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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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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: CorkNet, a cork trivet for hot pans that has versatility as a table tennis net

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 15 January 2015

You probably thought there was no way a slab of cork could become a versatile kitchen tool and an important piece of a table tennis set, but CorkNet has proved us all wrong. First, this 80cm cork piece is divided in two and used as a kitchen trivet for hot pans and dishes, absorbing the heat so your dining table or bench don’t have to. But when the trivet is not in use, this cork set uses its versatility to entertain the whole family.

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Now you can assemble your cathouse from blocks

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 15 January 2015

We’ve all played with building blocks at some point as a kid, but up until now, we’ve never done it for a cat. Now you can snap your own biodegradable cathouse together in a heartbeat with these modular cardboard blocks for the kitty. Unpack the package of two beams, two cubes, tunnel, bridge, slide and […]

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These Progress Bars make the downloading of online files actually fun to watch

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By Kenny Ong in New Design on Thursday 15 January 2015

Oh, the drudgery of watching the progress bar filling up ever so s-l-o-w-l-y while you wait for whatever that needs to be downloaded onto your desktop is just so very ultra excruciating. Don’t you think it’s like watching paint dry? Swedish graphic designer Viktor Hertz obviously feels the same way and has developed ‘Works in Progress Bars’, a series of quirky and specially designed progress bars re-imaged as a light saber, a personality test, and even an expanding chocolate bar.

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Unleash that fetish with a free DIY bondage rocker template

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 13 January 2015

So this is probably what you get for the person who has everything… and who has a bondage fetish. It’s a bondage pony girl rocker, courtesy of Peter Jakubik. That’s awesome, right? But what’s even more awesome is the fact that the design of these rockers are free of charge from the designer so you can make them yourself.

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Famous people mashups from fitting name puns

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design, New Trends on Saturday 10 January 2015

From Yoko Bono to Smiley Cyrus, these hybrid personalities formed from unlikely split-face mashups based on word-nerdy puns are great for an all-round chuckle.

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Sit back and relax in a sitting chair made of candle wax!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 8 January 2015

Why sit in a chair made of leather when you can sit in a chair made of candle wax? Ulf Mejergren Architects of Sweden created this very unique piece of furniture for a client who contacted them wishing for something special for his new apartment. An injured hip had made walking difficult, so most of […]

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: A bed, a sofa, a chair, a puzzle … all in one!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 8 January 2015

If you’re looking to have versatility in that living room, you can’t go past the Yang sofa. Designed by Francois Bouchet for Ligne Roset, this furniture piece first looks like a comfy sofa with its beautiful curved design, but when it comes time to sleep, simply lock the different pieces together to form a cozy bed. When […]

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Memo Bank: A sticky note pad that’s also a piggy bank

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 8 January 2015

This is the Memo Bank, it’s an ingenious stationery that helps you save both on space and money. Created by Taiwanese design studio Chiandchi, the invention doubles as a sticky note pad and a piggy bank. The upper portion of the Memo Bank contains the sticky notes, while the lower half contains the piggy bank. […]

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Inspired by the moon’s surface, this lamp shoots out light when you remove its corks

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 8 January 2015

The Armstrong Light Trap is a ceramic desktop lamp that’s made to look like the moon’s surface. The brainchild of Russian designer Constantin Bolimond, the orb’s craters are plugged with corks of different sizes. Remove one and the lamp’s energy-efficient LEDs turn on, shooting light out of the opening. You can then regulate the light […]

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: The Niels Chair is also a reading nook and a place to do yoga

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Wednesday 7 January 2015

There’s a new chair on the block that can do so much more than any chair you and I own: The Niels Chair. Created by French designer Hugues Klein, this chair not only serves as a cozy place to sit, but also works as a private yoga space.

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Fairytale glassware teaches us physics when filled with water

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 7 January 2015

These drinking glasses not only tell a story about wolves and poison apples, but they also tell a story about science! Created by Yoshie Watanabe for design studio D-Bros, the Fairy Tale Drinking Glasses feature illustrations from iconic fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White.

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Plant Deck: a skateboard completely made out of tree bark

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 6 January 2015

This gives a whole new meaning to the term, ‘face plant’. Paris-based artist and designer Christophe Guinet, also known as Mr. Plant, created this skateboard out of a panel of tree bark. Called ‘Natural Skateboarding’, the 32” bark-based deck was born out of Guinet’s childhood fascination with trees, grass, and seeds.

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He made a flamethrower with a leaf blower and cornstarch

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 6 January 2015

All hail Ivan Owen for his inventive design of a flamethrower! All he needed to make this marvelous contraption was a leaf blower and cornstarch (the fuel). Oh, and a propane torch for ignition. Why would you ever need a flame thrower, I hear you asking. Well, in Owen’s case, it could be a hoard of zombies. Because you never know when the zombie apocalypse is going to come.

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Loving grandfather made this death star fire pit for his grandkids last Christmas

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 5 January 2015

Just when you thought you got the coolest present last Christmas, someone went and got their very own Death Star. An 84-year-old retired metal worker gave his grandchildren a fire pit last Christmas. It looks like the Death Star II in Star Wars. It also looks just like how the Rebel Alliance left it: in […]

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Cyberman feeder turns unsuspecting squirrels into a Doctor Who villain

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Sunday 4 January 2015

We’d gladly let Cybermen invade our planet if only they were this cute and huggable! ‘Doctor Who’ fan Emma Young created this Cyberman squirrel feeder. It’s made out of an old shower radio and was hung in Young’s backyard, waiting for its first gullible squirrel to pass by. Luckily for us, it did! You can see the half squirrel, half cyborg in action here.

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