This compact + unidirectional phone gimbal brings convenience and function to solo vlogging

Fountain Studio came about with this cool gimbal for phones after reverse-engineering the existing products. It is like an EDC – a gimbal that brings the benefits of market-leading stabilizers minus the weight and volume!

Smartphones have become more of an extension of our body one can say. The compactness and multitude of utilities of this revolutionary gadget have made it a staple for almost everyone on the planet. The phone can be your trusted photography buddy for clicks in a jiffy or a creative tool for making some pressing videos. This is where a good quality gimbal for your phone comes into play – adding a layer of professional stabilization to otherwise shaky footage or action shots.

The current best options on the market for a trusted phone gimbal come in the form of Zhiyun Smooth 4 which has a lot of useful buttons and apps. Not far behind is the DJI OM 4 gimbal which is more suited for Apple users. While both these options are great, I certainly crave something that’s lightweight, has a compact form factor and is easy to keep with you at all times. And of course, an option that’s not as pricey as the ones on the market – most newbie content creators don’t have that sum of money to invest on a gimbal alone!

Fountain Studio seems to have struck the right notes with their proposed concept for a smartphone gimbal for solo content creators who longed for such an accessory. The Gimbal Griptok doesn’t come with the baggage of bulkiness and boasts an ergonomic design. The actuation of movement is done with the onboard inertial measurement device (IMU) and the brushless motor which provides the subtle corrections for resulting stable footage. Another problem the gimbal addresses is the extension of the cradle to the left or right to hold the phone in position.

The design studio went ahead with testing and verifying the size and usability of the gimbal design. Finally, the 3D printing technique was used to create the prototype. This prototype (and hopefully the final product) uses MagSafe technology to keep the gimbal secured to the phone at all times. For other devices, the magnet accessory attaches to the back of the phone and on top goes the Gimbal Griptok. The user can rotate the phone at any angle and any direction with this gimbal – which is a great advantage for vloggers.

Designer: Fountain Studio

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Sophie Goineau and Enclosures Architects refurbish midcentury house in Beverly Hills

Curved kitchen of the Cove Way House

Interior designer Sophie Goineau and Los Angeles studio Enclosures Architects have restored Cove Way House in Beverly Hills by Alfred T Wilkes with updated finishes, “preserving the integrity of original LA modernism”.

Located in LA’s upscale Beverly Hills neighbourhood, Cove Way House is a low-slung villa that was originally built in 1957. It is laid out on a single floor, and contains four bedrooms.

The Cove Way House in Los Angeles
Sophie Goineau and Enclosures Architects have revamped a low-slung villa in Beverly Hills

It features several design elements that were novel at the time, such as floor-to-ceiling glazing in the living spaces, a flat roof, and an open concept for the kitchen, living, and dining rooms.

The team’s intention was to highlight these elements within the renovation.

Mid-century wooden kitchen
The revamp preserves the home’s open-plan kitchen

“The original Alfred T Wilkes house, built in 1957, was a true example of mid-century “post and beam” construction, allowing for the wide-open flow of space from room to room, and the feature of a curved glass exterior wall, rare for the style and era,” said the team.

“The original interior features were all enhanced in the restoration; flat roof lines, indoor to outdoor fluidity, open living plan and an abundance of natural light.”

Wood-lined entrance hall of Cove Way House
New millwork lines the entry hallway

Goineau and Enclosures Architects completely updated the finishes throughout the property, including all-new millwork in the entry hallway, kitchen and living room.

“From the entry and throughout, the millwork is produced in woods indigenous to the US wherever possible; the inlaid ceiling, wall partitions and stacked doors frames are teak, including the art wall tiles in the powder room, handmade from Mosarte in Brazil,” said the team.

“The wall paneling, fluted bar, doors, closets, vanities and kitchen are custom designed in walnut.”

Dining room inside the Cove Way House
Slatted wooden screens divide the spaces

Visitors enter the home into a semi-circular foyer, which provides access to the kitchen, living and dining room.

These are partially screened by slatted wooden walls that give each space a certain separation, while still feeling like they are part of a single living area.

The main living room is separated in two parts by a fireplace built with long slender bricks, delineating a more private seating area from the main entertaining space. Both of these are open to the kitchen, which embraces the curved outline of the foyer, and to the pool at the back of the home.

The floors were also updated to a more durable material.

“The home’s original carpet flooring was relaid in terrazzo, meticulously inlaid with brass inserts and cream Calacatta stone, inspired by architecture icon Alexander Girard’s textile prints designed for Charles and Ray Eames, replete with Minotti and Henge furnishings.

Living room overlooking swimming pool
The floors have been relaid in terrazzo

The home’s four bedrooms are laid out along a corridor in a separate wing, and were also refreshed as part of the renovation.

Other midcentury renovations in California include a 1960s home by Craig Ellwood that was refurbished with a light touch by Woods+Dangaran, and the home and offices of Working Holiday Studios, which underwent a more extensive overhaul to accommodate their young family.

The photography is by Michael Clifford.

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Commenter questions why Burberry designed "a building that could destroy thousands of birds"

In this week’s comments update, readers are irritated by Burberry’s design for a reflective pop-up store in South Korea and discussing other top stories.

British fashion brand Burberry has installed a pop-up store that reflects a surrounding mountain range on Jeju Island, South Korea, for its latest outerwear clothing collection.

The Imagined Landscapes Jeju installation is made from plywood, timber and a reflective polycarbonate mirror material.

“Out of touch in pretty much every way possible”

Commenters are annoyed. “Oh, the poor birds!” said Stefanos S. “Why are architects allowed to design reflective buildings? The design is great but the reflecting material is plain wrong.”

Apsco Radiales agreed: “I can even get over the shape, the design, the location, but why in God’s name are you building such a highly reflective building that will destroy thousands of birds?”

“Tomorrow’s trash today!” continued Alexis Harrison. “Hopefully, South Korea has plenty of landfill space for all that non-circular polycarbonate and plywood once this gets discarded after a pitifully short life pleasuring a select few.”

“Out of touch in pretty much every way possible,” concluded Steve Leo.

Dezeen has asked Burberry if the building poses a risk for birds but hasn’t yet had a response.

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Aerial view of Stadium 974
Demountable stadium built with shipping containers reaches completion in Qatar

Commenter says “if buildings could virtue-signal,” shipping container stadium “would be a role model”

Readers are debating a demountable stadium built with shipping containers, which is nearing completion in Qatar ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

“If this building actually gets disassembled and built somewhere else, it will be the architecture story of the decade,” said Puzzello.

“From what I can see the stadium is not ‘built with shipping containers,'” replied Walter Astor. “The stadium is built with steel and concrete and then some repurposed shipping containers were tacked on to allow a feeble claim to sustainability. If buildings could virtue-signal, this would be a role model.”

Garlic agreed: “In what way is this sustainable? A few tokenistic shipping containers plonked on for aesthetics doesn’t make it sustainable. And what happens to those after the World Cup?”

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Virgil Abloh with an IKEA bag
Ten projects by Virgil Abloh that demonstrate his versatility as a designer

Readers believe Virgil Abloh “showed the world everything is possible”

Commenters, designers and creatives have paid their respects to Virgil Abloh following his death from cancer this week. We also rounded up 10 projects that illustrate the designer’s boundary-pushing approach.

“Sad day,” said Nir. “Rest in peace icon!”

“The legacy you left behind will always be remembered,” added Lek. “You’ve shown the world everything is possible.”

Haokip concluded: “Never a fan of his work, but sad that he passed away so young. God bless his family.”

What was your most memorable project by Abloh? Join the discussion ›

Image of the cabin on a cliff edge
Zinc-clad hikers’ cabin perches on a cliff edge in the Dolomites

Commenter calls hikers’ cabin “superb in all aspects”

Readers are discussing a small cabin that Demogo has perched on the dramatic Marmarole mountain range in Northern Italy’s Dolomites. It is meant as a refuge for hikers.

“This project is superb in all aspects,” said Sheets. “Beautifully scaled, shaped, and sited – conscientiously and responsibly designed, expertly executed.”

“Mixed feelings about this being an emergency shelter,” continued JZ. “The last thing one probably requires is being perched in a wind-rattled box that appears to be intent on funneling off the edge of the mountain.”

DY disagreed: “I do a tonne of multi-day mountaineering and in my opinion, this is fit for purpose. Beautifully designed and well located for visibility purposes. If you’re worried about ‘funneling off the edge’ after a five-hour hike in steep terrain, then you shouldn’t be up that high in the first place.”

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Give your cat a companion with this adorable robot that follows them + keeps an eye on them!

Here’s a fact that all cat owners can completely attest to – our cats don’t really need us, in all honesty, we need them. I mean, where would I be, if I didn’t get to cuddle my two fluffy Persian cats almost ten times a day? Probably sulking away in some corner, completely unhappy and unfulfilled. Another thing I hate more than being unable to cuddle my kitties is leaving them home alone. Although cats are pretty self-sufficient and can take care of themselves (as long as they have their fair share of kibble and water), I still break out into stress hives just thinking of leaving my pets all by themselves! This is where MeowMate comes to the rescue! Designed by Joint Technology Co, MeowMate is the perfect companion for your cats when you’re away! The adorable little gadget basically follows your cat around all day (it simply replaces you), and helps you keep an eye on them!

It features a 1080p ultra-clear video quality and HD voice intercom, allowing you to watch and hear your pet clearly and sharply. It also boasts real-time delay monitoring compensation to ensure a high synchronization between images and sounds. You simply have to download the MeowMate app on your smartphone, switch on the MeowMate device, and scan the QR code at the bottom of it, to connect it to the app on your phone. You can then control MeowMate on your smartphone, and move it about as you please. It allows you to remotely interact with your pets, and help stay connected with them.

Amped with a built-in sensor, MeowMate can move around your home with ease, and sense and avoid any obstacles in its path. Its silicone side-wheels can never hurt your cat’s soft paws, and they also create almost no noise as the device moves. They provide more stability and support to the gadget as well. When MeowMate’s battery is low, it automatically recharges once it reaches the induction zone of the charging dock. Hence, you can move it towards the charging dock, and charge it, even if you aren’t physically present!

MeowMates’ ‘random mode’ enables the gadget to move freely, creating an interesting and playful interaction with your curious cat! The best part of MeowMate is that it keeps your agile cat busy! Its bionic structure makes it seem more approachable and encourages your cat to really interact with it while enabling you to keep one eye on your pet at all times. MeowMate is the ultimate boon for all cat lovers!

Designer: Joint Technology Co., Ltd.

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London School of Architecture spotlights 10 architectural projects

A project that aims to break down boundaries between traditional schools and the city and proposal for a cityscape designed to tackle pollution is included in Dezeen’s latest school show by the London School of Architecture.

Also featured is a project that aims to improve the future of existing post-war social housing estates and a series of outside pavilions for educational activities.

London School of Architecture

School: London School of Architecture
Courses: Designing Architecture MArch

School statement:

“The London School of Architecture is a new school built for independent minds, not independent means. We offer a two-year programme of Part 2-level study composed of ten modules that address specific aspects of the knowledge, skills and behaviours our graduates will require.

“Organised as a living network, rather than a fixed hierarchy, the LSA forges a series of powerful relationships between academia and practice, architecture and other discipline and the school and the city.

“In the Inter-Practice year, students are employed in three-day per week, 12-month placements hosted by our Practice Network. In their other time, they work on LSA projects.

“In the Proto-Practice year, students are full-time with the LSA developing individual thesis design projects. The school uses the city as both its campus and testing ground, siting our investigations and projects in a different borough every year.

“Our programme is validated by our Academic Partner The University of Liverpool, who award our graduates with a MArch in Designing Architecture. The LSA is professionally recognised at Part 2 level by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).”

A visualisation of a new cityscape called The Metropolitan Wild

The Metropolitan Wild by Jack Bowen

“The Metropolitan Wild proposes a new form of cityscape that can tackle pollution, flooding, biodiversity and poverty. The landscape proposal enhances four distinct habitats – woodland, marshland, river, and open water – by the de-channelisation of a portion of the River Lea.

“This allows for cycles of natural flooding, working with nature instead of against it. The architectural proposal takes the form of an undulating walkway, curving in reaction to topography and habitat. This allows the site to be used during floods and provides opportunities for domestic, commercial, and civic typologies nestled beneath, lending to the creation of a unique, highly specified neighbourhood.”

Student: Jack Bowen
Email: jack.bowen[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Samantha Hardingham and Matthew Whittaker

A grey and black visualisation of a space called Material(C)ity

Material(C)ity by Hannah Cruickshank

“Material(C)ity aims to decentralise the fashion industry, changing consumer habits and mindsets surrounding the disposability of clothes.

“By co-locating the various elements of the fashion supply chain in a singular building, it evolves into a circular economy. It creates a framework for new businesses to establish themselves into a craft economy with immediate access to a wide range of skills, machinery and professions.

“The local community and transient visitors will be given resources to gain consciousness about the value of clothes and textiles.”

Student: Hannah Cruickshank
Email: hannah.cruickshank[at]
MArch in Designing Architecture
Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualisation of the everyday estate: a wooden structure with a man reading a book on the balcony

The Everyday Estate by Callum Rowland

“This is a proposal for an alternative future of estate regeneration capitalising on emerging remote-working patterns within a hyper-local live/work programme.

“Existing homes are upgraded and reorganised to suit the dynamic daily needs of individual residents. Localised co-working facilities infill underused spaces across London’s housing estates, inviting new occupants to these forgotten pieces of the city and unburdening the home from the recent invasion of work.

“Transient-yet-integrated apartments sit atop existing blocks and densify the affordable residential offering. Finally, shared everyday facilities are sandwiched between old and new homes, providing a vital common ground for all residents.”

Student: Callum Rowland
Email: callum.rowland[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualisation of a school without walls

School Without Walls by Rita Tornallyay

“School Without Walls’ ambition is to connect school activities to the surrounding community.

“School Without Walls breaks down physical and programmatic boundaries between traditional schools and the city.

“Learning becomes flexible, permeable and accessible to all at any time. It spreads across the city, facilitating location-specific learning spaces, using the city as a campus.”

Student: Rita Tornallyay
Email: rita.tornallyay[at]
MArch in Designing Architecture
Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A colourful visualisation of educational pavilions where children can learn

Open-Air Commons by Kiril Georgiev

“Open-Air Commons seeks to challenge educational models, places for knowledge exchange and their spatial implications.

“It aims to liberate schooling from curricular constraints through a focus on thematic learning, open-ended exploration, incidental forms of education and to bring open-air education to the largest possible public.

“Based on a series of pavilions within an open landscape and a large steel canopy, the project makes use of inexpensive industrial methods based on standardised, prefabricated components and construction methods.”

Student: Kiril Georgiev
Email: kiril.georgiev[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Tho Games Petrohilos and Akari Takebayashi

A colourful visualisation of a creative space in Hackney Wick

The Live/Work City 6 by Yavor Ivanov

“The proposal, sited in Hackney Wick, seeks to retain existing industrial, creative workplace and leisure programmes and further intensify the site.

“Through creating a clear hierarchy of public places in terms of scale and character, the masterplan sustains and enhances this diversity of uses.

“Industrial ‘megablocks’ within it feature work-home accommodation clustered around a civic factory, comprising shared workspaces, facilities and amenities, which facilitate the exchange between residents and workers as well as crafts and industries.”

Student: Yavor Ivanov
Email: yavor.ivanov[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualisation of a tree in a brick-based courtyard

Inside Out by Cora McLean

“Inside Out aims to establish unique spatial conditions that encourage human interaction and introspection.

“A process of addition, subtraction and displacement are used to create space for community-focused mental health services and consequently prioritise holistic methods of mental health care.

“The site’s new additions are a series of precast extruded arches that extend and highlight the existing fabric. They are broken, punctured and intersected to create a dialogue between inside and outside space and consequently open the building to the public.”

Student: Cora McLean
Email: cora.mclean[at]
MArch in Designing Architecture
Jesper Henriksson and James Mak

A visualisation of Common Ground, a community space in Hackney

Common Ground by Jack Banting

“This project begins with Hackney’s local authority offering ‘commons’ sites throughout its estates, and newly formed tenants and residents associations.

“A process of democratic resident deliberation and decision-making facilitated by the Common Ground project then determines a strategy of programming.

“An intervention formed of a new deployable, low-cost, framework architecture is then installed. In the hands of the community, new amenities will provide residents with spaces to work, live, learn and socialise, granting them shared facilities, a sense of collective ownership and scope to create new opportunities.”

Student: Jack Banting
Email: jack.banting[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Samantha Hardingham and Matthew Whittaker

Cultivation | Congregation by Luke Upton

“This project aims to reposition the parish church at the centre of local community through an engagement with food.

“It establishes a local food hub, the Hackney Food Exchange, as part of a wider parish, city, and regional food network.

“This includes a dedicated programme of educational and community-focused activities and spaces woven through the church and associated CoE primary school, re-engaging the church with its immediate context and diverse local communities.

“The scheme serves as a model for the activation and re-engagement of the church building as a welcoming community space addressing social issues including isolation, mental and physical wellbeing and healthy eating.

Student: Luke Upton
Email: luke.upton[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualisation of a plant-filled community space with high ceilings and big windows

Haberdasher Nation by Aanisah Chowdhury

“Haberdasher Nation seeks to create relationships between social housing tenants and the wider city through nature. It aims to build sustainable communities, improve the future of existing post-war social housing estates and the wellbeing of residents by integrating the estates back into the fabric of the city.

“To achieve this, the project proposes a self-sustaining system of growing and selling for the residents for gardening and garden education. It follows a business model for the estate to create revenue using a business model for a successful public space.”

Student: Aanisah Chowdhury
Email: Aanisah.chowdhury[at]
MArch in Designing Architecture
Theo Games Petrohilos and Akari Takebayashi

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Mobile Phone Museum: Revisit the Wild West Days of Cell Phone Design

I do miss the Wild West days of cell phones, before we’d all settled on glass rectangles. It’s always fun to watch competing manufacturers trying to figure out the ideal form for a new thing, and it’s not the home runs as much as the swing-and-a-miss designs that I find the most interesting. In particular, that five-year span just before the first iPhone came out is when designers seemed to have a lot of latitude to experiment.

You can now revisit this phone design frenzy, online and for free, at the Mobile Phone Museum website. Started in 2004 by London-based phone collector Ben Wood, and augmented in 2019 by fellow collector Matt Chatterley, the MPM has over 2,000 models from over 200 brands in their collection.

They’ve uploaded crisp shots of the phones and grouped them in categories like “Luxury,” “Fashion,” “Best Selling,” “James Bond Phones,” “Firsts” (i.e. first SMS-capable phone) and more. The two categories I found the most fun to browse were “Ugliest” and “Japan,” and yes, there’s some overlap between the two.

Sierra Wireless VOQ, 2003

Sierra Wireless VOQ, 2003





Vodafone V602T, 2004

Vodafone V602T, 2004

Vodafone V602T, 2004

Vodafone V602T, 2004

Virgin Mobile Lobster 700TV, 2006

Virgin Mobile Lobster 700TV, 2006

Virgin Mobile Lobster 700TV, 2006

Wood and Chatterley are still on the lookout for some elusive models. “There are still many iconic phones we are searching for,” they write. “If you have any devices shown below or others not in the catalogue, we’d love to hear from you.

If you’ve got any of the following kicking around in a drawer, consider dropping them a line:

Check out the site here.

(Almost) A Flatpack Christmas Tree

The Christmas before the pandemic started, California-based civil engineer and woodworker Tyemadeit created a 9-foot-tall Christmas tree out of 288 pieces of wood. Sure, assembly is a little tedious, but with the exception of the base, this thing’d be easy to transport flat:

For last year’s Christmas, a customer commissioned him to make another. This time he went zig-zag with the unfurling pattern:

It’s hard to think of 2020 as the good ol’ days, but for Christmas 2021, given lumber prices, Christmas tree shortages and even plastic Christmas tree shortages, it’s unclear exactly what type of tree, if any, Christmas celebrators will have in their homes.

This is Loop installs kaleidoscopic Christmas tree at London's Coal Drops Yard

Lighting specialists This is Loop have installed a colourful Christmas tree at London’s Coal Drops Yard, which Dezeen has captured in this Instagram reel shot for the King’s Cross estate.

Called Prism, the immersive Christmas tree has been installed for the festive season in the King’s Cross shopping and dining destination.

The 28-foot-high Christmas tree light installation is covered in mirrors and embedded with strips of multicoloured lights to create a festive atmosphere.


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A tunnel running through the centre of the installation for visitors to pass through is a kaleidoscopic space filled with reflections of light and colour.

“The Prism has been designed to signify unity and strength and to give visitors the feeling of being ‘connected’ in light,” King’s Cross estate said of the project.

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, Coal Drops Yard is a former coal store from the Victorian era that has been turned into a district for shopping and dining.

Prism by This is Loop installed at King's Cross Coal Drops Yard
Lighting specialist This is Loop have installed an immersive Christmas tree installation at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross

Visitors looking for Christmas gifts can browse over 50 shops including brands such as Tom Dixon, Hato and Caravane. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the shopkeepers and store teams of both independent and established brands who have carefully curated the Christmas gifts on offer.

King’s Cross has also installed a six-lane curling rink that is available for visitors to try out. It also offers places to eat and drink such as the wine bar Porte Noire and culinary destination Goods Way that has an offer of five different cuisines from all over the world served by independent food traders.

This is Loop is a British creative studio specialising in immersive light installations.

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Hell in a Handbasket: Indoor Stationary Bikes for Kids

In a sign of the times, toy manufacturer Little Tikes is seeking to capitalize on Peloton’s success by releasing a for-children version called the Pelican.

The $158 bike comes with a built-in Bluetooth speaker, and a handlebar mount for a tablet or smartphone, so that your child can continue staring into a screen as they cycle to nowhere. Little Tikes says they’re posting “Free Trainer Adventure Videos” to YouTube that they can watch as they pedal.

I understand that there’s a pandemic going on, but I’d have thought cycling outside, weather permitting, would be one of the healthier things a child can do.

Unsurprisingly, when asked to comment on this product “child development experts aren’t having it,” CNN Business reports.

“They say a stationary bicycle, especially one with a screen attached, is a step backward for what a bicycle can mean to child development. Kids riding a stationary bike lose the learning experiences that come from roaming their neighborhood on foot or on bike.

“‘It just feels so bogus to me. And it doesn’t feel like something that kids will use a lot,’ Roberta Golinkoff, a University of Delaware professor who studies child development, told CNN Business.

“‘Kids want to be part of the real world,’ said Lenore Skenazy, the president of Let Grow, a nonprofit promoting childhood independence. ‘A stationary bike doesn’t prepare them for anything but moving their legs in a circular motion.'”

Lexus invites participants to digitally customise its Design Miami installation

ON/ installation by Germane Barnes for Lexus

Dezeen promotion: Lexus has created a virtual model of its upcoming installation by Germane Barnes, which enables people from around the world to customise it ahead of its unveiling at Design Miami.

Called ON/, the installation by Miami architect Barnes, developed in collaboration with students at the University of Miami, is based on the Lexus LF-Z Electrified Concept car.

Located at Design Miami from 1 to 5 December, the ON/ installation will be a precisely scaled sculpture of the electric concept car made from steel wire and embedded with LED lights.

ON/ installation by Germane Barnes for Lexus
Germane Barnes’s ON/ installation is based on a Lexus concept car

It will explore Lexus’ “electrified, carbon-neutral vision for the future”, according to the brand.

“The car glows and is suspended just above the ground, a vision of a more sustainable future coming into focus,” Lexus said.

Installation can be customised by people around the world

Ahead of the unveiling of the sculpture, Lexus and Barnes have created an interactive virtual model of the installation alongside the physical display.

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Using the digital tool above, anyone around the world can create their own lighting scheme for the display, altering the colours of the car, as well as the surrounding swings and furniture.

Barnes and his team will select some of these user-generated designs to display at Design Miami in the real-world installation when it opens to the public tomorrow.

“We’re excited to partner with Germane Barnes and the University of Miami for this year’s edition of Design Miami, and looking forward to seeing their vision for a more human-centric and carbon-neutral future come to life,” said Brian Bolain, Lexus’ global head of marketing.

“The LF-Z Electrified represents the future of the field for us, paving the way forward for the next generation, and the installation will illuminate that vision from the perspective of the next generation of designers.”

Germane Barnes working on ON/ installation for Lexus
Germane Barnes is a Miami-based architect and professor

Barnes is principal of his firm Studio Barnes and is assistant professor and director of the Community Housing and Identity Lab (CHIL) at the University of Miami.

Lexus is the official automotive partner of Design Miami, the collectable design fair that takes place alongside the Art Basel/Miami art fair in Miami Beach this week.

Design Miami takes place from 1 to 5 December. For details of more architecture and design events, visit Dezeen Events Guide.

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