Ultra-thin laptop stand is as slim as a credit card, but uses origami to prop your laptop up


Measuring 0.1 inches, the MetaStand Pro might easily be the contender for the slimmest laptop stand in the world. However, thanks to the power of origami, it can hold the weight of your laptop or tablet, angling it for a comfortable working experience.

Designer: Ergomi Design

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The MetaStand Pro offers the ability to prop your laptop or tablet up at a variety of angles for ease of use. Using a clever origami-inspired design, offers a mix of slimness and strength, letting you place your gadget at as many as 4 different angles comfortably without breaking a sweat.

The stand’s collapsible design is universal and device-agnostic, working with laptops, notebooks, ultrabooks, and tablets alike. At 3mm thin when closed, it sits flat inside your backpack or underneath your device when not in use, and immediately folds open when you need it, taking up to weights of 9 kilos.

Created by Ergomi Design, the stand comes made from vegan PU leather, with a reinforced inner structure that gives it its load-bearing ability. When in use, it offers you the ability to angle your laptop or tablet for an easy viewing/typing experience that causes less neck, back, and wrist strain over time. While propped up, it still promotes active airflow to keep your laptop cool during use… and a nifty little leather tab on the base prevents your laptop or tablet from slipping off while in use!

The MetaStand Pro measures 10.4 inches vertically, and 8.3 inches horizontally, giving it about the same footprint as a large-ish iPad Pro while being about as slim as a credit card. The stand comes in 4 subtle colors and costs $29.

For another $20, Ergomi Design will even throw in a Transformer ID Badge, an ID card-holder that uses a similar ergonomic folding technique to transform into a nifty little smartphone stand! The MetaStand Pro and Transformer ID Badge deliver worldwide and begin shipping in April 2022.

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This Apple Car concept is a 360-degree maneuverable, self-driving, two-seater for the future

When you think about it, driving solo or even with one other passenger in a five-seater car is a wasteful thing! Many may beg to differ, but I think the purpose is defied when a vehicle capable of ferrying up to five people has just one or two alighting at the car park. That’s the primary reason I may for a minute visualize streets filled with two-seaters.

An Apple Car in that domain is slightly an overboard assumption but then we have been through a number of Apple Car concepts in the past, and all of them have some level of irrationality. Filling the gap between imagination and reality these are the best of what we know the Apple Car would be but the Apple Autonomous concept has a different idea. The two-seat pod for Apple foresees a future where such vehicles will be self-driving from pillar to post carrying and dropping off passengers and quietly moving back to their defined parking spot like a decent Roomba in the house.

The thought of riding an Apple Car is in itself appealing, but even if we believe all the hype and buildup around the possibility of an autonomous electric Apple Car, we are not going to get to ride one before 2028 at least. The car is expected to be in a very early stage of the development cycle and there are no images to show how it would be, so concepts like the Apple Autonomous piques interest.

This 360-degree movable autonomous car has a door that flings open to reveal a cocoon-like cockpit with two comfortable seats. Since it is designed from Apple’s perspective, it has a nice sheen and a clean finish. The renders suggest the nice reclining structure of the pod will house occupants comfortably whether on the city street or on the expressway.

Designer: Devanga Borah

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A LEGO-inspired modular indoor garden system doubles up as a fun DIY arrangement

Planterior is a LEGO-inspired indoor garden system that uses LEGO’s building block method to attach modular planters to a wall-mountable base platform.

Since WFH orders were first put in place, we all went looking for ways to make our living spaces feel more like homes. Whether it was a matter of finding a new couch or filling our walls with our favorite pieces of artwork, our ‘temporary’ home offices soon became where we wanted to spend most of our time even outside of work.

Designer: Dasol Jeong

Countless indoor garden designs have also emerged to help enliven our WFH spaces and make them more intimate. One of the latest, a LEGO-inspired indoor garden called Planterior by designer Dasol Jeong merges LEGO’s building blocks with the frame of a bulletin board to create a unique, modular garden system for any WFH space.

Planterior keeps the shape and size of a traditional bulletin board and integrates a gardening system into its structure to bring greenery to any workspace. Describing Planterior’s inspiration in their own words, Dasol notes, “Due to the influence of fine dust and COVID-19, people, who do not have the opportunity to access plants outdoors, are increasingly putting plants into their homes…Home gardening and plant territories are gaining vitality [as a result].”

Using LEGO’s approach to building, each individual planter attaches to the larger board the same way LEGO building blocks are stacked together. Playing into this stacking method, Planterior keeps a modular structure by design, allowing users to create endless configurations for their indoor garden.

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This space-saving foldable heater is as cool as your Xbox Series S

A compact heater crafted for individuals who are fed up with the bulky and impractical design of static heaters that beam heat only in one position. This highly maneuverable heater is different from those traditional ones in all respects though!

Winters brings with it chilling cold and consequently, and out come the good old heaters to neutralize things. While heaters solve the intended purpose, they don’t always look as good as modern radiators. Nor are they as compact and handy as some other appliances. Therefore, I’m always left with the unsatisfied craving for an ultra-compact heater that looks good, does the task and simply vanishes away when the winters offset. Have a look at this compact folding heater that superimposes right over what I and for that matter, many of you out there keep longing for in the winter season.

Designers: Wenhua Xu and 托迪 设计

Like a tripod it can be set at any angle and height, fulfilling the user’s requirements without any hassles. It is designed like a folding lamp that can be kept even in the cabinet drawer when not required. Yes, the design is such that it folds into itself, making it very easy to carry in hand or backpack with you. This is an important feature, especially for people who travel a lot in colder regions, and prefer to have their own heating solutions.

Aesthetically the Folding Heater (yes, that’s what it is called) is ideal for modern homes and studio apartments. The appealing form factor will appeal to the young crowd who normally debunk things just for their looks. It’s just like carrying the cool Xbox Series S for style statement per se. Operating the heater is as simple as it can get. The touch-sensitive round display shows the real-time temperature and on either side are the buttons to toggle temperature. On the top, the heater displays the time and on the bottom is the On/Off toggle button.

There’s not much to say here, as the design explains for itself and does what it is intended to do in a cute way. I would definitely like this compact folding heater in my arsenal of geeky possessions, it’s that cool. How about you?

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Luke McClelland gives Georgian apartment in Leith a modern update

Lounge with wooden dining table and grey rocking chair in front of portrait illustration in 19th-century Leith apartment designed by Luke McClelland

Scottish architect Luke McClelland has transformed a dark and ill-conceived apartment in Edinburgh‘s port area of Leith into a bright and contemporary home.

The ground floor flat, which dates back to the early 19th century, had been rented out for more than a decade before being purchased by its current owner.

Sage-coloured IKEA kitchen with terrazzo backsplash and oak counters in Leith apartment
The Leith apartment is defined by its use of timber (top image) and terrazzo (above)

As a result, its interiors suffered from a convoluted layout, considerable wear and tear, outdated facilities and several level changes in the floor, which sprung up as the basement of the Georgian building was converted for residential use.

“There was a lack of connectivity between the primary living spaces and a lack of light in the poorly planned kitchen,” McClelland explained. “The property also needed to be fully rewired and re-plumbed.”

Wooden dining table and chairs surrounded by plants on chevron-pattern parquet flooring in Edinburgh flat by Luke McClelland
The kitchen leads into a dining room with white walls and oak parquet flooring

Despite a restricted budget, McClelland found ways to brighten the apartment and improve how its living spaces are linked together.

Significant alterations were made in the kitchen, where the architect replaced the old cupboards with sleek off-the-shelf cabinets from IKEA.

Lounge with wooden dining table and grey rocking chair in front of portrait illustration in 19th-century Leith apartment
A portrait by a local artist is centred between two alcoves in the lounge

The muted sage-green hue of the cabinet fronts was chosen to complement the grey terrazzo splashback, which features black, white and reddish flecks.

Natural light floods in through a reinstated window that was previously obstructed by the kitchen counter.

Oak wood panelled living room with parquet flooring and grey rocking chair next to portrait artwork from Leith apartment
Oak panelling runs underneath the windows and along the chimney breast

A new doorway lined with oak offcuts from the kitchen worktops now leads into the dining area.

Like the rest of the apartment, this space is finished with white-painted walls and oak parquet flooring laid in a chevron pattern.

In the living room, McClelland installed oak-batten panelling beneath the window sills and across the chimney breast to replace the original surrounds, which a former tenant had torn down across the entire apartment save for the bedroom.

The lounge also accommodates a charcoal grey sofa alongside a geometric floor lamp and a few prints, including a striking portrait piece by a local artist.

Bedroom of Edinburgh apartment Luke McClelland with plain grey bread spread and wicker armchairs next to a low sidetable
The apartment’s original panelling is retained in the bedroom

The bathroom was reconfigured so that its curved wall becomes more of a focal point.

Before the renovation works, the wall was partially blocked off by a storage unit, which has now been removed.

Bathroom of flat in Leith with curved terracotta-tiled wall and terrazzo backsplash
A curved wall takes prominence in the bathroom

The walls are covered in a mixture of terracotta-coloured tiles and the same terrazzo that appears in the kitchen.

A tall mirror above the sink emphasises the loftiness of the bathroom, which is the only space in the apartment that went unaffected by the basement conversion.

Freestanding sink with integrated cabinet in terracotta and terrazzo panelled bathroom designed by Luke McClelland
Surfaces are clad with terrazzo and terracotta-coloured tiles

Elsewhere in Edinburgh, Luke McClelland has previously revamped his own home in the Comely Bank neighbourhood.

As part of the project, the architect carried out a number of changes to the floor plan, converting a disused pantry into a shower room and splitting the former living area into two bedrooms.

The photography is by ZAC and ZAC

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A sleek, automatic pour-over coffee machine designed to fit right on your desk as you WFH

The Brewster DCM5000 is a single-cup, automatic pour-over machine designed for those who WFH to have a compact, easy-to-use coffee machine.

Access to a cup of quality coffee is essential if you work from home. Nothing can beat our go-to coffee order from our favorite barista, but we can try and get close to it in our kitchen. Whether you’ve got the taste for an espresso, latte, or just a cup of joe, having the right coffee brewer makes or breaks the morning. For those who tend towards pour-overs first thing, a team of designers, Abishek Sen, Tanvi Supe, and Vanshika Singhi, conceptualized the Brewster DCM5000, an automatic, one-cup pour-over machine.

Designers: Abishek Sen, Tanvi Supe, and Vanshika Singhi

Designed especially for those of us who work from home, the Brewster DCM5000 is compact and highly technical to limit the mess of making coffee and make it easier to use. The team of India-based designers conceptualized the Brewster DCM5000 as a coffee maker that could be placed on a desk without taking up too much space.

Downsized to fit in any workspace, the Brewster DCM5000’s bulkiest part is the 250ml water tank. Even so, the Brewster DCM5000 features a rear cavity that holds the water tank in place, cutting its width in half. In addition to its compact size, the designers wanted to ensure that users could select the number of cups they’d like brewed, the strength of their coffee, and enjoy an automatic circular pour-over mechanism.

To brew a pour-over cup of coffee, users can pull out Brewster DCM5000’s water reservoir and fill it with fresh water, place their mug beneath the filter and filter cone before selecting the brewing process. Then, the freshwater is pumped towards a tubular heating element that heats up the water to pour over the coffee grinds. The automatic circular pour-over mechanism then works to evenly distribute hot water over the filter cone to make a single cup of steaming hot coffee.

Following periods of ideating and CAD modeling, the team of designers finalized the Brewster DCM5000’s look and technical design.

The Brewster DCM5000’s packaging is eco-friendly by design.

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Listen Up

Saying farewell to two icons, plus new tunes in this week’s musical wrap up

Ronnie Spector: You’d Be Good For Me

Ronnie Spector, best known as the lead singer of quintessential ’60s girl group the Ronettes, has died at 78 years old. Born Veronica Bennett in Spanish Harlem, she formed the trio with older sister, Estelle Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley, in 1957. They soon became a popular live act in NYC, but their biggest hit—”Be My Baby” (with its opening drum beats making it recognizable in seconds)—came in 1963. The song is often noted as the greatest pop song ever. Though it may seem simple, it’s a lush, layered work—thanks to Ronnie’s yearning, tender but tough vocals and producer Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound production. Ronnie entered into a relationship with Phil, eventually marrying him and having a family, but suffered horrific abuse. (When he died she wrote, “He was a brilliant producer, but a lousy husband.”) She escaped the marriage in 1972 and went on to create a new version of the Ronettes as well as work on solo projects with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, punk group Dead Boys and the Heartbreakers, Joey Ramone, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Patti Smith, Keith Richards and others. We have chosen to share her 1975 song, “You’d Be Good For Me,” not only because it’s a delightful, string-laden disco track, but also because it was written and recorded when she found freedom: “I got a new sense of direction,” she sings. Ronnie’s five-decade musical career took her from pop to punk, new wave and beyond, but her sublime voice endured—and will live on.

Raveena: Rush

An upbeat pop-inflected R&B track inspired by ’80s Bollywood soundtracks, “Rush” by singer-songwriter Raveena comes accompanied by a colorful video directed by the songstress and Munachi Osegbu. Carried by Raveena’s pretty, featherweight vocals, the song was written a few years back and she says it represents the “genesis of exploring a more intense marriage between Bollywood sounds and the pop/R&B music. The song and video are centered around a character I created named Asha, a Punjabi space princess who is transported to a distant planet and learns highly advanced spiritual intelligence from the beings that live there.”

Shout Out Louds: Sky and I (Himlen)

Swedish indie-pop quartet Shout Out Louds return with “Sky and I (Himlen),” the melodic third single from their forthcoming sixth full-length album, House, out 18 February. The band’s keyboardist, Bebban Stenborg, takes on lead vocals for the track and brings life to thoughtful lyrics that address identity and isolation. An official music video directed by Shout Out Louds bassist Ted Malmros finds Stenborg driving a taxi at night picking up passengers, including frontman Adam Olenius who joins the driver in song from the back seat.

Rosie Thomas: All Is Full Of Love (Björk Cover)

Featuring guest vocal contributions from Sufjan Stevens, The Shins, Iron & Wine, Alexi Murdoch, The Head and The Heart’s Charity Theilen, The Lone Bellow’s Kanene Pipkin, William Fitzsimmons, Dawn Landes, Jeff Shoop and many more, singer-songwriter and comedian Rosie Thomas’ cover of the iconic Björk track “All Is Full Of Love” rises from a quiet rendition to an interwoven, empowered mélange. It’s the second single in Thomas’ Lullabies For Parents series, which has been designed to support, encourage and entertain parents (and includes more than music). The cover is an exquisite addition to a thoughtful mission.

Donna Missal: insecure

Recording artist Donna Missal’s minimal, emotional new track, “insecure,” from her in the mirror, in the night EP, finds the vocalist excising herself from a toxic relationship. Sega Bodega and Mura Masa produced the song, but its earliest origins stem from seclusion. “I wrote the lyric and melody to a click track when I was living in NYC over the winter,” Missal says. “I was alone in the studio apartment I was renting, under the covers of a bed in the middle of the room. I set a tempo on my computer, tried a time-signature that would stimulate melodic ideas that felt very new and challenging to me, without any music to guide me I felt very free and very alone at once. I was writing about separation, solitude, and emptiness a lot during this time.”

OkayPlayer’s James Mtume Playlist

Musician, producer, singer/songwriter and activist James Mtume sadly passed away this week. While many know him for his band’s 1983 hit “Juicy Fruit”—which was famously sampled in Notorious BIG’s “Juicy”—Mtume was remarkably prolific far beyond and for many decades, oftentimes behind the scenes. He was a session player with Don Cherry and Herbie Hancock, rose to prominence as part of Miles Davis’ ensemble and, in the ’70s, leaned into funk and electronic music—forming the NYC-based band called Mtume. A master of slinky, infectious music, Mtume created “lush vocals, sleek harmonies and percussive piano chops,” says OkayPlayer. For their latest installation of In Hip-Hop and Beyond, OkayPlayer explores Mtume’s “sonic signature” and how it’s been utilized, built upon and reimagined by artists over three decades.

Listen Up is published every Sunday and rounds up the new music we found throughout the week. Hear the year so far on our Spotify channel. Hero image courtesy of Raveena

Pink concrete covers "fun house" on English coast by RX Architects

Pink coastal house

British studio RX Architects referenced Mediterranean beach houses when designing Seabreeze, a coastal holiday home in East Sussex that is covered in smooth pink concrete.

Located on Camber Sands beach in England, the dwelling is designed for a couple with three children who wanted to replace a house that previously occupied the site.

Front of Seabreeze house by RX Architects
RX Architects has completed the coastal Seabreeze house

Provided with an open brief, Rye-based RX Architects used the opportunity to create a playful dwelling for the family with an interior that could adapt to their changing needs.

However, as the home is on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – an area designated for conservation – the scale and massing of the home were restricted by planning guidelines that only allowed a “one for one replacement”.

Pink coastal house in East Sussex
It is distinguished by its flush pink-concrete facade

“The intention was to create a comfortable and fun house that they could enjoy both as a couple, and with the family – as well as being adaptable as the children get older,” explained the studio’s founder Rob Pollard.

“They gave a very open brief which was great, however, given the very sensitive nature of the site, the overall scale and massing was limited,” he told Dezeen.

Houses on Camber Sands beach
The house is designed to withstand extreme weather on Camber Sands beach

Externally, Seabreeze is distinguished by its flush facade, with windows that are designed without ledges to prevent the collection of sand.

Sealed with durable microfibre concrete, which is coloured with pink pigment, the exterior helps the house to withstand high winds, moving sand and salt air.

Pink concrete facade of Seabreeze house
Its colour references Mediterranean beach houses

“The neighbouring properties require significant maintenance due to the extreme weather, and the driving sand which quickly works its way into the building fabric and begins to deteriorate it,” Pollard explained.

“The external material choice was selected as a way to combat this, by removing any junctions or material changes at eaves or ridge level to create an entirely sealed and wrapped facade.”

Wood-lined bedroom
Wood lines the interiors

The house is also designed without gutters, as these could get blocked by sand. Instead, water is encouraged to run off the house into the sand where it naturally drains away.

Due to the deliberately simple form of the house, RX Architects used the pink pigment in the concrete finish to soften its overall visual impact.

Bedroom with window seat
The main bedroom features a window seat

“We experimented with various samples, but wanted something that softened the look which could be harsh,” reflected Pollard.

“The pink is reminiscent of traditional Mediterranean beach houses with their natural pink plastered elevations, and this particular colour offsets against the ever-changing sky to give both a subdued appearance on overcast days and a more vibrant appearance on brighter days.”

Dining room of Seabreeze by RX Architects
Large expanses of glass line the living area

Inside, Seabreeze comprises an open-plan living area with large windows overlooking the beach, alongside three double bedrooms, two ensuite bedrooms and a family bathroom.

There is also a small spa, which includes a steam room, a sauna and a plunge pool.

Dining room of Seabreeze by RX Architects
The living area opens onto a terrace

The main bedroom is complete with a window seat, which was designed to give users the feeling that they are hovering over the beach with uninterrupted views out to sea.

This window is also positioned to perfectly frame the sea when viewed from the bed.

Like the exterior, all of the home’s internal finishes are chosen to be hardwearing. However, they are also intended to offer warmth and tactility.

These include smoked oak cladding, terrazzo flooring that emulates beach pebbles and textured natural lime paint on the walls.

Plunge pool
The house also features a plunge pool

Outside, the house is complete with a wooden deck that leads onto the sand dunes and the sea beyond.

This is partially bordered by a curving wall made from weathering steel, designed to hold back sand and protect the terrace.

Spa inside Seabreeze house
The pool is overlooked by a sauna

The Seabreeze house is heated and cooled using two 90-metre-deep ground source heat pumps, along with a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system (MVHR).

According to the studio, this helps to maintain a comfortable interior environment in tandem with the thermal mass and energy efficiency of the building envelope.

White-walled hallway with terrazzo flooring
Wooden finishes are teamed with white walls and terrazzo floors

RX Architects was founded in 2016 by Rob Pollard and Derek Rankin. Other projects by the studio include Druim, a house on the Rye Nature Reserve that is clad in larch and incorporated part of an unfinished building.

Other pink homes featured on Dezeen include a converted winery in Portugal by Extrastudio, a Vietnamese residence by 23o5studio with geometric openings and a townhouse in England designed by Office S&M.

The photography is by Richard Chivers.

Project credits:

Architect: RX Architects
Contractor: Coast View Properties
Joinery: Chartwood Design
M&E: Baltic Heating
Kitchen: Portrait Kitchens
Tiles: Mandarin Stone
Sanitary Ware: Vado

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Top 10 face masks including the world’s first emotional LED mask to help you stay safe in the third wave

In 2020 face masks became an integral part of our outfits. We may forget our smartwatch or even our smartphone, but forgetting our face mask? That’s a major no-no. And just when we thoughts our days of religiously wearing masks every day were slowly fading away, the Omnicron variant emerged in all its glory! With whispers of a third wave and an upcoming lockdown slithering in the air, it’s time we get prepared for such a scenario. And if you’re going to be bulk stocking face masks, then we have a whole variety of super innovative ones for you. Face masks have come a long way from the typical N95 design we had all grown so accustomed to. From the world’s first emotional LED mask to a mask with an in-built mic and speakers – these face mask designs will have you going gaga over their smart and futuristic tech! It’s a new era of face masks, and we’ve curated the best of the lot for you.

1. The Qudi Mask

The world’s first emotional LED mask was unmasked at CES 2022 by Qudi. Consisting of translucent eye goggles and an attached mouth coverage, the mask includes 199 smart LED pixels. Equipped with seven modes, each boasting different LED displays, the mask even contains a robot mode. The robot mode expresses six emotions such as love, smile, shocked, confused, angry, and a cat face as well! The demo mode is quite interesting since it allows the mask to alternate between 12 built-in animations! Whereas the equalizer mode enables the mask to respond to the volume of music being played. Pretty cool, no?

2. The Airable

The Airable is, at least on paper, a rather slim AR-headset-shaped device with air vents on the forehead facing downwards, and a clear plastic visor to prevent the gust of wind from blowing directly in your eyes. One could easily imagine that the Airable has a built-in filter of its own, which ensures that the air curtain only blows pure air (another research paper debates the use of ionized air to kill viruses instantly). Sounds pretty great on paper, and I definitely hope a team of designers and engineers are building or prototyping such a device.

3. The Venta

The Venta mask separates the conventional face mask into three simple parts. A transparent shield, two replaceable filters, and the head strap. Designed to highlight your expression, the mask comes with a flexible transparent TPU cover, with two air filters plugged into the side, working almost like a pair of gills on either side of the face. The air you breathe enters and exits through these filters, ensuring you inhale clean air, and exhale without letting respiratory droplets out into the atmosphere. While the mask is currently in its developmental/conceptual phase, one would imagine it comes with some sort of anti-fog coating on the inside that ensures the transparent mask doesn’t mist up on the inside with your breath. The filters also automatically change color when they need to be replaced, making it easier to know when your mask needs a fresh set of filters so that you’re always breathing clean air.

4. The Razer Zephyr

This face mask concept showcased a glossy, waterproof, and scratch-resistant shell, transparent by design to allow for lip-reading, and made from recycled plastic. The main attraction is the two circular ‘Active Ventilation’ discs that sit on the sides of your mouth and hold the reusable N95 filters that give a 95% filtration efficiency. As Razer says, “The Razer Zephyr is not a medical device, respirator, surgical mask, or personal protective equipment (PPE) and is not meant to be used in medical or clinical settings. It is not tested specifically against the COVID-19 virus but offers the same functionality and adequate protection due to its 99% BFE rating.”

5. The MaskFone

The MaskFone is a smart face mask equipped with wireless earbuds and a built-in microphone. It enables you to talk on call, or listen to music while you have your mask on! The mask also features control buttons, so you don’t really need to pull your phone out. MaskFone’s breathable and washable fabric also ensures that it lasts a lifetime! You can also add replaceable PM2.5 and N95/FFP2 filters to the mask for an extra level of protection.

6. The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier

LG announced the latest version of the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier (that’s an odd naming convention) that had three fans and a couple of HEPTA filters to keep most pathogens out. The new face mask has a smaller and lighter motor and built-in microphones and speakers. The latter helps in automatically amplifying the wearer’s voice when talking, courtesy of the VoiceON technology. For that matter, the techno Razer Project Hazel face mask has a similar tech to make communication easier. The improvements on the LG PuriCare don’t stop there as it weighs just 94 grams now and has a 1,000mAh battery with a recharge time of two hours.

7. The Blocc

Think of the Blocc as a helmet visor sans the helmet, fashionable enough to be worn on its own, and FDA-registered for daily use. Made from scratch-resistant fog-resistant clear polycarbonate, the Blocc is as easy (and as comfortable) as wearing a pair of spectacles, and protects your eyes, nose, and mouth—the main pathways to infection—from direct droplets, sprays, and splashes. Two temple stems suspend the Blocc by your ears while a nose-bridge allows the visor to rest comfortably against your nose and roughly an inch away from your face. The face shield itself is made from the same polymer as actual helmet visors (and even riot gear) and is engineered for crystal-clear, distortion-free visibility, allowing you to see through it with ease

8. The Airhead Mask

 The Airhead Mask was designed to play a pivotal role in that future. It comes with a slim, lightweight design that looks just as compact as a regular face mask, but under its hood lies a nanofiber filter that provides clean, 99% pure air directly to your nose and mouth. The mask’s overall design is focused on the people who’d like to be able to breathe clean air even with an active lifestyle. Designed by a group of passionate cyclists who wanted to stay healthy, Airhead was made to be a lightweight, ergonomic mask that provided clean, purified air directly to your nose and mouth while you worked out or just went about your day.

9. The Umai Facemask

Ruitao Li developed the Umai Facemask, a silicone face covering with a breathing valve, air filter, and small mouthpiece slot that can be used to eat and drink while wearing the mask. Users can fill their bottles with their preferred beverages and say goodbye to airplane dry mouths. The removable straw can even be swapped from Umai’s water bottle and used to drink from another one. Umai Facemask’s breathing valve and air filter also make wearing a face mask feel a little more comfortable. Powered up with a type-c charge, the air filter ensures that the air you’re breathing in is clean and fresh, while the breathing valve circulates the air inside the mask to avoid the damp humidity that comes with conventional face masks.

10. The Maasc

What sets the Maasc apart from your surgical grade mask or the N95 mask is its patented BreatheEase™ Fan which provides you with a breeze of purified air inside your mask. Unlike most masks that require you to breathe extra hard to pull air through those filters, Maasc does it for you, giving you both filtration and breezy comfort without that familiar stuffy feeling. The fan, which sits right in front of your face, pulls air from the outside and pushes it through the Maasc’s replaceable filter system.

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Ten modernist living rooms that celebrate minimalist open-plan interiors

Modernist apartment in Brazil

Open-plan layouts, functional and adaptable furniture and minimalist designs are some of the trademarks of modernist interiors. For our latest lookbook, we’ve collected 10 living rooms that evoke the style.

Modernism emerged as an architectural movement in the 1930s and has influenced the pared-back appearance of many interior design projects ever since.

Among the renowned designers and architects who pioneered the style are Charles and Ray Eames, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, all of whom created designs and buildings that have become hallmarks of the trend.

For this lookbook we’ve taken a closer look at modernist-informed living rooms, which often feature low-slung furniture in spacious and flexible layouts, sometimes framed by large windows.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series providing visual inspiration for the home. Previous lookbooks feature kitchen extensions, homes with indoor trees and purple interiors informed by Pantone’s 2022 colour of the year.

Shakespeare Tower apartment by Takero Shimazaki Architects
Top: photo is by Joana France. Above: photo is by Anton Gorlenko

Barbican flat, UK, by Takero Shimazaki Architects

London office Takero Shimazaki Architects renovated this apartment within the Barbican Estate, which is known for its brutalist architecture – a style that emerged in the UK in the 1950s.

Located within Shakespeare Tower, the flat intends to fuse its original design elements with Japanese aesthetics, including tatami mats on the floor that contrast with surrounding concrete walls.

“For our inspiration, we looked towards many of the early modernist Japanese architects, who were dealing with similar issues of identity when European modernism was entering Japan at rapid speed,” explained the architecture practice.

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Hotel Valley Ho
Photo is courtesy of Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho renovation, USA, by Anissa Mendil

Originally designed by American modernist architect Edward L Varney in 1956, Hotel Valley Ho in Arizona underwent an interior transformation by local designer Anissa Mendil in more recent years.

Guest suites nod to the period in which the hotel first opened, with elements such as open-plan kitchen-living rooms that feature low-slung, pared-back furniture and functional cabinets.

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Villa Weinberg
Photo is by Mikkel Mortensen

Villa Weinberg, Denmark, by Weinberg Architects and Friis & Moltke

Another renovation project, this 1940s cottage in Denmark was stripped back by homeowners Mette and Martin Weinberg of Weinberg Architects and fellow Danish office Friis & Moltke.

Villa Weinberg’s living spaces are lined with floor-to-ceiling oil-treated oak boards that are interrupted only by large, boxy windows that add natural light to interior spaces.

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Modernist living room in Kew Residence
Photo is by Trevor Mein

Kew Residence, Australia, by John Wardle Architects

The founder of Australian firm John Wardle Architects reworked his Melbourne home of 25 years to include interiors clad in Victorian ash – such as bespoke, functional shelves and plinths that hold eclectic ornaments.

Framed by expansive windows, the living room at Kew Residence also features distinctive Take a Line for a Walk armchairs by product designer Alfredo Häberli in a shade of pale blue.

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Living room of Whidbey Island
Photo is by Kevin Scott

Whidbey Island Farm, USA, by MW Works

Comprised of three rectilinear volumes arranged around a central courtyard, Whidbey Island Farm was designed by MW Works in Washington.

The house’s geometric shapes are also echoed in its interiors, which include a large, open-plan living room with soft colours and earthy finishes that overlooks a meadow where cattle graze.

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Biscuit Loft by OWIU (Only Way Is Up)
Photo is by Justin Chung

Biscuit Loft by OWIU Studio

A distinctive Pierre Jeanneret Chandigarh Easy Chair is among the modernist design elements added to Biscuit Loft, an apartment in Downtown Los Angeles that is housed in a converted factory.

The project by local firm OWIU Studio takes cues from minimalist Asian design and features a spacious living area with functional furniture, including pared-back wooden shelving in a variety of shades.

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Fireplace in Teton House
Photo is by Matthew Millman

Teton House, USA, by Olson Kundig

Almost panoramic in its views thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, the living room at Teton House hosts a collection of dark-coloured geometric seating arranged around a central fireplace.

Located in Wyoming for its mountainous landscape, the residence was designed by American office Olson Kundig, which covered the facade with large wooden shutters that can be open or closed with pulleys.

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308 Apartment by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura
Photo is by Joana France

Brasília apartment, Brazil, by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

Local studio Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura created an open-plan layout in this Brasília apartment, which was originally designed by Lucio Costa and Burle Marx in the 1960s.

While the studio transformed the space by cutting open its exposed concrete walls, Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura also took care to preserve original modernist design elements such as the granilite flooring that complements low-lying wood shelving units that wrap the living room.

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Edith Farnsworth’s modernist Country House
Photo is by William Zbaren

Farnsworth House, USA, by Mies van der Rohe

A notable example of modernist architecture, Farnsworth House is a rectilinear glass residence in Illinois that was completed by Mies van der Rohe in 1951.

In recent years, the house was redecorated for an installation that featured furnishings and personal belongings of the late research physician Edith Farnsworth, its original client.

Curvy woven lounge chairs and a black and white rug with a simple geometric pattern were placed in the spacious living room that overlooks the lush grounds.

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Photo is by Doublespace Photography

Smith Residence, Canada, by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple

Main living spaces are accessed by a set of wide outside steps at Smith Residence, a cluster of gabled Corten steel structures by Canadian studio MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple that were designed to resemble traditional fishing huts.

The low-rise nature of the buildings allows for open-plan interior spaces, such as a living room complete with tan-brown leather sofas overlooked by a light-wood panelled ceiling.

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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 domestic gyms, retro green bathrooms and colourful kindergartens.

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