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Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Ice Watch’

Image courtesy Greenland Group To mark the UN IPPC’s 5th assessment on climate change Olafur Eliasson has created  Ice Watch , a vast installation which sees him transporting 100 tonnes of ice from the Nuup Kangerlua Fjord outside Nuuk in Greenland, to Copengagen’s City Hall Square.

Cruz y Ortiz completes new exhibition wing at the Rijksmuseum

Main picture: Philips Wing. Photo: Ronald Tilleman.

The Philips Wing, formerly called the Fragments Building, unites a number of previous expansions to the main building to create a space for temporary exhibitions as well as a new restaurant. It opens on 1 November with an exhibition on 20th century photography, and from February, a showcase of Rembrandt.


Rijksmuseum – 2014 – John Lewis Marshall

Similarly to the main museum, finished last year, Cruz y Ortiz has created a light-filled, double-height atrium with mini versions of the white chandelier-like grates. On one side of the atrium is a 17th century wall, which once belonged to a castle in the Dutch city of Breda, before bring saved and reinstated in Amsterdam by the Rijksmuseum’s original architect Pierre Cuypers. The entrance has been reoriented to face the main building and a new Asian pavilion, while a staircase leads up to the exhibition spaces on the first floor.


Philips Wing. Photo: Ronald Tilleman

The 13 exhibition rooms, used for the past ten years as a temporary gallery while the main museum underwent its renovation, have been left as uncomplicated, white spaces, connected on either side of the atrium by a sweeping balcony. Elsewhere, Dutch firm Studio Drift has installed Shylight, a moving light system consisting of five petticoat-like lamps that move up and down an old 18th century staircase at the rear of the gallery.


Philips Wing. Photo: Ronald Tilleman

Director general of the Rijksmuseum Wim Pijbes describes the new Philips Wing as ‘an extra surprise’ to the museum. ‘I see it as a museum itself, it’s not just an extra wing,’ he says.


New Design Britain Awards 2015 – entries open

Entries are now open for the New Design Britain Awards 2015, which take places at next year’s May Design Series.
The Awards are open to design graduates until Friday 16th January 2015.

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One of last year’s winners, Rocker by James Harrison

According to organiser UBM, the awards are aimed at ‘bringing talented young graduates to the forefront of the international design industry with a new focus on growing the programme to include mentoring, online resources as a source of info for business advice, fully-fledged progression initiative and campaigns raising awareness and support for issues in the design education community’.

There is a dedicated hub within the May Design Series website where entrants can find out more about the devoted programmes as they are added

This year’s awards will feature two new categories – Interior Design and Architecture – which sit alongside the other categories: Furniture, Accessories, Fabrics and Surfaces.

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One of last year’s winners, Infinity +1 by Jason Heap

A panel of expert judges will select a shortlist of 24 designers to whose work will go on show at the entrance to May Design Series.
Live judging will take place at the show and winners will be offered a work placement with key industry players, vital industry advice, amongst other benefits.

All winners of the product categories will also receive a free stand to exhibit their product at May Design Series 2016 as part of the Designer Makers area, and winners from the Interior design and Architecture categories to assist with designing next year’s show.

Visit to find out more about New Design Britain and to enter the awards.


Design a new concrete wall tile for Domus

By Dominic Goymour

How would you like to see your work up on the wall – permanently?

The call is out for artists and designers to create a new concrete wall tile that will be actually be manufactured and sold. Tile manufacturer Domus, and Kaza Concrete are organising the competition and the winner will see their design on sale alongside tiles from the likes of Barber & Osgerby and Patricia Urquiola.


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Domus tile designer Sam Frith will assemble a shortlist from entries, which will then be judged by a panel including Ab Rogers and Morag Myerscough. The competition runs until 5pm on12 December, with the winner being announced in early 2015.


Wa by Sam Frith for KAZA Concrete

Submitted designs must be concrete wall tiles, designed to be efficient yet imaginative and decorative. Your submission should show a single tile, and consist of a front view, a side view, a cross section, and finally a multi-tile installation. A copy of your creation should be submitted in either jpg. or pdf. form to


Wa by Sam Frith for KAZA Concrete

Accompanying this must be a complete entry form, which is available at, or you can pick it up from their Eastcastle Street showroom (postcode W1W 8DF). A full list of T&C’s is also available online.



$90 Million Restoration Nears Completion on the Largest Theater in Brooklyn

Shuttered for almost 40 years, the ornamental façade of the Kings Theatre—towering over the storefronts along Brooklyn, New York’s busy Flatbush Avenue—stood as a sad reminder of the area’s decline, beginning in the 1970s, from a once glorious past. Now its decorative terracotta panels and sculptural flourishes are a vision sign of progress as the theater prepares to reopen in January 2015.