From pink seesaws allowing children and grown ups from both sides of the US-Mexico border to play together to multi-faith temples encouraging inter religious understanding and the Alpine forest in the stadium triggering reflection on Climate Change. The Best of 2019? Check how architects and designers can truly make a difference to shape minds and places for a better future!
A cafe where to smell and taste pure blue-ness, an urban blue ‘lightscape’ installation raising awareness on climate change and a Russian Suprematism-inspired monochromatic bar in Moscow… 7 Classic Blue atypical projects going beyond the Pantone® hype!
A tribute to Lina Bo Bardi at Art Basel Miami, crafted pink beasts in the city’s design district and a brand new museum dedicated to the urban imprint of graffiti culture. 12 not-to-be.-missed fairs, exhibitions and installations at Miami Art Week 2019.
Afghani crafts, a pavilion inspired by wind towers of the Gulf and a gateway exploding the patterns of light created by traditional gridded windows in Middle Eastern architecture. We rounded up some of the best installations and exhibitions at Dubai Design Week 2019.
A diner made from waste materials and discarded design parts, kinetic light installations in a former church and lamps made from recycled plastic printed on textile by a robot arm. 15 highlights at Dutch Design Week 2019.
Nordic architects are showing the way to build a sustainable future. BIG completes the cleanest waste-to-energy plant topped with a ski slope, Snøhetta has inaugurated the the world’s northernmost energy-positive building. Dorte Mandrup’s Icefjord Centre breaks ground to offer breathtaking views of a melting UNESCO World Heritage Site, new sustainable cultural venues thrive in Helsinki and a sinking arctic Swedish city is being relocated…
Floating washbasins, stain-resistant concrete sets, super-thin radiators and moody furniture designs. 5 bathroom designs on show at Cersaie 2019.
Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019 focuses on social justice, equality, and civic activism. From a memorial to gun violence victims to a Bauhaus vision for race and gender equality and an architectural forensic examination of the controversial death of an Afro-American barber killed by Chicago police.
A bioknit pavilion, a global journey in collectable design and natural materials promoting circular economy. What to see at London Design Festival, LDF2019 leading trade destinations.
A giant digitally-designed stool at Musée des Archives Nationales, Sou Fujimoto’s nature-driven architecture, emerging international talents in Vertbois rising creative neighborhood and more… 10 must-see exhibitions at Paris Design Week 2019.
An ancient dye plant painting the world indigo, spider silk engineering technology and the world’s first microbe-grown headset. Helsinki Design Week 2019 is all about a greener future!
A timber shrine inspired by Japanese ‘torii’ gates and a path of stones floating above the earth but also gigantic mirrored shards emerging from the sand and a Finnish sauna heating up desert party-goers. Burning Man 2019 focuses on transformation and transience with ephemeral architectures.
Design Biennale Zürich 2019 explores the playful, multidisciplinary and cutting-edge imprint of design. Discover experimental game design, an immersive algorithmic music showcase and a sound installation interacting with the city, but also virtual reality, architecture and dance!
An alien spaceship and a ‘Sambadrome’ defying gravity laws, concrete Mayan pyramids, a giant white whale ready to jump into the sea and Copacabana iconic patterns. UNESCO has named Rio de Janeiro first World Capital of Architecture! Pack your luggage and explore the best contemporary architecture of the Brazilian metropolis!
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York that started the gay movement we looked into the LGBT urbanization process and how hate crime, far right populisms, real estate and dating apps threaten gay bars and rainbow districts that marked cities’ history from San Francisco to Berlin.
Model-turned-designer Meyghan Hill empowered herself after a breakup by picking up a welding torch, Emiliana Gonzalez and Jessie Young of Studio Persona interweave their feminine minimalism with Uruguayan brutalism while Another Human’s Leah Ring challenges traditional constructs of form drawing inspiration from the Memphis Group and outer space. Discover the work and stories of 7 LA-based female designers making a difference in the City of Angels.
At 3 Days of Design 2019 Nordic workplaces become flexible, design crafts are ‘not-necessarily’ functional, chairs protect the ocean while art injects irreverence into design.
Rossana Orlandi’s ‘Guiltless Plastic’ project, Google smart installation exploring the psychology of design, a new creative district hosting the very first Republic of Design and more… The very best of Fuorisalone 2019 is on Archipanic!
The first genderless voice technology and retail space but also a gender-free furniture and pioneering beauty brands… Archipanic explores the ‘neutral’ leading trend going beyond stereotypes.
The best of DesignShanghai 2019 is on Pinterest. Explore our dedicated board… And do not forget to read our special report!
Chinese and international creatives met at Design Shanghai 2019. On show electroplated stainless steel benches, inside-out upholstered seats, furniture tuning with the new rituals of Millennials and more…
Collect 2019: a bejeweled shawl hijab encouraging conversation about the role of the hijab today, blown glass visuals infused with fishnets and plastics addressing to the oceans’ pollution issue and digital technologies merging with bespoke creations. Isobel Dennis, Director of Collect – The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design, highlights some of the main trends to look out for in London.
Immigration, Native Indians’ heritage, cultural exchange and climate change inspired architecural artworks on show at the second edition of Desert X 2019.
Quilted fabrics exploring the complexity of migration, handcrafted bioplastic vessels and nun-shaped lamps. 6 inspiring design series on show at Nomad St Moritz 2019.
Modernism Week 2019 takes over Palm Springs with a focus on interior design. Join guided tours in iconic private homes generally close to the public, 1960’s psychedelic-themed parties, an architectural theatre play, a mid-century modern film festival and a vintage trailer show.
The best of StockholmDesignWeek2019 is on Pinterest. Explore our dedicated board… And do not forget to read our special report!
Stockholm 2019: from Norwegian-Japanese design bars to bread factories turned into temporary galleries and Nordic design talents shows.
Miami 2018: ArtBasel and DesignMiami/ but also The Haas Brothers’ hallucinogenic creatures at the Bass Museum and the free-to-all Faena Festival aiming to unite rather then divide. If you are in town blend in with the creative vibe!
Copper and gold vessels mirroring dysfunctional relationships, furniture made with discarded flowers, a re-interpreted windowless office for Russian interns and Walt Disney’s 1930’s animation studios. 12 out-of-the-box designs at DesignMiami 2018, starting from an installation supporting immigrants’ families divided at the US-Mexico Border.
Interactive VR installations, a global grad show focusing on Artificial Intelligence and a parametric design installation exploring the emotional states of autism. Dubai Design Week 2018 bridges tradition and cutting edge technologies highlighting the most creative scene of the Middle East.