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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 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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Dinosaurs and animals are too adorable as colourful tissue holders

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 10 March 2015

Auburn-based Etsy store ‘Sparkle Pony’ has a cute line of tissue dispensers that lets you pull out tissue from a whale, a rabbit, an elephant, and even a stegosaurus.

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Swirl: A futuristic faucet that turns water streams into complex patterns

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 10 March 2015

You’ll look forward to washing the dishes once you get this elegant faucet installed. London Royal College of Art student Simin Qiu has designed a futuristic faucet that not only saves water, but turns it into art.

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Clever butter spreader turns your corn into a delicious yellow submarine

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 6 March 2015

Say goodbye to your butter knife, and say hello to a more fearsome butter-spreading weapon. ‘Spredo’ is a cleverly-designed butter spreader that makes your corn look like a tiny yellow submarine navigating your dining table.

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These gruesome band-aids will make your wounds look worse than they already are

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 5 March 2015

Never be ashamed of your ulcer with maggot infestation or chemical burn ever again. ‘Boo-boos’ is a collection of adhesive bandages that make your wounds appear worse than they really are – perfect if you want to show your squeamish mother that you’re absolutely fine.

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Designers create chairs that look like a swimming pool ladder

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Your cramped apartment might not be big enough to have a pool, but you can have the next best thing: the ladder. Called the ‘Pool Chair’, this clever piece of furniture has arms and legs that look just like the ladders you find in swimming pools.

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Father and son team creates gorgeous turntables from the cross-section of trees

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Seattle-based Silvan Audio Workshop have created something that will make hipsters go nuts: a beautiful turntable made from the cross-section of a tree trunk.

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Tiny Shetland pony couldn’t see over his stable door, so these kids designed a periscope for him

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 3 March 2015

Meet Pedro the Shetland Pony; he’s a resident at the Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, London, and he previously had a problem petite folks can relate to: he couldn’t see over his stable door.

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The Woodsman Axe table deserves a place in every guy’s mancave

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 2 March 2015

Created by design firm Duffy London, the ‘Woodsman Axe Table’ combines form, function, and manliness by driving four hickory axes into the table’s corners, effectively turning the tools into legs. Perfect for lumberjack business meetings.

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Etsy store turns Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon toys into fully-functional guitars

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 2 March 2015

It looks like Han and Chewie pimped the Millennium Falcon with some brand new audio equipment. UK-based Doni Latchford repurposes old Star Wars toys – specifically 1979 to 2004 models of the Millennium Falcon – and turns them into fully-functional guitars.

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