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Monday’s News: Moving homes, the (millionaire) life aquatic and thought-provoking projections 16 November, 2009

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Flooding. A miserable performance in the friendly against Brazil. The tyrannical masses continue voting for Jedward. This weekend has left us with little to celebrate, so why not alleviate your grief with a little light entertainment in the form of today’s design stories?

mydeco’s pick of the top three news stories:

1. dornob: Tiny homes trend: Semi-mobile small space living

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Image credit: dornob

I can only imagine the profanities that would emerge from Jeremy Clarkson should he see one of these mobile homes on the motorway. Still, despite bearing a striking resemblance to a Wendy house, these miniature dwellings offer the portability of a caravan without the visual headache. Should you fancy dragging one of these to Skegness this summer, you can find similar designs at Tumbleweed.

2. Financial Times: The lap of luxury

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Image credit: The Financial Times

A Hermes handbag will set you back about £4,200, so it’s only fitting that a yacht designed by the brand director Pierre-Alexis Dumas should represent the ultimate consumer indulgence. According to Dumas, speed is rather last season, so this imposing hulk of metal is more of a floating island than a boat, with an optimum cruising speed of just 12 knots. Aesthetically I think this is the oceanic equivalent of a high-rise hotel, but if the villa design appeals to you this yacht can be yours for the bargain price of $100m.

3. Creative Review: Complete Hero

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Image credit: Creative Review

‘Hero’ is a rather loaded term these days, usually because it accompanies news of another fallen soldier in Afghanistan. In a projection-based artwork exhibited recently in London, Martin Firrell presented modern thoughts on the subject of heroism using text and moving image. Provocative not least because of its location on the walls of the Guard’s Chapel, the term is examined within contexts ranging from popular culture to science. The installation was shown for only two days, but more images of the featured text and videos are available via the link if you didn’t get a chance to see the real thing.

The best of the rest:

The Times: Please Lord, no new developments in New Market

The Telegraph: Boomers downsize to live it up

The Telegraph: The eco pioneers

Daily Mail: Plaque appeal: famous names enhance the value of your home

Daily Mail: Ten golden rules for a new home by Christmas

Daily Mail: House sales set to crash to lowest level since WWII

Daily Mail: Ten rules for a new home by Christmas

The Guardian: Black Light

The Guardian: My Space: Dan Cruickshank, historian

That’s all for today boys and girls, but do come and see us again tomorrow for another helping of design news.

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