In classical architecture, the term ‘arcade’ refers to a series of arches supported by columns or other vertical elements such as piers. First developed by the Romans, who took inspiration from ancient aqueduct designs, arcades today are used to form a passageway between arches and a solid wall, or a covered walkway providing access to commercial buildings or markets.
In the digital era, books are not opened that often. Nevertheless, bookshelves remain an important piece of furniture in most homes and offices. These days, they have become decorative, often serving as a piece to showcase the titles one reads. Product designers create bespoke fixtures intended to do justice to every book and motivate their owners to read more often.
Focused on minimalist aesthetics, Japanese and Scandinavian share many common design principles, including warm natural materials, subdued colour scheme and seemingly basic and uncomplicated structure. All this has given birth to the new “Japandi” design trend that combines Japanese simplicity with Scandinavian functionality.
Orthopedic cast immobilisation is one of the most common ways of treating broken and fractured bones, involving the use of materials to encase and restrict the movement of broken bones, which allows them to heal. A standard for decades are plaster fracture casts that are not water resistant and can cause great discomfort, annoying sweat, stink, and itch when being worn for weeks or even months. Product designers do their best to find new sustainable methods to design and manufacture alternative medical casts that are both functional and elegant.
Spiral staircases allow for efficient usage of space and provide an aesthetically attractive design component to the static form of a building. Spiral designs can transform the function of a series of steps so that they become much more than just a means of transitioning between floors.
The Barkitecture competition at Goodwoof is a two-day exhibition and dog event, where architects compete to be awarded the Single Kennel Design Award, which calls for contemporary and innovative kennels to be built within a £250 budget. The shortlisted kennels are auctioned by Bonhams with their proceeds donated to the Dog’s Trust. We have collected some of the featured kennels for you to see – those are bespoke examples of architecture in miniature.
3D-printed objects seem to be all the rage these days. You can 3D print almost anything from toys to accessories, bike saddles, furniture, and even shoes. Made to order, a pair of 3D printed sneakers can offer ergonomics that you don’t normally get from common footwear.
Even a pair of boards taken from two logs of the same species may not look exactly alike. That is because color, texture, and grain, all come into play for a species’ visual appeal. Product designers experiment with new methods to beautifully embellish wooden materials using this peculiar quality of wood grain.