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"People who don't like Comic Sans don't know anything about design"


Interview: ahead of his talk at London's V&A museum on Friday, typographer Vincent Connare talks to Dezeen about creating the typeface that designers love to hate.

"Even obsolescence is worthy of incredible expense"


Opinion: mobile products have a short lifespan, but Apple has invested heavily in turning them into desirable design objects.

Dezeen Mail #230


A lakeside sauna in Toronto (pictured), cars for fish and a concept for underwater cities feature in Dezeen Mail issue 230. Click through for all the latest news, jobs and reader comments from Dezeen.

Oslo boutique by Snøhetta reinterprets the Scandinavian story of creation


Snøhetta used the Norse myth of creation as a starting point for the design of this fashion and lifestyle store in Oslo, which uses sculpted wood and blackened metal to suggest areas of fire and ice.

Stirling House is a faceted Sydney home clad with rough timber boards


After being instructed not to design a "white box minimalist house", MAC Interactive Architects specified weathered timber boards for the exterior of this narrow Sydney residence (+ slideshow).

Fifty of the world's tallest unfinished skyscrapers will "never complete"


News: financial fiascos and political problems have caused 50 skyscrapers taller than 150 metres to be started and never finished, according to industry experts.

Competition: three Loom Collection chairs by H to be won


Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with London furniture brand H to give readers the chance to win one of three elastic woven Loom Chairs in celebration of the brand's online shop launch.

Laurence Humier's Alchemist Matter Kit teaches children basic chemistry


This kit launched by Belgian designer Laurence Humier includes sets of containers filled with materials that children can mix together to learn simple chemical reactions.

EFFEKT to transform abandoned train engine depot into street sports centre


News: Danish architecture studio EFFEKT has triumphed in a competition to design a street sports facility in and around a crumbling train engine roundhouse in Esbjerg, south-west Denmark (+ slideshow).

Bandesign clads a Japanese cafe in mirrors to reflect a row of cherry trees


A bank of cherry blossoms are mirrored in the reflective gables of this cafe that angles around a smaller tree in Gifu, Japan, by architecture studio Bandesign (+ slideshow).

Claesson Koivisto Rune designs giant conical pendant lamps for Wästberg


Stockholm design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has created a set of three huge cone-shaped lamps for Swedish lighting brand Wästberg.

Lakeside sauna by Partisans designed as a cavernous wooden grotto


Behind the burnt-timber exterior of this sauna by Canadian studio Partisans is a cavernous cedar interior that emulates the form of a seaside grotto (+ slideshow).

Vitra retrospective goes on show in Philadelphia


The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of products by Swiss brand Vitra to celebrate the company's American ties (+ slideshow).

Xintiandi Penthouse by Joyce Wang is "a celebration of metal"


Inside Festival 2014: Hong Kong architect Joyce Wang explains how she incorporated her client's "love for metals" into the interior of a luxury Shanghai penthouse (+ movie).

IDEO envisions a future where self-driving workplaces commute to you


American design consultancy IDEO has developed a series of concept vehicles that imagine how autonomous vehicles could transform the way we work, shop and travel (+ movie).

Frank Gehry defends MAD's Lucas Museum for Chicago as judge suspends work


News: Frank Gehry has written an open letter defending the design for the George Lucas Museum by Chinese architecture firm MAD, as a legal wrangle threatens to delay the project.

"Chinese architecture will benefit" from CCTV building, says Rem Koolhaas


News: Rem Koolhaas has defended the design of OMA's CCTV tower in Beijing, after the Chinese president called for an end to the construction of "weird architecture" in the country.

MVRDV's Pushed Slab office block has a huge hole in its middle


The gaping hole in the centre of this office block in Paris was designed by MVRDV to preserve views of another local building (+ slideshow).

AZPML, Lacaton & Vassal and Kuehn Malvezzi to redesign Montreal's natural science Biodome


News: a trio of international architecture firms will redevelop and add new facilities to Montreal's natural science museum, housed in a vast glass velodrome within the grounds of the city's former Olympic park.

Spiralling underwater cities could make oceans inhabitable by 2030


News: underwater cities with infrastructure networks spiralling down into the depths of the oceans could be a reality as soon as 2030, according to a Japanese construction company.


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