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Youth centre extension by Bernd Zimmermann features a facade of wooden shingles


Wooden shingles give a rough texture to the walls of this extension to a youth centre by Bernd Zimmermann – the German architect who recently completed a house clad with mirrors (+ slideshow).

Stacked Lights by Sander Wassink and Ma'ayan Pesach combine vintage glass with coloured resin


Milan 2014: these lamp shades by Eindhoven design graduates Sander Wassink and Ma'ayan Pesach are made from vintage and discarded glass stuck together with brightly coloured resin that creates a tinted light.

Konstantin Grcic adds armchair to Pro seating collection for Flötotto


Milan 2014: industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has added an armchair to his family of Pro chairs, which has just been announced as one of the category winners for Designs of the Year 2014.

Benjamin John Hall takes a hammer to porcelain shoes during live event


Footwear designer Benjamin John Hall dispersed black dye onto his latest shoe designs with a series of physical processes – including smashing, spraying and squeezing – during a live event at London College of Fashion (+ movie).

Nendo and Camper team up for sunglasses range


Japanese studio Nendo and Spanish shoe brand Camper have collaborated to create a range of sunglasses that feature overlapping coloured lenses.

Imogen Heap's music video for Me The Machine created with her gesture-control gloves


Dezeen Music Project: Imogen Heap has released a music video for her track Me The Machine, composed and performed using the Mi.Mu gloves she developed to create music with hand gestures.

Thomas Heatherwick unveils "sunken oasis" for Abu Dhabi


News: British designer Thomas Heatherwick has revealed plans to create a cavernous public park in Abu Dhabi beneath a fragmented canopy resembling the cracked surface of the Arabian desert.

Shigeru Ban redesigns interiors for iron-clad New York apartment block


News: a New York developer has revealed first images of an apartment block redevelopment underway in Manhattan with interiors designed by this year's Pritzker Prize winner, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.

CRAB Studio creates cave-like meeting rooms at Bond University architecture faculty


Curving concrete walls frame secluded meeting rooms along the central thoroughfare of this architecture faculty building at Bond University in Queensland, Australia, by Peter Cook's architecture firm CRAB Studio (+ slideshow).

Designs of the Year 2014 category winners announced


News: London's Design Museum has revealed the category winners for the Designs of the Year 2014 awards.

Bernd Zimmermann's mirror-clad House wz2 offers distorted reflections


The facade of a 1950s house in south-west Germany has been transformed into a giant funhouse mirror as part of a renovation by German architect Bernd Zimmermann.

Maarten Baas's surreal solo show created to "emphasise the circus that Milan is"


Milan 2014: Dutch designer Maarten Baas's circus-themed show at Milan design week, featuring a welded metal gum ball machine and modified arcade game, was created to "emphasise the circus that Milan is" (+ slideshow + interview).

BMW unveils Vision Future Luxury car with augmented reality display


German car manufacturer BMW has unveiled Vision Future Luxury, a saloon concept car featuring augmented display technology (+ slideshow).

"Taste is not what a museum is about"


Opinion: in choosing to stage a major exhibition of work by Marcel Wanders, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has mistaken commercial success for cultural importance, says Louise Schouwenberg.

Elding Oscarson completes Swedish seaside house in Mölle


This house in the Swedish seaside town of Mölle by Stockholm studio Elding Oscarson has an upper storey clad with roughly sawn Douglas fir and a lower section that is entirely transparent (+ slideshow).

Traditional British beach huts get a modern makeover from Pedder & Scampton


Stones and shells from the seashore fill the walls of these eight contemporary British beach huts that London office Pedder & Scampton designed for the seaside town of Southend (+ slideshow).

3XN chosen to design new Swiss headquarters for the Olympics


News: Danish firm 3XN has been selected as preferred architect to design a new headquarters for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

School building by Mitchell Taylor Workshop contrasts pale stone with grey brick


This school building in Bath, England, by local architects Mitchell Taylor Workshop features stone walls recalling the city's historic architecture, alongside contrasting dark grey brickwork and window surrounds (+ slideshow).

Henry Wilson Studio converts former bakery into Sydney Aesop store


Australian firm Henry Wilson Studio has transformed a former Sydney bakery into a retail space for skincare brand Aesop, exposing the original sandstone walls (+ slideshow).

Mutant vase by Yiannis Ghikas has a sci-fi surface pattern


Greek designer Yiannis Ghikas has created a 3D-printed vase with a ribbed surface decoration inspired by science fiction special effects that show creatures moving under a person's skin.


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