"Urban Sun is not intended to create a guaranteed safe space" says Studio Roosegaarde

Studio Roosegaarde’s Urban Sun proposal to use ultraviolet lights to make outdoor spaces safer from Covid-19 can only be used at night and people still need to wear masks and observe social distancing, the designer has explained.

The studio stands by the claim stated on its website that Urban Sun “cleans public spaces of coronavirus” but added that it is “not intended to be an ultimate solution”.

It admitted that the concept, which proposes using far-UVC radiation to neutralise airborne viruses in outdoor spaces, can only be used after sunset. “We are not claiming that Urban Sun prevents infection for everybody,” the studio said.

Urban Sun by Studio Roosegaarde
Studio Roosegaarde launched Urban Sun this week

Following the launch of Urban Sun this week, Dezeen readers posed questions about the concept in our comments section.

“If the light is safe why not sell light bulbs we could use everywhere?” wondered Steve Hassler. “Is this … Read more

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Step inside this city garden flat that's bursting with colour and individuality

A curated mix of vintage, bespoke and new has turned this period garden flat into a comfortable and welcoming home. Buying the garden flat was an easy move for these homeowners who had been living in the top floor flat of the same converted property. The neutral decoration, high-quality bathroom and kitchen offered a good blank canvas. With no need to change these key rooms, they put all their energy into transforming the decor.

Colour and individuality were the two things these homeowners wanted for their flat and they have achieved just that.

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Straightaway they decided to reinstate all the missing period features, and sought the expertise of interior designer, Brooke Copp-Barton, who’d been highly recommended by neighbours. ‘We had the main elements in mind – blues and greens, dark wood parquet floors and outbreaks of soft fabrics – but we … Read more

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A Stylist’s Bookmark-Worthy Guide To Byron Bay + The Northern Rivers Region

A Stylist’s Bookmark-Worthy Guide To Byron Bay + The Northern Rivers Region

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Jono Fleming

Photo – Jono Fleming.

I travelled to Byron Bay with some friends on a road trip when I was in my early 20s. We stayed at a youth hostel somewhere, hit up Cheeky Monkeys for some shots, and drove around taking photos with every large object we could find (the big prawn in Ballina, for example).

Cut to over a decade later, and a trip to Byron Bay and the Northern Rivers region is a little different. While the landmarks and big Australian icons are still there, there has been an influx of amazing creatives and foodies that have set up shop in the area, as well as social media stars sharing every corner of town. But don’t be put off by its ‘sceney’ status, there are a still lots of places to escape

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Wing shelving by Mario Ruiz for Systemtronic

Dezeen Showroom: Spanish designer Mario Ruiz has created the versatile, modular Wing shelving system for furniture brand Systemtronic.

Made from extruded aluminium, the Wing shelving was designed to be positioned alongside walls or to be a freestanding system.

Ruiz designed the flexible system so that it could be configured in multiple ways, and utilised in both home and office environments.

Wing shelving by Mario Ruiz for Systemtronic
Top: the Wing shelving system can be positioned alongside walls. Above: it can also be used as a room divider

“Its design is discreet, with a structure of essential shapes and shelves of subtle profiles that instil an expression of lightness and sophistication into the piece,” said the brand.

“The modules can be configured in multiple ways and heights to suit diverse needs and spaces, both in the contract and residential environments.”

Wing shelving by Mario Ruiz for Systemtronic
The extruded aluminium shelves are designed to fit with a variety of interiors

Designed to coordinate with … Read more

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Grassless garden ideas – no-mow alternatives to lawn and turf that are easy to look after

If you don’t have the time, space or energy levels for our lawn ideas, you don’t have to give up on your dream garden. There are plenty of grassless garden ideas to enjoy over the warmer months – hurrah!

From creating the perfect patio to delightful decking spaces, these garden ideas are perfect for those without the luxury of a lawn. After adopting one of these schemes, you’ll want to celebrate your lack of grass, and can sell or give away that mower or strimmer, freeing up space in the shed.

1. Lay extra-large patio tiles for quick coverage

Image credit: Joanna Henderson/Future PLC

For an efficient and modern way to cover your garden, turn to contemporary extra-large paving slabs. You will cover the ground fast, with minimal gaps between where weeds might grow.

2. Bed a container garden in gravel

You don’t need a long rolling lawn to achieve … Read more

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