The Best Fails of the Week

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Ozzy Man's Commentary on Theresa May's Dancing

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Lucas the Spider in 'One Man Band'

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A Life-Sized, Drivable Bugatti Chiron Made Entirely from LEGOs

To promote their Technic line of interconnecting gear and rod sets, LEGO used over one million LEGO Technic pieces to create a full-sized LEGO version of a Bugatti Chiron luxury supercar that can actually be driven.”When we say with LEGO Technic you can BUILD FOR REAL, we really mean it! Here’s our amazing 1:1 version of the iconic Bugatti Chiron. Not only does it look like the real thing, it also drives as well – and to prove it we took it for a spin on the same German track where Bugatti do their testing.”..(Read…)

Why We Eat Popcorn at the Movies

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A Table That Is Full of Suspense


The Axes Side table is a beautiful demonstration of how suspense can be used to introduce an element of visual interest into the design of a product. The alluring item of furniture gathers its inspiration from Lucio’s Costa Urbanistic drawings of the modern Brazilian capital that is Brasilia; this unique form allows for objects to hang on its side axes.

The careful selection of materials gives Axes an industrial and very relevant aesthetic; the central steel tubing leads down to a small, weighted base, further adding to the visual suspense of the design.

All-in-all, the unique and elegant design of Axes leads to a remarkably wonderful design, that is sure to steal the spotlight within any room!

Designer: Andre Leal of Studio Maré






Hoogland Architecture designs Arroyo House for stark desert site in southern Nevada

American firm Hoogland Architecture has conceived a low-lying concrete residence wrapped in weathering steel, for an active couple who hope to remain in the desert home as they age.

Arroyo House by Hoogland Architecture

The Arroyo House is located in Blue Diamond, a hamlet just outside Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert. The small community is situated near an active gypsum mine, and also lies within close proximity of Red Rock Canyon – a conservation area that is popular with hikers and rock climbers.

Arroyo House by Hoogland Architecture

The home was envisioned as a “base camp” for an active couple who are nearing retirement.

“After recently relocating to the Las Vegas area, their love of all things outdoors convinced them to make their home in the tiny village of Blue Diamond,” said local studio Hoogland Architecture in a project description.

Arroyo House by Hoogland Architecture

“While only minutes from Las Vegas, Blue Diamond is a half-mile-wide by half-mile-long hamlet, surrounded by some of the most iconic landscapes and sought-after rock outcroppings in the US.”

Arroyo House by Hoogland Architecture

The 3,875-square-foot (360-square-metre) dwelling was built on a sloped site near a natural wash, called an arroyo. For the austere desert site, the architects conceived a low-lying residence that consists of two rectilinear volumes connected by a deck.

One volume is long and horizontal, and serves as the main dwelling. The other form, which rises two levels, is more compact. It contains a garage at ground level and guest accommodation up above.

Arroyo House by Hoogland Architecture

Exterior walls are made of concrete, weathering steel and vast stretches of glass. Deep roof overhangs protect the glazed walls from the intense desert sun and also shade patios that encircle the home.

The main portion of the dwelling contains a generous master suite and an open-plan area for cooking, dining, and lounging. Large windows and sliding glass doors usher in ample daylight while affording sweeping views of the arid landscape.

Arroyo House by Hoogland Architecture

While the clients’ decor is eclectic, the team used a restrained palette of colours and materials for interior finishes. Polished concrete floors are paired with bright white walls and ceilings. Light-hued wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances define the kitchen. In the bathroom, stone tiles evoke the desert terrain that surrounds the home.

One of the primary concerns for the architects was to create a dwelling in which the clients could grow old. “It was important for the home to not only address their needs now, but also 10, 20 or 30 years into the future,” the team said.

Arroyo House by Hoogland Architecture

In response, the team placed all living spaces on the same level, with the exception of the garage. A driveway connects the upper level to the garage, enabling the clients to drop off their groceries before parking their car down below.

The team also incorporated features such as grab bars and a roll-in shower in the bathroom. Plus, the home’s wraparound deck connects all of the programmr areas, helping “address the realities of ageing in place”.

Arroyo House by Hoogland Architecture

Sustainability was also considered during the project. Eco-friendly features include low-flow plumbing fixtures, non-toxic paint, and an in-slab radiant system for heating and cooling.

Greywater is used for landscape irrigation, and black water is treated onsite through a septic system. The couple also intends to install a photovoltaic array, with hopes of generating more energy than the home consumes.

Arroyo House by Hoogland Architecture

Known for its vast desert terrain, Nevada offers a dramatic backdrop for architecture. Other houses in the state include the highly sculptural Shapeshifter House by OPA, which features angled zinc-clad walls and enjoys views of the Sierra Mountains.

Photography is by Stephen Morgan.

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Castor targets Canada's ageing pot users with Heirloom Stack

Toronto design studio Castor has launched a set of accessories for marijuana users that resembles a vintage candy dish, ahead of Canada’s expected legalisation of the drug later this year.

The Heirloom Stack collection is designed to look like the antique crystal vessels sometimes found in elderly people’s homes. Castor Design sought to create familiar objects that avoid the typical look of marijuana accessories.

Heirloom Stack by Castor

“Canada is at the forefront of change with the upcoming nationwide legalisation of cannabis,” said Castor in a statement. “It’s an opportunity to bring considered, well-designed products to a wider range of existing and new cannabis consumers.”

Castor created Heirloom Stack for Canadian brand Tokyo Smoke, which focuses on luxury products for marijuana users that “embrace beautiful design along with alternative states of mind,” according to its website.

Heirloom Stack by Castor

The pink objects are made from heat-resistant pink borosilicate glass, and nest on top of one another when not in use. The ashtray serves as the base, under the grinder, and the cone-shaped pipe sits at the top.

“The set is precisely cast from heat-resistant pink borosilicate glass, and includes all the essentials in one stackable shape: a pipe, an ashtray, and a grinder with a space for storage in its reverse side,” Castor explained.

Castor sought to play off the idea of a candy dish for the collection. The pink-hued photographs of Heirloom Stack feature an older hand model, which the studio chose to reinforce the idea that people of all ages use marijuana.

Heirloom Stack by Castor

Other shots show the ashtray filled with assorted mints, another reference to candy jars. “The three-piece set evokes the charm of a vintage candy dish – one that your grandmother might have owned,” said Castor.

Canada is set to legalise recreational marijuana on 17 October 2018. Although several provinces already have medical marijuana available for prescription, this will be the first time it will be available commercially nationwide.

Heirloom Stack by Castor
Photograph by Mark Olson

Marijuana is also now legal is several US states, including Oregon, where OMFGCo and JHL Design designed the interiors for a cannabis dispensary in Portland.

For 20 April, or 4/20 – widely celebrated in cannabis culture – Dezeen rounded up five designers creating products for the budding industry.

Photography is by Peter Andrew Lusztyk unless stated otherwise.

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Bureau Spectacular creates high-rise architecture model that doubles as a cat tower

In our final P.O.D.System Architecture movie, architects Joanna Grant and Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular explain their playful high-rise architecture concept that also functions as furniture or a cat tower at different scales.

Los Angeles studio Bureau Spectacular‘s design for P.O.D.System Architecture – a collaboration between Dezeen and adidas Originals – is a 1:100 scale model of a conceptual mixed-use development comprising a group of high-rise buildings.

As well as representing an architectural concept, the model is designed to be used as a toy for cats to climb on, and can also be taken apart to create five individual pieces of furniture.

Architectural Voltron: Cats and Socks by Bureau Spectacular for P.O.D.System Architecture
Bureau Spectacular’s design for the P.O.D.System Architecture project is called Architectural Voltron: Cats and Socks

“For P.O.D.System Architecture, we are proposing a mixed-use high-rise that happens to be a furniture object; that simultaneously happens to be a cat tower,” Lai explains in the movie, which Dezeen filmed in Los Angeles. “It works on multiple scales as a conceptual exercise.”

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The brief for the P.O.D.System Architecture project calls on architects to create conceptual buildings based on the story behind adidas’ recently launched P.O.D.System shoe, which combines various different shock-absorbing technologies into a single sneaker.

Lai says that the story behind the shoe reminded he and Grant of Voltron: Defender of the Universe – a 1980s cartoon featuring a giant robot made up of a series of smaller robots.

Architectural Voltron: Cats and Socks by Bureau Spectacular for P.O.D.System Architecture
Lai says the idea was inspired by the 1980s cartoon Voltron

“When we first saw the P.O.D.System shoe, we talked a lot about Voltron, a cartoon that I used to watch as a child,” he explains.

“The P.O.D.System shoe is comprised of disparate components that come together, much akin to the individual super bots that come together as a giant robot in Voltron. We thought – couldn’t architecture do the same?”

Architectural Voltron: Cats and Socks by Bureau Spectacular for P.O.D.System Architecture
The architectural model of the conceptual building also functions as a cat tower. Photograph by Injinash Unshin

Bureau Spectacular’s model comprises four towers, which attach to a central base structure. The five individual model components can be unfolded or extended to create a range of different furniture items.

“It is a model of different scales,” Grant explains. “At one scale, we’re looking at the architectural scale. It combines four towers and one core block where we can imagine different kinds of occupations of humans and different programatic uses.”

“But at another scale, we can think of it as five individual furniture elements, such as a storage for shoes, or a place to hang your coat,” she continues.

Architectural Voltron: Cats and Socks by Bureau Spectacular for P.O.D.System Architecture
Bureau Spectacular’s architectural model can be taken apart to create five individual furniture pieces. Photograph by Injinash Unshin

When all the furniture pieces are brought together, the model is designed to function as a cat tower for Grant and Lai’s pet, called Helvetica.

“At another scale, we’re conceiving of how we can think of architectural programmes providing opportunities for cats to climb and hide and jump on them,” Grant says.

“Helvetica is always looking up at humans,” Lai adds. “With the Architectural Voltron project she has the opportunity to tower above tiny humans.”

Architectural Voltron: Cats and Socks by Bureau Spectacular for P.O.D.System Architecture
Lai says the structure enables his pet cat to “tower above tiny humans”. Photograph by Injinash Unshin

Grant and Lai describe Architectural Voltron: Cats and Socks as a “conceptual exercise”, rather than a serious building proposal. But they believe that it is important to have fun with architecture in order to make it appeal to a wider audience.

“At Bureau Spectacular we are always trying to make designs that friendly or fun, but then are conceivable as a building,” Grant explains.

“Often times people don’t know how to engage with architecture, or contemporary art, or design, and our office is trying to bridge the gap between that. If a building can come across as funny or friendly, that’s a way that we can connect with people.”

Bureau Spectacular portrait
Joanna Grant and Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular. Portrait by Dezeen

This movie was filmed by Dezeen in Los Angeles. It is the final video in the five-part P.O.D.System Architecture series, a collaboration between Dezeen and adidas Originals.

It is dedicated to the memory of Grant and Lai’s pet cat Helvetica, who sadly passed away shortly after filming.

Previous videos in the series feature building concepts designed by fellow Los Angeles-based architecture firms Neil M Denari ArchitectsDesign, BitchesStandard Architecture and Brooks + Scarpa.

You can watch all the videos at

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Augmented Reality To-Go


Imagined for personal use while traveling, the GOOVIS G1 is a smart, mobile 3D cinema designed to take users to an entirely new dimension wherever they might be. The system utilizes dynamic 3D verisimilitude imaging, a large field angle of 53 degrees and a 1080-pixel full-color screen to completely immerse the user in whatever game, movie, or digital adventure they’re experiencing. The robust design weighs in at less than half a pound and is clad in durable materials, and features a simple adjustable fit system so it’s easy to take with you and enjoy for long periods of time, just about anywhere.

Designer: Design White for Goovis