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Seen the wicked graphic design for Logos that float in midair? Or the interior design of some of the Beautiful Libraries of the world? No? After seeing Back To The Future, have you always dreamed of climbing into a new and cool DeLorean design and speeding through time? Well, if you have, you now can. Through words and images at least. Dream on, our designer friends.

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A T-rex illusion that stares and moves its head

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 17 April 2014

You know how those paintings of people keep staring at you wherever you go? Kinda creepy, right? Now imagine those portraits moving their head to get an even better look. Yikes! Illusionist Brasspup came up with a cool illusion that’s based on the famous dragon illusion of Jerry Andrus. He created a T-Rex cut-out that […]

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Rock it: rocking furniture pieces commissioned by Claudia Pignatale

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 17 April 2014

If you’re going to commission something, you better make sure it’s something really cool. And Claudia Pignatale, founder and artistic director of Secondome Gallery did just this. These awesome and highly sophisticated see-saws were designed by Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai, with the intent to see that children’s play can be ‘transformed into refined objects for adults with meaning and intent’.

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IKEA meets monorail in Japan, transforms it into comfy pad

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Carpets, cushions, sofas, funky lamps, coffee tables and all: when IKEA opened a new store in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, it decided to launch the store by giving the monorail a makeover with its home decor and furnishing products. There is but just one question on our minds: where’s the bed for a full-length subway […]

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Inflatable toy dinosaurs or ceramic sculptures?

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 14 April 2014

What’s hundreds of millions years old, looks like it’s filled with helium, and is an accident waiting to happen? These ceramic dinosaurs by artist Brett Kern, that’s what. You might mistake these sculptures for one of those inflatable vinyl balloon dinosaurs, but upon closer inspection, they’re actually ceramic works that mimic the details and texture of a balloon.

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Movie posters with a fishy twist by London creative agency

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 14 April 2014

Fishfinger! Dude, where’s my carp? EEL.T! These are just some of the titles taking on a fishy twist in this quirky collection of movie posters. Created by London agency Fishfinger (what else?), these posters look almost better than the originals. I mean, who can fault a movie poster with The Codfather on the front, or […]

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Finally, a gigantic nest-like chair fit for catching some caveman winks in

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 12 April 2014

Remember the time your ancestor climbed into a pterodactyl’s nest and had the soundest sleep of his life? No? Neither do we. Well, maybe Floris Wubben — who designed this nest-like chair out of wooden branches for aMAZElab — does. The form is interesting, but we’re not sure it looks very cosy at all. The […]

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We could read the classifieds all day if more ads were like this

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 11 April 2014

Colombia-based creative Felipe Salazar has possibly nailed down the best classifieds ad we’ve seen ever. Done for a kitchen design company, the subtly tweeked text shows up the outlines of a kitchen peeping through these busy lines. Plus, it actually makes us even want to read the classifieds at all, which is quite an achievement.

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Celebrities are placed in vintage ads by David Redon

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 10 April 2014

We all love a great vintage ad, but Paris-based art director David Redon has taken it a step further. What he’s done is taken modern day celebs and placed them into clever vintage ads. Stars such as Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Rihanna, and even Beyonce are used in his project. Redon says of his work: […]

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Try not to get lost! The BIG Maze comes to Washington, D.C.

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 10 April 2014

Think you’re a whizz at mazes? Try this BIG maze, a 61×61 foot maze that’s going to be housed at Washington, D.C.’s National Building Museum this July. The labyrinth’s ‘Baltic birch plywood walls, which stand 18 feet high at the maze’s periphery, descend as you make your way towards the center’. Bjarke Ingels of BIG […]

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Uniting the gap between reading and viewing words: design by Liz Collini

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By Marta Millere in New Design on Wednesday 9 April 2014

London-based artist Liz Collini believes that the written word holds many paradoxes, not only those of absence and presence. She specializes in printmaking and drawing where she expresses herself through the use of ambiguous words and phrases to create different forms of text. As she explains on her website: ‘There are gaps and overlaps between […]

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Poster design: We’ve never seen Marilyn go this minimal

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Design on Tuesday 8 April 2014

I’m a sucker for minimalism in clothes, design and interior design. Give me a pair of white jeans and a perfect grey t-shirt and I die. Something similar happened when I first laid eyes on Joseph Ling’s clever posters. He illustrates films by using single elements, like Scarlett’s bum (what’s up with those transparent grandma […]

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Everyday objects redesigned by Katerina Kamprani

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 7 April 2014

The Uncomfortable is about as creative as it gets. This collection of ‘deliberately inconvenient everyday objects’ is designed by architect Katerina Kamprani and started as a ‘twisted sadistic design experiment messing up it’s creator’s head (and the heads of people she knows)’. Kamprani says of her work: ‘The goal is to re-design useful objects making […]

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Tanning leather in one of the world’s most polluted places

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 4 April 2014

You’ve probably never seen leather tanned like this before. This is the toxic Hazaribagh leather tannery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where ‘every day, the tanneries collectively dump 22,000 litres of toxic waste, including cancer-causing chromium, into the Buriganga – Dhaka’s main river and a key water supply – according to the environment ministry’. Around 25,000 people […]

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Come sit on a chair that looks like an obese person’s skin

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 3 April 2014

Skinny is out, voluptuous is in. Besides, voluptuous looks more comfy to sit on. The ‘Flesh Chair’, inspired by the flappy and chunky folds of an obese person’s skin, was made by Nanna Kiil, a design student at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She made the chair not to offend obese people, but to actually put some positive light on their overweight bodies. Kiil says, ‘the intention is to explore the balance between the repulsive and the accommodating through voluminous curves’.

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3D art becomes a remarkable jungle gym

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Design on Wednesday 2 April 2014

Remember how much fun jungle gyms were when you were a kid? Personally, I found trees more appetizing when it came to stretching out my limbs with boys, but jungle gyms were still on the top of my outdoor entertainment list. I would never have resisted this one created by Numen/For Use, a design collective […]

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