Hidden Art founder and "visionary" Dieneke Ferguson dies at 70

Dieneke Ferguson, the founder of Hackney non-profit and design organisation Hidden Art, has died from ovarian cancer at the age of 70.

Ferguson passed away on Monday 21 September 2020 at London’s Homerton Hospital.

Described by design writer Barbara Chandler as “visionary, endlessly resourceful, energetic, powerfully persuasive and eternally optimistic”, Ferguson was devoted to bringing the work of British creatives to a wider audience.

Dieneke Ferguson photographed by Barbara Chandler
Dieneke Ferguson was the founder of Hidden Art

Hidden Art, the non-profit she co-founded in 1993, was dedicated to supporting local design in Hackney, a borough of east London.

Her passing is mourned by many designers and creatives, who are posting tributes on Chandler’s Instagram.

“Dieneke had such a positive influence on my starting years as a designer,” said interiors designer Nick Fraser. “She created so many opportunities for designers and makers to thrive but more than this she was kind, modest and … Read more

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See how an extension transformed this family home in Bristol

If your family is steadily growing, rather than moving house be inspired by this lovely family home extension to make space in your current home. This Bristol home merges the modern rear and second story extension seamlessly with the historical structure, accommodating a growing family of five.

Related: See inside TOWIE star Lydia Bright’s county-inspired kitchen

The home is filled with buckets of charm, from original fireplaces to the high ceilings. However, the extension overseen by Oasys Property Solutions brings in many must-have modern features for a busy family.

Let’s take a look around…

Inside Harcourt Road

Image credit: Faye Hedges Photography

We love a painted door, and this pastel blue double door instantly brings a smile to our face. The family have retained the stained glass windows as a nod to the homes history. However, the brass detailing around the entranceway ensure this home looks anything but dated.


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Commenters praise "honest and dystopian depiction" of Guangzhou Show Theatre

In this week’s comments update, readers are debating visuals of the Guangzhou Show Theatre in China and sharing their thoughts on other top stories.

Steven Chilton Architects has revealed rendered images of the Guangzhou Show Theatre, which is currently under construction in southern China.

The theatre will feature a facade directly informed by the city’s history as a key part of the Silk Road trading route as well as a 2,000-seat auditorium.

“It is truly troubling on many levels”

But commenters aren’t convinced. “There are already many germane comments about the juxtaposition between this project and the rendered immediate context,” said Spszut. “It is truly troubling on many levels.”

Stutelf agreed, asking: “Why has the visualiser placed a person with trousers made from carrier bags outside the entrance of a 2,000 seat theatre? Is it to amplify the ‘dynamism and joy’?”

Miles Teg continued: “This is a beauty that … Read more

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You won't believe where this designer-look lighting range is from – with prices from just £3

The new B&Q lighting range for this season is its best yet! With everything from designer looking ceiling lights and Art Deco-inspired lamps, the new range has something for every taste. There’s a lighting option for adding a touch of both on-trend style and ambience to all homes this autumn.

Related: The key lighting trends for autumn – to illuminate the darker months ahead

The comprehensive lighting collection features over 500 new styles, across a range of pendants; table lamps; floor lamps; wall lamps; chandeliers; shades; clusters and ceiling lights.

New season B&Q lighting

The new lighting offering is the largest from the DIY retailer to date, with prices starting from just £3 – for the light shades.

The new collection is split into two ranges. With 20 coordinated looks, the ‘Collection Range’ helps customers create layers of ambient, task focused and accent light for every room. Each Read more

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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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