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Students design temporary furniture for displaced people
Called Rehome, the collection provides temporary products for refugees and those affected by natural disasters who have to quickly vacate their homes.
On landscape architecture as the lifeblood of a city
Cees van der Veeken gives us his take on the unscripted nature of landscape design at the inaugural Design Commons.
Marko Ahtisaari on the Open Music Initiative and paying musicians fairly
"The motivation is that music is such a universal thing. Creators need to be able to make an income," says Marko Ahtisaari.
Winy Maas on the importance of remarkable buildings in future cities
"Remarkable buildings can help us navigate ourselves through this kind of monstrous, and endless mediocrity that most cities are."
Paloma Strelitz brings humanity to the practise of urban design
The co-founder of the Turner Prize-winning Assemble collective on creating spaces that enable upliftment.
Chris Sheldrick on building cities that integrate with technology
Can we plan for not just tomorrow but beyond that?
Marcus Engman talks about the role furniture will play in the home of the future
IKEA's Head of Design says design should be more inclusive and serve the needs of more people instead of a few.
Education & Development
A deconstructed conference created by Design Indaba CEO Ravi Naidoo and Design Weeks' Kari Korkman.
Africa could be the leapfrog continent, says Sir David Adjaye
The way we’re designing cities is changing. Here’s some advice from a leading architect at the inaugural Design Commons.
Sir David Adjaye and Tiffany Chu among the nine speakers at the inaugural Design Commons
The deconstructed conference puts global heavyweights in design at the same table as the audience.
Design Commons is a new kind of bespoke, global, portable conference
The deconstructed conference where design is the tool with which to face the challenges in our cities.
Design Indaba 2017 features a royal flush of Scandinavian speakers
Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland are all accounted for at this year’s Design Indaba Conference.
Tech entrepreneur Marko Ahtisaari is the CEO and co-founder of The Sync Project, which investigates the therapeutic effects of music on the body and mind.
A Couple of Little Things: A performative installation
An interactive food installation by eating designer Marije Vogelzang.
SKIN – The Inhabitable Sculpture by NEON
Climb inside this malleable sculpture made from countless pairs of stockings.
Fortifying long-distance connections through ambient light
The Lightbound project is facilitating meaningful human connection with technology.
Photos capable of producing electricity developed by Finnish Researchers
What if that photo on your mantle could help power your kettle?
Trackable lifejacket uses app technology for man-overboard rescue
Anti X1 is a clever redesign of the time old lifejacket, created to improve safety at sea
Bringing wooden skateboards back to the future
Imagine skateboarding through the streets of a bustling metropolis on boards made from 100 per cent recyclable bio-composite wood.
Issey Miyake collaborates with Finnish brand Iittala to design homeware collection
In a collaboration that marks new territory for both brands, Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake and Iittala have released a homeware collection
Pack your GPS away and use marbles instead
Design graduate Sara Vrbinc has developed brAInfu.cc, a wayfinding system to rival the GPS.
Seated in style
For his first collaboration with Finnish furniture company Artek, Konstantin Grcic has designed a modern armchair for contemporary living.
The Tipcup teacup makes brewing your tea as easy as drinking it.
20+12 Design Stories from Helsinki is a journey through the 2012 World Design Capital, looking at what design can do in a city.
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