X+Living creates the illusion of a myriad of staircases at Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore

Mirrored ceilings and zigzag staircases help form the perplexing interiors of this bookstore in south-west China, which has been designed by architecture studio X+Living. Tucked away from street view, the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore by Shanghai-based X+Living occupies the third and fourth floors of Chongqing‘s Zodi Plaza retail development. As well as providing space for locals […]

Slanted walls frame monochrome display areas in Chongqing’s SND boutique

Architecture studio Various Associates has fashioned monochromatic interiors with mirrored surfaces and unusual fur-covered partitions, for this womenswear store in Chongqing, China. Shenzhen-based Various Associates ensured that symmetry was the focus of the store’s design by creating a rectangular floor plan that encloses a smaller rectangular zone inside. Described by the studio as a “milestone”, the […]

Ultravioletto’s Neural Mirror shows audiences an AI reflection of themselves

Visitors to a former church in the Italian city of Spoleto will encounter a mirror that uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition to build an otherworldly image of themselves. Italian design studio Ultravioletto created the Neural Mirror installation to give audiences a chance to contemplate the controversial technologies in an artistic setting. The ghostly, rainbow-coloured […]

Fernando Mastrangelo designs Ridge Collection to evoke mountain ranges

A rippled table and a crackled mirror feature in this new series of work by Brooklyn designer Fernando Mastrangelo. Mastrangelo has used a mix of cement, silica, hand-dyed sand, mirrors and coloured glass to create the Ridge Collection, which includes tables, stools and various wall hangings. Each is detailed with patterns and shapes intended to […]

Pezo von Ellrichshausen turns baroque palazzo upside down with “magic open box” installation

Chilean architecture duo Pezo von Ellrichshausen has installed a mirrored structure within Milan’s Palazzo Litta, creating disorientating reflections of its baroque architecture. Described by studio founders Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen as a “magic open box”, Echo Pavilion offers two types of reflection – some are the right way up, while the others are upside […]

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