An installation at Schule von Freiburg, titled ‘Installationsansicht 2’, uses gels that appear to flood the floors at this exhibition, transforming the spaces into a series rather wonderful water colours (reminding me a little of Paul Klee): 1930 X.7. Ruhendes- Paul Klee The use of the reflective materials seem to create dissolves between rooms, making […]

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s latest installation, a shimmering yellow fabric installed on Italy’s Lake Iseo, is just magical. The pictures (Filippo Venezia/AP) are spectacular, almost as if a golden digital map has been overlain onto Google Earth. Spotted in The Guardian.

News from designboom of buratti architetti’s work for Alfa Romeo in Milan, leading on the connection between a new car showroom and the museum collection (via an arresting-looking red lift shaft) of the dealership’s owners,  Cozzi While there’s a interesting interior design story here, what’s perhaps more intriguing is the exterior. Considering the usual approach […]

I was snagged by an interesting report yesterday by gforces.co.uk, that while a year old, bought some considerable clarity to the argument for the real role of a car dealership for customers. I make the distinction (for customers specifically) recognising the other pressing operational issues that represent running a sales, service and distribution centre… Many […]

I’ve become accustomed to see the world represented artificially, especially in architecture, through the medium of super-high-definition rendering engines. Artist’s impressions used to imply a degree of artistry more associated with the water-colour box than the screen palette, and the result is a strange sense of reality – where the future seems strangely more real […]

Spotted on designboom, this Shigeru Ban proposal that integrates a concert venue with  food hall as its Réinventer Paris proposal. Fairly sings at night, with some grace, as proposed in the competition entry’s renders: Not much more that needs saying, other than what a really neat spectacle.

Poor quality puns aside, spotted this fabulous car accident repair centre, designed by Parallax in Australia: “Vintage car badges served as inspiration for a new identity that is at once completely contemporary without losing the company’s heritage.” It’s a really fantastic example of revitalising what’s clearly a pretty standard piece of garage architecture (the type […]

Whoa. Don’t get the wrong idea, I’m not trying to cop an attitude. It’s the question that’s been rolling around in my head for a bit, that when I talk about design, should I frame the conversation primarily around problem-solving? Ok, breaking it down a bit further, when using design in the physical activity of […]

…on this car, please. Used to be that I thought vending a business card from a machine at motorway service stations was a (briefly distracting) novelty. But here’s the thing, what about coin-op for collecting your next car? The story here is rather more to do with fulfillment than show-rooming and sales – it’s intended […]

Apologies for the rather tortured terminology (tip of the hat to Pearlfisher’s notion ‘The rise of premiumisation‘ – “bridging the gap between the desirability of the luxury world and the function and necessity of mass market products” – now also seen in Primark’s huge flagship store) but now coffee connoisseurs (coffoisseur?) can take their caffeine […]