Ever since Diller Scofido & Renfro unveiled their sexy new rehab of Lincoln Center, the place has been a magnet for surprising design: Wet’s frisky fountain, Fashion Week’s footwear fetishists, the bizarre spectacle of super-slow dancers Eiko + Koma emerging like wraiths from the reflecting pool.
But it was still surprising to wander down Broadway late last week and find a 123 x 12 foot digital wall sloping down below street level displaying what looked like a bathtub’s worth of blue LED bubbles draining into the parking garage.
Anxiously anticipated designs were released today for the Broad, a new museum for Los Angeles's downtown which nearly everyone agrees is the biggest project to hit L.A., maybe since Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (which is, incidentally, just up the hill). The honeycomb-textured cube was created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, designers of the High Line and newly renovated Lincoln Center, who were announced as the architects by philanthropist Eli Broad in August.
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum threw its 10th annual gala last week at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan, honoring winners and finalists across 12 disciplines (including the new Interaction Design category). The star-studded event capped off a year-long series of events, including a luncheon at the White House for the winners, free programs in Washington D.C. and New York, and a new exhibition celebrating 10 years of NDA winners, "Design USA," which opened at the Cooper-Hewitt last weekend.