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Top 5 in Design News: Frank Gehry Designs a Yacht and Steve Jobs Is Back in the Headlines

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This week in design news: Norwegians smash 100 chairs,  Frank Gehry designs a luxury sailboat,  and another Steve Jobs biopic opens this weekend.  Frank Gehry Designs a Sailboat  Above: The first Frank Gehry-designed sailboat is made of wood, titanium, and glass and is named "Foggy"—a play on the acronym for Frank Owen Gehry. With help from Argentine naval architect Germán Frers, architect Frank Gehry designed a luxury sailboat to be used for both pleasure sailing and racing. The boat will be moored in Marina del Rey, California, near Gehry's LA home, but first Gehry plans to sail with the boat's owner, real estate developerRichard Cohen, to Miami, Cuba, and Panama. Gehry, who is known for creating dramatically curved designs, told his co-designer: "Don't let me go too crazy—the boat has to work." Read it at Town & Country .  Crackdown on Copycat Furniture in Norway Above: Manufacturer PP Møbler calls the Round Chair "absolutely the most important work of Hans J. Wegner."  Norwegian customs agents destroyed an order of 100 fakes resembling Hans Wegner’s Round Chair, made in China and ordered by a Norwegian restaurant owner. The owner offered to compensate Danish manufacturer PP Møbler—who owns the copyright to the chair—in exchange for retaining his order, but he was ultimately forced to pay to have the chairs destroyed instead. Read it at Dezeen .  Amazon Launches "Handmade" Above:  Marbled Stained Glass Trays are $55 to $75 from Debbie Bean on Amazon Handmade.  On Thursday, Amazon launched a competitor to online crafts marketplace Etsy called Amazon Handmade . The initial product lineup includes more than 80,000 items from 5,000 sellers in 60 countries. Amazon Handmade forbids outsourced production and says it is strictly reviewing vendors to ensure all wares are made by hand. (Meanwhile, recently launched Etsy Manufacturing moves that retailer toward machine-made goods.) Read it at The New York Times .  Yves Béhar Wins Design Miami Award Above: Photo via Fast Company .  Swiss-born designer Yves Béhar is the 2015 recipient of Design Miami’s Design Visionary Awards. Through his San Francisco firm, Fuseproject , Béhar is known for designing for positive social change and environmental impact; projects include an inexpensive tablet computer for children in developing countries and a wearable illness-testing device for people who lack access to consistent medical care. The award will be presented during Miami Design Week, December 2-6. Read it at Design Miami .  Would Steve Jobs Approve? Above: The newest Apple campus was designed by Studio HOK, the designers of Apple's current  headquarters . Steve Jobs is in the news again with this weekend's limited release (in NYC and LA) of Aaron Sorkin's new biopic on the Apple founder. Head designer Jony Ive disapproves of the film, telling an audience at a recent Vanity Fair summit that "We are celebrating Steve’s life, and at the same time we are [seeing] the incredibly choreographed release of a film about him, and I don’t recognize that man at all. It’s heartbreaking." Read it at Vanity Fair . Meanwhile, we wonder what Jobs would think of  Studio HOK 's design for Apple's latest "spaceship" style supercampus in Sunnyvale, California. The 770,000-square-foot structure, designed by Foster + Partners, is five miles from Apple's main campus-to-be in Cupertino and is currently under construction. Read more at  Wired .  More from this week:  Trending on Gardenista: Gone to the Dark Side Trending on Remodelista: A Touch of Black Gardenista Current Obsessions: A Poet's Garden Remodelista Current Obsessions: California Cool More Stories from Remodelista Top of the Lake: Tiny Cabins in Dark and Light American Gothic: A Hudson Valley Home Reborn Enter to Win: Heath Ceramics' "Tile Makes the Room" Giveaway






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