Fernanda Canales completes reflective pavilion for Design Week Mexico 2018

Museo Abierto by Fernanda Canales

Trees, bark chips and visitors are all reflected in mirrors behind the severe black exterior of this pavilion, which Mexican architect Fernanda Canales created for this year’s Design Week Mexico.

Canales‘ pavilion is built beside Museo Tamayo in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park, close to a path that runs from the art institution to the nearby National Museum of Anthropology.

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Doug Aitken installs mirrored house in historic Detroit building

Mirage Detroit by Doug Aitken

American artist Doug Aitken has created a house-shaped pavilion clad entirely in mirrors inside a former bank in Detroit, Michigan.

The site-specific Mirage Detroit installation is housed within the city’s State Savings Bank, which was built in 1900, and purchased by businessman Dan Gilbert in 2014 after being abandoned for decades.

Aitken‘s project enables some of first public access to the space, which boasts white marble walls and ornate details that serve as an impressive backdrop for his highly reflective design. Continue reading

“Humans are clever. They can solve problems. There is hope”

We are entering a new geological era: the anthropocene, in which human activity is a dominant influence on earth’s geology and environment. At Dutch Design Week, a special edition of our Good Design for a Bad World series will ask if design can harness this phenomenon to prevent global catastrophe, writes Marcus Fairs.

“Humans are clever. They can solve problems. There is hope.” These words are not mine but, more or less, what designer Thomas Heatherwick said to me last week at the Dezeen Awards judges’ dinner. Continue reading

Dscreet – An Interview with the Graffiti Artist Painting Owls on London’s Streets

Dscreet – An Interview with the Graffiti Artist Painting Owls on London’s Streets

You might have seen them dotted around the streets of London. Owls peering out from the walls. They are caricatures of the real thing, yet they’ve been watching over the East End for years.

Dscreet is the street artist responsible. Always fascinated by drawing cartoons and comic book characters as a kid. He would become obsessed by owls following a trip to his Grandma’s house. Picking up a book on ornithology he saw the anatomically correct illustrations in there and made up his own cartoon version. He didn’t know it then but the tag for which he would become known had taken root. Continue reading