“The basic foolishness is compounded by a screamingly patronising name – Whey Aye”

As Europe’s largest Ferris wheel is set to be built in Newcastle, Owen Hatherley questions why the giant wheels are still being built in cities across the world. Another Ferris wheel has just won planning permission, this time for a site on the Newcastle quayside. It provides an occasion to think about why there has been […]

Facebook to open pop-up cafes to give users privacy checkups

Social media company Facebook is opening five pop-up cafes across the UK where visitors can get a privacy checkup and a free cup of coffee. Branded Facebook Cafes, the temporary advice centres will be open in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Brighton and Cardiff between the 28 August and 5 September. Visitors to the Facebook Cafes will […]

Graphic details appear inside north London’s House for a Stationer

Architecture for London has designed the interiors of this north London extension to appear “like a neatly ruled grid in a notebook”, hinting at the professions of its two inhabitants. Set on a terrace of Victorian properties in Islington, House for a Stationer has been designed with details that subtly nod to the occupations of […]

Bennetts Associates completes new HQ for the Royal College of Pathologists

Angled windows in deep reveals zig-zag across the elevation of Bennetts Associates‘ new brick and concrete home for the Royal College of Pathologists in Aldgate, London. The new build, which occupies the site of a demolished 1980s building, marks the final step in the college’s move from Grade I-listed buildings in St James’ in central London […]

Skandium reopens following acquisition by Danish e-commerce entrepreneurs

Troubled Scandinavian design retailer Skandium has been acquired by a Danish duo, who have reopened the e-commerce site and plan to open a new showroom on London’s Brick Lane next month. The company, which went into administration in May, has been bought by Rasmus Warnke Nørregaard and Jacob Kam, the Danish entrepreneurs behind online design marketplace […]

Ganni’s first UK flagship is meant to resemble a Danish home

Danish fashion label Ganni has opened a UK store in London’s Soho that’s been completed with homely, pastel-tone interiors created in collaboration with Stamuli Architecture. The store opened its doors on Soho’s Beak Street this weekend, signalling the first time that UK shoppers are able to “experience the Ganni universe in full” – until now […]

London bandstand where David Bowie played given listed status

An ironwork bandstand in south London where David Bowie organised and performed at a festival 50 years ago has been given Grade II-listed status. The bandstand in Beckenham was the centrepiece of a free 1969 music festival organised by Bowie in the spirit of Woodstock. It took place on Croydon Recreation Ground, where the bandstand sits, […]

Hølte opens Hackney design studio for customising IKEA kitchens

Hølte, a company that offers bespoke fronts for IKEA kitchens, has unveiled a new design studio and showroom in London’s Hackney. Studio founders Tom and Fi Ginnett have combined bold colours and geometric forms with simple, well-crafted details in the interior of their new workspace, located on Broadway Market in east London. It showcases Hølte’s […]

“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 […]

Rodić Davidson merges two 19th-century art studios to create home in London’s Chelsea

Rodić Davidson Architects has transformed a pair of artists’ studios that may once have belonged to JMW Turner into a lofty family home in London filled with eclectic furniture and striking artworks. The property is located on Glebe Place in London’s Chelsea, a street where many celebrated artists took up residence in the 19th century, when […]

“The battle is over” says Amin Taha as 15 Clerkenwell Close is saved from demolition

Architect Amin Taha has won his appeal against Islington Council, which had ordered the demolition of the RIBA award-winning 15 Clerkenwell Close. A report from the planning office released today revealed that 15 Clerkenwell Close has been given planning permission because it “accords with the generality of what had previously been approved”. Taha’s practice Groupwork […]

Alex Cochrane Architects hones in on hot-desking for overhaul of Selfridges offices

Staff don’t have designated desks inside the offices of luxury department store Selfridges, which Alex Cochrane Architects has completed with open-plan workrooms and communal seating. The office accommodates Selfridges‘ executive, buying and merchandising teams and has been designed by Alex Cochrane Architects so that staff are “discouraged from owning any given space”. Once dominated by […]

Rise Design Studio adds Douglas fir-lined reading nooks to London house

Rise Design Studio has completed an extension for a house in London, cladding the interiors in Douglas fir and creating a reading nooks in windows. Named Douglas House on account of its extensive use of the wood, the only elements of the original house in Kensal Rise that remain are the front and side masonry walls. […]

Design Can aims to disrupt UK’s “privileged” design industry

The UK design industry “isn’t representative of the society it serves” say the founders of Design Can, a new tool aimed at increasing diversity that launched yesterday. The online resource and campaign offers practical ways to address the lack of diversity in the design industry, as well as a manifesto for change. “At present, the […]

SomeOne rebrands the House of Commons for the digital age

Design agency SomeOne has updated the visual identity of the UK’s House of Commons to make it perform better across different platforms including apps and social media. London firm SomeOne was tasked with a holistic rebranding project to improve consistency across all touch points, including procedural documents, signage and digital applications. The existing core green […]

Alder Brisco creates “attic of warm wooden curiosities” as office for recruitment agency

A Victorian goods elevator and wooden clock tower both feature in the office of London recruitment agency Represent, designed by Alder Brisco in an old warehouse loft. Studio Represent is a small office on the third floor of a late-19th-century warehouse in Farringdon, London. It features a custom-built wooden interior that pays tribute to its industrial […]

Alexandra Palace Theatre restoration makes a feature of decades of decay

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has refurbished the long-abandoned east wing and theatre at Alexandra Palace in London, leaving its original surfaces visible in a state of “arrested decay”. The architecture studio has revived the Victorian theatre space, along with the east court exhibition hall and adjoining spaces, conserving them while also upgrading them to meet […]

Helter skelter installed in Norwich Cathedral so visitors can admire its architecture up close

Norwich Cathedral in England has hired a helter skelter so visitors can get a better view of its ornamented roof before sliding down. The 16.7-metre-high fairground ride has been positioned in the nave so that its 12-metre-high viewing platform offers a good view of the medieval cathedral’s vaulted roof. Once they have seen the ceiling, […]

Tintagel Castle Bridge in Cornwall has a gap where it meets in the middle

Architecture studio William Matthews Associates and engineers Ney & Partners have built a bridge in Cornwall from two 30-metre cantilevered spans that don’t quite meet in middle. Tintagel Castle Bridge is a footbridge over a 190-metre drop between two cliffs that has reconnected two sides of a medieval ruin. Tintagel Castle Bridge is formed of […]

Refurbished Undercroft skatepark reopens beneath London’s Southbank Centre

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has refurbished and extended the concrete Undercroft skatepark at the brutalist Southbank Centre in London, which is considered the home of British skateboarding. The restoration has repaired and renovated the space under the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, which is defined by the mushroom-shaped concrete columns that support the building above. The […]

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