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From Weimar to Ikea … a brilliant biography makes clear the master of modernism’s deep influence on design

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Design Curial

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Colour is creeping over our cities, thanks both to an explosion in street art but also designers and architects’ subsequent confidence in splashing rainbow-hued graphic treatments over their walls. But the line between street art, fine art and architecture is increasingly blurring as artists are invited to weave their own distinctive works into the fabric of buildings.

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Veronica Simpson looks at the new temporary accommodation the practice Reed Watts has created for the homeless.

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Weimar was the birthplace of Bauhaus – the modernist design and architecture school founded by Walter Gropius in 1919. It was the philosophy and style of Gropius and his teachings at the Bauhaus school, based in Weimar from 1919 to 1925 before it moved…

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Lifehacker

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iOS: If you’ve ever taken an R-rated picture on your phone, odds are good that you know it exists somewhere in your photo library. I’m pretty forgetful, but I know I’d remember that fact. I mean, there’s the setup process—lighting is important!—the fact that you have to at least partially undress, the multitude of photos you’ll take before you settle on the one perfect one, the knowledge that you’re probably sending this to someone (and might regret that fact later), etc.

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Samsung has created an interactive installation, called Resonance, that allows visitors to create art by breathing, talking and moving.

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Design Curial

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Lighting expert Jill Entwistle reports from the massive project that is Crossrail on the lighting challenges encountered on the 100km-long scheme

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Retail has had three phases, according to Katelijn Quartier, who heads the Retail Design Laboratory at Hasselt University in Belgium. ‘In Retail 1.0, the manufacturer was in charge and no designer was needed. Retail 2.0 was a phase where the retailer was in charge but hired an architect or interior architect to design the store following the brand’s or retailer’s ideas,’ she wrote in Retail Design, Theoretical Perspectives (Routledge). We have entered ‘Retail 3.0, a time when the customer is more and more in charge… This asks for much more from a designer than to translate a retailer’s identity into a store design and goes beyond mere functionality and efficiency – even more so now that a commodification of products, brands and retail is occurring’.

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London-based architecture studio Archmongers has created a clever refurbishment for an apartment in the Barbican. New design solutions for the master bedroom and bathroom inject practicality into the space – tackling those classic London modern-build p…

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Design Boom

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the telescopic, adaptabe structure opens to the public with the world premiere of five-night concert series, 'soundtrack of america.'

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Mashable Magazine

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Lake Elsinore can't handle the barrage of Instagram-loving tourists coming to photograph the poppy fields that have sprouted during the Super Bloom.

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in an attempt to update the construction of ‘simple’ wooden chairs, japanese designer ryuichi kozeki has created a prototype series with a distinct wedge-shaped part that connects the back and seat, creating a curve that perfectly supports the small of the back. presented at the greenhouse during this year’s stockholm furniture fair, the collection comes in a set that includes the chairs and a matching small table.
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US company Backdrop is aiming to ease the process of choosing the right paint, through a curated selection of colours and adhesive samples for testing on walls, along with an essentials kit and a redesigned can.
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A windowless wall punctured by a roof-level void projects from this steel-clad black house near Tokyo, creating a secret “exterior living room”.

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Design Boom

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100 east 53rd street, a slender new york skyscraper designed by foster + partners, is nearing completion in midtown manhattan. the 63-story residential tower is located on the corner of lexington and 53rd street, in close proximity to two 20th century modernist icons: SOM’s ‘lever house’ of 1952 and mies van der rohe’s ‘seagram building’, completed in 1958. the new structure boasts a minimalist geometric form, designed to complement these distinguished neighbors.
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Bob Burrough recently showed off his 'environmentally-lit user interface,' which maps the lighting in a room to affect the UI for a realistic effect.

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Design Boom

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the first images of the 29th annual ICEHOTEL have been revealed, featuring suites sculpted out of ice and snow from the free-flowing arctic river torne. ICEHOTEL is the first and largest hotel built of snow and ice and is reborn in a new guise every winter.
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paris based designer, claire lavabre, has taken an array of different objects to build the ‘la stanley’ ready made lamp. developed as part of a research project on lights and their kinetic effects – ‘lampade e altre progetti non finiti’ – lavabre created the piece during her one year residency program at villa medici in rome.
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