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Electric Alternative to Prayer Candles Designed by Marina Daguet

French designer Marina Daguet has designed a cleaner, modern alternative to the traditional prayer candles found in churches. Named the “Celeste,” these are electric, votive lights that feature illuminated electric tubes in place of wax candles. These slo

Campos Studio Overhauls Residential Place for Retired Couple in Vancouver

The Vancouver-based design firm Campos Studio, in collaboration with Toronto based industrial designer Tom Chung, has renovated a traditional Vancouver house for a retired couple. Called “Yew House,” the three-story residence is situated on a large p

Lee Broom Presents “Park Life” in Sydney

British designer Lee Broom recently presented an exhibition of his works “Park Life,” in a car park beneath the Space Furniture showroom in Sydney. As per the designer’s official website, the exhibition was contained within a white polycarbonate bo

Sanden + Hodnekvam Arkitekter Unveils “Cabin at Rones” Overlooking Norwegian Fjord

The Oslo-based Sanden + Hodnekvam Arkitekter has used concrete and wood to build a minimal cabin on an outcrop beside the Beitstadfjorden in Norway. Named “Cabin at Rones,” the dwelling was commissioned by a couple who wanted a simple space to relax and e

Melbourne Design Week 2019 Encourages New and Better Ways to Design

The 2019 Melbourne Design Week, which started on March 14 and will run through March 24, addresses how experimentation with new materials and disruptive approaches can improve the urban environment and sharpen our social consciousness. As stated on the o

British Designer Thomas Heatherwick’s “Vessel” Opens at Hudson Bay

British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s giant honeycomb-like sculpture at New York’s Hudson Yards has opened to the public, along with the other public spaces at the vast West Side development. The huge artwork, which comprises Escher-like lattice of i

Campana Brothers’ “Hybridism” at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London

The Sao Paulo-based designer duo Campana Brothers will soon be featured in an exhibition titled, “Hybridism,” at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London. The exhibition, which opens on March 22 will be on view through May 17, 2019. Describing the exhibit

Adjaye Rethinks the Monument

David Adjaye is — and probably always will be — best known as the architect of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Inaugurated in September 2016 in Washington, D.C., by then President Barack Obama, the museum is a thre

EWE’s “Sincretismo” Collection Includes Stone Seat Modelled on Mexican Birthing Chair

The Mexico City-based EWE Studio’s latest collection “Sincretismo” subtly draws upon ancient wisdom, rituals, forms, and materials of pre-hispanic cultures to design furniture and homeware using chiseled, sawed and blackened wood, and hand-carved green

OMA Reveals Visuals of Xinhu Hangzhou Prism

OMA recently revealed the design for the Hangzhou Prism, which it has started building in the coastal city of Hangzhou, China, for local holding company Zhejiang Xinhu Haichuang Group to form the heart of its “future tech city” in the city’s new technol

“A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing” at Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) have joined forces to display six pioneering experiments in social housing in an exhibition titled “A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing.” The exhib

OMA Unveils Greenpoint Landing Towers for Brooklyn

OMA’s New York office has revealed the design for its first project in Brooklyn: a pair of residential towers shaped like “a ziggurat and its inverse.” OMA’s towers form part of the new Greenpoint Landing development in Greenpoint – a Brooklyn neigh

Jun Jie Zhang Shows Irregular Lamp Shades from Woven Bamboo at Design Shanghai

Hangzhou-based designer Jun Jie Zhang aims to show the softer qualities of bamboo with his series of woven light shades, which were displayed during this year’s Design Shanghai. “The Bamboo Softness” lighting collection features bent lengths of bamboo a

“Casa Ojalá” by Beatrice Bonzanigo at Milan Design Week, 2019

The Italian architect Beatrice Bonzanigo has recently unveiled her patented design “Casa Ojala,” a micro home that is transportable, adaptable, and off-grid. A 1:10 scale model of the “Casa Ojala” will be presented during the upcoming Milan Design Wee

Michael Anastassiades’ “Things That Go Together” at NiMAC, Cyprus

NiMAC (The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre), in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, is currently hosting a solo exhibition by designer Michael Anastassiades, titled “Things That Go Together.” The exhi

V+ Studio Uses Recycled Bricks to Construct Folklore Museum in Belgium

The Brussels-based design and architecture studio V+ has recycled bricks from demolished local buildings to construct The Folklore Museum in Mouscron, Belgium. The Folklore Museum, which was nominated for this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award, houses a c

Misha Kahn’s “Just Around the Bend” at M+B, Los Angeles

The ANNEX at M+B is currently hosting “Just Around the Bend,” a solo exhibition by artist and designer Misha Kahn, on view through March 16, 2019. “Just Around the Bend” marks the designer’s first solo exhibition at ANNEX as well as in Los Angeles.&

“Making It Happen: New Community Architecture” at RIBA, London

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is currently hosting an exhibition titled “Making It Happen: New Community Architecture,” which tells the stories behind four very different examples of new or reimagined public areas. The exhibition is on

Shusaku Arakawa’s “Diagrams for the Imagination” at Gagosian Gallery, New York

The Gagosian Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition titled “Diagrams for the Imagination,” featuring the painterly, diagrammatic drawings by the Japanese architect and artist Shusaku Arakawa. The exhibition is on view through April 13, 2019. The

Starbucks’ Kengo Kuma Designed Reserve Roastery Opens in Tokyo

The Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has teamed up with Starbucks on a coffee house featuring origami-like ceilings and trails of cherry blossoms, designed to offer customers a more theatrical experience. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo is one of on

8 Hour Design Studio Presents “Clips” Collection at Design Shanghai

The Shanghai-based design studio 8 Hour has released a range of seating furniture, which is inspired by the “changing forms” of a paperclip. Presented at the recently concluded Design Shanghai (March 6-9, 2019), this furniture collection is titled “Clip

“In Retrospect” at Joy Mardini Design Gallery, Beirut

Joy Mardini Design Gallery, Beirut, is hosting its first career retrospective since 2011, featuring a selection of works from past shows and collections.On view from March 12, 2019, “In Retrospect” explores how some of the gallery’s artists have evolve

“Study and Dressing Rooms” by 4 Artists to be sold at Phillips’ “Casa Di Fantasia”

“Study and Dressing Rooms” by Gio Ponti, Piero Fornasetti, Edina Altara, and Guido Gambone will go under the hammer at Phillips’ upcoming auction, “Casa Di Fantasia” that will take place on March 21, 2019, in London. The present artwork will be feat

Peter Pichler Architecture Designs Tree Houses for Forest in the Italian Dolomites

The Milan-based studio Peter Pichler Architecture has unveiled the design of sustainable tree houses in the forest of the Italian Dolomites. The new tree houses are to be situated within the forest and their structures are characterized by sharp steep roofs a

Japanese Architect Arata Isozaki wins the Pritzker Prize 2019

The Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has been named 2019 laureate of the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s most prestigious award. “The Japanese architect, born in 1931, is known for his style that combines Postmodernism and metabolism with technology.

Carlo Bugatti’s “Rare games table and set of four chairs” to feature at Phillips’ Upcoming Auction

Carlo Bugatti’s “Rare games table and set of four chairs” will be featured at Phillips’ upcoming auction, “Important Design” that will take place on March 21, 2019, in London and the pre-auction estimate of this present work is £80,000 - 120,000.

Gio Ponti’s Cabinet to Be Offered at Phillips’ “Casa Di Fantasia”

Gio Ponti’s “Illuminated 'Positivo-negativo' wall-mounted cabinet with tower and king statuettes” will go under the hammer at Phillips’ upcoming auction, “Casa Di Fantasia” that will be held on March 21, 2019, in London. The present artwork will b

Sophie Rowley Uses Re-purposed Denim to Design Marble-Like Furniture

Keeping up with the latest trend of sustainability that has taken over the design world, the New Zealand-born designer Sophie Rowley gives new life to discarded denim offcuts by recycling them into pieces of furniture with marble-like markings. Called

Boulder-shaped Concert Hall by Open Architecture near Beijing

The Beijing-based architecture studio, Open Architecture is building a boulder-shaped concert hall in a valley north of Beijing that is famous for hosting remnants of the Ming Dynasty’s Great wall, for its client Aranya. The concert hall, named “Chapel o

Snøhetta Designs New Museum Quarter on Top of the Virgl Mountain

Snohetta has recently released visuals of a proposed Museum Quarter in the mountains of Bolzano, which will have a projecting stepped roof that doubles as a viewpoint. The proposal is an extension of Snohetta's ongoing project with Signa Group, for which it i

UNStudio and Monopol Colors develop “The Coolest White Paint”

UNStudio has partnered with Monopol Colors to develop “The Coolest White,” an ultra-durable paint that protects buildings and urban structures from excessive solar radiation – thus slowing down the urban heat island effect. In an official release,

Collectible Design Fair Returns to Vanderborght, Brussels

Collectible Design Fair returns to the Vanderborght building in Brussels for its second edition, from March 14-17. Dedicated to 21st-century Contemporary collectible design, the fair presents latest design pieces from 90 international exhibitors this year, al

Dealing With the Challenges of Relocating an Entire Swedish Town: Takes by Architects and Town Planners

Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost city, situated 90 miles into the Arctic Circle, shot into fame a few years back when news about it being relocated spread across the world. It also happens to be home to one of the largest iron ore deposits in the world. While

Teresa van Dongen Develops Sustainable Light Source from Living Organisms

With the help of researchers from Ghent University’s Bioscience Engineering faculty, the Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen has created a lamp that doesn’t require a plug or a battery — instead, it’s powered by bacteria. The project “Electric Lif

White Arkitekter Unveils Maternity Unit Concept for Panzi Hospital in Bukavu

The Swedish architecture studio White Arkitekter has created the concept for a new mother and baby health unit at the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The unit is conceptualized as an extension of the hospital, which was founded

Studio Drift’s “Materialism” at Frieze Art Fair, LA

Amsterdam-based Studio Drift showcased its “Materialism” project at the inaugural Frieze Art Fair in Los Angeles (LA), which took place from February 15 to 17, 2019. For the project, Studio Drift “de-produced” everyday products, such as a vacuum clean

Tel Aviv Architects Use the Power of Design to Make School for Refugee Kids Their Safe Haven

Tel Aviv-based architects and designers embarked on a pro-bono project that elevates the aesthetics of a local school that caters to children of refugees and migrant workers in an attempt to make the school a “safe space” for these children.The Hayarden S

“Eroded” Building Design for University of Toronto Unveiled by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

New York-based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has recently unveiled its design for a 170,000-square-foot stacked campus building at the University of Toronto, to be known as “90 Queen’s Park.” The design features indented floors that

Legendary Italian Architect and Designer Alessandro Mendini Dies at 87

Alessandro Mendini, the renowned Italian architect and designer known for his famous Proust Armchair and the Groninger Museum, has passed away aged 87.Born in Milan in 1931, Mendini played a crucial role in the development of Italian, Postmodern, and Radical
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