This week Frank Gehry responded to criticism of his architecture by wielding his middle finger to gathered journalists (pictured), and we reported on the Chinese president’s call for an end to “weird architecture” in China. Read on for more architecture and design highlights, plus our track of the week.
London producer Ketan Jogia has created a somber electronic reworking of Dark Sky Tonight by Laura James.
Apple’s newly appointed Marc Newson ruffled feathers as it was announced he is set to design a gun for Italian firearms company Beretta.
We’ve been reporting from Interieur 2014 where British designer Ross Lovegrove exhibited his new sculptural lights and Belgian creative agency Dift utilised a doomed school to create a temporary hotel for visitors.
We also continued our coverage of Dutch Design Week, which includes a small device designed to boil liquids efficiently and an installation that recreates “smells of the past”.
In other design news, Daan Roosegaarde’s first solar-powered glow-in-the-dark-road opened in the Netherlands and Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto created an installation in Paris’ Jardins des Tuileries.
Claudio Luti resigned as president of Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile – the world’s biggest and most important furniture fair – after only two years at the helm, while London’s Design Museum announced it will offer visitors free entry to its permanent collection from 2016.
Never far from the headlines, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster were selected to design high-rise hotels in China and Herzog de Meuron revealed plans for a 205-metre-high tower in Basel.
Popular projects on Dezeen this week included a pop-up restaurant designed to sit on top of a frozen river, a hard-to-reach restaurant in Vietnam featuring a “bamboo forest” and a blackened timber house in Japan.
Main image via @imartinrodrigo’s Twitter account.
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