Make Cities Like Pop Songs

The Dutch have a tradition with barrel organs in the city. But what happens if you put the city into a barrel organ? Dutch artist Akko Goldenbeld of the Eindhoven Design Academy exhibited his ‘Stadsmuziek’ installation at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. A physical model of the city of Eindhoven is rolled onto a…

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A Pop-Up Restaurant On Top Of European Landmarks

The Cube is an ode to top gastronomy. Literally. This pop-up restaurant commissioned by the Swedish Appliance Manufacturer Electrolux is scheduled to stay on top of a series of European landmarks. From the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome to a mountain cliff in Switzerland, foodies in search for unique experiences will be able to…

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Giftee: Twitter-Powered Gifts

Giving a friend a real-time physical present via social media looks to be a future fantasy. But since this year it is possible in Japan. The Japanese start-up Giftee makes it possible to send a real-time and a real-world gift using Twitter. Giftee is an online service enabling users to send small ‘thank you’ gifts…

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There's A Garden In My Closet

Last month’s Design Week in Milan was filled with such a huge number of nice events, that it was practically impossible to see everything. Among the things I unfortunately missed was this really nice exhibition that was presenting small gardens mixing plants with old furniture. The designers Peter Bottazzi and Denise Bonapace realized the project…

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The World's Biggest Parasol

The Spanish city of Sevilla has a new eye-catcher: a giant parasol. The four level high sculpture gives shadow to the entirely redeveloped Plaza de la Encarnacion during hot Summer days. At the same time it’s a true ‘purple cow’, along with the new version of the square. The giant shed provides a roof for bars,…

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Mokum: A Guide To Amsterdam

We spent the last months working on an alternative travel guide to Amsterdam, along with our friends of Partizan Publik, Archis, Theo Deutinger Architects, the Amsterdam 4/5 May Committee, and some 30 other contributors who joined us for a cold and windy workshop weekend in January. On Thursday night we proudly launched Mokum: A Guide…

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Mystical Resort In Wadi Rum

Florida-based office Oppenheim Architecture + Design has released the artist impressions of its proposals for 47 desert lodges at a resort in Wadi Rum, Jordan. The resort has a completely different atmosphere compared to the resorts we know from the Mediterranean and Caribbean coasts: no rude interventions such as skyscraping hotels and obscene tourist strips will…

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