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This Mexican designer is trolling xenophobes (and even biodesigners) with a single plant

Syracuse – At the 2019 edition of the MADE Labs school, Mexican designer Fernando Laposse used agave to underline the ludicrousness of anti-immigration stances.

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In need of a digital detox? This South Tyrol hotel has an elevated proposal

Castelrotto, Italy – Designed by local firm Noa*, the new expansion of the Zallinger Hotel in South Tyrol has helped quickly establish it as an expertly considered retreat.

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London’s Cartoon Museum makes visitors part of a graphic spatial storyline

London – Sam Jacob Studio developed an amusing, clever new space for London’s Cartoon Museum – one that makes each visitor a protagonist in a real-life cartoon.

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Built without walls, a hotpot restaurant becomes one with Chengdu’s green lung

Chengdu – Taking advantage of a picturesque location, Muda-Architects built Garden Hotpot Restaurant, a hospitality experience to rule them all.

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Note Design Studio transformed a heritage London building into a co-working space

London – The Stockholm-based practice brought art deco and Swedish Grace together for The Office Group’s newest office building, at Summit House.

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Three generations in a single house? That’s nothing: How about three families?

Shanghai – AZL Architects designed a cross-generational house in the rural outskirts of Shanghai, allowing several family members to care for their ailing parents.

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A concept store made to showcase Buddhist shrines? It does exist in Shanghai

Shanghai – Dongqi Architects created Anzhi, a Shanghainese retail space full of acrylic concentric circles that reflect a Buddhist shrine back to its visitors.

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The creepiest character in the Midsommar movie? It’s the spatial design

Midsommar might be a slow-burn horror film, but its main villain is hidden in plain sight from the start, via the spaces created by production designer Henrik Svensson. 

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Don’t drive to your studio for over an hour unless it’s worth it, says a Japanese designer

Kyoto – Teruhiro Yanagihara’s former studio was buried in the north of Kyoto and served also as a residency for international creators.

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Matteo Cibic imagines clay 'plants' that produce chewing gum instead of fruits

Vicenza, Italy – Italian designer Matteo Cibic imagines fragrant fantasy worlds full of ceramic plants that produce chewing gum, knitwear and plastic.

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A textile retailer in China recreates a maker’s studio, front yard and all, for its mall store

Hangzhou – Shanghai-based studio Greyoffice created a grocery store-cum-maker’s studio for JNBYHOME, a home goods retailer in Hangzhou. 

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Scented dinners? This installation feels like being inside a flower bouquet

Los Angeles – In LA, the Daikoku Design Institute presents an interactive installation called The Art of Bloom. The big surprise, though, lies in the activities linked to the …