Pigzbe app aims to teach children about cryptocurrency

Children aged six and over can now own cryptocurrency using an app called Pigzbe, which functions as a digital piggy bank.

Created by entrepreneur Filippo Yacob, the app aims to teach children about cryptocurrency and finance while encouraging saving.

Described as a “piggy wallet”, the service operates using a blockchain-enabled currency called Wollo, which is described as the first cryptocurrency targeted specifically towards children.

“More than a piggy bank, Pigzbe is a ‘piggy-wallet’ for children, parents and families, powered by its own family-friendly cryptocurrency called Wollo, designed to be suited to thousands of tiny transactions as parents reward chores or give pocket money,” explained its creators.

The “family-friendly” cryptocurrency is part of a growing trend in blockchain-enabled currencies, which include Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum, as well as more obscure coins like Dogecoin and Putincoin.

The app encourages children to save in a cashless society, which is difficult with digital piggy bank apps that either do not allow small transaction or charge large transaction fees.

“Learning about money early is key to developing positive financial habits, but it will be impossible to do in an increasingly cashless society, and with current banking products,” said CEO, Yacob.

“When I looked for digital piggy-bank apps for my own son, I couldn’t find anything that would allow me to make small payments – even one penny or two pence at a time – let alone cross-border,” he explained. “Most digital piggy bank apps would charge me 50 pence just to send 50 pence!”

Pigzbe uses an app to transfer money from parent to child. An immersive game version of the app is available for children, while adults use a simpler version of the app.

“Pigzbe pairs a physical device with an app that turns gifting and saving into a game, while allowing families to transfer as little as one penny between one another globally, and within seconds,” continued the brand.

An accompanying pink controller for children is used to control games and receive notifications from relatives, while a black controller for parents has been designed for offline storage of Wollo coins.

A Wollo Card can be used by children and adults in many online and offline shops. The card includes pre-programmed parental control settings that restrict the spending of money on adult items like alcohol, online gambling and tobacco.

While physical money can be spent without any record the cryptocurrency allows parents to see exactly where their children’s money is going.

Last month, the MIT Technology Review listed blockchain as one of ten technologies it believes will make the most impact over the next 12 months, while Paul Coletti called it a design classic in an opinion piece for Dezeen.

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Matra Architects creates holiday home with peaked roof and Himalayan views

The timber-clad roof structure of this house in the foothills of the Himalayas features a pointed peak incorporating skylights that allow daylight to flood an open-plan interior arranged over stepped levels.

Wood House by Office Matra

The private holiday home is located in the village of Satkhol in India’s Nainital district, which is a popular site for tourists looking to explore the landscape around the world’s highest mountain range.

The building was designed by New Delhi-based studio Matra Architects and is situated 2,000 metres above sea level on a terraced plot that offers a panoramic view towards the Himalayas.

Wood House by Office Matra

Its form references the peaks of the mountains that can be seen in the distance, and also reinterprets the basic vernacular dwellings occupied by farmers throughout the region.

“The design of this house is referring to the proximity of the snow-clad panorama of the northern Himalayan range at the horizon, and is nonetheless rooted strongly to the existing and unharmed terraces it occupies,” said the architects.

Wood House by Office Matra

The building is positioned on the lowest terrace on the site to minimise its visual impact on the natural surroundings and to provide a more intimate sense of connection to the adjacent forest.

The interior is arranged over three distinct levels housed within a suspended envelope that means internal supporting walls are not required.

The structure is provided by four timber main frames made from glued planks fastened with steel tie rods. These support the entire timber-clad roof, the insulated building envelope, a wooden mezzanine and the double-glazed skylight.

“The entire house suspended from these robust truss frames without the support of any intermediate columns allows an undisturbed flow of contours into the silent pine-wood panelled interior spaces,” said the studio.

Wood House by Office Matra

The 14.5-metre-long frames remain visible inside the living area. The construction allows glazing to wrap around the living room at floor level, framing views towards the neighbouring orchards and the town of Almora.

The glazed slot runs along the top of a stone plinth that extends around the base of the building. Both the stone and the wood used for the timber cladding were sourced locally, which helps to ground the house in the terrain.

The wooden walls are perforated by square windows that frame views of the mountains, forest and sky in all directions from the stepped living space and bedrooms along one side of the building.

Wood House by Office Matra

The property’s entrance opens onto a kitchen on the highest of the three levels, which are connected by short sets of stone steps.

The kitchen overlooks the double-height lounge and dining area, which is lined with a wall separating this space from a pair of bedrooms. The vast skylight allows natural light to flood into two further bedrooms accommodated on the mezzanine level.

Photography is by Edmund Sumner.

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Translucent pink box encloses florist at restaurant in southern China

Chinese studio 0321 has inserted a rose-tinted box into the front of this restaurant-cum-flower shop in Dongguan, China, allowing diners and passers-by a glimpse of the blooms inside.

NOUS Restaurant by 0321 Studio

The Nous restaurant is situated in the city’s Dongcheng district, and offers both a dining space and florist where visitors are encouraged to explore the connection between different flowers and food ingredients.

The owners tasked Shenzhen-based studio 0321 with creating a space that “solves the relationship between flora and dining in a visual, functional and emotional way”.

NOUS Restaurant by 0321 Studio

To achieve this, the studio decided to house the florist within a pink translucent box, visually connecting it to the restaurant behind.

At its centre sits a long counter used to display bunches of flowers, which create a partial screen between the street and diners in the restaurant.

NOUS Restaurant by 0321 Studio

“The design concept proposes to rethink the necessity of easily recognising a restaurant from the outside,” said the practice.

“We like this kind of conflict and interference, rather than a mediocre and harmonious coexistence.”

NOUS Restaurant by 0321 Studio

Storage is provided by matching pink cabinetry, while lighting in the ceiling illuminates the volume at night.

Rosy-hued tiles that subtly vary in tone have also been used to clad the restaurant’s front elevation.

NOUS Restaurant by 0321 Studio

Inside the restaurant has been completed almost entirely in dark grey terrazzo with oversized white aggregate, which the architects used to create an “extreme visual experience”.

This is complemented by metal tabletops and slate-coloured textile cushions on the bench seats.

NOUS Restaurant by 0321 Studio

Other than a mirrored panel that the studio has hung along a peripheral wall, decoration has been kept to a minimum.

Continuing the material palette of the flower shop, a staircase with a pink glass balustrade and terrazzo steps leads diners to the second floor.

NOUS Restaurant by 0321 Studio

Millennial pink has proved a popular colour of choice for the interiors of eateries – designer Meir Guir used the pale-pink shade for a cafe in Tel Aviv, pairing it with mismatch marble floors, while Studio Sur Rue applied the shade it to a hummus deli in Paris.

Photography is by Meat Mountain.

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Look back on Milan 2018 with Dezeen's new Pinterest board

As Milan design week draws to a close, take a look back through Dezeen’s extensive coverage of the world’s biggest design fair via our new Pinterest board, which showcases all the best projects and exhibitions from across the event. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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Smart Retractable Table

Afin de représenter l’aspect social d’Internet, la table « Roll-Out » du designer Norvégien Marcus Voraa est extrêmement malléable. Comme son nom l’indique, c’est grâce à un système de manivelle que la longueur de la table est ajustable. Il suffit de tirer le bout de table vers l’extérieur pour l’étendre et d’enrouler l’autre bout pour la rétracter.





Staggered pavilions form holiday resort on lush hill in Costa Rican surf town

Architecture firm Studio Saxe has stepped a series of pavilion-like guest rooms down a slope facing the Pacific Ocean, creating a hotel in a Costa Rican beach town.

Mint Santa Teresa is located in Santa Teresa – a small coastal town in Costa Rica’s Puntarenas Province that is a popular spot for surfers and yoga retreats.

The hotel’s Swedish owners Jonas Thorrel and Johanna Johansson enlisted San José-based Studio Saxe for the project following the studio’s previous work in Costa Rica, including a house also in Santa Teresa and a yoga retreat, which are well-integrated with tropical foliage.

Like with these earlier works, the studio designed the holiday complex to fit in with its surroundings. Four guest bedrooms are separated into individual volumes to step down the hilly site, resting on terraces made of stone. Gaps left between the suites leave space for trees to grow up through.

“Hotels traditionally became vast objects in the landscape that bear no relation to their surroundings and are devoid of genuine human interaction,” said studio founder Benjamin Garcia Saxe.

“At Mint, we endeavoured to create a contextual design that adapts to its landscape and offers a new type of experience for a breed of traveler seeking authenticity.”

As with the studio’s other projects, Mint Santa Theresa has a simple minimal palette that comprises a black steel structure, concrete flooring, and white paint and textiles that contrast with the lush greenery.

But this time, the Studio Saxe intended to reference the minimal aesthetic of Scandinavia in response to the heritage of the resort’s owners.

Costa Rican designs also feature throughout the complex, like the caña brava grass arranged in a fishbone pattern to cover the underside of pavilion roofs, and furniture made by craftspeople using locally sourced wood.

Running down the slope in pairs, the pavilions contain a bedroom and adjoining bathroom in the same layout.

Folding glass doors open onto terraces in front, to provide guests with ocean vistas from the beds. A small void is carved at the rear of each, forming a garden filled with more tropical planting.

An exterior staircase at the side of the residences leads onto a decked pathway, which extends over the green space to access a rooftop living area.

Wrapped by a black balcony, which also serves as a planter, the outdoor lounge is shaded by a white sail stretched above by a black steel frame. A hammock also hangs from the structure, while other furnishings include two chairs made of rattan – thin palm stems – and produced in Cost Rican town Sarchí, a table and a rug.

The Mint Santa Teresa’s communal area is located at the bottom of the slope, accessed by a central concrete stair. A grass-lined canopy resting on slender black columns extends over the space, covering a bar and a lounge with large floor cushions for sunbathing.

Draping plants run along one side to provide privacy to the dining area, where guests have breakfast, from neighbouring properties.

A key feature is an infinity swimming pool that runs off the edge into a slim channel of water beneath. There is also a pit for guests to play boules.

“We worked hard on creating spaces that combine an appreciation of natural beauty with a rich array of possibilities for social and cultural interaction,” said Garcia Saxe.

The architect founded the firm in Costa Rica’s capital city in 2004. Studio Saxe’s other projects across the Central American country include a house elevated on stilts above a forest and a residence featuring fully-outdoor rooms that can be enclosed by folding timber doors.

Photography is by Andrés García Lachner.

Project credits

Architecture ream: Studio Saxe
Design director: Benjamin García Saxe
Project architect: Cesar Coto
Project coordinator: Laura Morelli
Structural rngineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltda
Electromechanical engineer: Dynamo Studio
Builder: Matta Duran

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All-white home by Bloco Arquitetos sits on compact plot in Brasília

A sloped roof tops this white house in Brazil’s capital, which architecture studio Bloco Arquitetos built within the initial masterplan for the city.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

The local firm designed 711H house for a couple with a child and two dogs.

Built on the foundations of a single-storey home that had been demolished, it is located in a part of the Plano Piloto masterplan that architect and planner Lucio Costa designed for Brasília during the 1950s.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

The residence’s surrounding area was originally intended to be used for farms and food production, but because of the city’s housing needs, it was transformed into a series of tightly packed row houses.

Many of the homes exceed the allowed height limit and face a service alley, which makes the green public spaces in the front derelict and dangerous, according to Bloco Arquitetos. The studio’s scheme for the 711H house aims to reverse this trend.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

The team uncovered and restored the front yard back into a garden. Two pairs of white metallic screens front the space to offer the residents privacy and provide access to the public green space in front of the house.

“It acknowledges the present reality, and its official and unofficial rules of occupation, and aims to recover the activation of the green strip that is adjacent to the house,” said Bloco Arquitetos.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

With a white exterior that also differentiates it from its surroundings, the house is topped by a mono-pitched roof that connects the different roof heights of its two immediate neighbours.

“The form of the roof is generated by an imaginary line connecting the highest point that is officially allowed for the constructions in the neighbourhood to the slightly sloped roof of the construction on the other side,” said the firm.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

A second set of perforated metal doors are placed on the inner side of the courtyard, as part of the front wall of the house. One folds open to lead into the long and narrow, kitchen, living and dining room. The other provides access to a pair of bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms that run down the southern side.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

As most of the old structure and foundations were condemned, the studio rebuilt the ground floor using laminated steel beams and columns with exposed concrete blocks forming the partition walls. All are painted white to match the exterior.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

Concrete ceilings and floors are left exposed and complemented by furnishings with rough finishes, like the dining table that extends from the kitchen counter and a bench in the living area. Plants in terracotta pots are dotted throughout to offset these more neutral tones.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

A black staircase leads up to the middle of the new first floor, which the studio constructed from concrete blocks.

Because of the steep slope of the roof, all the functions are placed along the southern side where the pitch is at its highest. A large terrace, where the residents’ dogs can bathe in the sun, occupies the north-west end.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

Glazed doors from the terrace lead into the master bedroom at the front. The space is adjoined by a long closet featuring windows to a small void in the residence, and an en-suite bathroom.

A study and a small home office are set to back on this floor.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

Bloco Arquitetos was founded by architects Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho and Matheus Seco. The firm recently completed another home nearby, made of longitudinal concrete ribs and red brick infill.

Along with Costa’s masterplan, Brasília is well-known for its modernist architecture by Oscar Niemeyer. His building that serves as the presidential palace is feared haunted by the country’s current leader.

Photography is by Joana França.

Project credits:

Architecture firm: Bloco Arquitetos
Project team: Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho and Matheus Seco
Collaborators: Fernando Longhi, Giovanni Cristofaro and Elisa Albuquerque

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Let your Fingers Experience the Joy of Dancing on the Kira Keyboard

Can I say, as a writer, gamer, and someone who spends most of his time around a keyboard, there’s a marked difference in productivity between me sitting in front of a desktop, and me on my laptop. The difference? The keyboard. Laptops, made to be thin, have extremely thin keyboards that are A. silent, and B. have very little travel (the distance a key covers when pressed). There also seems to be a lack of standardization as far as key sizes and placement goes, varying from laptop to laptop, and company to company. Switch brands, and you’ll find yourself struggling, because now the Home key is somewhere else, or the arrow keys have a different design.

With a desktop’s external keyboard, the story is completely different. It’s all about productivity… and reveling in the noise. There’s a joy to the tactile and audio feedback of a clickety-clack keyboard, and its curved tops and long travels mean you’re less likely to hit keys accidentally. It was in the pursuit of that very feeling, that the Kira was born. Designed well for all professions that use the keyboard, the Kira is a mechanical fingerjoy for writers and gamers, for recreational use, studio use, and office use. Designed “without compromise”, the Kira is a keyboard that takes Input Club’s mission of designing the world’s best keyboard. Over a year after their previous project the WhiteFox (that garnered 2000 backers on Kickstarter alone), the Kira is a more expanded version of its predecessor, featuring a full number pad and customizable RGB lighting among other features.

What makes Kira so universally wonderful was the fact (and I say this a lot) that it was designed alongside a community of power-users, by a bunch of experts in the field. The result is a keyboard that is marvelously tactile, interactive in the sense that it can light up, and completely customizable in every sense. Not only does the Kira allow you to change and modify keystrokes, deciding what hitting each key will do, you can even physically change your keyboard, swapping keys, and even the mechanical switches underneath, giving you the tactile feedback you need. While some typists may love the tackety-tack sound, gamers care much about actuation force and key travel, or even offices, which prefer mechanical keyboards that are quiet. The Kira lets you hot-swap the switches underneath, letting you choose what sort of sound and feel you want, giving power to its user to use it as they see fit. In fact, they’ve published an extensive guide right here.

The Kira also comes with backlighting, which is something of a rarity in external keyboards. While the keys don’t individually light up, the area between the keys does, giving you a sense of where your fingers are in relation to the layout. The Kira even comes with RGB lighting on the back that you can toggle, washing your table in a soft glow of light, perfect for gamers (and completely customizable).

A cross between extremely functional, extremely nostalgic, and extremely delightful, the Kira was made for your fingers but also your eyes. The RBG lighting adds a much-needed ambiance to your games, while giving you a sense of the keyboard layout, while the keyboard itself is so finger-friendly, I feel like an idiot typing this out on my disgustingly bourgeois laptop keyboard. (Editor’s Note: Laptop keyboards suck, and I hit the backspace key at least 80 times on this article)

Designers: Angelo Tobias & Input Club

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Its unique RGB underglow and custom mechanical switches give you an unmatched typing experience. Kira is fully hardware programmable, which turns any key into a multi-function macro without active software.


Top Keyboard Features

  • Mechanical Switches
  • Per Key RGB Lighting
  • RGB Underlit Case
  • PBT Dye-Sublimated Keycaps
  • Fully Programmable
  • USB Type C


Efficient and Durable

Traditional full size keyboards are less space efficient than Kira, which packs all the keys you want into a condensed layout. Its custom keycaps use long-lasting, wear resistant plastic and a printing method that can’t be worn off. They also have a wonderful texture that won’t easily shine or show finger oils. This durable plastic, known as PBT, was proven in keyboards like the IBM Model M. Model M keycaps from the 1980s are still sturdy enough for continuous use today, even after decades of wear.


Engineered to Last

Membrane keyboards don’t offer the pleasurable typing experience that users have come to expect from mechanical keyboards. Color-coded mechanical keyswitches set Input Club’s mechanical keyboards apart from generic models. Each color corresponds with a unique tactile experience. With that in mind, you can choose the perfect switch for your ergonomic needs. Average keyboards can suffer from reliability issues and force typists to bottom out harshly, which isn’t helpful for long term use.

Input Club’s Hako switches—which our engineers designed—are smooth, self-cleaning, bottom out resistant, and deliciously tactile. They can also last for decades. In the unlikely event that a switch fails, or needs cleaning, hot swap sockets make removal and replacement simple. Every switch on the Kira can be replaced without a single drop of solder, completely changing how it feels.



Kira is fully open source. Its design files will go live on Github after we meet our commitments to backers. Input Club’s programming tools enable complete customization; all layouts and key combinations can be configured at the hardware level. Efficient layouts like Dvorak and Colemak are also within your grasp. Our easy to use online configurator doesn’t require programming knowledge or complex scripting. Its point and click interface is meant for everyone.


Mechanical Switch Options

We test mechanical switches from many companies all over the world and publish our findings in The Comparative Guide to Mechanical Switches. 


More Features

  • 99 Key Condensed Full Size Layout
  • Fully Programmable Without Active Software
  • Per Key Configurable RGB Lighting and Underglow
  • Cherry Profile PBT Dye Sublimated Keycaps
  • USB Type C Cable
  • Injection Molded Metallic Plastic or CNC Aluminum Case available in Silver or Black
  • Steel Keyswitch Plate
  • Hot Swappable Switches (Removable without soldering)
  • RGB LED Side Indicator Lights
  • N-Key Rollover
  • Compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac
  • Open Source Hardware

Included Keycaps


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Empowering Photo Collages of Women

Originaire du Pakistan, Sara Shakeel est une artiste brillante ! Dans ses collages surréalistes, la femme tient une place centrale. L’artiste soigne l’esthétique de ces portraits et parvient à leur donner de l’éclat à grands coups de paillettes. Pour suivre le travail de Sara Shakeel, visitez son compte Instagram.



Link About It: This Week's Picks: Glass monsters, plastic-eating enzymes, the story behind one of Prince's best songs and more

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1. The Story Behind One of Prince’s Most Famous Songs
Almost exactly two years after Prince’s tragic accidental overdose and death, the original story and recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U” has been released by the musician’s foundation. Paul……

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