Today is International Coffee Day, so celebrate by browsing the unusual and innovative designs for caffeinated drinks on Dezeen. A set of cups made from used coffee grounds, a concrete espresso machine and packaging for coffee-flavoured beer all feature in our archive. See more design for coffee »
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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 »
Weathering steel – often known by the brand name Corten – continues to remain popular with architects. The pre-rusted metal, which is created when chemicals are used to speed up the oxidisation process, has recently been used to clad a Brisbane community centre and a mountaintop family retreat. The rust forms a weatherproof layer of protection. See all our stories about weathering steel »
It's been a big week for trainers: Converse has redesigned its classic Chuck Taylor All Star for the first time in almost 80 years while Zaha Hadid and Pharrell Williams have collaborated on a pair of Adidas shell toes (pictured). See all our stories about sneakers »
Architects are beginning to rediscover the potential of handmade bricks, which offer wider variations of colour and texture than their industrially produced cousins. Recent examples include an asymmetric house in Belgium, a canal-side development in London and a housing complex in Rwanda. Explore more handmade brick architecture »
This week Bjarke Ingels unveiled plans to enliven Battersea Power Station with electric sparks (after designing a power plant that blows smoke rings) while Henning Larsen completed a building with a moving facade.
Here's a reminder of all our stories about architecture that moves, including a building that flaps its wings like a giant insect and a house with rotating bedrooms. See all our stories about moving architecture »
Ocean plastic is this year's breakthrough material. Pharrell Williams has used it to produce a range of clothes, Adidas has launched a range of trainers and a young designer has created a machine to harvest tonnes of the waste material from the sea. See all our stories about ocean plastic »
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