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Toyo Ito "gulped" when asked to design the 2002 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion


Movie: in the next instalment from our exclusive video series with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director recalls the difficulty in convincing Japanese architect Toyo Ito to design the gallery's 2002 summer pavilion.

Okuwada gives Mook salon in Osaka an oak-panelled makeover


Oak boards cover the chamfered entrance to this hair and beauty salon in Osaka, renovated by Okuwada Architects Office to look like a cave (+ slideshow).

Thonik creates flags based on Brazilian architecture for design biennial


Dutch designers Nikki Gonnissen and Vicente Granger have created a series of flags for the 2015 Brazilian Design Biennial that reference the colours and shapes of buildings around the host city of Florianopolis.

Slide House by Y+M Design Office comprises four layers of square concrete frames


Square concrete frames in different sizes create four layers of rooms for this house at the foot of Japan's Mount Rokkō by Y+M Design Office (+ slideshow).

Jo Nagasaka knocks through the walls of a Tokyo house to reveal its aged structure


Japanese architect Jo Nagasaka stripped away the walls of this inherited house in Tokyo, revealing an arrangement of timber columns that give the residence an unfinished appearance (+ slideshow).

Kneip designs Weathered series of sculptural atmospheric sensors


London Design Festival 2015: Norwegian design studio Kneip has created a set of four functional sculptures that measure and report on weather conditions (+ movie).

Artifox unveils quick-assembly wood furniture that ships in flat-pack boxes


New flat-pack pieces from St Louis-based furniture company Artifox include a vertical bike rack and a standing desk with a writable surface (+ slideshow).

Pauline van Dongen’s Solar Parka charges electronic devices for nature reserve workers


Fashion designer Pauline van Dongen has created a coat for workers on the Wadden Sea World Heritage site, with detachable solar panels on the pockets for charging electronic devices (+ slideshow).

Dezeen's ten most popular stories about design with balloons


Our most visited story last week was about an installation of 100,000 white balloons at Covent Garden in London.

Gehry's selection as LA River masterplanner sparks criticism


A Southern California landscape architect is questioning why Frank Gehry was chosen to lead the masterplanning effort for the Los Angeles River redevelopment, citing a lack of expertise and public input.

Feilden Fowles plans rammed-earth visitors' centre for Yorkshire Sculpture Park


London architecture studio Feilden Fowles has revealed plans for a visitors' centre with rammed-earth walls in Europe's largest modern and contemporary sculpture park.

GAAGA uses prefabricated wooden walls to build "three-legged" tea house in a Dutch park


Dutch architecture studio GAAGA has completed a three-winged wooden tea house in Leiden, the Netherlands, featuring large windows on all sides to allow panoramic views of the surrounding park (+ slideshow).

Shredded Ikea catalogues used to stuff Charles Kaisin's Küss cushions


Ikea is inviting consumers in Belgium to recycle their old catalogues into stuffing for a geometrically patterned cushion designed by Charles Kaisin.

Walkie Talkie wins 2015 Carbuncle Cup for worst UK building


Rafael Viñoly's Walkie Talkie skyscraper in London, which has so far melted cars and been blamed for powerful downdraughts, has been named the worst building in the UK this year.

Sydney apartment block by MHN Design Union appears to change colour


The triangular window bays that project from the facade of this Sydney housing block by MHN Design Union appear either red or yellow, depending on the viewing angle (+ slideshow).

Coloni and Studio Aikieu celebrate weeds with Plants Out Of Place exhibition


London Design Festival 2015: an exhibition by Swedish gardening house Coloni and trend forecaster Studio Aikieu will celebrate the potential of "undesirable" and wild-growing species in towns and cities.

Three-metre-wide house in Seoul by AIN Group accommodates three individual residents


Seoul architecture studio AIN Group has built a three-metre-wide house for three residents in one of the city's most densely populated districts.

Znameni Ctyr completes a contemporary chalet in the Krkonoše mountains


Znameni Ctyr Architekti has replaced a run-down mountain chalet in the Czech Republic with a similar but more contemporary version that leans outward as if about to fall over (+ slideshow).

Design purveyor Murray Moss auctions off items from private collection


The owner of the former Moss gallery in New York is selling 60 pieces – from lighting fixtures to homeware – by leading designers including the Campana Brothers, Marcel Wanders, Philippe Starck and Studio Job (+ slideshow).

Tube net installation by Numen/For Use designed as a "giant convulsing centipede"


Visitors to an Innsbruck gallery can crawl from room to room via a series of bouncy net tunnels installed by design collective Numen/For Use.


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