This week Opposite Office proposed turning the US Capitol into a fortress

This week on Dezeen, architecture studio Opposite Office envisioned fortifying the US Capitol in response to the invasion of the building by Donald Trump supporters.

The provocative architecture studio created the concept, named Capitol Castle, as a comment on how democracy is increasingly under threat.

“It’s tongue-in-cheek, but the question behind it is relevant: how can we protect our democracy?” Opposite Office founder Benedikt Hartl told Dezeen.

“Democracy is not for free. Most of us living in the USA, or in Europe, know of no other form of government than democracy.”

Rebrand takes Burger King back to "when it looked at its best" says designer
Rebrand takes Burger King back to “when it looked at its best” says designer

In design news, fast-food chain Burger King unveiled a new logo as part of its first major rebrand for 20 years. The logo was a reworking of a previous design sued by the restaurant during the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

“We explored a … Read more

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Like new for less than £20! Old wardrobe is updated with a splash of pink furniture paint

Do you have an old wardrobe that could use some TLC? How about giving it a totally new look with a lick of paint? Let this fine example inspire your own DIY upcycling project. This wardrobe transformation is the work of Ideal Home’s Editor Heather Young who has upcycled an old family heirloom for her young daughter’s room.

A few coats of Frenchic furniture paint has totally transformed the outdated wardrobe into a vision in pretty pink.

Upcycled old wardrobe

Image credit: Heather Young

‘My mum remembers going to the furniture shop to buy this wardrobe (part of a bedroom set) with her parents when she was about five years old,’ Heather recalls.

With the wardrobe having lived in the garage for years after she inherited it, Heather felt it was time to embark on an upcycling project to give it a new lease of life – leading the way … Read more

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Camira, Benchmark, Pedrali and Karimoku showcase products on Dezeen Showroom

UK textile manufacturer Camira, furniture-maker Benchmark, Italian brand Pedrali and Japanese furniture brand Karimoku are among brands showcasing products on Dezeen Showroom this week.

Furniture including seating, tables and storage have been added to Dezeen Showroom, which is an affordable space for brands to launch products and showcase their designers and projects.

Read on to see the latest products:

Chair upholstered with Camira Flax fabric by Camira

Craggan Flax fabric by Camira

Craggan Flax is a highly textured sustainable fabric finish made from thickly woven wool and flax by Camira. The fabric is intended for furniture upholstery in commercial and residential interiors.

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KIT desk by Spacestor

KIT desk by Spacestor

KIT desk is a compact desk which can be assembled without tools in “under 20 seconds” designed by workspace furniture brand Spacestor.

The desk is designed to fold away when not in use and its lightweight frame allows for it to be … Read more

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L-shaped kitchen ideas – for a space that is practical, concise and effortlessly stylish

Choosing the right layout is key to making your kitchen space work. It may look fantastic but if it fails to function as a workspace, it’s a huge disappointment – not mention an expensive mistake. Therefore it requiress careful consideration. An L shaped kitchen layout offers lots of flexibility without feeling too enclosed.

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L-shaped kitchen ideas

When deciding on a layout for your kitchen your choices are to a great extent dictated by the shape and size of your room, but that doesn’t mean you have to be restricted when it comes to design. Whether the space is large or small an L-shape layout works with both contemporary and traditional cabinetry, and the form is flexible enough to adapt to structural needs, such as sloping ceilings or large windows.… Read more

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KIT desk by Spacestor

Dezeen Showroom: workspace furniture brand Spacestor has created a compact, foldable and portable desk called KIT, in a bid to help users work more comfortably from their own home.

KIT has a simple, cost-effective frame that can be assembled without tools “in less than 20 seconds”.

Once it is no longer needed, it can be easily folded up and placed out of sight or transported between rooms with the help of a “slot carry handle” to give users a change of scene.

An assembled KIT desk by Spacestor
Above: KIT is designed with a deliberately simple frame. Top image: it can be folded for storage or transportation

KIT is made up of a lacquered plywood top and steel frame, which according to Spacestor creates a “Californian, mid-century” aesthetic suited to a wide range of spaces.

The worktop is fitted with a built-in cupholder, phone dock and pen groove, while a bag hook is attached to the … Read more

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