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Top 5 in Design News: The Red British Phone Box, Norman Foster on Infrastructure, and Another New London Bridge

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This week in the world of design and architecture, architects were chosen for yet another London bridge, Norman Foster talks sustainability, and Farrow & Ball mixed a new color for the Rodin Museum in Paris.  The Inspiration for the British Red Phone Box Above: Photograph by Fabio Lugaro via Flickr.  The design of the famous British red telephone box is credited to Giles Gilbert Scott, but the Guardian tells the story of its inspiration: Sir John Soane, one of the most prominent architects of his day, designed a grand tomb to mark the death of his beloved wife, Eliza Soane, in 1815. One hundred years later, Gilbert Scott, a trustee of the Soane Museum, took inspiration from the tomb for his now-iconic 1920s design. Read the full story at the Guardian .  Former Venice Biennale Curator Sentenced to Death  Above: Ashraf Fayadh at Jeddah Art Week, posted on his Instagram feed. Photograph via ArtNet News .  Saudi-born artist and curator Ashraf Fayadh has been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia on charges of apostasy, including spreading atheism and threatening the morals of Saudi society. The charges stem from his 2008 book of poetry, Instructions Within. Fayadh is a well-known proponent of Saudi art, having organized a 2013 art exhibition in Saudi Arabia that received praise from the director of the Tate Modern, and was co-curator of that year's Saudi exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Read more at the New York Times .  Norman Foster Talks Infrastructure Above: Foster + Partners' Thames Hub, a proposed airport powered by tidal energy. Image via Foster + Partners .  In the London School of Economics' Urban Age Global Debates  on cities, British architect Norman Foster shared views on infrastructure, sustainability, and global travel with Observer architecture critic Rowan Moore. He expressed disappointment over the likely rejection of his Thames Hub airport proposal, and when asked about the role of an architect in infrastructure decisions, he said, “I have no power as an architect, none whatsoever.” Read the full story at the Guardian .  Rodin Museum Reopens in Paris Above: The Rodin Museum, mid-restoration. Photograph via French Style .  The Rodin Museum  at the Hôtel Biron in Paris reopened on November 12—in honor of Rodin's 175th birthday—after a three-year, $17 million structural and interior renovation. The revamped space holds an additional 200 Rodin sculptures, making the museum the largest Rodin collection in the world. Farrow & Ball developed a paint shade for the interiors, called Biron Gray, “to complement marble, bronze, stone, and terracotta equally.” Half of the renovation budget came from the French state, and the other half from the sale of new bronzes cast from original molds. Read more at Wallpaper and Reuters .  Bystrup and Robin Snell to Win for Nine Elms Bridge Above: Image via Dezeen .  Danish architects Bystrup , in partnership with Robin Snell & Partners , have all but won the competition to design a new £40 million ($60 million) bridge in southwest London, linking Nine Elms (in Wandsworth) and Pimlico. The competition's jury gave unanimous endorsement of the Bystrup proposal to the Wandsworth Council, which is expected to accept the recommendation. Read more at the Architects' Journal .  More from this week:  Remodelista Obsessions: Wintry Whites Gardenista Obsessions: Winter Whimsy Trending on Gardenista: Homegrown Holidays Trending on Remodelista: Homemade Holiday More Stories from Remodelista Table of Contents: Anglophilia The Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gifts, 2015 Edition Current Obsessions: Wintry Whites





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