Sony PlayStation 6 console concept emerges with a more crowd-pleasing sleek, streamlined design

While Sony has officially indicated that the PlayStation 6 could be expected in 2027 (giving the PS5 another 4 strong years of dominance), a viral fan concept imagines what the console will look like… and more importantly, will its design still be polarizing?

Designed as the next-generation gaming console from Sony, the PlayStation 6 concept is a towering behemoth of the gaming industry. Just like its predecessor, it’s poised to be the most popular gaming console in the world. Its design, however, feels like an about-turn after the PS5’s widely-debated organic ‘alien-tower’ design. The PlayStation 6 takes the same vertical console approach, but instead, has an imposing ‘skyscraper-inspired’ design that looks like it could easily be a part of a futuristic city skyline. Straight lines, incredibly wide curves, and signature blue lighting define the PS6 concept’s design, combining the best of the PS5 and the PS3 into one superlative package.

Designers: Junwoo Kim, Hyeon Jeong Ra, Eun Kyung Shin, Kim Jiwoong, Gaeun Kang, LFD Official

The upper profile sports a boat-shaped design, which works incredibly well in creating the illusion of slimness. You’ve got wedges on both the front and back, mimicking a MacBook Air-ish approach to sleekness, while also pretty much showing you where the air would flow in and out of. Where the similarities with the PS5 tie in are in the presence of distinct panels on the left and right, and the color scheme (especially the blue lighting). Just like with the PS5, the panels cover the electricals, and provide distinct vents for air intake and exhaust, helping keep the console cool. LED lights hidden within the panels create an internal glow that makes the PlayStation 6 look like it’s alive. The designers even propose a smartphone app to be able to change the lighting as a gamer-friendly RGB custom feature.

The skyscraper-inspired design gives the PS6 its majestic appeal. This one’s definitely not as polarizing either.

Other details on the design front include the iconography running along the central rim of the console. This fun detail gives the PS6 a slight sense of whimsy, bringing a little element of playfulness to an otherwise serious and intimidating-looking piece of hardware.

Move over to the back and that same rim houses the PlayStation 6’s ports. Although controversial to begin with, this console concept doesn’t have any of the traditional ports, like the HDMI and Ethernet inputs. Instead, the PS6 has 3 USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports that support power, data, and video at 40Gbps bandwidth. I guess you’ll need to keep one of Satechi’s multiport dongles handy if you want to hook in traditional displays, projectors, or connect your PS6 directly to the internet. There’s also a noticeable lack of a disc input, suggesting at a digital-only device.

The conceptual console also comes in color variants (so you don’t need dbrand plates to turn your PS matte black). The next-gen console comes in pure silver and satin grey, along with a smartphone app that lets you play around with the built-in RGB lighting. Although entirely conceptual, this design exercise is a fun way of imagining what the next console will look like. Will Sony lean into the weird organic design? Will they circulate incredibly ugly dev-kit prototype images just to throw us off course? I guess we’ve got another 4 years to speculate!

A look at the interface shows a few tweaks to the experience.

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Proposed skyscraper concept captures CO2 from the air and turns it into starch

This unique form of carbon capture is the result of a 2021 scientific study of synthesizing starch from CO2. The City Chloroplast skyscraper concept puts this research into practical use, doing the job of a massive plant that absorbs CO2 from the city air on a regular basis.

An entry at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Contest, the City Chloroplast is a massive carbon-capture device inspired directly by nature. Following the Chinese Government’s proposed policy of “Carbon Peak” in 2030, and “Carbon Neutrality” as early as 2050, the City Chloroplast works by removing CO2 from the air. The CO2 reduced to methanol by a catalyst and then converted by enzymes to carbon sugar units, then to starch. “In our skyscraper design, we designed different parts of the skyscraper, combining the steps and processes of carbon dioxide collection and capture, transportation, storage, and eventually starch production,” say the designers behind the concept. The primary structure of the skyscraper is equipped with membranes that collect and divide CO₂, which will then be directed through a massive transverse pipeline to an expansive circular chamber for storage. A series of devices for the synthesis of starch from carbon dioxide (CO₂) and hydrogen are distributed within the tower’s large annular space, while solar panels located on the top of the tower help provide the clean energy required to power the City Chloroplast’s underlying tech.

Designers: Kaiyu Chen, Yong Lin, Ziyi Li, Zhipeng Tao

In September 2021, the Chinese scientific research team presented a chemical-biochemical hybrid pathway for starch synthesis from carbon dioxide (CO₂) and hydrogen in a cell-free system. The artificial starch anabolic pathway (ASAP), consisting of 11 core reactions, was drafted by computational pathway design, established through modular assembly and substitution, and optimized by protein engineering of three bottleneck-associated enzymes. Although the laboratory method is a long way from being sustainable, energy efficient, economically viable or a replacement for traditional agriculture, it’s a breakthrough in artificially synthesizing starch from CO2, which is a world-first.

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Powder Hunting Xpore Packable Rain Jacket

From Black Crows’ limited edition Powder Hunting collection, the Xpore Packable Rain Jacket blends form and function with contemporary styling while celebrating the brand’s passion for powder skiing. Made with Xpore (a high-performance, waterproof, breathable fabric), the jacket features a long tail with a drawstring waist, as well as a hood. With four pockets on the front (two chest and two kangaroo), it also has a cycling-inspired pocket on the back, which the jacket can be packed into. With a sleek silhouette and a functional design, this garment can be worn during a storm and on the patio at après.

This clean minimal 3D printed lamp was made using recycled cardboard and plastic bottles

In today’s world, we don’t think twice before throwing something away. You can even go, so far, as to say that we are a ‘throwaway society’. Waste is at an all-time high.  22 million tons of paper waste is produced every year, with cardboard occupying a major portion of that. We buy things we don’t need and throw away things the second we’re done with them. And the Cozy Cleo table lamp is a rebellion against such a world! Based in Germany, the design studio EveryOtherDay designed this 3D-printed table lamp. It was created using recycled plastic bottles and cardboard. This sustainable product is a fine specimen of circular design and wholly embodies minimalistic design principles.

Designer: EveryOtherDay

Designed by Frederik Rasenberger, the lamp is a result of a circular process. This process involves recycled cardboard being pressed and molded into shape without the use of any kind of additives. It is shredded into pieces by adding water, and then pressed into shape by applying 5 tons of pressure using a hydraulic press. It is then left for a couple of days to set, allowing it to turn as hard as wood. Once it has been hardened and set, a delicate water-repellent layer of varnish is applied to it, providing protection against moisture. This hardened and molded cardboard forms the base of the lamp.

On the other hand, the recycled plastic bottles are shredded and processed via 3D printers. This processed plastic is transformed into the corrugated shade of the lamp. Once the two components are connected, they form the Cozy Cleo table lamp. The Cleo table lamp is a holistically sustainable product defined by minimal aesthetics, clean lines, an intriguing geometric shape, and a captivating visual language.

“It is a first step to make it clear to the consumer that we no longer own materials, but only use them until they are put to another use,” said Rasenberger.

The table lamp is Rasenberger’s innovative attempt to tackle the excessive wastage of cardboard, and instead incorporate it in a circular design process, providing the material with a new and redefined identity. In this entire process, almost 200g of cardboard, and 10 plastic bottles are recycled. Once the lifecycle of the lamp has ended, it can be recycled, allowing the materials to once again be utilized in a completely new and different manner.

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Hebra Arquitectos lifts Quilanto House above forested site in Chile

Exterior of Quilanto House in a forest by Hebra Arquitectos

Chilean studio Hebra Arquitectos has completed an elevated, wood-and-glass cabin that is designed to have a small footprint and accommodate a person in a wheelchair.

The Quilanto House is located in southern Chile‘s Los Rios region, near Ranco Lake.

Tucked into a wooded site, it serves as a nature retreat for a single mother and her adult daughter, who has reduced mobility. It was built in just eight months.

Exterior of Quilanto House in a forest by Hebra Arquitectos
The house is elevated above the forest floor

Key design goals for Santiago’s Hebra Arquitectos included minimising disruption to the site and ensuring the forest was the focal point. The cabin also needed to be accessible for a person using a wheelchair.

In turn, the studio designed a single-storey dwelling that feels immersed in the forest and sits gently upon the earth.

The rectangular home is lifted above the ground by steel pilotis and is topped with a gabled, metal-covered roof.

Exterior of Quilanto House in a forest by Hebra Arquitectos
The exterior is covered in cypress cladding

Exterior walls consist of cypress cladding and large stretches of glass.

A ramp leads to the front door. The long sides of the house have wooden decks that were built around existing trees.

Outfoor deckin at the Quilanto House by Hebra Arquitectos
The home is wheelchair-accessible

“The cabin was thought of as an elementary volume that tries to maintain the forest as much as possible, keeping all the grown trees and allowing them to grow across the deck,” the team said.

Inside, it has a simple and fluid layout, and the spaces are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

The central portion – which opens onto the decks through sliding doors – encompasses a kitchen, dining area and living room.

The roof rises to 4.5 metres in this area, helping create an open and lofty atmosphere. Floor-to-ceiling glass provides a strong connection to the natural landscape.

Interior living space and large sliding doors at Quilanto House by Hebra Arquitectos
Large sliding doors open onto the outdoor deck

Flanking the central volume are the sleeping areas – a primary bedroom on one side, and a pair of smaller bedrooms on the other.

Separating the two smaller rooms is a partition wall with a sliding door. The door can be opened up to create a single space.

Interior living space at Quilanto House by Hebra Arquitectos
The cabin has a polished concrete floor

Finishes were kept simple due to a limited budget, the team said.

Exposed steel trusses stretch overhead, and plywood walls and ceilings were left visible.

“With the same logic of keeping costs down, the floor was defined as polished concrete,” the team said.

Interior living space at Quilanto House by Hebra Arquitectos
Plywood walls and steel trusses in the interior were left exposed

The kitchen features painted plywood cabinetry, a tile backsplash and a quartz island.

A black, wood-burning stove warms the house during cool months. Furnishings were selected by the client.

Hebra Arquitectos was started in 2018 by architects Simón Pérez, Vicente Cubillos and Esteban Cubillos. Its other projects include a wood-clad, T-shaped home in Los Rios that takes cues from barn architecture.

The photography is by Marcos Zegers.

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Meta.Zen playset lets adults calmly build their own miniature tranquil garden

There are different objects and places that have been associated with feelings of peace and calmness, but one of the most iconic ones that span cultures and nations is the carefully designed minimalist Zen garden. Just seeing one, even in a picture, is enough to trigger mental images of peaceful meditation, whether by simply sitting on a spot or raking around sand. Of course, not everyone has space for a real Zen garden at home, and miniature kits can get problematic to maintain because of their use of real sand and, sometimes, real plants. If you’re fine with just the symbolic representations of the principles of Zen, then this sustainable playset for grownups not only gives you the creative freedom to design the Zen garden of your dreams, it even becomes a meditative practice in itself.

Designer: ILSA Yumeng Li and Zongheng Sun (PEAR & MULBERRY)

Puzzle toys and playsets have existed for decades, even centuries, and while the majority of these are designed for younger audiences, there are a few that require a more experienced mind to enjoy. Sometimes a puzzle could be too complicated, or a set might have intricate parts. Some kids might still have a bit of fun with this innovative playset, but it will be adults that will benefit from it the most because it evokes emotions and thoughts that only a stressed adult would be able to appreciate.

Meta.Zen, in a nutshell, lets you put together a Zen garden of your own design. You can make it as simple or as complicated as it can be, limited only by the number of pieces you have at hand. The hexagonal base pieces magnetically attach to one another, making them simple to use even for those with physical handicaps. The magnets are strong enough so that you can even stick the finished garden to a wall to serve as a calming piece of decoration. And since there’s no sand or plants involved, there’s no mess either.

It’s more than just a simple playset, though, and each and every piece is carefully designed with the same meticulous attention to detail that Zen gardeners use. The almost random ridges and valleys of the base tiles can be combined and connected in multiple ways, creating millions of Zen patterns that you can change as your heart desires. The pebbles, stone lamps, and structures that you can place on top also magnetically attach to the intersection of tiles, making it effortless to create any arrangement you could think of. More than just the final result, the process of putting together this playset can become a calming and meditative activity of its own.

And, of course, Meta.Zen also gives peace of mind that your serenity doesn’t come at the cost of the planet’s life. The parts are used using biodegradable PLA based on walnut wood, while only natural fibers like algae and bamboo are used to give the pieces their earthy colors. Each piece is designed to let you see and feel elements of nature on a smaller scale, giving you the freedom to take not only the playset but also your Zen bubble with you wherever you go.

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Dezeen Debate features an "exquisite" extension to a gothic home

19th-century gothic home extension

The latest edition of our weekly Dezeen Debate newsletter features a refurbished 19th-century gothic revival home in Oxford, UK. Subscribe to Dezeen Debate now.

Architecture studio Hyde + Hyde added a rear extension with a series of glazed living spaces, which feature the quatrefoil motif. This gave the project its name, Quatrefoil house.

Some commenters were inspired by the project, with one applauding its “gorgeous design elements, exquisite materials and breathtaking rooms”, while another thought it was “over the top”.

“Inspired by the Gothic revival style and language of the existing 1870s townhouse, the new contemporary intervention is an exploration and celebration of ornament,” explained Hyde + Hyde.

Beaverbrook Art Gallery extension by KPMB Architects
KPMB completes pavilion for New Brunswick’s public art collection

Other stories in this week’s newsletter include KPMB Architects’ completed pavilion for a Canadian art gallery, a contemporary residence with a garden terrace in Miami by Strang Design and a study by the University of Cambridge on energy efficiency in UK homes.

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Ancient Seeds From the Fertile Crescent Save Crops From Climate Change

In Terbol, Lebanon, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) stores tens of thousands of seeds sourced from the Fertile Crescent region—an area in Western Asia and North Africa that encompasses modern-day countries including Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel and Egypt. The collection, which comprises many seeds from the early origins of agriculture, is part archive, part insurance plan for varietals that go extinct and part research hub where scientists use these ancient seeds to create crops that can withstand our rapidly warming environment. In working with researchers at ICARDA, farmer Dil Thavarajah has bred lentils that contain low digestible carbohydrates. Thavarajah found that these old legume seeds carry humectants, a substance that absorbs moisture and prevents plants from freezing and drying out. Using this gene, Thavarajah developed a legume plant that can grow in the winter in South Carolina—the first crop of its kind to do so. Learn more about these innovations at NPR.

Image courtesy of ICARDA

Plantd Materials creates OSB board alternative from processed grass

Stacks of Plantd material panels

North Carolina firm Plantd Materials has developed a material consisting of processed perennial grasses that it says will be lighter and stronger than traditional timber boards while capturing more carbon.

Called Plantd, the material is a “blend of fast-growing perennial grasses” that the company aims to produce as a replacement for a traditional oriented strand board (OSB), a plywood-like material used for sheathing walls and floors.

Plantd Materials created a set of machinery that uses heat and pressure to press shredded grass into panels. It allows the creation of standard four-by-eight-foot (1.2 by 2.4 metre) panels that use about 50 pounds (22.6 kilograms) of grass.

Stacks of Plantd material panels
The material can be used to cover walls and floors

“During the pandemic, quality was going down, prices were going up, supply was obviously constrained and I really started thinking a lot more about sustainable materials as an opportunity,” said Plantd co-founder Josh Dorfman.

“We had this frame in mind to aspire to gigaton scale carbon capture, to be able to lock something away for 100 years,” he told Dezeen, adding that he was inspired to create the product by Xprize’s Carbon Removal initiative.

Dorfman, who founded the company with former SpaceX engineers Huade Tan and Nathan Silvernail, believes that the material has the potential to “solve some real problems for builders” in the residential market.

Plantd material panel in a warehouse
Fast-growing perennial grasses are processed to make the material

According to the company, one positive impact will be land usage. Plantd Materials uses perennial grass which grows faster than timber.

Dorfman said that manufacturers need 140 to 150,000 acres of managed timberland to feed a medium-size OSB mill, while mills that use perennial grass will be able to function on 15 to 20,000 acres.

“So it creates an opportunity to capture more carbon using less land, and because it regrows on the same land year after year to be able to do it much faster.”

“On a per acre for a perennial grass, you will get a yield that can be roughly seven to eight times more per acre than with managed timberland,” Dorfman told Dezeen.

Plantd warehouse
Plantd Materials created machinery to process shredded grass into panels

Plantd Materials claims that not only is the material lighter and stronger than timber-based OSB, but also that its production will emit less carbon.

The company claims that its custom machines will be more energy efficient and will run on 100 per cent electricity.

“Twenty-five per cent of a tree is burned in the mill along with natural gas to dry out the remainer of the tree,” said Dorfman.

“We bypass that process in the way that we produce. And so by moving to 100 per cent electric, it enables us to really get these tremendous gains in terms of carbon efficiency.”

Plantd warehouse
The company claims that its machinery will have low emissions

According to Dorfman, the panels will be treated with flame retardant through a similar process as is standard in energy, and Plantd Materials has received preliminary approval for use as roof panels.

He also noted that the machines the company is producing could potentially be used for more intensive engineered wood products such as cross-laminated timber.

Plantd Materials has recently received a round of funding and the company said it hopes to start working on prototype structures using the material in the next year.

Other innovative building materials include bricks that use municipal waste products and MIT and Harvard’s re-discovery of the Roman method for producing self-healing concrete.

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Atim's Disappearing-Furniture Hardware Solutions

Based outside of Milan, Atim is a manufacturer of innovative aluminum “furnishing solutions,” in the company’s words. In practice that means drawer slides, hinges and guides that do unexpected things. As an example, Atim hardware allows surfaces to deploy from, or disappear back into, a cabinet. Like so:

Dining Table 1

Bar Top

Prep Surface

Seating

Dining Table 2

Dining Table 3

Ironing Board

Note that these videos are Sugatsune-branded but that Sugatsune is the distributor, not the manufacturer. All of the hardware you see is by Atim, and you can explore their solutions here.