Chris Precht and Arthur Mamou-Mani use sand to 3D print pavilion in Saudi Arabia

Precht and Mamou-Mani Architects have completed a sustainable sand-printed installation called Sandwaves in Diryah, Saudi Arabia. The ribbon-like structure is 3D printed from sand and furan resin for use as street furniture at Diryah Season – a sports and entertainment event in the Al-Turaif District. Precht and Mamou-Mani Architects chose to build Sandwaves using sand as […]

FreelandBuck pavilion in Palo Alto documents life “over the course of one day”

FreelandBuck has installed a pavilion in a Palo Alto plaza comprising triangular panels imprinted with images of the public enjoying the same site on a day last year. Cache Me if You Can is on view in front of the Palo Alto City Hall. Its exterior is printed with images that chart the movement of […]

Lateral Office lights up New York City Garment District with “immersive urban instrument”

Canadian studio Lateral Office has installed 12 oversized seesaws that light up and make sounds on the streets of New York City‘s Garment District. Impulse occupies the pedestrian plazas on Broadway Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets. While on display, the block is closed to vehicle traffic. Visitors are encouraged to ride the playground-style pieces, […]

Daan Roosegaarde remembers Dutch Holocaust victims with Levenslicht memorial

Designer Daan Roosegaarde has memorialised the 104,000 victims of the Holocaust in the Netherlands with individual stones in an interactive sculpture titled Levenslicht. Launching yesterday in Rotterdam, Levenslicht is made up of specially designed luminescent rocks that glow every few seconds, apparently as if taking “a breath of light”. The rocks are arranged in a […]

Virgil Abloh channels brutalism for concrete Efflorescence furniture series

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has created a graffiti-covered furniture collection for Paris studio Galerie Kreo, which takes cues from brutalism and the urban landscape. Titled Efflorescence, the 20-piece furniture collection comprises coffee tables, consoles, seats, vases and mirrors. Described by Abloh as being positioned somewhere between sculpture and useful object, each piece is formed from […]

Soft Schindler​ installation of works by architects and artists contrasts modernist The Schindler House

This exhibition of works by architects and artists installed at Rudolph Schindler’s house in West Hollywood, California takes the fraught relationship between the architect and his wife as its theme. The Soft Schindler​ exhibit features works by 14 architecture studios and artists that intend to add softness to or contrast with the house, which the […]

Studio Drift exhibits interactive works based on birds and dandelions in San Francisco

San Francisco’s Carpenters Workshop Gallery is staging an exhibition of works by Studio Drift that aim to showcase the “intersection of nature and technology”. DRIFT: About Nature, Technology and Humankind features site-specific installations that explore the intersection of nature and technology DRIFT: About Nature, Technology and Humankind features site-specific installations and video presentations of projects […]

Gharfa is a multi-sensory pavilion in Riyadh by Edoardo Tresoldi’s Studio Studio Studio lab

Edoardo Tresoldi has combined sound, projections, landscaping and fabric with his signature wire-mesh sculptures for Gharfa, a large site-specific pavilion in Riyadh. Gharfa is the first project completed by his interdisciplinary lab Studio Studio Studio, in collaboration with artist Alberonero, musician Max Magaldi and garden designer Matteo Foschi of Odd Garden. Conceived as a theatrical experience, […]

Sabine Marcelis creates furniture and lighting from same materials as Barcelona Pavilion

Designer Sabine Marcelis has used glass, travertine and polished metal to create a collection of sculptural interventions that respond to the materiality of Mies van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. No Fear of Glass is the latest in a series of temporary installations staged at the pavilion, which is a recreation of the structure built by […]

Architects and designers act as furniture for The Living Room

Designers Lucas Maassen and Alexandre Humbert have made a series of photo collages of established creatives impersonating furniture and household items. Called The Living Room, the Maassen and Humbert conceived the project and took pictures of the 187 architects, designers and curators involved during Dutch Design Week last year. Maassen and Humbert arranged the resulting […]

Carlo Ratti’s Eyes of the City exhibition in Shenzhen tracks visitors with facial-recognition tech

Architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti stokes the surveillance debate with his biennale exhibition, which is set in a working train station in China and uses facial-recognition technology. A part of the the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen, The Eyes of the City exhibition is now open at Futian station. It features works by […]

Lucy McRae offers an escape from the digital with Future Survival Kit

Los Angeles-based artist Lucy McRae has created a survival kit for a post-apocalyptic future, designed to be carried on the body as if you were a sherpa. McRae, who calls herself a body architect, imagines that people might one day react against “the age of the algorithm”, by rejecting digital devices and social media platforms. […]

Superflux shows how future homes might face realities of climate change in 2219

Design studio Superflux has built a vision of a typical Singapore home in 2219, with features including homemade hunting tools, snorkelling equipment and a mini hydroponic farm. Superflux founders Anab Jain and Jon Ardern imagine that climate change will completely change the way people live their lives over the next 100 years, as day-to-day survival becomes […]

Morag Myerscough designs “biophilic” cafe pavilion covered in plants and colourful tiles

British designer Morag Myerscough has created a brightly coloured cafe topped with plants to help improve the wellbeing of office workers in a revamped office building in London’s Broadgate. Studio Myerscough‘s Atoll installation forms the centrepiece of a newly created public space within 1 Finsbury Avenue Square (1 FA), which was recently refurbished by local […]

Åsa Stenerhag creates peculiar ceramics for Alien Autopsy exhibition

Stockholm-based artist Åsa Stenerhag has created a series of ceramic objects that she suggests might be alien body parts. Stenerhag created over 30 pieces for Alien Autopsy, an exhibition at the Massproductions showroom in Stockholm last month. Finished in shades of white, brown and black, the stoneware pieces bear some resemblance to human body parts. […]

10 of the most original Christmas trees of 2019

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite Christmas trees of the year, including not one but two inspired by the Bauhaus and a Lego dragon in Christmas tree form. The Lattice tree by OuterEdit, Singapore Metal cubes in bright, gradient colours are stacked on top of each other to form the ten tiers of this […]

Dezeen’s top 10 installations of 2019

Next up in our review of 2019, Kristine Klein picks out the 10 most arresting installations on Dezeen, including Banky’s pop-up, pink seesaws slotted between the border wall and a sauna at Burning Man. Gross Domestic Product, UK, by Banksy British graffiti artist Banksy opened up a “for display purposes only” pop-up shop in East […]

Yinka Ilori creates brightly coloured Christmas tree for London hotel

Yinka Ilori has rounded off a busy year by designing a stylised Christmas tree for London‘s Sanderson hotel, featuring his signature colourful and graphic aesthetic. Ilori designed the 2.5-metre-tall Christmas tree to greet guests as they enter the lobby of the Philippe Starck-designed hotel on Berners Street. The sculptural installation comprises five geometric forms that […]

Anne Hardy transforms Tate Britain into a ghostly ruin

Artist Anne Hardy has decorated the facade of London’s Tate Britain gallery to make it look like a temple marooned by rising sea-levels, in a bid to raise awareness about the impact of climate change. Hardy’s installation for the gallery‘s annual winter commission uses tangled lights, tattered banners and other objects to transform the 19th-century […]

Designers of Björk’s Cornucopia show “ignored the concert rule book”

Icelandic singer Björk worked with creatives from the theatre world who tore up the rule book to create a “delicate” set for her Cornucopia tour. Björk has been touring her Cornucopia show in North America and Europe since May this year. It kicked off at The Shed in New York designed by Diller Scofidio + […]

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