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In Brief: Margiela Bound for H&M, Rietveld Record, Rybczynski Reading, Wicked Type, LEED Homes


(Courtesy H&M and Maison Martin Margiela)

• Just as Nostradamus prophesied, fast fashion juggernaut H&M has convinced Maison Martin Margiela to sign on for what is surely the most improbable pairing since that 2010 W “art issue” that linked Kim Kardashian and Barbara Kruger (reader, it still gives us nightmares). The French fashion house is the polar opposite of H&M, yet it’s official: a Margiela collection created in collaboration with H&M will be released on November 15 in select H&M stores across the globe, offering clothes and accessories for both men and women. Shortly thereafter, the world will implode.

• Even with apocalypse nigh, we can appreciate a good chair, such as Gerrit Thomas Rietveld‘s “Aluminium Stoel” (pictured). One of only three prototypes made in the early 1960s by Rietveld and his sons, the perforated metal chair sold yesterday at Sotheby’s in New York for $470,500 (over three times its high estimate), a new record for the artist.

• Something wicked this way comes to Cooper Union’s Rose Auditorium on Monday, June 18, as the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum explores “Wicked Problems in Type Design.” Ellen Lupton and Cara Di Edwardo will be joined by six leading and emerging voices in typography—including Philippe Apeloig, Hubert Jocham, and Jesse Ragan—for a conversation about problems central to their work. Each speaker will address a burning question concerning the design, use, culture, technology, or business of fonts and typefaces. Register here.

• One small step for man, one giant leap for LEED-certified dwellings: more than 20,000 homes across the United States have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program, the U.S. Green Building Council announced this week. Nearly 79,000 additional units in the pipeline. Lest you envision so many solar-paneled manses in the Hollywood Hills, we’ll point out that over half of all LEED-certified homes are in the affordable housing category.

• Speaking of buildings, Witold Rybczynski will stop by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on the evening of Wednesday, June 20. He’ll discuss his latest book, The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum (Thames & Hudson), which tells the inside story of the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norman Foster’s first public commission. During the Q&A portion, be sure to ask how much the building weighs.

• Fledgling online classifieds platform Krrb recently signed on its first major partner, Apartment Therapy, which now features Krrb-powered listings for everything from a “Mies van der Rohe-esque” chair to Morse code earrings. So is Krrb a Craiglist killer? “We’re not looking to kill,” say the founders with a wink, “just maim a little.”

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