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uLites: A large self-sustaining emergency shelter
The uLites shelter can house large numbers of people and vehicles in times of crisis.
Graphite: a modular honeycomb-shaped shelving system
A storage system designed to be sturdy and fully customisable.
Luzinterruptus illuminates social issues using light and photography
The anonymous collective Luzinterruptus is creating illuminating installations with light.
When world-famous chef Elena Arzak visits South African forager Kobus van der Merwe
While award-winning chef Elena Arzak was in SA to present at the Design Indaba Conference, she visited the Paternoster-based forager chef Kobus van de Merwe.
Snail shell shelter brings user closer to nature
Helix is a micro-architecture structure that can shelter one nomadic individual.
Bioo: A plant that is also a charging station
Charging your electronic devices could be done in the easiest, greenest way possible with the Bioo plant.
Water, energy, and internet all in one system
The Watly system aims to bring the necessities to the developing world using one device.
Iris Cristal honours the legacy of timeless crystal in modern creations
Crystal chandeliers by Iris Cristal express an ancient tradition in exciting new ways.
Bel & Bel are the leaders in supra-cycling
Spanish design studio Bel&Bel save objects from falling into disuse by redesigning their purpose.
Turning cemeteries into forests
The new Bios Urn and tree incubator has created a way to commemorate the dead by planting a tree.
Miniature art scenes inspired by film
This artist forgets about time when she creates her painstakingly detailed dioramas.
A moss wall that creates clean, green energy
Graduate Elena Mitrofanova has designed a modular system that generates electricity from moss.
Spanish building presents new design typologies for social housing
Spanish architects researched a new typology to improve living conditions and develop sustainable quality housing. The result is the 317 Social Housing Units.
The advantages of Li-Fi over Wi-Fi
French start-up discovers that LED lamps can generate a speedy internet connection.
Integrating VR into fine dining
Samsung says its virtual reality headset will enhance the fine dining experience, but do we need to?
Greening Madrid to reduce the impact of climate change
Sustainable design firm Arup devises a plan to regulate the greening of infrastructure and buildings in Spain’s capital city.
Self-sustaining, recyclable emergency shelters
SURI shelters are quick to set up and easily transportable to those affected by war and natural disasters.
Underwater sculptures speak to our collective responsibility
Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor tackles social issues using hyper-realistic underwater sculptures.
Hailed as one of the world’s greatest chefs, Elena Arzak succeeds in ingeniously combining traditional cooking with contemporary food design.
Elena Arzak is a leading figure in New Basque Cuisine
World-renowned chef Elena Arzak is a pioneer in the food world and a visionary in the world of Basque gastronomy.
The delightful and disobedient design of Jaime Hayón
Quirky Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has become well known for his curious pieces.
Ecoalf turns trash into high style fashion
Spanish brand Ecoalf recycles coffee, plastic, ocean waste and tyres to create its clothing lines.
Reclusive artist captures her journey in a photographic diary
Dealing with depression, sadness and life as an introvert, Melania Brescia expresses herself in the only way she can.
Trailer: Santiago Cirugeda on self-construction
Spanish architect Santiago Cirugeda talks architectural activism and self-construction.
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