Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen reflects on the influence of Danish design in a short film by Vola

Dezeen promotion: Norm Architects‘ founding partner Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen explores the heritage and influence of Danish design in a short film presented by tap manufacturer Vola. Titled Danish Design and the Future, the film is led by Bjerre-Poulsen, founding partner of Copenhagen-based studio Norm Architects. Best known for its minimal aesthetic and earthy tones, the designer […]

Imaginary Language is a set of geometric objects that “foster creativity”

Royal College of Art graduate Alessandra Fumagalli Romario explains how her project Imaginary Language gives actors and children tools to help them think more creatively in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Imaginary Language is a set of basic geometric objects that can be combined to create a variety of new forms. Users can then […]

Strange furry creature stars in ad campaign for The Cunning Little Vixen opera

A furry, fox-like creature moves frantically in this ad, created by branding agency Superunion and animation designer Esteban Diacono for a performance of opera The Cunning Little Vixen. The designers tried to visualise a struggle between man and nature in the motion graphics. Their aim was to capture the emotionally charged spirit of the classic […]

Studio José de la O reveals objects designed by brainwaves

Designer José de la O has teamed up with technology firm Mirai Innovation to develop a way for people to manipulate the shape of a vase using only their thoughts. Working alongside Japanese company Mirai Innovation, Studio José de la O designed an experiment that allows participants to manipulate a generic computer model of a […]

Francesca Molteni creates film to celebrate Italian ceramics

Dezeen promotion: Film director Francesca Molteni has created a movie for Ceramics of Italy that spotlights the story of Italian ceramics. Created by Molteni with architectural historian Fulvio Irace, the short film artistically celebrates the character and versatility of Italian tile. The film features three Italian buildings that each demonstrate innovative and interesting ways that the locally-produced tiles […]

Iceberg-making submarine aims to tackle global warming by re-freezing the Arctic

A team of designers led by Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha proposes re-freezing sea water in the Arctic to create miniature modular icebergs using a submarine-like vessel, in a bid to combat climate change. The Indonesian designer worked on the prototype with collaborators Denny Lesmana Budi and Fiera Alifa for an international competition organised by the Association […]

Lotus Evija is the first fully electric hypercar from the British car maker

British car manufacturer Lotus has launched its first fully electric zero-emission hypercar, the Lotus Evija, which claims to be the most powerful series production road car ever built. Lotus gave a teaser preview of the car earlier this year at Auto Shanghai 2019, where it announced the launch of Evija as the first all-electric supercar […]

Olympic committee unveils 2020 medals made from recycled smartphones

Reflective, ribbon-like rings form a border around the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals by Junichi Kawanishi, which are made from old electronic devices donated by the public. With one year to go until the 2020 Olympics begin, the organising committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has unveiled the designs for the winning athletes’ […]

Students’ 3D-printed Concrete Choreography pillars provide a stage for dancers

Dancers at the Origen Festival in the Swiss Alps will perform around nine unique columns 3D-printed in concrete by students from ETH Zurich. The masters students produced the columns using a new process, developed at the technology school, that allows for the fast 3D-printing of concrete structures completely without formwork or any other kind of […]

Studio Drift’s drone performance lifts off at Kennedy Space Center

Studio Drift has recreated its flying sculpture Franchise Freedom at Kennedy Space Center, programming 300 drones to perform a routine marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission launch. The Amsterdam-based studio headed by artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta adapted the performative artwork to work in time with a performance by British rock […]

Watch Doug Aitken’s mirrored hot air balloon take flight

[embedded content] This captioned movie shows Doug Aitken‘s 30-metre-tall New Horizon hot air balloon, which has a semi-mirrored body, take flight across the skies of Massachusetts. Called New Horizon, the nomadic installation will pass over several sites in the US state that are managed by the Trustees, which is a non-profit preservation and conservation organisation.   LED […]

Volta VR tool “will make producing audio more expressive”

Royal College of Art graduate Alex Kane explains how his virtual reality Volta production tool allows users to create multidirectional “spatial audio” in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Kane developed Volta as his graduation project to complete his degree in Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Users wear virtual reality goggles and headphones to produce […]

Olafur Eliasson’s Tate Modern retrospective shows reality in “higher granularity”

Olafur Eliasson explains how his recently opened exhibition at London’s Tate Modern prompts visitors to look at the world from a new perspective, in this exclusive video interview filmed by Dezeen. Called In Real Life, the exhibition comprises around 40 works from the last 26 years of the Danish-Icelandic artist’s career. Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition at […]

Keyi Chen’s desk accessories encourage us to play while we work

Central Saint Martins graduate Keyi Chen has reinterpreted everyday desk accessories as stress-relieving devices called Inte-rest-ing that encourage people who work long hours to play at their desks. Chen has created five commonplace office items that can also be used as tools to relieve the stress of a long working day, for his Inte-rest-ing project. The […]

Adam Nathaniel Furman’s HK furniture collection is inspired by a friendly cyclops

London designer Adam Nathaniel Furman has teamed up with Scottish surfaces manufacturer Mirrl to develop a furniture collection informed by Japanese lacquerwork and a folkloric one-eyed boy. The Glasgow-based company worked with Furman to examine alternative applications for its solid surface material, which is more typically used for tabletops, kitchens, bathrooms and cladding. They settled […]

Daan Roosegaarde’s Presence exhibition encourages visitors to make their mark

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has opened his first major solo museum show — an interactive experience meant to awaken its audience to human impact on the environment. Staged by the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands, Roosegaarde’s Presence exhibition takes the form of a sprawling, 800-metre-square installation of darkened rooms and phosphorescent light. At every […]

Block9 reveals “monster” IICON stage at Glastonbury 2019

Block9 co-founders Gideon Berger and Steven Gallagher explain how they built the monolithic IICON stage at Glastonbury in this exclusive video shot by Dezeen at the famous music festival. IICON is a vast sculptural stage and outdoor dance arena by London creative partnership Block9, which debuted at Glastonbury festival in Somerset, UK, last weekend. The […]

Architecture and design highlights from Glastonbury 2019

[embedded content] This captioned movie explores some of the best installations at this year’s Glastonbury music festival, including temporary structures by design studio Block9 and artist Joe Rush. Among the stages and installations built for the five-day event were a full-size recreation of a British seaside pier by Rush, a vast moving crane equipped with […]

IKEA reveals 3D-printed Uppkoppla accessories designed for gamers

IKEA has unveiled a collection of customisable 3D-printed accessories created to help people play video games at home in greater comfort and style. The Uppkoppla collection comprises a series of prototypes developed to improve the lives of gamers by addressing issues relating to furniture design, customisation and accessibility. The initial prototypes include a wristband, keycaps […]

Accessories for the Paranoid uses fake data to stop your devices spying on you

Katja Trinkwalder and Pia-Marie Stute have designed a series of add-on accessories for those who are concerned about surveillance and their data security. The project, called Accessories For The Paranoid, explores an alternative approach to data security through four different “parasitic” objects. These include a webcam that projects fabricated scenes and a button that generates […]

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