Abandoned + Reimagined / The Changing Faces of Our Buildings

What causes us to forget a building? Deemed useless through changing trends, through war or natural disasters? And why can some find a new lease of life, whereas some becomes relics to the past? HEKKTA delve into the question, taking a look back at some abandoned and forgotten histories. It is very rare you see [...]

Abandoned + Reimagined / The Changing Faces of Our Buildings 2019-09-15T14:00:29+00:00

London Design Festival 2019

The 2019 London Design Festival is back, with topical installations from leading designers, highlighting Artificial Intelligence and tackling climate issues; so we've picked six of the projects we feel are unmissable. Next week, the annual London Design Festival will get underway, with projects and installations from designers and architects dotted all over the city. The [...]

London Design Festival 2019 2019-09-06T15:03:26+00:00

Onto Europa

Today, it was unveiled that NASA will be undertaking a mission to a distant moon, Europa, where they believe they may well find a form of life. Hidden under an icy crust, getting to the ocean world is the easy part, so HEKKTA takes a closer look at the design behind the mission, and what [...]

Onto Europa 2019-08-22T10:06:53+00:00

Renault e-Plein Air / A Modern Rebirth

A new concept car created by Renault might just be the direction that design for electric vehicles should be headed in. The little e-Plein Air reimagines the former model for the demands of the modern world, all with a little bit of style. Dreamt up by Renault Classic, Renault Design and Melun Rétro Passion for [...]

Renault e-Plein Air / A Modern Rebirth 2019-08-17T08:56:13+00:00

Bye, Bye Beetle

A few weeks ago, the last ever VW Beetle rolled off the production line in Puebla, Mexico, never to be made again, bringing to an end the life of a design icon. When you see it's understated, but excellently designed chassis sat on the side of the road, you instantly recognise the icon that is [...]

Bye, Bye Beetle 2019-08-07T11:56:50+00:00

The Planets / Method Behind The Magic

In the new BBC series The Planets, trusty Professor Cox takes us on a planet-to-planet tour of our Solar System, mapping out the drastic events that have shaped our worlds over billions of years. But how exactly do you go about making such a complicated show from concept to creation? HEKKTA delves deeper to find [...]

The Planets / Method Behind The Magic 2019-08-06T17:41:04+00:00

Coca Cola Gets Boozy

Coca-Cola roll back the years, reintroducing the first ever Coke bottle design for their new range of premium spirit mixers. With the huge rise of brands such as Fevertree, who specialise in mixers for alcohol, it was only a matter of time before the big boys produced something of their own. Coca-Cola have announced a [...]

Coca Cola Gets Boozy 2019-08-06T17:27:08+00:00

Lost in LA / Stephen Shore

World renowned photographer Stephen Shore has been named as the 2019 Master of Photography by Photo London, credited for sparking a 'new interest in colour photography and in the use of the view camera for documentary work.' One of his most distinctive projects was his 1969 collection Los Angeles, where he roamed the streets of LA, [...]

Lost in LA / Stephen Shore 2019-08-07T15:02:07+00:00

I.M. Pei – Remembering The Architect Who Pulled Us Into Modernity

Modernist architect I.M. Pei, the man behind the iconic Louvre Museum extension made infamous for his gravity-defying designs, has passed away at the age of 102. HEKKTA looks back on the life and works of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect. Pei started life in Guangzhou, China, but moved to the US to study architecture, attending an [...]

I.M. Pei – Remembering The Architect Who Pulled Us Into Modernity 2019-08-07T14:53:09+00:00

Street Tree Pods – London’s Housing Solution?

The battle to tackle climate change and house our rising population are two huge challenges we face today. Could Matthew Chamberlain have come up with the perfect solution in the Street Tree Pods? Matthew Chamberlain has come up with a concept to tackle London's housing crisis by building a network of residences in the trees. [...]

Street Tree Pods – London’s Housing Solution? 2019-08-07T14:49:08+00:00