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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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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Swings attached to a bar make for the perfect grownups’ playground

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 28 February 2015

The Swing Bar brings any adult’s inner child out by combining two really fun things to do: swinging and drinking. Designed by Duffy London, the bar features 15 hanging chairs, all suspended from the frame.

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Artist creates a hippopotamus chair that’s as big as the real thing

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 27 February 2015

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t sit on a hippopotamus – they are one of the most dangerous animals on earth. But if you feel like you really need to relax on one, here’s a safer alternative: The Hippopotamus Chair by Maximo Riera.

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This super minimalist zen lamp is made from a single sheet of A2 paper

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Design on Tuesday 24 February 2015

These super-duper uncomplicated wall lamps are each made from a single sheet of A2-sized paper. Designers Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto of YOY created the series, calling their design Poster.

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It took 400,000 Lego pieces to build this magical Hogwarts Castle

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 23 February 2015

The films may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean Harry Potter fans have quit making incredible displays. This homemade Hogwarts Castle was created by Alice Finch from Seattle, who wanted to surprise her kids.

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This cool beehive tap automatically collects honey without disturbing the bees

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 23 February 2015

This is the Flow Hive, a revolutionary invention that promises to change the way we collect honey forever. Invented by Australian father and son beekeepers Stuart and Cedar Anderson, it replaces the traditional process of honey extraction by allowing users to simply turn a tap and watch the honey come out.

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Throw away that wooden coffee table and pick up bookniture to take its place

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 20 February 2015

Between eReaders and smartphones, our bookshelves are rather empty these days. But why fill them with books when you can fill them with books that double as furniture? Uh yeah, it’s a thing, and it’s crowdfunding right now.

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The Perth Mint just released Star Trek coins that have legal tender status

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 19 February 2015

If you’re one of 10,000 people living on the small Polynesian island of Tuvalu, you’re now able to pay for your groceries using Star Trek coins.

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Bookstores are trolled by signs, all thanks to one very thoughtful man

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 19 February 2015

Bookstores aren’t just for buying books anymore. Or for coffee and free WiFi. Nope. Bookstores are for trolling the masses. Jeff Wysaski decided to liven up his local bookstores in Los Angeles with some rather fitting – yet trollsome – signs.

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This cool dad built his daughter a bed out of used Volkswagen parts

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 17 February 2015

When Redditor ‘inexplorata’ decided it was time to get his daughter a new bed, he didn’t just get her a crib, he got her a car too. Sort of. Stumbling upon free Volkswagen parts on Craigslist, he decided to combine the pieces with a bunk bed he bought on the same site.

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This drone ambulance concept can save more lives by flying above traffic

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 14 February 2015

If you can’t drive through traffic, why not just fly over it? That’s what this drone ambulance concept envisions as it aims to improve emergency response times and save more lives in the process.

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Go back to the stone age with these rather comfy rock chairs

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 13 February 2015

You know what’s not great to sit on? A rock. But when it’s made by product designer Matthijs Kok, you’re sure to feel comfortable whenever you sit down.

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Sweetcorn pillow truly redefines the meaning of ‘comfort food’

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

No really, we won’t judge you if you drool while sleeping – with a pillow like this, it’s hard not to! The ‘Sweet Corn Pillow’ by designer Weng Jie is a one-of-a-kind design that takes the meaning of ‘comfort food’ quite literally.

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Artist turns ordinary rooms into space-time warp universes

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 11 February 2015

Relying solely on optical illusions, Vienna-based artist Peter Kogler transforms ordinary rooms into space-time warp universes. Kogler turns flat, white surfaces into dizzying 3-D patterns simply by drawing curved, contoured lines that make viewers feel as if they’re being sucked into a swirling vortex – or another dimension.

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Be more productive as you work while standing on a skateboard-like deck

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Wednesday 11 February 2015

Sitting at a desk all day can be a pretty mind-numbing experience. And we’ve probably all seen those ‘sitting can kill you‘ news reports lately. So you can either stand up all day to do your work or invest in The Level, a deck that elicits constant movement below your feet.

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