This week British designer Terence Conran passed away
This week on Dezeen, Habitat and Design Museum founder Terence Conran passed away and London Design Festival took place.
Conran died at the age of 88 at his home in London. Tributes to the designer were lead by former Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic who said: “No one has done more to create modern Britain than Terence Conran.”
Thomas Heatherwick was among the numerous designers to have paid their respects to Conran. “I feel so privileged to have had Sir Terence Conran as a mentor and lifelong friend and will miss him greatly,” he said.
London Design Festival (LDF) began this week with a reduced schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the event, Studio Weave created an arched greenhouse filled with tropical plants that could soon grow outdoors in the UK due to climate change.
During LDF Dezeen teamed up with Planted, a new design show dedicated to reconnecting cities with nature, to present a virtual showcase of sustainable design brands and products.
LDF also saw Sabine Marcelis design a work-from-home cubicle that hides its contents inside a pale wooden shell when they are not in use as part of the Design Museum’s Connected project.
London studio Boano Prišmontas also focused on the growing number of people working from home by creating a prefabricated timber home office that can be built in a garden within a day.
Also in London, this week saw the news that the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch will close permanently.
The Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, which was closed its doors temporarily in March, will not reopen under the Ace name as the building’s owners are planning to open a hotel under a different name.
In architecture news, the Tokyo Toilet continued with Tadao Ando being the latest high-profile architect to design a public toilet in the city.
Japanese architect Takenosuke Sakakura also unveiled his contribution to the project, a toilet block that lights up at night like a lantern.
As the global pandemic continues, French fashion house Louis Vuitton has become the latest brand to create a facemask.
Named the LV Sheild and complete with the signature LV monogram print, the face shield can be flipped up and used as a sun visor.
Popular projects on Dezeen this week include a cafe squeezed into a space less than 2.6 metres wide in Shenzhen, a hotel built in an 18th-century English mansion and a children’s hospital in Thailand with slides and a pool
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