Design Digest: Tom Dixon Opens in SoHo, a Robot Restaurant in Boston, and More
Located in the heart of SoHo, Tom Dixon's new shop at 25 Greene Street will showcase the brand’s rapidly expanding catalog of lighting, furniture, and home accessories in a retail setting while also offering a bespoke service center dedicated to the trade. This month, Dixon also revealed a new lighting collection featuring styles in super-glossy black; a sharp, precise stainless; and a pop-art electric blue; as well as a new range of bathroom lights called Hot + Wet.
Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI presented a large-scale, immersive installation by Brooklyn–based designers Ladies & Gentlemen Studio during New York Design Week. Commissioned to reflect and explore the essence of the brand’s ethos, the project is MUJI’s first collaboration with an American designer and celebrates the brand’s 10th anniversary in the U.S. Entitled MUJI Materials Garden, the installation was open to the public at the brand’s pop up space located on 434 Broadway in SoHo from May 19th–29th.
What happens when four "robotics-obsessed," mechanical engineering students from MIT are hungry after water polo practice? They build a robot in their frat house basement that cooks delicious meals, serves them, and even cleans up after. Three years ago, Spyce CEO Michael Farid and cofounders Kale Rogers, Luke Schlueter, and Brady Knight did just this, raising funding to turn their invention into the newly opened, futuristic Boston restaurant called Spyce—where robots do the cooking. They even enticed star chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud to come on board as an investor and culinary director.
Attention history buffs: if you have an extra $8,300,000 sitting around, you can buy an ancient Greek city—complete with ruins—in the ancient city of Bargylia, which is located in modern-day Bogazici, Turkey. The town has been private property since 1927, and recently went on the market in an effort to protect the ancient archaeological site from decay and treasure hunters.
Around the world in 245 days? Viking is now offering an around-the-world-cruise on the Viking Sun. The ship sails roundtrip from London, "cruising to six continents and visiting 113 of the world’s greatest cities and charming smaller ports," according to their website.