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Sweet tooth

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Maya Lin, of Vietnam Memorial fame, is architect for a new bakery in New York, and as a fundraiser has persuaded famous colleagues to design some cakes for auction. 'He's going to want white on white - and he means white, not lemon mousse, ' she tells the New York Times of Richard Meier's toothsome little number. Wearing his William Morris hairshirt, Rafael Viñoly says of his six cantilevered bricks of chocolate cake: 'I didn't want to make a little house - I wanted to maintain the integrity of the material.' Meanwhile, Frank Gehry's cake is 'an organic thing that will dictate itself ', produced at the last minute 'to maintain the integrity of the sugar'. Bids start at $1,000 but genius never comes cheap.

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