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- Bad Bunny and David Grutman unveil the Japanese steakhouse Gekkō in Miami.
- New York museums are now required to disclose if their art was looted by Nazis.
- Tatiana Bilbao and TEF Design envision a new life for a San Francisco power station.
- Johnny Depp will direct a feature film about the late Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.
- Nike is closing its global offices for a week to prevent employee burnout and stress.
- BMW and Toyota are planning to release jointly-built fuel cell cars as early as 2025.
- Tommy Hilfiger is launching a resale program and announces plans for circularity.
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Our daily look at the world through the lens of design.
August 17, 2022
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“Just weeks after it was announced, Gekko, the new restaurant from superstar Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny and mega-club mogul turned restaurateur David Grutman and his hospitality group, Groot Hospitality, has made its splashy, celeb-filled debut in Brickell. The Japanese steakhouse blends flavors from both cuisines. The menu begins with shared plates like Japanese milk bread, “Lava and Ice” Kumamoto oysters, lobster dumplings, and a wedge salad with yuzu buttermilk ranch dressing. Like most Groot Hospitality venues this space was designed by Rockwell Group and features vibe-y jewel-toned decor, custom gold and red dip-dyed rope installation, graphic wall coverings, and velvet drapery and backlit cutouts and bars to enhance the nighttime atmosphere.” [H/T Eater]
“Museums in New York will now be required by state law to disclose whether objects in their collections were looted by Nazis in Europe during the Second World War. According to the legislation, signed by New York governor Kathy Hochul on 10 August, such works that have “changed hands due to theft, seizure, confiscation, forced sale or other involuntary means” must be accompanied, when publicly displayed, by a prominently placed placard or other signage that acknowledges this provenance.” [H/T The Art Newspaper]
“A new proposal by Mexico City–based firm Tatiana Bilbao Estudio and San Francisco–based studio TEF Design will overhaul the site of a former power plant in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood, adding a three-story electricity substation and a number of public amenities. In a remarkable improvement from the imposing, industrial menace that once loomed over local residents, the three-tiered, glowing rammed earth structure will not only house electrical utilities but will also serve as a community landmark, with a plaza and community gardens.” [H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]
“Johnny Depp has lined up his first film directing gig in 25 years. A quarter of a century after he directed both himself and Marlon Brando in 1997’s The Brave, his feature directorial debut, Depp is set to get behind the camera for Modigliani, about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, and will co-produce alongside Al Pacino and Barry Navidi. Based on the play by Dennis McIntyre and adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, the film will tell the story of the painter and sculptor in Paris in 1916.” [H/T The Hollywood Reporter]
“Nike is again closing its global offices next week to encourage employee well-being, a move first announced in May. “Our global offices will be closed for Well-Being Week—which is quickly becoming one of my favorite Nike traditions,” Nike Inc. EVP, chief human resources officer Monique Matheson wrote on LinkedIn. Nike first closed its offices for a week to avoid employee burnout and stress in August. The company closed all of its offices for a week of rest and recovery in advance of its planned fall return to the office.” [H/T Footwear News]
“The longstanding green car partnership between BMW and Toyota is relatively close to bearing more fruit. As Autoblog explains, BMW sales chief Pieter Nota told Nikkei in an interview that the brands aim to sell jointly-developed hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as soon as 2025. Nota didn’t hint at what to expect, but stressed that fuel cells are “particularly relevant” for large SUVs like the iX5 Hydrogen concept. Small-volume production of the iX5 is expected to start by the end of this year.” [H/T Engadget]
“Tommy Hilfiger wants you to give your clothes a second chance. Together with ThredUp’s Resale-as-a-Service (RaaS) project, the fashion label is launching a resale program aimed at giving its products as much life as possible. Using a prepaid shipping label, customers can fill a shippable box or bag of their choosing with women’s and kid’s clothing from any brand. If they have men’s clothing to send in, however, it must be from Tommy Hilfiger. Clothing can be shipped to ThredUp for free, and the value of the items resold will be granted in the form of Tommy Hilfiger shopping credit.” [H/T Input]
Scientists discover a new “shield-bearing” dinosaur as small as a cat.
Human sweat is being used to power a biofilm that produces electricity.
Archaeologists find the remains of ancient gladiator tombs in south Turkey.
Gordon Parks documented a particularly oily factory in ‘40s-era Pittsburgh.