Design Finds

A weekly round-up of our favourite design news, from architecture to decor to virtual reality.

New documentary on Freddy Mamani explores the connection between architecture and cultural identity 

On 4 October, the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam premiered the documentary Cholet: The Work of Freddy Mamani. From director Isaac Niemand comes the story of Bolivia’s unlikely architectural phenomenon –  El Alto, the highest city in the world overlooking Bolivia’s capital, La Paz. The documentary thoughtfully explores the connection between architecture and cultural identity in design.


Snapchat partners with Jeff Koons to make art that only exists in virtual reality 

Snapchat will soon roll out a programme where its users can add virtual artwork in real-world settings. The app recently announced its plan for a worldwide augmented reality art platform that will create location-based digital art pop-ups that can only be viewed via smartphone screen. The program will launch in partnership with Jeff Koons, known for his colourful, large-scale installations and balloon animal sculptures. Snapchat announced today that the artist’s work will first appear for its users in Central Park, Las Vegas, Paris, and Sydney. 

By introducing World Lens earlier in 2017, which lets users drop 3-D digital objects (like the infamous dancing hot dog, for example) into their surroundings and capture them on camera. This program, however, could truly transform how users navigate through and interact with the world around them, making high art more accessible in the process.


Adam Nathaniel Furman creates a sequence of tiled archways at London Design Festival 

Designer Adam Nathaniel Furman’s ‘Gateways’ installation for London Design Festival showcased the history of Turkish ceramic tiles. The installation consisted of four four-metre-high tiled structures leading up to the design junction trade show at Granary Square, London. Each side of the gateway structures featured a different kind of ceramic tile, produced by a range of brands represented by Turkishceramics, an organisation that promotes the Turkish ceramic industry around the world.


Frieze Artist Award 2017 goes to Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda

Kiluanji Kia Henda, winner of the 2017 Frieze Artist Award, will release a new installation at Frieze London as part of Frieze Projects, the fair’s celebrated non-profit programme. Following an open call, artist applications were received from more than 82 countries. As winner, the Luanda-based artist will create a new performative installation at Frieze London titled ‘Under the silent eye of Lenin’. View the exhibition from 4–8 October.


Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe reveals the app’s new headquarters in Austin, Texas

Bumble’s new headquarters in Austin, Texas, are as far from the typically sparse tech company offices found in Silicon Valley as one can get. But that was exactly what Whitney Wolfe, the 27-year-old CEO of the female-first dating app, was trying to do.

‘We have embraced the type of feminine design that a lot of tech spaces steer clear of,’ says Wolfe, a feminist entrepreneur whose evocative girl-friendly HQ includes a glam room with a hair washing station for professional blowouts and a bar with beer and cold-brew coffee on tap. The new offices replace the crowded two-bedroom apartment where Bumble started — from 100 000 users in 2014 to more than 18 million today. From the outside, it makes a sunny yellow statement, and the signature shade, Pantone 122U, continues inside, along with the logo honeycomb pattern.