Dezeen and Dutch Design Week host live panel discussion about The New Intimacy

Dezeen’s collaboration with Dutch Design Week 2020 launched today with a live panel discussion featuring designer Victoria Ayo and architects Mark van der Net and Ali Tal’at Ali As’ad on the event’s main theme, The New Intimacy.

Moderated by Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, the talk was part of a programme showcasing the work of a number of emerging and established designers at Dutch Design Week (DDW).

This year’s edition of DDW will be completely digital due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced its organisers to take the “unbelievable painful decision” to cancel physical shows.

Designer Victoria Ayo
Victoria Ayo will speak about her “Birth Reborn” project

Fairs was joined by DDW head of program Jorn Konjin, who presented the theme The New Intimacy, which focuses on a search for new forms of intimacy following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Within the talk Ayo, Van der Net and As’ad each presented projects that … Read more

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How to keep your house warm in winter – insulate against the cold and block those drafts

After a summer of record highs and blistering nights, the drop in temperature has come as a bit of a shock. Staying warm at home can be expensive, which is why we felt the need to come up with some tips for how to keep your house warm in winter. To keep you and your family cosy until spring, without breaking the bank!

More heating ideas: Best fans for cooling and heating your home

Whether you’re after small steps to make your home that little bit toastier or are looking at completely refurbishing it to make it as energy efficient as possible, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent unwanted draughts. Our guide on how to keep your house warm in winter includes our own tricks, as well as pointers on staying snug from a few experts in the field.

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Why past performance is no guide to the future

When it comes to the property market, many experts assure us that past performance is the best indicator of future performance.

But if we actually look at how they use past performance to make their forecasts, we immediately come across a huge contradiction.

Only buy in areas that have stood the test of time

One group of experts claim that we should only buy properties in suburbs that have “stood the test of time”.

They say that their high performance in the past offers us not only the greatest level of security, but the best prospects of continued price growth into the future.

This is based purely on the expectation that high past performance predicts future performance.

This seems logical, except that there are many suburbs and towns where housing markets have boomed for years, only to crash without warning.

Investing TimeIn fact, every boom has ended at some time, even … Read more

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Kerryn Levy’s Wonderfully Wonky Ceramics

Kerryn Levy’s Wonderfully Wonky Ceramics

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Sasha Gattermayr

Photo – Kerryn Levy.

Photo – Kerryn Levy.

Photo – Alex Frayne.

Photo – Kerryn Levy.

Photo – Kerryn Levy.

Photo – Kerryn Levy.

Photo – Alex Frayne.

Photo – Kerryn Levy.

Photo – Ashlee Hopkins.

Adelaide-based Kerryn Levy’s covetable ceramic vessels are organic and fluid constructions bearing the human marks of their composition. Her forms are made through a slow, manual process of pinching, smoothing and folding clay into a functional shape, meaning they carry impressions of the fingers, nails and muscle that moulded them. Kerryn is inspired by the natural world, the human body and the connection between the two.

Both earthy and sculptural, Kerryn’s finished pieces look as though they might have been buried in the clay all along, awaiting the right practitioner to come along and reveal their

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Lin Shaobin emulates mountainous scenes with burnt paper for Chinese tea packaging

Shanghai-based graphic design studio Lin Shaobin has created packaging for tea that uses burnt paper to emulate traditional Chinese ink paintings of misty mountains.

The Mountain Tea Song packaging project was commissioned by Guangzhou Zifang enterprise for a restaurant in the Chinese city of Guangzhou called Song’s Chinese Cuisine.

Lin Shaobin took design cues from the Song dynasty – an era that begun with Emperor Taizu of Songa and saw a period of wide artistic development in China that lasted from around 960-1279 AD.

Lin Shaobin designs Mountain Tea Song tea packaging for Shanghai restaurant
The tea packaging takes cues from art produced during the Song dynasty

As tea is the most popular beverage of choice in Song’s Chinese Cuisine, Lin Shaobin were tasked with designing a unique packaging that reflected both the creative inspiration of the restaurant as well as the location from which the drink is sourced.

The Mountain Tea Song tea leaves are grown high up in the … Read more

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