Brand New World to exhibit work by design entrepreneurs in Milan

Dezeen promotion: the Brand New World exhibition will showcase new pieces by international design studios at the Dušan showroom in Milan from 14 to 19 April. (more…)


Chicago Police Outpace New York’s “Stop and Frisk” Record

(Photo by Daniel Schwen)

Chicago police have a new “stop and frisk” record. Just a few weeks after President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing offered a list of 59 recommendations aimed at building community trust in police departments across the U.S., a new ACLU report notes that Chicago police officers are among the nation’s leaders in the use of the controversial tactic.

From ACLU’s the main findings:

(Credit: ACLU Illinois)

Although officers are required to write down the reason for stops, in nearly half of the stops we reviewed, officers either gave an unlawful reason for the stop or failed to provide enough information to justify the stop.

Stop and frisk is disproportionately concentrated in the black community. Black Chicagoans were subjected to 72% of all stops, yet constitute just 32% of the city’s population. And, even in majority white police districts, minorities were stopped disproportionately to the number of minority people living in those districts.

According to the report, there were more than 250,000 stops that did not lead to an arrest in Chicago last summer — a number the ACLU calls “shocking,” noting that “Chicagoans were stopped more than four times as often as New Yorkers at the height of New York City’s stop-and-frisk practice.”

“While most of the media coverage has suggested that the stop-and-frisk was a New York phenomena, its use is not limited to New York,” Harvey Grossman, the ACLU’s legal director, said in a statement. “And just like New York, we see that African-Americans are singled out for these searches.”

The ACLU suggests that better officer training and increased transparency are in order for the department.


۱۰ Pair-Ups for Black in the Kitchen (11 photos)

It can be cool and modern, elegant and traditional, or something in between — black in the kitchen may be having a moment, but this classic color isn’t going anywhere. As in other rooms, remember that a...


constance guisset designs seashell collection for tectona

the set consists of two modules that can be arranged end-to-end infinitely, and two coffee tables-made of aluminum and teak.

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De Blasio Offers Cash to Landlords Who Help Homeless

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Just yesterday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio joined other city leaders in Boston to talk income inequality, noting that “the material reality is so harsh for so many families.” And while de Blasio’s big affordable housing gamble is still in its early stages, the Mayor’s taking baby steps too, when it comes to sheltering all New Yorkers.

According to the New York Daily News, de Blasio is robocalling New York City landlords with a plea to take in the city’s homeless. Real estate owners who take up the Mayor’s offer to house those in the city’s shelter program will receive a $1,000 “signing bonus” and funds from the city to cover the rent.

According to the newspaper, “the robocalls come at a time when the city’s homeless shelters are housing about 60,000 people a night,” and “the money for participating landlords is being distributed through the city’s new Living in Communities Rental Assistance program, which aims to move families out of the strained shelter system and into homes.”

“This call from the Mayor is part of our ongoing conversations and outreach to landlords,” a City Hall spokeswoman told the Daily News. “We want to remind landlords with vacant units that these programs are available, a safe business opportunity for them, and a way to help our city combat a huge affordability crisis.”


How to Channel Your Inner New Bohemian (17 photos)

It seems like every other magazine and catalog I’ve received this year is touting “new bohemian” style; I haven’t seen those words used so much since Edie Brickell & New Bohemians topped the charts with “What I Am” in 1988. Even the most buttoned-up brands like Great Britain’s Burberry...


U.S. Mayors Meet to Talk Transportation, Housing and Income Inequality

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Transportation, housing and income inequality are on the agenda in Boston today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Cities of Opportunities task force, which convened Sunday.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were among a group that met at the University of Massachusetts Boston yesterday to address what their cities were doing about income inequality.

“This crisis of inequality now has taken on a form really unprecedented in this country,” de Blasio said. “The material reality is so harsh for so many families, that the notion of getting ahead is simply being able to pay the bills again, as opposed to having to decide among what bills you’re going to pay this month and what will have to wait until next month. … That shows you just how far off the mark we are.”

All of the meetings are closed to press, but the mayors are holding a press conference at 12:30 p.m. in Faneuil Hall to discuss the need for Congress to pass a long-term federal surface transportation law. They’ll urge the feds — as chambers of commerce across the U.S. also did recently — to localize spending control on projects.

Here’s what attendees had to say about yesterday’s panel.


On the market: Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11

Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11
Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11

What do you get if you combine three individual mews properties? You get this three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11.

Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11
Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11

That’s what has happened here, with three separate properties merged into one  house. Obviously that’s not just a case of knocking down a few walls. An architect has overseen the project, resulting in the stylish living space you see here.

Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11
Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11

Premium finishes throughout as you would expect, as well as plenty of light and space.

Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11
Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11

The ground floor offers up a ‘spacious’ entrance lobby that leads into the open plan kitchen and dining area, as well as a wide reception room complete with fireplace and projector screen. There’s also a glass-walled shower room that doubles as a steam room on this floor too.

Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11
Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11

The first floor is made up of a ‘dramatic’ master bedroom suite leading to a large limestone en-suite bathroom via a glass walkway, along with two further double bedrooms.

Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11
Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11

If you want more space, there is the option to use the flat roof space across all of the house, which has previously had planning approval for a railing around the perimeter. Priced as you might expect, specifically at £۲,۲۵۰,۰۰۰٫

Images and details courtesy of the Marsh & Parsons estate agents. For more details and to make enquiries, please visit their website.


Shadow-free skyscrapers would redirect the sun’s rays to public plazas

A concept for "shadowless" skyscrapers that redirect sunlight to public spaces could work for tall buildings anywhere in the world, say the London designers behind the proposal. (more…)


۸۰-Square-Foot Cabins in the Countryside Form an Idyllic Art Studio

The Observatory and The Study Project by Feilden Clegg Bradley

"We wanted them to be silhouettes that just exist on the landscape," says Feilden Clegg Bradley and architect Charlotte Knight, who helped design The Study and The Workshop, a pair of mobile artist's studios currently located in South Downs, two hours drive south of London. "They’re black and foreboding. In the distance, it’s quite striking." 


Image courtesy of Matt Dunkinson.

When designing a space meant to inspire working artists, architect Charlotte Knight of British firm Feilden Clegg Bradley decided the best possible collaborator was another creative. As she and colleagues Ross Galtress, Mina Gospavic, and Lauren Shevills began formulating an entry for a contest held by the arts organization Space Placemaking and Urban Design last year, they tapped her old friend, Devon-based artist Edward Crumpton, as an artistic reference and creative catalyst. The resulting workspace revamp, dubbed The Observatory, consists of a pair of angular, 80-square-foot cabins. Knight explained the project’s genesis to Dwell, including the future of the mobile residency program and the joy of torching your own building material. 


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