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Friday’s news: flashing lights, floating homes – and Michael Jackson 28 August, 2009

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It may be the end of a busy week for most but the news never rests. Before we all skip off for some Bank Holiday fun in the sun (fingers crossed!) here is the last installment of this week’s roundup of design news, trends and property gossip:

The Telegraph: Sir Terence Conran celebrates an eco-house in France

Oui, oui, tres bien. At last – my limited grasp of the French lingo makes sense with the subject matter!

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Image credit: The Telegraph

The Telegraph: I’ll be back-yard sale – Arnold Schwarzenegger holds Great California Garage Sale to help economy

The Telegraph: Why the Tudors still rock

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Image credit: dornob

dornob: New designs – Fantastic Floating Homes

Sadly this is one for the very rich I’m afraid. Even if we can’t play on board these fantastic industrial design house boats-cum-cruise-ships-cum-sci-fi boat, we can still marvel at the pictures.

dornob: New design –  Do-It-Yourself Bathroom Faucet

Brilliantly designed, these contemporary DIY bathroom fixtures are made up of modular tubes slotted together to create a towel rail and a tap in one! A perfect job for the weekend. Check out our Bank Holiday DIY guide for more creative ideas.

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Image credit: dornob

Design Week: Event’s interior designs for Giant’s Causeway visitor centre

Design Week: LDA funds designer-maker collectives

Design Week: British Institute wants to raise profile of interior designers

Design Week: London’s designer-makers and a potential £500,000 cash injection ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

Design Week: Mather & Co tees off with luxury golf hotel interiors project

Golf just got creative.

Design Week: Designing with pandas

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MoCo Loco: New design – interactive toy lighting

The new party light: the Boid Interaction Toy by Klaas van der Molen are coloured globes of light which flash at each other when in close proximity. Keep an eye out for these – we hope they’re the next big thing.

Interior Design: Helsinki Design Week Set for September

Interior Design: New York festival celebrates 400 years since the arrival of Dutch Design

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The Independent: Buried in a hurry – but it took a millennium to find

Stumbling across buried treasure – no exaggeration – of Viking gold and jewels in a field will make all of us want to take up metal detecting. I know what I’m doing this Bank Holiday…

The Independent: Councillors reject ‘twee’ architecture for royal palace

The Independent: ‘Mona Lisa’ comes to life in high-tech art exhibit

Strange but true – the famous portrait will be answering people’s questions in Mandarin.

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Image credit: The Times

The Times: See Michael Jackson’s drawings for the first time

The Times: Architect Will Alsopp has created a locals-friendly housing scheme in Manchester

Apartment Therapy: The ultimate Star Wars themed home

Not just for Star Wars geeks – even the Darth Vader bathroom balances tasteful decor.

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