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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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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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This lounge chair looks like a giant millipede you’d want to sit on

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 29 December 2014

This is the Milli Chair by Duffy London. It’s a lounge chair designed to look like a creepy, crawly millipede, complete with multiple legs on each side. Thankfully, it doesn’t come with allergy-inducing toxins. The Milli Chair’s unique body allows it to have multiple orientations. It can shift into a bedroom chair with two positions, […]

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A magnifying spoon makes eating better than it already is

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 29 December 2014

Bugs and stray hairs, beware, there’s a new spoon in town. The Magnifying Spoon, as you might have guessed by its name, is a spoon with a built-in magnifying glass. It can help you spot sneaky food contaminants in your meal, then feed you right after. Designer Ernesto D. Morales came up with the concept after he discovered a shard of glass in his take-out meal.

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This step ladder also doubles as an ironing board

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 27 December 2014

Trying to reach the back of the kitchen cupboard is as frustrating as it gets. Know what makes life easier? Having a step ladder around. But not any ordinary step ladder… a step ladder that also doubles as an ironing board. This brilliant ladder cuts down time and flawlessly transitions into an ironing board within seconds. The design is compact to make sure it fits into tight spaces and stores in any home, and it’s been designed to stand the test of time with a super sturdy metal frame.

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This artist turns aerial photos of various landscapes into carpets

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 26 December 2014

The next time you’re shopping for a new carpet, you might just be adorning your home with the lush fields of the Netherlands or the busy streets of Hong Kong. ‘LANDCARPET’ is a series by Austrian architect Florian Pucher, wherein he uses satellite imagery as inspiration for his carpet designs. Amazed by the world’s landscapes ever since he was a child, the Beijing-based artist now turns the birds-eye-view aerial photos he gets from different online mapping services to turn them into rugs.

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: The Fabric Pen lets you mend torn clothing by cloning and printing the fabric around the hole!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 25 December 2014

You’ve got an important job interview in 30 minutes and your dress just ripped on the corner of the bus as you were getting off. It’s the last thing you need to worry about. But there’s a really cool solution to get you out of this mess. It’s a fabric pen. This is where pens get awesome: the fabric pen actually prints a patch of the damaged fabric.

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Orwell Cabin Bed: A sofa that becomes a fort to let you sleep in complete privacy

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 24 December 2014

Nostalgia time. Remember when you were a kid and how you’d build make-shift tents or forts out of the bed or sofa? If you do remember, two things: One, you had a good childhood, and two, you’d want one of these.

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: Digital music composition pen

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 23 December 2014

You’re humming a tune to yourself-one you’ve made up-and it sounds like it could totally be a hit on the radio. The next minute it’s completely gone from your mind. If only you’d recorded yourself! Well, there’s a pen for that. A concept pen that is so bizarre and unusual, you’ll be wondering how anyone ever came up with such an idea.

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