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Top 5 in Design News: Damien Hirst, Architecture in Film, and the World's Most Impractical Buildings

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This week in the world of design, an Eames retrospective opens in London, Damien Hirst shares his private art collection, and the Financial Times profiles the world's most annoying buildings.  Damien Hirst Opens Newport Street Gallery Above: In the Newport Street Gallery, a stairway spiral made of cream-colored brick. Photograph via Kennington Runoff .  Artist Damien Hirst  has opened an art gallery in the Vauxhall neighborhood of London where he'll be displaying his collection of more than 3,000 pieces by contemporary artists, including opening show artist John Hoyland. The 37,000-square-foot  Newport Street Gallery is an all-white, understated space designed by UK architects Caruso St John , who converted a series of Victorian-era workshops into a two-story, six-gallery building. “I’ve felt guilt owning work that’s stored away in boxes where no one can see it," Hirst says. "Having a space where I can put on shows from the collection is a dream come true.” The gallery will be free to the public and exhibit one-artist shows for six months at a time. Read it at  The Guardian .  Altruism, Not Furniture, for Dutch Design Students Above: A pin from the  In Limbo Embassy  is available for purchase to help support the project.  Design Academy Eindhoven , one of the world's premier design schools, chose the occasion of Dutch Design Week to announce that its curriculum will focus more on solving world problems than on designing objects. According to school creative director Thomas Widdershoven, the students "used to make collectables for museums…they now go out into the world. They see crisis and they respond to it." The academy's graduate show last week included a project called "In Limbo Embassy," a mock mobile embassy for migrants. Said the designer, "[We] have the power to create projects around topics that get no attention and make them visible. You can spread a thought and make people think." Read it at  Dezeen .  Architecture in Film Above: The Fogo Island Inn  in Newfoundland. Photograph via Inekehans .  The seventh annual  Architecture & Design Film Festival  closed in New York last week after screening 30 films from more than 300 submissions from around the world. Films included  David Adjaye: Collaborations , a profile of the British-Ghanian architect told through the eyes of clients and public figures, and  Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island , about a series of striking buildings by architect Todd Saunders on a remote island in Newfoundland. Watch film trailers and learn more at  Arch Daily .  Eames Retrospective at the Barbican Above: Charles and Ray Eames at work. Photograph via Eames Office .  Charles and Ray Eames—the design duo who seem to never entirely fade from headlines—are again the topic of design chatter with the opening of a new retrospective at London's Barbican Center . The show focuses on the couple's full range of work, beyond furniture and into design theory and film. Pieces on display cover four decades, including collaborations with George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, and IBM. The show is open through February 2016; read more at the  New York Times .   Inhuman Architecture Above: The Maxxi in Rome. Photograph by Iwan Baan via Architectural Record .  The Financial Times spotlights "the world’s most spectacular but impractical” buildings—nine structures chosen by FT writers for having “inhuman design.” The selections include Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi museum in Rome for its too-steep walkways and cramped exhibition spaces; the Barbican Center in London for forcing visitors to enter via raised walkways that are hard to find; and the European Parliament Building in Strasbourg for being overly complex—"one of those rare buildings in which you can sometimes see where you want to go but cannot work out a way to get there." Read the full article at the Financial Times .  More from this week:  Trending on Remodelista: The New Glamour Trending on Gardenista: Garden Ideas to Steal from Italy More Stories from Remodelista Table of Contents: Color Stories Current Obsessions: The New Geometry Totally Tiled: 9 Kitchens with Unexpected Tile Details






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