Dezeen - design magazine

issue #106 21/06/12


Hello Dezeen readers!

We're gearing up for our next pop-up watch store and design emporium, Dezeen Super Store, opening in London next week. More details below! 

This issue of Dezeen Mail boasts all the best stories and discussions from Dezeen, including seats made of hair and pots made of radioactive soil plus Italian designers Formafantasma talking about their work with molten lava, flour and insect excrement. 

We've also got new jobs, music and movies for you so scroll on and don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest


Casa Besares by Arquinoma

This house by Arquinoma is our most popular story this issue and has a front door tall enough that a giraffe could walk through it, but our readers aren't sure that's very useful. Read the story and comments »

Ross Lovegrove

British designer Ross Lovegrove talks to Dezeen about his tree-like solar-powered street lights at Clerkenwell Design Week. Watch the movie »

Velo Towers by Asymptote

We've been publishing a series of skyscraper designs for a new business district in Seoul and this latest one by Asymptote puts readers in mind of a camshaft, or toilet-roll holder. Read the story and comments »

Blooms: Luxury in the Face of Adversity by Chan Min Yun

Some think these origami pills that open like flowers to release medication into water would help convince unwilling patients to take their remedies but others are worried they could reinforce addiction. Read the story and comments »

Dezeen Super Store

Our next pop-up watch store and design emporium will be Dezeen Super Store, which opens at 38 Monmouth Street, London WC2 on 30 June and stays open throughout the Olympic Games and the London Design Festival until 30 September. More details »

Gardens By The Bay by Grant Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Readers think these public gardens in Singapore by Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates are dismayingly artificial. Read the story and comments »

As If From Nowhere by Orla Reynolds

Readers are thoroughly impressed by Orla Reynolds's bookcase that hides a table and four chairs between its shelves. We've also featured three stools hidden in one this week.  Read the story and comments »


Italian duo Formafantasma talk about their work using molten lava, flour, blood and insect excrement in this two-part talk that Dezeen filmed for the Peroni Collaborazioni series on Italian design.  Watch the movies »

A-Frame by Ron Arad for pq

Not everyone is convinced they need Ron Arad's range of glasses to be instantly adjustable but "people that don't see a need to adjust the size probably have very average heads," says dick c. Read the story and comments »

Uniform Wares 300 Series

London watch brand Uniform Wares have launched the latest range in their 300 Series of chronograph watches, which are available now at Dezeen Watch Store with free worldwide shipping. We've also now got the popular 150 Series back in stock. Go to Dezeen Watch Store »

The Materiality of a Natural Disaster by Hilda Hellström

Our first story from this year's RCA graduate show features these controversial food containers made of radioactive soil from a nuclear disaster zone. Look out for movie tours of the show with course leaders on Dezeen soon. Read the story and comments »

Original tracks by upcoming artists

Dezeen Music Project was behind the decks at PearsonLloyd and Bene’s Docklands preview at Hackney House last week - check out photos from the event on our Facebook page and hear all the latest submissions from upcoming artists on the Dezeen Music Project blog. Listen to all the tracks »

The Bare Hair Project by Ola Giertz

Most readers think using human hair to stuff seating is pretty gross. We've also rounded up all our stories about hair this week. Read the story and comments »

Micro Compact Home 016 by Richard Horden

This tiny home by Richard Horden that was assembled in under five minutes is causing contention based on the affordability of prefab versus the luxury of having it delivered by air.  Read the story and comments »

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Dezeen Music Project

Dezeen Music Project is a showcase for new music, where musicians and composers are invited to upload original tracks and we publish the best ones on Dezeen. Listen to the tracks »

Architecture and design movies

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Watches by named designers and boutique brands

Dezeen Watch Store is a curated collection of watches from named designers and boutique brands. Go to Dezeen Watch Store »

Dezeen Wire

Dezeen Wire is our newswire service, with breaking news and currated links to the best design-related content on the web.

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Design flash-sales site Bamarang closes down »

Call for entries to Ventura Interieur at Biennale Interieur 2012 »