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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 fire pit that looks like the witch-king of Angmar from Lord of the Rings

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 21 March 2015

It might not be a ring, but it’ll still make you go: ‘My preciousssss’. UK-based Alex Dodson of ‘Burned By Design’, has come up with a fire pit that looks like the head of the Witch-King of Angmar in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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We bet you can win at least one game of ping pong playing at this round table

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 21 March 2015

Why play ping pong on an ordinary table when you can play a few games at once on this round table created by Lee Wen?

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Wooden cutting boards that are full of movie sass and sarcasm

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 21 March 2015

Making dinner can be a real drag if you’re not equipped with the right tools. And one of those tools has got to be a good quality cutting board. But not just any cutting board – a Cutting Boredom cutting board.

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Google engineer builds himself a real-life speeder bike off an old Star Wars toy

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 19 March 2015

Boston-based Google hardware engineer Adam Woodworth has come up with possibly the closest thing we have to a real-life Star Wars speeder bike: a modified quadcopter that looks like it. Interplanetary races at the park, anyone? Using a 12-inch speeder bike replica that was released back in the ‘90s, Woodworth was able to integrate four seven-inch rotors, giving the Star Wars toy the ability to fly (no word yet on the blasters.)

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Horsey: A clever frame add-on that makes your bike look like a horse

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 19 March 2015

The pony you’ve always wanted. Back in 2010 for the Seoul Cycle Design Competition, designer Eungi Kim came up with a novel concept that turns your bike into a horse. Called ‘Horsey’, the whimsical accessory/ornament is made out of a wooden material that you can easily attach to your bike, making your ride stand out from the rest!

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Rubik’s Snake-inspired LED lamp can transform into different types of lamps

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 18 March 2015

It’s just like the toy, but with cool lights attached! The ‘5+5’ lamp is an LED light that can transform into other types of lamps, thanks to its Rubik’s Snake-inspired orientation. The brainchild of Maria and Ivan Zverev of Oikums Design in St. Petersburg, Russia, the lamp has segments you can manipulate to turn it into a wall lamp, desk lamp, or ceiling fixture.

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The only vehicle you need in your life right now is the chesterfield car

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 13 March 2015

You’ve enjoyed relaxing on a Chesterfield sofa for years, but you’ve probably never thought of relaxing on a Chesterfield in a car. Let’s go one step further. You’ve never thought of relaxing in a Chesterfield car!

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This urban treehouse of your dreams holds 63 units and protects residents from pollution

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 13 March 2015

It’s not everyday you see adults enjoying life in a treehouse, but in Turin, Italy, residents of 63 units are lucky enough to call 25 Verde home. Designed by Luciano Pia, this mammoth treehouse apartment building is five stories tall and holds 150 trees that ‘absorb close to 200,000 litres of carbon dioxide an hour’.

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Hillary Clinton is being made into a super cool ready-for-action figure

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 13 March 2015

She can solve any international crisis with a single joke. She’s strong enough to wrestle Russian bears. And, let’s face it, she has a pretty kickass style. Hillary Clinton, no wonder you’ve been made into a ready-for-action figure.

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A coffee table that looks like it’s being propped up by a bunch of balloons

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 13 March 2015

Sorry to burst your bubble – or your balloon, rather – but this table isn’t what it seems to be. Called the UP Balloon Table, it features a glass surface seemingly suspended by colourful balloons. However, it’s just an illusion.

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The newest trend of the season? Woolly brick blankets from Scotland

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 12 March 2015

In your linen closet at home, you’ve got a ton of blankets. Big, colourful quilted ones. Soft, polyester ones. But there’s one blanket missing: the brick blanket.

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Decades after their initial success, the Beatles are getting their own adorable figurines

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By Signe Beck in New Design on Thursday 12 March 2015

Good news for all Beatles fans, design lovers and inner children out there! Taipei-based Bito, a motion graphics studio, have begun making toys under the name Bitoy. The first set of collectible goodies are four iconic, 3D-printed dolls commemorating the Beatles’ famous Abbey Road ‘procession’.

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Scrabble Light: hang messages on your wall with lights inspired by the famous board game

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 11 March 2015

UK-based gift company ‘Paladone’ has turned the popular board game Scrabble into a customisable light set that you can hang on your wall.

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A kitchen island that doubles as an aquarium is what dreams are made of

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 11 March 2015

Dutch designer Robert Kolenik has created an elegant kitchen fixture that brings the ocean into your home: a centre island with a giant aquarium for a base.

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This man makes army men toys do yoga poses: We interviewed him about it

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By Nicole Hughes in New Design on Tuesday 10 March 2015

Dan Abramson, a San Francisco-based entrepreneur and yogi, is the creator of Yoga Joes and Brogamats. We featured his Yoga Joes and the response was overwhelming, so we sat down and asked Dan a few questions about Yoga Joes and his passion for yoga.

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