Yohji Yamamoto makes waves

A giant wedding dress is turned on its head and suspended from the huge metal tanks that make up the roof of the former hydraulic power station’s boiler house, descending into a seemingly bottomless tank of water. The black depths of the darkened space reflects the falling dress, multiplying the image of the voluminous white silk garment as the hat supported by bamboo sticks floats freely. A boatman rows an old wooden boat gently to the centre of the stage every 15 minutes,... Read More

BIG’s magical portal connects neighbourhoods

This magical bowl-shaped structure acts as a portal to the city of Stockholm and reconnects the fragmented communities that live around the intersecting highways north of the Swedish capital where the giant Hjulsta super-junction is being built. Danish architect BIG’s Energy Valley aims to join these communities through a continuous circular bike and pedestrian loop aligned with public buildings and functions, including a shopping and sports centre, hammam and mosque. #gallery-7... Read More

Exhibiting Crafting Architecture

Hidden away on a small alley off Third Street in the heart of SOMA’s museum district in San Francisco lies a curious exhibition. The handmade and digitally fabricated architectural models and mockups displayed in this temporary space aim to highlight the crucial role of craft in the architectural design process and their importance in communicating design concepts and strategies. #gallery-8 { margin: auto; } #gallery-8 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top:... Read More

Adrian van Hooydonk on BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

Adrian van Hooydonk took over as BMW Group design director when the former boss Chris Bangle departed in 2009. Since he has been busy shaping not just the future of BMW and MINI cars, but also working on BMW i, a separate unit dedicated to electric driving. We caught up with the Dutch designer earlier this month as he unveiled the Vision ConnectedDrive design study. Design Talks Your new concept car Vision ConnectedDrive is more than a visual statement about the future of... Read More

Car design trends from Geneva Show 2011

There is a certain feeling of confidence returning to international car shows. This wasn’t necessarily the case a couple of years ago when the financial crisis teamed with environmental concerns cause a little uncertainty, even perhaps self-doubt, amongst carmakers which manifested itself in rather awkward exhibitions. The renewed confidence was very much in evidence at the latest and one of the most important car shows, the Geneva Motor Show, an annual event held in March... Read More

Living in NORD’s Shingle House

Dungeness is not a place associated with holidays or relaxing. Its bleak shingle beach, dotted with old fishermen’s huts and with views to one of the country’s older nuclear power stations, is only an oddly appealing landscape. The skies are vast and often the only sign of life is the world’s smallest railway trundling past. It is in this back corner of the UK’s Kent coast that Living Architecture chose to locate its second destination – the Shingle House. #gallery-11... Read More

Video: BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

The latest advanced design from BMW, Vision ConnectedDrive, connects the driver, vehicle and the outside world. Adrian van Hooydonk discusses Vision ConnectedDrive here. Also follow BMW’s sustainable mobility activities at BMWActivatetheFuture.com. Design Talks | 5 – 25 Scrutton Street | Old Street | Shoreditch | London | EC2A 4HJ?W | www.d-talks.com | Bookshop www.d-talks.com/bookshop | Published by Banksthomas All rights and labelled images are covered by ©  Read More

Brit Insurance Design Awards

From an original concept for a cookery book and iPhone app, to an open air library, an organically-shaped chair and the world’s first designer lightbulb, the winners of this years Brit Insurance Design Awards at London’s Design Museum were an inspired collection from the world of architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. The seven winners, selected by a jury chaired by former chief executive of the Design Museum Stephan Bayley,... Read More