Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:13

Outdoor Design Report 2011: Nature's Bounty

Designers get down to earth with primitive huts, a shoe that blossoms into wildflowers and a tree-trunk Panton chair.

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Chyutin Architects’ spare arrangement of concrete and grass strips creates a gateway to Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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Some unlikely structures have started to appear in London parks and Kent woodlands – elaborate birdboxes inspired by council estates, gated communities and dictators’ palaces.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:47

New City Reader and Beyond

Two fascinating new architecture zines show there’s life in print.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:31

Swedish Modernism

The interlacing stories of Sweden’s architecture and social democratic politics fascinate Kieran Long.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:16

We Want To Be Modern

A trove of objects, hidden away for 40 years in Warsaw’s National Museum, reveals the glamorous aspirations of post-war Polish design.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:07

Gabriel Orozco

This retrospective illuminates the artist’s 1990s heyday, but also his decline.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 12:46

Real and fake in China

China is the epicentre of copying, from knock-off handbags to the Venetian Macao hotel – itself a copy of an imitation. But this industrious fakery can be more than mere kitsch. It is creative, modern and raises questions about the value of originality.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 12:17

Profile: Serie Architects

As award-winning young designers, Christopher Lee and Kapil Gupta of Serie Architects are unlikely reactionaries against the spirit of the age. But their “deep structural” approach rejects digital-led design for a return to first principles – a stance that has won them commissions in India, China, the USA and eastern Europe.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:55

Profile: Ma Yansong

Ma Yansong shot to fame when he became the first Chinese architect to win a major international competition. Now, with those winning towers approaching completion, he reflects on what it means to represent a country and a generation – and keep from becoming stale.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:37

Pinar de Castellanos by Carlos Casanueva

Carlos Casanueva’s house is both an imaginative ruse to confuse Spanish planners and a bold architectural statement in its own right.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:31

Galeria Solar S Roque by Manuel Maia Gomes

Architect Manuel Maia Gomes takes a brutalist approach to the baroque in a gallery and student flats carved out of a 16th-century house.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:23

Stockholm Furniture Fair

The design show celebrated its 60th birthday over five days in February, in the company of 40,000 visitors and 750 exhibitors from 27 countries.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:09

Marc Jacobs in Tokyo

A flagship store by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects is the first building to be designed specifically for the fashion label.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:04

Gehry in Miami

The architect’s latest concert hall is an uncharacteristically box-like but highly sophisticated multimedia centre.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:45

Glowbelly Steamboat by Tan Lun Cheak

Singaporean designer Tan Lun Cheak has returned a traditional South-east Asian cooking pot to the heart of social gatherings.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:28

Job Lounge by Job Smeets

Studio Job creates a teasing parody of a gentlemen’s club in the entrance hall of Alessandro Mendini’s Groninger Museum.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:18

SN House by Atelier A5

Tokyo practice Atelier A5 has taken a pragmatic approach to the city’s restrictive building codes with a ziggurat-style family home that reclaims every available inch of space for the private realm.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:10

Maison & Objet 2011

Battling it out with Cologne for the attention of journalists and buyers, design fair Maison & Objet put on quite a show this year at the Parc des Expositions in Paris.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:00

Villa Rotterdam II by Ooze

Architect Ooze has tripled the floor space of a gable-fronted 1920s house with an extension that the building wears “like a hat”.

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