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This week the spotlight was on IKEA, as the furniture giant pledged to employ refugees at its production centres in Jordan, while Balenciaga launched a clone of the iconic blue tote bag. Read on for more of the best stories on Dezeen...

Croatian mountain lodge by Tomislav Soldo designed to light up like a lantern through diagonal shutters

Readers can't get enough of this mountain home featuring black tar-painted walls, although some are dubious of its eco credentials. Read the story and comments ›

IKEA aims to take 200,000 people out of poverty in massive social sustainability drive

IKEA's plan to employ 200,000 refugees in Jordan is admirable say readers, providing these people aren't exploited. Read the story and comments ›

Edmund Sumner reveals archive photographs of Ryue Nishizawa's seminal Moriyama House

Ten years after completion, Ryue Nishizawa's seminal Moriyama House has become a "classic masterpiece" says one commenter. Read the story and comments ›

Workplace design must change to combat "epidemic" stress levels says UNStudio founder

Do breakout pods offer the best solution to stress in the workplace? UNStudio's Ben van Berkel thinks so, but readers have other ideas. Read the story and comments ›

Modular farm tower for sites across Africa wins international skyscraper competition

Readers aren't convinced that this tower, designed to move to different locations, could be suited to all of sub-Saharan Africa. Read the story and comments ›

Sruli Recht develops world's first transparent leather for latest fashion collection

Could this transparent cow-skin leather used by fashion designer Sruli Recht make its way onto the High Street? Read the story and comments ›

Optimef launches at Dezeen Watch Store

Romanian brand Optimef aims to revive the country's watch industry with this Memphis-inspired timepiece, now available at Dezeen Watch Store. Shop now ›

SO-IL and MINI create an air-filtering house that "contributes to improving urban life"

MINI's Oke Hauser and SO-IL's Ilias Papageorgiou explain why they installed a translucent prefab home in an unused urban plot in Milan. Watch the movie ›

Balenciaga sells £1,705 version of IKEA's blue tote bag worth 40p

Balenciaga has designed a large blue tote that bears a striking resemblance to IKEA's iconic Frakta bag, but which is the better buy? Read the story and comments ›

Neo Bankside residents take Tate Modern to court over Herzog & de Meuron extension

Forget the High Court – there are much easier ways to solve the privacy feud between Neo Bankside residents and Tate Modern. Read the story and comments ›

Aaron Betsky opinion on Trump's wall

Is working on Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall as unethical as it first seemed, asks Aaron BetskyRead his Opinion column ›

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This Shenzhen hotel and cultural centre takes its cues from Sou Fujimoto's 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, according to one commenter. Read the story and comments ›

 
 
 

 
Dezeen Watch Store launches Optimef

 
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Senior yacht designer at Marc Newson in London 

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Drone footage captures Apple Park as it prepares to welcome employees

Drone footage captures Apple Park as it nears completion ›

Tatiana Bilbao's Ventura House "grows organically" out from a forested Mexico hillside

House by Tatiana Bilbao grows out from a forested Mexico hillside ›

Neo Bankside residents take Tate Modern to court over Herzog & de Meuron extension

Neo Bankside residents take Tate Modern to court over extension ›

White box forms sleeping nook in Toronto loft by StudioAC

White box forms sleeping nook in Toronto loft by StudioAC ›

Housing development based on Hanging Gardens of Babylon proposed for Birmingham

Housing for Birmingham based on Hanging Gardens of Babylon ›

News

 
Tate Harmer reveals plans for £8.5 million hotel at the Eden Project

Tate Harmer reveals plans for £8.5 million hotel at the Eden Project ›

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Balconies and courtyards puncture Japanese apartment building by Eureka and Maru Architecture

Balconies and courtyards puncture Japanese apartment building ›

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Design

 
Blond creates stripped-back bank card for financial services start-up Revolut

Blond creates stripped-back bank card for start-up Revolut ›

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Antonino Cardillo bases textured all-green gallery interior on Wagner opera

Antonino Cardillo bases all-green gallery interior on Wagner opera ›

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David Adjaye creates concrete speaker with "directional form" for Master & Dynamic

David Adjaye creates concrete speaker with "directional form" ›

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Competition: win a book documenting the work of designer Maarten Baas

Win a book documenting the work of designer Maarten Baas ›

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