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Top 5 in Design News: London Design Recap, Jony Ive's First Store, and a Good Week for Women in Architecture

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Today we're launching a new weekly column, Design News, devoted to keeping you (and us) up-to-date on happenings in the world of design and architecture.   Zaha Hadid First Solo Woman to Win Royal Gold Medal for Architecture Above: Dame Zaha Hadid; photo via Architecture Lab . British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid has become the first woman to win the UK's highest solo architecture honor. The prize, given out since 1848, recognizes lifetime achievement and influence on the field of architecture. In the award's 168-year history, three women have been named as co-recipients: Ray Eames (in 1979), Patricia Hopkins (in 1994), and Sheila O’Donnell (in 2015), each in tandem with their business partner/husbands.  London Design Festival Ends Today The nine-day annual London Design Festival ends today, bringing to a close hundreds of installations and events across the city. Here are two that will be talked about for a while: Above: Austrian designers mischer’traxler teamed with Perrier-Jouët champagne to create the “Curiosity Cloud” installation in the Victoria & Albert Museum. The installation features 250 blown glass Lobmeyr bulbs hanging from the ceiling, each containing a tiny handmade insect in one of three species categories: extinct, common, or just-discovered. The insects are motionless from a distance, but come “alive” upon approach. Read more at London Design Festival and  Upper Playground .  Above: Designer Faye Toogood created 150 “navigational coats” for festival visitors to wear around the Victoria & Albert Museum. Each coat contained a built-in map to guide visitors to 10 Toogood designs located next to 10 of her favorite museum objects. Read more at London Design Festival .   First Jony Ive-Designed Apple Store Opens in Brussels Above: Two rows of stools face a full-height screen showing Apple products and announcements in the new Brussels Apple store. Photo via Tech Insider .  Jony Ive, famed chief design officer at Apple, partnered with Apple SVP of retail (and former Burberry CEO) Angela Ahrendts to oversee the interiors of Apple’s first Belgian retail outlet. The store, which opened on September 19, looks familiar from the outside: it's made of glass, but in this case impressive 26-foot-tall glass panels, some of which are curved. Inside, bright wood-and-white interiors are outfitted with sequoia redwood tables, compartments, and display cases sized to hold only Apple products, and an allée of eight live trees. One new feature: motion-sensing power outlets are hidden behind wood panels until they sense a nearby user and rotate open. Read more at DesignBoom and Wired .  Deborah Berke Named Dean of Yale School of Architecture Above: An East Hampton weekend house by Deborah Berke Partners, designed in 2000. Photo via the architect.  Architect Deborah Berke  will become the first woman dean of the Yale School of Architecture, succeeding Robert A.M. Stern at the close of this academic year. In addition to holding teaching posts at design school across the country, she has been a member of the architecture faculty at Yale since 1987. For more, see the Yale Announcement and the story at Archinect . (For a sampling of her work, see Deborah Berke Partners  in the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory .)  Etsy Ventures into Manufacturing Above: The two owners of Lithuanian Etsy vendor  Feel Felt  make leather and felt tech cases by hand. Photo via Etsy .  On Monday, Brooklyn-based Etsy will launch a beta version of Etsy Manufacturing to connect makers of handmade crafts with manufacturing companies. The program resurfaces past debates about whether manufactured goods should be allowed on Etsy at all: the site launched a decade ago with a mandate that all products be handmade, positioning itself as the source for shoppers seeking an alternative to mass-produced goods. Over time, Etsy loosened its policy, and some of the most successful Etsy sellers have relied on manufacturing for some time. Read about other changes that followed Etsy’s $3.5 billion IPO in April, including Etsy Wholesale , which connects sellers with traditional retail outlets. Via  The Verge and The New York Times .  More from this week:  Current Obsessions: Heart of the Home Trending on Gardenista: The Fall Forecast 15 Interiors Trends for Autumn 2015 More Stories from Remodelista How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: 5 Tips from a Master Painter A Minimalist Intervention: Casa Errepi by Archiplan Studio A House United: Reimagining a Brooklyn Brownstone






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