• Theme: Furniture and Decoration

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    Hospitals and other healthcare-focused buildings are typically conceived as cold, uniform, joyless places. Faced with numerous challenges, those designing such spaces often seem focused on purpose rather than feeling, on function rather than form. Yet today, as patient-centric design is prioritized, a new type of...

    To understand where the Japanese situate themselves in the design world today, Japanese furniture and product designer Toshiyuki Kita is one to talk to. His publication Made with Heart and Soul illustrates over 40 years of Kita’s collaboration with traditional Japanese crafts and received the Gold award in public...

    Core77 honors over 200 designs in their 14 categories, from lo-fi design solutions to highly complex and collaborative efforts. The designs are judged by high-profile individuals like Italian designer Luca Nichetto; 54 members of the jury are split into groups of three or four. We’ve selected two notable project...

    Iris Ceramica Group has created a new composite material that integrates heating, cooling and sensor technology directly into oversized ceramic panels. The top layer of the SmartSlab panels is made of SapienStone, “a virtually indestructible ceramic material impervious to fire, frost, thermal shock, scratches and...

    Chocolate makers Mast Brothers, well known for the graphic wrappers that cover its flavored chocolates, had Brooklyn company Calico Wallpaper design the packaging for its Sea Salt Collection. Each bar of chocolate contains its own kind of salt. Taking the signature ingredient of each individual bar, Calico employed a...

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    Toyota’s first appearance at Milan Design Week had the company pulling up to 31 via Tortona with an exquisite car made of various shades of wood. Its Setsuna concept car, fully functional but not legally road friendly, had Japanese cedar for the exterior panels, selected for its flexibility and distinctive grain, and...

    People have used bamboo from the earliest civilization in Asia, where these giant grasses originated. We see them in traditional architecture in Southeast Asia: People in Indonesia use bamboo stilts to create their rice carriages, and many Filipinos in the north of the Philippines construct little houses out of bamboo...

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    Dine in Detroit area restaurants such as Blu Fin Sushi or Public House and you’ll find yourself “eating off the floor.” Former floor beams are reborn as table slats thanks to Workshop Detroit, one of several international design studios into the cycle of sustainability. Already known as an eco-friendly material,...

    Designer sisters Faye and Erica Toogood at London-based Studio Toogood united their objects, clothes and sculptures within an interior space for the first time during London Design Festival 2015. Their installation The Drawing Room at Somerset House welcomed visitors into a space where the translucent plastic sheets...

    “We have designed and synthesized over 700 original proteins, based off existing proteins in nature but with modifications in the amino acid sequence,” Japanese company Spiber told ArchiExpo. “We carefully analyze how various changes in different parts of the amino acid sequences affect the final products.” Proteins,...

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