Boss Design’s Atom furniture collection designed for flexible workplaces, says Simon Pengelly

Designer Simon Pengelly and Boss Design’s Mark Barrell explain how their new collection of office furniture can be used to create open and flexible workplaces, in this movie Dezeen produced for the brand.

The modular furniture collection, designed by Pengelly for British office furniture brand Boss Design, is called Atom.

According to Pengelly the furnishing system has been designed to be as flexible as possible. “Holistic furniture system designed as a collection of components that can be combined together in almost endless ways, for all types of working and public environments,” he says. Continue reading

Chinese County Shames Debtors by Showing Their Faces During Cinema Screenings

Authorities in Hejiang county, China’s Sichuan province, have come up with a controversial method of convincing borrowers to pay up their debts – showing their faces and names during short clips played in cinemas before the main movie starts.

Called “Reel of Shame”, the clip features an animated character who tells the audience “Come look at these laolai” before showing the borrowers’ faces, names and other details on the big screen. The derogatory term ‘laolai’ refers to borrowers who fail to pay their debts on time. To maximize the technique’s effectiveness, authorities show the borrowers’ faces in cinemas in their local area. Continue reading

Patterning 2 circular drum machine app coming soon to iOS

One of the best music-making apps for iOS is getting a follow-up.

Patterning – the drum machine app for iOS that uses a circular interface for making beats – is getting upgraded. Patterning 2 will be released in June/July this year and adds lots of new features and workflow improvements.

One of the biggest additions is the ability to record patterns with a new drum pad page or an external MIDI controller – previously rhythms had to be dialled into the app’s interface of concentric circles.

Other new features include the ability to randomize instrument parameters including panning, filter cutoff and resonance, tuning and velocity on a per step basis, ratcheting for making stuttering beats and new sample folders. Continue reading

Rolling wildflower roof covers Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed Scottish distillery

Macallan Distillery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Undulations in the green roof of the Macallan Distillery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners hint at the bulbous whiskey stills situated below.

Cut into the hills of Speyside, the new distillery sits on the Easter Elchies estate in Scotland, which has been home to the single malt whiskey since 1824.

Costing £140 million, the centrepiece of the whiskey-making building is a rippling timber roof formed of 380,000 individual components – almost none of which are the same.

“The vision was always ambitious, but this enabled us to challenge our own thinking to create something so dramatic and awe-inspiring,” said Graham Stirk, senior partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and lead architect on the Macallan Distillery project. Continue reading