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French designers create "first ever" analogue watch with built-in activity tracker


Dezeen Watch Store: new content on our watch store blog includes an interview with the designers of the Activité watch, which they claim is the first to put smartwatch functionality in a traditional-looking Swiss timepiece.

B-and-Bee camping concept proposes stackable sleeping cells for festivals


This modular honeycomb of wooden sleeping cells by a team of Belgian designers could provide a solution for people avoiding music festivals because they don't like sleeping in tents (+ slideshow).

Looping wooden viewing platform in China built by students in just six days


This community viewing platform and play area, designed by Hong Kong architects Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin, provides a loop that rises up to overlook rice terraces carved into the surrounding valleys (+ slideshow).

Dori concept store by Archiplan Studio features a herringbone wall


Oak herringbone patterns the walls of this minimal concept store in northern Italy by Archiplan Studio (+ slideshow).

Apartment buildings by Group8asia clad in strips of travertine stone


Vertical strips of travertine stone cover the facades of these apartment buildings in the Swiss village of Crans-près-Céligny by Group8asia, altering the appearance of the structures when viewed from different angles.

Dispute over 2012 Olympic cauldron design settled out of court


News: London 2012 Olympics organisers have agreed an out-of-court settlement with American firm Atopia following a legal dispute over the iconic 2012 cauldron design by Thomas Heatherwick.

Jane Duncan elected as next RIBA president


News: architect Jane Duncan has been elected to become the next president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Caruso St John's gallery for Damien Hirst set for spring 2015 opening


News: a new London gallery housing the collection of British artist Damien Hirst is set to open next spring in a row of converted and extended theatre warehouses by Caruso St John Architects.

Gigi Barker's skin-covered seats are infused with bodily scents


Pheromones and aftershave are impregnated into these leather seats by Gigi Barker to evoke the sense of sitting on human flesh (+ slideshow).

Designjunction returns to London Design Festival in September 2014


Dezeen promotion: UK design show designjunction will return to London Design Festival from 18 to 21 September 2014, with an expanded space and an exclusive exhibition by Dezeen and MINI.

Reacting to the critics would have "ruined" Glasgow School of Art building says Steven Holl


Steven Holl responds to the critics that blasted his controversial extension to Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art, saying that adhering to their comments would have "ruined the design", in this series of movies about the building.

Kawashima Mayumi's House for Viewing Mountains frames seven different views


Each of the rooms of this irregularly shaped family house in Kobuchizawa, Japan, were planned by architect Kawashima Mayumi to face a different mountain or patch of woodland (+ slideshow).

Blickfang designworkshop helps designers "think about themselves as a brand"


Young designers discussed the pros and cons of producing their own products and building their own brands at this year’s Blickfang designworkshop, led by Stefan Scholten of design duo Scholten & Baijings (+ movie).  (more...)

South Korea's tallest skyscraper opens – three years after completion


News: South Korea's tallest building, the Northeast Asia Trade Tower by American firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, has finally opened its doors.

Hauser & Wirth's Somerset gallery is housed within historic farm buildings


Paris studio Laplace has added two new wings to a cluster of disused farm buildings in the English countryside to create an new arts centre for contemporary gallery Hauser & Wirth (+ slideshow).

WertelOberfell dresses Mannequin chairs in quilted upholstery


Quilted fabrics cover the seats and backs of chairs in this collection by German studio WertelOberfell for Polish brand Iker.

Shell-shaped shelter by Flanagan Lawrence built on Littlehampton seafront


The small English seaside resort of Littlehampton has acquired yet another architectural gem, with this performance space and sheltered seating area by Flanagan Lawrence architects joining projects by Thomas Heatherwick, Asif Khan and Studio Weave (+ slideshow).

Bestor Architecture's Beats by Dre headquarters eschews Apple's minimal palette


Los Angeles studio Bestor Architecture has completed a colourful new headquarters for Beats by Dre, following Apple's $3 billion acquisition of the headphones company (+ slideshow).

Felice Varini paints perspective-dependant artwork across Belgian city


Swiss artist Felice Varini has painted curved strips onto buildings and streets in Hasselt that create a picture of overlapping rings when viewed from a single vantage point in the Belgian city.

Andrea Morgante abstracts Peroni beer bottle into 3D-printed shapes


Italian architect Andrea Morgante of Shiro Studio has 3D-printed 25 versions of beer brand Peroni Nastro Azzurro's new bottle design.


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