Around the Design World in 180 Words: NYC Edition

  • Lines stretched for blocks last week as visitors clamored to glimpse the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fantabulous Alexander McQueen exhibition in its final days. An amazing 661,509 visitors saw the show during its three-month run, a tally that makes “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” the eighth most popular exhibition in the Met’s 141-year history. Meanwhile, the stunning exhibition catalogue has already sold more than 100,000 copies.
  • Speaking of covetable books, New York’s Phaidon Store and Core77 will celebrate the recent release of As Little Design as Possible: The Work of Dieter Rams (pictured) tonight with a 7 p.m. panel discussion. Panelists Zoe Coombes (Cmmnwlth), Michael DiTullo (frog), and Gary Hustwit (Objectified) will discuss Rams’ continued influence on contemporary design. RSVP by e-mailing with the subject line “Dieter Rams.”
  • Ever wonder how your cell phone works? Teaching artist Helki Frantzen and Brooklyn high school students demystify the ubiquitous devices in What the Cell?, a 30-minute documentary about the switches, wires, and policies that affect cell phone service. The Center for Urban Pedagogy hosts the film’s New York debut on Tuesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Reserve your seat by e-mailing