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Bangkok studio Atelier 2+’s Greenhouse Mini is designed to encourage owners to bring greenery into their houses.

Greenhouse Mini by Atelier 2+ for Design House Stockholm

The tabletop planter, which was created for label Design House Stockholm, is an even more compact version of Atelier 2+ Greenhouse, a standing planter box.

The Greenhouse Mini launched at last week’s Stockholm Furniture Fair and is intended as a tabletop home for miniature gardens.

The plantbox has glass windows and a pitched roof – reminiscent of traditional Swedish houses – formed by a solid ash frame. A galvanised metal tray that slots into the base, while the top lifts off for owners to tend to plants.

Greenhouse Mini by Atelier 2+ for Design House Stockholm

Atelier 2+‘s earlier Greenhouse design was created for Wallpaper’s annual Handmade exhibition, and features a larger planter that sits on a trestle.

The studio’s founders, Worapong Manupipatpong and Ada Chirakranont, were prompted to create the greenhouse after time spent studying in Stockholm.

“When we were living in Sweden we felt the need to get closer to nature and to make room inside our dwelling for the nature that surrounds us,” said Manupipatpong.

“Perhaps the size of Greenhouse encourages people to create miniature worlds because it is not large enough for people merely to plant just anything in it,” he added. “It makes demands on the user, perhaps requiring greener fingers or the sensitive touch of a sculptor.”

Greenhouse Mini by Atelier 2+ for Design House Stockholm

IKEA has also ventured into the world of indoor gardening, releasing a hydroponic kit that lets owners grow plants and vegetables from their kitchens, without using soil or sunlight.

Greenhouse Mini by Atelier 2+ for Design House Stockholm

For the dedicated gardener, Oslo design studio Anderssen & Voll has created a set of tools that are adapted for indoor use.

The Stockholm Furniture Fair ran from 7 to 11 February 2017. Other products launched at the fair include fire-based lighting from Wästberg and sculptural gym equipment by Tingest.

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Anish Kapoor and Wolfgang Tillmans form coalition against "rise of right-wing populism"

Over 200 artists, musicians, writers and curators have come together to form a coalition named Hands Off Our Revolution, which will put on contemporary art exhibitions to confront right-wing populism.

The group – which includes leading figures such as Steve McQueen, Laurie Anderson, Ed Ruscha, Cornelia Parker, Wolfgang Tillmans and Anish Kapoor – announced its existence yesterday with the launch of its website.

On the site, the collective outlines its belief that art can “help counter the rising rhetoric” of right-wing populism, as well as “increasingly stark expressions” of xenophobia, racism, sexism and homophobia.

To do this, they plan to put on a series of contemporary art exhibitions confronting the issues.

According to the website, these exhibitions will feature “critically engaged” contemporary artists, and will take place in major art institutions as well as alternative public spaces.

Any proceeds would go to arts and activist causes, as well as the building of the coalition.

“As artists, it is our job and our duty to reimagine and reinvent social relations threatened by right-wing populist rule,” reads a statement on the website.

“It is our responsibility to stand together in solidarity. We will not go quietly. It is our role and our opportunity, using our own particular forms, private and public spaces, to engage people in thinking together and debating ideas, with clarity, openness and resilience.”

Artist Adam Broomberg, a driving force behind the project, hopes the movement will help individuals to channel their anger towards recent events affecting the political climate.

“What is important is that it is not just seen as America’s problem, or Europe’s problem, so we are planning shows in Mexico and Lagos,” he told the Guardian.

The same political events, in particular Donald Trump‘s election as US president, have also prompted a number of responses from the design and architecture industries.

Apple, Amazon, Google and Airbnb were among many US tech companies to have denounced his so-called Muslim ban, which also led architect Steven Holl to call for his impeachment.

Kapoor, who doesn’t shy from making controversial statements, said that the coalition is representative of people with “good conscience”.

“Our art affirms our humanity and we insist on inclusion of all and for all,” he said. “We call for action by people of good conscience to stand against the abhorrent policies of the governments that claim to represent us.”

As well as big-name artists such as Kapoor and Tillmans, the coalition also includes gallery chiefs, musicians and writers.

Iwona Blazwick – director of the Whitechapel Gallery in east London – reflected on how industrial and manufacturing are disappearing with no alternative being offered.

“I have not heard a single politician put forward a credible strategy for devising inclusive, rewarding and sustainable forms of work,” she said. “Which is why culture must step in.”

Hands Off Our Revolution plans to announce its first exhibitions next month. The full list of contributing artists can be seen on the coalition’s website.

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10 of the most popular dark interiors from Dezeen's Pinterest boards

Dark interiors were a trend at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, so we’ve chosen 10 popular rooms from Dezeen’s Pinterest boards that swap white walls for moody hues.

The renewed interest in dark interiors may be driven by the political instability of the times. People are craving comfort and privacy in their homes, said the fair’s Trends exhibition curator Lotta Agaton, who predicts that rich pigments will prevail over black and grey tones.

From the dusky Copenhague fine-dining restaurant to a darkened co-working space in Stockholm, here are 10 early adopters of the trend.

Maison du Danemark, France, by GamFratesi

A muted colour palette was chosen for Paris’ House of Denmark on the Champs-Élysées by GamFratesi, who worked with Gubi to create custom furniture for the space.

Find out more about Maison du Danemark ›

Herzog Bar & Restaurant München, Germany, by Build Inc Architects

Build Inc contrasted narrow brass strips with navy walls and chairs for this Munich restaurant, which is set inside one of the city’s only protected modernist buildings.

Find out more about Herzog Bar & Restaurant ›

Alma creative space Stockholm by Tham & Videgård

Alma, Sweden, by Tham & Videgård

Greyish shades of green and blue feature in a new co-working space for Stockholm by Tham & Videgård, who used dark walls to bring a sombre mood to the light-filled eating communal area.

Find out more about Alma ›

The Garage, China, by Neri & Hu

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu juxtaposed an industrial palette of metalwork and grey paintwork with walnut timber and brushed bronze elements for this car workshop and office in Beijing.

Find out more about The Garage ›

Happy Valley apartment, Hong Kong, by Lim + Lu

This apartment serves as a home and showroom for Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu. The couple used rich colours, ceramic tiles and black-framed glass sliding doors to show off their signature style.

Find out more about Happy Valley apartment ›

LouLou Restaurant, Denmark, by Space Copenhagen

Space Copenhagen rejected a pared-back Scandinavian aesthetic for this Danish restaurant, instead choosing deep blue velvet seating and walls painted in soft, warm tones.

Find out more about LouLou Restaurant ›

The New Road Residence, UK, by Hostem

Fashion store Hostem used deep mustard and blue tones for this guesthouse, which also features bespoke cabinetry and accessories that guests can buy.

Find out more about The New Road Residence ›

SLACK European HQ by ODOS Architects

Slack European offices, Ireland, by ODOS Architects

Slack avoided the bright colours favoured by tech start-up companies for their Dublin offices by ODOS Architects, who created a winding layout and a dark colour palette of timber and greys.

Find out more about Slack European offices ›

Clerkenwell Grind, UK, by Biasol

Design studio Biasol transformed a 19th-century warehouse in London’s Clerkenwell into a restaurant and bar with deep Persian blue walls, brass lighting and pink velvet seating.

Find out more about Clerkenwell Grind ›

La Granja Ibiza, Spain, by Armin Fischer

Designer Armin Fischer overhauled an old stone farmhouse to create this members-only retreat, pairing dark walls with distressed burnt-wood furniture to create a rustic feel.

Find out more about La Granja Ibiza ›

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432 Park Avenue penthouse receives makeover from Kelly Behun

New York designer Kelly Behun has created a show residence near the top of Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue tower, using a palette aimed to complement the sweeping Manhattan views and make visitors “feel grounded” 92 storeys up.

Behun was tasked with creating a homely space that would entice buyers for the $40 million penthouse, which occupies the south side of the skinny skyscraper’s top floor.

“I had never really in my career been interested in a model apartment, because I find them very generic and feeling overly staged,” she told Dezeen. “But I was intrigued when they told me the address.”

The building by Uruguayan architect Viñoly was completed in 2015 and, at 1,396 feet (426 metres), holds the title of tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere. Shared facilities for residents include a 75-foot swimming pool, a mahogany-panelled conference room and an 18-seat cinema.

Artsy Living Gallery by Kelly Behun

As the apartment is so high up, Behun and her team wanted to help prospective residents feel at ease by using a dark floor in the living space.

“There was a couple colour choices for the floor,” she said, “so we naturally chose the deepest one, because I felt like you needed to literally, underfoot, feel grounded.”

The tones used for surfaces, upholstery and other textiles throughout the residence were picked from the buildings and infrastructure that can be seen through the huge square windows.

“There is something very pure about seeing the views framed out of a square that I thought was powerful,” said Behun. “The colours were very much taken from what you see beyond.”

The designer filled the apartment with furniture and accessories by New York designers. Artwork was supplied by online platform Artsy, and each of the pieces is available to purchase.

In the corner living space, a plaster artwork by artist Yolande Batteau covers the full fireplace wall, and is inlaid with gold lines in an Art Deco pattern.

Artsy Living Gallery by Kelly Behun

Two guest bedrooms are decorated in contrasting colours: one with light walls and the other lined in a deep blue.

The master suite, which occupies the other corner, is also decorated in pale colours. A custom 20-foot (six-metre) upholstered headboard features a geometric design influenced by the work of minimalist artist Frank Stella.

Artsy Living Gallery by Kelly Behun

A sculptural freestanding bathtub is positioned in front of a window, so visitors can imagine themselves enjoying the view while taking a soak.

The apartment can be viewed by appointment only.

Artsy Living Gallery by Kelly Behun

Penthouses in New York often fetch vast sums. The full-floor condo at the top of Viñoly’s tower reportedly closed for $87.7 million, while the apartment topping Zaha Hadid’s High Line-adjacent building is asking $50 million.

Other extravagant penthouses in the city include a home with a four-storey spiral slide inside and a design planned by MVRDV that incorporates a car elevator.

Photography is by Richard Powers.

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Aamodt Plumb stacks concrete boxes to form Hamptons beach house

US firm Aamodt Plumb Architects has created a spacious, oceanfront home in the Hamptons with a sturdy exterior shell that protects the dwelling from coastal storms.

The Hamptons Beach House is located on a slender barrier island, on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Creating a dwelling that could endure severe weather was a primary concern for the architects.

Hamptons Beach House by Aamodt Plumb

“With exposures to the ocean on one side and the bay on the other, the property is subjected to extreme coastal weather conditions,” said Aamodt Plumb Architects, a studio with offices in Texas and Massachusetts.

“The design reconciles the desire to openly experience the landscape with a real need for protection.”

Hamptons Beach House by Aamodt Plumb

The firm conceived a multi-storey residence with a sturdy exterior shell, and an open and bright interior.

The home is composed of “robust structural boxes” made of concrete. The team mixed the material with local beach sand and left it exposed to show off its natural beauty.

Hamptons Beach House by Aamodt Plumb

The facades features mahogany panelling and ample glazing. Vertical windows tilt open and bring fresh air into the home.

A long, concrete staircase leads toward the front door, which is set back from the main facade. A perforated aluminium screen covers the exterior of the glass-walled entry vestibule.

Hamptons Beach House by Aamodt Plumb

Water jets were used to create the screen’s floral pattern, which casts intricate shadows that “move through the house as the day unfolds”.

Screens were added to both the east and west sides of the home. “More than ornament, the screens protect double-height windows from hurricane-force winds,” the studio said.

Hamptons Beach House by Aamodt Plumb

The first level of the home is divided by a central stairwell. One side contains a guest room and family room, while the other encompasses an open-plan living and dining area.

Large sliding glass doors open onto a pool terrace.

Hamptons Beach House by Aamodt Plumb

The second storey contains the master suite and three additional bedrooms. The team carved out an opening in the upper level to create a garden enclosed by glass walls – enabling light to pass down to the lower floor.

Hamptons Beach House by Aamodt Plumb

The ground level houses a garage and storage area.

The team used a material palette of mahogany, limestone, stainless steel and concrete – all “chosen for their durability”. Large expanses of glass help focus the attention on the surrounding coastal landscape.

Hamptons Beach House by Aamodt Plumb

The Hamptons is a popular summer getaway for wealthy New Yorkers, and is home to a variety of impressive architecture. A residence that features a cantilevered upper floor, a cedar-clad cottage with a pointy extension and a guest house lit by a fully glazed gable end are among examples.

Projects elsewhere by Aamodt Plumb include a lakefront home in Austin clad in charred timber and white stucco, and the redesign of a Massachusetts dwelling made up of old barns.

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