Sasha Bikoff references 1990s Versace campaigns for Design Miami exhibit

New York interior designer Sasha Bikoff has designed furniture that takes cues from looks in Versace’s old fashion campaigns for an exhibition in Miami. Called South Beach Stories, the Versace exhibit was located in a dim room at the Palm Court event space in the Miami Design District for this year’s Design Miami, which took […]

“Do we still need girls showing boobs to sell a smartphone?”

In this week’s comments update, readers are disgusted by a marketing campaign for a gold flip phone launched by Pablo Escobar’s brother.  Moral high-ground: readers have been left furious after Roberto Escobar, brother of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, used a highly sexualised campaign featuring women in their underwear to promote the launch of a […]

Partisans to turn Canadian town into “city of the future” The Orbit

Architecture studio Partisans has unveiled plans to transform a Canadian town into a smart community, combining fibre optics, autonomous vehicles and drone ports within a rural setting. The Toronto firm has developed the proposal for Innisfil, Canada, a primarily agrarian and residential town 60 kilometres north of Toronto. Called The Orbit, the proposal aims to […]

Serpentine Galleries appoints Frieze Los Angeles’s Bettina Korek as CEO

American arts administrator Bettina Korek has been appointed CEO of London’s Serpentine Galleries following Yana Peel’s resignation earlier this year. Korek, who is currently executive director of Frieze Los Angeles, will move to the UK capital to take up the position in March 2020. She succeeds Peel, who resigned in June after three years in […]

Studio Rick Joy designs concrete apartment complex in Mexico City’s Polanco neighbourhood

Long windows are embedded into the board-marked concrete walls of this residential building in Mexico City’s upscale Polanco area, designed by American architecture firm Studio Rick Joy. The Tuscon firm designed the five-storey structure, also called Polanco, in collaboration with local studio FRB Arquitectos Asociados. Made from reinforced cast-in-place concrete, it comprises a pair of […]

Dezeen’s top 10 conceptual architecture projects of 2019

This year designers created a huge variety of conceptual architecture from a straw bale school to a bamboo colony on Mars. Semi Han continues our review of 2019 with 10 of the most intriguing concepts. East 34th Street, New York, USA, by MAD Architects Chinese studio MAD Architects envisioned a 232-metre tall skyscraper to sit next to the […]

The Willis Faber & Dumas building is a revolutionary high-tech office

We continue or high-tech architecture series by looking at Foster Associates’ Willis Faber & Dumas building, a revolutionary office block in Ipswich, which was completed in 1975. Built as the headquarters of insurance company Willis Faber & Dumas, the three-storey block occupies its entire site and is wrapped in a glass curtain wall that reflects the […]

“In choosing blue, Pantone has missed the mark once more”

Pantone played it safe and still missed the mark by picking Classic Blue as its colour of the year for 2020, says Michelle Ogundehin. After the debacle of naming Living Coral as its 2019 Color of the Year (COTY), a shade supposedly based on the natural pigmentation of healthy ocean coral, despite this being in perilously short […]

Takero Shimazaki Architects infuses Barbican flat with Japanese details

A client’s strong ties to Japan informed the interiors of this Barbican apartment, which has been overhauled by Takero Shimazaki Architects. The apartment is within Shakespeare Tower, one of three high-rise buildings on London’s Barbican estate – a housing complex completed by architecture firm Chamberlin, Powell and Bon in 1976. Its two owners had moved […]

Tessa Silva creates compostable homeware from surplus milk and chalk

Royal College of Art graduate Tessa Silva has turned a clay-like material made from waste milk into bulbous vases, candelabras and door handles called Chalk & Cheese. Silva’s technique, which was developed over the course of three years, sees chalk mixed with a common byproduct of the dairy industry – the excess skimmed milk which […]

Richard Chivers photographs England’s remaining gas holders

Architectural photographer Richard Chivers has captured images of gas holders from across England to create a visual record of the remaining examples of the structures. Chivers decided to photograph the gas holders – large structures that were used to store natural gas – as many of them are under threat of demolition. Richard Chivers has […]

Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 banana removed from display

A banana taped to a wall by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was removed from its display at Art Basel, Miami after “several uncontrollable crowd movements”, including someone eating it. Cattelan’s piece, called Comedian, was presented by Galerie Perrotin during the Art Basel fair in Miami last week where two of its three editions sold to […]

“There’s something very inspiring happening again in Israel,” says architect Asaf Mann

Israel‘s architecture scene is thriving, according to architect Asaf Mann, who likens it to the Bauhaus boom in Tel Aviv during the 1930s and 1940s. New public buildings, infrastructure developments and talented young local architects are contributing to the creative boom said Mann, who is a principal architect at his father’s practice Amir Mann-Ami Shinar […]

LOHA designs affordable housing complex for difficult site in Los Angeles

American firm LOHA has unveiled plans for an affordable housing complex in Los Angeles, comprising stacks of shipping containers arranged on a triangular site near a busy highway interchange. The complex, called Isla Intersections, is slated to be built on a three-sided parcel that is just under a half-acre. Located in South LA, the property […]

Call for entries to AHEAD Americas awards 2020

Architects and designers working across the Americas are now invited to submit their entries to the 2020 edition of the AHEAD Awards. Championing standout hospitality projects from around the world, the AHEAD Awards focuses on four different regions: the Americas, Asia, Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Europe. The 2020 AHEAD Americas competition will review […]

Dezeen’s top 10 accessible designs of 2019

This year saw a wave of projects aimed at improving life for people with disabilities, and making spaces more inclusive. For our review of 2019, Dezeen has selected 10 of the best, including a mind-controlled exoskeleton and a series of 3D-printed IKEA hacks. Ripple by Hsin-Jou Huang, Szu-Ying Lai and Chia-Ning Hsu For people with […]

“High-tech was a supreme toys-for-the-boys moment”

Continuing our high-tech architecture series, Catherine Slessor looks at how the women in Team 4 helped shape the narrative of the movement. All architecture is a leap into an unknowable future, but how will history regard high-tech? As a movement, it now does seem more like an ending than a beginning; a rarified sub-stratum of architectural […]

Vollebak designs jacket that lets the wearer sleep in space

Experimental clothing brand Vollebak‘s Deep Sleep Cocoon jacket is designed to allow people to sleep anywhere, including in space. The Deep Sleep Cocoon jacket has been designed by Vollebak so that people wearing it can sleep in the most difficult conditions. It was created specifically for space where sleeping can be difficult due to noise […]

Piazza Dell’Ufficio won interior project of the year at Dezeen Awards 2019 for teaching children “the power of design”

Piazza Dell’Ufficio by Branch Studio Architects, which was named interior project of the year at Dezeen Awards 2019, teaches children about the power of design says judge Eva Jiricna in this movie. Located in a suburb of Melbourne, the renovation of the administration offices of Caroline Chisholm College attempts to reduce visual barriers between staff […]

Five exciting roles on Dezeen Jobs this week including positions at BIG and The Met

Dezeen Jobs has a number of promising architecture and design opportunities right now, including positions at Danish architecture studio BIG and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Senior urban designer at BIG Danish firm BIG designed a glazed white-brick and glass public school in Virginia, which is stacked in a fan-shape to create a series of cascading terraces. […]

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