Buildings in LA are torn down and rebuilt as fast as movie sets, says Tarantino’s production designer

Major high-rise developments are razing the architectural past of Los Angeles at a rapid rate, says the production designer behind the 1960s sets of Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Production designer Barbara Ling said that creating the sets for the summer blockbuster highlighted the fast pace of development in the city. “Los […]

“I don’t want to be seen as the guy that just slaps a bit of colour on” says Yinka Ilori

Yinka Ilori‘s bold, colourful style can be seen all over London this summer, but the designer tells Dezeen there’s a lot more to him than bright graphics. London-based Ilori, 32, made a name for himself with his characterful chairs, which he creates by upcycling various pieces of unwanted old furniture, and adding colours and textiles […]

Approved, Not Approved campaign fights “singular narrative” in advertising

Sex-toy designers Polly Rodriguez and Alexandra Fine have launched a campaign to raise awareness about the bias selection process of adverts, which “plagues” female-focused sexual wellness companies. The Approved Not Approved campaign and online quiz aims to help the public understand how ad guidelines are “selectively enforced” when it comes to sex-related content – particularly […]

“I don’t believe we’re going to clean up the oceans” says Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch

Eliminating plastic from the seas is not possible and instead new materials need to be developed to replace plastic, according to the founder of Parley for the Oceans. Cyrill Gutsch, who founded the organisation to tackle ocean pollution, made the claim in an exclusive interview with Dezeen. “To be very honest, I don’t believe that […]

Black Rock City is designed to “sprout out of nothing”, says Burning Man co-founder Will Roger

Burning Man co-founder Will Roger has spent the last 14 years capturing the festival in aerial photographs. As a book of his images is released, he spoke to Dezeen about how they created a pop-up city in the desert. Compass of the Ephemeral: Aerial Photography of Black Rock City through the Lens of Will Roger, […]

Creating the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion was “difficult” says Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza Viera explains how he created the swooped concrete roof of the pavilion he designed for the 1998 Expo in Lisbon in this exclusive movie. Located at the mouth of the Tagus River in the Portuguese city, the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion was built to form the main entrance to the World Exposition, which took place […]

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg “trying to evoke emotion” with Better Nature show

British artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg‘s solo show at Vitra Design Museum asks questions about our place in the natural world. We look at the six projects on display in the exhibition. Each of the works in Ginsberg’s Better Nature exhibition aims to look at the relationship between nature and technology to investigate why we design […]

“It isn’t that hard” to design clothes sustainably, says Mother of Pearl creative director

It’s only possible to create ethical fashion if you pay attention to all elements of the business says Amy Powney, creative director of Mother of Pearl, which is collaborating with Net-A-Porter to make clothes from vegan peace silk. Mother of Pearl has aimed to address all elements of the business to make it as ethical […]

“There is no fashion on a dead planet” says RCA grad who refused to make final collection

Royal College of Art fashion student Laura Kraup Frandsen has refused to present a physical collection at her graduate show as a protest against overconsumption in the climate crisis. Instead of a final clothing collection, the MA Fashion Womenswear student staged a “die-in” demonstration at her degree show with the help of 20 Extinction Rebellion […]

Humans “unlikely to survive this century” without radical changes to housing says Jack Self

Designing a new housing model for the masses is the most urgent task facing architects today says Jack Self, who has co-curated an exhibition looking at the data behind today’s average home. Mean Home, on show recently in the British School at Rome, presented visions for homes in the UK and Italy, based on statistical […]

Architects and designers “absolutely vital” in shift to circular economy says Ellen MacArthur

Circular economy champion Ellen MacArthur has called on designers to help transform the global economy along sustainable lines. The British former round-the-world sailor and founder of circular-economy charity Ellen MacArthur Foundation said she wanted architects and designers to join her fight to eradicate industrial waste and pollution. “The design fraternity is absolutely a target for […]

Stacie Woolsey creates her own masters course as “viable alternative” to design education

Priced out of further education, British design graduate Stacie Woolsey approached designers to help her create her own masters course. Speaking to Dezeen, she says elitism is a problem the industry urgently needs to address. Woolsey had planned to study a masters course after completing her graphic design degree at Kingston University, but was shocked […]

“We wanted to create a symbol” with new minimal BT logo says designer Paul Franklin

London studio Red&White is behind the new minimal logo of telecommunications company BT. Studio founder Paul Franklin told Dezeen that confidence was the key to rebranding the British icon. Red&White‘s brief was to create a more modern and “useful” visual identity, replacing the multicoloured globe logo that the organisation had been using since 2003. According […]

Architects can “play a more prominent role” in creating queer space says Ben Campkin

London’s queer community needs architects and designers to help them create new social spaces, says Ben Campkin, co-author of a report charting the decline of LGBT+ venues across the city. Campkin’s research, carried out with Laura Marshall for the UCL Urban Laboratory, found that London’s LGBT+ venues were fast disappearing – down by 58 per […]

“People are afraid to talk about toxic masculinity” says Orange Culture’s Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Nigerian designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal is using fashion to challenge racial and gender stereotypes. Speaking to Dezeen, he says he wants his label Orange Culture to kickstart a global movement for diversity. At the age of just 28, Oke-Lawal has already launched several acclaimed menswear collections. With names like School of Rejects and Quirks Invasion, each […]

“Aviation can be more sustainable than road and rail” says head of Norway’s switch to electric planes

Norway aims to replace fuel-guzzling jets with electric planes on all domestic flights by 2040 as part of its drive to fight climate change. Olaf Mosvold Larsen of state airport group Avinor told Dezeen how they plan to do it. By switching to electric planes, “emissions can be eliminated while emissions from expensive and extensive […]

Bjarke Ingels says a style is “like a straight jacket”

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels says he is proud that BIG buildings don’t have an identifiable style, in the latest episode of new podcast Time Sensitive. Speaking to Andrew Zuckerman, co-founder of Time Sensitive, Ingels said he is glad people think BIG’s architecture lacks cohesion. “I would definitely take it as a compliment, because I would […]

Alibaba is redesigning the world’s geography says Design Academy Eindhoven curator

The world’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, is changing the infrastructure of design, manufacturing and retail around the globe, says Martina Muzi, co-curator of the Design Academy Eindhoven exhibition Geo-Design. According to Muzi, the Chinese multinational conglomerate is building new digital, social and logistical networks that are transforming the world’s geography. “Alibaba is more than just a company, or […]

Chinese architects must find a new way to “urbanise the countryside” says Li Xiaodong

Chinese architects must gain the confidence to develop China‘s rural areas sustainably, not just turn them into urban sprawl, says architect Li Xiaodong. Li, whose projects include Liyuan Library in the Chinese village of Huairou, believes China’s architects must develop a unique understanding of their cultural identity in order to build the architecture the country needs. “The reason […]

Game of Thrones season eight “made me sick to my stomach” says production designer

Creating the sets for the final season of fantasy epic Game of Thrones was a “logistical nightmare”, says production designer Deborah Riley. “It was as intense as you can imagine,” explained Riley, who worked alongside directors David Benioff and DB Weiss. “I don’t want anyone to think this is television by any normal standard. It occupied my every brain […]

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