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Ford introduces new hybrid pickup truck, the Maverick.

+ Based on a shared chassis with the Bronco Sport, the Ford Maverick was designed 20 months faster than any vehicle in Ford history.

+ Designed for functionality, the Ford Maverick’s compact body design, modern colorways, and clever storage solutions—including a truck bed that drivers can reshape—present a pickup truck appropriate for everyone.

 

Fire in Marfa critically damages the offices of iconic artist Donald Judd.

+ Founded over three decades ago, Donald’s architectural office in Marfa, Texas, caught on fire amidst a multi-year renovation project. The cause of the fire is unknown.

+ Known as the Glascock Building, the office typically holds highly flammable objects and furnishings, but due to its ongoing renovation, the building was fortunately empty.

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Stefan Sagmeister’s latest design was inspired by an unexpected source: Frida Kahlo’s eyebrows.

+ A collaboration with eyewear brand götti, Stefan created sunglasses that feature a long fluid brow line characteristic of Mexico City’s famed artist.

+ “She is among the few artists whose fame reached such heights that her features—like Salvadore Dali’s moustache or Andy Warhol’s wig—morphed into a visual signifier, a logo,” Stefan said in a statement. “As a designer fascinated by the creation and evolution of such logos, transforming one of them back into a product seemed like the logical thing to do.”

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Jersey City slated as the first North American limb for Centre Pompidou.

+ As part of Jersey City’s revitalization plan, architecture studio OMA will design Centre Pompidou’s first North American outpost, building the contemporary art museum in Journal Square.

+ The Centre Pompidou X Jersey City will reside in the Pathside Building, a 58,000 square-foot landmark structure originally built in 1912. The building will undergo a renovation—including restoring some of its historic elements, such as the brick facade—with an anticipated opening of 2024.

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Gensler designs interchangeable Mixu chair for Arper.

+ Using a mixed-materials approach, the Mixu chair can be customized using a combination of recycled materials, fabric, wood, and leather to build its three-part construction.

+ Gensler originally set out to design a plastic chair that would suit a wide range of contract projects, but during research interviews with interior designers, the studio found that it wasn’t something that excited designers. “In response, we realized we needed to create a chair that offered interior designers a degree of authorship and a sense of the human touch,” Product Design Director Daniel Stromborg told Dezeen.

 

Designer Mario Tsai shares his approach to design—and what it means to be a Chinese designer today.

+ Best known for his 2018 Insert table, Mario’s designs are an amalgam of precision, resourcefulness, and considerable intuition.

+ As Chinese designers, what we create reflects different aspects of modern China—be it the technological advancement or social landscape,” Mario told Wallpaper. “My experience defines me, and my identity comes through in my design.”

 

 

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New exhibition Between Objects expands design boundaries on one everyday object: a cup.

+ Co-founded by Danish studio Pettersen & Hein and art historian Camilla Schmidt, Between Objects is a virtual platform showcasing how designers from around the world are reinterpreting the simple cup.

+ A new cup will be released on the platform each week, leading up to an in-person exhibition later this summer.

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Architect Raúl Sánchez gives a Barcelona apartment a geometric, material-rich renovation.

+ Having torn down unnecessary structural walls, leaving only a center pillar behind, Raúl created a nearly perfect square four-room construction with what he deems a “simple spacial distribution.”

+ Mixed materials such as wood, brass, marble, steel, cement, and leather play against each other in the light, with textural characteristics carefully balancing the minimalist space.

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Zaha Hadid Architects is set to design new super-speed Italian Hyperloop.

+ Developed to be fast, safe, and economical, the Hyperloop is set to transform passenger transportation by melding design, engineering, and urban planning disciplines.

+ The project is not only powered by renewable energy, but the Hyperloop will be designed to use environmentally friendly components for a sustainable, future-focused approach.

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