‘Tis the season for different moods—and the designs and architectures that help create them. From dusting off the traditional ornaments to sipping hot cocoa from that designer mug, from embracing crowded tourist cities to escaping to snowed-in cabins, each element involved tells the story of a certain state of mind. Our third editorial explores these different feelings, focusing on questions related to getting away and getting in the spirit. Through the FestiveNESS Advent Calendar, we take an eclectic look at design, compiling a series of playful objects and ideas that add some cheerfulness to the holiday scroll. Alongside critical questions on building for tourism, travel, and unwinding, this holiday period is explored in its many facets.
This wine bar rethinks renovation and acts as a witness to the region’s multifaceted architectural history.
Located in an Austrian forest, this renovation uses the existing structure as the programmatic core and combines it with a panoramic external layer.
In a historical enclave in Lisbon, this renovation features maximum material austerity and an atypical formal game.
This small but distinguished coffee shop is a bright and attractive space with geometric curves.
A small house located in the forest of the Stockholm Archipelago with three cabins and a diversity of outdoor spaces.
KUBE at K11 MUSEA is an installation designed to create a distinctive and intimate place for encounters in Hong Kong.
Four projects by Uruguayan architects Gualano + Gualano.
A conversion of a former winery into a single-family house.
Located on the outskirts of Beijing, this is an efficient passenger terminal that is ready for future growth.
Wrapping up our calendar is this eco-friendly and quirkily designed gift wrap.
These designs balance between the archetypal and the organic and are created with a 3D software.
These sculptures explore architectural constructions and the Anthropocene.
These playful napkins encourage a return to the reusable for everyday dining.
These textures explore the limits between reality and abstraction.
Day 18 brings a powerful and emotional experience of light.
Day 17 brings robotic garments that react to the chromatic spectrum.
These practical designs take the sand dunes formed by the wind as inspiration.
This cradle for adults brings a bit of comfort to our hectic lifestyles.
This object is an exploration of expert material handiwork.
These ceramics are deformed through the reappropriation of an object from the fitness industry.
The playful side of design abounds in this site-specific installation created for Trienniale Milan.
A curated list of to read while on vacation or to give as gifts.
This brutalist-inspired design explores material imperfection and minimal lines.
Day 10 is a portable and temporary Jewish structure built in Australia on Aboriginal land that raises important questions.
These ceramic sculptures are a contemporary take on the tradition of pottery in Japan.
In this FestiveNESS pick, Daniel Arsham builds a kunstkammer and reimagines classic archetypes.
A design-filled creative retreat to collaborate and build structures for camping and relaxing.
Our sixth pick is a gadget that harnesses the power of the sun and promotes the sustainable.
The exhibition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal imagines and defines the Parisian hotel.
These limited-edition ornaments are made from unused liquid resin.
Day four brings a chocolate that includes a very special ingredient.
The third FestiveNESS item explores the materiality of meteorites.
A graphic designer and a spatial designer built a cabin, a sauna, and a workshop on a private Swedish island.
The second item in our FestiveNESS Design Advent Calendar is a scalable lamp that dialogs with gravity.
A daily celebration of an eclectic mix of design objects and ideas.
First up in our advent calendar is a performative look at a cultural and flexible plastic chair by Objects of Common Interest.