Longaberger Basket moves its headquarters to Hudson Yards, and more

Hello and welcome to another lunchtime roundup. It’s Friday, and it’s the first day of April, which means we’re a few weeks away from Aperol Spritz season.

Here’s what you need to know today:

Famed Ohio picnic basket maker to move iconic headquarters to New York’s Hudson Yards

The Longaberger Company announced today that it will move its national headquarters from Newark, Ohio to Hudson Yards in New York City later this spring. In anticipation of the move, the picnic props supplier is building a custom flatbed convoy to transport its NBBJ-designed hamper desk to the megadevelopment on Manhattan’s West Side.

“Ohio State is buying up all these billboards in New York to try to get people to move west, so we thought, ‘Hey, let’s bring a little Ohio to the Big Apple,'” company spokesperson Bass (Kit) Weaver said. A.

Renderings depict the Basket Building on the site of the former Ship, the 150-foot-tall climbing sculpture that closed last year. The controversial structure may be gone, but it’s not forgotten: part of its custom steel exterior will be incorporated into the base of the building. “Adding a bit of New York glitz and glamor to our HQ will allow us to blend seamlessly into our surroundings,” Weaver said. “We want to help the people of Gotham discover the joy of picnicking with a Medium Market Basket™ in the middle of Manhattan’s coolest neighborhood.”

H/t on April Fool’s Day

Renderings revealed for new Lever House tenant amenities

Developers WatermanClark and Brookfield Properties have unveiled renderings of the third floor amenity spaces of the historic Lever House, the suave glass curtain wall tower located at 390 Park Avenue in Midtown East.

Renderings depict an indoor lounge similar to a hotel bar designed by Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner. Dubbed Lever Club, upstairs offerings include conference rooms for rent, a dining room, and a cafe. Tenants will also be able to access a 15,000 square foot landscaped rooftop terrace on the third floor.

In addition to Marmol Radziner, developers have tapped original Lever House architect SOM and preservation consultants Higgins Quasebarth & Partners for the $100 million gut-wrenching renovations. The improvements will address the dated exteriors and improve the performance of the building.

H/t at new York

Chicago critic Blair Kamin and photographer Lee Bey have a book on the way

now old Chicago Grandstand architecture critic Blair Kamin and photographer and writer Lee Bey took to Twitter to announce his new book, Who is the city for? Architecture, Equity, and the Public Realm in Chicago. The book, published by The University of Chicago Press, features 55 of Kamin’s columns with brand new photos of Bey. It will be on shelves in November, just in time to be sent to die-hard Chicago architecture fans on your gift list. The announcement follows the announcement that Bey, former architectural critic for the Chicago Sun-Timeswill return to the rhythm of architecture for a monthly column in the newspaper.

New Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity will help empower new designers

A new organization called the Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity aims to share the ideas and work of Ray and Charles Eames so that individuals can be inspired to think like them in using design to solve problems. Backed by Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, the project is led by President and CEO John Cary and Chief Curator Llisa Demetrios, who is the Eames’ granddaughter. The Institute is based at the Eames Ranch, a working farm in Petaluma, California, built in the 1990s by Charles Eames’ daughter and Demetrios’ mother, Lucia Eames. (William Turnbull of Sea Ranch fame designed the complex.) While the property is still in use as a farm, it also contains an extensive archive of prototypes, materials, and designs that are on public display for the first time.

“I learned so much living here with my mother for twenty years, and I could see the wonder on people’s faces as they experienced this material firsthand,” Demetrios said in a statement. “With the Institute and our new website, it’s so exciting to think of how many more people will be able to share this experience, and that my grandparents’ legacy is evolving in surprising and delicious new directions.”

Eight retired BART cars will become sites in the Bay Area

In 2020, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) issued a call for the adaptive reuse of eight decommissioned railcars. This week, the agency revealed the winners of the BART Fleet of the Future competition, which includes a retro video arcade, a craft beer bar, a small coworking space and a Rapid Transit History Center.

An overview of the winning projects can be viewed on the BART website.

H/t at SFist

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