Smithsonian Tosses a Bride, Architects Throw a Fit

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City (Ajay Suresh/CC BY 2.0/Wikimedia)
Two big design-world news stories of the week.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D esign is in the news. First of all, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts’ new show, Radical: Italian Design, 1965 to 1985, is fabulous. I’m in Houston now for an art weekend. It’s a rich, elegant show. It deserves a full piece, as does the beautiful Museum of Fine Arts, which I haven’t visited in years. A couple of beyond-the-scope-of-human-imagination bequests, good leadership, and smart thinking have transformed the place to one of America’s finest museums. Houston is a great art town.

First, two other design stories. One’s about a slinky dress, the other’s about marble columns.

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