This proposed Moon resort in Dubai will let you visit outer space without leaving planet Earth

Sandra G Matthews and Michael R Henderson of Moon World Resorts Inc. have proposed a 224-meter high spherical resort called ‘Moon’. It will be shaped after the actual moon and built in four locations around the world. The first location is expected to be Dubai. They hope to bring a ‘moon-like’ experience to you, without having to actually leave planet Earth. With space tourism gaining immense popularity these days, this sounds like something that could turn into a major success!

Designer: Sandra G Matthews and Michael R Henderson of Moon World Resorts Inc.

“There is nothing remotely similar to Moon anywhere on planet Earth. It will be a fully integrated, contemporary, luxurious destination resort encompassing a unique signature attraction enabling guests to walk on the lunar surface while exploring an authentic lunar colony – space tourism for all,” said Henderson. The resort would be a hyper-realistic manifestation of the moon, and will basically feature a three-story spherical steel volume that functions as the base, with an orb placed on top of it. Externally, the orb would be decorated as the moon. This orb would be regarded as the “world’s largest sphere”. It would be constructed from steel, covered in a carbon-fiber composite, and integrated with solar panels to power the entire resort.

The base structure will include all the amenities – a spa, a hotel lobby, and a convention center. The moon-like orb will house all the suites. There are 4000 of them in total. It will also hold a lunar colony!

“It will have 10 acres of authentic undulating lunar surface incorporating a highly detailed working lunar colony. This specific area will be utilized for guest visits and astronaut training. The colony will feature multiple global corporations and space agencies showcasing their technology. It will also incorporate a university campus component,” said Henderson.

$5 billion dollars will be required for the construction of each resort. They are expected to attract 10 million visitors a year. Of course, the investment is a major one, but if the steady increase in interest in space tourism is any hint, then such an attraction could turn out to be a major destination. It would be constructed to LEED Gold five-star standard.

 

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Slope is an analog writing tool and organizer that takes your note-making to the next level

As someone who loves combining digital and analog elements in my workflow, you’ll even find my desk filled with my laptop, tablet, various notebooks, and of course the ubiquitous sticky notes. So you might say my workspace can become a little cluttered. While this works for me (well at least most of the time), there might be people who would prefer a less messy space and go more minimalist. While just using your desktop may be the key, there are still times when you need to write down things and normally, stick notes are the way to go.

Designer: FluidStance

But if you want to try and eliminate more disposable paper products in your life, there are tools out there trying to help you declutter. The Slope is a “personal desktop whiteboard with pen” that you can slot right in between your monitor and your keyboard. So yes, it is simply a magnetic dry-erase whiteboard but instead of being on your wall or on the side, it is right in front of you and angled in such a way that it is perfect for your list-making or reminder-listing writing needs.

It is made from bent steel sheet and is powder-coated so it’s pretty smooth and easy to use as well as giving you a premium dry-erase surface. It is also magnetic so you can attach your whiteboard markers if they’re magnetic. If not, there’s a space at the top to place them as well as space at the back to store your separate eraser. There’s a silicone phone holder if you need to have your mobile device in front of you and there’s also an opening in it so you can place your charger.

If you’re not using your keyboard, you can slip it under the sloped whiteboard so you can have space to eat or for your other stuff while taking a break. It’s a simple enough thing to use although I would prefer it if there was a way you could save what you were writing into the cloud or if you could digitize it if you need to save what you wrote. But as an analog tool, it’s something interesting for the desktop users out there who have a separate monitor and keyboard.

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This coin bank concept tries to give a deeper meaning to saving money

We all know we should save for a rainy day, but just like eating veggies, it’s easier said than done. Even the simple act of saving loose change is something that people put off, forming bad habits that work against saving even the smallest amount of money. Part of the hesitation comes from the negative psychology of parting with your hard-earned money, a mentality that is especially alien to a generation used to instant gratification. One solution is to turn the narrative around and transform the piggy bank into a wishing well, as exemplified by this design concept, one that accumulates small wishes in order to build the foundations that will make that wish come true.

Designer: Jaejong Ro

Piggy banks or coin banks have been around for centuries, maybe even millennia. They might come in different sizes, shapes, and designs, but the meaning behind them has remained the same. Like a bank account that doesn’t accumulate any interest, it’s simply a way to stash money away so that it’s not easy to reach unless absolutely necessary. It uses the psychological principle of “out of sight, out of mind” to make you temporarily forget about the money you might otherwise be spending unwisely.

The simple act of putting coins inside that container, however, can also carry with it some negative emotions that become hindrances to forming that habit. You are, after all, making a sacrifice, and the very word itself carries with it concepts of pain and suffering. The most successful coin banks, however, are filled with a specific intention in mind, usually involving saving up to buy something that parents or partners wouldn’t normally approve of. That’s the kind of psychological trick that Plop is trying to use, turning sacrifice into a wish instead.

The concept uses the image of a wishing well where one throws in coins to make a wish. Do it enough times, and the wish will come true, or at least that’s how some myths go. It’s the same action of accumulating enough coins toward a certain goal, but changing the narrative to something more positive helps reduce mental friction. When it’s easier to think about putting money in, you’re more likely to do it moze often than not.

Positive reinforcement also applies to the top panel designed as grilles to mimic wavy water. Unlike a traditional coin bank where you can only guess the amount of content based on its weight, Plop provides more positive visual feedback instead. The more coins it contains, the higher the panel rises. Depending on how often you save, you might see this visible change more frequently. In fact, it might even encourage you to put more coins in, which is yet another trick to push our brains to develop good habits rather than hindering them with negative emotions and images.

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Hariri Pontarini rethinks cold medical interiors at Barlo MS Centre

Staircase at BARLO MS Centre

Canadian architecture studio Hariri Pontarini has completed a clinic in Toronto for multiple sclerosis patients that features warm wood tones and spaces designed to feel like “first-class airplane lounges”.

The Barlo MS Centre is Canada’s largest clinic dedicated to those with MS, a complex autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system.

Entrance with curved reception desk
The BARLO MS Centre was designed with atypical colours, materials, textures and lighting

Named after its two biggest donors, the Barford and Love families, the centre occupies the top two floors of a new 17-storey tower at St Michael’s Hospital in Downtown Toronto.

The 30,000-square-foot (2,790-square-metre) facility was designed by local studio Hariri Pontarini Architects, which aimed to rethink sterile-looking healthcare spaces and focus on patient wellbeing through the use of atypical colours, materials, textures and lighting.

Feature staircase in the atrium
The clinic’s two storeys are connected by a staircase that rises through an atrium

“Canadians are particularly prone to MS for reasons that are unclear,” said the studio.

“This hospital’s mission is nothing less than to transform MS care and become the world’s leading MS centre through research and clinical treatment.”

Walnut cladding around consultation rooms
Circular consultation rooms are partially clad in walnut

Taking cues from the hospitality industry, the team aimed to create a “comfortable and welcoming environment” by filling the spaces with daylight and offering views of the skyline.

The two floors are connected by a double-height atrium, topped with an oculus that allows more natural light in from above.

Inside a consultation room
The wavy panels conceal the rooms from the main circulation corridor

A staircase rises up through the atrium, curving towards the top with a glass balustrade to follow the shape of the opening.

Downstairs, the atrium connects to a lounge at the corner of the building and a reception area anchored by a curved white counter.

Infusion pods
Infusion pods are given privacy by pale wood screens

A wide corridor leads past a series of cylindrical consultation rooms that are partially glazed, but screened where they face the circulation area by wavy walnut panels.

On the other side of the floor plan, smaller and more open consultation booths named infusion pods are still offered privacy with curved pale wood screens.

Reception area
Different varieties of wood give the interiors a warm tone

“The infusion pods where patients may sit for up to eight hours are modelled to resemble a first-class airplane lounge and provide complete control over their environment,” the Hariri Pontarini team said.

Various light-toned woods are used for wall panels and balustrades, as well as thin slats that extend across the ceilings.

Lounge area
The atrium connects to a lounge and waiting area

All spaces were designed with durability and accessibility in mind, considering that some MS patients have vision and cognitive loss, fatigue and impaired coordination.

Bronze-coloured handrails were installed along the majority of walls and partitions, while anti-slip porcelain tiles cover the floors to aid patient mobility.

The centre also includes a gym, a mock apartment adapted for MS patients, and rooms for meetings, research and administration.

Together, it provides patients with a space to see a dedicated healthcare team in one location and clinicians the state-of-the-art resources to offer the best possible treatment.

Upper level lit by oculus
An oculus above the atrium brings daylight into the centre of the building

Hariri Pontarini Architects was founded by Siamak Hariri and David Pontarini in 1994.

One of the studio’s most recognisable buildings is the Bahá’í temple in Chile, featuring torqued wings made of steel and glass, while its work closer to home includes the glass-wrapped Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford, Ontario.

Upper level corridor
Handrails are provided throughout the clinic to aid patient mobility

The Bar MS Centre is one of five projects shortlisted in the Leisure and Wellness Interior category of the Dezeen Awards 2022, along with a Shenzhen cinema and a spa in the Maldives.

See the full Interiors shortlist and vote now for your favourites.

The photography is by A-Frame.

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Listen Up

From ambient sounds to a psych-rock banger, our favorite new music this week

Ibeyi: Juice of Mandarins

The floating and rhythmic “Juice of Mandarins” is the newest offering from Ibeyi (aka twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz) since their third studio album, Spell 31. Longtime collaborator and beat-maker Richard Russell lends the track a pared-back production, letting it groove and glide on the Afro-Cuban-French duo’s lilting harmonies and vocal-derived instrumentals. Managing to be both relaxed yet danceable, the song is accompanied by a captivating video from COLORS Studios, where the single premiered.

Mykki Blanco: Pink Diamond Bezel

From Mykki Blanco’s upcoming Stay Close To Music (which features Kelsey Lu, Jónsi, Saul Williams and others), “Pink Diamond Bezel” demonstrates, once again, the artist’s adroitness for bending and blurring genres. The track begins as a sultry number before turning into a psych-rock banger. They say in a statement, “When I think about the vibe of ‘Pink Diamond Bezel’ I imagine a stretch limousine riding through snow-capped mountains, drinking Kahlua and cream with a group of friends in cashmere sweaters—very après-ski—then out of nowhere a shaman appears in the middle of the road, the car halts, a spell is cast, the road catches fire, and we’re forced to kneel in supplication to the forces of nature!”

Kelela: Washed Away

Five years after her debut album, Take Me Apart, Kelela returns with “Washed Away.” The atmospheric track—produced by Yo van Lenz—centers on healing. She explains in a statement, “I specifically want to speak to marginalized Black folk and highlight the work we do to find renewal in a world that’s built to make us feel inadequate. This song is the soundtrack to the relief we find after going inward.” The NYC-based singer-songwriter has promised that bangers are on the way, but “for the first point of contact out of my hiatus, it felt more honest to lead with an ambient heart-check.” The stunning video—directed by Yasser Abubeker and filmed in Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, near the Eritrea border—provides a fitting visual accompaniment for the otherworldly song.

Uji feat. Nyaruach: QuemaQuema

Argentinian ethnomusicologist and electronic music producer Uji returns with “QuemaQuema,” an enthralling track featuring a kinetic beat and bold vocals by South Sudanese recording artist Nyaruach. The single is set to appear on Uji’s forthcoming album, TIMEBEING (out 21 October). Corresponding with the song’s release is one stark yet sensational segment of director Jazmin Calcarami’s eight-part visual treatment for Uji’s LP; it’s an intimate, powerful and utterly tantalizing battle through dance.

The Orielles: The Room

Born from an instrumental jam session, where collaborative lyrics were also drafted and shuffled about, “The Room” by UK-based trio The Orielles is a lush, layered and, at times, dreamlike auditory journey. The band self-directed the accompanying music video, which not only channels the track’s magic but also mirrors the way it came together. “We thought that the lyrics and the vocal delivery lent themselves well to quite a literal video, we broke the song down line-by-line to create interpretations of the words and their meanings together,” drummer Sidonie Hand-Halford says in a statement. “We really like the simplicity of this video, inspired by a lot of Agnes Vardas’ early works as well as Peter Tscherkassky’s more avant-garde films.”

Nick Hakim: Vertigo

Singer, songwriter and producer Nick Hakim shares “Vertigo,” a song about the floating feeling of falling in love. Moody and atmospheric, with layered acoustic guitar and synths, the single captures the artist’s blended style of psychedelia, soul and folk. It’s the third track to be released from Hakim’s forthcoming album, COMETA (due 21 October), and is accompanied by an Asli Baykal-directed music video aptly shot in Vojin Kusic’s spinning house in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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 Kelela

Top 10 accessories that pair up perfectly with Apple’s new launches

Since its foundation in 1976, Apple has been always been at the peak of modern innovation! The groundbreaking tech giant never fails to surprise us, we always find ourselves biting our nails and squirming with curiosity, whenever Apple announces a new product launch! My Apple devices are some of my most prized possessions – in the sense that I simply cannot do without them! My MacBook holds all the documents and data I hold holy in my life, whereas my iPhone stores the details of every single person I know. I would truly be lost without my gadgets. As ingenious as Apple products can be, it’s always fun to amp them up with a few exciting accessories. From luxurious + eco-friendly iPhone 14 cases to an accessory that allows your iPhone to be used as a webcam for your MacBook – these innovative accessories are the perfect sidekicks to Apple’s new launches!

1. SCIO

Taking inspiration from Sony’s QX10 and QX100 modular camera lenses, SCIO is a mirrorless lens that simply attaches to your iPhone via MagSafe. Snap it on and your smartphone is now a professional shooter capable of much more realistic portrait shots and telephoto images. Combine this with Apple’s own computational photography chops and the SCIO turns the iPhone into easily the best camera a consumer can own, without breaking the bank.

2. Mujjo’s iPhone 14 Cases

Mujjo has already created a collection of luxurious cases for the iPhone 14! The cases are supposed to be the company’s most eco-friendly ones to date. The cases are created from Ecco Leather, which is now Gold Rated by the Leather Working Group. The beautiful vegetable-tanned leather is produced in the Netherlands and provides a durable finish that will develop a patina over time, making each individual case unique. The interior of the case is lined with the finest Japanese microfibre – which is slim, lightweight, and yet extremely strong. It has a stunning satin-like finish which gives the case a really elegant and luxurious feel.

3. Apple AirTag Metal Carabiners

The AirTags can be pretty plain, perhaps even too plain, so these precision metal work carabiners try to give it a little more personality while also keeping your property safe and always within reach, even when they’re lost. Unlike typical metal carabiners, these AirTag carabiners aren’t made from melted metal poured into casting. Instead, each part is precision made from solid metal, carefully crafted by hand to produce a more solid and more durable product. Given those conditions, each item might have slight variations, resulting in something that is like a unique edition per piece.

4. The Neo Pro

Although third-party styluses almost always end up being trashy substitutes for the Apple Pencil, Adonit seems to have brought out the big guns with the Neo Pro – a stylus that looks and functions as close to the Apple Pencil as humanely possible. It glides across your iPad’s surface with the kind of precision and grace you’d expect from Apple’s own hardware and even snaps to the side of your iPad to charge magnetically and wirelessly. The Neo Pro is the only stylus that charges wirelessly off the iPad. It also comes with native palm rejection and replaceable nibs, and it even boasts tilt sensitivity – a feature that was only reserved for the Apple Pencil and Logitech’s Crayon stylus.

5. Belkin’s Continuity Camera Accessory

Belkin’s Continuity Camera accessory sounds like a fantastic idea, one that Apple enthusiasts in you would be gearing to try!  From how it appears, the Belkin device – in the making – is an all-white circular peripheral that attaches to the iPhone’s back with MagSafe. I’m not sure of the material it’s made from but presume it will be soft silicone so it leaves no scratches on the back of the Mac when it’s mounted. When attached to the Mac at the ideal spot where the webcam features, the Continuity Camera automatically activates to allow the iPhone to be used as the webcam.

6. Something

This is the coolest way to get that super cool translucent rear without shelling out money for the Nothing Phone (1). The device outfitter pros have created a line-up of cool case covers dubbed “Something” for the major flagships on the market. The attractive skin will be available for devices including the iPhone Pro Max, Pixel 6 Pro, and the Samsung S22 Ultra. Depending on the response for these devices, support for even more handsets is inevitable. Dbrand plans to release a Nintendo Switch version too which will be interesting for mobile gamers.

7. CaseBand’s Apple Watch Case

I’m pretty sure there’s a sizeable group of people who like the Apple Watch for its functionality but not for its looks. For that select bunch, CaseBand’s Apple Watch Case lets you switch out your smartwatch’s Silicon Valley aesthetic for something much more premium. With a premium rose-gold and anodized black finish, the Switch is simply a metal case that covers your existing apple watch, giving it a visual overhaul, without compromising on the watch’s capabilities. Each case encloses your Apple Watch’s main hardware unit, exposing the screen on the front in a way that’s still easy to access, while also keeping the sensors and charging points on the rear of the watch uncovered.

8. The G4 charger

The G4 charger is a wonderful throwback accessory that reminds me of that Elago charger that turned the Apple Watch into the Macintosh. Its design, however, doesn’t seem to have aged the way the Macintosh has. Even by today’s standards, the iMac G4 is an incredibly eye-catching device that you’re sure to be amazed by. The charger condenses that beauty down into a small device that is equally good at drawing your attention to the iPhone that sits on it.

9. Elago W4 Apple Watch stand

Dubbed Elago W4 Apple Watch stand, the retro dock as I said, is designed to bring added functionality with nostalgic charm to the bedside table. It’s not as colorful as the original iMac G3; it comes in two aqua blue and aqua pink colors, which should offer a near retro feel you’d like as an iMac fan. Coming to the functionality, the W4 stand works will all Apple Watch Series (1,2,3,4,5, SE, and 6) and it is compatible with Apple Watch Nightstand Mode.

10. The Slim Dock

Designed to look as sleek as something Apple itself would release (it’s an art that Satechi has wonderfully perfected), the Slim Dock upgrades your 24″ M1 iMac with extra ports and even extended SSD storage. The Slim Dock comes with the same machined aluminum outer as the iMac itself and is available in the default silver as well the anodized blue to match your blue iMac. Rest it on your iMac’s base and it looks almost like a part of the machine. Once plugged in, it gives your sleek iMac the two things it lacks – a whole host of ports and expandable storage!

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Condition_Lab intertwines spiral staircases at children's library in China

Pingtan Book House exterior with transparent and solid windows lit up at night

Architecture research studio Condition_Lab has completed the Pingtan Book House in China‘s Hunan province, which features a double-helix staircase designed to provide space for children to read and play.

Located in a village of Pingtan, the 80-square-metre library sits on the perimeter of a primary school courtyard that serves as a playground for over 400 local children.

Children sat on the floor reading in the Pingtan Book House by Condition_Lab
The stepped interior of the Pingtan Book House is designed for seating and play

Instead of creating a library with traditional floors and rooms, Condition_Lab designed Pingtan Book House’s interior as a large double-helix staircase with spacious landings and treads that double as seating.

“The double interconnected stairs make the building immediately very friendly and playful,” the research firm told Dezeen.

“Children are instinctively encouraged to play games like hide and seek, creating an atmosphere of joy and happiness.”

Pingtan Book House exterior with transparent and solid windows lit up at night
The building has a gridded facade with transparent, translucent and opaque panels

The two intertwining staircases begin on the ground floor on opposite sides of the square building. They spiral upwards three storeys around a square void, before meeting again at the top level.

“When you visit the building, there are very beautiful sounds from being able to hear people talk and speak but not being able to visually locate them,” added Condition_Lab. “One of the children told us it is like entering a video game – a testament to how the times are changing.”

Timber staircase lined with bookshelves
The library is built from locally sourced wood

Condition_Lab hired local carpenters to build the structure of the library, which utilises local wood and construction techniques.

According to the studio, it is informed by the traditional wooden homes in the village belonging to the Dong people, a Chinese ethnic minority group.

“Dong culture is directly related to wood, so we decided to use the local timber China fir, a soft wood that is indigenous to the area,” said Condition_Lab.

“The timber construction of the Book House follows the traditional Dong tendon and mortar system where all beams and columns are prefabricated off-site and assembled on site,” it continued.

“Contrary to Japanese and Korean joinery, where the joint is typically exposed, in Dong carpentry, the joint is completely hidden from the viewer.”

Children playing on the staircase at Pingtan Book House by Condition_Lab
Traditional joinery techniques were used to build the library

A wooden grid structure lines the walls inside the library. On two elevations, these are used as bookshelves, while the others are punctured by windows that look out to the courtyard and nearby rice fields.

The facades with windows are decorated with a pattern of transparent, translucent and opaque panels – made from acrylic, polycarbonate and stainless steel respectively – which are tilted at different angles.

Children in playground of Chinese primary school
Pingtan Book House is located in the courtyard of a primary school

“For the pattern, we wanted to create some form of movement, hence we articulated each plane in a different direction so when light falls on the facade, it generates different reflections,” said the studio.

“The square pattern is also an interpretation of some traditional textile decorations we found embroidered in local costumes, further relating to Dong culture,” it continued.

Exterior of library in rural China
The east and west elevations of the building filter light inside

Condition_Lab designed the library as a fun educational space for children to learn and play while creating a strong link to the town’s traditional culture and craft.

The project has been shortlisted in the cultural building category of Dezeen Awards 2022, alongside a concrete open-air concert hall in Beijing and a brewery in Tehran that has been converted into a contemporary art museum.

The photography is by Zhao Sai.

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Ten beautiful brutalist interiors with a surprisingly welcoming feel

Interior of House of Concrete Experiments by Samira Rathod Design Atelier

For our latest lookbook, we’ve collected 10 brutalist interiors from the UK to Brazil and Indonesia that show how textiles, plants and colours can be used to soften monolithic concrete spaces and create a cosy atmosphere.

Brutalism as an architectural style often makes use of concrete to create large, sculptural buildings. These interiors in brutalist buildings feature plenty of concrete and hard angles but still manage to feel both warm and welcoming.

Colourful tiling, wooden details and tactile textiles as well as an abundance of green plants were used to create inviting living rooms, bathrooms and even workspaces in these brutalist buildings, which include the Barbican in London and Riverside Tower in Antwerp.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring granite kitchens, terrazzo eateries and atriums that brighten up residential spaces.


A Brutalist Tropical Home in Bali by Patisandhika and Daniel Mitchell
Photo is by Tommaso Riva

A Brutalist Tropical Home, Indonesia, by Patisandhika and Dan Mitchell

Designer Dan Mitchell worked with architecture studio Patisandhika to create this brutalist home in Bali, which features a double-height living room filled with books, records and green plants.

The house has a split-level design that was modelled on modernist architect Ray Kappe’s Kappe Residence. Inside, colourful objects, textiles and furniture draw on the work of Clifford Still, Ellsworth Kelly and the Bauhaus movement to make the house feel homely.

Find out more about A Brutalist Tropical Home ›


Large living room with concrete ceiling
Photo is by Niveditaa Gupta

House of Concrete Experiments, India, by Samira Rathod

As the name suggests, House of Concrete Experiments features sculptural concrete walls. Warm wood detailing offsets the grey hues, while the concrete floor has been inlaid with black stones to create an interesting pattern.

Large windows and geometric skylights help make the room feel bright and inviting.

Find out more about House of Concrete Experiments ›


Turquoise table in room with concrete walls
Photo is by Olmo Peeters

Riverside Tower Apartment, Belgium, by Studio Okami Architecten

Studio Okami Architecten stripped the walls of this flat in Antwerp’s Riverside Tower to let its original structure take centre stage.

Colourful details such as a turquoise table and baby-blue spiral staircase and a playful, sculptural lamp make the home feel contemporary, while plenty of green plants give more life to the otherwise grey interior.

Find out more about Riverside Tower Apartment ›


Light-filled atrium in brutalist home
Photo is by Photographix

Beton Brut, India, by The Grid Architects

Designed as a “neo-brutalist” house, Beton Brut in India has a number of dramatic features, including a skylit atrium that extends through the home.

The Grid Architects described the home as “typified by bare concrete, geometric shapes, a monochrome palette and a monolithic appearance”. Wooden flooring and furniture and plenty of textiles soften the house’s brutalist interior and potentially stern appearance.

Find out more about Beton Brut ›


Shakespeare Tower apartment by Takero Shimazaki Architects
Photo is by Anton Gorlenko

Barbican flat, UK, by Takero Shimakazi Architects

This flat in the Shakespeare Tower of London’s brutalist Barbican estate was overhauled by Takero Shimakazi Architects in a nod to the client’s strong ties to Japan.

Details such as gridded timber panels and timber joinery were added throughout the flat, which also features Japan-informed details including an area lined with tatami mats.

Find out more about the Barbican flat ›


Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura
Photo is by Joana França

Concrete home, Brazil, by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

Debaixo do Bloco’s design for this sculptural house in Brazil is divided into three sections to provide a clear distinction between the various programmes.

Inside, the interior has a mid-century modern feel, with gleaming wood parquet flooring and a glass PH table lamp by Danish designer Louis Poulsen decorating a side table.

Find out more about the concrete home ›


An office table and chairs inside the office
Photo is by Lorenzo Zandri

Smithson Tower office, UK, by ConForm

The brutalist Smithson Tower in Mayfair is the location for this “homely” office designed by ConForm Architects. The studio split the space into eight zones defined by the strong structural grid of the existing building, and added low-level joinery.

The result is a design that softens the stark office spaces and makes the rooms feel more intimate.

Find out more about the Smithson Tower office ›


The Standard hotel in London by Shawn Hausman Design
Photo is courtesy of The Standard

The Standard London, UK, by Shawn Hausman

Designer Shawn Hausman created the colour-drenched interior of hotel The Standard in London, which is located in a brutalist building, to contrast “the greyness of London”.

“I would say with this property we were a bit more colourful than usual, and I think part of that is acting in contrast to the brutalist building that the hotel’s in,” explained Hausman.

In the bathrooms, stripy pink-and-black tiled walls and pops of pale mint green give the room a fun, playful feel.

Find out more about The Standard London ›


The Preston Hollow by Specht Architects
Photo is by Casey Dunn

Preston Hollow, US, by Specht Architects

The long corrugated concrete volumes of Preston Hollow in Dallas were designed to reference brutalist Texan architecture from the 1950s and 60s, but the house was built to wrap around courtyards, creating a lively, open impression.

Inside the low-slung buildings, mid-century modern-style furniture nods to the home’s architectural references but the interior is brought up-to-date with the addition of modern art.

Find out more about Preston Hollow ›


Barbican apartment designed by John Pawson
Photo is by Gilbert McCarragher

Barbican apartment, UK, by John Pawson

British architect John Pawson created this flat in London’s Barbican building using his signature minimalist aesthetic.

The flat, which overlooks central London and has a small concrete balcony, has been kept almost empty with just a smattering of furnishings and pale wooden surfaces. Three artworks, a Buddha sculpture and a grandfather clock are the only decorative elements in the space.

Find out more about the Barbican apartment ›

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring granite kitchens, terrazzo eateries and atriums that brighten up residential spaces.

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Evolution Music creates "ecologically sound" bioplastic 12-inch vinyl featuring artists Beatie Wolfe and Michael Stipe

Bioplastic record pressing

Music and sustainability collective Evolution Music has designed a 12-inch vinyl made of bioplastic using existing record pressing machinery, which features tracks by artists Beatie Wolfe and Michael Stipe.

Hailed as the world’s first commercially available bioplastic 12-inch vinyl by Evolution Music, the product is made from specially designed bioplastic instead of traditional, carbon-intensive PVC.

Evolution Music 12-inch vinyl
The 12-inch vinyl is made from bioplastic created by Evolution Music

The bioplastic 12-inch vinyl looks and functions like a standard vinyl, comprised of a black disc illustrated with a central graphic design.

It was manufactured using existing record pressing machinery and production processes.

Record pressing machinery
It is manufactured using existing record pressing machinery

Its A-side features the track Future, If Future by American musician Stipe, while Oh My Heart by British-American artist Wolfe can be played on its B-side.

The bioplastic 12-inch vinyl’s creators said that they were prompted to design the material and the product themselves after struggling to find “sustainable solutions for physical media”.

“It is a robust, ecologically secure compostable material created specifically to act and sound the same as PVC-derived vinyl,” Evolution Music CEO Marc Carey told Dezeen.

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Tracks by Michael Stipe and Beatie Wolfe feature on the record

To create the bioplastic, a four-year development process involved identifying a base polymer that acts in the same way as traditional PVC, without producing harmful substances, according to Carey.

After this, the team sourced bio-organic fillers and co-created a solid additive used for plastics called a bio masterbatch.

Evolution Music’s aim was “to create a biopolymer that is authentic, truly sustainable and ecologically sound,” explained Carey.

“We’ve never developed traditional plastic vinyl – I guess you should ask the PVC manufacturers why they didn’t [create bioplastic vinyl],” he said.

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Evolution Music aimed to create a “sustainable” product

Five hundred copies of the bioplastic 12-inch vinyl were initially sold when it was released earlier this year, with the proceeds donated to the charity EarthPercent.

Founded by musician Brian Eno, EarthPercent invites artists to pledge a portion of their income to the charity, which is then donated to organisations that tackle climate change.

The release of the bioplastic 12-inch vinyl forms part of a Bandcamp project by EarthPercent that includes over 100 tracks by artists including Hot Chip, Peter Gabriel and Nile Rogers.

“It took three passionate, independent music lovers from the UK to develop this product out of necessity,” concluded Carey.

“The fact that ‘big’ players did not do this in the first place raises interesting questions about the petrol, chemical, oil and plastics industry… just saying!”

Other recent bioplastic designs include a clingfilm alternative made from waste potato peels and a polystyrene substitute created from plastic-eating mealworms.

The images are courtesy of Evolution Music. 

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The screwdriver to rule them all comes in a shockingly compact body

Life would be so much simpler if we all followed certain standards like paper sizes, date formats, or screw head shapes. While a good majority of furniture and electronics do use a small subset of screws available in the world, you never know when you’ll actually come across one that your two or three screwdrivers can’t handle. There are, of course, a variety of screwdriver sets or universal tools with interchangeable bits to cover almost all those, but all of them take up precious space in your toolbox or bag. You can only do so much to get a true universal screwdriver you can easily carry even inside your pocket without compromising on quality. You might be shocked, then, to see this multi-functional screwdriver that can fit in the palm of your hand, proving its right to be called the ScrewDriverKing™.

Designer: Chiseled Design

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The problem with screws is that there are just too many kinds that require not only different bits but sometimes even different lengths of screwdrivers. You might assume that everything can be handled by a conventional screwdriver with a long shank, but there are times when you need to get even closer for more precise movement. This kind of variety and having too many variables is what makes it difficult to have a single tool that handles them all in a truly portable package.

Just like a powerful monarch, that is no problem for the ScrewDriverKing, which manages to solve that and more using the most ingenious design possible. Yes, it still has all the heads you’ll need to cover any kind of screw out there, and, yes, it still has a long double-ended hex socket (1/4″ & 5/16″) when you need it. The difference is that all of these tools are crammed into a compact body that is barely 4 inches in length, small enough to fit in your hand or keep in your pocket. You no longer have to worry about carrying a pouch or box with you all the time.

The secret to this seemingly impossible feat isn’t just the modularity of the ScrewDriverKing, but also in how all the bits and pieces fit inside the handle. Flip the shank around, and it stores inside the driver’s hollow body. All the screw bits, on the other hand, slide into the driver’s handle. The handle is ergonomically designed with a seamless anti-slip comfort that enables you to adeptly use all of the screw-bits as grip leverage. It facilitates an air circulation process through the tool grooves, allowing the air to pass through on both ends and keeping both the tool and hand dry for a long period of time. Everything you need is in one place, so you don’t have to worry about leaving some bits behind.

File Tool – Can be used to smooth sharp edges for those of us looking for perfection.

Box Cutter – Capable of opening your packages.

Circular Bubble Level – This allows you to center the position of the screwdriver.

Rulers – Implemented two rulers in both inches and metric.

The tool, however, isn’t just the King of all screwdrivers. It’s also the king of multi-tools. Despite its small size, it actually has multiple functions, including a filing tool on the double-ended hex socket that can hold both 1/4″ and 5/16″ screws bits, rulers in both imperial & metric units, and 27 different size screw-bits that’ll adapt to any project you might have. There is even a magnetic cap that serves as a bubble leveler that can precisely measure both horizontal and vertical surfaces. As a bonus, that cap has 9 different sizes of spoke-wrench, including a DT Swiss Tricon wheel (T20). Even with all these powerful features, the ScrewDriverKing is also carefully designed to be safe around children. The bits will not come off easily thanks to a magnetic slide-lock design, but adults can open it without trouble using a thumbs-up gesture.

The ScrewDriverKing is almost like a puzzle where every part has some function to be discovered. The parts can be used as storage but also as a standalone tool. True to its moniker, the tool’s gold color gives it a sense of royalty, and it’s complemented by that multi-functional cap that’s shaped like a crown. Given the royal treatment you’d be getting, the $89 Super Early Bird price tag definitely feels like it was made with commoners in mind. With this 40+ Tools-in-one screwdriver, you’ll definitely feel like the king of everyday repairs and everything else where there’s a loose screw waiting to be conquered.

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