This week on Dezeen, IKEA launched its first line of furniture for PC gaming and we created a guide to wood in architecture, interiors and design.
Created in collaboration with popular hardware brand Republic of Gamers, IKEA’s collection of desks, chairs and accessories was designed to make professional gamer set-ups more accessible.
“The needs of billions of gamers around the globe are very diverse, whereas the existing offer is rather technical and often perceived as masculine design-wise, despite around 46 per cent of gamers being female,” said Ewa Rychert, global business leader of workspace at IKEA.
A largely digital version of Stockholm Design Week took place this week, which was visited by a hologram version of British designer Tom Dixon.
We rounded up 10 of the best projects from the show’s Greenhouse showcase of emerging talent, while its Misschiefs exhibition presents “a more punk side of Swedish design”.
In New York residents of the supertall skyscraper 432 Park Avenue, designed by Rafael Viñoly, reported numerous issues including flooding and being trapped in lifts.
In other architecture news, three British studios studio revealed an array of upcoming projects. Grimshaw unveiled visuals of its latest barn-shaped ventilation shaft for the UK’s HS2 high-speed railway.
Zaha Hadid Architects is designing an exhibition centre in Beijing that has a roofscape that takes cues from tiled roofs in traditional Chinese architecture. And Foster + Partners revealed images of a resort that will be built on a Saudi Arabian island within the Red Sea.
As the impact of Brexit continues to be felt in the UK, designers told Dezeen that “everything has become an admin nightmare” with companies abandoning exports and setting up offices in the European Union (EU) to avoid losing clients.
Also as a “direct response” to the UK leaving the EU, architecture studio Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners announced its decision to set up an office in Paris.
Dezeen created a guide to wood for those thinking of using the material in architecture, interior or design projects.
The guide explains 15 of the most popular types of wood and wood products and has links to hundreds of examples for inspiration.
This week’s lookbook focused on cosy living rooms that place the fireplace at the heart of the room.
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