Clerkenwell Design Week: Preview


One of the most hotly anticipated design festivals in London opens tomorrow and The Think Tank will be exploring it first-hand.

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) is now in its sixth year, well established in the national (if not international) design calendar.

From funky installations and product showcases to one-off presentations and networking events, CDW offers a true smorgasbord of treats to anyone interested in the creative industries.

CDW is worth an explore if you’re in the area (you can register here); if not, follow our blog and the official hashtag #CDW2015.

Let us know what you’re looking forward to during Clerkenwell Design Week.

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‘The Key in the Hand’ exhibition


A Japanese artist has unveiled an impressive memory-inspired work of art at the 2015 Venice Art Biennale.
 
Chiharu Shiota, who represents the Japan Pavilion, revealed ‘The Key in the Hand’, an exhibition with more than 50,000 unique used keys intertwined over two boats.

Visitors are encouraged to think about the importance of memories and the unknown when walking under the striking maze created by the artistic structure.

The artist said: “keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives. As I create the work in the space, the memories of everyone who provides me with their keys will overlap with my own memories for the first time.”

Take a closer look at Shiota’s work here and tell us if it inspires you.

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The world’s first shadowless skyscrapers


Shadowless buildingsArchitecture firm NBBJ has revealed its plan for a couple of very unusual buildings in London.

These two skyscrapers won’t cast a shadow, thanks to their innovative design.

They will use concave reflective surfaces which are adapted to the sun’s path in the sky, significantly reducing their shadows.

The unique towers will be built on Greenwich Peninsula; find out more about the project here.

Street art that can only be seen when it rains


Seattle graffitiAn American artist has created an innovative style of street art, which can only be seen in certain conditions.

Peregrine Church has taken advantage of Seattle’s rainy weather with his new style of street art, which only appears when the pavements are wet.

He uses non-toxic superhydrophobic coating to create his temporary graffiti, rendering his project completely legal.

Have a closer look at this cheerful yet revolutionary street art here and tell us what you think of it.

Innovative building for Singapore university


Nanyang Technological UniversityA Singapore university has a brand new ‘Learning Hub’ designed by Heatherwick Studio.

Nanyang Technological University’s new building has an unusual curved structure, consisting of white layered towers interspersed with trees.

Heatherwick Studio described its unique design as fostering ‘togetherness and sociability’ to ‘encourage collaboration’.

Have a closer look at the stunning construction here and tell us what you think.

Harrods creates Chelsea Flower Show garden based on perfume


Harrods gardenHarrods is launching its first Chelsea Flower Show garden around the theme of perfume.

The department store, with help from garden designer Sheena Seeks, will display flowers that are commonly used in the process of making perfumes as sold at Harrods for over a century.

The designer explained: “one side of the garden is going to look like a perfume laboratory, inspired by the processes where flowers are embedded into wax or have their oils extracted to capture their scent.”

In addition to this, technology will allow visitors to see virtual flowers coming into life with their smartphones.

Have a look at this innovative garden here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

Samsung designs kennel for Crufts


Samsung kennelSamsung has decided to target a new market with its DreamDoghouse. 

The technology company has unveiled a kennel at its latest product launch, claiming to offer ‘the ultimate in doggy luxury’.

This product represents the growing part technology plays in our pets’ lives and is part of the firm’s sponsorship of Crufts 2015.

Andy Griffiths, President, of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, says: “with the Samsung Dream Doghouse, we wanted to reflect the nation’s growing trend for using technology.”

The kennel is on display at Crufts at Birmingham’s NEC. 

Watch the video below and tell us what you think about the product.

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