Sasha Bikoff references 1990s Versace campaigns for Design Miami exhibit

New York interior designer Sasha Bikoff has designed furniture that takes cues from looks in Versace’s old fashion campaigns for an exhibition in Miami. Called South Beach Stories, the Versace exhibit was located in a dim room at the Palm Court event space in the Miami Design District for this year’s Design Miami, which took […]

Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 banana removed from display

A banana taped to a wall by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was removed from its display at Art Basel, Miami after “several uncontrollable crowd movements”, including someone eating it. Cattelan’s piece, called Comedian, was presented by Galerie Perrotin during the Art Basel fair in Miami last week where two of its three editions sold to […]

LOHA designs affordable housing complex for difficult site in Los Angeles

American firm LOHA has unveiled plans for an affordable housing complex in Los Angeles, comprising stacks of shipping containers arranged on a triangular site near a busy highway interchange. The complex, called Isla Intersections, is slated to be built on a three-sided parcel that is just under a half-acre. Located in South LA, the property […]

Two mothers open Brella to offer flexible childcare in Los Angeles

Childcare subscription app Brella has opened its first space in Los Angeles, comprising play areas, a co-working space and a yoga studio. Launched in 2019, the startup is led by two mothers – Darien Williams and Melanie Wolff – that grew frustrated with the daycare options available to their own families. Brella‘s service provides licensed, […]

Green plywood cabinets outfit Maharishi store in New York City

Plywood is used to make cabinets, nooks and dividers inside this olive green retail store in Lower Manhattan that Brooklyn studio ABA has designed for London streetwear brand Maharishi. Designed by architects Emily Abruzzo and Gerald Bodziak of Abruzzo Bodziak Architects​ (ABA), the store in New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood is Maharishi‘s first location outside London. […]

“I thought about the immigrants because I’m one of those immigrants,” says Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind’s Swarovski star tops the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree for a second year. In this interview with Dezeen, the architect says the design, like much of his work, is strongly influenced by his experience as an immigrant. Libeskind designed the crystal-filled topper for the Christmas tree, which is erected each year in the Rockefeller […]

“We must recognise the workers who make museum-going a smooth architectural experience”

Following protests about working conditions at well-known museums – like the Marciano Art Foundation and MoMA – Mimi Zeiger says it’s time to address architecture’s relationship to unfair labour practices. A symbol of the Freemasons – the architecturally familiar square and compass – decorate the facade of the hastily shuttered Marciano Art Foundation, formerly the […]

Wittman Estes brightens up 1960s home in the Pacific Northwest

A rooftop deck, an overhauled kitchen and ample glazing are among the notable features in a 50-year-old dwelling in Washington that has been renovated by US firm Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape. The project, Mercer Modern, takes its name from its location – Mercer Island, a land mass in a freshwater lake just west of […]

Elmgreen and Dragset builds a bent swimming pool in Miami

German designers Elmgreen and Dragset have installed a sculpture that looks like an U-shaped swimming pool outside the Miami Beach Convention Center. Unveiled as part of this year’s Miami design week events, the 20-foot-high (six-metre-high) Bent Pool comprises a matte-white lacquered rim that resembles a pool’s edge and a turquoise interior meant to convey the […]

Artist Leandro Erlich creates sand-covered traffic jam on Miami beach

Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich has created sand-covered sculptures of 66 cars and trucks, which he has arranged to resemble a traffic jam on Miami Beach in a bid to raise awareness of the climate-change crisis. Erlich created the temporary installation, titled the Order of Importance, on the oceanfront at Lincoln Road for this year’s Miami […]

Heatherwick Studio unveils glass lobby joining High Line condos Lantern House

British practice Heatherwick Studio has designed a glass lobby to link its High Line-straddling condo towers with a scooped roof that “barely touches” the park above. Thomas Heatherwick’s studio unveiled the Lobby Pavilion today, to follow the release of new renderings and the project’s name Lantern House earlier this year. The structure will link the two […]

Tod Williams Billie Tsien teams with Diamond Schmitt for redesign of New York Philharmonic concert hall

Canadian firm Diamond Schmitt Architects and American architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have revealed plans to redesign the David Geffen Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center, two years after Heatherwick Studio’s overhaul was scrapped. The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic announced yesterday, 2 December, that David Geffen Hall will be renovated […]

Five installations at Miami art week 2019

With activities kicking off in Miami for this year’s art week, including Art Basel and Design Miami, we’ve selected the exhibitions and installations not-to-be missed, including an inflatable bubble gallery and a sand-covered traffic jam. Instagram’s @design booth by Studio Swine British-Japanese design duo Studio Swine has made inflatable bubbles to form the exhibition space for […]

Hou de Sousa wraps rebar in colourful string for installation outside New York’s Flatiron Building

Architecture studio Hou de Sousa has built three volumes, constructed rebar and covered in bright cords, to form “gateways, apertures and seating” in front of New York City’s Flatiron Building for this holiday season. Local studio Hou de Sousa has built Ziggy temporarily at the corner plaza between Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, in front of […]

New York City buildings to receive “energy efficiency grade” in 2020

New York City has introduced a bill that will rank and grade large buildings according to their energy efficiency standards. The Local Law 95 implemented by the New York Department of Buildings will require structures that are 25,000 square feet (2,322 square metres) and over to report publicly on their data energy and water use. […]

Plywood cabinetry makes the most of space in Brooklyn Loft for couple with two dogs

New York studio Dean Works has reorganised a former studio apartment in Brooklyn around a multi-functional plywood volume that forms arches, walls and cabinets. Architect Brandon Dean, the founder of Dean Works, designed Brooklyn Loft for a young couple from Portland, Oregon that moved to the New York City, bringing with them two large dogs […]

New Practice Studio infuses Manhattan tea house with natural materials and Asian motifs

White quartz, Venetian plaster and various types of wood feature in this bright and airy tea shop, designed by architecture firm New Practice Studio. The tea house, called Sage Collective, is located on the ground floor of a student dormitory in New York’s Nolita district. The 1,600-square-foot (150-square-metre), rectangular space was formerly occupied by a […]

Luminaire to exhibit works by Konstantin Grcic and Piero Lissoni at Design Miami

Dezeen promotion: design company Luminaire is hosting an exhibition at its Miami Design District showroom featuring works by industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, architect and designer Piero Lissoni and fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester. Piero Lissoni’s The Uncollected Collection will be among the items in the exhibit The Luminaire Lab exhibition will open on Thursday 5 December 2019 […]

“We have to do better than ugliness and incoherence. We can be woke and good designers as well”

The current way architecture is critiqued and presented at biennials and exhibitions is ugly, but it doesn’t need to be, argues Aaron Betsky. Does critical architecture have to be ugly? Must it forego form and image altogether to be effective? That would certainly seem to be the message of many recent books, exhibitions and biennial […]

Lever Architecture transforms Portland industrial buildings into creative workspace

American firm Lever Architecture used weathering steel and original timber in the adaptive reuse of two factories built over 70 years ago for a hay bale manufacturer. Photograph by Lara Swimmer The project, called Redfox Commons, is located in an evolving industrial district in Northwest Portland. Encompassing 60,000 square feet (5,574 square metres), the project […]

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