Top 10 Must-Have Stationery for Back-to-School and University

It’s that exciting time of the year to get back to school or university. Buying stationary and other essential items is an incredibly exciting experience and it motivates us to be the best version of ourselves in the next academic session. Apart from new pencils, pens, and books, take a look at some cutting-edge stationery items that will not only allow you to study well but will also ensure that your creative juices flow and that you are motivated throughout the year.

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1. Storage


The ONEBOX is a versatile woodworking marvel that integrates various tools within an intricately crafted wooden box that employs the time-honored mortise and tenon technique seen in ancient buildings. When ONEBOX is disassembled, its pieces function as stationary tools and fidget toys. Made from poplar, beech, or black walnut wood, this multi-part storage box houses stationery, an adjustable scale, a phone stand, and a compact Gomoku or Checkers board. The wooden pieces connect effortlessly with magnets, creating a cohesive and functional stationery box. Each component serves a specific purpose, including a stationery container and the Eternal Pencil which is a long-lasting writing instrument that requires no sharpening.

Designer: LEGO

Launched before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, LEGO introduces an adorable yet functional creation: the Star Lord Helmet. This LEGO builds doubly functions as a stationery holder and pen stand, featuring the iconic headgear with intricate details like red-tinted eyepieces and face mask valves. With 602 pieces, it stands 7 inches tall and is part of LEGO’s Infinity Saga series. It combines collectability with practicality and is perfect for storing items like stationery, cables, or even AirPods within the hollow space. The building process is satisfying, and one can also enjoy a 3D virtual build using the LEGO builder app.

2. Organizers

Designer: Nakabayashi

With an increasing number of objects on our work tables, it becomes crucial to save space. This desk organizer offers an effective solution, allowing tools and objects to be stored out of sight when not in use. Although one might have numerous stationery items and tools, we tend to use only a few and the rest take up unnecessary space. This ingenious organizer design resembles regular file binders when closed, but opens up to reveal ample space for various tools and supplies and one has to simply pull out the desired item using the ring hole for easy access.

3. Scissors

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With a practical and minimalist design, these scissors balance functionality with aesthetics. Its flat blades are reminiscent of industrial tools that complement its black Japanese steel body. The extruded part of the finger ring serves as a focal point and enhances its usability. This multifunctional scissor can transform into a box cutter just by flipping the scissors and holding them by the blades. The best part of this design is that the scissors come with a custom-made disc base that holds them upright using a magnet. This enhances the safety of the scissors as it keeps the scissor’s sharp tip safely concealed.

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These guitar-shaped scissors are inspired by the iconic electric guitar designs and it not only cuts through paper but can also cut through boredom and creative blocks. Their authentic design, integrating curves, strings, and frets resonates with the craftsmanship of Seki in Japan. Each scissor has a matching cap that offers protection, these sharp scissors are not only inspiring but highly durable too.

4. Multifunctional Table Lamp

Designer: Pelin Özbalcı

The sPINmemo lamp is a minimalist and multipurpose solution for modern study tables. Its rotating cork body allows personalization with notes or reminders, while a discreet cavity on top offers storage for small items. The lamp is crafted from white ceramic and it illuminates pinned notes. With its interactive features and provision for convenient storage, the sPINmemo lamp combines functionality, and personalization, and helps in creating a clutter-free environment.

5. Reusable Note Book

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Who says that notebooks can only be made from paper? This compact reusable notebook provides a smooth surface for writing, erasing, and rewriting where it retains the simplicity of traditional paper and the convenience of a whiteboard. The notebook’s soft felt cover functions as a large eraser and it incorporates features like a pen holder, stand, and storage pocket.

6. Pen and Pencils

Designers: Odin Ardagh and Noah Bier of Makers Cabinet

The Lazlo pen beautifully demonstrates that complex mechanisms aren’t necessary to elevate the ballpoint. Designed with simplicity and sustainability in mind, its all-metal construction is recyclable. The removable steel clip and front cap provide easy access to the refill. Compatible with Schmidt MegaLine and Euro-Style cartridges, it promotes longevity and reduces the need for new pens, and is packaged from recyclable materials like cork or metal drop stands.

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The everlasting metal pencil offers a revolutionary solution for students, writers, artists, and designers. With an octagonal aluminum shaft and a special alloy core, it writes like a real pencil without wearing down and can create about 10 miles of marks before needing attention. Yet, it can be erased and doesn’t smudge. With a luxurious feel and balanced weight, this full-metal pencil provides uninterrupted moments of writing and creativity.

7. Highlighter

Designer: Wonjun Jo

This innovative highlighter takes inspiration from Korea’s subway trains. This product is shaped like a train, with the front car serving as the cap and it features removable segments representing multicolored train carriages. This design promotes sustainability and is more practical than a single-use highlighter.

8. Sharpener

Designer: Wang Cheng (Dwfuture Design)

Writing with a small pencil can be difficult so designer Wang Cheng has come up with a clever solution. His Eco-Friendly Pencil Sharpener allows one to connect a small pencil to a larger one, resembling cabins on a train. The product comprises three sharpening areas, enabling you to sharpen the pencil conventionally or transform them into wooden screws by threading and tapping them. This is a great way to reduce waste and increase the lifespan of the pencil.

9. Tape Dispenser

Designer: Peleg Design

Inspired by clothespins, this tape dispenser is a convenient tool and its design allows it to clamp onto any tabletop surface so that it is easy to access. Designed by Peleg Design, the product solves problems and is practical to use. Crafted from bent sheet metal, it features clamping jaws covered with a rubber/polymer sleeve to protect your table. It is perfect for desks ranging from 0.4 to 1.8 inches in thickness and comes with its tape roll, which can be easily refilled.

10. Convert Notes into Digital Format

Designer: Nuwa Innovation

The Nuwa Pen was unveiled at CES 2023 and although it appears like an ordinary writing instrument it integrates a built-in motion sensor and a triple camera array. It digitizes one’s notes and drawings in real-time by saving a digital version through the Nuwa app. Its sleek design includes a bulbous tip housing the sensors and cameras, while an infrared light sensor enables low-light usage. With 4096 pressure levels, it accurately captures your handwriting, it uses a standard D1 ink cartridge, can be easily recharged on its stand and it optimizes battery usage by activating its digitizing system upon contact with paper. The best part about this device is that digitized notes can be shared via Bluetooth using the Nuwa app, which offers backup and sharing options, including OCR for editable text.

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DART Lab creates biodegradable concrete casts using sawdust

Hands peeling a column of 3D printed sawdust

A research team at the University of Michigan has created biodegradable formwork out of sawdust in an attempt to mitigate wood waste in the process of laying concrete.

The wood-based material is a result of the BioMatters project by the Digital Architecture Research and Technologies (DART) Lab at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

A 3D-printed column made of sawdust
A research team at the University of Michigan has created a sawdust material for concrete formwork

Led by DART director Mania Aghaei Meibodi along with researchers Muhammad Dayyem Khan and Tharanesh Varadharajan, the team sought to create a material to reuse industrial sawdust in order to lessen the waste created by formwork used in concrete construction.

The team mixed sawdust with biopolymers and additives to create its material, which can be moulded or 3D-printed into various shapes. In order to demonstrate its capabilities, the team used the material to create concrete formwork.

Two people hold a 3D-printed sawdust column
The material can be 3D-printed in order to create structural columns

The team 3D-printed a 1.8-metre structural column, pouring concrete into its centre incrementally. After the concrete was dry, the sawdust formwork was peeled off to reveal the column.

The sawdust material was then saved and recycled by adding water in order to recreate the viscosity level required for 3D printing. Using this process, the team successfully reused the same material over 25 times to create additional columns.

Concrete poured into a a column of sawdust casting
The material is created using a mixture of sawdust and biopolymers

According to the team, 15 billion trees are cut down worldwide per year, which results in three million pounds of sawdust dumped into landfills in the United States.

The sawdust may often be burned as an alternative, which can cause environmental pollution.

A column made of sawdust and bio polymers
It can be recycled by adding water

“It’s like a precious material for me because you’re cutting down a tree,” said researcher Muhammad Dayyem Khan. “I think every particle of that tree should be reused if you’re cutting it down.”

According to DART Lab, formwork contributes to up to 40 per cent of concrete construction expenses and is usually constructed from wood. After its use on construction sites, the formwork is often discarded.

The team also plans to experiment with making larger structures with the material.

“For example, some structures can be printed in a big warehouse and then you just turn them back up,” said Khan. “Just rotate them 90 degrees and you’ve got a bigger structure.”

A concrete column getting sprayed with water
The material is used to mitigate waste produced by the concrete industry

While the BioMatters team initially experimented with the material for formwork, it suggested that the potential reaches beyond just concrete construction.

“It can be anything,” said Khan. “It can be small, decorative items. It can be furniture. It can be your walls, doors, windows.”

The material can also be sanded and stained similar to wood in order to create a smoother finish. The team has yet to explore what woods perform best for the material.

For more projects that utilize sawdust, Designer Oh Geon also used it to create a blocky stool while Mater Design utilised the material for a re-released version of the Conscious Chair. 

Photography courtesy of DART Lab. 

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Embrace the Halcyon houseboat that feels unconfined and at one with nature

There are houseboats that exude luxury and there are other vessels designed to make uniform flow between outdoors and indoors. Welcome aboard the Halcyon, where luxury and openness find a new definition!

This extraordinary floating dwelling, designed by Jolson, summons you to escape the hustle of daily life and immerse yourself in a world of serenity and enchantment in a houseboat designed as an idyllic retreat, seamlessly blending modern design with nature’s splendor.

Designer: Jolson

Halcyon’s primary design philosophy revolves around harmonizing the interior with the breathtaking surroundings. It’s Jolson’s architectural expertise and understanding of the local environment together that make this a vessel of dreams on Lake Eildon, near Melbourne.

To feel unconfined and at one with nature, the Halcyon interior decor draws inspiration from the great outdoors, ensuring that the boat becomes an extension of its stunning vista. Here, the sawn-cut timber floorboards with their rugged texture seamlessly flow into the furnishings and effortlessly blur the lines between indoor and outdoor decor.

The houseboat has a partially covered top floor that offers a 360-degree panorama unfold right before your eyes. This versatile living space can be used to unwind, dine, and entertain. A linear bar, equipped with top-notch kitchen and bar amenities, invites you to indulge in delectable meals and refreshing drinks.

Descending to the middle floor you are greeted by four-bedroom suites, ensuring privacy and tranquility away from the boat’s decks and passageways. Further down is the shared living areas on the ground floor embracing the surrounding water through its windows. The unique window design allows the sides of the houseboat to slide open, transforming the interior into a luxurious outdoor living room surrounded by water.

The ultimate showstopper still is Halcyon’s glass staircase, located strategically in front of the windows, that not only connects its three floors but also invites natural light to illuminate the interior. This thoughtful architectural touch ensures that every corner of the houseboat is infused with warmth and brightness.

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Minimal wooden cubicle-like furniture system creates cozy + comfy nooks in modern office spaces

Employees have slowly but surely made their way back to corporate offices, and it is certainly a transitionary phase where they learn to adapt and settle down in an office space once again. In such a situation, it’s important to add well-designed furniture designs that help them feel comfortable, space, and motivated in their workplace. And adding the right furniture designs can greatly contribute to creating an office that is conducive to motivation and productivity. And an interesting addition to modern offices would be the ‘Cubicle’ by Form Us With Love.

Designer: Form Us With Love

Design studio Form Us With Love teamed up with Danish manufacturer +Halle to design ‘Cubicle’ – an interesting “bench and wall system”. According to research, people prefer to have their backs to the wall in open-plan workspaces, and Form Us With Love took this into consideration while designing their furniture system Cubicle. Cubicle is meant to simulate that very experience. It is designed to replicate and mimic the particular qualities that people seek while searching for seats in an open indoor workspace like a library or a co-working space.

The Cubicle is inspired by dinner booths and train carriages, which are intended to be semi-rooms within large spaces. It is meant to be a freestanding furniture piece that can be set against a wall. “With all the easy, portable technology that is part of your toolbox today, we just want to offer a platform with the essentials for the user to feel comfortable in, either to do laptop-related work or have a tete-a-tete with a colleague,” said John Löfgren, co-founder of Form Us With Love. The Cubicle is available in a couple of different variations, but the essence always remains the same – a 1.2-meter-high backdrop, one or more bench seats, and compact integrated tables.

The entire Cubicle is built using as little materials as possible. It is constructed using oak-veneered plywood with optional upholstery and power sockets integrated beneath the seat, so the furniture system is warm, wooden, and minimal. It must be noted that it is quite large in size, so it is not well suited for smaller spaces or offices with space constraints, it is intended for larger corporate and commercial offices.

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Multifunctional Heating Fan that Saves You Space of Multiple Appliances

As technology advances and our daily lives become more comfortable, heating and drying electronic products have become commonplace in households. These appliances have greatly improved our quality of life, providing warmth and convenience. However, the accumulation of multiple large electrical appliances in our limited living spaces can lead to issues of clutter and idleness during the off-season.

Introducing the OCIDIN Heating Fan, a revolutionary multifunctional combined heater that addresses these challenges. This innovative design seamlessly integrates the functions of heating and drying into a single product, offering a simple and fast switching method that caters to users’ needs while minimizing idle rates.

Designer: Peli 00

The OCIDIN Heating Fan is a game-changer in the realm of home heating appliances. Gone are the days of needing separate heaters and dryers, taking up valuable space and potentially going unused for extended periods. The convenience of the OCIDIN Heating Fan lies in its ability to easily switch between heating and drying modes. Whether you need to warm up a room during the cold winter months or dry clothes quickly after laundry, this appliance offers a seamless transition that adapts to your changing needs.

Beyond its functional advantages, the OCIDIN Heating Fan also boasts a sleek and modern design that complements any home decor. Its compact size ensures it fits seamlessly into various living environments, making it an ideal choice for apartments, small homes, or even offices. Say goodbye to bulky and outdated heating and drying appliances, and embrace the simplicity and efficiency of the OCIDIN Heating Fan.


Moreover, this innovative product is designed with energy efficiency in mind. With its precise temperature control and intelligent features, the OCIDIN Heating Fan ensures efficiency, providing both comfort and environmental responsibility. It is a testament to the commitment to sustainability and the pursuit of a greener future.

In a world where efficiency and functionality are highly valued, the OCIDIN Heating Fan emerges as a frontrunner in home heating solutions. With its seamless switching mechanism, stylish design, and energy-efficient operation, the OCIDIN Heating Fan offers a holistic and practical solution for modern living. So, if you’re looking to streamline your home heating and drying experience while maximizing space efficiency, the OCIDIN Heating Fan is the perfect choice. Experience the convenience, versatility, and sustainability it brings, and elevate your daily life with a product that truly understands your needs. Embrace the future of home heating with the OCIDIN Heating Fan and enjoy the benefits of simplified living.

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Studio North juxtaposes industrial garage with delicate garden in Calgary

Garden Garage by Studio North

Local architecture firm Studio North designed a custom garden and garage combination complete with Corten steel planters and a green roof in Calgary, Alberta.

Known as the Garden Garage, the 700-square foot (65-square metre) garage sits on the sunny edge of a 12,000-square foot (1,115-square metre) lot and holds two cars for a 1,785-square foot (166-square metre) house.

Custom garage by Studio North
Studio North designed a custom garden and garage combination

Located in Calgary’s Upper Mount Royal neighborhood, the project works to address a typical conflict between the functional parking space and recreational yard space by hybridizing the two programs with intersecting planes.

The detached square structure is partially embedded into the earth and a sunken staircase leads up to a raised garden space.

Detached square by Studio North
The detached square structure is partially embedded into the earth

The garden features an array of Corten steel planters that act as miniature versions of the garage’s planted roof, which slopes slightly toward the garden.

Immediately adjacent to the garage, a steel gate – characterized by a custom vine-like laser-cut perforation – conceals a second staircase that connects the driveway directly to the garden.

Steel gate with vine-like perforations
Vine-like laser-cut perforations characterise the steel gate

“The project is about the collision of the backyard plane and the driveway plane, which creates a condition that is part landscape and part garage, part natural and part manmade,” the Studio North team told Dezeen.

“The sequence of space and material from lower to upper seeks to create a transitional threshold from the surrounding urban context to an immersive otherly landscape that offers an escape from the city.”

Rectilinear black garage by Studio North
A translucent glazed garage door punctuates the garage

The rough-textured garage was created to highlight the client’s collector automobile and serve as a habitable work and storage space.

The driveway-facing facade is clad in Shou Sugi Ban – a Japanese wood charring method – siding that contrasts the surrounding landscape and is punctuated by a translucent glazed garage door with gridded black framing.

Two-tone wooden walls within garage
Two-tone walls feature on the light-filled interior of the garage

The light-filled interior of the garage features two-tone walls that reflect the datum line of the outside topography.

A dark steel base provides an impact-resistant condition fit for heavy-duty work, while the lighter fir cladding makes the top half of the walls feel airy.

The fir wraps along the ceiling which is supported by light-coloured wooden beams.

Light streams into the back of the garage through two large windows and a glass door, which opens to the open-air back stairway.

Blackened wood garage with rectilinear glazing
Light streams into the back of the garage

“Above, a green roof and terraced planting extends the natural topography of the backyard into an elevated plane of natural vegetation, perfectly curating a view from the backyard over the surrounding neighbourhood to the tree canopy and sky,” the studio said.

The resilient native vegetation thrives on the south-facing roof and serves as a natural attractor for bees. The sloped roof directs water to custom perforated scuppers along the edge that, in turn, waters the planters below.

Green roof by Studio North
A green roof and terraced planting extends the natural topography

The stacked, multi-size planters contain both solid and open Corten boxes, forming both seating and stair access up to the roof for maintenance. The planters also have integrated drainage holes for even water dispersal.

“Together, the collision of material and texture between the garden and the garage meets to create a juxtaposition of softness and robustness,” the studio said.

“The [garage’s] rough and sharp-edged industrial palette plays to the client’s interest mechanics; meanwhile, the greenery above becomes a countering palette of soft and delicate plant and animal life to enhance the feeling of natural immersion and escape from the surrounding city.”

Recently, Studio North completed a cosy cocktail bar in Calgary that juxtaposes dark, matte walls with a light-weight perforated fir screen that folds up the corner and creates a series of barrel vaults throughout the contemporary speakeasy space.

The photography is by Hayden Pattullo and Damon Hayes Couture.

Project credits:

Lead architects: Matthew Kennedy, Hayden Pattullo
Designer + builder: Studio North
Project management + design: Matthew Kennedy, Mark Erickson
Construction management: Matthew Tyrer, Matthew Kennedy
Parametric design: Hayden Pattullo
Engineering: Recad Consulting Ltd
Photography: Hayden Pattullo + Damon Hayes Couture
Representation: Saaraa Premji Mitha
Custom steel fabrication: Mercedes and Singh
Excavation: ADR Excavating
Electrical: Vaughn Electrical Services
Green roof design: Green T Design
Carpentry: White Spruce Carpentry

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A Designey, Asymmetrical Monitor with Eye-Level Wireless Phone Charging

A company called Nex Computer unveiled this NexMonitor, which Bauhaus fans will probably love. It’s designey, assymetrical and stark-looking.

“By providing video, audio, data and charging over a single cable – when paired to a USB-C equipped laptop – NexMonitor delivers a clean and functional working space.”

“With a base stand designed like a natural extension of the Mac Mini, NexMonitor charges iPhones wirelessly at eye level for easier interaction.”

“Android smartphones with ‘desktop mode’ can be transformed into desktop computer by NexMonitor.”

The 27″ monitor will reportedly come in 2K and 4K flavors. At press time no release date nor prices had been announced.

University of Portsmouth presents 13 architecture and design projects

Dezeen School Shows: an acoustic solution made from ancient ship sails and lime is included in Dezeen’s latest school show by students at University of Portsmouth.

Also featured is an indoor playground that promotes different forms of play and a historic dockyard that has been transformed to include co-working spaces, tea houses and a botanical garden.

University of Portsmouth

Institution: University of Portsmouth
School: Portsmouth School of Architecture
Courses: BA (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, MArch, MA Interior Architecture and Design, MA Architecture: Spatial Design Practices, MA Architecture: Building and Heritage Conservation and MA Architecture: Landscape and Urbanism
Tutors: Paula Craft-Pegg – Head of School, Roberto Braglia, Nigel Simpkins, Guido Robazza, Belinda Mitchell, Oren Lieberman, Tarek Teba and Antonino Di Raimo

School statement:

“The Portsmouth School of Architecture embraces the importance of integrated and research-informed design, emphasising interdisciplinary collaboration.

“The school encourages exploration of the relationships between architecture, interior design, engineering, conservation, landscape and urban design and across the creative disciplines.

“This approach enables students to develop comprehensive solutions that address complex challenges, integrating diverse perspectives and expertise.

“By encouraging a wide range of design approaches, the school fosters a holistic view on social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

“Students are empowered to develop impactful designs that are responsive to the context and environment, actively engaging with the values and aspirations of communities while embodying a critical design ethos.

“BA (Hons) Architecture merges theory and practice to interrogate various ecologies such as environment, culture, economy, political and aesthetic. Students gain expertise in design, construction, sustainability, and history and theory, engaging in practical projects and acquiring industry experience.

“BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design explores how interior architecture can enable attitudes of care for people, buildings, communities and environment. ‘Thinking through making’ underpins the course through projects concerned with environment, materiality and adaptive reuse.

“MArch offers a test-bed to explore diverse design theories. Supported by staff expertise and research, it allows interaction with different physical and cultural contexts.

“All studios emphasise climate crises, social inequalities and the significance of place, advancing through targeted research and experimentation.

“In our MA Architecture degree courses, students augment their creative practice and research by specialising in alternative forms of architecture. These courses consist of Building and Heritage Conservation, Landscape and Urban Design, Spatial Design Practices or MA Interior Architecture and Design.

“Students engage in disciplinary-specific learning whilst also working collaboratively in a rich interdisciplinary environment.”

Collage showing a mixed-use building in Gosport, England

Haslar Tower by Majid Sallomi

“Located in Gosport, England, this final year architectural project crafts a captivating mixed-use building.

“The tower is seamlessly connected to the Royal Haslar Hospital with a glass-covered intermediate space, which flaunts four cantilevers that extend towards the sea, providing panoramic views.

“Enchanting garden spaces and scenic viewing decks are situated on top of each cantilever, finalising the vision to create Gosport’s illustrious focal point and architectural landmark.”

Student: Majid Sallomi
Course: BA (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Leago Madumo and Gregory Martinez de Riquelme

Visualisation of renovated Buckland Wall in Portsmouth, England

Wake the Buck Up by Oscar Hopkins

“This project renovates the infamous Buckland Wall on Estella Road and Grafton Street in Portsmouth, England, opening an untapped opportunity for the significant International Ferry Port located nearby.

“The project transforms the M275 motorway into a tunnel, modernising the Buckland Wall and integrating a new kilometre-long park to create a cultural institution that accommodates the architectural heritage of the city.”

Student: Oscar Hopkins
Course: BA (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Roberto Braglia and Dan Blott

Illustrated section drawings of a cultural centre

A Cup of Wilderness by Sara Ferreira Pestana

“This project proposes a space that celebrates global tea cultures, promoting cultural and social interconnectedness as well as strengthening the connection between people and nature within the urban environment of Portsmouth, England.

“Boathouse Four – located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – is renovated to feature a range of tea houses, a botanical garden and a co-working space, each facility complementing the others.

“The botanical garden showcases plants and other cultural elements from around the world for visitors to immerse themselves in the origins and development of tea.

“The co-working space includes reading spaces amongst nature and communal working areas.”

Student: Sara Ferreira Pestana
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
Tutors: Rachael Brown, Enrique Moya-Angeler and Nigel Simpkins

Collage of a residential building set in the dystopian future

Surviving Dystopia by Kai Alexander

“This project is set in the dystopian year of 2300 where the world is in despair as we refused to listen to the warnings of global warming.

“The Hilsea Lines in Portsmouth, England, stands as a defensive structure. It is an extremely dense and highly populated city, built rapidly in a dystopian setting.

“A ‘social condenser’ will be constructed at the edge of Hilsea to control the population, formed through the study of science fiction medias and raw brutalist architecture.

“It will be an immeasurable space for people to settle and restart their lives, sharing their skills whilst escaping the traumatic global events that surround them.”

Student: Kai Alexander
Course: MArch
Tutors: Nicola Crowson and Tina Wallbridge
Email: alexander.kai95[at]

Collage of different socio-spatial strategies to increase tourism in Colombia

Journey of Hope by Karolina Stephenson

“Journey of Hope is a series of urban socio-spatial strategies and opportunities, aiming to create community tourism initiatives to introduce positive changes within Ciudad Bolivar, a stigmatised neighbourhood in Bogota, Colombia.

“The concept is inspired by Ruta De La Esperanza who set up a guided tour in 2004 with the hopes to change people’s perception about Ciudad Bolivar, typically known for its crime.

“The Journey of Hope is integrated into Ruta de la Esperanza’s existing tour and its principles, aiming to avoid challenging issues that arise from tourism such as gentrification and uprooting.

“Inclusive design strategies based on adapting, repurposing, upcycling, regenerating, extending and reusing can be found along the proposed trail, all in collaboration with local makers, artists, architects and even chefs.

“Journey of Hope aims to promote much more than tourism, it aims to promote affordability, inclusivity and support local networks and economies to instil a sense of civic pride.

Student: Karolina Stephenson
Course: MArch
Tutors: Guido Robazza and Phevos Kallitsis
Email: karolinastephenson[at]

Visualisation of an architectural intervention by the Venetian Lagoon in Italy

The Hydro-Cultural Centre of the Piave by Daniel Dehghani

“The Venetian Lagoon in Italy has been suffering for 500 years, its health depleting at a rapid rate. The objective of this scheme is to bring freshwater and sediment from the Sile river nearby into the Lagoon in order to restore it.

“To combat the rise of sea levels and the many other disastrous consequences caused by climate change, it is time for architects to design interventions that respond to climate change threats.

“This project aims to utilise a combination of landscape engineering and technology to create an architectural intervention that meets the needs of the Venetian people and, most importantly, restores the health of the Lagoon.”

Student: Daniel Dehghani
Course: MArch and MA Architecture: Landscape and Urbanism
Tutors: Antonino di Raimo, John Pegg and Simone Sfriso
Email: danieldehghani8[at]

Sectional collage of an indoor community playground

Memories in Space by Michelle Leong

“Located at Wymering Manor in England, Memories in Space engages with material thinking and digital technologies such as LiDAR scans made in conjunction with the Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR) at the University of Portsmouth.

“Wymering is a space that challenges the senses – this project has been designed to serve as a playground to fabricate a community through den building and soft play.”

Student: Michelle Leong
Course: MA Interior Architecture and Design
Tutors: Belinda Mitchell and Oren Lieberman

A man blowing air through a straw into a rubber glove that is tied around a glass bottle

Play to Save the Earth by Marvan Abed

“This project embodies the new materialist theory, exploring notions of assemblage, entanglement and intra-action.

“It uses oxygen in playful ways to animate materials, people and their engagement with issues relating to the systems we live within as well as climate change.”

Student: Marvan Abed
Course: MA Interior Architecture and Design
Tutors: Belinda Mitchell, Rachael Brown and Oren Lieberman

Illustrated section drawing of trees shading mycelium structure

Hinterland by Linnéa Jakobsson

“This project takes mycelium spores collected in New Forest National Park, England, and nurtures them at 18 Osbourne Road in Portsmouth, growing in sterile containers under close supervision to prevent mould contamination.

“The growth begins in pre-made frames that shape the biodegradable pieces. These pieces are later assembled with mycelium connectors on site.

“Meanwhile, horse chestnut and oak saplings are gathered from a nursery in Somerset, England. Community volunteers clean the site and plant the saplings, creating shade for the mycelium structure.

“After two decades, the mycelium structure begins to weaken while the surrounding nature thrives. Eventually, the structure biodegrades and nature continues its course, nourishing new generations of life.”

Student: Linnéa Jakobsson
Course: MA Architecture: Spatial Design Practices
Tutors: Oren Lieberman and Belinda Mitchell

Diagrammatic painting over plan drawing of a multi-functional inclusive space

Elements Unveiled by Linnéa Jakobsson, Inchara M Shetty and Emily Willmer

“Through a multi-sensory ‘transect’, the group established a site in Eastney, Portsmouth, England. They meticulously explored the area, mapping their journey with drawings, recordings, photos and videos.

“They found distinct sections – residential, green space and the beach – each evoking different emotions. The site included an abandoned building with a rich military history.

“Their design aimed to preserve the existing environment and history while developing ever-changing material conditions and incorporating renewable energy; fabric became a significant element, inspired by the wind.

“The multi-functional inclusive space, accessible 24/7, accommodates different schedules and interests with equal opportunities for the many local communities.”

Students: Linnéa Jakobsson, Inchara M Shetty and Emily Willmer
Course: Masters module: Integration of Transdisciplinary Experiences
Tutors: Oren Lieberman and Deniz Beck

Visualisation of the interior of an artist studio in Portsmouth, England

Aakri Kada: Exploring Cloth-Crete and Flexible Spaces in the Restoration of the Old Portsmouth Dockyard by Sharath Binu John, Calvina Ann Andrew, Krishna Murali and Joseph Puthenparial Mathai

“This project repurposes Storehouse Nine in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, into artist studios.

“This transformation of the 240-plus-year-old building aims to preserve its rich history and enduring legacy.

“Through a fusion of locally abundant lime and ancient ship sails, the team has proposed cloth-crete – a flexible yet sturdy material that serves as partition walls for both aesthetics and acoustics functions.

“Retaining the dockyard’s original structure, cloth-crete panels, set on sliding tracks, allow for intimate gatherings and the display of large artwork, functioning as versatile display units.

“Thus this project enhances the building’s functionality and interior aesthetic allure.

Students: Sharath Binu John, Calvina Ann Andrew, Krishna Murali and Joseph Puthenparial Mathai
Course: Masters Module: Work Based Learning
Tutor: Suzanne Fallouh and Milena Metalkova-Markova

Board showing an in-depth analysis of the Guildhall Square in Southampton, England.

Guildhall Urban Regeneration by Roy Clarke and Jack Sykes

“In collaboration with Portsmouth City Council, the students worked on an in-depth analysis of the Guildhall Square in Southampton, England, and the surrounding conservation area.

“They prepared urban regeneration strategies for the square and the surrounding urban and natural contexts informed by the identified architectural, urban and cultural heritage qualities of the place.

“Building on the urban strategies, they designed adaptive reuse approaches for the modern civic office building, considering its architectural and cultural merits as well as functional and environmental challenges.”

Students: Roy Clarke and Jack Sykes
Course: MA Architecture: Building and Heritage Conservation
Tutors: Milena Metalkova-Markova and Tarek Teba

Visualisation of a cultural textile exhibition and education space

Weaving Culture by Lemisse Al Baggou

“Growing up with a mixed ethnic background, I never truly felt a sense of belonging or fully experienced my Iraqi heritage.

“This project creates a space where Islamic and Arab culture can be celebrated and protected, designed for those who have been displaced.

“Islam has a rich culture in the arts, known for its woven textiles and delicate tessellated patterns.

“This informs the creation of Weaving Culture, a space designed to exhibit and educate about textiles, ceramics, arts and literature, situated within Boathouse Four in Portsmouth, England.

“Weaving Culture enables those from different cultural backgrounds to ‘weave’ together into a single community.”

Student: Lemisse Al Baggou
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
Tutors: Rachael Brown, Enrique Moya-Angeler and Nigel Simpkins

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Online Presentations for the National Week of Injection Molding

Attention practicing industrial designers and ID students: Today marks the start of the National Week of Injection Molding, held by the Society of Plastic Engineers. Every day this week, from 9am to noon Eastern time, injection molding experts will deliver online presentations on the subject. Some examples:

Simulation Workflows to Improve Plastic Part Design

“There are numerous challenges involved with designing and manufacturing a plastic part. Autodesk has been focusing on developing tools to aid in the early design stages of a plastic part to allow engineers to make better design decisions earlier in the development process. This presentation will highlight how the injection molding simulation tools from Autodesk can be used to optimize plastic part designs and ensure successful production, ultimately driving innovation in the field of plastics manufacturing.”

Cost-efficient Manufacturing of Multi-Material/Functional Parts

“Advanced multi-material structures are known for their superior characteristics due to the synergy of different materials. However, the multi-stage and high cost of their manufacturing processes are the main drawbacks in expanding their application in cost-effective industries such as automotive. To counter these challenges, hybrid manufacturing approaches can be utilized to overcome limitations associated with earlier technologies, while adapting themselves to incorporate new materials and unique features.

“Moreover, hybrid manufacturing increases the complexity and technical requirements of the system, thereby making product imitation difficult. Motivated by the aforementioned aspects, several manufacturing concepts have recently been developed by this research group based on various integrations of injection, forming, foaming, and additive manufacturing processes, which will be introduced in this presentation. While these integration concepts were initially proposed to overcome the manufacturing difficulties of multi-material components, the unique additional features provided by these concepts hypothesize such hybrid molding technologies as a promising pathway toward cost-efficient manufacturing of multi-functional products.”

Design Considerations for Spinstack Molding

“For over two decades Cube Mold (Spin Stack) technology has facilitated the injection molding of complex part geometries on a single injection molding machine. Like Stack Molds, multiple parting lines are available to scale cavitation. However, unlike Stack Molds, the center stack of a Cube Mold rotates. Indexing the center stack exposes parts on the non-injection sides of the center Cube “on cycle.” This allows for additional operations like cooling, insertion of components or decorations for over-molding, part assembly, and ejection thereby increasing production output in a smaller plant-footprint to yield lower unit pricing.

“In this talk, Camille Sackett of Acceded Mold & Tool Company, will highlight the advantages of the technology and share case studies from contract manufacturers to empower viewers to identify applications for the technology.”

Registration is $149 for SPE members, and $349 for non-members. The schedule is available here.

Dezeen Showroom spotlights furniture and lighting products by Australian designers

White seating on orange earth in outback

Dezeen Showroom: we’ve rounded up six furniture and lighting pieces by artisans and design studios based in Australia that have been listed on Dezeen Showroom.

This selection includes furniture, lights and accessories by designers based across Australia in locations that include major cities such as SydneyBrisbane and Melbourne.

The selection features a reissued sofa originally designed in the mid-20th century, stools informed by the game chess and aluminium seating that takes cues from 1970s poolside furniture.

Read on to see our selection of Australian-designed products on Dezeen Showroom.

White chairs by pool

Strap outdoor seating collection by Derlot

Australian design company Derlot created 11 different types of seating to make up its Strap collection, which is informed by retro pool furniture slung with lengths of fabric.

The pieces range from stools and chairs to benches and loungers, and are unified by their simple frames and aluminium strips, which create durable seating solutions for both public and private environments.

Find out more about Strap ›

Overlay Rugs by Danielah Martinez for DesignByThem

Overlay Rugs by Danielah Martinez for DesignByThem

Designer Danielah Martinez created a range of rugs for Sydney-based studio DesignByThem that are characterised by their use of monochromatic shades of block colours.

Overlay Rugs come in both rectangular and rounded shapes with tassels at intervals around the edges.

Find out more about Overlay Rugs ›

Rook stool by Ross Gardam

Rook stool by Ross Gardam

Australian designer Ross Gardam created a range of stools informed by chess pieces, which are sculptural as well as functional.

Rook stools are available in a choice of three types of solid wood – solid walnut, white oak or blackened oak – and come in three different heights.

Find out more about Rook ›

Walsh Street sofa by Robin Boyd and K5

Walsh Street sofa by Robin Boyd and K5

K5 Furniture and The Boyd Foundation collaborated on the reissuing of a seating design by Australian architect Robin Boyd that was originally released in the 1950s.

The Walsh Street sofa has characteristically tapered legs and a frame made from native Australian timber. The sofa is upholstered with Australian wool fabrics.

Find out more about Walsh ›

Molloy dining chair by Adam Goodrum for Nau

Molloy dining chair by Adam Goodrum for Nau

Australian brand Nau worked with designer Adam Goodrum on a solid wood dining chair named after Molloy Island in Western Australia.

The Molloy dining chair is informed by the fluid movement of two converging rivers on the island and is stackable without compromising on its streamlined design.

Find out more about Molloy ›

Victoria cordless table lamp by Neoz

Victoria cordless lamp by Neoz

Australian brand Neoz has created a cordless lamp that can be customised with different lamp shades and finishes.

The Victoria cordless lamp can be used both inside and outside, and according to Neoz is particularly useful in restaurant environments where mood lighting is required.

Find out more about Victoria ›

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