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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 toy maker made this awesome ‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Starfighter rocker

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 21 January 2015

This baby’s gonna grow up to do great things, like destroying Death Stars. Auckland-based craftsman Steve of ‘Steves Wooden Toys’ made a rocker inspired by the X-Wing Starfighter from Star Wars. It’s made out of solid wood and even comes with a removable R2D2 at the back. It’s the perfect toy for the little Lukes […]

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Game Boy gets a futuristic-Victorian makeover and goes all Steampunk on us

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 20 January 2015

The Nintendo Game Boy might’ve sold over 118 million units since its 1989 debut, but just imagine if that simple grey box had a steampunk makeover. Imagine then how many more units Nintendo might’ve sold! This Steampunk Game Boy was designed by French artist Elise Siegwald, using just thread, acrylic paint, and clock machinery.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: The Kangaroo Light is a light pad that lights up the bottom of your purse and also acts as a night light and a placemat

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 20 January 2015

You can’t find your car keys. Your baby needs a light on to sleep. You need something to rest your dinner plate on. There’s one item that fits the bill for all three tasks: The Kangaroo Light. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, this cleverly-designed light has gone into production and brought convenience to thousands.

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Disney just helped create an autonomous robot that digs up large scale images in the sand

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 19 January 2015

Australia Day is the day to celebrate being an Aussie while eating a sausage breakfast and building sand castles. But what if you were able to grab a robot that could design the sand into intricate images of Disney characters? You’d definitely win first prize at the sand castle competition. So here it is. It’s […]

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Sticky notes for light switches make sure you never forget anything before leaving home

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 17 January 2015

‘Switch Notes’ is an ingenious way of reminding you of your to-do tasks before stepping out of the house. Created by stationary store ‘Suck UK’, the sticky note design has a hole in the middle, allowing it to be placed around a light switch. You’ll never forget anything ever again, unless that thing you forgot […]

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The very first chandelier that is dishwasher safe

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 17 January 2015

So you’ve got so many chandeliers that it’s taking half a day to dust them all. What a nightmare. To stay ahead of your chandelier game, you ought to look into a dishwasher safe chandelier. Yeah, it’s a thing. Created by Schonbek, the Da Vinci Crystal Chandelier is far more than just another lighting piece.

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This design student pokes her nose at her own art pieces – literally – to create them using Photoshop

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By Kenny Ong in New Design on Friday 16 January 2015

As an undergraduate design student, Michelle Vandy subjected herself to 10 to 15-hours a day working on Photoshop. As a result, her arms started to tingle, and pretty soon, they became too painful for her to even use her mouse and keyboard. She recalled: ‘I was sitting in my room late one evening fiddling around with this external touchpad I had lying on my desk and without thinking, lifted it up to eye level and touched it with my nose’.

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Look! An office you can slump all over anywhere sans tables and chairs

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 16 January 2015

Sitting down is bad for you, agreed? Dutch design firm RAAAF thinks so too, and they are now addressing this lifestyle hazard in the workplace with an office design that takes away chairs and tables altogether. The idea is to put up forms of varying slopes and angles for light leaning support, while encouraging workers people to move about as they work.

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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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