Shelters for homeless cats

Architects and designers around Los Angeles have created shelters for homeless cats in the city. It is part of the annual Giving Shelter fundraiser for FixNation – for the Architects for Animals charity based in the city. There are 13 outdoor shelters that will be auctioned online to raise money for the organisation, which offers…

Stool designed for quick escapes

Designer Yi-Fei Chen has designed a chair that will explode if you sit on it for too long. This way she can easily get away from an awkward, social situation. The project is intended to symbolise her struggle with social anxiety. The stool is made out of wood topped by a cushion stuffed with foam…

Dine under water with a view

Snøhetta, an architecture firm in Norway, has revealed plans to build a restaurant in the south part of the country that will be partly below sea level so that the guests can have their meal with a different kind of view. The building will compromise a rugged concrete box with half of its body on…

Recycled materials for new pieces of furniture

Benjamin Hubert from Layer and the British furniture brand Allermuir has gotten together to create a new series of furniture. The collection, called the Axyl, comprises furniture pieces each made of reclaimed materials. The frames of the chair, stool and table is made out of recycled aluminium while the shells, seats and tabletops are available…

Micro-homes for young professionals

Management company Lowe Guardians has started an initiative called The SHED Project that installs micro-homes inside vacant buildings across London. It started as the company saw a need for housing for young professionals. By adding these micro-homes into empty properties like warehouses and office blocks they offer a creative solution for both vacant space and…

Recycled brick house on top of a garage

Austin Maynard Architects has replaced a garage in the Melbourne suburb to a house. The house, called Brickface, was built for the client’s daughter on the site of their old garage and studio space. It’s located on a corner plot with a laneway on two sides. The architects have explained: “Melbourne’s property market is so…

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….