Continuing our 2021 review, Dezeen picks our top 10 videos of the year, including exclusive interviews with architects Sumayya Vally and Kengo Kuma and behind the scenes of the year’s most notable installations.
Serpentine Pavilion 2021 by Sumayya Vally
In the first of our featured videos, Sumayya Vally discussed the significance of the design of her Serpentine Pavilion in an exclusive video filmed in the temporary building.
The structure was designed to celebrate and benchmark London’s migrant communities. Vally took inspiration from iconic cultural spaces such as the Four Aces Club in Dalston, one of London’s first concert halls to feature black musicians.
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Bamboo ring installation by Kengo Kuma
In this exclusive video produced by Dezeen for OPPO, Kengo Kuma describes how he wanted to create a “spiritual experience” through his Milan Design Week pavilion.
The traditional combination piece bamboo with contemporary technology. Lengths of bamboo were tied to a carbon fiber backing and coiled to form a giant ring-shaped structure.
The horn also served as a percussion instrument and used reverb motors, speakers, and exciters to generate sound. The percussion was accompanied by a score composed by the Japanese violinist Midori komachi and architectural sound design studio Musicity.
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Isamu Noguchi exhibition at the Barbican
In this video, curator Florence Ostende showed us the Isamu Noguchi retrospective at the Barbican Center in London.
The video showcased the prolific work of Noguchi, a 20th century artist who created works in the fields of sculpture, lighting, furniture, performance and set design. He is best known for his iconic Akari light sculptures. Ostend described the ideas behind Noguchi’s work, deepening the social aspect of his work.
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Aurora installation by Arthur Mamou-Mani & Dassault SystÃ¨mes
The following video in our overview was of a recent installation at the London Design Museum designed by architect Arthur Mamou-Mani in collaboration with Dassault SystÃ¨mes.
The installation, which coincided with the Waste age exhibition, was designed to explore circular architecture. It was created from a 100% recyclable bioplastic made from fermented sugar.
Scroll wins the OLED Go from Dezeen and LG Display! competetion
The winner of OLED Go! by Dezeen and LG Display! the competition was revealed in this video. Contest participants were tasked with creating innovative new designs showcasing key qualities of OLED technology.
First place went to Richard Bone and Jisu Yun for their design called Scroll. Scroll mimics a unraveling paper roll and can be used as both a physical and digital display. This versatile design was chosen for its practicality and innovation.
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Gravity Chandelier by Paul Cocksedge for Moooi
british designer Paul Cocksedge told us about her new ‘gravity shaped’ chandelier in this video.
Made for Moooithe piece was designed to reinvent the traditional chandelier as something more accessible. The video was part of our Design Dreams series with the Dutch brand, which explores how successful designers turned their dreams into reality.
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Social Architecture Pavilions at Chart Art Fair
Dezeen created this video showcasing the five architectural pavilions on display at this year’s Chart Art Fair in Copenhagen.
The installations responded to the idea of ââ’social architecture’ and included an edible dining canopy, a temporary pavilion made from air bags and a human-scale wireframe reconstruction of Charlottenborg, the place of the arts where was held the fair.
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Liquid bathroom collection for VitrA by Tom Dixon
Named Liquid, the collection features smooth, thick shapes and soft lines, creating a minimalist aesthetic. âWhat I’m trying to achieve is almost expressive minimalism, where what you’re trying to do is have very visible functionality and reduce visual noise,â Dixon told Dezeen.
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Costume sofa for Magis by Stefan Diez
In this video made by Dezeen for Magis, industrial designer Stephane Diez explained how he created a user-friendly sofa made from recycled plastic.
In addition to using durable materials, the sofa has been designed to be easily reassembled, repaired and replaced. The modular style allows owners to configure the sofa in endless formations.
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Bridge 3D printed by Holcim and Zaha Hadid Architects
Holcim CEO Jan Jenisch described the process of building a new 3D printed concrete bridge in this video produced by Dezeen.
The project, titled Striatus, was a collaboration between Block search group, the Computation and Design Group at Zaha Hadid Architects and 3D printing specialists incremental3D. It aims to demonstrate how concrete, a generally high carbon material, can be used in a more sustainable way.
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