Architecture and Design Obsession
This week on Dezeen, we announced the architecture, interiors, design and sustainability shortlists along with the designers of the year for the 2023 Dezeen Awards.
We revealed the 85 buildings shortlisted in the architecture categories, which included Studio House by William Samuels Architects (above) along with buildings by Zaha Hadid Architects, Olson Kundig and Open Architecture.
The interiors shortlist featured 47 designs by studios including Omar Gandhi Architects and Universal Design Studio, while the 47-strong design shortlist included creations by Muoto, Luceplan, Fuseproject and Tom Dixon.
In design news, Australian student Alexander Burton unveiled an affordable electric car conversion kit.
Named REVR (Rapid Electric Vehicle Retrofits), the kit, which won the country’s national James Dyson Award, was designed to provide a cheaper way to convert petrol cars into electric cars.
Speaking on a BBC radio series this week, British designer Thomas Heatherwick said that 20th-century architect Le Corbusier was responsible for architecture’s current “global blandemic”.
“I think we’re living through a global ‘blandemic’ in building design,” said Heatherwick. “This age of boring has resulted in soulless, inhuman urban environments.”
Also this week, fashion house Prada revealed that it was creating lunar spacesuits for NASA’s Artemis III mission – the first crewed moon landing since 1972.
Developed with commercial space company Axiom Space, the suits are called Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AxEMU) and will give astronauts “advanced capabilities for space exploration”, according to the brand.
We also spoke to design duo Carl Philip Bernadotte – who is Prince Carl Philip of Sweden – and Oscar Kylberg, who launched a brand this week.
Speaking in an interview, the duo told Dezeen how public scrutiny had kept them on their toes.
Popular projects this week included a thatched extension to a house in Flanders, an aluminium-clad micro home in Germany and a renovated Ibizan finca.
Our latest lookbooks featured living rooms with low-slung furniture and restful bedrooms decorated in the colours of autumn leaves.
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