Rua 141 and Rafael Zalc make efficient use of space within renovated São Paulo apartment

Brazilian studios Rua 141 and Zalc Architecture turned an outdoor terrace into a glazed dining room while renovating this São Paulo apartment.

Encompassing 70 square metres, the AK Apartment was designed for a 30-year-old woman who loves entertaining friends. The dwelling contains a bedroom, an office and two bathrooms, along with an open-plan area for cooking, dining and lounging.

Local firms Rua 141 and Zalc Architecture collaborated on the renovation project, seeking to create a “graceful space with handmade materials and pastel tones”.

A key goal was to create a generous social area within the apartment. In response, the team converted an outdoor terrace into an enclosed space that serves as the dining room.

AK Apartment by RUA 141 and Rafael Zalc

The eating area is furnished with a wooden table, a bench and pale pink chairs. Glazed walls provide views of the city’s Baixo Pinheiro district, a trendy area dotted with trees.

A focal point within the apartment is a large, ceiling-height wood shelving system in the living room. Filled with books, plants and objects by Brazilian designers, the unit provides ample space for storage. It also helps create a space “full of life and personality”.

Fronting the library unit is a slender area for lounging, fitted with a plush, silvery sofa, a striped rug and a small, circular table. A flat-screen television is affixed to an opposing wall. Also hung from the wall are concrete shelves that stretch from the entryway to the kitchen, where one shelf melds with a concrete counter.

In addition to concrete countertops, the kitchen features cabinetry and flooring in different shades of blue – a colour used liberally throughout the dwelling. The cabinets have shell-shaped finger pulls, a type of hardware that was popular in the 1950s.

“In this project, it gains a re-reading with the vibrant blue tone and composition with the contemporary ‘hydraulic’ tiles,” the designers said.

AK Apartment by RUA 141 and Rafael Zalc

To provide more kitchen storage while maintaining a sense of openness, the team hung open, wooden shelves from the ceiling. Verdant plants spill over the edges of the top shelf – one of the many uses of foliage within the apartment.

In the home’s private areas, the team employed colours and textures found in the public zone. A bathroom has cement walls, pale blue flooring and a wooden vanity. The bedroom features a headboard and nightstands made of peroba wood, along with table lamps by Kiokawa Design.

AK Apartment by RUA 141 and Rafael Zalc

Other apartments in São Paulo include a dwelling by NJ+ that features a kitchen concealed behind white latticework, and an overhauled unit by Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos that has a semi-circular library to house an extensive book collection.

Photography is by Nathalie Artaxo.

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Meet the ZENLET Coil, an unusual device that charges your phone, as well as your senses

Now here’s a wireless charger that’s guaranteed to make you do a double-take. The ZENLET Coil, quite unlike anything I’ve seen before, is a wireless power-bank, but is also an aromatherapy device. Why would you need the two experiences bundled into one device? The guys behind the ZENLET Coil see the device as a holistic charger, that doesn’t just power up your phone’s batteries, it powers up your internal batteries too, through aromatherapy! Designed to add value in more ways than one, the ZENLET Coil can be used indoors as a wireless charger that also works as an air-freshener, or on the go, as a portable wireless power-bank that extends its use as an aromatherapy device.

Resembling an iPod without a screen, the ZENLET Coil is a fashionable looking, anodized-aluminum slab with a black disc at its center. The disc houses the wireless-charging coil underneath it, while also acting as a pivot for when you slide the ZENLET Coil’s upper panel, to reveal its aroma-stones in the corner. As unusual as the ZENLET Coil is in its function, using it is pretty simple. The device houses a 4000 mAh battery that can be used to wirelessly charge your phone, watch (except Apple), or earphones by simply resting it against the charging surface. However, when you plug the ZENLET Coil into its own charging base to top off its battery, the aroma diffuser kicks in, giving the product a secondary use when it’s technically not in use. There are two air outlets and they are at the upper sides of the ZENLET Coil, and they emit an aromatic waft of air, bringing a certain tranquility to your space while your power-bank is charging. Want to use the ZENLET Coil’s aromatherapy feature while on the go? Just add a drop of a fragrance-oil of your choice on the aroma stones and the ZENLET Coil becomes your personal, portable aromatherapy device… which also happens to charge your phone!

Available in a range of colors, the ZENLET Coil pairs well with your smartphone, thanks to its microtexture matte aluminum finish that’s reminiscent of the MacBook’s texture. The ZENLET Coil can be used while traveling, giving you the ability to juice up your phone anywhere, although one of its most fitting areas of use is indoors, or even in your car (using the ZENLET Coil air-vent clip)… effectively energizing not just your phone, but you as well!

Designer: ZENLET

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About ZENLET Coil

Never seen before: A brand-new design combining the portable wireless charging with aromatherapy diffusion.

According to the research, aromatherapy can suppress negative emotions such as anger, irritability, & stress, and can induce positive emotions such as happiness, relaxation, and efficiency, etc.

With that in mind, they have come up with ZENLET Coil. It keeps our phone batteries and also our spiritual batteries fully charged anytime and anywhere that we can finally have a peace of mind in the hustle and bustle of modern life.

With ZENLET Coil in your hand, it keeps you refresh and your mobile phone recharged at all times.

Connect your ZENLET Coil to the Base Holder and instantly, the aroma is dispersed to the room while it is recharging.

Connect ZENLET Coil to the Air Vent Clip and within a few seconds, the car is diffused with aroma. Simultaneously, the mobile phone placed on top of it will be recharged.

Below: ZENLET Coil Wireless Power Features

1. The World’s Thinnest Wireless Charger

With the size of 100 x 63.5 x 9.5mm and weighs only 85g, ZENLET Coil has the power capacity up to 4,000mAh. In order to achieve this effect, they developed the breakthrough technology to compress the volume of 4000mAh in the high-density battery module to make it fit into the case body of only 9.5 mm thin.

2. Highly Compatible

Foreign Object Detection(FOD) is a safety mechanism which automatically interrupts power delivery if there is interference caused by a foreign objects such as coins, keys, paper clips etc.

3. Fast Wireless Charging

When using alone, ZENLET Coil generates the output of 5W. The charging capacity will be up to 10W if it works with the adapter of either QC (Quick Charge) or PD (Power Delivery).

4. Charging Through Cases

ZENLET Coil can charge through phone cases up to 5mm thick. No need to pull your case on and off every time you need to charge.

5. USB-C Port

USB-C INPUT: Recharges ZENLET Coil 67% faster than micro-USB port.

USB-C OUTPUT : Allows for wireless and wired charging. Achieves up to 2.4A output power.

6. Charging Two Devices At Once

While ZENLET Coil itself is charging wirelessly, it can also charge the other device with the USB-C cable at the same time.

7. Automatic Power On

No need to press any buttons to start charging or diffusing as ZENLET Coil will automatically return to a power on state upon connection.

8. One-stop Charging

While charging your mobile phone, ZENLET Coil will recharge itself synchronously to allow you get double the result with just half the effort.

With the help of Magnetic Gel Pad, a unique positioning tool created by ZENLET Team, your mobile phone is firmly fixed to ZENLET Coil and will not slip when auto-positioning. It is included in the package and is washable & reusable.

To get auto positioning by simply stick the unique Magnetic Gel Pad on the back of your phone. Then place your mobile phone on ZENLET Coil with the display facing up.

Magnetic Gel Pad ensures your phone a secure hold against ZENLET Coil for a fast and sufficient charging in your pocket or in your bag.

In addition, Magnetic Gel Pad works well with Air Vent Clip. By connecting Magnetic Gel Pad to the Air Vent Clip, it enables several functions provided by the phone mount, wireless charging pad, and air vent diffuser. While you are enjoying the fresh air in the car, your mobile phone and ZENLET Coil are being recharged simultaneously.

Below: Aroma Diffusion Features

1. Portable Diffuser

ZENLET Coil utilizes two methods of diffusion. To passively diffuse the essential oil, simply add a few drops of oil on the aroma stones inserted on ZENLET Coil. The essential oil on the stones will be absorbed and the aroma will be released into the air.

Through the help of the waste heat created when ZENLET Coil is charging wireless, the effects of aroma diffusion is greatly optimized.

1. Area Diffusing

Contrary to the passive diffusion, ZENLET Coil can diffuse aroma proactively. When ZENLET Coil is connected to the base holder, the micro mute fan inside the base holder will self-start and pump air to blow the aroma through the slot on ZENLET Coil for quick and spacious diffusion.

Create your own moment of peace and feel relaxed anywhere at home.

Aromatherapy relieve stress, relax the body, and promote quality sleep.

After connecting ZENLET Coil to the Air Vent Clip, the air pumped by the car cooling system will be blown and dispersed through the slots on ZENLET Coil for a quick and spacious diffusion.

3. Aroma Stone

Easy to refill: Swivel open ZENLET Coil single-handedly and pour a few drops of essential oil to the Aroma Stones.

Replaceable: The Aroma Stones can be easily pulled out with the regular magnets and replaced.

They choose the quality ceramics that have been through the bisque firing at 2,012 degrees F. The resulting piece after the firing process is porous and the pores are ideal to absorb drops of essential oil and fast diffusion. Easy to clean;simply dab it with an alcohol pad or wash it with water and let dry. Reusable.

Below: Design Details

Intuitive Design: Easy swivel turn open with single hand for quick access.

Screwless design: Screwless appearance design represents aesthetics of industrial design.

CNC Unibody: CNC process after fording enables ZENLET Coil with higher strength than normal aluminum products.

Below Color Option: Silver, Space Grey and Rose Gold


Space Grey

Rose Gold



Prior to the product development stage, based on the background of their respective professional fields, each team member is encouraged to come up with thoughts and ideas during the brainstorming sessions. Through the discussion, some of the thoughts were crafted into creative ideas that defines the model of this new product.

After going through several trial and errors on the sample-making, iterative identification, material testing for the case body, circuit design scheme, wireless charger coil & micro mute fan, we have finally confirmed the whole electromechanical system of this new product is feasible and have outlined its framework.

While we were developing the molds for the test-run, thanks to our team of the seasoned designers, we were able to consolidate the manufacturing capability of our supporting factories specialized in the circuit design module, aluminum alloy products, and high-density plastic products. Thanks to them, we were able to troubleshoot any issues and thus to optimize the appearance, functionality, and the overall quality of our new product to the fullest.

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Nikolas Bentel creates The Wiggle Pipe in "absurd" Memphis style

The Wiggle Pipe by Nik Bentel

New York designer Nikolas Bentel has created a handmade porcelain pipe for smoking marijuana with an unconventional wiggle form.

The Wiggle Pipe by Nik Bentel

The Wiggle Pipe features an unconventional snaking shape and three bold bright colours: a blue mouthpiece connects to a curved yellow stem, which then attaches to a white bowl where the dry cannabis herb is placed.

Bentel, who recently created similarly squiggled-shaped glasses, designed the pipe to draw on the “absurd colour and shapes” of items created by the Memphis group, a 1980s design movement lead by Italian architect Ettore Sottsass.

The Wiggle Pipe by Nik Bentel

He then developed the size and proportions through a series of design trials to ensure optimum comfort and “ease of use” for the smoker.

“After going through many iterations, manufacturing processes and material tests, we figured out how to make The Wiggle Pipe using porcelain, while still maintaining a large airstream,” Bentel told Dezeen.

Other details include the tiny hole, known as a carb, on the side of the bowl. When covered the hole suspends all air except what is from the bowl to offer an ideal smoking experience.

While fragile, the porcelain pipe is strong enough to endure machine washes. “Because of the high quality porcelain, it makes an all too satisfying “clink” when it is placed on a table, just like a delicate teacup,” the designer said.

A limited amount of 100 pipes are available for sale on Bentel’s website.

The Wiggle Pipe follows a series of absurd projects by Bentel, who is a resident of the New Museum’s design incubator.

The designer has reshaped chalk to create architectural drawing toys for children and also tried to pass off his naked body as a furniture collection.

The Wiggle Pipe by Nik Bentel

His other projects involve chewing pieces of wood to create a functional stool and a range of patterned shirts that change colour in response to air pollution or radioactivity.

The legalisation of marijuana in states across the United States has motivated many designers and artists to create cannabis related products. College graduate John Quick similarly strayed away from the typical straight form, with a collection of donut-shaped pipes.

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This portable 8.5 foot basketball hoop lets you play ball anywhere… even on the beach!

Basketball is one of those rare sports that is bound to the court. Unless you’ve got two hoop poles cemented into the ground, or mounted on a wall, you’re not really playing basketball, you’re just dribbling away… which is quite a limitation, given how popular basketball is. You can play soccer, cricket, or even volleyball anywhere with just the right equipment, but basketball doesn’t have that freedom of movement. You’re restricted to wherever the hoops are. Tim Shields and his invention, the Uball, are hoping to break that shackle that’s holding basketball back. Much like being able to set up a volleyball net anywhere and begin playing, Uball lets you carry around and set up an 8.5 foot pole and hoop anywhere, giving you the ability to engage in a game of basketball anywhere you go, in the fields, at the beach, or even in your backyard.

What Uball does for basketball is similar to what ice did for hockey. It dramatically changes the way the game is played, while also catering to your obsession for the sport. The 8.5 foot hoop comes with Tim’s new version of being able to play basketball on sand or even on grass, where you can’t really dribble or bounce the ball (much like how you can’t roll an ice-hockey puck the way you’d roll a hockey ball). With Uball, there’s no dribbling and no out-of-bound areas. You can hold the ball for the duration of two steps, before passing it to a teammate, who can literally dunk or shoot from anywhere on the field… even behind the hoop! Uball’s hoop, however, conforms to the design of a standard basketball hoop, so as to not drastically change the gameplay. The only difference is that this eight and a half foot hoop folds up into a backpack-sized package that you can carry on your shoulders, along with the basketball.

The Uball’s design is optimized for portability, with a simple multiple-part assembly that weighs roughly 30 pounds. Its base firmly screws into the ground like a beach umbrella does, allowing the hoop to take the strains of the game without collapsing. Assembly takes minutes too, as you put the poles together, fix the hoop and backboard in place, and prop it all up on the firmly secured base. The poles can be height-adjusted too, if you’ve got children playing, and Uball conveniently comes with not one, but two basketballs that you can carry along with you. You can easily play a game with just one Uball hoop (Tim’s modified version accommodates for it too), or if you’d like something that’s more on the traditional side of the spectrum, you can have two people carry their own respective Uball kits for a more conventional game of basketball. Designed to finally make basketball as nomadic a game as soccer, Uball represents a dream where people can shoot hoops at the beach too!

Designer: Timothy Shields

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Uball: World’s First Backpackable Hoop Set

Uball is a new version of basketball that you can play on a beach or at a field. The basketball hoop set can be packed up, carried on your back, and secured into the ground like a beach umbrella. Its reduced height of 8.5 ft. (adjustable down to 5.5 ft.) and smaller basketball allows everyone to experience one of the greatest plays in basketball: the slam dunk.

Uball is a movement that is reinventing the way people play and think about basketball. Check out the basic rules of Uball above. They also have an in-depth rule book you can view here.

Below: How It Works

Step 1: Similar to a beach umbrella, secure ground screw into ground by turning it.

Step 2: Attach rim to pole and backboard with two knobs.

Step 3: Join poles together with two pins at your desired height.

Step 4: Lift backboard, rim, and pole and place it on the ground screw.

Step 5: Tighten three knobs on ground screw to pole.

Uball basketballs are at a slightly reduced size (25.5″ circumference instead of 29.5″ circumference), so the average person can now palm the ball. The basketballs are still large enough where you can shoot it normally.

Uball Engineering

No detail was too small for their engineering experts. Through multiple rounds of development, testing and redesign, they are bringing to the world a product built for optimal portability and durability.

Portability: Your Uball set is converted into a backpack so that everything can be carried on your back on any adventure.

1. The ground screw, the rim, and the balls are easily attached to the backboard.
2. The backboard can be converted into a backpack with adjustable straps.
3. The pole and its pad come with a strap that you can sling over your shoulder for easy transport.

Durability: A high-quality product created to keep up with you.

Rim: custom-designed to withstand the force of slam dunks through its steel-faceted curve. We have developed a rim that can handle powerful dunks from athletes in the NFL, NBA, and elite college basketball programs, as well as the hundreds of students from 12-23 years old that have tested the strength of the rim over the past six months.

Backboard: structured with a steel frame so that it will maintain its integrity and rigidity in travel and play.

Pole: made of steel in order to handle the strength and stress of any type of shot.

Ground Screw: screws into the ground 12-15 inches deep, and is what makes the system stable.

Uball Story

Tim Shields, CEO, and Molly Shields, Vice President, are co-founders of Uball. Tim left the University of Virginia to pursue Uball full-time, while Molly is entering her senior year at UVA. Their love of sports and their entrepreneurial spirit helped them see an opportunity to create something completely new – revolutionizing the way people play basketball.

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Granite boxes form clifftop house overlooking a lake in India

The Lakehouse by CollectiveProject

Stacked boxes clad in stone perch on a rocky outcrop overlooking Durgam Cheruvu Lake in Hyderabad in this house designed by architecture studio Collective Project.

Called Lakehouse, the house in southern India has two distinct sides to its granite and wood facade.

A plain facade with few windows faces the road, but on the lake-facing side it opens up with full-height glazing that sits within deep, wood-clad reveals.

“From the road, the building appears solid and heavy, concealing the panoramic view with a lush landscape that is foreign to the hot and dry climate of the city,” said Collective Project.

The Lakehouse by CollectiveProject

Despite its proximity to Hyderabad, the home has been conceived as a retreat from the city and makes the most of its surroundings.

Instead of clearing and levelling the plot, the architects left the natural terrain as a feature for the project. A structure of lightweight steel slightly elevates Lakehouse above its rocky site.

The Lakehouse by CollectiveProject

Thin slabs of granite clad the house, along with granite ribs that create a subtle play of shadows across the elevations.

Although distinct externally, the interior merges the separate boxes of the structure.

The Lakehouse by CollectiveProject

On the ground floor a large living space and a guest bedroom overlook some of the green spaces that weave between the blocks.

Above, the master bedroom sits within its own cube overlooking the lake and opens onto a roof terrace. A slim opening between the two floors creates clerestory lighting for the living room below.

The Lakehouse by CollectiveProject

The wood cladding of the home’s window-reveals continues through the interiors. This contrasts with white wall-finishes and smooth concrete floors.

Steps down from the living room lead to an open area of decking that takes full advantage of the view, which can be appreciated from a small hot tub.

The Lakehouse by CollectiveProject

Other houses in India that take advantage of dramatic sites include Matra Architects’ holiday home at the foot of the Himalayas, and SPASM Design Architects’ concrete Khopoli House on a rocky hillside.

Photography is by Benjamin Hosking.

Project credits:

Architect: CollectiveProject
Design team: Cyrus Patell, Eliza Higgins, Divya Shetty, Amandine Romanet

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Five hotels in Ibiza that combine farmhouse living with contemporary design

Ibiza farmhouse hotels: La Granja

There’s more to Ibiza than clubber-oriented resorts – the Spanish island also hosts a growing number of agroturismo hotels in old farmhouses. Here are five that combine a farm-to-fork ethos with contemporary design.

Ibiza farmhouse hotels: La Granja

La Granja Ibiza

German interior-design studio Dreimeta converted a 200-year-old farmhouse and a neighbouring cottage to create La Granja, a members-only retreat boasting rooms furnished with a palette of charred wood, oiled ash, stone and slate.

As well as a pool, the hotel includes a restaurant where dishes are made from the 30 varieties of fruit, vegetables and nuts grown on the farm, including beetroot, melon, carrot, fig and almond.

Guests are also offered a range of communal ritualistic activities, from farming to meditation.

Ibiza farmhouse hotels: Can Sastre

Can Sastre

Dutch entrepreneurs Raymond and Bibi van der Hout combine Scandinavian minimalism with Ibiza’s rustic Bohemian style in this restored finca, or country estate, surrounded by orange trees, olives trees and farmland.

Can Sastre features just five suites, each featuring simple wooden furniture, patterned textiles, spa-like bathrooms and objects that the owners have collected on their travels.

The kitchen serves up a range of dishes, and exclusively uses produce grown on the island.

Ibiza farmhouse hotels: Can Marti

Can Martí

This simple finca is over 400 years old, but has been recently refurbished with a focus on sustainable materials and methods. The white-washed villa features eight clean and airy rooms, along with a traditional hammam and a freshwater swimming pool.

Can Martí is surrounded by strawberry fields, olive groves, vineyards and orchards. It grows a range of produce in its organic, permaculture garden, which are served up at breakfast and sold in a small shop onsite.

Ibiza farmhouse hotels: Atzaro


Atzaró was one of Ibiza’s first agroturismo hotels, designed to offer “natural luxury”.

Although it used to feature Asian-themed interiors, the hotel’s in-house design studio recently gave it an overhaul that is more in keeping with Ibiza style. Terracotta tiled floors and olive wood ceilings are accompanied by locally handmade furniture and commissioned artworks.

To mark the hotel’s 15th anniversary this month, it is opening a new eight-acre vegetable garden, featuring walkways lined by hanging squashes and courgettes, fruit trees bearing everything from pomegranates to avocados, and over 50 vegetable and herb varieties. This garden will be entirely organic, maintained using water from a well and electricity from onsite solar panels.

Ibiza farmhouse hotels: Etosoto Formentera

Etosoto Formentera

Not actually on Ibiza, this simple villa retreat is located a short ferry ride away on small neighbouring island of Formentera.

Etosoto‘s Parisian owners Grégory and Julien Labrousse worked with interior designer Elsa Kikoïne to create the clean and bright interiors, where white surfaces and wooden furniture and complemented by basket lamps and colourful ceramics.

High walls border the property, but arched openings offer framed views out to the wild landscape, which includes olive and fig groves, vineyards and wheat fields. The gardens are planted with fruits and vegetables, and the owners practice sustainable farming to minimise their use of water and energy.

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Contemplating the Houses of Patagonia

C’est une nouvelle opportunité de découverte que nous offre le photographe Thibaud Poirier à travers cette série prise en Argentine.

«En arrivant dans la ville de El Chalten, qui est le point de départ de nombreux trek de journée, j’ai été intrigué par l’architecture locale et par ces petites maisons toutes différentes les unes des autres. En faisant des recherches, j’ai trouvé l’histoire de la ville très intéressante puisqu’elle est née d’une dispute de frontière entre l’Argentine et le Chili et a connu une très forte croissance ces dix dernières années», dit-il.

Avec la grande sensibilité qu’on lui connait pour l’architecture, l’artiste nous immerge au coeur de ces bâtisses hétéroclites en milieu aride. Plus d’infos par ici.

This week, pictures were revealed of two major soon-to-open projects by Zaha Hadid Architects

This week on Dezeen, 360-degree images of the interior of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Beijing Daxing International Airport were revealed, and the firm’s Opus hotel in Dubai was shown nearing completion.

Chinese media organisation CGTN unveiled 360-degree photography of the inside of Zaha Hadid Architects’ airport terminal building in Beijing this week, which is set to open on 30 September 2019.

At 700,000 square-metres, the airport terminal building will become one of the largest in the world, designed to handle up to 45 million passengers a year, with plans to increase its capacity to 72 million passengers by 2025.

Opus hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects nears completion in Dubai

Images were revealed this week of another of Zaha Hadid Architects’ projects, the Opus hotel in Dubai, whis is also nearing completion.

Scheduled to open in 2020, the mixed-use building set in the Burj Khalifa district is formed of conjoined towers with a irregular void in the middle.

It will be Dubai’s only building that has both the interior and exterior designed by the late Zaha Hadid.

Architect overlays famous modern buildings on Iran’s ancient palaces and castles

The famous architect’s work was also featured in a conceptual project this week, which saw fellow architect Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar create photomontages that combine archaeological sites in Iran with contemporary buildings.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Port House fire station extension is envisioned cantilevering over Tepe Sialk, an ancient archaeological site in Kashan, while Foster + Partners’ glazed-box-like Hangzhou Apple Store is seen to protect the remains of Takht-e-jamshid in Fars.

“The battle is over” says Amin Taha as 15 Clerkenwell Close is saved from demolition

In the UK, 15 Clerkenwell Close hit the architecture headlines again this week as Amin Taha won his “painful” battle against Islington Council appealing against the building’s demolition.

After being served a demolition order back in September 2018, following a dispute over the building’s facade, a report from the planning office was released yesterday stating that 15 Clerkenwell Close does not need to be taken down.

“I don’t believe we’re going to clean up the oceans” says Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch

From saving buildings to saving the seas, Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch told Dezeen this week in an exclusive interview that he doesn’t believe we’re going to clean up the oceans.

According to Gutsch, eliminating plastic from the seas – with projects such as The Ocean Cleanup – is not possible despite the best intentions. Instead, the solution is to develop non-harmful alternatives to plastic from natural materials like algae or fungi.

A countertop hydroponic garden was also popular with readers this week. The Rotofarm indoor veggie patch by Bace works without soil, instead using mess-free nutrient and water reservoirs to feed its plants.

Unlike ordinary hydroponic systems, Rotofarm rotates to turn in a full circle every hour – this is designed to accelerate the plant’s growth as much as twice over.

Atomik is vodka brewed from grain grown in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Scientists also found a way of utilising home-grown crops, by creating a brand of artisanal vodka from rye grown on land in Ukraine that has been abandoned since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Its developers hope to use the Atomik vodka to help people living in the area, by showing that alcohol made from crops grown near the site is safe to consume.

Living facade of plant pots will cover Green Villa by MVRDV in the Netherlands

Other popular projects this week include Google Maps’ Live View AR walking directions, MVRDV’s designs for a residential development in the Netherlands covered in plant pots, and a London housing extension by Rise Design Studio complete with window reading nooks.

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Maho Nabé cooking pot integrates vacuum technology to keep food hot

Maho Nabé vacuum cooking pot by Tiger Corporation

This stainless-steel cooking pot based on a traditional Japanese design uses a double-wall construction to create a vacuum that insulates the contents to retain heat for long periods.

The Maho Nabé pot achieves precise heat control and a long-lasting internal temperature thanks to its innovative double-walled structure, which improves thermal insulation.

Unlike other vacuum pans, there is no separate outer container so the pot itself can be heated on an open flame.

Maho Nabé vacuum cooking pot by Tiger Corporation

It is produced by the Tiger Corporation from Japan, which is an established manufacturer of vacuum flasks and consumer electronics including kettles and rice cookers.

The cooking pot features in the homeware category of the longlist for the Dezeen Awards 2019, alongside designs including a rug collection decorated with random patterns inspired by the embroidery process.

Maho Nabé vacuum cooking pot by Tiger Corporation

The Maho Nabé is based on a traditional Japanese pot called a nabe. These clay or cast-iron vessels distribute warmth evenly throughout the cooking process, which enhances the natural flavours of the ingredients.

Nabe also retain heat long after they are removed from the fire and are used for traditional Japanese parties where guests helps themselves to food from a pot placed at the centre of the table.

“With the Maho Nabé – Japanese for ‘magic pot’ – and its vacuum double-wall technology, Tiger has reinvented this multi-millennial tradition for the pleasure of food lovers everywhere,” said the manufacturer.

Maho Nabé vacuum cooking pot by Tiger Corporation

Other advantages of the design are that it requires less energy because it heats up faster than conventional pans and retains a high temperature for longer.

This means the pan can also be used for residual cooking and preserves nutrients often lost when ingredients are overcooked.

The pan itself is made from a dual layer of stainless steel, with the vacuum insulation sandwiched in between. Handles on the lid and sides of the pan are made from wood to create a connection to the past.

The lid is equipped with a layer of polystyrene foam insulation to lock the heat inside, and a piece of aluminium incorporated into the base helps to transmit heat efficiently whilst enhancing overall insulation.

The pot sits on a wooden trivet with curved edges that leave a small gap below the base. This layer of air helps to prevent heat from escaping through the bottom of the Maho Nabé.

Maho Nabé vacuum cooking pot by Tiger Corporation

Other examples of innovative kitchenware designs include a collection of containers created by Joseph Joseph to cook entire meals in the microwave and a range of tools by Alain Gilles that reinterprets familiar kitchen items in more “sensual and graphic” forms.

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The Bugatti Centodieci is a bold step away from Bugatti’s design DNA

Over the past couple of years, and couple of cars, Bugatti’s built a rather strong visual language with its cars, ranging from the Veyron to the Chiron, Divo, and even the La Voiture Noire from last year… that’s until the surprise unveiling of their latest and boldest car ever, the Centodieci.

Unveiled to mark the company’s 110th year anniversary, the Centodieci is based on the Chiron, and is an incredibly limited-edition tribute to the EB110 from the 1990s. Limited to only 10 units, the Centodieci is a 1600 hp powerhouse with an 8-liter W16 engine and an acceleration of 0-62 miles in a staggering 2.4 seconds… all this while being 44 pounds lighter than the Chiron, owing to a heavy dependence on carbon-fiber components.

It isn’t the Centodieci’s performance (which is definitely worth writing home about) that really catches our eye here, but rather its design. Created as a tribute to the EB110, Bugatti’s first modern hypercar, the Centodieci is a very conscious deviation from the style Bugatti’s cultivated over the decades. Aside from the horseshoe-shaped grille on the front, there isn’t much that one would say is ‘innately Bugatti-esque’ about the car in the first place. The C-shaped pillar is so abstracted it’s barely there, and features an unusual cheese-grater detail on it (Are cheese-graters the new trend this year? What am I missing here?)

The car’s headlights still have the mean, discerning stare that you could see in the Chiron, but are a tad more devious and menacing. The car’s logo finds itself being placed on the hood too, instead of within the iconic horseshoe grille. The coupe comes with the absence of a traditional A-pillar too, as the windscreen sprawls all the way from the front across to the sides, providing a panoramic view for the driver and the passenger seated beside. The interiors are still under development, say the Centodieci’s design team, but will for most parts follow the design cues of the Chiron. Over all, the Centodieci, pretty consciously adopts a much more angular design language as a tribute to the Marcello Gandini-designed Bugatti EB110, as opposed to the organic styling of Bugatti’s design DNA developed over the Veyron, Chiron, Divo, and even the La Voiture Noire in the last few decades. The car, even as a matter of fact, chooses to be boldly different in its color too, making itself available exclusively in white!

Designer: Bugatti