarian crisis. The latest creative force to join is Design Miami/, which has launched a multi-part initiative called Design for Ukraine in collaboration with Anava projects.

Fundraising first phase sees the collectible design show’s partnership with Canadian lighting brand Bocci, whose co-founder and creative director, Omer Arbel, has donated $150,000 worth of signature pieces to the design platform curated by Miami DMBX design. The pieces, some created specifically for the fundraiser, range from colored glassware to limited-edition glass chandeliers. All proceeds will be donated to GlobalGiving Ukrainian Crisis Relief Fundwhich provides humanitarian aid and support to the country’s most vulnerable populations.

The upcoming Kenneth C. Griffin Exploration Atrium at the American Museum of Natural History. Rendered courtesy of Neoscape, Inc.

A new educational wing will open the American Museum of Natural History next winter.

“In 2014, when the American Museum of Natural History first announced plans for a major science-focused expansion, museum president Ellen V. Futter spoke of the ‘gap in public understanding of science at the same time that many of the most important questions are rooted in science. Now, in a world that has been transformed by the mounting dangers of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, that concern has become increasingly pressing, Futter said, and it has informed the construction of the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Museum’s $431 million education. and Innovation, the details of which were revealed on Monday, as well as a new opening date for next winter. —[H/T The New York Times]

Two men are responsible for an NFT “pull a rug” scam that defrauded buyers of $1.1 million.

“U.S. government prosecutors have charged two men with fraud and money laundering for a cryptocurrency ‘rug pulling’ scheme. Ethan Nguyen and Andre Llacuna reportedly earned approximately $1.1 million selling non-fungible tokens (or NFTs) based on cartoon characters called “Frosties”. After selling the NFTs, they shut down the project and moved its funds into a series of separate crypto wallets, leaving Frosties owners deprived of the promised rewards. —[H/T The Verge]

In retaliation for the sanctions, Russia seized millions of Audemars Piguet watches.

“Russian agents have seized millions of dollars worth of Audemars Piguet watches in Moscow in apparent retaliation for Swiss sanctions banning luxury goods exports, Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag reported. The expensive watches were seized from the local premises of the undertaking by Russian FSB special agents, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with a confidential memo from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.[H/T Bloomberg]

Bun Burgers restaurant in Milan designed by Masquespacio. Photograph by Gregory Abbate

Masquespacio designs a Milanese burger bar inspired by a swimming pool locker room.

Known for its use of vibrant hues and geometric shapes, Valencian studio Masquespacio has applied its signature touch to an unlikely new recipient: a burger bar. Located in Milan’s Brera district, Bun’s pastel aesthetic is inspired by a mythical swimming pool locker room. The result is a Wes Anderson-style world of lilac cabins, sage green countertops, pink flowers and a psychedelic mirrored dining area with porthole-style lights aft that evoke an underwater effect.

Studio Gang’s very first project in Canada mimics the design of German beach chairs.

studio groupThe first foray north of the border produced a remarkable new design in the form of Toronto’s One Delisle. The residential tower is expected to be completed in 2026 and will include a collection of penthouses on the top three floors, each covering half or a third of the dynamic 16-sided facade. The studio drew inspiration for the distinctive penthouse terraces from a traditional German beach chair design called Strandkorb. —[H/T Archinect]

Jeff Koons will launch a series of sculptures in space as part of his foray into NFTs.

“Jeff Koons – who holds the record for the highest auction price for a work by a living artist – hopes to take his pop art sculptures to even greater heights later this year when he launches a series of works of physical art in space, part of his first foray into non-fungible tokens. The series, “Jeff Koons: Moon Phase”, are physical sculptures that will be transported to the surface of the Moon aboard a Nova -C Lunar Lander designed by private space company Intuitive Machines, according to Pace Gallery, which represents Koons.[H/T Forbes]

Louis Vuitton LV sneakers designed by Virgil Abloh

Today’s attractive distractions:

A sustainable-minded toilet paper brand distributes a year’s worth of free wipes.

Fashion designer David Koma shares Beyoncé’s inspiration Oscars dress.

Auctions on a pair of sneakers signed by Virgil Abloh are exceeding $18,000.

Stuck Patients Can Enjoy a Novel gravity jet suit it’s good for paramedics.

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