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June 22 2022

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AirBnb launches fund to support fictional listings

Yellow submarines, flying saucers, huge fries – in the age of Instagram, exotic booking places on Airbnb have intrigued among hackers and travelers looking for unique experiences. The booking platform has surely noticed the enthusiasm for these kinds of esoteric spaces, as today it announced a $10M OMG! Funding to help fuel the next wave of fantasy projects. (A recent redesign of Airbnb introduced searchable categories, including one called OMG!)

Everyone from trained designers and architects to DIYers and hobbyists can apply for a chance to win $100,000 to help bring the “crazy” ideas to life. The 100 winners will be chosen by a panel of experts, including the fashion icon Iris ApfelArchitect Koichi Takada and Superhost Kristi Wolff, creator of the above Potato Hotel and other fictional Airbnb listings. Submissions are due By July 22, originality, feasibility, sustainability and guest experience will be judged. –net story

Meta Avatar, featuring Balenciaga, Prada and Thom Browne. Image courtesy Meta

Balenciaga, Prada and Tom Brown It will be available in the Meta Virtual Outfit Store.

Meta is launching an online store selling costumes for its virtual avatars, and Balenciaga, Prada and Thom Browne will be the first brands to join. In a live announcement on Instagram on Friday, Mark Zuckerberg joined forces with Eva Chen, Meta’s Vice President of Fashion and Shopping Partnerships, to share news and provide a glimpse of what the new Meta avatar will look like. Chen uploaded camera images showing Zuckerberg’s cartoon meta avatar in various looks, including a Balenciaga motorcycle suit, a white anorak and shorts from Prada’s Linea Rossa line and one of Thom Browne’s signature gray suits. The default designs will be available for use on Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger. Meta plans to expand it to its virtual reality platform and introduce additional brands soon.” [H/T Business of Fashion]

Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala dress prompted the launch of a new Conservation Committee.

“The fallout from Kim Kardashian’s decision to wear the historic Marilyn Monroe dress to this year’s Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has been so severe that the International Council of Museums (ICOM) is launching a new clothing preservation committee in response to the controversy. The organization is now forming a working group of That would help update her code of conduct for museum members, as well as ICOM’s costume guidelines.When Kardashian recently wore it for the red carpet, she and current owner of the dress, museum franchise Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, attracted widespread criticism from fashion historians and conservatives. — including ICOM — for potentially compromising fragile clothing.” [H/T Artnet News]

Troy Marina Abramović breaks in a dream pop duo The sound of Ceres’ new album.

“Just like the universe, Marina Abramović’s artistic practice is constantly expanding. Rooted in performance continuity, it has grown over the years to integrate photography, video, theatre, opera, pedagogy, virtual reality, and most recently, NFTs (Non-fungible Tokens). Abramović’s latest side move is a world Pop Music: Can now be heard giving voice to the universe on Emerald Sea, a new concept album by dream pop duo New York City Sound of Ceres, which is released on June 17.” [H/T The Art Newspaper]

The Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kevin Deitch/Getty Images

José Andrés will open a restaurant in the Old Post Office building in Washington, DC

“It’s been a big month for the old post office building in Washington, D.C. The historic landmark has reopened as the luxury Waldorf Astoria, and the clock tower—complete with a stunning 360-degree view of the city—welcomes visitors for the first time since we’ve all added phrases like ‘Distancing’ “social” and “contact tracing” into our vocabulary. But that’s not all: Celebrity chef and José Andres announced that he is about to open his much-anticipated restaurant on the premises as well. In a statement, Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup announced that the restaurant will be the latest location for his Bazaar concept, Which will have up and coming locations in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.” [H/T Food & Wine]

IKEA donates furniture and household items to set up refugee support centers in Europe.

IKEA has donated its products and design services to create a series of refugee support centers in Eastern Europe, set up by the United Nations to provide assistance and a safe haven to vulnerable groups displaced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Swedish furniture brand has created interiors with a homely and comfortable ambiance inside the many recently established Blue Dot Centres, which are run by UNICEF and UNHCR to provide specialized support to children, families and other vulnerable refugees. ” [H/T Dezeen]

Workers find a noose at the construction site of a uranium plant in Tennessee.

Company officials have confirmed that an employee found the gallows at the construction site of the $6.5 billion uranium processing facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The project’s federal contractor, Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, a consortium majority-owned by Virginia-based Reston, and Virginia-based Bechtel, said the noose was immediately cleared as it investigated. In a statement, the company vowed to “take strict action” against the perpetrator. [H/T Construction Dive]

Noah Davis, CEO of Christie’s who facilitated the sale of Beeple, heads to CryptoPunks.

Noah Davis, head of digital sales at Christie’s who helped start the NFT boom in the art world, is leaving the auction house to work on CryptoPunks, the hugely popular NFT group. CryptoPunks was recently acquired by YugaLabs, the parent company of Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT group, and appreciates Worth more than $2 billion. As head of digital sales, Davis helped organize Beeple’s historic $69.3 million sale. Every day, the first 5,000 days Which almost single-handedly helped create the frenzied NFT market of 2021. [H/T ARTnews]

“The Monster Couch” by Brian Youngin. Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press

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