Back to the Future-style hoverboards are no longer stuck in science-fiction movies. A spate of personal transportation devices released recently use magnets or fans to float their riders through the air like Marty McFly. See more hoverboards »
Tag: Dezeen archive
From back-to-front high heels that force the body into awkward shapes, to concrete shoes that are too heavy to lift, designers seem intent on creating footwear that is almost impossible to walk in. Zaha Hadid, Studio Swine and Benjamin John Hall are among the culprits. See more impractical footwear »
White concrete is popular with architects thanks to its pure, uniform appearance, offering a less brutal alternative to board-marked and raw concrete. It is created by combining materials with lower iron, chromium and manganese levels.
Recent examples of projects with white concrete include Daniel Libeskind's proposal for an art museum in Lithuania, a tiny chapel in rural Austria and three additions to a pair of 18th century French mansions (pictured). See more architecture using white concrete »
Happy Thanksgiving! Tuck into our archive of designs that could make your dinner table more interesting, including teardrop-shaped plates, stackable tea sets and cutlery that is deliberately difficult to eat with. See more tableware »
Examples include a minimal salon in Osaka with space for just one customer, a hairdresser's divided with plants and mirrored screens, and a beautician's featuring crimped screens and golden curtains. See more Japanese hair salons »
But the wave of skinny skyscrapers, mainly filled with luxury apartments, has sparked protests over shadows in Central Park. It has also prompted concerns over spiralling inequality in the city, with Steven Holl warning that "architecture with a sense of social purpose is becoming increasingly rare" in the city. See more New York skyscrapers »
A bright pink sex toy-cum-furniture piece that can be mounted like a vaulting horse is among this week's most-read stories on Dezeen. Other popular pleasure devices in our archives include a blown-glass clockwork vibrator, a dildo with a compartment for storing the ashes of a deceased partner and a device that doubles as a pendant necklace. Explore more design for sex »
Carbon fibre is ideal for furniture design due to its light weight relative to its high strength. Nendo recently embedded the material into expandable shelves, while designers including Kris Lamba, Thomas Feichtner and Marcel Wanders have all used carbon fibre to create sculptural chairs. See more design with carbon fibre »
Designer Ori Elisar has developed a bacterial ink and grown typographical symbols in a petri dish. Here are more stories featuring microbes, including a lamp powered by glowing octopus bacteria (pictured), clothes grown from single-cell organisms and cheese made from the sweat and tears of celebrities.
Magnets have long been used as a way of creating temporary connections for products as diverse as flat-pack furniture and bike lights. But now designers are finding increasingly weird and wonderful uses for them, with recent examples including wallpaper, spiky shoes, fluid clocks, and even a hoverboard. See all of our stories about design with magnets »
Stilts allow architects to build on difficult terrains, or to simply offer their clients better views of the surroundings. Recent examples include a woodland writer's cabin and a student-built viewing platform, while popular projects from the archive include a clifftop house near Sydney and an elevated tea house in Japan. See more buildings on stilts »
Once the preserve of independent product designers, crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter are evolving into powerful tools for financing and testing public appetite for architecture and infrastructure projects.
Recent examples include BIG's campaign to raise money for a prototype power plant chimney and a pedestrian bridge described as the "world’s first crowdfunded public infrastructure project". See more crowdfunded projects on Dezeen »
Floating architecture is becoming more common as architects explore ways to make the most of picturesque locations, deal with rising floodwaters, and alleviate pressure on available land. Examples range from tiny cabins to entire cities, and include the UK's "first amphibious house". See more stories about floating architecture »
As Vietnam continues to invest in its tourist industry, all sorts of new architecture has been springing up in the country – from traditional thatched and bamboo structures by architects like Vo Trong Nghia and a21studio, to a 460-metre skyscraper underway in Ho Chi Minh City. See more stories about architecture in Vietnam »
Sign up for a daily roundup
of all our stories