This standing desk chair was designed to encourage healthy spinal alignment while working from home!

The experimental standing chair is an alternative desk chair that integrates an inclined footrest and cushioned backrest for prime spinal support.

Working from home has turned all of us into amateur interior designers. Whether we’re transforming our bedrooms into hybrid offices or renovating preexisting home offices, at this point we know how we work best. When it comes to desk chairs, the right one makes a difference. With so much time spent sitting down during work, Budapest-based industrial designer Ariel Levay conceptualized an experimental standing chair that allows for dynamic posture adjustments throughout the day.

The experimental standing chair from Ariel Levay won an A’Design bronze award for its innovative simplicity. Describing the inspiration behind his chair design, Levay describes, “We heard a lot about the harmful effects of the sedentary work style to our spine while we spend most of our work time in seats. But sitting causes obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.”

In designing a standing chair, Levay wanted to give sitters the chance to change their standing position throughout the workday to sustain healthy spinal alignment and posture. Resembling the shape of back hyperextension workout equipment, the experimental chair features the main backrest with a cushion where sitters can position their back and recline while working at a desk.

The standing chair incorporates an inclined footrest that allows sitters to comfortably lean back while working. Then, just underneath the chair’s main support cushion, there’s a mid-level footrest where users can prop their feet while sitting with their bottoms entirely on the backrest. Levay designed the experimental standing chair to lessen the load we put on our spines when sitting down and to provide a comfortable alternative to standing in front of high desks.

In his words, Levay says, “The furniture has an ethereal but rigid structure. I wanted it to be static and sturdy, to keep the furniture [natural]. The chair is made up of geometric elements, so I gave [it a] matte black finish for a more serious and elegant look.”​

Designer: Ariel Levay

The Experimental Standing Chair is built with innovative simplicity. 

This automated robotic arm is actually an unconventional photo booth that draws your portrait!

Pankraz Piktograph is a reinterpretation of the classic photo booth, only this one uses automated robotics to translate photographs into portrait sketches.

Photo booths are just as good as cake at parties. Everyone loves a photo strip souvenir they can take home with them and laugh at in the morning or keep for years to follow. Taking inspiration from ancient photo booths like Maillardet’s automaton from the 1800s that didn’t use flash to capture smiles and funny faces, but robotics to perform automatic sketches of people standing before the machine. Felix Fisgus, a design studio, in collaboration with Joris Wegner, multimedia artist, and product designer, designed their very own robotic automated sketch booth called Pankraz Piktograph, a self-contained portrait-drawing robot.

Turning the act of getting your very own portrait into the event itself, Wegner created their Pankraz Piktograph to draw portraits of bystanders at events like science exhibits, trade fairs, and museums for them to bring home. With the press of a button on a handheld remote, the Pankraz Piktograph snaps photographic portraits of its users to then transform into a delicate pencil sketch.

Once the photograph has been taken, it’s translated into a vector representation, which can then be drawn by the automated robot styluses. Equipping the Pankraz Piktograph with the technical makeup to master various drawing styles, users can choose to have their photograph drawn from fast minimalist styles to more intricate, or abstract renderings.

Running the whole show, the Pankraz Piktograph contains a Raspberry Pi 3 that takes charge of drawing on the 3.5” display canvas. The machine’s integrated technology generates vector-based graphics from photographs and increases its contrast to capture the essence and edges of each photograph, leaving out the softer details to prioritize the image’s harsher lines.

Describing the robot’s motion technology, Wegner states, “Each arm is moved by a stepper motor via a one-to-five pulley transmission. This helps to increase the torque as well as the resolution of the movements. We decided to go for an open control loop, thus light barrier sensors at each shoulder joint are used for calibration and determining absolute positions of the arms.”

With such accurate movements, the Pankraz Piktograph is constructed to capture even the finer details of each photograph’s distinct features – from moles to dimples. Attached to each moving arm, the spring-loaded pens are set into motion with a servo motor to make enough contact with the paper, but to keep the pen swift enough to capture slight irregularities in each photograph.

Designer: Felix Fisgus

Textured walls enclose Maricel's House in central Argentina by Edgardo Marveggio

Maricel House in central Argentina by Edgardo Marveggio

Argentine architect Edgardo Marveggio has designed an asymmetrical home in Córdoba for his ex-wife that features a waffle-slab roof and walls covered in thick plaster.

Maricel’s House is located in Morrison, an agricultural town in Argentina‘s Córdoba province. The two-storey dwelling sits within a neighbourhood with low-scale buildings.

Maricel's House by Edgardo Marveggio
Maricel’s House is located in Argentina’s Córdoba province

The client was architect Edgardo Marveggio’s ex-wife, and the two worked closely together on the project, from the big concepts to the finest details.

Roughly rectangular in plan, the 250-square-metre house is composed of intersecting bars, boxes and planes. Facades consist of exposed concrete and thick plaster.

Yellow waffle slab
A waffle-shaped roof slab extends over the patio

The home has a small front garden and a backyard. The property is surrounded by walls that block views from the street and neighbouring structures.

“This gives shape to the main idea – to provide privacy from the public and the roadside,” the architect said.

Double-height central module
The central module is double-height

The only place where the home gestures toward the street is found on the upper portion of the front elevation, where a yellow, waffle slab extends over a patio.

Inside, the home is designed to be dynamic and flexible.

The ground level encompasses a bedroom suite, a kitchen and an open area for dining and lounging.

“The central module, which is double-height and has zenithal light and waffle slab, becomes the focal point and linking spot of the whole building,” the architect said.

Colourful glass windows by Edgardo Marveggio
Edgardo Marveggio used colour throughout the house

The top floor holds a bedroom. The two levels are connected by a concrete floating staircase, which was envisioned as a sculptural element.

Rooms are fitted with contemporary furnishings and artwork.

Sculptural floating staircase
A concrete floating staircase also serves as a sculpture

Just off the main living space is the rear yard, which features paved walkways, a small lawn, a covered dining area and another sheltered area for gardening and cooking.

Other projects in the Córdoba province include a house by PSV Arquitectura that consists of overlapping layers of concrete and stone, and a concrete building by a team of architects that holds a trio of tall, skinny residences.

The photography is by Gonzalo Viramonte.

Project credits:

Architect: Edgardo Marveggio
Engineer: Alberto lainatti

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This tiny home in Brazil coated in bright colors inside and out is formed from two disused shipping containers!

Estúdio Lapinha in Belo Horizonte, Brazil is a tiny home constructed out of two conjoined shipping containers, designed by architecture studio Plano Livre.

The variations of tiny homes today seem to be endless. We’ve seen tiny houses with roofs that unfurl and expand to reveal concealed bedroom lofts. Then, there are the tiny home designs that can be assembled from flat-pack DIY kits. However, the most frequented choice for designers and architects of tiny homes has to be disused shipping containers.

By design, the corrugated steel boxes are prepared for every season and all the elements that come with them. In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Plano Livre, a Minas Gerais-based architecture studio, designed and constructed Estúdio Lapinha, a tiny home formed out of two conjoined shipping containers.

Initially conceived for Casacor, an annual architectural show that takes place in Minas Gerais, the infrastructure and layout of Estúdio Lapinha were designed to be transported from Casacor’s exhibition space to a permanent residence. Finding transportability in shipping containers, the architects at Plano Livre merged two together to have one function as an infrastructural module and the other as the home’s living module.

The hydraulics of Estúdio Lapinha reside in the former module, while all of the home’s furniture and living spaces are located in the latter. By creating a dynamic tiny home out of modular shipping containers, Plano Livre constructed Estúdio Lapinha to be flexible and indeterminate in shape and size–a tiny home that can be expanded upon over time.

The tiny home’s exterior has been painted a muted lime green to complement the lush greenery that surrounds and completely immerses Estúdio Lapinha. Propped up on a wooden patio, Estúdio Lapinha finds height and rises alongside the trees and tall grasses nearby. Located on one side of Estúdio Lapinha, residents can lounge in a trampoline hammock just beyond the main bedroom’s expansive French doors.

Inside, bright painted walls and tiled flooring delineate each room and pay homage to Brazil’s colorful personality. The living and sleeping areas are the only parts of the home that find warmth in natural, unstained wooden paneling. The sofa’s back doubles as the bed’s headboard to provide a subtle and functional partition.

Throughout the home, steel shelving units provide extra storage space for bulkier items like heavy books and houseplants, tracing the ceiling from the kitchen to the cerulean blue bathroom. In addition to the expansive, floor-to-ceiling French doors, the home’s ceiling is painted the same green as its exterior to bring the home that much closer to the outdoors.

Designer: Plano Livre

Coated in cerulean blue, Estúdio Lapinha’s bathroom feels open and bright. 

Sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors dissolve the barrier between the studio’s insides and the surrounding outdoors.

DAGA Architects adds mirrored courtyard to traditional hutong house

Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard

Chinese studio DAGA Architects has renovated and modernised a traditional hutong residence in Beijing‘s Dongcheng district, adding mirrors to the walls and floor of the entrance courtyard to make the space feel larger.

The project is shortlisted in the housing category of 2021’s Dezeen Awards and represents an innovative take on the modernisation of these traditional courtyard dwellings.

Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard
The project is called Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard

Beijing’s hutongs are narrow alleys lined by single-storey courtyard houses called siheyuan. The houses were often joined together to create a hutong, with several hutongs then combining to form a neighbourhood.

DAGA Architects‘ project is one of numerous recent attempts to revitalise neglected hutong buildings, including a hotel designed by Fon Studio and a house with curving glass walls by Arch Studio.

DAGA Architects revamped a traditional hutong house

This siheyuan’s owner wished to return to the house in which she was raised by her grandparents, but over the years the building had become dilapidated and was in need of comprehensive renovations.

One of the key interventions involved transforming the property’s narrow courtyard, which is concealed behind a wooden door facing the street and extends through the centre of the house.

Mirrored courtyard
The house features a narrow mirrored courtyard

The architects installed mirrored panels on the floor and a wall at the end of the passage to create the illusion of a much larger space.

The mirrored surfaces reflect the sky and surrounding buildings, as well as the building’s interior, which is visible through new full-height glazed walls.

Reflective mirrored surfaces
Surroundings are reflected in the mirrored surfaces

“With the continuous changes of reflection and the surrounding environment, the mirrored courtyard shows a rapidly changing beauty,” DAGA Architects said. “Each moment is unique and, just like time, cannot be recorded but can only be felt.”

The project also involved modernising the residence’s interior, which had fallen into a state of disrepair. The existing timber structure was strengthened and the original facade was replaced with the glass curtain wall.

The house features an open kitchen, dining and living space, as well as a bathroom on one side of the courtyard. Each of the spaces, including the bathroom, is lined with glazing to draw in daylight from the adjacent courtyard.

“The transparent curtain wall adds daylight to the interior space,” the studio added, “allowing the line of sight to penetrate each other on both sides of the courtyard, creating an extroverted and introverted courtyard space.”

Open living space inside Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard
The house features an open living space

On the opposite side of the central passage is a minimalist bedroom and en-suite bathroom, featuring a black and white interior intended to create a calming and tranquil feel.

DAGA Architects believes that the act of renovation and urban renewal should focus on new materials and approaches to design, rather than the straightforward preservation of buildings such as outdated hutong houses.

Minimalist bedroom and bathroom
A minimalist bedroom was designed to encourage tranquility

“Renovation is not the maintenance and reproduction of old buildings,” the studio claimed, “but to superimpose a new lifestyle with the old history and create a new contrast and integration. Only innovation can inject new vitality into old buildings.”

The Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard project involved just 14 days of construction time on site, with a large team helping to transform the siheyuan into a dwelling designed for modern living.

The photography is by Jin Weiqi.

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Ten cinematic interiors that could be in a Wes Anderson film

Johnson Wax by Frank Lloyd Wright

Our latest lookbook features retro-flavoured interiors with whimsical pastel colours and symmetrical designs that would be at home in American filmmaker Wes Anderson‘s films.

As Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, hits the cinemas, we take a look at how his distinctive aesthetic has influenced interior projects from Stockholm to Melbourne.

These include a pale pastel-yellow cafe, a swimming pool-like jewellery store and a colourful restaurant, as well as a bar at Milan’s Fondazione Prada designed by Anderson himself.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include homes with playful slides, smart storage solutions, stylish plywood interiors and interiors with window seats.

WeWork Weihai Lu by Linehouse

WeWork Weihai, China, by Linehouse

A former opium factory was turned into a 5,500-square-metre WeWork space in Weihai, designed by local studio Linehouse. The studio’s design “celebrated the grandeur of the building, encapsulating the feeling of a grand hotel,” it said.

The bright colours used for the staircase contrast the formerly derelict turn-of-the-century brick walls, creating a mix between the past and present that Anderson film fans will be familiar with.

Find out more about WeWork Weihai ›

Seats and yellow custom-made tables in cafe inspired by Wes Anderson

Cafe Banacado, Sweden, by ASKA

A pale banana-yellow decorates this Stockholm breakfast cafe that was designed to evoke the sun-drenched bars and cafes in more southern climates.

Nostalgic touches such as a vinyl record player and a pink wall covered in Polaroid photos add the perfect retro touch, while decorative arches nod to the late 19th-century design of The Grand Budapest Hotel in Anderson’s eponymous film.

Find out more about Cafe Banacado ›

Blue tiled jewellery shop interior informed by Wes Anderson

Gavello store, Greece, by Saint of Athens

This jewellery boutique on the Greek island of Mykonos features light blue tiles, lockers and a pool ladder. Its colourful design was created by Saint of Athens and Dive Architects to resemble a “luxury 1960s swimming pool”.

“Soft blue, a colour reminiscent of urban pool luxury of the 1960s, furniture made from metal, vintage elements and custom blue terrazzo displays constitute a retro yet modern, Wes Anderson kind of universe,” Saint of Athens founder Nikos Paleologos told Dezeen.

Find out more about Gavello store ›

Hotel Palace, Helsinki

Hotel Palace restaurant, Finland, by Note Design Studio

There’s something very cinematic about the dreamy retro interior of the restaurant at the Hotel Palace in Helsinki‘s harbour.

Renovated by Swedish design studio Note Design Studio, it features a teak-lined scheme and soft pink tones that honour its modernist 1950s design.

Opening in time for the Helsinki Summer Olympics in 1952, the hotel itself resembles an ocean liner and has distinctive yellow neon signage.

Find out more about Hotel Palace restaurant ›

Bar Luce by Wes Anderson

Bar Luce, Italy, by Wes Anderson

When Anderson himself got to design the Bar Luce at the OMA-designed Fondazione Prada in Milan, he drew on the atmosphere of Milanese cafes from the 1950s and 1960s.

The resulting space has colourfully-upholstered Formica furniture, a pink terrazzo floor and a vaulted ceiling covered in patterned wallpaper.

Two pinball machines feature characters from Anderson’s The Life Aquatic and Castello Cavalcanti, a short film that he directed for Prada.

Find out more about Bar Luce ›

Johnson Wax by Frank Lloyd Wright

Johnson Wax Headquarters, US, by Frank Lloyd Wright

Iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright‘s 1930s design for the Johnson Wax Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, looks straight out of one of Anderson’s films.

The symmetrically placed filing cabinets and rows of workspaces are offset by quirky, mushroom-shaped columns. Even the name of the main office space – The Great Room – has a cinematic ring to it.

Find out more about Johnson Wax Headquarters ›

The Budapest Cafe by Biasol Studio

The Budapest Cafe, Australia, by Biasol

Not The Grand Budapest Hotel but The Budapest Cafe, this Melbourne eatery designed by Biasol has architectural motifs such as stylised decorative steps on the wall and arched alcoves.

Dark terracotta and orange hues contrast against sand and beige colours, while classic bentwood chairs evoke the European cafe culture in the interwar period.

Find out more about The Budapest Cafe ›

Kvadrat factory by Alastair Philip Wiper

Kvadrat textile factory, England, photographed by Alastair Philip Wiper 

The beauty of the mundane is revealed in British photographer Alastair Philip Wiper‘s photographs of the Wooltex factory in Yorkshire, which is part-owned by Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat.

The pink and yellow colours of the thread being fed into a bright turquoise loom, and the repetitive structure of the setup,  inadvertently make the factory look very Andersonian.

Find out more about Kvadrat textile factory ›

Wes Anderson style interior by Masquespacio Milan

Bun, Italy, by Masquespacio

The interiors of Milanese burger joint Bun were designed by Spanish studio Masquespacio to be drenched in colour, with a pear-green area contrasted against a lilac hue used in half the restaurant.

The dining area is completely green and features decorative arches and classic white orb lamps, matching the round stools and backrests on the restaurant seating.

Find out more about Bun ›

Calistoga Motor Lodge interiors

Calistoga Motor Lodge, US, by AvroKO

It’s not just the name of the mid-century modern Calistoga Motor Lodge in California’s Napa Valley that sounds like a place in one of Anderson’s films; the interior more than lives up to it.

The bathroom features multiple claw-footed tubs placed in an orderly formation on a tiled floor. Pale-blue tiles cover the walls,  and two oars leaning against the wall evoke the New England-aesthetic of the filmmaker’s 2012 movie Moonrise Kingdom.

Find out more about Calistoga Motor Lodge ›

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing window seatsplywood interiors and smart storage solutions.

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This week architects and designers anticipated COP26


This week on Dezeen, we spoke to architects and designers ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, which begins this weekend.

In anticipation of the event, 10 architects and designers who are attending told Dezeen about their hopes and fears for the conference.

According to Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) president Simon Allford, the two-week event “marks a critical juncture for humanity”.

Sara Cultural Centre, Skellefteå, Sweden
UK Green Building Council picks 17 “exemplary sustainable projects” for COP26 virtual pavilion

In preparation for the event, the UK Green Building Council picked 17 sustainable projects, including a timber cultural centre in Sweden (pictured), to be displayed at its Build Better Now virtual pavilion during the conference.

Also to mark the event, architecture studio Stride Treglown installed a “sinking” Monopoly-style house (pictured top) in Bath’s Pulteney Weir.

A woman walks across a brightly painted rooftop
Lakwena Maciver paints a “vision of paradise” on the roof of London tube station

In London, the latest in an increasing number of colourful urban installations was opened on top of the Temple Underground station.

Created by Lakwena Maciver, the artwork, called Back in the Air: A Meditation on Higher Ground, was designed to be a “vision of paradise”.

Feet walking over Yinka Ilori crossings for Bring London Together
Eight multicoloured paint installations that brighten up London

Acknowledging the trend, we rounded up eight examples of polychromatic paint jobs in the city, including designs by Yinka Ilori and Camille Walala.

This week, Ilori also collaborated with toy brand Lego to design the colourful Launderette of Dreams as a playspace for kids in east London.

Waste Age exhibition at the Design Museum
Waste crisis a “design-made mess” says Design Museum show curator

Also in London, the Waste Age exhibition opened at the Design Museum.

The exhibition aims to show how design contributed to the rise of throwaway culture and demonstrate possible solutions developed by product, fashion and building designers.

Al Thumama Stadium
Stadium modelled on traditional Arab head cap opens ahead of Qatar World Cup

In Qatar, the latest World Cup venue was completed ahead of the tournament, which is set to take place next year.

Designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim M Jaidah, the shape and decoration of the Al Thumama Stadium was based on a gahfiya cap.

Cedar-Clad house
Rough-sawn cedar clads Whidbey Dogtrot house in Washington by SHED

Popular projects this week included a house in Washington clad in rough-sawn cedar, Balenciaga’s “raw” flagship store in London and Peter Pichler’s angular concrete-and-glass villa in an Italian vineyard.

Our lookbook this week focused on interiors with smart and stylish storage solutions.

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From cats to birds, these minimal animal sculptures have been created from strips of coiled metal!

Korean artist Lee Sangsoo forges colorful and spiraled animal sculptures. Defined as ‘drawings in the air’ – his collection of animals includes cats, flamingoes, poodles, parrots, and other interesting creatures! His minimal sculptures are built from resin or stainless steel – depending upon the size of the piece. If the piece spans more than one meter, Sangsoo uses stainless steel to create it. Each angled side is delicately coated with soft gradients or a subtle and complementary palette. The three dimensional and towering sculptures have been inspired by Picasso’s little abstract animal drawings. What a wonderful contrast, no? Sangsoo even goes on to say, “Lines, planes, and colors are important elements that work in my work. The lines drawn in the two-dimensional sketchbook determine the large flow and form of the work, and it becomes three-dimensional in the three-dimensional space. The square lines are shown in various shapes and colors according to the flow and twist, and you can feel the dynamism in the still work. Also, depending on the flow, the thickness of the lines may be rhythmically thickened or thinned.”

Designer: Lee Sangsoo

My love for cats is no suprise! And this playful and agile cat has my heart. The sculpture strikes a pose in his most flexbile position, almost crouching on the floor. I wonder if the kitty is getting ready to play or hunt! The colors of the cat range from a light nude to shades of dark brown.

This colorful parrot rests peacefully on its bird stand. The sharp detailing of its body and wings, and its intricately carved beak make it look almost life-like! Green, red, blue, and yellow accents highlight the beautiful parrot.

The body of this swan is a spiral of hues of blues, teals, and violets! I can completely imagine the exquisite swan lounging peacefully on a lake. Sangsoo’s love and appreciation for animals are artfully reflected in his sculptures.

Two baby pink flamingoes in love! The tall and imposing flamingoes seem to be the complete opposite of Picasso’s abstract animal drawings, but at the same time, a sheer simplicity and elegant beauty are seen in between both.

This multicolored reindeer instantly puts me in a Christmassy mood! Although Christmas is a while away. Slender limbs, an intertwined and spiraling body, and well-crafted horns make this sculpture unique and precise.

Since Sangsoo has covered most of the animals, he had to add a doggo or two to the mix! Sangsoo chose to create a spiraling poodle who somehow manages to look fluffy as well. The color palette almost reminds me of different colored candy floss!

This clucking hen looks ready to fly away, only if it could. Sangsoo chose the colors of sunset for this sculpture, and something about it gives me a warm and rustic feeling, almost as if I were about to enter a farm.

8 of the most inspiring Professional Concepts from the iF Design Award global design community

The iF Design Award has been consistently hand-picking the best, most innovative designs since 1953, honoring top-class achievements in categories spanning Product Design, Transportation Design, Communication Design, Packaging, Service Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Professional Concepts, and UI and UX for 67 years in a row. The entire iF Design Award program saw as many as 10,000 submissions this year, which were evaluated by 98 international design experts from 21 countries, on the iF Jury.

Just this year alone, 1,744 designs received the iF Design Award for their creative accomplishments across various categories, while an additional 75 designs went on to win the highly-coveted iF Gold Award for their outstanding work. The iF Design Award always culminates in a grand ceremony in Berlin, although owing to the pandemic and global travel restrictions, award-winning products and projects this year are being celebrated digitally with an international content campaign encapsulated by the slogan “The CreatiFe Power of Design” in cooperation with popular design platforms and seven renowned design museums.

Over the course of the past few months, Yanko Design has curated and featured winning designs from this year’s program too – this time, we’ve hand-picked ten award-winning designs from the ‘Professional Concept’ category below(the list even features TWO iF Gold Award winners!) All the iF Design Award winners can also be viewed on the newly-launched iF Design App that gives you access to a grand database of award-winning design projects and their creators, right at your fingertips!

To view all these designs and many more, visit the website of the iF DESIGN AWARD.

Click Here to download the iF Design App – a new experience in discovering outstanding designs.

Award-Winning Professional Concepts from the iF Design Award 2021

Infinity Mover by büro+staubach for Beijing E.U.K. Co., Ltd.

Modeled on the format of a tram, the Infinity Mover bypasses the tram’s demerits – its need to travel on tracks, its clunky nature, and its reliance on a human driver. The Infinity Mover modernizes this by turning the tram into an electric-powered autonomous vehicle that’s modular, interactive and intuitive for riders, and moves on regular roads. Working off a series of LiDAR sensors, the Infinity Mover can easily be deployed on existing roads with no infrastructural changes, and can help turn public transport into a state-of-the-art human-centric public service!

Lilium Aircraft by Lilium GmbH (iF Gold Award Winner)

With 36 tilting jet engines that give this eVTOL the power of flight, the Lilium Jet is capable of carrying up to 5 passengers for a distance of 300km on a single charge in just a 60-minute ride! It boasts of a wingspan of only 11 meters, with a design that has no tail, rudder, gearboxes, or oil circuits, making its design truly revolutionary. The iF Gold Award-winning design is all set for its debut in 2025, with a hope that future models will be able to fly autonomously too!

OBEX Protective Surf Hood by Design Partners

Concussions are bad enough… combine them with being stranded in a water body and you have a deadly combo that can easily become a life-threatening situation for surfers. The OBEX is a life-saving piece of equipment that helps protect surfers in the event of a rough fall. While the hood can’t prevent concussions, it helps soften the impact with a head-enclosing design. A special pressurized container near the neck also contains an automatically inflating neckband that keeps the surfer’s head above water in the event of a fall. The inflatable flotation device is colored yellow, making it easily visible against the blue of the water, and comes with reflective tape too, to increase visibility and save lives.

BMW i Interaction EASE by DESIGNWORKS for BMW Group

The reason the BMW i Interaction EASE looks the way it does is because it aims at challenging the very notion of how cars will look in the future. Envisioning a future where cars are simply extensions of our homes and our selves, the BMW i Interaction EASE concept comes with a ‘cabin/chariot on wheels’ design that autonomously moves from one point of the city to the other with the passengers sitting inside as they would in a lounge. The i Interaction EASE is powered by the virtual BMW Assistant, which recognizes the passengers as they board, welcoming them by adjusting the interiors to suit their preferences. The warm, welcoming seats with 3D-knit-surfaces awaken on contact with embedded smart materials ready to assist, giving passengers the freedom to move and naturally interact. “Depending on passenger desire, the space adapts using gaze, gesture, and touch for the closest, most natural interaction to transform the entire interior”, mention the DESIGNWORKS team (an in-house subsidiary of the BMW Group).

S I X T Y & T W E L V E by Rosenthal

Sixty years ago, Rosenthal stirred up the porcelain industry – with avant-garde designs by artists, designers and architects. Now the German porcelain manufacturer is celebrating its studio line with a limited anniversary collection and translates 60 iconic vases with twelve contemporary colors (hence the collection’s name). The vases come in a dizzying variety of styles that are the very antithesis of wheel-spun pottery. Designed to look like they were created using generative design techniques (I wouldn’t be surprised if they were), the vases don’t show the same revolved symmetry you’d associate with traditional ceramics. Instead, they’re boldly inventive, unabashedly geometric, and have an artistic quality that brings pottery and ceramics into the 21st century!

Interactive Intelligent Unmanned Sweeper by LanWei for Jilin University (iF Gold Award Winner)

Approaching autonomous vehicles rather differently, the Interactive Intelligent Unmanned Sweeper isn’t your average self-driving vehicle. Instead of providing transportation as a service, it provides cleanliness, working like an oversized Roomba for your streets. “It can clean streets automatically by means of accurate sensors and intelligent algorithms, and it can also do more”, mentions designer LanWei. “Unlike current street sweepers, the new design makes it futuristic and approachable, and also ensures that citizens can safely come into zero-distance contact without danger.” Moreover, the sides of the sweeper can even display important messages, civic announcements, and even traffic guidance.

CITO Liquid Biopsy Analysis for Cancer Treatment by Cambridge Consultants

CITO is a rapid liquid biopsy diagnostics platform that improves patient experience in cancer care. The platform makes it possible for non-specialist technicians in small clinics to monitor patient response to treatment while a patient waits, significantly reducing delays to diagnostic results. The compact device combines functions of three instruments in an easy-to-sterilize form and sub-surface lighting pulses intuitively to alert system status. CITO opens the door to personalized cancer treatment by giving oncologists rapid access to biopsy data so they can make informed adjustments to each patient’s treatment plan.

Atmocube by notAnotherOne for AtmoTech

With its interior-friendly design, Atmocube is a one-stop solution for complex air quality management in private, public, and commercial buildings. It accurately measures the most dangerous air pollutants and vital environmental parameters in real time, while looking less like a complex, technical, bordering-on-industrial appliance and more like a design-forward product that helps blend into the space while giving it a touch of avant-garde tech. Considering the serious impact of indoor environments on people’s well-being and health, the device serves the user by integrating various air pollution sensors into a single neat platform. The wall-mounted device comes in a variety of colors with replaceable swatches (like terrazzo, wood, concrete, metal, glass) to suit different interiors, allowing clients to customize their Atmocube to suit their decor. This approach to design brings products like Atmocube into the forefront, allowing people to place such gadgets in their living rooms and lobbies, instead of relegating them to store-rooms.

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This furniture collection also doubles up as pot planters with an ultimate Japandi vibe!

After spending 99% of my time at home in the last two years, I have naturally developed a keen eye for good furniture designs. My preferred style is Japandi or Scandanavian design because I love their minimal aesthetic, functionality, and evergreen pieces – all of which I see in Lur! It is a furniture collection that includes pot planters which also double up as seating in the most organic manner. It was designed for Alki, a brand that is always seeking to collaborate with local businesses which makes it even more special because it unites distinct know-how and materials.

To create the Lur collection, designer Iratzoki Lizaso went to Goicoechea Pottery and work with the local team. The pottery workshop is based in Ortzaize in Lower Navarre, just a few kilometers from Alki. The Goicoechea family has been working with terracotta for three generations. The materials used, the solid oak, and the clay from the Goicoechea family quarry are here entirely natural.

The collection consists of planters and a bistro table. They all have smooth curves and organic shapes featuring a warm aesthetic thanks to the choice of materials and CMF details. It is minimal, timeless, and can work equally well for homes, offices, and public spaces. The idea of ​​being able to vegetate our interiors with pots that are also low tables or seating participates in the creation of living and changing arrangements. These terracotta containers with an eccentric hole on the upper part, house flower pots that allow many unique and artistic compositions that can change the look and feel of a space!

Alki, the pottery team, and Iratzoki Lizaso enjoyed bringing together different craft skills to create Lur. The collection is centered around the idea of plant pots that can work double duty as shelves and coffee tables that add an extra dose of greenery to our spaces. Everything is bio-sourced and made with the intention to work universally as well as for a long time. The clay is transformed into a beautiful rose terracotta with a distinct texture with an off-center opening ready to hold flower pots and plants. The Lur range shows beauty in simplicity while doubling the functionality with minimal design!

Desinger: Iratzoki Lizaso