Dave Pinter: Top Design Stories Of The Week

Dave Pinter: Top Design Stories Of The Week

Interactive pendant lights, a tidy clothes hanger idea, and Volvo redesigns an old favorite.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 28 february 2014

PSFK highlights the important design stories of the week. Get caught up and discover what’s new in product, retail, automotive and architectural design.


The Volvo Concept Estate Is An Unfathomably Gorgeous Shooting Brake
A brand synonymous with the station wagon, Volvo’s latest idea is a smaller sleeker variant.



Volkswagen Introduces Another Lifestyle SUV, Aptly Named The T-ROC
VW’s potential entry into the hot compact vehicle segment lands somewhere between a small SUV and a hatchback.



S1 Interactive Pendant Light By Thibaut Sld Reacts To Its Surroundings
Fitted with proximity sensors, each of the lights can move on their own to adjust light levels.



Umbrella That Stands
An example of a simple design modification to increase functionality.



HC Hanger: A Simple Clothes & Coat Rack
Nice solution to neatly storing and managing clothes hangers.



Hotel Bikini Berlin By Werner Aisslinger
Created within a reclaimed industrial building, Hotel Bikini features a series of interior microhouses and a potted plant jungle.



Staying Relevant In A Digital Era: Fujifilm Opens Wonder Photo Shop In Tokyo
The hybrid shop/studio offers classes specifically on ways to improve smartphone photography.



Emerson College Campus By Morphosis Places Curvy Classrooms Within A Hollow Frame
With the aim to creatively merge learning and social activities, the buildings’ outer frame contains ten storeys of student housing. Curving forms flowing through in the interior volume contain classrooms and faculty offices.



Transformable Table Maximizes Utility In Small Spaces

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