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Swirling patterns top tables by Elisa Strozyk

Milan 2014: fluid compositions of coloured glaze cover the ceramic tops of these metal-framed tables by German designer Elisa Strozyk (+ slideshow).

Black house in Tokyo by Level Architects reveals little to its neighbours

Japanese studio Level Architects squeezed this all-black house onto a narrow plot in Tokyo's Fukasawa district, adding sloping offset walls around the lower floors to protect residents' privacy (+ slideshow).

Doshi Levien bases Uchiwa armchair for Hay on a traditional Japanese fan

Milan 2014: London studio Doshi Levien has designed an armchair for Danish brand Hay with a curving high-backed seat that resembles a traditional Japanese fan.

Grappa chandelier by Claesson Koivisto Rune hangs in strings of illuminated "grapes"

Milan 2014: Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has created a modular chandelier influenced by the shape of grapes hanging on a vine.

Weathered steel sits alongside ageing brickwork at Kew House by Piercy & Company

Architecture studio Piercy & Company has slotted a family house behind a nineteenth-century stable facade in south-west London, creating a pair of rusted gable walls with a glazed stairwell in between (+ slideshow).

Table top by MIT designers ripples when people are nearby

Milan 2014: designers from MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group have created a table that reacts to your presence with a series of 1,000 tiny motors built into the frame (+ slideshow).

Kengo Kuma adds lattice of glistening tiles to Shang Xia boutique in Paris

White ceramic tiles create a brickwork pattern across the walls and roof of this Paris boutique designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates for Chinese lifestyle brand Shang Xia (+ slideshow).

Toyo Ito envelops Kinnasand's Milan showroom in the brand's "sensitive fabric"

Milan 2014: Toyo Ito spoke to Dezeen about his design for textile brand Kinnasand's first Milan showroom and his decision to "wrap the whole environment" in fabric (+ interview + slideshow).

Final issues of FOMO released as project prepares to visit Venice

Milan 2014: Joseph Grima's algorithmic publishing project will be travelling to Venice for the architecture biennale, with the final issues from Milan design week now available to download – including contributions from Formafantasma and Martino Gamper (+ slideshow + download).

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 preview

Dezeen promotion: new products by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and a pavilion by Studio Weave will feature at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week in London from 20 to 22 May.

Grimshaw unveils "world's largest airport terminal under one roof" for Istanbul

News: a design team led by London firm Grimshaw has revealed plans for a new six-runway airport in Istanbul capable of accommodating up to 150 million passengers a year.

Cantilevered granite forms developed by Zaha Hadid for CITCO shelving

Milan 2014: architect Zaha Hadid has cantilevered a series of elongated strips of black granite to create a fluid storage unit for Italian brand CITCO.

Man-made marble by Max Lamb used to create camouflaged furniture installation

Milan 2014: British designer Max Lamb developed a multicoloured engineered marble for Dzek, which was used to build furniture that appears to merge with walls of the same material for an installation in Milan.

New exhibition showcases the work of Swiss architect Gion A Caminada

The timber and stone buildings of Gion A Caminada, a cult figure in Swiss architecture, will feature in an exhibition opening next month at the House of Art in the Czech city of České Budějovice (+ slideshow).

Nika Zupanc bases furniture collection for Sé on "an imaginary private sports club"

Milan 2014: Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc has created a collection of furniture and products for London design label Sé, influenced by Modernism and sporting motifs (+ slideshow).

MC Escher illustrations inform stands for glass lamps by Note Design Studio

Milan 2014: Swedish collective Note Design Studio has designed glass lamps mounted on wooden frames that resemble mind-bending illustrations (+ slideshow).

Water treatment facility by Skylab Architecture features a roof of grass-covered fins

Seven concrete fins provide a green roof that collects rainwater at this new engineering facility for a wastewater treatment plant in Portland, Oregon, by local firm Skylab Architecture (+ slideshow).

Konstantin Grcic's first design for Artek is a circular birch swivel chair

Milan 2014: industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has created a birch chair with a circular seat and splayed legs, his first design for Finnish furniture company Artek.

Scholten & Baijings carve geometric patterns into marble table collection

Milan 2014: Dutch studio Scholten & Baijings has designed a series of marble tables decorated with engraved geometric patterns that contrast with the natural veined surface of the stone.

Italian design production "could disappear," says Alberto Alessi

News: Italy's design manufacturing capability is at risk of disappearing, according to the president of design brand Alessi.