Ten Top Designers Get the Products of Their Dreams With “The Wish List”

Tableware / Zaha Hadid + Gareth Neal. Image © Petr Krejčí

Terence Conran asked nine of his friends in the design world “What have you always wanted in your home, but have never been able to find?” The result is The Wish List, a set of ten projects dreamed up by big name designers such as Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers, but designed and crafted in collaboration with emerging designers.

Sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council, the only restriction was that the product had to be made of wood, leading to designs ranging from Foster’s modest geometric pencil sharpeners to Paul Smith‘s dream garden shed.

As part of the 2014 London Design Festival, the resulting ten products will be on show at the V&A Museum until October 24th.

Video: drMM

The latest video from Crane.tv involves the London-based drMM architecture studio. An eclectic mix of architectural know-how puts this practice at the forefront of innovative and sustainable design.

Dolls’ House Designs for KIDS Unveiled

. Image Courtesy of A Dolls

Inspired by the dolls’ house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition in 1922, twenty British practices are each designing a contemporary dolls’ house in aid of the disabled childrens’ charity KIDS. Each version will sit on a 750mm square plinth to be auctioned at Bonham’s on the 11th November and contains one feature which would make life easier for a disabled child. Among the participating practices is Zaha Hadid Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour + PartnersFAT will also be working with Turner Prize recipient Grayson Perry CBE, and Studio Egret West with artist Andrew Logan.

See all the entries after the break…

20 Architects Design a Dolls’ House for KIDS

Inside Out House. Image © Coffey Architects

Inspired by the dolls’ house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition in 1922, twenty British practices are each designing a contemporary dolls’ house in aid of the disabled childrens’ charity KIDS. Each version will sit on a 750mm square plinth to be exhibited during this year’s London Design Festival (14th – 21st September, 2013) before being auctioned. Each design must contain “a unique feature to life easier for a child who is disabled.”

Tower of Love / dRMM

© Alex de Rijke

Architects: de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects
Location: Blackpool,
Landscape Architect: LDA Design
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Alex de Rijke, Chris Astbury

Clapham Manor Primary School / dRMM

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Architect: dRMM
Location: , UK
Client: London Borough of Lambeth
Project Manager: Sprunt
Structural Engineer: Michael Hadi Associates
QS and CDM Coordinator: Appleyard & Trew
Environmental Engineer: Fulcrum Consulting
Acoustic: Fleming & Barron
Main Contractor: The Construction Partnership
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Jonas Lencer

Sliding House by dRMM in action

Sometimes photos aren´t enough to describe a project. Wallpaper* featured a cool video showing how the Sliding House works. By british architects dRMM:

The brief was simple: to build a house to retire to in order to grow food, entertain and enjoy the East Anglia landscape. The outcome was as unconventional as they come. A structure that has the ability to vary or connect the overall building’s composition and character according to season, weather or simply a desire to delight. Wallpaper* took a trip to the site to capture the physical phenomenon in the only medium that serves it justice – film.

Director: Dan Lowe Producer Mags Milan
Camera: Dan Lowe, Oly Durey, Jamie Durand Editor: Matt Dollings Music courtesy of: Talvihorros Productions company: Partizan/Darkroom Special thanks to: Jordan McGarry, Lauren Hedges, Ross & Sally Russell, Alex De Rijke