This week on Dezeen, American musician Lil Nas X and Brooklyn brand MSCHF launched a limited edition collection of Nike shoes that contain human blood.
Released to promote the singer’s latest single, each of the Satan Shoes was a pair of Nike Air Max 97 trainers that had blood from the design team injected into the signature air cushions.
However, the customised trainers were not authorised by the sportswear brand and soon after the release Nike filed a lawsuit, claiming that the altered shoes were causing people to believe “Nike is endorsing satanism”.
Another brand that caused a stir this week was car company Volkswagen as it announced that it was changing its name to Voltswagen in the USA to mark its commitment to electric vehicles.
The news, which was released on 30 March, was reported as fact by numerous publications but turned out to be an early April Fool’s Day joke.
This week we also reported on secret plans in New York City to extend the popular High Line pedestrian walkway upwards to create “The Even Higher Line”.
Unlike Volkswagen’s news, this was published on April 1.
To combat doubt over the viability and speed of the proposed construction timetable for the first space hotel, its chief architect Tim Alatorre answers questions posed by sceptical Dezeen readers.
In a quick-fire Q&A, he confirmed that the hotel is aiming to open in 2027 and that it will revolve at a speed slightly faster than the second hand of a clock.
As global interest in NFTs continued, Canadian brand Bocci released the design method behind an unreleased candle prototype as a non-fungible token (NFT).
However, some people questioned the environmental impact of the blockchain technology, with architect Chris Precht telling Dezeen that he abandoned plans to sell digital artworks backed by NFTs as the impact is “horrible”.
Popular projects this week included a modular, prefabricated cabin designed by Spanish architecture studio Delavegacanolasso, a house on the edge of a lake in Texas and a concrete school in Mexico.
This week’s lookbook focused on kitchens with terrazzo details.
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