Heavenly Star I rug by Raymond Loewy for Tai Ping Carpets

Dezeen Showroom: industrial designer Raymond Loewy’s Heavenly Star I rug from 1952 has been relaunched by Hong Kong-based Tai Ping Carpets.

As its name suggests, Heavenly Star I is emblazoned with a series of scribble-like spirals that evoke distant star formations.

A room featuring the Heavenly Star I rug by Raymond Loewy for Tai Ping Carpets
Tai Ping Carpets has relaunched Raymond Loewy’s Heavenly Star I rug

The overlapping motifs are handcrafted from white and brown wool, set against a tufted, almond-coloured backdrop.

According to Tai Ping Carpets, the rug is one of several Loewy pieces that “revolutionised the role of the carpet in home decor” through their organic patterns and motifs.

The product is made from New Zealand wool, which is applied in a loop pile weave for a textured and durable finish.

The Heavenly Star I rug by Raymond Loewy for Tai Ping Carpets
It is adorned with scribble-like spirals that evoke star formations

Heavenly Star I forms part of the Edward Fields Home Collection, which is produced by Tai Ping Carpets … Read more

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Police warn households to be careful of this new burglary trick

One of the perks of this last year has been the drop in burglaries. However, with over 1,100 burglaries a day still happening across the UK, burglars are finding increasingly clever ways to break into our homes.

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Burglars are becoming more innovative. Here are the latest burglary tricks and trends sweeping the country, and how to best protect your property against them.

Latest burglary tricks and trends

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Masking tape trick

A new trick using tape is sweeping the UK to help burglars identify when a house is empty. This tactic involves potential intruders putting tape over the keyhole of a house they think is empty. If the tape hasn’t been removed within a few days, they assume the home is unoccupied.

In a similar manner, some burglars are placing tape tightly over doorbells … Read more

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This week a pink seesaw installation on the US-Mexico border was named Design of the Year

This week on Dezeen, an installation of three pink seesaws that allow children to play across the border won the Design Museum’s Design of the Year award.

Named the Teeter-Totter Wall, the pink seesaws were designed by architecture studio Rael San Fratello to connect children on both sides of the border wall.

“We are living in a time when people are longing for meaningful connections and we would like to think the teeter-totter can be an example for how we come together, to create balance and equality,” Virginia San Fratello told Dezeen.

The award was announced in the same week that Donald Trump, who highly politicised the border wall, left office and Joe Biden was sworn in as US president.

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Reconfiguring this Victorian terrace proved challenging – but the results are amazing

Being an interior designer, homeowner Jenna Choate James quickly saw the possibilities when she and her husband viewed this north London end of terrace. Seeing the potential to reconfigure the layout to create an ideal living space. ‘There was a big garden so we realised we could extend and create an amazing place for entertaining,’ she says.

However, building an extension at the rear was far from easy as the house had so many levels and differences in ceiling height. ‘The answer was to call in MAP Architecture, who did a fantastic job of helping with the tricky bits that we couldn’t have come up with on our own,’ she explains. And one of the major triumphs was the distinctive mezzanine lounge above the space that used to be the kitchen – now the couple’s cosy TV room.

Reconfigured Victorian terrace

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‘Being a Victorian house, there … Read more

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Gerardo Osio unravels Mexico's indigenous past with set of "disrupted" objects

Mexican designer Gerardo Osio has created Raíz Noreste, a collection of objects including concrete sandals that combine traditional and modern materials to make a statement about the history of northeast Mexico.

Named Raíz Noreste, which translates as northeast root, the series of designs investigates the native past of what is now considered to be the most Americanised part of the country.

Raiz Noreste Gerardo Osio set of objects
Raíz Noreste is a collection of objects made from traditional and modern materials

Each individual piece in the collection is a reinterpretation of a traditional object, remade to reflect how northeast Mexico transformed from a region populated by native hunter-gatherers to an industrial hub.

“The objects are intervened or ‘disrupted’ with materials that correspond to today’s industry in the northeastern area.” Gerardo Osio told Dezeen.

For example, Sedentarismo, which translates as sedentary lifestyle, is a pair of sandals made of ixtle – a natural fibre commonly used by … Read more

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