Funny, cutting, witty and informed – comments from Dezeen readers never fail to get beneath the skin of a story. Dezeen’s social media editor Ross Bryant selects 10 of his favourites from the previous 12 months.

“We, the concerned neighbours, will be watching… forever”

S House by Yuusuke Karasawa

There are couple of things that get Dezeen readers hot under the collar like Japanese architecture, and this property featuring a transparent facade was no exception.

Sparking a debate about the practicalities of daily life and intimate moments shared among its residents, the divisive see-by way of home impressed, bemused and amused readers in equal measure. Study the story and comments »

“Let’s contact Pamela Anderson and make a soup kettle”


This Champagne coupe was developed from a mould of British model Kate Moss’ breast, referencing the common mythology surrounding the 1st Champagne coupe, which was supposedly shaped around the left breast of French queen Marie Antoinette.

Never far from a cheeky comment, our Champagne-guzzling readers recommended the creation of vessels with bigger proportions. Read the story and comments »

“And the Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark and watch the neighbours suffer'”

Formosa The Amphibious House by Baca

Responding to the completion of the UK’s “1st amphibious house” that can float on floodwater like a boat, one reader said the idea could relieve worry, pain and suffering for whole communities, if only everybody could afford it.

Other commenters agreed, suggesting it may be less expensive and more sensible to create homes in flood-prone areas on stilts. Study the story and comments »

“I am friends with cats who’ll enjoy this” 

CATable by Hao Ruan_loop_dezeen

Cat-lovers amongst our readers had been excited by this table designed especially for feline buddies, which was presented for the duration of Milan Design Week earlier this year.

CATable characteristics a series of openings and tunnels carved out by hand to develop spaces for curious cats to explore, encouraging owners to operate from residence alongside their pets. Read the story and comments »

“Scandinavian nations are so cool it really is infuriating” 

Snøhetta designs bank notes for Norway

These Snøhetta-developed Norwegian banknotes had been revealed in October, just weeks just before Norway unveiled its new minimal passport styles.

Dezeen readers took to the comment sections to express their admiration and envy of the country’s approach to aesthetics. Study the story and comments »

“Portrait of the Year”


Frank Gehry’s blunt response to criticism of his architectural style amused many readers – but some also thought this was the greatest photograph of 2014. Read the story and comments »

“Listen right here bruv, it’s gotta match like a glove”


Few readers are as lyrical as our normal rapper Eynak East, who delights us with normal instalments of poetic verse in the comments section.

Despite attracting a mixed reaction from other commenters, East continues to post rhyming observations on stories such as this cliff-hugging home. Read his complete rap here »

“Have to be an awesome shirt”

 Nietzsche clothing store by Reiichi Ikeda Design

Boxy partitions that adhere to the pattern of existing ceiling trusses were inserted into this clothing boutique in Osaka, Japan, but exactly where are the clothing?

As one particular of our readers playfully observed, it have to be a really specific shirt to have such a shop built around it. Study the story and comments »

“Obesity is the final factor I look for in a chair” 

 Flesh Chair wrapped in squishy rolls of fat by Nanna Kiil

What do you appear for in a chair? Comfort was virtually guaranteed with this chair covered in memory foam material styled to appear like a flabby human, but some commenters weren’t confident they’d feel pleased sitting in a single. Study the story and comments »

“One slight knock and the creme anglaise could be all over your diner guests” 

kleinergleich5 by Ruben Beckers_dezeen_sq

We’ve featured a few lightweight table designs on Dezeen this year, but none of them are as light as this wooden example by German designer Ruben Beckers, which “is possibly the lightest in the globe”.

Weighing a mere 4.five kilograms, commenters have been fast to question its practicality, highlighting examples of possible dining-related hazards. Read the story and comments »



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