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The ten most unique hotels in the world

Wednesday, 12th March 2014 at 1:58pm

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep underwater? Or maybe to stay in a hotel on stilts? Dezeen has compiled a list of the ten most interesting hotels in the world.

Each hotel offers a completely unique experience to its guests.

‘The Bird’s Nest’ by Inredningsgruppen, which has a retractable staircase and uses the surrounding trees for support, is part of the Tree Hotel in Sweden. Letting its guests get close to nature, ‘The Bird’s Nest’ can accommodate a family of four and uses a network of tree branches for its façade.

Another hotel on the list is Canada’s Fogo Island Inn, a minimalist building constructed on stilts, which reduces the hotel’s impact on the landscape.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us your favourites.

Tagged Dezeen, hotels, architecture, design, innovation, The Bird's Nest, Tree Hotel, Inredningsgruppen, Fogo Island Inn, fun, experiential

'Festival of Imagination' launches in Selfridges

Wednesday, 15th January 2014 at 12:16pm

Selfridges is launching a store-wide campaign this month, entitled ‘The Festival of Imagination’.

Inspired by founder Harry Selfridge’s mantra, ‘Develop imagination, throw away routine’, the campaign has been devised by Selfridges’ Creative Director, Alannah Weston. It incorporates an ‘Imaginarium’ amphitheatre designed by famous architect Rem Koolhaas, shop windows dedicated to ‘imagineers’ and The Imagine Shop.

The Imagine Shop features pioneering technology products, a preview of the future of shopping by Dezeen and contributions from 19 Greek Street.

19 Greek Street is a Soho-based collective, describing itself as ‘London’s hub for international contemporary design’. Based in a Victorian townhouse, 19 Greek Street acts as a gallery and consultancy. Its contributions to The Imagine Shop include ‘Dandelight’ and ‘Chubby Coat Hangers’.

The campaign opens in-store on the 16th January and runs for over five weeks. Take a look at all the events on offer here and tell us if you’re going along to the Festival.

Tagged Festival of Imagination, Selfridges, 19 Greek Street, Dezeen, Koolhaas, innovative, design, technology, exhibition

Clerkenwell Design Week

Sunday, 28th April 2013 at 10:59am

Clerkenwell Design weekClerkenwell design weekclerkenwell design weekMay will see the return of the Clerkenwell Design Week. The event is a showcase of architecture and design works from across the globe, with a focus on British designs.

Held in a variety of locations in the historic Central London area, it will see show regulars returning as well as some new faces such as ArperPlumen and Foscarini.

Brands returning to the festival include Vitra, Knoll, Boss Design, Domus Tiles, Deadgood, Dare Studio, Jennifer Newman, Muuto, Magis, Zanotta, Johnson Tiles, and Dezeen.

The event takes place across 50 furniture showrooms and several special locations. The Farmiloe Building, a former Victorian merchants warehouse, will play host to high-profile international brands; The House of Detention, a subterranean Victorian prison, will form the festival’s hotspot for new designers, and the 12th century crypt and charming garden of the Priory of the Order of St John, will act as the hub for interior decoration trends.

Taking place on the 21st to 23rd May 2013, it is the fourth time the event has taken over the area, being spread out over several different sites, and will offer talks, debates and parties throughout its course.

To register for the event click here.

Tagged Design, architecture, interior design, Arper, Plumen, Foscarini Vitra, Knoll, Boss, Domus Tiles, Deadgood, Dare Studio, Jennifer Newman, Muuto, Magis, Zanotta, Johnson Tiles, Dezeen, Clerkenwell Design Week

World Design Guide launched

Saturday, 19th January 2013 at 2:30pm

world design guideworld design guideworld design guideDezeen has developed a guide to all the architectural and design events in the world. The World Design Guide is still in it's infancy and it will grow and develop more as time goes by, but the idea is a simple and fantastic one.

Quite simply, it's a map of the world with markers on it, not too different from the markers on Google maps, these markers represent an event. But it doesn't stop there, you can filter events by location (not just by zooming in) or date or even name. The events listed only currently cover 2013 but more will be added as time goes by.

Last September Dezeen published a map of events at the London Design Festival which was viewed by over 500,000 people in a week. It's now the highest ranking map of the festival on Google. Earlier last year it also mapped all the architecture and design studios in the east London borough of Hackney as part of its Designed in Hackney project. This map has been viewed over 2.5 million times. Dezeen is now working on more map-based apps and tools that it hopes to launch in the coming months.

Check out the guide for yourself here.

Tagged Dezeen, design, architecture, guide, 2013, events

Top Ten Architecture and Design Videos by Dezeen

Monday, 7th January 2013 at 3:04pm

Skate Board VideoLighting VideoDezeen's architecture and design movies had a staggering 2.2 million plays in 2012 and they've rounded up the ten most popular ones for you. It's a great collection of videos from their Vimeo channel.

At number one is this film (top) demonstrating the Stair Rover by Po-Chih Lai, an eight-wheeled skateboard that can roll down stairs. The movie formed part of their coverage of Royal College of Art graduate projects in the summer and was selected by the team at Vimeo as one of their Staff Picks.

Their second most-watched movie from the last year is all about the future of lighting design, where glowing walls, windows and furniture will replace light bulbs and LEDs in homes according to Dietmar Thomas of Philips Lumiblade, who commissioned Dezeen to make the film.

See the full list here.

Tagged Architecture, design, Dezeen, top ten, videos, Vimeo, staff picks, 2012, creative

Illustrations of interesting reverse inventions

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 at 8:22pm

Reverse InventionsDesigner Dominic Wilcox has created a great little animation that brings together some of his illustrations of absurd inventions, including a reverse bungee jump, in a humorous and thought provoking two minutes.

See the animation below and find out more on Dezeen.

Tagged Illustrations, Dezeen, Dominic Wilcox, Inventions, Design, Creative

Dezeen opens design superstore in London

Sunday, 1st July 2012 at 9:50pm

DezeenDezeen has opened a design superstore in London's Covent Garden this summer.

Open from 1st July to 30th September the store offers an innovative retail and gallery concept in one of the capital’s most charming shopping streets.

The Dezeen Super Store, at 38 Monmouth Street WC2, will be a micro-department store hosting exclusive product launches and bringing together a number of retail concepts developed by Dezeen, including the Dezeen Watch Store, which will present its latest collection of stylish designer watches from our online store.

We loved shopping at Dezeen's Temporium last year and certainly recommend a visit to this new venture.

For more information click here.
Tagged Dezeen, design, Shop, Superstore, London, Covent Garden, Watch, Exhibition, Interiors

Martin Creed redesigns London restaurant Sketch

Monday, 26th March 2012 at 9:18am

Sketch 2.jpgWe are great fans of London's iconic restaurant Sketch.

The new interior is designed by Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed who has transformed the Gallery restaurant in the first of a new long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants at the venue. The project seeks to blur the boundaries between art, food, design and functionality.

Every piece of furniture is different in this eclectic design. Work No. 1347 consists of 96 different types of marble, in a formation of zigzagging lines across the floor, along with a series of paintings and large-scale wall paintings. Work No. 1343 is specially made for the restaurant in which every single piece of cutlery, glass, chair and table is different. This work brings together a mix of the mass produced and handcrafted, from classic antiques to contemporary design from all around the world.

See more on Dezeen.
Tagged Design, Dezeen, Interior, Martin Screed, Restaurant, Sketch

Dezeen's Temporium pop-up shop is back for Christmas

Saturday, 26th November 2011 at 9:50am

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The Temporium, Dezeen's unique pop-up design store, returns to central London this Christmas with over 20 designers and brands selling their products direct to the public from 1-24 December.

Situated in Monmouth Street, Seven Dialsthe store will offer a wide range of gifts, jewellery, watches, books, home wares and much more by some of Europe’s most exciting designers and brands.

Click here for more details
Tagged Christmas, Designers, Dezeen, London, Seven Dials, Temporium

Opinion: the 2012 Olympics artists posters

Thursday, 10th November 2011 at 12:37pm

Olympic Poster.jpgArt and design critics have questioned whether the posters unveiled last week to celebrate next year’s London Olympics truly represent the best of British creativity.

Mark Hudson of The Telegraph says that “overall, there are more hits than misses” among the posters by twelve leading British artists. He points to Fiona Banner’s work as the standout example, claiming its typographic combination of evocative phrases “feels appropriate to these challenging times.”

The Guardian‘s Jonathan Glancey also praises Banner’s design, describing it as “the most introspective, serious and moving of all these posters,” while questioning whether some of the designs are “aimed at art fans or athletics fans.” Patrick Burgoyne of UK visual communication magazine Creative Review reports that members of the graphic design community were disappointed not to be given the chance to participate in the design process but is unconvinced that the results would have been much better given such an open brief. The BBC‘s arts editor Will Gompertz says that the abstract nature of the posters means they lack context, adding “with this collection, you wouldn’t know where the games are being held. Maybe that in itself is a statement.”

Since their release the posters have received much more negative press and than positive. This doesn't bode well on top of widespread disappointment over the logo, typeface and mascots, followed by the dreary ticketing advertising campaign. Instead of providing a vehicle to celebrate Britain's creative industries, there is a very real danger that the 2012 Games will forever be remembered by the visual communications community as a missed opportunity of truly Olympian proportions.

To read more or to see opinions and comments about the posters visit Dezeen or Creative Review.
Tagged 2012, Advertising, Artists, BBC, Controversial, Creative Review, Dezeen, London, Olympic Games, posters, Telegraph, The Guardian

Inside World of Interiors Festival Winners

Thursday, 3rd November 2011 at 11:05am

Ceramic Galleries V&A.jpgDezeen Magazine have been following the progress of the Inside 'world of interiors' Festival in Barcelona this week, which runs from 2nd to 4th November, and have been announcing the winners on their blog. Designers and Exhibitions from the United Kingdom were shortlisted in five of the nine categories and managed to scoop two awards in the Display category and Retail category.

The Ceramics Study Galleries at the Victoria & Albert museum in London by OPERA Amsterdam won the Display category at the inaugural awards in Barcelona as judges said the project exhibited “one strong idea and executed it really well – from material, function and lighting.”

The ‘Ceramic Galleries’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum were designed as a visible storage showcase as part of the reinstallation of the ceramic galleries phase II. The visible study collection contains 26,000 objects that are displayed with the idea that they are – on demand – available to curators, specialists and the general public.

Hostem by JamesPlumb was announced as the winner of the Retail category yesterday in Barcelona. The boutique in east London features an antique church pew, hessian panels and linen curtains plus reclaimed lighting and rails. The judges “love the handcrafted nature of the project and “great attention to detail throughout.” The judges also admired the way “they felt out their designs while constructing” so that “brand, space and clothes feel unified.”

To see the full list of winners and to read interviews with the designers visit Dezeen Magazine online.
Tagged barcelona, Dezeen, Hostem, Inside Festival, The Ceramics Study Galleries, Victoria Albert Museum, world of interiors

Hottest new pop-up shop to open in Brompton Road

Wednesday, 17th November 2010 at 5:14am

4nyt_AnotherCountrydaybedsideprofile.jpgThe Temporium is set to be London's hottest new retail space. It will open next month for 10 days only on the prestigious Brompton Road from 9th to 19th December and according to Dezeen, 'the Temporium is set to excite, inspire and delight in equal measure.'

The store will bring together some of the UK’s most exciting design-led brands. From fashion and fine jewellery, to watches, ceramics, glassware, books, furniture, lighting and more, The Temporium will offer a diverse range of stylish and innovative products for the discerning shopper.

Get down to Brompton Road for some great design in December.

See more on Dezeen

Tagged Design, Dezeen, Fashion, Interiors, London, Pop-up, Store, Temporium