This week we announced the winners of the Dezeen Awards public vote

This week we announced the winners of the Dezeen Awards public vote

This week on Dezeen, we announced the winners of the Dezeen Awards public vote and Italian furniture designer Enzo Mari passed away.

Projects by Heatherwick Studio, Vo Trong Nghia Architects and Snøhetta were chosen by Dezeen readers as winners of the public vote in the architecture category, while readers picked projects by Esrawe Studio and Adjaye Associates as having the best interiors.

In the design categories, readers picked a walking wheelchair and Chinese tea packaging made from burnt paper among their favourites.

Enzo Mari
“Giant” of Italian design Enzo Mari dies aged 88

This week saw the design community say goodbye to furniture designer and author Enzo Mari, who passed away from complications relating to coronavirus aged 88.

Mari died on 19 October at Milan’s San Raffaele hospital and his wife, Italian curator and art writer Lea Vergine, died the following day aged 82.

President of Triennale Milano Stefano Boeri lead the tributes to the designer, saying “Ciao Enzo. Te ne vai da Gigante,” which translates into English as: “Bye Enzo. You’re leaving like a giant.”

Dutch Design Week talks
Dezeen presents a virtual tour of Dutch Design Week plus five live talks with emerging designers

A virtual edition of Dutch Design Week took place this week with Dezeen collaborating with the festival to present an exclusive virtual tour of the event.

We also hosted a series of five live panel discussions featuring designers and curators who discussed the show’s theme – The New Intimacy. All five talks can be watched here.

Karl Lagerfeld's pet Choupette collaborates with LucyBalu on Swing cat bed
Karl Lagerfeld’s pet Choupette collaborates with LucyBalu on Swing cat bed

Another collaboration saw animal furniture design company LucyBalu work with late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette to create a hammock-style bed.

Choupette, who is rumoured to have inherited some of Lagerfeld’s millions, endorsed the prototype woollen bed design when it was delivered to her via her agent.

UltraBOOST DNA LOOP trainers
Adidas begins trial of recyclable trainer as part of its drive “to end plastic waste”

In other design news, Adidas began a public trial of its endlessly recyclable UltraBOOST DNA LOOP trainer.

The footwear is made from a single material without using glue, meaning that at the end of their life they can be recycled and remade into new trainers.

Fusion power plant
AL_A reveals plans for world’s first magnetised fusion power plant

In architecture news, Amanda Levete’s firm AL_A revealed its design for a pioneering power plant that will use nuclear fusion.

Photography studio Hufton + Crow captured pictures of another power station, BIG’s recently completed Amager Bakke in Copenhagen, which is topped with a ski slope.

Loop of Wisdom walking trail
Powerhouse Company tops reception building with undulating Loop of Wisdom walking trail

Popular projects on Dezeen this week include a reception building topped with a circular walking trail as part of a development in Chengdu, the Stone Garden apartment block in Beirut by Lina Ghotmeh, and a cabin by Indian studio Architecture Brio in the coastal town of Alibag.

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