Named À Table, this year’s timber Serpentine Pavilion was designed by French-Lebanese architect Lina Ghotmeh around a nine-sided table as a place to eat and gather.
The pavilion is “a reflection of the times that we live in”, said Ghotmeh in an exclusive interview with Dezeen at the launch of the pavilion.
In Copenhagen, we reported live from the 10th edition of 3 Days of Design. Speaking at the event, GamFratesi founder Enrico Fratesi said that Copenhagen was becoming the “second biggest destination for design”.
Meanwhile, co-founder of Danish brand Hay Rolf Hay criticised the temporary nature of trade fairs. “Trade fairs are a completely irresponsible way of showing,” he told Dezeen.
In architecture news, a ban on skyscrapers was introduced in the city of Paris in response to the controversial construction of Tour Triangle (pictured above) by Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron.
Under the incoming regulations, new buildings in the French capital will be limited to a height of 37 metres or 12 storeys.
In design news, Apple unveiled its much-anticipated mixed-reality headset this week, which is the technology company’s first major product launch in nearly a decade.
Described by CEO Tim Cook as “the first Apple product you look through and not at”, the Vision Pro was designed primarily for augmented reality but can also be used for virtual reality.
In an opinion piece for Dezeen, Ryan Scavnicky argued that architecture-branded products such as the recently released Frank Lloyd Wright trainers by Kith and New Balance, undermine the values of the profession.
“Dead architects’ names are the perfect secret ingredient for selling loads of mediocre merch,” he wrote.
We also published an interview with Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban, in which he said he was tired of seeing architects use mass timber.
“I’m tired of seeing that – it’s a very fashionable style now,” Ban said. “I always avoid designing something fashionable, so lately I’m really tired of seeing the many buildings and architects using mass timber.”
Popular projects this week included Camille Walala’s colourful self-designed studio, a Scottish home built from salvaged stone and timber and a brick music school with a soaring timber roof in Mexico.
Our latest lookbooks featured cherry red interiors and Parisian apartments in historical Haussmann-era buildings.
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