Milky’s Cloud Room pushes shipping container design to a new high in Toronto

Canadian coffee shop Milky’s has dug into the softer side of the shipping container craze with its new Cloud Room bar at Toronto’s Stackt Market.

Full Fat Studio designed the light and airy space, which is wrapped in travertine carved into geometric patterns. The sandy colour of the limestone lends the coffee shop a slightly unearthly feeling, emphasised by the sparse furniture and extreme minimalism.

Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto
Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto
Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto
Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto
Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto
Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto
Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto

Lighting in the coffee shop emphasises the contours of the space, designed to play on the surface of the limestone, and wrap around the ceilings. The outpost is named for the way the light creates shadows in the carved travertine – intended to replicate the movement of clouds. It gives customers something to meditate on while they’re waiting for their coffee or tea.

Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto

Photography: Riley Snelling

‘Slow coffee was an appealing concept, so we started thinking about how to create a space for slowness,’ says Fraser Greenberg, founder of Milky’s and a partner at Full Fat Designs. ‘Stone was our material choice, because of its age and solemness. Clouds were our concept because of their speed and unpredictability.’

28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6

Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto

Photography: Riley Snelling

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Chicago’s Chief members club is saturated in jewel tones

A rich green palette welcomes members to Chicago’s Chief, which feels more like a snug home office than a shared workspace.

New York studio AvroKO designed the space, which is the third Chief clubhouse in the US – all of them set up to help female executive leaders network and establish connections.

Chicago’s Chief members club is saturated in jewel tones
Chicago’s Chief members club is saturated in jewel tones
Chicago’s Chief members club is saturated in jewel tones
Chicago’s Chief members club is saturated in jewel tones

The practice was tasked with creating a homely atmosphere inside the Chicago outpost, with rugs, wooden dividers and deep leather loungers all borrowing from a classic gentleman’s club aesthetic – with a twist.

Shades of green dominate the space, with walls, tiles, and even pipework decked out in varying tones of forest and emerald. While green is a colour that immediately recalls nature, and feelings of refreshment, peace and growth, darker green shades are also said to encourage psychological decisiveness and clarity.

Chicago’s Chief members club is saturated in jewel tones

Photography: Anthony Tahlier

In contrast, phone booths have been drenched in teracotta orange.

As well as communal areas, Chief offers members the use of meeting rooms, where the welcoming aesthetic continues in the form of huge wooden tables, geometric rugs and timber ceilings.

Chicago’s Chief members club is saturated in jewel tones

Photography: Anthony Tahlier
Chicago’s Chief members club is saturated in jewel tones

Photography: Anthony Tahlier
Chicago’s Chief members club is saturated in jewel tones

Photography: Anthony Tahlier
Chicago’s Chief members club is saturated in jewel tones

Photography: Anthony Tahlier

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Taking Care of Your Christmas Tree and Keeping it Fresh Longer: Tips and Ideas

Different folk approach the Holiday Season differently. Some find it overwhelming; others use it as time to get away from the rush and go on a long holiday and then there are those who immerse themselves in the festivities. We absolutely love this time of the year when the world outside seems to be all dressed up and ready for a fun party all the time! The lights, the food and the celebrations make the next month and a half arguably the best time of the year! And with a global pandemic seemingly starting to ease and allowing people to mingle again (be in a circumspect fashion), 2021 Christmas promises to be loads of fun. And at the heart of all our celebrations is a great Christmas Tree!

Sparkling Christmas tree in the corner decked out perfectly for the holidays
Sparkling Christmas tree in the corner decked out perfectly for the holidays [From: Tobi Fairley Interior Design]


One of the big news stories so far relating to the Holiday Season has been a lack of natural Christmas trees in the market this season. Drought and hot weather conditions along with several other factors have seen a shortage of Christmas tree in 2021 and that means those wanting one are advised to shop early. The trouble with that of course, is that you have to take proper care of the tree for nearly a month from now for it to remain fresh and cheerful through the Holiday Season. Worry not, for we have the guide for you that will help with taking care of your natural Christmas tree, watering it and decorating it.

Getting it Home and Hydrated

Since you are buying the Christmas tree early this year, you definitely need to take extra care of it once you get it home. And the biggest part of all this is hydration. Water is the mantra here and you want to get the freshly cut tree as soon as possible in some water. Ideally, after a fresh cut of inch or two at the bottom of the trunk, American Christmas Tree Association suggests you put it in water in around 45 minutes. This can be a few hours as well; but the sooner the better. If the sap at the end of the trunk dries out, then you might have to make another cut for proper hydration.

Finding the right spot for Christmas tree in your home
Finding the right color scheme for your Christmas decorations [From: Julie Ranee Photography]

Find the Right Stand

Keeping the Christmas tree hydrated all month long means you have to find the right stand. Getting a proper tree stand can make things that much easier for you. You can fill the stand regularly with water and you will not have to worry about its quantity. Typically, most of these evergreens have a trunk size of 6 to 8 inches in diameter and this what most stands are built for. Invest in a good tree stand that will serve you well for years.

Room in neutral colors allows the Christmas tree to stand out even more visually [From: Lisa Gabrielson Design]

Keeping it Fresh!

There are many theories around that adding sugar, sweeteners, soft drinks and other chemicals to the water helps keep the Christmas tree fresher for a longer period of time. But there is very little evidence that supports this theory and while a bit of sugar does no harm whatsoever, do stay away from chemicals and bleach. This only causes the needles to fall out quickly and you might not have a fresh tree come Christmas.

Keep the Christmas tree away from the fireplace for majority of the month!

A Very Merry Christmas!

We all want to decorate the Christmas tree in the most beautiful way possible. Yet, it is best to not keep the lights on all the time as the heat would cause the tree to wilt away faster. Also, keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources and do not be too keen on placing to next to the fireplace all through December. These trees are habituated to cold and moist weather and your home is hot and dry as it is, without additional heat sourcing amping things up.

Beautifully decorated white Christmas tree for the modern farmhouse home [From: Robeson Design]
Water, right care and proper placement of the tree can help it keep fresh longer [From: Regina Gust Designs]

With right care and planning, you can easily keep your Christmas tree fresh and sparkling all through December, even if you bring it home today!

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Blue Velvet Sofa Inspiration For a Luxurious Living Room

When you want to get a luxurious piece that makes a bold statement, you can bet that a blue velvet sofa will fit the bill. This accent piece will instantly bring a high-end look, thanks to the versatile fabric. The jewel tone comes with a remarkable sheen, enhancing the color’s depth for a striking visual touch. 

However, bringing a statement furniture piece into your decor isn’t the easiest decision to make. If you have any doubts about introducing a bold blue sofa to your living room, this post will help you solve them. 


Which fabrics go best with velvet?

Velvet is a versatile fabric that will perfectly fit a wide array of interior styles. When you have a velvet sofa, it’s recommended that your other upholstered furniture be covered in different fabrics. In fact, layering textures is the secret trick to creating a well-styled and dynamic space. Let the velvet sofa be the main accent in the living room.

Luxurious Chesterfiled sofa (from Wayfair)
Luxurious Chesterfield sofa (from Wayfair)

The simplicity of linen and elegance of velvet combine to achieve the perfect balance in your living room. Add a few linen throws or introduce graceful linen curtains for a chic living room that gives off luxurious vibes.

Neutral living room with accent sofas (from Wayfair)

Golden hardware

If you wish to bring a high-end look to your living room, complement your velvet sofa with golden hardware. A golden coffee table and floor lamp will do the job perfectly, but feel free to add other accents that fit your unique taste.

Modern and elegant living room (from Wayfair)
Modern and eccentric interior (from Sweetpea and Willow)
Luxury ambiance with a blue sofa (from Sweetpea and Willow)

Eclectic approach

If you want to bring art deco vibes to your home, a blue sofa will perfectly fit your concept. On the color wheel, yellow is the opposite of blue, meaning that these colors will make an exceptional contrast. This eclectic living room is enhanced with yellow accents for a noteworthy pop of color. The exposed brick wall contributes to the art deco mood while injecting a subtle dose of texture.

Exposed brick walls and blue sofa are a charming combo (from Jenny San Martin Design)

An area rug with an eye-catchy geometric print will be the perfect base for showing off your blue sofa. Pair with a modern armchair to create a contemporary lounge area with an upscale feel.

Contemporary living room with blue accent sofa (from Black Lacquer Design)

How to maintain velvet furniture

While velvet furniture brings high-end vibes to a space, some might avoid it due to high maintenance. If you are determined to enhance your home with a velvet piece, the fabric’s notorious reputation shouldn’t change your thoughts. The modern textile industry has developed innovative materials that make cleaning more manageable, so getting a low-maintenance velvet sofa is now possible.

Casual and relaxed living room with blue velvet sofa (from Loaf)

The secret to pristine and clean velvet furniture is frequent and gentle cleaning. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to clean dirt and dust off your precious sofa. If you happen to spill a liquid, spot cleaning is your best friend. Ensure that you take care of the spill as soon as possible to prevent it from penetrating the delicate fabric. 

After years of wear and tear, the pile might begin to look flat and dull. If you wish to restore its plush texture, use a dry brush or a steamer to lift the fiber and bring back the ‘brand new’ look.

Modern velvet blue sofa with teal wall (from Wayfair)
Cozy sectional for a statement (from Unsplash)

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Sophie Goineau and Enclosures Architects refurbish midcentury house in Beverly Hills

Interior designer Sophie Goineau and Los Angeles studio Enclosures Architects have restored Cove Way House in Beverly Hills by Alfred T Wilkes with updated finishes, “preserving the integrity of original LA modernism”.

Located in LA’s upscale Beverly Hills neighbourhood, Cove Way House is a low-slung villa that was originally built in 1957. It is laid out on a single floor, and contains four bedrooms.

The Cove Way House in Los Angeles
Sophie Goineau and Enclosures Architects have revamped a low-slung villa in Beverly Hills

It features several design elements that were novel at the time, such as floor-to-ceiling glazing in the living spaces, a flat roof, and an open concept for the kitchen, living, and dining rooms.

The team’s intention was to highlight these elements within the renovation.

Mid-century wooden kitchen
The revamp preserves the home’s open-plan kitchen

“The original Alfred T Wilkes house, built in 1957, was a true example of mid-century “post and beam” construction, allowing for the wide-open flow of space from room to room, and the feature of a curved glass exterior wall, rare for the style and era,” said the team.

“The original interior features were all enhanced in the restoration; flat roof lines, indoor to outdoor fluidity, open living plan and an abundance of natural light.”

Wood-lined entrance hall of Cove Way House
New millwork lines the entry hallway

Goineau and Enclosures Architects completely updated the finishes throughout the property, including all-new millwork in the entry hallway, kitchen and living room.

“From the entry and throughout, the millwork is produced in woods indigenous to the US wherever possible; the inlaid ceiling, wall partitions and stacked doors frames are teak, including the art wall tiles in the powder room, handmade from Mosarte in Brazil,” said the team.

“The wall paneling, fluted bar, doors, closets, vanities and kitchen are custom designed in walnut.”

Dining room inside the Cove Way House
Slatted wooden screens divide the spaces

Visitors enter the home into a semi-circular foyer, which provides access to the kitchen, living and dining room.

These are partially screened by slatted wooden walls that give each space a certain separation, while still feeling like they are part of a single living area.

The main living room is separated in two parts by a fireplace built with long slender bricks, delineating a more private seating area from the main entertaining space. Both of these are open to the kitchen, which embraces the curved outline of the foyer, and to the pool at the back of the home.

The floors were also updated to a more durable material.

“The home’s original carpet flooring was relaid in terrazzo, meticulously inlaid with brass inserts and cream Calacatta stone, inspired by architecture icon Alexander Girard’s textile prints designed for Charles and Ray Eames, replete with Minotti and Henge furnishings.

Living room overlooking swimming pool
The floors have been relaid in terrazzo

The home’s four bedrooms are laid out along a corridor in a separate wing, and were also refreshed as part of the renovation.

Other midcentury renovations in California include a 1960s home by Craig Ellwood that was refurbished with a light touch by Woods+Dangaran, and the home and offices of Working Holiday Studios, which underwent a more extensive overhaul to accommodate their young family.

The photography is by Michael Clifford.

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Commenter questions why Burberry designed “a building that could destroy thousands of birds”

In this week’s comments update, readers are irritated by Burberry’s design for a reflective pop-up store in South Korea and discussing other top stories.

British fashion brand Burberry has installed a pop-up store that reflects a surrounding mountain range on Jeju Island, South Korea, for its latest outerwear clothing collection.

The Imagined Landscapes Jeju installation is made from plywood, timber and a reflective polycarbonate mirror material.

“Out of touch in pretty much every way possible”

Commenters are annoyed. “Oh, the poor birds!” said Stefanos S. “Why are architects allowed to design reflective buildings? The design is great but the reflecting material is plain wrong.”

Apsco Radiales agreed: “I can even get over the shape, the design, the location, but why in God’s name are you building such a highly reflective building that will destroy thousands of birds?”

“Tomorrow’s trash today!” continued Alexis Harrison. “Hopefully, South Korea has plenty of landfill space for all that non-circular polycarbonate and plywood once this gets discarded after a pitifully short life pleasuring a select few.”

“Out of touch in pretty much every way possible,” concluded Steve Leo.

Dezeen has asked Burberry if the building poses a risk for birds but hasn’t yet had a response.

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Aerial view of Stadium 974
Demountable stadium built with shipping containers reaches completion in Qatar

Commenter says “if buildings could virtue-signal,” shipping container stadium “would be a role model”

Readers are debating a demountable stadium built with shipping containers, which is nearing completion in Qatar ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

“If this building actually gets disassembled and built somewhere else, it will be the architecture story of the decade,” said Puzzello.

“From what I can see the stadium is not ‘built with shipping containers,'” replied Walter Astor. “The stadium is built with steel and concrete and then some repurposed shipping containers were tacked on to allow a feeble claim to sustainability. If buildings could virtue-signal, this would be a role model.”

Garlic agreed: “In what way is this sustainable? A few tokenistic shipping containers plonked on for aesthetics doesn’t make it sustainable. And what happens to those after the World Cup?”

Is Stadium 974 a clever idea? Join the discussion ›

Virgil Abloh with an IKEA bag
Ten projects by Virgil Abloh that demonstrate his versatility as a designer

Readers believe Virgil Abloh “showed the world everything is possible”

Commenters, designers and creatives have paid their respects to Virgil Abloh following his death from cancer this week. We also rounded up 10 projects that illustrate the designer’s boundary-pushing approach.

“Sad day,” said Nir. “Rest in peace icon!”

“The legacy you left behind will always be remembered,” added Lek. “You’ve shown the world everything is possible.”

Haokip concluded: “Never a fan of his work, but sad that he passed away so young. God bless his family.”

What was your most memorable project by Abloh? Join the discussion ›

Image of the cabin on a cliff edge
Zinc-clad hikers’ cabin perches on a cliff edge in the Dolomites

Commenter calls hikers’ cabin “superb in all aspects”

Readers are discussing a small cabin that Demogo has perched on the dramatic Marmarole mountain range in Northern Italy’s Dolomites. It is meant as a refuge for hikers.

“This project is superb in all aspects,” said Sheets. “Beautifully scaled, shaped, and sited – conscientiously and responsibly designed, expertly executed.”

“Mixed feelings about this being an emergency shelter,” continued JZ. “The last thing one probably requires is being perched in a wind-rattled box that appears to be intent on funneling off the edge of the mountain.”

DY disagreed: “I do a tonne of multi-day mountaineering and in my opinion, this is fit for purpose. Beautifully designed and well located for visibility purposes. If you’re worried about ‘funneling off the edge’ after a five-hour hike in steep terrain, then you shouldn’t be up that high in the first place.”

What do you think of the cabin? Join the discussion ›

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London School of Architecture spotlights 10 architectural projects

A project that aims to break down boundaries between traditional schools and the city and proposal for a cityscape designed to tackle pollution is included in Dezeen’s latest school show by the London School of Architecture.

Also featured is a project that aims to improve the future of existing post-war social housing estates and a series of outside pavilions for educational activities.

London School of Architecture

School: London School of Architecture
Courses: Designing Architecture MArch

School statement:

“The London School of Architecture is a new school built for independent minds, not independent means. We offer a two-year programme of Part 2-level study composed of ten modules that address specific aspects of the knowledge, skills and behaviours our graduates will require.

“Organised as a living network, rather than a fixed hierarchy, the LSA forges a series of powerful relationships between academia and practice, architecture and other discipline and the school and the city.

“In the Inter-Practice year, students are employed in three-day per week, 12-month placements hosted by our Practice Network. In their other time, they work on LSA projects.

“In the Proto-Practice year, students are full-time with the LSA developing individual thesis design projects. The school uses the city as both its campus and testing ground, siting our investigations and projects in a different borough every year.

“Our programme is validated by our Academic Partner The University of Liverpool, who award our graduates with a MArch in Designing Architecture. The LSA is professionally recognised at Part 2 level by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).”

A visualisation of a new cityscape called The Metropolitan Wild

The Metropolitan Wild by Jack Bowen

“The Metropolitan Wild proposes a new form of cityscape that can tackle pollution, flooding, biodiversity and poverty. The landscape proposal enhances four distinct habitats – woodland, marshland, river, and open water – by the de-channelisation of a portion of the River Lea.

“This allows for cycles of natural flooding, working with nature instead of against it. The architectural proposal takes the form of an undulating walkway, curving in reaction to topography and habitat. This allows the site to be used during floods and provides opportunities for domestic, commercial, and civic typologies nestled beneath, lending to the creation of a unique, highly specified neighbourhood.”

Student: Jack Bowen
Email: jack.bowen[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Samantha Hardingham and Matthew Whittaker

A grey and black visualisation of a space called Material(C)ity

Material(C)ity by Hannah Cruickshank

“Material(C)ity aims to decentralise the fashion industry, changing consumer habits and mindsets surrounding the disposability of clothes.

“By co-locating the various elements of the fashion supply chain in a singular building, it evolves into a circular economy. It creates a framework for new businesses to establish themselves into a craft economy with immediate access to a wide range of skills, machinery and professions.

“The local community and transient visitors will be given resources to gain consciousness about the value of clothes and textiles.”

Student: Hannah Cruickshank
Email: hannah.cruickshank[at]
MArch in Designing Architecture
Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualisation of the everyday estate: a wooden structure with a man reading a book on the balcony

The Everyday Estate by Callum Rowland

“This is a proposal for an alternative future of estate regeneration capitalising on emerging remote-working patterns within a hyper-local live/work programme.

“Existing homes are upgraded and reorganised to suit the dynamic daily needs of individual residents. Localised co-working facilities infill underused spaces across London’s housing estates, inviting new occupants to these forgotten pieces of the city and unburdening the home from the recent invasion of work.

“Transient-yet-integrated apartments sit atop existing blocks and densify the affordable residential offering. Finally, shared everyday facilities are sandwiched between old and new homes, providing a vital common ground for all residents.”

Student: Callum Rowland
Email: callum.rowland[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualisation of a school without walls

School Without Walls by Rita Tornallyay

“School Without Walls’ ambition is to connect school activities to the surrounding community.

“School Without Walls breaks down physical and programmatic boundaries between traditional schools and the city.

“Learning becomes flexible, permeable and accessible to all at any time. It spreads across the city, facilitating location-specific learning spaces, using the city as a campus.”

Student: Rita Tornallyay
Email: rita.tornallyay[at]
MArch in Designing Architecture
Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A colourful visualisation of educational pavilions where children can learn

Open-Air Commons by Kiril Georgiev

“Open-Air Commons seeks to challenge educational models, places for knowledge exchange and their spatial implications.

“It aims to liberate schooling from curricular constraints through a focus on thematic learning, open-ended exploration, incidental forms of education and to bring open-air education to the largest possible public.

“Based on a series of pavilions within an open landscape and a large steel canopy, the project makes use of inexpensive industrial methods based on standardised, prefabricated components and construction methods.”

Student: Kiril Georgiev
Email: kiril.georgiev[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Tho Games Petrohilos and Akari Takebayashi

A colourful visualisation of a creative space in Hackney Wick

The Live/Work City 6 by Yavor Ivanov

“The proposal, sited in Hackney Wick, seeks to retain existing industrial, creative workplace and leisure programmes and further intensify the site.

“Through creating a clear hierarchy of public places in terms of scale and character, the masterplan sustains and enhances this diversity of uses.

“Industrial ‘megablocks’ within it feature work-home accommodation clustered around a civic factory, comprising shared workspaces, facilities and amenities, which facilitate the exchange between residents and workers as well as crafts and industries.”

Student: Yavor Ivanov
Email: yavor.ivanov[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualisation of a tree in a brick-based courtyard

Inside Out by Cora McLean

“Inside Out aims to establish unique spatial conditions that encourage human interaction and introspection.

“A process of addition, subtraction and displacement are used to create space for community-focused mental health services and consequently prioritise holistic methods of mental health care.

“The site’s new additions are a series of precast extruded arches that extend and highlight the existing fabric. They are broken, punctured and intersected to create a dialogue between inside and outside space and consequently open the building to the public.”

Student: Cora McLean
Email: cora.mclean[at]
MArch in Designing Architecture
Jesper Henriksson and James Mak

A visualisation of Common Ground, a community space in Hackney

Common Ground by Jack Banting

“This project begins with Hackney’s local authority offering ‘commons’ sites throughout its estates, and newly formed tenants and residents associations.

“A process of democratic resident deliberation and decision-making facilitated by the Common Ground project then determines a strategy of programming.

“An intervention formed of a new deployable, low-cost, framework architecture is then installed. In the hands of the community, new amenities will provide residents with spaces to work, live, learn and socialise, granting them shared facilities, a sense of collective ownership and scope to create new opportunities.”

Student: Jack Banting
Email: jack.banting[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Samantha Hardingham and Matthew Whittaker

London School of Architecture spotlights 10 architectural projects

Cultivation | Congregation by Luke Upton

“This project aims to reposition the parish church at the centre of local community through an engagement with food.

“It establishes a local food hub, the Hackney Food Exchange, as part of a wider parish, city, and regional food network.

“This includes a dedicated programme of educational and community-focused activities and spaces woven through the church and associated CoE primary school, re-engaging the church with its immediate context and diverse local communities.

“The scheme serves as a model for the activation and re-engagement of the church building as a welcoming community space addressing social issues including isolation, mental and physical wellbeing and healthy eating.

Student: Luke Upton
Email: luke.upton[at]
Course: MArch in Designing Architecture
Tutors: Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualisation of a plant-filled community space with high ceilings and big windows

Haberdasher Nation by Aanisah Chowdhury

“Haberdasher Nation seeks to create relationships between social housing tenants and the wider city through nature. It aims to build sustainable communities, improve the future of existing post-war social housing estates and the wellbeing of residents by integrating the estates back into the fabric of the city.

“To achieve this, the project proposes a self-sustaining system of growing and selling for the residents for gardening and garden education. It follows a business model for the estate to create revenue using a business model for a successful public space.”

Student: Aanisah Chowdhury
Email: Aanisah.chowdhury[at]
MArch in Designing Architecture
Theo Games Petrohilos and Akari Takebayashi

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This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and London School of Architecture. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.

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This is Loop installs kaleidoscopic Christmas tree at London’s Coal Drops Yard

Lighting specialists This is Loop have installed a colourful Christmas tree at London’s Coal Drops Yard, which Dezeen has captured in this Instagram reel shot for the King’s Cross estate.

Called Prism, the immersive Christmas tree has been installed for the festive season in the King’s Cross shopping and dining destination.

The 28-foot-high Christmas tree light installation is covered in mirrors and embedded with strips of multicoloured lights to create a festive atmosphere.


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A tunnel running through the centre of the installation for visitors to pass through is a kaleidoscopic space filled with reflections of light and colour.

“The Prism has been designed to signify unity and strength and to give visitors the feeling of being ‘connected’ in light,” King’s Cross estate said of the project.

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, Coal Drops Yard is a former coal store from the Victorian era that has been turned into a district for shopping and dining.

Prism by This is Loop installed at King's Cross Coal Drops Yard
Lighting specialist This is Loop have installed an immersive Christmas tree installation at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross

Visitors looking for Christmas gifts can browse over 50 shops including brands such as Tom Dixon, Hato and Caravane. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the shopkeepers and store teams of both independent and established brands who have carefully curated the Christmas gifts on offer.

King’s Cross has also installed a six-lane curling rink that is available for visitors to try out. It also offers places to eat and drink such as the wine bar Porte Noire and culinary destination Goods Way that has an offer of five different cuisines from all over the world served by independent food traders.

This is Loop is a British creative studio specialising in immersive light installations.

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This video was produced by Dezeen for King’s Cross as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.

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