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Beijing toy shop inspired by dandelions

Katherine Houston Beijing and Vienna-based architects, Penda, have injected the spirit of the shopping centre's mascot, a dandelion seedling named 'Toby', into the retail store. Latticed columns are situated throughout the store, creating a sense of calm with their crisp, white curved facets. For each structure, the columns reflect the seeds comprising the dandelion plant, while the curvature evokes the lightweight fibres making up the airborne seeds. Once the lights are turned on, they mirror the light dancing on dandelions.…

Colourful language

We've all seen them - and most probably worked in them. Offices with interior layouts and decor that are so lifeless and dull that they sap the energy out of anyone who enters. The scourge of workers and designers alike, these spaces could become a thing of the past if only the companies responsible for these spaces could be persuaded to stretch the boundaries a little. David Kramer, director at commercial interiors studio Squaredot, said: 'It's our job to challenge…

FX drawing competition showcases talent

Katherine Houston Take a look at some of the remarkable entries received covering a range of drawing styles including architectural, interior, products, textile design and fine art drawings. Save these dates in your diary and attend the two private viewing events showcasing the entries: 2 July 2015 at BDG architecture + design and; 22 September 2015 at Morgan's showroom during London Design Festival Make sure you RSVP to the invitations as soon as possible by following the links. There's still…

2012 Olympic design practice Populous teams up with Jump Studios

Katherine Houston Continuing to function as separate practices, Populous and Jump Studios will collaborate on new ventures and work with existing clients to enhance the geographical reach and scale of their assignments. Both companies say they share a passion for the power of design to make everyday experiences more enjoyable and this like-minded enthusiasm fuelled the merger. Together Nick Reynolds, senior principal at Populous, and Simon Jordan, director and co-founder of Jump Studios, are hoping to provide more advanced design…

Carpet couture at New York Fashion Week

Katherine Houston Danish textile flooring and manufacturers, ege, has merged architecture and fashion with its latest initiative: ege Couture. Debuting on the catwalk during spring's New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, ege has burst onto the fashion scene by weaving world-class textile flooring into 20 luxurious apparel pieces and showcasing them to leading American architects. New York Fashion Week spring 2015 Inspired by the French Montgolfier brothers who invented the hot air balloon in the 18th century, Adrien Alexander creative…

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 wrap up

Katherine Houston Our initial tour revealed the street installations from emerging and established names, allowing the general public to also enjoy and interact with the designs. These street pieces dotted around Clerkenwell included six words written to encapsulate the vibe of the festival, from the typography design company: Monotype. Read and see more from the tour here. Explore by Monotype The Twizy mini-cars, supplied by Renault to chaperone guests around Clerkenwell. Now in their eighth year, The Design Guild Mark…

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 kicks off

Katherine Houston Emily Martin, FX assistant editor, and I strolled through Clerkenwell this morning to capture some of the first moments of Clerkenwell Design Week's sixth year. Often closed to the public, we explore the Old Sessions House taken over by Icon House of Culture for CDW. This is one of the many beautiful rooms paying homage to its heritage with exquisite interiors by Discover Deliver (D&D). The D&D dog, Molly, at Icon: House of Culture. Top: 'Celebrate' is one…

Blueprint Awards judges: Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick has a long and distinguished design pedigree, but probably entered the public consciousness, with his Shanghai Expo Seed Cathedral UK pavilion in 2010 and his two key London projects in 2012: the cauldron torch for the London Olympics and the new Routemaster bus. He is also behind the new garden bridge over the Thames and most recently the Nanyang University Learning Hub in Singapore, which you can read about in the new Blueprint 340. He now heads up…

Blueprint Awards judges: Lyndon Neri

Lyndon Neri founded Shanghai-based Neri&Hu with his partner Rosanna Hu and they have now also opened an office in the London. The multi-award winning practice is at the cutting-edge of new Chinese design and has a raft of cultural, hotel, retail, leisure and domestic projects to its name from the voyeuristic Waterfront Hotel in its native Shanghai, to Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social restaurant in its new adopted home, London, where Neri&Hu is also in the process of converting the…