In the final instalment from our review of 2017, editor Amy Frearson recaps the 10 most-read stories of the year, including a bullied robot, a house of splayed shipping containers and a chair that you wear.
The most popular story on Dezeen this year was a radical proposal for a house of shipping containers arranged in a starburst – a property that architect James Whitaker actually plans to build in the California desert.
The biggest design story on Dezeen this year featured a chair that could be worn, allowing factory workers to rest weary legs at any given moment.
The biggest news at the start of 2017 was the row between artists Anish Kapoor and Stuart Semple. After Kapoor was granted sole rights to use the blackest shade of paint ever created, Semple retaliated by creating the “world’s pinkest pink”. Kapoor’s response was this Instagram post.
IKEA was responsible for three of the top 10 stories on Dezeen in 2017. First up was its collaboration with popular Danish brand Hay, full of designs that Dezeen readers could not wait to get their hands on.
The Swedish homeware giant also made big news with its response to Donald Trump’s plan to build a new wall between the USA and Mexico. Its spoof of an IKEA flat-pack furniture kit suggested the structure could be built very easily.
The third IKEA story to attract attention from Dezeen readers was the announcement that assembling the company’s flat-packed furniture was about to get a lot easier. The brand developed a new type of joint, called a wedge dowel, that makes it much quicker and simpler to assemble wooden products.
In March, Zaha Hadid Architects unveiled its plans to build a Fifth Avenue skyscraper for the family of Donald Trump’s son-in-law. The design was described by Twitter users as a huge glass dildo, among other things – which is one of the reasons why so many Dezeen readers were interested.
Another big architecture story of 2017 was the news that Muji planned to start selling micro cabins in its Japanese stores. The nine-square-metre huts are designed with charred timber exteriors and sloping roofs and are intended for use as residences or holiday homes.
A robot was the hottest story of December after it was reportedly knocked over and smeared with faeces. The Knightscope K5 security robot was designed to deter homeless people away from a building, but it didn’t go down well with locals.
The 10th biggest story of 2017 came via Wired, the first magazine to write a review of the Apple Park office campus. According to Wired deputy editor Adam Rogers, the building “sucks”.
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