Dezeen - design magazine

issue #117 06/09/12





Metal Staircase by Francesco Librizzi Studio

Commenters reckon this minimal staircase by Francesco Librizzi is beautiful, though far too painful for bare feet. Read the story and comments »

Prototype Triangle Numéro 1 wooden T-shirt by Pauline Marcombe

This wooden T-shirt by Pauline Marcombe may look striking but readers would prefer to be able to put their arms down. Read the story and comments »

London Britannia Airport by Gensler

Readers think Gensler's conceptual design for a new London airport with terminals connected by underwater tunnels is "crazy" and an "absolute nightmare." Read the story and comments »

One Handed Condom Wrapper by Ben Pawle

Ben Pawle designed this condom wrapper that can be opened with one hand for people with disabilities, but our readers think it'd be pretty useful for everyone. Read the story and comments »

Movies: Venice Architecture Biennale 2012

We've been publishing a series of movies as part of our coverage of the Venice Architecture Biennale including Justin McGuirk and Iwan Baan on their Golden Lion-winning project about the Torre David skyscraper slum in Caracas. See all of our coverage from the biennale »

Paralympic design: Nike Spike Pad for Oscar Pistorius

To coincide with the London 2012 Paralympics we've been featuring a selection of sportswear designed for the competing athletes, from the hi-tech Nike Spike Pad worn by “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius (above) to boats with more cobbled-together modifications. More »

Seven Designers for Seven Dials: aerial installations curated by Dezeen

Seven aerial installations by young designers Faye Toogood (above), Vic Lee, Paul Cocksedge, Philippe Malouin, Aberrant Architecture, Gitta Gschwendtner and Dominic Wilcox will be installed above the streets of Seven Dials in London during the London Design Festival next month, as part of a project curated by Dezeen. Find our more »

Greenhouse at Grüningen Botanical Garden by Buehrer Wuest Architekten

Buildings with branching tree-like structures may have been done before but our readers think this greenhouse by Buehrer Wuest Architekten is "breathtakingly beautiful." Read the story and comments »

Five towers with unfortunate likenesses

RMJM's skyscraper in Suzhou is being likened to  a pair of trousers (above) so we've rounded up some more looky-likey towers, including one that readers have compared to a stack of toilet rolls and another that looks like a sex toy. Read the story and comments »

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