Design archive for 2014-10-15

UK's "first amphibious house" can float on floodwater like a boat in a dock

(3 years ago)
Work is nearing completion on the Amphibious House by Baca Architects – a family home on an island in the middle of the River Thames that can float on rising floodwater like a ship in its dock. (more...)

The Broad gallery by Diller Scofidio + Renfro speeds towards completion in Los Angeles

(3 years ago)
News: Diller Scofidio + Renfro's new art gallery is nearing completion in downtown Los Angeles –  a building that architect Elizabeth Diller says doesn't "try to compete" with Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall next door (+ slideshow). (more...)

"The car is dead, long live the car"

(3 years ago)
Opinion: with the petrol heads stuck firmly in a car design rut, there's an opportunity for designers to do something different with the new wave of electric vehicles. Elon Musk's Tesla car brand is among those leading the way, says Lucas Verweij.The Paris Motor Show took place last week, and once again it showed us that cars are dull, ugly and predictable. Thirty years of safety and environmental regulations have eliminated all design freedom. The designers are not to be envied.But while the petrol heads have ended up in a rut, there is plenty of progress from mobility start-ups who are developing electric cars and car-sharing concepts. We should expect cars from Silicon Valley to look different. But how exactly? After a century of car design, can a totally different visual language emerge?It's easy to believe that cars have reached their full potential technically, stylistically and culturally. A modern car can circle the earth five times and reach maximum speed easily, yet it rarely needs a visit to the garage. Petrol consumption in engines has halved over the past half century, and driving has become exponentially safer. In the past you hit a lamp post and died; now your car can overturn and you can walk away unharmed. Moreover, today's car is more comfortable and easier to handle.Experimentation within the auto industry has ceasedAll those achievements are down to designers who have done their best. Cage frames, airbags, anti-lock braking systems, crumple zones, head[..]

Architects could become "closer to game designers or filmmakers"

(3 years ago)
Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the first in a series of extracts from interviews with the designers that participated in our exhibition on the future of mobility, Kieiichi Matsuda discusses how augmented reality could fundamentally transform the way we design buildings. (more...)

Nendo creates pastel optical illusions for Japanese design exhibition display

(3 years ago)
Nendo has used different tones of pink and purple to create the illusion of 3D display stands at an exhibition on Japanese design that the studio curated in Singapore (+ slideshow). (more...)

A Shoreditch Warehouse is Renovated into Vibrant Spaces

(3 years ago)
A rundown Victorian warehouse becomes loft apartments with modern and industrial elements, plus a cool plant wall.

Jaime Hayón refurbishes Room 506 in Arne Jacobsen's SAS Hotel

(3 years ago)
Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has revamped a room inside the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen originally designed by Modernist architect Arne Jacobsen, using furniture pieces from Danish brand Republic of Fritz Hansen (+ slideshow). (more...)

An Outdoor Grill You Can Cook and Eat At

(3 years ago)
Imagine not being stuck outside manning the grill all by yourself at your next bbq. Now you can have your guests join you!

"Clients weren't quite clear on what we were offering" says Neville Brody

(3 years ago)
News: graphic designer Neville Brody has reorganised his London studio and rebranded it as Brody Associates because "people didn't really understand" its former name, Research Studios (+ interview + slideshow). (more...)

Carey House by Henry Goss: "Visualisation played a vital role in design decisions"

(3 years ago)
London architect Henry Goss has revealed how photo-realistic and 3D visualisations helped shape his design for this house in Hertfordshire, England, which is also the first output from the renderings studio he recently launched with fellow artist Peter Guthrie. (more...)

Marc Fornes creates pink "envelope of experiential tension" for Situation Room installation

(3 years ago)
Perforated pink aluminium panels form a sinuous structure that envelops visitors to this installation by French architect Marc Fornes, his studio The Very Many and sound artist Jana Winderen (+ slideshow). (more...)


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