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CATable by Hao Ruan offers a shared work surface for cats and their owners


Milan 2014: holes and tunnels in the top of this wooden desk by Hong Kong-based designer Hao Ruan of LYCS Architecture have been designed to provide a playground for cats (+ slideshow).

Chinese company 3D prints 10 buildings in a day using construction waste


News: Chinese materials firm Yingchuang New Materials has reportedly produced 10 3D-printed buildings in 24 hours, using a custom-built machine that outputs layers of construction waste mixed with cement (+ slideshow).

Interactive slideshow: Normann Copenhagen's latest furniture collection


This interactive slideshow includes the latest collection by Danish design brand Normann Copenhagen, exhibited in Milan earlier this month.

Drawing in 3D will soon be as "intuitive as sketching with paper"


Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architects will soon be able to walk around inside 3D sketches of their projects and edit their designs as they go, according to the team behind the revolutionary Gravity Sketch 3D drawing pad.

Confession of Design exhibition showcased Austrian products in Milan


Dezeen promotion: an exhibition of Austrian design was presented at the Rotonda della Besana in Milan earlier this month by Advantage Austria (+ movie).

Bart Hess recruits public to create bespoke textile production line in Milan installation


Milan 2014: experimental Dutch textile designer Bart Hess played on ideas of mass production, bespoke design and the amount of human input needed to sustain the creative industries in an installation for Milan design week.

Foster + Partners submits plans for UK's tallest residential tower


News: Foster + Partners has submitted plans for a 73-storey skyscraper at London's Canary Wharf, which is set to become the tallest residential tower in the UK.

Concrete apartment by Airhouse Design Office features display space for "precious clothes"


Raw concrete surfaces dominate inside this stark apartment in Nagoya, Japan, that Japanese studio Airhouse Design Office has renovated for a fashion lover (+ slideshow).

Architectural Association students build woodland shelter with a twisting lattice roof


Students from London's Architectural Association have designed and built a lattice-framed shelter for seasoning timber at the school's Dorset campus, using short lengths of wood taken from neighbouring beech trees (+ slideshow).

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.


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