The Making of Hästens Beds: Our latest video celebrates the Swedish handcraft of the 165 year old company and introduces their two new limited edition beds

The Making of Hästens Beds

Hästens has been making some of the world’s finest beds by hand in Sweden for 165 years. We initially visited their headquarters and factory in Köping back in 2000. With the launch of their first ever publicly available bed collaborations, we knew……

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Studio Swine and COS create sculptural tree that blossoms with mist-filled bubbles

Studio Swine has released a movie revealing its Milan design week installation for COS – a tree-like structure that emits pale bubbles, which dissolve into white mist as they burst.

The London-based duo – Japanese designer Azusa Murakami and British designer Alexander Groves – wanted their installation to be reminiscent of cherry blossom trees.

Called New Spring, the six-metre high structure consists of slender tubes that extend up and out like the branches of a tree.

Milan: COS

Large translucent bubbles emerge from the ends of each branch. These bubbles burst when they come into contact with skin, but not when they touch textured fabrics – meaning visitors can handle them with gloves.

As they burst, a pale mist is released.

Milan: COS

Like many of Studio Swine‘s past projects – which include accessories made from hair and furniture produced from ocean plastic – the installation is an exploration of unusual materials.

Recycled aluminium was used to create the sculptural tree. It is on show inside Cinema Arti, a movie theatre built in the 1930s by local architect Mario Cereghini.

Milan: COS

The pair said they looked to Milan’s architectural heritage when developing the form of this installation.

“We were immediately drawn to the Murano chandeliers housed in private Milanese palazzos and, by contrast, the tradition of modernist Italian design,” they explained.

“With a desire to create a communal experience, another key reference for us became Italy’s public fountains, one of the country’s greatest luxuries.”

Milan: COS

Studio Swine and COS first unveiled their plans for the “”blossoming sculpture” by releasing a teaser movie in February.

COS creative director Karin Gustafsson said the project would draw on design principles shared by Studio Swine and the brand.

“Our many common values – a focus on timelessness over trend, functionality with beauty, and the exploration of materials – means that working together is a very natural fit,” she said at the time.

Milan: COS

Murakami and Groves established Studio Swine in 2010, shortly after graduating from the Royal Collage of Art. They named their studio after their first project, a mobile food stall for cooking and selling pig heads, after being asked to publish it by Dezeen.

They become the latest in a series of designers to work with COS in Milan, following past collaborations with Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, Brooklyn studio Snarkitecture and Japanese design studio Nendo.

Both Studio Swine and COS ranked on the Dezeen Hot List – a guide to the most newsworthy players in architecture and design. Studio Swine came in at 292, while COS was listed at number 45, the second-highest position of any fashion brand.

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New photographs reveal Snøhetta's Lascaux IV Caves Museum in southern France

These photographs capture the jagged roofline of the museum that Snøhetta has designed at the Lascaux Caves in France, to frame a huge replica of some of the world’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

Snøhetta worked with local firm Duncan Lewis and exhibition designers Casson Mann to create the tourist attraction, which opened at the end of 2016.

Finishing touches have now been completed ahead of its official launch, as shown in these photographs by Luc Boegly and Sergio Grazia.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

The Lascaux IV Caves Museum aims to recreate the dark and dank experience of the Lascaux Caves, where prehistoric paintings were discovered in 1940.

The caves in France’s Dordogne region remained opened to visitors until 1948 when the decision was made to close the site to preserve the fragile paintings.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

Artists have recreated fragments of the paintings inside the museum, which is kept at a constant cave-like temperature.

The team used advanced 3D laser scanning and casting techniques to achieve accurate resin replicas of sections of the caves. Over a period of two years, 25 artists hand-painted 900 metres of faux cave.

They used the same pigments as those used by the prehistoric painters to recreate almost 2,000 artworks.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

“Lascaux IV offers visitors an opportunity to discover the caves in a unique way that reveals a sense of wonder and mystery, as if they, too, were the first group of adventurers to stumble upon the cave paintings,” said Snøhetta, which won the design competition back in 2013.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

“By framing the experience of the cave replica in contemporary design, the approach counters the potential trap of artifice: the materiality and geometry of the approach allows the visitor to understand that they are in the presence of a reproduction, without distracting from the power of its impact,” added the studio.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

Described as a “fissure” in the landscape, the crooked building runs along the side of a hill on the site and steps lead up over its low-lying roof.

The pale grey walls are made up from horizontal strips of concrete that emulate the limestone geology.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

Long bands of glazing in the facade and roof allow slivers of light into the building, which features galleries with angled stone walls.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

One of the galleries is devoted to a cinema that screens a 3D film showing other painted caves from around the world.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

“Throughout the museum, the visitor experience sequences a balance of stark differences in atmospheres, light and intensities – from the enclosed exhibition spaces ensconced in the hill, to the light-filled lobby and transition spaces,” said the architects.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

“The juxtaposition between descent and ascent, inside and outside, earth and sky, or nature and art, evoke the analogous experience of the caves,” they added.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

Oslo and New York-based Snøhetta came in at number 37 on the inaugural Dezeen Hot List thanks to a run of high-profile projects.

Lascaux IV by Snøhetta and Casson Mann

The firm also recently completed a charred-timber tree house for the Tree Hotel in Sweden, and revealed plans for a shipping tunnel in Norway.

Photography is by Boegly + Grazia.

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BBC Daily Politics features Dezeen's Brexit passport design competition

BBC TV show Daily Politics has broadcast a video about our Brexit passport design competition, ahead of the shortlist announcement tomorrow.

The unofficial competition called for a new passport design that presents a positive vision of the post-Brexit UK to the world and represents all its citizens.

BCC reporter Adam Fleming visited Dezeen’s “uber trendy” offices last week, just before the judging took place. Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs showed Fleming a small selection of the entries, including a passport that can be worn around your neck and another with a white customisable cover.

The BBC also filmed the jury, which included director of London’s Design Museum Deyan Sudjic and graphic designer Margaret Calvert, sifting through over 200 entries.

We will announce the nine shortlisted designs tomorrow, while the final winner of the £1,000 first prize will be announced on 11 April.

The report was aired on BBC Two on Friday 31 March at 12pm.

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Bang & Olufsen's BeoSound Shape: A customizable wireless speaker system doubling as geometric wall tiles

Bang & Olufsen's BeoSound Shape

After roughly four years of development, a new sound system—with home acoustic performance and pristine design at the forefront—will be making its way out of Denmark’s innovative Bang & Olufsen headquarters. Known as the BeoSound Shape, this wireless……

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Aw Man: 3 April Fools Products I Actually Wanted 

I’m not a prank person. I already have to wade through bad facts online all day, so I’m not crazy about April Fools’ and its inevitable slog of brand attempts at soulless humor alongside friends you’ve ignored since high school making uninteresting fake baby announcements. Worse still, there are usually a few things I’m secretly sad aren’t real, like the shady “Custom Timestamp” for Gmail I’m still thinking about years later.  Here are a few of my favorite “Aw man” moments from this year’s garbage pile.

Guaranteed friendlier than most mechanics

If the bike industry was a bike shop, Park Tool would be the crotchety, sharp and nearly indispensable old manager. Fittingly, their prank was well-specced, neurotically named, and narrated by someone’s semi-retired dad. 

Their April release was the SA-K9: a workshop apron for shop dogs. Announced via Facebook, I saw it shared straight faced enough times to make me worry about my friends. It’s a cute joke, but pop a top flap and velcro closure on there and I’m about 300% sure it should go to market. 

Scaled one to five, the SA-K9 got 5/5 Aw Mans, heavy on the aw

Trigger Warning: nice calipers poorly attached to a running dog

Also hailing from the bike industry, Dakine launched the Keg Laps Hip Pack, a personal portable keg carrier. In a fanny pack. Meant for mountain biking. Now, even squinting at those words from a distance it is clearly a brilliant idea and I’m offended that there isn’t already an elegant industry standard option for trail kegging. Maybe it’s just because most drunk bikers spend their energy on things other than soft goods design. Maybe it’s because beating the hell out of a mini keg all the way up a mountain is hilarious, but I don’t care, I want one anyway. I’d just make someone else carry it. 

This thing is designed around a 128 oz. DrinkTanks system and their own Lowrider waist bags. It’s so convincingly shot that readers in every comments section got into brawls about both whether it’s real and who wants it the most. The answer is that we all suffer from desire, maan. 

I want one but I don’t want to drink with at least two-fifths of the world’s MTB brahs so the Keg Lap gets 3/5 Aw Mans and a sober sigh. However, I did find the yet-to-arrive Trailkeg, so maybe there’s hope.

Portrait of the author as a young bike

Lastly, Duolingo is a trusted household name for cheap approximations of foreign languages. As such, the promise that they could teach my parents (and my quickly aging late-millennial self) how to “Learn emoji in just 5 minutes a day” was a brief but beautiful beacon of hope in an era still marked with texts signed “Love, Dad.” 

I’m not mad, Duolingo. I’m just hurt. 5/5 Aw Mans.

I like jokes, and I like seeing people fall down, but I don’t like combining the two. Thankfully the holiday for the digital equivalent is over and I can go back to pouring over press releases for imaginary products in peace. 

Dealing with the clutter of previous generations

Order a copy today of ​Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter​ by Unclutterer’s Editor-in-Chief Erin Rooney Doland.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to help a friend clear out the family home that needs to come down before it falls down. The house, which fills half a block in a small northern Spanish town, is a 17th century villa cut up into living quarters, a bar, a garage, and now-inaccessible storage space. My friend grew up with his parents, two uncles, a grandmother, and various other family members at different points over the years. When half the house was renovated and modernized, the unchanged part became a dumping ground for all those things no one quite knew what to do with.

The bar has been shut for over 15 years and yet (apart from the dust) it looked like it could have closed a few weeks ago. Every bedroom still had all the furniture, bedding, leftover clothes, and memorabilia from the last person to occupy it. The two living rooms had wall units that were stuffed to the brim with everything imaginable.

I was curious to see exactly what was in the dumping ground, but my friend told me the floors were not safe to walk on, meaning whatever someone had stored two, three, or ten decades ago was now gone for good more or less (perhaps to be rescued when the demolition starts).

A local charity shop was going to stop by to take furniture, wearable clothing, and “anything that is sellable.” That last category was never quite defined, so when it came to clearing out the house, about 80% of what was in the cupboards, closets, and wall units ended up in garbage bags. After two full days, the main living spaces were cleared out and ready for the charity pickup, but that still left the bar, the accessible storage spaces, and the terraces (I forgot to mention earlier the two large internal terraces full of more stuff).

With the sheer amount of junk to deal with, no one suggested organizing it all for recycling. Everything went into the same garbage bags, meaning it would all end up in landfill. And being non-sentimental types, my friend and his cousin were ruthless — photos, letters, report cards, everything went out. Their thinking was “if we haven’t missed it in ten years, we don’t want to know about it.”

That attitude seems to be one that is growing among people my age. We grew up with parents who were born just before the Second World War (or during the Spanish Civil War) and that generation for the most part, liked to hold onto things. My parents (who lived in Canada) were very organized people, but they had a house of over 4000 sq ft plus about six outbuildings. It gave them a lot of room to hold onto a lot of stuff.

My friend is single and works in an industry that requires him to move quite a bit. He has no interest in collecting anything. His cousin told me that as soon as she was done with the family home, she was going to go through her own house and clear out most of the stuff because she didn’t want to leave the same disaster for her own kids.

My brother and sister had the same reaction after clearing out our parents’ house (having picked up and moved to Europe a few years earlier, I had already purged everything I’d owned).

There are lots of articles on inherited clutter here on Unclutterer, but I wanted to talk about my recent experience because it raised some questions for me:

  1. Are Generation-Xers less sentimental and less interested in holding onto stuff?
  2. For those 40-somethings with parents still alive, have you encouraged them to streamline while they are still around to help give context to some of their collections?
  3. Are our children going to hold onto everything because we don’t?
  4. And finally, on an unrelated note, does having a lot of space always mean building up mounds of unwanted clutter?

I’m not going to try to answer any of these questions. Instead, I’ll leave them open to you to answer them in the comment section.

Post written by Alex Fayle

Ice Cream Shots by Karl Hab

« Ice cream shots »est le dernier projet de Karl Hab en collaboration avec le Billionaire Boys Club/ICECREAM. Ce nouveau travail du photographe français prend la forme d’un magazine illustrant l’amour de la glace partout dans le monde. Après avoir photographié des terrains de baskets à Cali, l’ouverture de Supreme ou bien les sublimes couchés de soleil à Los Angeles, Karl Hab retourne à une passion enfantine inculquée par son grand-père, la glace.
Parmi les images les plus rares, celle sur le rooftop du Standard Hotel dans le centre de Los Angeles, ou bien celle de Tyler, le créateur, mangeant une glace à Fairfax. Le livre est disponible chez Colette à Paris et chez BBC ICE CREAM STORE à Londres. Il sera bientôt dans d’autres points de vente.

Perfect Mashups Between Instant Photographs & Pantone Cards

Ander Prieto, directeur artistique espagnol a eu la très bonne idée d’assembler des clichés instantanés avec des cartes de couleurs issues des nuanciers Pantone. Des éléments d’une maison, des moments de la vie quotidienne assemblés dans un album photo avec des couleurs qui sont présentes dans les clichés. Astucieux et graphiquement original.

One Wonderfully Wobbly Table


The “Table of Mindfulness” only works if YOU put the finishing touch on it! What do I mean, exactly? Well, it’s uneven 4th leg makes the design wobbly… that is, unless you wedge another object of your choosing to keep it supported.

It could be a favorite book, a childhood stuffed animal, or any other meaningful object. Whatever you choose, it will be visible through the round integrated window on the surface. Each table ends up being different than the next as well as a unique statement about the owner!

Designer: George Duan