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Zaha Hadid | Design Hot List 2016

1 1 Our first ever Design Hot List is headed by an architect we lost this year. But the was the most talked-about topic in architecture and design over the past 12 months and places the late architect at the top of our list. Hadid has always been one of the most talked-about and searched-for …

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Hella Jongerius | Design Hot List 2016

136 21 Website: Tag: is a guide to the most newsworthy and searched-for players in the design world in 2016. It is based entirely on audience data, sourced by analysing over 100 million page views and hundreds of thousands of search returns.

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Vo Trong Nghia | Design Hot List 2016

28 15 Vietnamese architect  is fast establishing himself as one of the leading global players. The Ho Chi Minh City-based architect is perhaps best known for his , but over the last year Nghia displayed a penchant for plants, unveiling several building proposals set to feature greenery in every space possible. One is a , another is a , and there is also …

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Imogen Heap | Design Hot List 2016

383 6 In 2014 we shot a movie with musician  which went on to be our most popular ever. So it’s no surprise she’s made it into our Hot List. The movie was about , designed to allow people to interact with their computer remotely via hand gestures. In the video she demonstrated how she uses the gloves …

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Kanye West | Design Hot List 2016

256 5 It was another busy year for self-proclaimed genius and polymath . His  ensured he kept himself involved in the design scene, although the man who was relatively quiet on the topic of architecture. Design readers still flocked to stories about his architectural side-projects however: our 2012 story about the was the most popular story about West over …

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IKEA | Design Hot List 2016

6 1 is one of the world’s most innovative and dynamic retailers – although our two most popular stories about the Swedish furniture giant over the past year were about designers who hacked their products. First, Danish kitchen company Reform invited designers including , and Norm . The aim was to make kitchens a little more …

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Thomas Heatherwick | Design Hot List 2016

23 2 divides opinion. There are those who love his ambitious proposals that defy architectural convention. And there are those who seem incensed that the 46-year-old Englishman continues to go near buildings at all. Although trained as a designer, Heatherwick now mostly works at an urban scale. He rattled architects last year by claiming that  while …

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Oki Sato/Nendo | Design Hot List 2016

20 1 It’s a surprise to find only one designer in the top 20 of our Hot List. We always knew that architecture was more popular with readers than design, but we didn’t realise by quite how much. It’s less of a surprise to find , the Japanese studio headed by , at the top of …

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