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BIG designs battery-metals plant, ships and underwater robots for The Metals Company

Architect BIG has designed a factory and a number of waterborne craft for The Metals Company, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of battery production by extracting metals from the seafloor. The proposed designs will facilitate an alternative to land-based mining of nickel, cobalt, copper and manganese. These metals are essential for batteries...

Bølling Tray Table by Hans Bølling for Brdr Krüger

Dezeen Showroom: design studio Brdr Krüger has updated a wooden tray table created in 1963 by Danish architect Hans Bølling. The handcrafted design is made in Værløse, Denmark, and now comes in seven colour pairings influenced by nature – from the dark green shades found in moss to the warm hues of clay. The tray table was designed by Danish architect...

Chata lamp by Goula/Figuera for Gofi

Dezeen Showroom: Gofi has launched the Chata table lamp, created by Barcelona design studio Goula/Figuera as a reinterpretation of traditional lighting designs with a white fabric shade. The lamp comes in two sizes – the regular Chata and the Chata Mini. Its lampshade is made from white linen while the base is available in oak or Sierra Elvira marble....

Yuri Suzuki composes soundscape for electric cars that adapts to the driver 

Pentagram partner Yuri Suzuki has developed a new family of sounds for electric vehicles that hope to replace the "monotonous and annoying" noises made by conventional cars. Proposed as part of a research project, the soundscape includes two new artificial engine hums that change in pitch depending on the speed of the car, as well as a range of in-car...

Maya Lin installs Ghost Forest of dead trees in Midtown Manhattan

Artist and designer Maya Lin has installed 49 dead cedar trees in Midtown Manhattan's Madison Square Park to raise awareness of ecosystem die-off due to climate change. Called Ghost Forest, the project was commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy. The dead Atlantic white cedar trees have been erected on The Oval Lawn of the park. Ghost Forest...

Axor Edge faucets by Jean-Marie Massaud for Axor

Dezeen Showroom: German bathroom and kitchen manufacturer Axor has launched a bathroom faucet collection called Axor Edge, by French designer Jean-Marie Massaud. The range includes a three-hole mixer, single-lever mixer and a wall-mounted mixer – all of which come in four height options. There is also the option for the products to be asymmetrical...

Hand-carved Altar tables by EWE Studio

Dezeen Showroom: Mexican design collective EWE Studio has launched a range of coffee tables, informed by the stone altars used to perform ritual sacrifices in pre-hispanic times. The Altar collection is hand-carved from either marble or onyx based on a traditional craft approach. "The meticulous craftsmanship of the Altar collection, in its desire...

Möbius loveseat by Lauren Colquhoun for Bazaar

Dezeen Showroom: influenced by water and ideas of eternity, the double-ended Möbius sofa by Lauren Colquhoun for Bazaar offers space for two people to sit and contemplate. Colquhoun, an interior designer, originally created the Möbius loveseat for a London riverside project by design studio Accouter. The Möbius loveseat joins two people in an eternal...

Smart Ocean chair by Niels Diffrient for Humanscale

Dezeen Showroom: Humanscale has reimagined its Diffrient Smart office chair, created by the late American industrial designer Niels Diffrient, using plastic made from recycled fishing nets. Called Smart Ocean, each of these chairs is formed from close to one kilogram of recycled nets, collected from the ocean and turned into pellets by California-based...

Es Devlin and Yinka Ilori construct Brit Awards stage like rainbow-coloured maze

Glowing, zigzagging volumes were layered to form the labyrinthine backdrop of the 2021 Brit Awards, courtesy of designers Es Devlin and Yinka Ilori. The ceremony for the annual music awards took place at London's O2 Arena on 11 May and welcomed 4,000 guests, making it one of the biggest indoor events to take place in the UK since the country first...

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