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No More Sympathy For Rem After His Funny About The Prada Store Burning

20050412elpepicul_4_I_SCO.jpgOur bff-section-4-life Thursday Styles rocked us today with a report on what’s going down with the Prada store whose building caught on fire over the weekend. The floor collapsed into Lure Fishbar, which is going to have to be closed for complete renovation for months, while it also seems that much of the Prada collection sustained damage (except for the clothes that were supposed to look like they were damaged because that’s, you know, like, really high-concept fashion). Best part of the entire story, though, is Rem’s zinger.

Through an assistant in his Rotterdam office, Mr. Koolhaas relayed his condolences: “It’s raincoats next season,” he said.


Travel + Leisure’s Got The Hottest Jurors Around

meier2.jpgWe love Travel + Leisure’s Design Awards, if only for the parties and accompanying awesomeness said parties have brought. Today, we got ready to get psyched about the latest round, particularly since the jury includes two of our favorites: Richard Meier and Chee Pearlman. Others are Barbara Barry, Michael Kors, Alice Rawsthorn, Calvin Tsao, and Angela Westwater. Awards happen D-Day +1, February 15th, at Cedar Lake.

It’s on.

ID: Who Deserves More Attention? Us: Pick Us!!!

idmjan06.jpgLast time we ran into ID editor-in-chief Julie Lasky, we mostly talked about the upcoming Design + Religion issue which everyone should be totally hella the most psyched about. But before we look to the future, we have to look a little bit at the now: the ID Forty, which, this year, looks at the most overlooked and undersung. Including people like our bff-once-removed Martin Perrin, art director of the Architect’s Newspaper, de.Mo publisher Giorgio Baravalle, Design is Kinky, and the excellently named Ze Frank.

Still, of course, all is not as hot as it seems, according to Rob Giampetro’s excellent thinkiness.

Breaking! Allan Temko Out For Real

mn_temko21.jpgArchitecture critic Allan Temko, most recently heard of when he was honored by the Architect’s Newspaper both in print and in party, died yesterday. Full obituary courtesy the San Francisco Chronicle, which mentions his 1990 Pulitzer for criticism, and the actual effect he had on the Bay Area skyline.

That’s our take. A touch more vitriol from our ever-trusted frenemies.

Do They Need A New Ad Campaign? Absolut-ly!

inside-absolut-marilyn.jpgWe’re a little late to this day and this story but we couldn’t just let it flounder along with the rest of our reality. Props to Design Observer for pointing us in the direction of the shocking/stunning fact that Absolut, after 25 years of ads built around their bottle, is changing gears. Mostly, they’re making puns.

Ellen Lupton: Design It Yourself

Our PR-savvy bffs over at Princeton Architectural Press just sent over a copy of Ellen Lupton’s D.I.Y. Design It Yourself book. Segments were done by students at the Maryland Institute College of Art and include advice on how to design blogs, books, business cards, cds, flyers, invitations, logos, newsletters, notecards, posters, stationery, t-shirts, web sites, wall graphics, zines and MORE.

Looks totally bitchin’ from here.

More On The Building That Done Burned Down

We were so exhausted by our Sunday foray into original fire reporting that we’ve only just now scrolled through the various coverage. Best of which can be found over at Verbose Coma, where CITY creative director Fabrice Frere managed to sneak into Lure Fishbar and the Brazilian zebrawood-ruined Prada and take a couple shots.

It looks bad.

Michael Bierut on Wilson Pickett. Not Literally!!

pickett_.jpgOur bff-of-the-year gives a solid, thoughtful, and exceedingly tasteful commemoration/obituary of musician and cross-applied design theorist Wilson Pickett, responsible for the credo “You harmonize; then you customize.”

No truck.

To Do, Tonight, And It Involves Harvard

sprawlmas.jpgOur bffs over at the Municipal Art Society and Urban Center Books are getting all up in the Harvard Design Magazine world with two events. Tonight, HDM editor William Saunders talks to Susan Fainstein of Columbia’s Urban Planning program about Sprawl and Suburbia. Tomorrow, he talks to Columbia professor and all-around Deep Thinker Kenneth Frampton about Commodification and Spectacle.

6:30-8:30, Urban Center, 457 Madison Avenue at 51st. There will be wine.

Poor Rem: His Store Done Burned Down

saintly-rem.koolhaas-1.jpgWe received a late-Sunday missive from our bff at ArchNewsNow about the recent fire on Prince and Broadway. We strolled by yesterday and couldn’t really see anything. Except the Enormous Shards Of Glass that for real were about to fall on our head and make our short last week even shorter. Gawker rightly pointed out this morning that the real lament is for Rem’s zebrawood flooring (the $5 million in new Prada merchandise really does pale in comparison), but we’d just like to reiterate that this is an incomparable tragedy for Superdutch (TM) architecture.

Mostly, though, we just really liked the wallpaper.