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Nicola Formichetti Pop-up.Photo: Courtesy of Mark Foster Gage

Shopping Inside a Disco Ball
Boffo, a New York–area nonprofit dedicated to arts and design, throws both disciplines together at a specially designed retail environment opening tomorrow in Tribeca. The storefront will present collaborations among five fashion and architecture teams over the course of the fall beginning with a space by Gage/Clemenceau architects showcasing the work of designer Nicola Formichetti. Their environment—intended to resemble the inside of a mirror ball—is brutal, fractured, and multifaceted, in keeping with the always-provocative designer’s boundary-pushing fashion (50 Walker St., nr. Church St.; M-Sa, noon–7 p.m.; Su noon–6 p.m.; through 12/14;
See Also: Q&A With Nicola Formichetti

Those in Gauze Houses
South Korean artist Do Ho Suh fashions models to scale of real homes (his own, for instance) out of gauzy fabrics and lightweight construction materials. Lehmann Maupin gallery will show some of Suh’s work in an exhibition called “Home Within Home,” including his Fallen Star 1/5, which depicts a traditional Korean home crashing into an American Colonial (540 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-255-2923; Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Su-M, closed;

Ground Zero’s Next Decade
The Center for Architecture is hosting a day-long symposium on the post-9/11 re-development of lower Manhattan, possibly the greatest urban success story of the last decade. The event, subtitled “Looking Toward 9/11/2021,” will feature panelists like Michael Arad, designer of the September 11 Memorial Plaza; Craig Dykers of Snøhetta (also featured in this week’s “Behind Closed Doors”; Timur Galen, managing director of Goldman Sachs; and Daniel Libeskind, winner of the 9/11-memorial-design competition. The same day, the center will open “Seen Since 9/11: Interview and Photographs of New Yorkers,” with photos of the attacks’ aftermath by French photographer Tibo (536 La Guardia Pl., nr. 3rd St.; panel 9/8, 8:45 a.m.–5 p.m.; exhibition 9/8–9/24; M-F 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sa 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed Su; 212-683-0023,

Come for the Turbot, Stay for the Teak
That temple of French piscine cookery, Le Bernardin, closed in early August for a monthlong hiatus; this Friday, chef Eric Ripert and co-owner Maguy Le Coze will fling open the doors once again to reveal a newly re-done interior, courtesy of storied architects Bentel & Bentel. Nineties-era glass partitions have been replaced by woven teak panels, and stiff-backed chairs by deep banquettes. The white tablecloths, of course, remain (155 W. 51st St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-554-1515;

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