Mediated Matter Group designs robotically fabricated structure using organic matter

Neri Oxman‘s Mediated Matter Group has digitally designed and robotically fabricated a structure using the molecular components found in tree branches, insect exoskeletons and human bones. Aguahoja I examines how even the materials that we consider waste can inform design. Standing five meters tall, the structure’s skin is composed of cellulose, chitosan, and pectin – […]

Modernist Casa Möbius reinvigorated with contemporary designs for Mexico City’s design week

Second Life showcases the works of Mexican architects and designers at the modernist Casa Möbius on the outskirts of Mexico City as part of the city’s design week. The installation, called Second Life, took place at Casa Möbius, the studio and home of the late modernist architect Ernesto Gómez Gallardo. The rooms of the two-storey, […]

Davidpompa shows Origo lights in shipping container for Mexico City design week

Mexico City design studio Davidpompa has added a slender floor lamp and a small table lamp to its Origo collection made from volcanic rock, which it showed in a shipper container. Davidpompa launched the two additions at this year’s Design Week Mexico as part of a two-day festival called Diseño Contenido, or Design Content. The […]

Robotic mirrors follow the sun in installation by Kimchi and Chips

Halo by Seoul-based art studio Kimchi and Chips features 99 robotic mirrors that move continuously throughout the day, following the sun like sunflowers. Arranged across one 15-metre-long track and two five-metre-tall towers, the computationally aligned mirrors beam sunlight into a cloud of water mist, creating a halo-like circle. The installation was originally shown as part […]

ArchiWorkshop holds funeral for Seoul house by wrapping it in gauze

This installation by South Korean studio ArchiWorkshop involved wrapping the interior of an abandoned house in Seoul in a layer of gauzy fabric to evoke a shamanistic death ritual. Titled Welcome and Illusion of Life, the project saw the empty structure transformed into a memorial dedicated to a space that was once filled with life, […]

Floating + Pool Light installation illuminates the East River to test and report on water quality

LED lights on a plus-shaped installation floating on Manhattan’s East River change colour based on the water quality conditions. + Pool Light is a public installation executed by local studios PlayLab Inc, Family New York, Floating Point, and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. It tracks and reports the physical conditions of the water off Pier […]

Architect John Marx reimagines a Greek myth for Burning Man pavilion

A five-sided pyramid with cutouts influenced by constellations was created to pay homage to heroic woman during this year’s Burning Man festival. Architect John Marx and Brian Poindexter, with San Francisco art collective Playa Muses, built Andromeda Reimagined to subvert the ancient Greek story of Andromeda from a male dominated narrative into a tale of female […]

Jon Emmony designs “Europe’s largest AR experience” for Selfridges

Jon Emmony has installed a five-storey augmented reality experience, called Digital Falls, in the atrium of Selfridges department store in London. The AR artwork saw the five-storey atrium at Selfridges transformed into a column of water inhabited by pulsing, sculptural shapes that were inspired by bioluminescent creatures. It was described by its creators as “Europe’s largest AR […]

Snøhetta installs curved Best Weapon bench to encourage conversations at UN Headquarters

Architecture firm Snøhetta has installed a smile-shaped aluminium bench at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to promote “a message of peace and conflict resolution.” Currently on display outside of the UN Headquarters in New York, The Best Weapon is a six-and-a-half meter-long seat that Snøhetta created for the Nobel Peace Center. Its name […]

Banksy launches range of branded merchandise to maintain custody of his name

Graffiti artist Banksy has launched his own merchandise line, with items on sale for as little as £10, to protect his brand against a greeting-card company that is trying to “seize legal custody” of his name. Banksy unveiled a pop-up-shop installation, named Gross Domestic Product, in Croydon, UK, to announce the launch of the merchandise range. According to […]

Sonic Mountain by Doug Aitken is formed from 365 wind chimes

This installation at California’s Donum Estate by American artist Doug Aitken arranges a series of hanging wind chimes. Sonic Mountain, Sonoma is nestled into the eucalyptus grove of the 200-acre Sonoma County property, which is known for its vineyards. Aitken used wind chimes to construct the project so that it would respond to the movements […]

Es Devlin’s Memory Palace model maps out momentous events in history

From the cave markings left by early man to the Swedish Parliament where Greta Thunberg began her climate strike, Es Devlin has represented crucial historical moments on a three-dimensional map at Pitzhanger gallery. Designed for the Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery in Ealing, London, the new installation takes the form of an 18-metre-wide topographical model of […]

Edoardo Tresoldi creates ethereal wire mesh sculpture at Arte Sella

Artist Edoardo Tresoldi has partially filled the walls of Simbiosi – a ghostly wire-mesh sculpture on a hillside at the Arte Sella open-air museum in Italy – with rocks. Located in Trentino Valley, the museum and sculpture park was hit with an unprecedented storm in October 2018, resulting in the destruction of various artworks and […]

Klaus Littmann plants forest in Austrian football stadium

Swiss art curator Klaus Littmann has planted 300 trees in a football stadium in Austria as a “memorial” to the environment in the anthropocene era. For Forest is replica of a European forest that has been transported to Wörthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, where visitors can enjoy the spectacle of the leaves changing and falling during autumn. The […]

Marshmallow Laser Feast’s VR exhibition sends “important environmental message”

Digital art collective Marshmallow Laser Feast marks the opening of the Kengo Kuma-designed Odunpazari Modern Museum with two virtual reality installations that comment on humanity’s dependency on nature. Titled Treehugger and In The Eyes of the Animal, the two immersive exhibitions combine virtual reality with aerial 360-degree drone filming to take visitors through a digital […]

Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival

Dezeen promotion: sustainable designs from Rossana Orlandi‘s Ro Plastic Prize competition will be exhibited at Istituto Marangoni London as part of this year’s London Design Festival. The works of winning designer Alexander Schul and other emerging creatives will be displayed at the exhibition, alongside pieces by renowned Italian architect Piero Lissoni and contemporary designer James Shaw. […]

Olafur Eliasson’s silver orbs create tunnel effect on San Francisco’s waterfront

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has installed five reflective spheres at a plaza adjoining a San Francisco waterfront sports arena. Seeing Spheres was unveiled this week at the city’s Chase Center sports complex. It is Eliasson’s first permanent public work on the west coast, and his largest public work in the US. The installation comprises five globes […]

Kirkby Design creates fabric collection based on London Underground seats

Textile brand Kirkby Design has collaborated with Transport for London to recreate seven heritage moquette designs featured on the city’s Underground tube seats. The Underground Vol. II collection saw Kirkby adapt the scale and colour of various designs found in the London Transport Museum archives to create a series of velvet upholstery fabrics patterned with […]

Timber pavilions and other-worldly installations animate the plains at Burning Man 2019

Burning Man revellers, including architect Bjarke Ingels, have captured the installations, pavilions and stages at this year’s event, including elevated stepping stones and a huge arm made of scrap metel. The photos posted to Instagram document the temporary structures populating the Nevada desert for this year’s event, taking place from 25 August to 2 September. The […]

Norberto Miranda creates inflatable bean galleries for travelling exhibit in Mexico

Mexican designer Norberto Miranda has designed inflatable structures that look like massive beans to host an exhibition that celebrates the traditions and intersection of Mexican gastronomy, music and culture. Norberto Miranda and architecture firm Estudio 3.14 created the structures for a travelling exhibition called Tierra Fértil, which translates as Fertile Land. The inflatable design means […]

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