The International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York was overshadowed this week by news that one designer had been arrested while installing his project in the city and accused of "planting false bombs", which our readers labelled a "titanic over-reaction" and indicative of the "hysteria and squareness of NY authorities".
Takeshi Miyakawa's tribute to the city involved hanging illuminated I Love NY carrier-bags from lamp posts and trees, but the NYPD bomb squad were called in and Miyakawa was detained until Wednesday when he was released on bail and ordered to undergo a psychological examination.
In the UK the government announced changes in the law that will extend copyright protection of designed objects to equal the term given to literature and art, getting results for Michelle Ogundehin's Equal Rights For Design Campaign just seven weeks after launch.
Meanwhile Philippe Starck released an alcoholic aerosol that lets you experience booze without getting drunk, much to our readers' distain, our most popular story featured a house hidden behind a concrete rock face and we featured two homes that bring outdoor activities inside - one with a climbing wall as an alternative to the stairs and another designed for skateboarding over every surface.
We've been hanging out at Clerkenwell Design Week in London and our Designed in Hackney showcase of local talent turns its attention to illustration and street art, with shoes inspired by an abandoned suitcase and works by Banksy in the borough.
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