David Adjaye calls this concept “narrative construction.” It’s a mode of architectural storytelling embodied in the museum’s façade, a three-tiered, trapezoidal structure inspired by the staggered crown of an early 20th century Yoruban sculpture that Adjaye encountered in a book from his personal library.
As the sun begins to lower in the sky and the days begin to shorten, London awakens from the daze of summer and the design scene comes to life. DeTnk has been busy checking out the various exhibitions and events in order to create a series of walks for you to explore. We have chosen our favorites, the cream rises to the top!
Kartell opened its first Flagship Store in 2016 at 223 Brompton Road in London. Its collection comprises furnishings, tableware, lighting, fragrances, bathroom fittings and fashion accessories – a new concept for the multifaceted Kartell lifestyle.
Two Italians are turning manure into renewable electricity —and the inspiration for a museum.
Following the scent of one big idea.
THE DAIRY FARMER Gianantonio Locatelli climbed up the steel ladder and peered over the brim of a large corrugated vat, about the size of a very deep above-ground swimming pool. “It’s full!” he exclaimed, with warbling joy. “It’s beautiful!”
The design of a proposed visitor centre dedicated to the history, wildlife and geology of St Kilda has been unveiled.
The building is to be constructed at a cliff-top site at Mangersta in Uig on Lewis - about 41 miles (66km) east of the remote archipelago.
Building on St Kilda's main island, Hirta, was ruled out because bad weather can restrict access to the small group of isles.
Plans for the cultural hub to be built on the site of the 2012 London Olympics have been called ‘dull as ditchwater’. It could have all been so different, judging by an inventive, rejected proposal seen here for the first time
Kelly Munson works as a “creative” at the ad agency mono and begins as a “designer in residence” at the University of Minnesota this week. “I feel that designers need to do more to better society,” she said as she got ready for her nine-month position at the U.
Last summer, early in the morning, I stood out in the main square of Florence to watch the tourists come in. It was quiet. A Zamboni-like street cleaner drove its rounds, leaving wet circles on the paving stones. A vendor unpacked tarp-wrapped souvenirs from the back of his white van.
When considering design one often strives to create the most beautiful solution to the design problem they are faced with. In Ugliness, in the cry of the beholder, written by Ian Ground for the Times Supplement in July 2016, Ground reminds us that sometimes ugly can be just as relevant.
“Solanas suggests that civil disobedience is more or less the most useless thing you can do. It's the classic radical or ‘extremist’ argument that suggests that a reformist approach to a system is the worst to take because it upholds it. I think that's something that's disappeared from a lot of radical writing — that refusal to collaborate with a system that you find abhorrent.” — Juliet Jacques
"In case you don’t already know it, Richard Serra is a very famous sculptor.
There are already more than 6m objects in the Museum of London, the largest urban history collection in the world, but its director, Sharon Ament, is acquiring a few more: a row of derelict shops, several tonnes of salt, a giant Edwardian gas burner, an entire street, and a working train line.
"Among the shafts of luxury flats sprouting up along the south bank of the Thames, from Battersea to Bermondsey, there is one new tower unlike the others. It is made of brick, not glass, and stands as a squat, truncated pyramid, twisting as it rises.
Architects are insecure about their usefulness. They work with buildings, which are generally large, expensive, long-lived and important to life, but it’s not always obvious what is significant about the specifically architectural aspect of their work – the refinements and rearrangements to the functional object that might otherwise come into being without architects’ help.