Interviews

Architecture "is still in the Walkman phase"
- Ben van Berkel

Ben van Berkel by Inga Powilleit

Interview: architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio was in London last week to launch Canaletto, a residential tower being built in the east of the city. He spoke to Dezeen about the project, about his plans to create the first open-source architecture studio and about the "devastatingly difficult" situation for architects in the Netherlands. More »

3D printed houses are
"not that far off"

3D printed houses are "not that far off"

Interview: earlier today, London studio Softkill Design unveiled plans for a 3D printed house. We spoke to Softkill's Gilles Retsin about the viability of printed architecture and how he intends to print a plastic dwelling in just three weeks.

"When we started this research, it was a kind of science fiction," he says. "It's not actually that far off any more." More »

"He had a volcanic imagination"
- Barnaba Fornasetti on Piero Fornasetti

"He had a volcanic imagination" - Barnaba Fornasetti on Piero Fornasetti

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Fornasetti founder Piero Fornasetti (above). With a new wallpaper collection for Cole & Son coming out this month, we met up with Piero's son, Barnaba Fornasetti (below), who told us the story behind the eccentric Italian design house that he now heads (+ interview + slideshow). More »

"I was horrified at the thought of a
soulless chain" - Aesop founder

"I was horrified at the thought of a soulless chain" - Aesop founder

Interview: recently Dezeen met up with Dennis Paphitis, founder of skincare brand Aesop. In this exclusive interview he explains why no two stores are of the same design, why he enjoys working with different architects around the world and how he believes "there's a direct correlation between interesting, captivating store spaces and customer traffic within a store" (+ slideshow). More »

"We wanted real drama in a flat landscape"
- Paul Baker on Gardens by the Bay

"We wanted real drama in a flat landscape" - Paul Baker on Gardens by the Bay

World Architecture Festival 2012: in our final movie from the World Architecture Festival we take another look at the World Building of the Year, Gardens by the Bay, as Wilkinson Eyre Architects' Paul Baker explains how the design team used vertical planting to create "some real drama in a very flat landscape." More »

"People in Vietnam want green buildings"
- Vo Trong Nghia on Binh Duong School

"People in Vietnam want green buildings" - Vo Trong Nghia on Binh Duong School

World Architecture Festival 2012: Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia won two awards at the World Architecture Festival last month and in this second interview he discusses how "green buildings" that use less energy are the future of architecture in Vietnam, like his naturally ventilated Binh Duong School that won the schools category. More »