Pop-up train carriages to bring life into a city

In Aarhus, Denmark, the Danish studio AART have designed a one bedroom hotel, a public greenhouse and a set of pulling booths from a set of train carriages. The idea behind this project was to bring life back into an area of disused railway tracks at the edge of the city centre. This area will…

Colourful interior for a vibrant atmosphere

The British designer Morag Myerscough has decorated the cafe inside the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in London with brightly coloured textiles, tiles and furnitures that she has created herself. The building, designed by David Adjaye, opened in 2007 as a workspace that also offers rehearsal rooms. What Morag wanted to do with the cafe was…

Give your herbs life with waste water

Pratik Ghosh, graduate at the Royal Academy of Art, has created a filtration system for your home that is powered by herbs and purifies water from the kitchen. The system is called Drop by Drop. The idea is built on taking care of plants under a glass dome. Pipes allow water to be added in…

Shelter for hikers installed by Bordeaux river

London based studio Weave has designed a shelter outside of Bordeaux where hikers can stay overnight for free. The form and material of this house is in reference to the traditional water towers in the area. The cabin is part of a project by arts and architecture collective Bruit du Frigo, where several shelters have…

‘Skeletal’ canoe for faster speed

On the Rhine river in Cologne, Germany, there is a yearly boat race that challenges participants to make the lightest and fastest vessel. This need to go for 200 metres without sinking and is only allowed to be made from concrete. A research team from ETH Zurich made a skeletal framework using 3D-printed moulds, calling…

Sofas made for a longer lifetime

Katrine Hesseldahl and Victor Strimfors, graduates at the Royal Academy of Art, has created a sofa that is meant to fight furniture waste. The idea is a modular system made from three layers that can be changed. The sofa is from a bigger model that the designers used for their masters programme in Design Products….

Empathetic cabin in the Scottish mountains

The firm Moxon Architects has built a modern, little house in the mountainous landscape of Scotland. The cabin is made to provide space for entertaining guests and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Ben Addy, who founded Moxon Architects, has said that they were asked to create a building with the highest regards for the very special…

Unused attic to create space in small apartments

Ras Studio has created an extra floor in an apartment in Barcelona by using a hidden gabled ceiling. The studio, based in Barcelona, peeled back the ceiling slabs and found the attic space which made it possible to create a mezzanine level in the apartment. With windows on each side of the house the apartment…

Combining wood and steel in pieces of furniture

The British designer Jasper Morrison has for some time worked for the Japanese brand Maruni. His latest design mixes wood together with steel, a combination that both contrast and blend very well. Japser himself says that it is not unusual to mix wood together with steel, but he realised that by adding steel in the…

Farming meets urban living

The US architecture firm Sasaki Associates has designed a vertical farm mixed together with the skyscrapers of Shanghai, China. The initiative was created to produce food for the country’s biggest city. Most of the food planted on the farm will be greens, such as kale, spinach and lettuce; things that are already a big part…

Foldable rocking chair

Anker Bak, a Copenhagen based designer, has made a rocking chair that is foldable. The chair is made from traditional materials with a minimalistic approach. He has used soft, stitched leather and canvas for the oval shell while steel struts are joined together with the solid wood framework. This design allows the chair to be…

Building kit for work and play

Arckit has launched a three dimensional modelling set that can be used both by professional architects and urban planners as well as kids. The company launched its first set in 2014 and has now made a follow-up. It was at first meant as a professional tool for architects but it became highly popular also within…