Dec 13 2018
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Milton Glaser doesn’t ♥ Amazon’s NY logo, leadership change at B&B Italia, and Guggenheim goes Gothic Revival.
“If we don’t believe in the possibility of change and designing things better, then there’s no point in doing this work.”
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Milton Glaser Responds to Amazon’s HQ2

To stroke Amazon into gracing New York City with its new headquarters, city officials retooled Milton Glaser’s iconic “I ♥ NY” logo, replacing the heart with the e-commerce giant’s arrow-smile.

X-Circle_2x The 89-year-old iconography icon’s feedback was less than positive. “The Amazon logo is not very harmonious with the rest of [it],” says Glaser, who designed the original pro bono in 1977 to help boost tourism.
Check-Circle_2x The logo has become a beloved symbol of the city and helped propel Glaser into design stardom. His illustrious career encompasses designs for New York magazine (which he co-founded), Brooklyn Brewery, and the psychedelic poster for Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits album.
Check-Circle_2x Amazon announced its decision to open HQ2 in Long Island City, Queens, in November, and it was revealed that New York City paid a premium to secure the deal—the city will hand over $1.525 billion to Amazon in “performance-based direct incentives” to create 25,000 new jobs. Governor Andrew Cuomo even remarked that he’d change his name to “Amazon Cuomo, if that’s what it takes.”
X-Circle_2x The deal spurred outrage among many New Yorkers, who argue that government funds should instead address the city’s systemic problems, which include crumbling infrastructure, skyrocketing rents, and an affordable-housing crisis. The eight-million-square-foot headquarters will also disrupt plans to build 1,250 affordable residences on the site.

Surface Says: When it comes to the logo, we’re with Glaser.



B&B Italia Appoints New Managing Director

The purveyor of fine Italian furnishings has appointed Jan Vingerhoets as managing director, Americas, based in New York City.

Check-Circle_2x The Belgium native will oversee dealers, retail, and contract business in the Americas across B&B Italia’s portfolio of brands, including B&B Italia, Maxalto, and Arclinea.
Check-Circle_2x His appointment follows B&B Italia’s acquisition of the exclusive license to manufacture pieces by Azucena, a legacy Italian furniture maker founded by Luigi Caccia Dominioni in 1947. B&B Italia relaunched the brand in September with a series of Dominioni-designed classics such as the Catilina chair, Poltrona lamp, and Nonaro outdoor seating system.

Surface Says: Kudos! Vingerhoets is a force in the design business—his previous gigs include Molteni, Flos, and Alessi—and his expertise should strengthen B&B’s already firm foothold in the American market.



What Else Is Happening?

Check-Circle_2x Apple is considering manufacturing iPhones in locations other than China due to tariffs.
Check-Circle_2x A Danish daredevil’s lewd photoshoot atop Egypt’s Great Pyramid spurs ire and bemusement.
Check-Circle_2x RIBA’s prestigious House of the Year Award goes to Haysom Ward Miller’s energy-efficient Lochside House.
Check-Circle_2x Kaywin Feldman will become the National Gallery of Art’s first-ever female director.

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Value of Incentives NYC Promised Amazon

When Amazon announced it will establish new headquarters in New York City and outside Washington, D.C., it also revealed how much these cities will shell out in subsidies for the promised economic boost. New York City is by far paying more, and the numbers predictably don’t sit well with everyone. “A city that thrives on the energy of its neighborhood merchants should not offer incentives and giveaways to an internet giant known for squashing small businesses,” read one opinion piece in The New York Times.




Anthony McCall: Split Second

When: Dec. 14–Jan. 26, 2019

Where: Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

What: Traversing sculpture, cinema, and drawing, McCall uses beams of light to create the illusion of volumetric forms that slowly shift and change in space. By shrouding a darkened room in mist, McCall renders complex sculptural forms out of cinema’s key components: time and light.




The Hole Presents: Young Thug

When was it?: Dec. 7

What was It?: The Hole gallery and Wilhelmina Models took over the Nautilus hotel to celebrate Miami Art Week with a live performance by Young Thug on a stage designed by New York–based artist Adam Parker Smith

Who was there?: Angela Simmons, Brendan Fallis, Kathy Grayson, Guillaume Viau


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Well-Designed Dining

From reimagined favorites to eye-catching newcomers, these are the restaurant openings on our radar right now.

1-Circle_2x Fittingly situated in Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Nation Central’s headquarters, L28 Culinary Platform is an incubator for rising chefs and one of Israel's most innovative new places to eat. Designed by homegrown Kimmel Eshkolot Architects, the space hosts a new chef every six months, debuting with Shuli Wimer, an alum of London’s Michelin-starred River Café, whose Galilee-style menu is made up of ingredients from the building’s urban farm.
2-Circle_2x Alexander & Co has revived Sydney’s shuttered drag queen den, Imperial Erskineville, with velvet furnishings and decadent golden finishings in the vegetable-forward restaurant and Memphis revival-style cocktail bar, but the spirit of club’s past is alive and well in the basement, where the drag shows are as raunchy as ever.
3-Circle_2x The latest restaurant from Danny Meyer sits 60 floors above New York’s FiDi neighborhood. Australian firm Woods Bagot imbued Manhatta with a relaxed penthouse vibe, outfitting the aerie with midcentury chairs, walnut tables, and more than 100 contemporary artworks selected by Meyer from the Artists Pension Fund.
4-Circle_2x A sophisticated arrival is adding more momentum to D.C.’s reinvigorated Wharf. The Grupo 7-designed Officina, a three-story Italian marketplace, trattoria, and amaro bar from Masseria chef Nicholas Stefanelli, is like an elevated Eataly with custom Morelato chairs, mosaic-tile floors, and Viaggio Chandeliers by Tech Lighting.
5-Circle_2x After refreshing Madrid’s the famed La Terraza del Casino atop the 1836 grande dame Casino de Madrid in 2007, Jaime Hayon has returned for another spruce. This go-round, the Spanish interior designer livened up spaces with vibrant shades of blue, yellow, and green—a synergistic match for chef Paco Roncero’s experimental tasting menu.



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