Now that most of us are working, living, exercising and doing anything and everything from home, we are experiencing the impact of the design of our living environments on our well-being, both physically and mentally more than ever. Things we overlooked in our homes, like the little balcony which we thought was a nice addition to the flat, has now become our main living space, an essential part of our well-being amidst self-isolation. But can design really make us happier and healthier? Research shows that 1 in 4 people is likely to suffer from depression each year in the UK. How is our built environment responding to the physical and mental wellbeing requirements of occupants? What do regulations say (and don't say)?
Interior and product designer Louise Campbell turns to the idea of Wonderland as a source for inspiration for the IMM Cologne Furniture Fair to create an ideal house of the future.
The internet offers seemingly endless possibilities- whether it’s another Zoom date with friends, posting on social media groups, playing games, or sharing our work online- but at the same time, there’s a certain sense of emptiness that comes with limiting your social interactions to a screen. Perhaps this is a chance to rediscover and redefine what staying connected means to us on a deeper level. Let's have a looks at some existing design solutions offered.
Navigating through the slippery art world, forever fluctuating, is a difficult task for any artist. The recent spectacle of Maurizio Cattelan’s ‘Comedian’ caused a sensation at Art Basel in Miami Beach. The artwork consisting of a single banana stuck to a wall with duct tape was sold to three buyers for roughly $120,000. Bringing us to the question, as Andy Warhol once put it, is art truly ‘whatever you can get away with’?