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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Design

This year
# Twitter
Elon Musk apologises for firing Twitter employee and making comments about his disability
The billionaire said that Thorleifsson ‘did no actual work, claimed as his excuse that he had a disability’ in a now deleted Tweet.
All time
# Sign of the times
11 of the most beautiful shopfronts and signs around Dublin, chosen by artists and designers
From venerable pubs to pop-up restaurants: the typography that brightens the streets of the capital.
# Pop Art
Music, football and nostalgia: How and why Bands FC became a remarkable online phenomenon
What started out as a pub conversation between friends has morphed into one of the best things of 2018.
4 events for... explorers seeking the best of Open House Dublin 2018
Free tours of Dublin’s finest architecture; from eighteenth-century townhouses to tenement buildings.
# best buildings
From Dublin Port to the 'Medieval Mile': People are being asked to vote for Ireland's favourite building
The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland wants your opinion.
# Wooden It Be Nice
This wooden "vertical village" will be built in Paris
The mixed-use development will be built using a timber frame.
# ooooo aaaaa
A look at Limerick's new multi-million courthouse
The courthouse is part of a €135 million redesign of court buildings across the country.
# the hood
People are applauding The Economist's genius front cover depicting Trump with this megaphone
Turning the KKK hood on its side.
# old central bank
This is what the new Central Plaza in Dublin could look like
The plan includes restaurants, shops and a rooftop venue with 360° views of the city.
# the receipts
An independent fashion brand has publicly accused Kylie Jenner of ripping off its designs
# Architecture
From tree houses to museums: Public asked to vote for Ireland's favourite building
The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland wants your opinion.
# New living
Shanghai is building a massive agricultural district with a vertical farm
The farms will primarily grow leafy greens, like kale, bok choi, and spinach.
# Wild Cocoon
This Mayo designer has won two awards for her handwoven, luxurious 'agriculture fashion'
“I think even born city-dwellers have almost unconscious muscle memory of life in rural Ireland. We all share it,” according to designer Deirdre Duffy.
# Dublin
Britain has gone to war with brutalist architecture - should Dublin?
A British minister called it a “cult of ugliness”.
# Eileen Gray
First collector coin commemorating an Irish woman issued by Central Bank
The first coin features one of Gray’s most iconic designs.
# Design for Mental Health
The challenge: How to design houses for people with mental illnesses
The world’s first architectural and interior design guidelines for those with mental health conditions were published by Irish institutions yesterday.
# London's Drawing
Could a floating parliament be the answer for Britain's £4 billion restoration?
The Palace of Westminster needs a serious facelift.
# sponsored by kbc
7 Instagram accounts you need to follow for home decor inspiration
They might not help your budget – but your home will look amazing.
# Sponsored By Gas Networks Ireland
8 simple steps to make any house feel like a home
We spoke to interior designer Carole Roberts who gave us her top tips.
# Original
Zara suspended sales of some of its clothes after artist accused the retailer of copying her designs
A California-based illustrator posted images on social media comparing the products.
# we shall rebuild
'Dublin's ugliest building' is going to be knocked down and turned into this
Both Hawkins House and Apollo House are coming down.
# such great heights
This 1,000ft tower is being built in New York (that's as high as five Liberty Halls)
It would be the tallest building in Brooklyn.
# lookback
Facebook looked completely different 12 years ago - here's what's changed over the years
It’s come a long way since it was called TheFacebook.
# marketing fail
These are 15 of the most questionable corporate logos in history
That’s one happy satellite dish.
# coffee kisses
This lip-shaped coffee cup lid is next level creepy
# quote/unquote
These posters are going to help give two families new homes
‘I struggle to get my head around how many people are homeless.’
# new flag
New Zealand could have chosen itself a pretty crazy flag design
The people picking the short list were clearly no craic at all.
# nice things
Take a look at 10 of the most beautifully designed products in the world today
Everything from a retro-themed motorbike to a rubbish bin made out of rubbish.
# country retreat
Johnny Depp's private French village complete with chapel and skate park is up for sale
More than 12 buildings as well as works of art are all part of the sale.
# hamlet design
This house was extended to become a small village
The designers of this home in Australia had some rather interesting ideas when it came to expansion.
# Can i speak to a mr walls?
Can wall decoration be an art form in itself? spoke to interior designer Aurora Aleson about all things paint and wallpaper.
# Not Falling Down
London is getting a new bridge and some of the designs are amazing
One looks like a rocket ship.
# yellow box
Is this a museum of modern art or a truck driving school?*
*Spoiler alert: It’s a truck driving school.
# outside inspiration
What if you turned your home into a piece of artwork?
Polish artist Maria Umievskaya has been adjourning buildings around the world with Asian-inspired murals.
# would you look at that
What do you think of the 19 'best new buildings' in America?
The list has been chosen by the American Institute of Architecture.
# scandinavian luxury
This gorgeous eco-friendly house produces more than 3 times the energy it needs
Architects haven’t scrimped on luxury… The extra energy is used to heat an outdoor swimming pool, and there’s a sauna too.
# the price of desire
Did this famous Irish designer nearly fall into obscurity because of chauvinism?
Eileen Gray was known for her pioneering work within architecture’s Modern Movement.
# sea views
Fancy living in the world's first underwater city?
The designers believe it will be sustainable and not affected by hurricanes or earthquakes.
# renovation station
Good mews: from laneway garage to a gorgeous city pad
Mews properties are a typical feature of city living – and this clever design makes the absolute best of their limited floor area.
# Homeless
Could this 'Homeless Wrap' be saving lives on the streets?
Emily Duffy, a student from Limerick, has been displaying the ‘Homeless Wrap’ idea this week as part of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.