Galerie’s Weekly Art and Design Industry News Brief
Here’s the week’s news you need to know, from the theft of a Renoir painting to Airbnb’s exciting new venture
Here are this week’s must-read news stories in the fields of art and design.
1. Airbnb to start designing houses in 2019
Airbnb announced Thursday that it will begin testing prototype homes as soon as next year to accommodate the needs of owners or occupants who rent and share living spaces. The new project, called Backyard, is “an initiative to prototype new ways that homes can be designed, built, and shared,” the company said in a news release.
2. Renoir painting stolen from auction house in central Vienna
Austrian police are searching for three suspects after a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir valued at up to $181,000 was stolen from a Vienna auction house during opening hours. Golfe, Mer, Falaises Vertes, a lesser-known landscape by the prolific French Impressionist, was taken from its frame on Monday evening while it was on display ahead of a planned sale at the Dorotheum auction house, police said.
3. Louvre launches a free admission night to attract new visitors
The Louvre in Paris has announced it will open its doors for free one Saturday night per month in a bid to attract younger, less wealthy visitors. The new openings, set to begin on January 5, are to include activities such as a board-game area and reading corner to lure families.
4. Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning less
The tower’s Surveillance Group, which monitors restoration work, said the landmark is “stable and very slowly reducing its lean.” The 186-foot-tall medieval monument has been straightened by 1.5 inches over the past two decades, the team said. “It’s as if it’s had two centuries taken off its age,” professor Salvatore Settis explained to the BBC.
5. Collective Design will not present a 2019 fair
Collective Design will not host a fair in 2019, the founder and creative director Steven Learner announced today. “In this rapidly changing design market, it is vital to think critically,” Learner tells Galerie. “Postponing the 2019 fair will allow us to evaluate the current landscape and evolve our approach to best engage and support both our designers and our audience.”