London pop-up House of Harth is filled with rentable furniture

Buyers can borrow pieces of furniture from this pop-up shop, which online sharing platform Harth has opened in north London. Founded by editor Henrietta Thompson and her husband Edward Padmore, Harth allows customers to rent design-focused furnishings, accessories, and artworks instead of disposing of them once their tastes or living circumstances have changed. The House […]

Competition: win a copy of London’s Great Theatres by Simon Callow and Derry Moore

In our latest competition, we’re offering five readers the chance to win a copy of London’s Great Theatres by Simon Callow with photography by Derry Moore. Published by Prestel, the book offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the city‘s renowned stages and to see the spaces without crowds. From the West End to east […]

The Lloyd’s building is Richard Rogers’ first high-tech office block

Continuing our high-tech architecture series, we take a look at the inside-out Lloyd’s building in London, Richard Rogers‘ second major building following Centre Pompidou. One of the 1980s most recognisable pieces of architecture, the Lloyd’s building demonstrates many of the key traits of the high-tech architecture style that emerged in the UK in the late 1960s. The […]

Design Museum will showcase Prada, trainers and electronic music in 2020 as visitor numbers rise

London’s Design Museum has unveiled its exhibition programme for 2020, with a major show about fashion brand Prada due to open in September. The show, called Prada. Front and Back, is described as “the first major museum exhibition of one of the world’s most influential fashion houses”. The exhibition will include input from architects Rem […]

London cafe in spiral concrete shell has retractable windows

A spiral cafe with a rooftop garden in Chelsea, London, by architecture studio NEX has curved windows that can retract fully when the weather is good. The windows of the the Cadogan Cafe can retreat into the ground, allowing the dining area to to spill out into the surrounding square. Wrapped in a slender arcade […]

Madeline Hall reinterprets religious imagery as “psychedelic” ceramic sculptures

Ceramicist Madeline Hall’s graduation project from Central Saint Martins was this collection of brightly coloured, gravity-defying sculptures based on religious scenes. Hall completed the project, called Stations, during her final year on the undergraduate ceramic design programme at London’s Central Saint Martins art school. Hall manipulated coils of clay into three-dimensional forms that reference scenes […]

Park Road Apartments is a radical housing tower clad in “ridiculous” metal

Terry Farrell and Nicholas Grimshaw built Park Road Apartments, which contained their own homes, in the 1970s. We continue our high-tech architecture series by looking at the metal-clad housing block. Working together as the Farrell Grimshaw Partnership, the architects completed the Park Road Apartments’ high-rise housing block in 1970. The pioneering building demonstrated many of the attributes of […]

Hopkins House – a high-tech home

Hopkins House was designed by Michael and Patty Hopkins as their own home. We take a look at the lightweight steel and glass house as part of our series on high-tech architecture. Completed in 1976 in the north London suburb of Hampstead, Hopkins House was the first project designed by the husband-and-wife team. The two-storey, lightweight steel […]

Gus Casely-Hayford appointed as first director of V&A East

British historian, curator and broadcaster Gus Casely-Hayford has been appointed the inaugural director of V&A East, the South Kensington museum’s east London outpost. Casely-Hayford will leave his post as director of the David Adjaye-designed Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, US, to begin his new role at V&A East early next year. “I […]

Europe’s largest green wall “will absorb eight tonnes of pollution annually” in London

Sheppard Robson has unveiled the mixed-use Citicape House in London that will have the “largest living wall in Europe” to help improve local air quality. Citicape House will be wrapped by a facade of 400,000 plants that are hoped to “capture over eight tonnes of carbon and produce six tonnes of oxygen” annually. The building […]

Threefold Architects completes Airbnb’s latest London office

A 15th-century painting of a studious priest became Threefold Architects’ point of reference for the design of Airbnb‘s latest office, located in central London. The office – named The Stoa & The Fora – takes over the entire floor of a building in Clerkenwell and is the third workspace that Threefold Architects has created for Airbnb […]

Stanton Williams puts work of rare-disease centre on show

The Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children in London by Stanton Williams features corners and corridors that give a window onto its laboratories. Stanton Williams used glazing to give patients and the public a chance to celebrate the little-seen work of clinicians and researchers. The Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease […]

Muf works with primary school pupils to build Golden Lane Estate playground

Architecture studio Muf has built an open-air playground, featuring a geometrical climbing structure and a stage for performances. Muf designed the area for residents and children to gather, play and perform on the Golden Lane Estate – a 1950s council housing complex in the City of London – to compensate for the space constraints that come with […]

The Hoxton, Southwark hotel is informed by the area’s lost industrial landscape

Dezeen promotion: the abundance of industrial factories that once populated south London influence the interiors of The Hoxton‘s latest outpost, which hotelier Ennismore has opened in Southwark. The Hoxton, Southwark is the hotel chain’s eighth property overall and third London location, joining branches in Holborn and Shoreditch. For this latest location, Ennismore‘s in-house design team […]

Studio Ben Allen makes Room for One More inside Barbican flat

Studio Ben Allen has updated a flat on London’s brutalist Barbican estate to feature a colourful central volume that includes a bed, fold-out desk and extra storage space. Previously host to just one bedroom, the apartment has been reconfigured by Studio Ben Allen to accommodate a child’s bedroom – a feature that lends the project […]

Sam Jacob Studio completes An Office Of Stacked Things

Orange-tinted acrylic tubes and tree bark are among the objects that Sam Jacob Studio has piled up on the shelves inside this London office. The office is situated in Old Street and belongs to Takram – a design studio that, until now, has been based solely in Tokyo. For the interiors of its London workspace, […]

Made Thought creates “a website that exists” in the form of a pop-up shop

Design studio Made Thought has imagined the shop of the future, with an experimental pop-up in London that has a lot in common with a digital experience. The Made Thought store brings together an assortment of elements you typically wouldn’t find in a shop, from editorial articles to immersive installations. It gives the studio – […]

Peter Marino channels happiness for renovation of Louis Vuitton store in west London

Peter Marino has used artwork by Tracy Emin and the Campana Brothers to animate the interior of Louis Vuitton‘s New Bond Street store, which has reopened after more than a year of renovation works. Louis Vuitton dominates a corner-block of New Bond Street, a parade of luxury boutiques in west London’s affluent Mayfair neighbourhood. Over […]

Exit Here funeral parlour is designed to have “the eclectic feel of home”

Hospitality entrepreneur Oliver Peyton has teamed up with Transit Studio to create a design-focused funeral parlour in west London, which aims to make clients more comfortable with the concept of death. Situated in the neighbourhood of Chiswick, Exit Here overhauls the experience of planning a funeral by immersing clients in a setting that shuns the […]

RIBA’s Beyond Bauhaus explores the school’s long-lasting impact on the UK

Although few overtly Bauhaus buildings were built in the UK, the movement’s ideals had a huge impact on British architecture. Beyond Bauhaus curator, Pete Collard, picks four buildings that demonstrate the school’s influence. The Beyond Bauhaus exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London aims to explore the influence that the German design school, which was […]

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