Dwell Pivots, World’s Largest Hotel & More

published Aug 8, 2016
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Dwell’s new site is Houzz meets Pinterest. Dwell released an iPhone app and a new site that “allows the design community to share, discover and collaborate like never before.” The site, built completely in-house, starts with their library of 300,000 images and encourages users to add and share their own. Dwell will also be focusing on more lifestyle content online and in print, according to their press release about the site changes.

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The Scary Lucy statue gets replaced. The unsettling statue of Lucille Ball in her hometown of Celeron, New York— for which the sculptor has received death threats—has been replaced by a bronze piece that looks much more like the actress. The original Scary Lucy is still a tourist attraction, however, and will be moved to another spot.

Bronson Pinchot starts a home line. Apparently, Balki isn’t a Perfect Stranger to design. Pinchot studied fine art and art history at Yale, and is now releasing a line of porcelain dinnerware that’s set to debut this fall.

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The world’s largest hotel will have 10,000 rooms. Millions upon millions of people flock to Mecca every year, and Saudi Arabia is building a hotel to house them all. Abraj Kudai will have 10,000 rooms, 12 towers, 70 restaurants, multiple helipads, and a full-size convention center under its roof.

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Two artists lived in this spinning house. Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley built this modernist home on a concrete pillar, and lived in it for five days. The structure moved with the wind and their movements. The piece, Reactor, is what they call “performance architecture.”