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Competition: win a trip to Milan courtesy of MINI

Competition: we've teamed up with MINI to offer one lucky UK-based reader the chance to win a weekend away to Milan for two people, plus use of the new MINI Hatch during the trip.

Roger Arquer designs a nutcracker to "tickle the soul"

Maison&Objet 2014: Roger Arquer has updated an object from his childhood to create Nut Hammer – a nutcracker with a soft silicone head that fits over the end of a hammer – for Danish design brand Menu (+ movie).

Bouroullec brothers and Richard Rogers honoured with London Design Medal awards

News: French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been awarded this year's London Design Medal, with British architect Richard Rogers receiving the lifetime achievement prize.

Vo Trong Nghia unveils second prototype for low-cost Vietnamese housing

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has revealed its second-phase prototype for an affordable and low-maintenance dwelling for Vietnam, as part of a project aimed at solving the country's housing crisis (+ slideshow).

Rogers Stirk Harbour unveils waterfront skyscrapers for first Middle East job

News: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has revealed its first-ever project in the Middle East – a row of four waterfront skyscrapers underway in Abu Dhabi.

Salt water-powered electric car approved for roads in Europe

News: a company that claims to have developed the first electric car powered by salt water says the vehicle has now been approved for testing on public roads in Germany and the EU (+ slideshow).

Kindergarten by Ecker Architekten features an austere colour palette and a spiral staircase

The distinctive grey and yellow colour palette of this nursery school in Germany, by Ecker Architekten, extends to lighting fixtures, storage closets, doors and staircases (+ slideshow).

Formafantasma uses saxophones and a brass pendulum to track the passing of time

London Design Festival 2014: Italian design duo Formafantasma has installed a range of unusual timepieces in the showroom of British furniture brand Established & Sons.

Brutalist buildings: Unité d'Habitation, Marseille by Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier's first Unité d'Habitation is arguably the most influential Brutalist building of all time.

"There was good brutalism and bad, but even the bad was done in earnest"

Opinion: challenging, idealistic and serious – Brutalism is architecture for grown ups, says Jonathan Meades.

Keiichi Matsuda to "explore the future of the city" in new film

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: London designer Keiichi Matsuda shows us how he is making his new film about the future of augmented reality in the next preview of our Dezeen and MINI Frontiers exhibition.

Ilona Gaynor designs staging for a hypothetical court case

London designer and filmmaker Ilona Gaynor looks at how the setup of a courtroom can manipulate how a case is perceived for her Designers in Residence commission at London's Design Museum (+ slideshow).

Foster + Partners combines the cruising yacht with the day boat to create Alen 68 vessel

News: architecture firm Foster + Partners has designed a 20-metre-long motor yacht with a white leather interior (+ slideshow).

New Pinterest board: Dezeen Watch Store at London Design Festival 2014

Dezeen Watch Store will be returning to designjunction this week to host one of our popular pop-up shops, so we've put together a Pinterest board to showcase the designer watches that will be available.

Dezeen Jobs: latest jobs update

See the latest from our recruitment site Dezeen Jobs, including positions with Hopkins Architects, OMA and Bruce Munro, whose installation of 600,000 CDs on the grass in a British field is pictured.

Fumihiko Maki completes white granite museum for the Aga Khan Foundation

Angular walls clad with white granite and a glazed courtyard surrounded by Islamic motifs feature at Fumihiko Maki's Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which opens later this week (+ slideshow).

Piero Gandini to sell Italian lighting brand Flos to private equity fund

News: Flos, the Italian lighting brand that produces iconic products including the Arco light, is to be sold to a private equity fund for a figure thought to be in excess of €300 million (£238.6 million).

Sebastian Wrong debuts new Wrong for Hay designs at pop-up restaurant

London Design Festival 2014: British designer Sebastian Wrong has added a number of fresh pieces to his  collaboration with Danish design brand Hay,  adding to the collection that debuted in London last year (+ slideshow).

Barber and Osgerby's giant rotating mirrors reflect Raphael paintings inside the V&A

London Design Festival 2014: paintings in the V&A museum's Raphael Gallery are reflected in two huge mirrored structures in this installation by London design duo Barber & Osgerby.

Joanna Laajisto bases storage boxes on paper-sizing system

Helsinki designer Joanna Laajisto has devised a modular collection of storage units for Finnish furniture company Lundia with compartments that come in three different sizes (+ slideshow).