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Thursday’s News: Digital storms, working in paradise and a very rare ‘jewel’ 12 November, 2009

Posted by katiehodgkiss in Daily news.
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The weekend is looming, and so unfortunately is another series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Yes, apparently it’s that time of year again when a glamour model, a bunch of faded soap actors and the odd sports personality try and rescue their dwindling careers. Sigh. Luckily, mydeco is here to provide some real entertainment with today’s instalment of design news.

mydeco’s pick of the top three news stories:

1. Inhabitat: Zero-Power Digital Cloud Shows Images and Data in the London Skyline


Image credit: Inhabitat

The cloudy weather is not usually one of the main attractions for tourists visiting England. This could all change however, if plans to build a huge digital cloud in London go ahead. The imposing design has been shortlisted in a competition to create a tourist attraction in the Olympic Park with a lasting legacy. If built, the cloud will feature solar-powered bubbles that display a constant stream of data, along with an observation deck for those not suffering from acrophobia. Will this be London’s Eiffel tower? Have a look at the other images and see what you think.

2. Interior Design: Destination Paradise


Image credit: Interior Design

Ah, to be a successful designer-artist, ‘working’ in paradise while we writer monkeys slave away in hell (commonly known as ‘the office’). All jealousy aside, Jérôme Abel Seguin’s Bali pad functions as much as a gallery for his furniture designs as it does a home. Whiteness dominates the decor, and a carefully modulated use of light creates the impression of an expansive public space. The industrious interior is softened, however with Seguin’s use of locally sourced and recycled materials, such as the telephone poles which line the entry to the house.

3. dornob: High art ceiling?


Image credit: dornob

Like a Monet painting, this ceiling is best viewed from a distance, because get up close and you might find that certain parts of it are still moving. Contrary to its precious appearance, the green glow derives from a very primitive source: 1.5 million dead beetles. The high shine and deep green hue of these so-called ‘jewel beetles’ make the unfortunate critters an ideal choice for macabre artists looking for unconventional materials. Follow the link if you dare to take a closer look!

the best of the rest:

The Telegraph: Property: Home is where the art is

The Telegraph: How to keep warm without costing the earth

The Telegraph: Estate agents ‘regularly lie to homebuyers’

The Independent: Gambling on the property market

dornob: Concrete home shows design is in the absence of the details

Inhabitat: Upycled ottoman made from coffee bags

The Guardian: Let’s move to Woodbridge, Suffolk

That’s all from us today, call back again tomorrow for the latest and greatest in design news!



1. Cleberry - 12 November, 2009

I thought that grand high ceiling was gorgeous until I read that it was made of beetles – nasty! x

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