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Hermès displays furniture in five boldly patterned houses

Interior designer Charlotte Macaux Perelman has created five colourful houses at Milan design week for fashion brand Hermès to exhibit a range of furniture, textiles and objects. Each of the houses, which measure five by 10 by seven metres, have been built on top of a bed of sand and are covered in playful, geometric prints. Designer Charlotte Macaux...

The Dezeen guide to plastic in architecture, design and interiors

Thinking of using plastic in your project? Our latest Dezeen guide includes more than 11 types of plastic commonly used in architecture, design and interiors, with links to hundreds of projects for inspiration. Plastics are among the most versatile materials in existence. Defined by their plasticity, they have long carbon chains called polymers at...

Escape Kelim rug by Space Copenhagen for Massimo Copenhagen

Dezeen Showroom: Danish design studio Space Copenhagen has put a contemporary spin on the traditional kelim rug for Massimo Copenhagen, creating an accessory that adds texture to minimalist environments. The Escape Kelim rug is handmade in India using the ancient flat-weaving technique that originated in the Turkish or Anatolian region, where the weft...

Ilja Schamle powers server with tomato plants in self-sustaining ecosystem

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Ilja Schamle has replaced batteries with living plants in this self-built server system to explore how technology could enter into a symbiotic relationship with nature. Showcased as part of the Missed Your Call graduate exhibition at Milan design week, the project sees renewable energy derived from tomato vines used...

Cesar and Garcia Cumini create vertical wall unit informed by storage drawers

Dezeen promotion: Italian kitchen brand Cesar has unveiled a wall unit by design studio Garcia Cumini that aims to creatively furnish unused wall space in kitchens and living rooms. Named Dressup, the cabinet is a modular wall system that was designed to be placed in any room in a home. Top: volumes can be used in different combinations. Above: the...

UF Select textiles by Ultrafabrics

Dezeen Showroom: US textile manufacturer Ultrafabrics has launched UF Select, a collection of upholstery fabrics that pays homage to traditional Mexican handicrafts. The UF Select range is crafted in collaboration with a local manufacturing team and designed to "joyfully and boldly explore colours, patterns and textures". UF Select fabrics pay homage...

Edison table by Vico Magistretti for Cassina

Dezeen Showroom: Italian furniture brand Cassina has updated and reissued the Edison table designed by Italian industrial designer and architect Vico Magistretti in 1985. The Edison table is known for its industrial aesthetic, and features a base structure that is composed of four overlapping and interlocking steel pipes. According to Cassina, designer...

Ten lesser-known designs by women from the past century

Architect Jane Hall's Woman Made book celebrates the work of over 200 women designers from the past century. The author picks 10 items designed by lesser-known women from the book. Illustrated with images of objects made by female designers, including Zaha Hadid and Ray Eames, Hall's book charts 100 years of work using a simple A-Z structure that focuses...

Method lounge chair by Blu Dot

Dezeen Showroom: US brand Blu Dot has paired a playful silhouette with mismatched upholstery in its Method lounge chair. Meant to look more like a "stellar medley of disparate elements" than a familiar object, the Method lounge chair has a slim seat, back and armrests set atop an architectural frame. The armchair combines leather upholstery on its...

New golden age of Danish design sees Copenhagen rivalling Milan, according to Kvadrat CEO

Danish design is experiencing a "golden age" with Copenhagen becoming a manufacturing centre comparable to Milan, according to Anders Byriel, CEO of Danish textile brand Kvadrat. "We've got some large companies and it's becoming like the area around Milan," he said, referring to the concentration of design-led furniture and lighting manufacturers in...

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