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Amazon Dreams It, Drones It

Amazon Dreams It, Drones It

AmazonPrimeYes Amazon is hitting prime time again. News outlets across the globe are getting a glimpse of Amazon “Prime Air.” From the mind of Amazon Founder/CEO and famous tight-lip Jeff Bezos, along with his Amazon’s next generation R&D lab, we have this: “The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.”

Amazon’s PR Footage from a recent test flight features “Octocopter” drones that will fly packages directly to the customers’ doorstep in 30 minutes, and looks to be the same as what aired on 60 Minutes, Dec. Continue reading →

Jean Paul Gaultier Hits Brooklyn

Jean Paul Gaultier Hits Brooklyn

IMG_2546Two years ago, fashion found its home in art museums, catapulted by the impressive critical and public reception of Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. But this fall, artful fashion is finding its home, not just in a museum, but one in Brooklyn, with the innovative and interactive, punchy and poignant Jean Paul Gaultier tour de force exhibition on view now at the Brooklyn Museum, titled “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.”

Perhaps an indicator that it was time for haute couture to hit Brooklyn was the pool of chic Gaultier-clad editors who opted to take the subway to the press preview (some were seen looking lost along the way). Continue reading →

Proof: (Design) Crime Does Not Pay

Proof: (Design) Crime Does Not Pay

Michael-GravesHere’s a sad but true, ripped-from-the-headlines story: “Duo charged with filching famed Formica furniture.” Yup, two twentysomethings made off with a bench and two chairs designed by starchitects Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves and Laurinda Spear, valued at $73,000, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer, which reported the heist Oct. 6.

The three works were part of a 2008 exhibition called, “FORM: Contemporary Architects at Play.”

Actually, a total of 10 artworks, exclusively designed for the Contemporary Arts Center in Formica brand materials, were then auctioned to benefit CAC to the tune of $425,000 back in 2008. The other famed architects included in the exhibit were Thom Mayne, Zaha Hadid, Massimo Vignelli, Bill Pedersen and Bernard Tschumi, as well as Jaime Velez with Jennifer Kolstad from Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Continue reading →

Pitching Walmart a Store of the Future

Pitching Walmart a Store of the Future

walmart-store-front_129826456676858078_447x291Regular readers know how much the Diva believes in students. Recently, what got our attention was learning graduate students at Texas Tech University’s hospitality and retail management master’s program headed over to Bentonville, Ark. There, they pitched their vision for a store of the future to Walmart. Talk about an exciting opportunity!

It’s all detailed on Everythinglubbock.com, which reported a few weeks ago that seven students were scheduled to present their findings and recommendations for a new Walmart prototype. The students used four years of data provided by Walmart to analyze productivity per linear foot of sales. According to the online story, the new design will focus on “flexible fulfillment,” to offer a quick and easy shopping experience. Continue reading →

Congrats!

Congrats!

photoDiva sends out her biggest congratulations to the winners of the West Coast edition of DDI’s Student Window Challenge, presented in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue. Last night, the final designs were revealed and the winners were announced! Congrats goes out to winners Natalie Kunkle and James Ryerson (window No. 2) from FIDM. (Their window is pictured here.)

The design competition brought together six visual merchandising students (grouped in two-person teams) from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) to compete in a daylong challenge, which took place inside Saks Fifth Avenue’s windows at the Beverly Hills store in Los Angeles. Continue reading →