Open House tickets up for grabs

Win a pair of tickets to one of four buildings opening their doors for next weekend’s Open House 2015

Win a pair of tickets to one of four buildings opening their doors for next weekend’s Open House 2015

Competition: five Do It Yourself books to be won

Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with publishers Phaidon to offer five readers the chance to win one of five copies of Do It Yourself, a book containing instructions for 50…

Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with publishers Phaidon to offer five readers the chance to win one of five copies of Do It Yourself, a book containing instructions for 50 DIY projects written by prolific desi…

Tour Montparnasse set for £500m regeneration competition

An international competition has been announced for a £500 million overhaul of Paris’ opinion-splitting Tour Montparnasse skyscraper

An international competition has been announced for a £500 million overhaul of Paris’ opinion-splitting Tour Montparnasse skyscraper

Buy: OG Sk8-Hi LX Sneakers

Japanese streetwear brand WTAPS (pronounced "double taps") and sneaker house Vans collaborate once again for a limited edition eight-piece capsule collection under the vintage-inspired Vault by Vans premium label. The…

Japanese streetwear brand WTAPS (pronounced “double taps”) and sneaker house Vans collaborate once again for a limited edition eight-piece capsule collection under the vintage-inspired Vault by Vans premium label. The OG Sk8-Hi LX takes cues from skater……

New York-based Marc Thorpe has become the latest designer to produce a compact draught beer dispenser with a design for Stella Artois that was created for small restaurants and bars…

New York-based Marc Thorpe has become the latest designer to produce a compact draught beer dispenser with a design for Stella Artois that was created for small restaurants and bars (+ slideshow). (more…)…

London Design Festival Preview

Now hitting its half-decade, designjunction has a new main home in the old Central Saint Martins building on Southampton Row. More than 180 brands will be on display in this…

Blueprint

Now hitting its half-decade, designjunction has a new main home in the old Central Saint Martins building on Southampton Row. More than 180 brands will be on display in this great old building, which was originally The Central School of Arts and Crafts, set up in 1896 under the auspices of its first principal William R Lethaby. Across the way in Victoria House, where designjunction opened its doors for the very first time, a further 35 design-led pop-up shops will be gathered.

Brands and designers on show at designjunction will include Wrong for Hay, Fritz Hansen, Benjamin Hubert, Modus, Proof, Hermann Miller, Vitra, Artimede and Bisley. Over in Victoria House, you’ll find the likes of Heal’s, Melin Tregwynt, Nest.co.uk and Outline Editions.

Transport for London will be making a big splash at the event with a life-size, pop-up Underground station made out of… wood. This has been designed by Camilla Barnard and will sit next to the TfL Cafe, where Blueprint will be hosting the RIBA Architects’ Breakfast early morning view. There’ll also be a full seminar programme arranged around the theme ‘Design for a Reason’.

A visualisation of the lifesize, wooden Tube station. Photo: Courtesy London Design Festival
A visualisation of the lifesize, wooden Tube station. Photo: Courtesy London Design Festival

Design education… WTF?
Continuing with the central theme of this issue of Blueprint, we will be involved with what promises to be a lively debate on the future of industrial design education and how it can stay – or become, depending on your point of view – relevant. Organised by Central Saint Martins’ Matt Malpass and Nick Rhodes DE… WTF? is split into three parts starting with the discussion on 17 September. Themes from the discussion will be explored in an onsite design studio on the 19th (Saturday) that will develop them into ‘visions of a future’, which will be presented the following day.

Designjunction Architects’ Breakfast
In partnership with RIBA, BIID, BCFA 24 September, 9am-11am

Blueprint will be a host at Transport For London café at designjunction for the Architects’ Breakfast event (RIBA members only). Come and join us if you fancy a break from tramping around the show. For tickets to the event go to ribalondon.

Revealed: Six rival designs in Bath bridge contest

Six competing designs for a new £2.5 million crossing over the River Avon in central Bath have been unveiled

Six competing designs for a new £2.5 million crossing over the River Avon in central Bath have been unveiled

Today we like: design using bacteria

Designer Ori Elisar has developed a bacterial ink and grown typographical symbols in a petri dish. Here are more stories featuring microbes, including a lamp powered by glowing octopus bacteria (pictured), clothes grown…

Design using bacteria: Bacterial Lamp by Teresa van Dongen

Designer Ori Elisar has developed a bacterial ink and grown typographical symbols in a petri dish. Here are more stories featuring microbes, including a lamp powered by glowing octopus bacteria (pictured), clothes grown from single-cell organisms and cheese made from the sweat and tears of celebrities.

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On the third day of Dom Pérignon's annual grape harvest, we joined the team in the pinot noir fields of Ay, in the heart of France's celebrated Champagne region and…

On the third day of Dom Pérignon’s annual grape harvest, we joined the team in the pinot noir fields of Ay, in the heart of France’s celebrated Champagne region and toured their medieval abbey grounds in Hautvillers. This was the second stage of their……