This week on Dezeen

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh

Our most popular story this week has been a system of illustrated characters and animations developed to help people learn to read Chinese. Read on for more architecture and design highlights from the past seven days plus our Dezeen Music Project track of the week.

Microcosmos is a dark and ferocious drum and bass track by Kiev-based producer Histibe.

Listen to more Dezeen Music Project tracks »

Alberto Alessi portrait
Alberto Alessi tells Dezeen he thinks Italy's design manufacturing capability is at risk of disappearing

The president of design brand Alessi sparked debate among readers this week as he told Dezeen that Italy's design manufacturing capability is at risk of disappearing.

Shigeru Ban portrait
Shigeru Ban talks about how young architects are becoming disillusioned with commercial work

In another interview from Milan, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban told us that young architects are becoming disillusioned with commercial work and instead turning to humanitarian projects.

Toyo Ito Kinnasand Milan showroom
Toyo Ito spoke to Dezeen about his design showroom for Kinnasand

We also featured an exclusive interview with Japanese architect Toyo Ito – the 2013 Pritzker Prize-winner – who spoke to us about his "site specific" architecture and his design for textile brand Kinnasand's first Milan showroom.

Istanbul Airport by Grimshaw Nordic and Haptic
Grimshaw unveils plans for the "world's largest airport terminal under one roof"

Also this week, London firm Grimshaw unveiled plans for the "world's largest airport terminal under one roof" in Istanbul.

Tela Shelving by Zaha Hadid for CITCO
Zaha Hadid's Tela shelves for CITCO

We've continued to report on products that were presented in Milan last week, including Zaha Hadid's cantilevered granite forms for CITCO shelving, Doshi Levien's Uchiwa armchair for Hay based on a traditional Japanese fan, and Max Lamb's camouflaged marble furniture installation. See all our Milan 2014 coverage.

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Lady Gaga's flying Volantis dress

In our latest Dezeen and MINI Frontiers movie, we interviewed Lady Gaga's flying dress designer who said that the project heralds the beginning of a new era for human flight.

Mini Mobile by Zutalabs
Mini Mobile printer by Zutalabs

Other technology stories included a teardrop shaped portable printer that wirelessly reproduces documents from tablets, smartphones or desktop computers, and a shape-shifting table from MIT that reacts to a human presence.

Kew House by Piercy and Company
Kew House by Piercy and Company

Popular architecture projects on Dezeen this week included a London house featuring rusted gable walls with a glazed stairwell, a house that sits within a sunken courtyard, and a stone radio broadcasting station in the Nepalese town of Jomsom.

Nepal Radio Broadcasting by ARCHIUM from South Korea
Mustang Broadcasting Community radio station by Archium

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This week on Dezeen

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh

Our most popular story this week has been a system of illustrated characters and animations developed to help people learn to read Chinese. Read on for more architecture and design highlights from the past seven days plus our Dezeen Music Project track of the week.

Microcosmos is a dark and ferocious drum and bass track by Kiev-based producer Histibe.

Listen to more Dezeen Music Project tracks »

Alberto Alessi portrait
Alberto Alessi tells Dezeen he thinks Italy's design manufacturing capability is at risk of disappearing

The president of design brand Alessi sparked debate among readers this week as he told Dezeen that Italy's design manufacturing capability is at risk of disappearing.

Shigeru Ban portrait
Shigeru Ban talks about how young architects are becoming disillusioned with commercial work

In another interview from Milan, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban told us that young architects are becoming disillusioned with commercial work and instead turning to humanitarian projects.

Toyo Ito Kinnasand Milan showroom
Toyo Ito spoke to Dezeen about his design showroom for Kinnasand

We also featured an exclusive interview with Japanese architect Toyo Ito – the 2013 Pritzker Prize-winner – who spoke to us about his "site specific" architecture and his design for textile brand Kinnasand's first Milan showroom.

Istanbul Airport by Grimshaw Nordic and Haptic
Grimshaw unveils plans for the "world's largest airport terminal under one roof"

Also this week, London firm Grimshaw unveiled plans for the "world's largest airport terminal under one roof" in Istanbul.

Tela Shelving by Zaha Hadid for CITCO
Zaha Hadid's Tela shelves for CITCO

We've continued to report on products that were presented in Milan last week, including Zaha Hadid's cantilevered granite forms for CITCO shelving, Doshi Levien's Uchiwa armchair for Hay based on a traditional Japanese fan, and Max Lamb's camouflaged marble furniture installation. See all our Milan 2014 coverage.

lady gaga volantis
Lady Gaga's flying Volantis dress

In our latest Dezeen and MINI Frontiers movie, we interviewed Lady Gaga's flying dress designer who said that the project heralds the beginning of a new era for human flight.

Mini Mobile by Zutalabs
Mini Mobile printer by Zutalabs

Other technology stories included a teardrop shaped portable printer that wirelessly reproduces documents from tablets, smartphones or desktop computers, and a shape-shifting table from MIT that reacts to a human presence.

Kew House by Piercy and Company
Kew House by Piercy and Company

Popular architecture projects on Dezeen this week included a London house featuring rusted gable walls with a glazed stairwell, a house that sits within a sunken courtyard, and a stone radio broadcasting station in the Nepalese town of Jomsom.

Nepal Radio Broadcasting by ARCHIUM from South Korea
Mustang Broadcasting Community radio station by Archium

More architecture | More interiors | More design | More news

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In the Details: How to Build a Cloudlike Chair with Just 550 Pounds of Wool and 600 Hours of Labor

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While the Layers Cloud Chair might feel (and look) like you're sitting on a cloud, the bulbous lounge is anything but weightless. It's made from 550 pounds of solid wool—and its construction was a woolly beast of its own. Designed by Richard Hutten, the chair made its debut in Milan last week as part of an exhibit by the Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat, which enlisted 22 international designers to explore the diverse capabilities of its Divina fabric.

"For me, designing is in the first place a thinking and research process," the Rotterdam-based Hutten says. "So I looked into the material. What makes it special? How does it look, feel, smell? How can I use it in an exceptional way?" Divina is a durable wool blend, and Hutten chose to focus on what he considered the main qualities of the material—its soft tactility and its availability in a range of vibrant hues.

As an added challenge, the designer resolved to use Divina as the structure for the object itself. "I wanted to use the Divina material as the sole material for the piece, not only as a cover, which is the normal way it's being used," he says. "These I called 'the rules of the game.' From there, the playing started."

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City Reflection Series

Andréa et Rob Stone sont deux photographes américains qui ont récemment fait une série intitulée « City Reflection » dans laquelle ils prennent les reflets des façades des bâtiments de différents villes. Un mélange de miroirs déformants, métaux, surfaces glacées, de vagues et de couleurs, à découvrir dans la suite.

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City Reflection Series

Andréa et Rob Stone sont deux photographes américains qui ont récemment fait une série intitulée « City Reflection » dans laquelle ils prennent les reflets des façades des bâtiments de différents villes. Un mélange de miroirs déformants, métaux, surfaces glacées, de vagues et de couleurs, à découvrir dans la suite.

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Rapha Hooded Wind Jacket

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La questione del Wind Jacket per un ciclista è piuttosto importante. Deve essere leggero, essenziale e possibilmente dare una buona impermeabilità. Qui ci viene incontro Rapha con il nuovo Hooded Wind Jacket. Unica pecca forse è il cappuccio, utile solo per un uso urbano, ma può essere ripiegato facilmente in una tasca dietro al colletto. Lo trovate sullo store.

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420 Leaves Bucket Hat

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Memo per questa estate: rispolverare i vecchi cappelli da pescatore. Se non ne avete mai posseduto uno, questo è un buon punto di partenza.

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1800 Milenio: The limited edition Cognac-finished tequila

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First produced in limited quantities back in 2000, 1800 Tequila's Milenio is now returning to shelves in a second edition of their wildly successful super-premium tequila. Fine Blue Weber Agave undergoes an extensive extra-aging process before...
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Mia Cullin models wooden benches on piano stools for Orkester collection

Swedish architect and designer Mia Cullin has produced a range of benches and stools with adjustable seats modelled on traditional wooden peg furniture and piano stools.

Orkester bench collection by Mia Cullin

Mia Cullin's Orkester collection features benches with two or three seats as well as individual stools. The flat circular seats are attached to cylindrical pieces of timber by large wooden screws.

Four wooden legs are splayed from beneath the horizontal section of wood.

Orkester bench collection by Mia Cullin

Mia Cullin said the design was influenced by a type of piano stool with an adjustable seat and "simple traditional wooden furniture assembled with plugs without any screws or metal fittings".

"As the seats are adjustable, you can choose the height suitable for you but still sit next to your friends, parent or child," explained Cullin.

Orkester bench collection by Mia Cullin

The furniture is made entirely from ash wood, without the use of any screws or metal fittings. It was designed for use in schools and nurseries, but can also be used in waiting rooms, entrances and other public spaces.

Orkester bench collection by Mia Cullin

The benches and stools come in natural or stained colour variations. Photography is by Mathias Nero.

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