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Eleven alluring furniture designs that verge on being dysfunctional

From sagging shelves made of foam to a chair modelled on Wassily Kandinsky's abstract paintings, we've rounded up 11 quirky furniture designs that prioritise form over function. While furniture is typically made to fulfil particular tasks and actions, like holding objects or sitting, designers frequently use their work to stretch the definition of...

This week, the EU made plans for a new Bauhaus after coronavirus

This week on Dezeen, the European Union unveiled plans to fund a Bauhaus-style design school as part of a €750 billion coronavirus recovery scheme. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen outlined the plans as part of her State of the Union address. "We will set up a new European Bauhaus," said Von der Leyen. "A co-creation space where...

Watch Doug Aitken's mirrored Mirage Gstaad pavilion change with the seasons

Mirage Gstaad, a mirrored building created by American artist Doug Aitken, reflects the shifting landscape of the Alps in this exclusive video for Dezeen. The reflective pavilion, which has previously been installed in the desert near Palm Springs, currently sits in an Alpine meadow above Gstaad, Switzerland. Seasons changing are reflected in Mirage...

Designers and brands explore ways to "change things up" at low-key London Design Festival

This year's London Design Festival was a quiet affair with designers, brands and organisations combining modest physical presences with digital experiments amid the coronavirus pandemic. The pared-back festival, which ran from 12 to 20 September, featured a smattering of shows around the city. Participants reported low footfall but a positive mood...

Vauxhall launches new "confidently British" flat logo

British carmaker Vauxhall has revealed a flat, minimal version of its griffin emblem to replace its three-dimensional logo that had a metallic look. Opting for a "cleaner" and more modern design, the new logo sees the griffin's wing, which previously swooped around from the right side of the bird, removed entirely. Alongside the griffin the flag held...

Vienna Design Week partners with Dezeen for a live talk on empowering artisans in central Asia and southeastern Europe

Vienna designers Mischer'traxler are among the panellists in a live conversation for Vienna Design Week exploring how Austrian initiative Co/rizom supports traditional craftspeople around the world. Watch here from 5:00pm UK time. Called Experiences From the Frontline, the talk will focus on the strategies Co/rizom is using to help preserve vanishing...

Frank Gehry forges crinkled gold bottle to mark 150th anniversary of Hennessy X.O

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry has created a limited-edition bottle for the 150th anniversary of drinks brand Hennessy's X.O cognac, which he hopes is unlike "anything people have seen before". The handcrafted cover, which encases the distinctive shape of the Hennessy X.O bottle, was forged from 24-carat gold-dipped bronze to evoke feelings...

Asif Khan designs black felt table with nook for dogs to snuggle up inside

Architect Asif Khan has designed a table for pet-owners as part of the Architecture for Dogs exhibition at Japan House London. Called I See You!, the item of furniture is covered in black felt and has a small dimple in its surface for a dog to sit in. I See You! has a dog-sized dimple in its surface Khan conceived of the piece as a hybrid between...

The Tyre Collective develops car-mounted device to capture microplastic emissions from tyres

A patent-pending technology designed by British startup The Tyre Collective to capture the unseen synthetic rubber particles expelled by car tyres has been awarded this year's UK national James Dyson Award. Developed by a group of graduate students from Imperial College and the Royal College of Art, the prototype can be suspended from each wheel's...

RCA students question "absurdity" of traditional supply chains in (Un)finished showcase

Hyper-local materials and production processes take centre stage in (Un)finished, a showcase of work by 17 design graduates from the Royal College of Art that was created largely during the coronavirus lockdown. The exhibition, which was presented at the London Design Festival as part of the Brompton Design District, captures the unique constraints...

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