Design Top 40 – Saturday 13 January 2017


Design News TOP 40 from around the World. A daily eclectic mix of some of the best design news from around the world.


Google’s Free App Analyzes Your Selfie and Then Finds Your Doppelganger in Museum Portraits

Having the ability to virtually explore the history, back stories, and cultural significance of artworks from over a thousand museums generates nowhere near the excitement as a feature allowing users to upload selfies in hopes of locating an Instagram-worthy doppelgänger somewhere in this vast digital collection.


lyonheart K coupé luxury sports car influenced by the jaguar E-type

strictly limited to a run of 250 cars, british-automaker lyonheart cars builds a modern iteration of the classic jaguar ‘e-type’ from the 1960’s.


Putting your watch where it matters

The Apple Watch puts a lot of things on your wrist. A timepiece, a phone, a music playback device, a fitness tracker, etc. While it’s great that the Apple Watch can do all those things, the fact that it’s called the Apple Watch very well means it has a location constraint.


3D Artist Andrei Lacatusu Imagines the Decaying Ruins of Social Media Platforms

A fun series by CGI artist Andrei Lacatusu from Bucharest, Romania. “Social Decay” contains amazingly detailed 3D renderings imagining a crumbling post-social media world.


Kengo Kuma & Associates Reveal Plans for New Aquatics Centre on Copenhagen’s Waterfront

Kengo Kuma & Associates, led by Yuki Ikeguchi partner in charge, have recently won a competition to design a new waterfront cultural centre as part of the masterplan for Copenhagen’s Paper Island. The unique cone shaped form will combine facilities for sports associations, harbour baths and an indoor/outdoor pool along the edge of the main canal.


Sony’s RX0 is the Napoleon of cameras

Announced back in August of last year, the highly anticipated RX0 has finally been showcased at CES. Combining the best characteristics of basically every camera on the market, the RX0 boasts forty times the normal frame rate, a 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor, wide-angle 24mm9 ZEISS lens, and a tough, rigid body that is waterproof down to 10m/33ft.


Heatherwick’s Vessel structure nears completion at New York’s Hudson Yards

Work is almost complete on British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s giant honeycomb of interlinked staircases, placed at the centre of the Hudson Yards development in Manhattan. Images posted by Instagram users show that the Vessel structure has reached its full height, with all 154 staircases and 80 landings in place – forming a mile of walkways.


The Dishwasher Gets A Redesign For Tiny Apartments

There’s no perfect way to wash a few dishes. The modern dishwasher is designed to hold place settings for more than a dozen people . . . yet hand-washing is extremely inefficient, using more water and energy than a dishwasher. Given that the average U.S.


The Tombras Group Adds 4 Clients Representing $20 Million in New Business

Knoxville-based agency The Tombras Group has added four clients that add up to around $20 million in new business. The new clients are Calypso Lemonade, Tennessee’s Yee-Haw Brewing Company, Ohio healthcare system Mercy Health and optical retailer For Eyes.


Adidas releases limited-edition trainers that match Berlin subway seats

Adidas Originals has collaborated with Berlin’s public transport network Berliner Verkehsbetriebe to launch a pair of trainers that feature the same pattern as the city’s subway seats. The EQT Support 93/Berlin shoes feature a multi-coloured camouflage-style print that is typical of BVG seat covers.


Low-Budget Urban Garden Uses Local Materials to Bring Quito’s Community Together

The social design from Natura Futura Arquitectura for a greenhouse in the warm subtropical climate of Nayón, Ecuador, the proposal approaches the use of local material resources in the construction of low-budget productive structures for the development of the collective.



Ernesto Pereira’s Cloaked House is designed to disappear in its setting

Glazed walls sandwiched between concrete slabs ensure this house in the Portuguese city of Marco de Canaveses blends in with the surrounding trees and provides extensive views across a nearby valley. Local architect Ernesto Pereira designed the Cloaked House to take advantage of its verdant hillside site, which is surrounded by chestnut trees and flanked by a stream.


Color Flora | Design Seeds

color flora } | image via: @emilycontephotography


‘Heart Gift Box’ Hats You Can Dress Your Cranky Cat In For Valentine’s Day –

Forget chocolates and flowers-if you want to surprise the cat lover in your life, you’ve got to shower their feline friend with affection, too.


CF Møller designs hybrid flood defences to create nature park in Denmark

A flood defence system devised by CF Møller in central Denmark will combine urban planning, climate change adaption and nature conservation. Described by the Scandinavian architecture firm as an “architectural multi-tool”, the Storkeengen is designed to protect the nearby town of Randers from floods and transform the nearby fields into a wetland nature park.



Tatiana Bilbao: “Architecture Should Benefit Every Single Human Being on This Planet”

As part of a generation of designers that have, in recent years, put Mexico on the map, Tatiana Bilbao is an architect that is increasingly part of the profession’s global consciousness. But, while some Mexican architects have made their mark with spectacular architecture following the international trend of “iconic” architecture, Bilbao opted instead for a more people-focused approach.


Wood Covered Industrial Interior Accented With 1940’s Inspired Palette

The visually warming effect of wood tone can make for a very inviting interior. Most popularly lately, we have seen expanses of wood tone working beautifully alongside shades of grey and white. Monochrome always looks chic but what if you fancy a splash of something a little more playful?


Tour New York Magazine’s Wendy Goodman’s Brownstone

Name: Wendy Goodman Location: Greenwich Village – New York, New York Years lived in: 1997-present Wendy Goodman’s New York apartment feels particularly storied, and not just because it’s full of books.


Color Wander | Design Seeds

color wander } | image via: @blmdo


Time’s Up, Woody Allen

UPDATE: Hours after Fast Company published this article, actor Rebecca Hall announced that she is ‘profoundly sorry’ for appearing in Woody Allen’s next film, A Rainy Day In New York, and that she has donated her full salary to Time’s Up, the anti-sexual harassment initiative.


MoMA’s First Work by a Female Artist Was a Fur-Lined Teacup

Oppenheim first unveiled Object at “Exposition surréaliste d’objets,” a groundbreaking show organized by Surrealism leader André Breton at Galerie Charles Ratton in Paris. Her sculpture was presented on the bottom rung of a multi-tiered vitrine that, on higher shelves, housed objects created by more prominent male artists like Picasso ( Glass of Absinthe, 1914), Marcel Duchamp ( Bottle Rack, 1914 and Why Not Sneeze Rose Sélavy, 1913), and Max Ernst ( Habbakuk, 1934).


Stream Big Playlists of Music from Haruki Murakami’s Personal Vinyl Collection and His Strange Literary Worlds

Haruki Murakami readers, or even those of us who’ve just read about his novels, know to expect certain things from his books: cats, ears, wells, strange parallel realities, and above all music. And not just any music, but highly deliberate selections from the Western classical, pop, and jazz canons, all no doubt pulled straight from the shelves of the writer’s vast personal record library.


New year, new you: designer Leeza Pritychenko on how to stop being a human and become a squirrel instead

“Ironically, it was actually my inability to choose a specific creative medium that eventually brought me into graphic design,” explains Moscow-born Leeza Pritychenko. Currently based in The Hague, Leeza’s portfolio is a coalescence of editorial design, 3D graphics, moving image and VJ-ing all informed by a design education spanning three countries.


camposaz develops wooden observatory in the southern carpathians for wildlife viewing

observatory ‘tara’ backed by camposaz explores the sensory perception of the environment and communicates with the natural language of the elements.


Before & After: A Horse Trailer Becomes A Chic Refuge For Competitions

Simone Howell is an interior designer and describes her life simply as, “We ride horses and design interiors. The horses eat hay and run around barrels as fast as they can! And I am an Elite Designer for Decorist – an online interior design service.”


Here’s What Happened When I Drank Mushroom Coffee For A Month

It’s no surprise that caffeine is considered to be the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance. Think about its well-known benefits, including heightening focus, and its lesser-known advantages like delaying aging and reducing risk of cognitive decline, depression, and cancer. But caffeine isn’t everyone’s best friend.


MVRDV’s (W)ego house resolves the egoistic nature of urban cities

in collaboration with its’ research think-tank, MVRDV + the why factory present (w)ego house, investigating future formats of fulfilling our living desires.


human nature: a surrealist concept of human evolution by monsieur plant

volumetric, explorable forms are composed of beams of projected light. volumetric, explorable forms are composed of beams of projected light. influenced by ideas of planetary exploration, 19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction. influenced by ideas of planetary exploration, 19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction.


This Couple’s Breathtaking Engagement Photos Will Literally Send Chills Down Your Spine

While most of us are complaining about the cold outside, for some chilly weather is actually a blessing. For Josh Morris and Morgan Daye, a couple from Tennessee, who decided to take their engagement photos in front of Bald River Falls, the cold turned out to be the godsend gift that turned their photo shoot into a magical looking winter fairytale.


Here’s How To Stream The Marvelous Mrs Maisel For Free

Amazon’s new original series darling, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, just took home two Golden Globes, and this weekend, you can watch the accoladed series for free – with our without an Amazon Prime membership. Per the retail and streaming giant, anyone can watch the series at no cost starting this Friday at 12:01 a.m.


Brutalist-inspired wallpaper collection features Welbeck Street car park

Some of the world’s best known brutalist buildings have been turned into wallpaper designs, including a London car park that is threatened with demolition and Rio de Janeiro’s Mayan-inspired cathedral. The Brutalist Architecture collection by British company Murals Wallpaper features close-up details from five celebrated brutalist buildings, including the distinctive diamond-patterned facade of Welbeck Street car park and the modular walls of the Edgar Fonceca-designed Cathedral of Saint Sebastian.


Photographer turns to IKEA for Rembrandt photo shoot – IKEA Hackers

What does Rembrandt have to do with IKEA? Nothing much except a photographer in Norway somehow managed to put them together in a surprising Rembrandt photo shoot. A camera store, Stavanger Foto commissioned Stig Håvard Dirdal to create a Christmas greeting card.


19-Year-Old Student Uses Early Spy Camera to Take Candid Street Photos (Circa 1895)

We are generally accustomed to thinking of 19th century photography as quite static and rigid, and for much of its early history, technical limitations ensured that it was. Portraiture especially presented a challenge to early photographers, since it involved subjects who wanted, or needed, to move, while long exposure times called for maximum stillness.


Competition: win a copy of Designs of our Time

Dezeen has teamed up with the Design Museum to give five readers a chance to win a book celebrating 10 years of its Designs of the Year awards. This competition has now closed. Winners will be announced shortly. Designs of our Time – 10 Years of Designs of the Year catalogues every nominee from the past decade.



A New Way for Artists, Writers, and Creatives to Find Mentors

This past summer, Macnaughton and Werhun launched Mentorly, a website that connects creatives looking for guidance (or mentees, in the site’s parlance) to established members of their fields (or mentors). The company is the first of its kind in its focus on artists and other creatives, and since its launch has amassed 515 users-a number growing by the day.


The National Parks Service Is Hiring (And Renting Two Homes)

If your New Year’s Resolutions include spending more time in our National Parks, then do we have dream jobs – and two dreamy home rental listings – for you. Plus, there’s a way to enjoy your public lands for free this month.


Rebranding Shakespeare’s Globe

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teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown. Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses. Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment


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