This Sydney artist turned a dreary freeway underpass into a glowing golden forest

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 23 October 2014

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How in the world can art help in deterring crime? By turning dark, dangerous highway underpasses into enchanted golden forests that glow, that’s how! ‘Aspire’ by Warren Langley is a public art installation located underneath the Western Distributor at Ultimo. It was created to not only to spruce up the site, but also provide additional illumination for cautious pedestrians.

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Weird terrariums make plants look like they have legs

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 22 October 2014

Groot, is that you? Milan-based designer and creative director Matteo Cibic has created a collection of surreal terrariums that let plants stand on their own two feet – if plants had feet, that is.

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Penball: erasers that look like football players you can play with

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 17 October 2014

With a little imagination, even the most mundane things can become quite exciting. Take this line of erasers, for example. ‘Penball’ is a set of pencil erasers made to look like miniature football players, much like the ones you see in foosball.

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Artist creates wooden chairs that look like giant scorpions

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 15 October 2014

Probably not the best choice of furniture for arachnophobes. Russian artist Vyacheslav Pakhomov created this beautiful but spine-tingling wooden chair that’s shaped like a scorpion. The chair measures six-and-a-half-feet and comes in a variety of wood finishes. You can purchase one for the low, low price of $5,400.

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In 2017, this is what Norway’s money will look like

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 10 October 2014

Nope, you are not seeing a pixelated image of Norway’s new currency. That is the real deal right there! Last spring, the central bank of Norway, Norges Bank, held a nationwide design competition to replace their look of their currency. Their theme: ‘The Sea’.

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This chair reveals a menacing shadow at certain times of the day

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 9 October 2014

Beware of this chair, for at first glance it might seem ordinary, but once light casts its shadow, a shadowy demon presents itself! ‘Coppelius Chair’ by designer Yaara Derkel is a piece of furniture that will not only scare you, but also make you think. It delves into Sigmund Freud’s concept of ‘the uncanny’, that is to say, something as familiar as a chair can give off feelings of unfamiliarity at the same time.

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Unique Sydney pop-up wine bar opens in an urban oasis

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By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Saturday 4 October 2014

Summer’s nearly here, Sydney. What better way to celebrate than by kicking back and drinking wine in an immersive urban sanctuary. In the heart of the city, an urban oasis bar will crop up Thursday, October 9. Locals are invited to grab a glass and enjoy the scenery designed by Stoneleigh Metro’s designer, Steve Cordony. Inspired by New Zealand’s natural beauty, Cordony has created a lovely, earthy getaway right in the center of Sydney.

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These matching tattoo designs are utterly cool and romantic

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By Kenny Ong in New Design on Thursday 2 October 2014

Diamonds may be forever but in the case of some till-death-do-us-part couples, tattoos that come in matching sets will do just fine. Possibly one of the best bonding experience a couple can ever have is to go get tattoos together. If the pain doesn’t kill them, it makes their love stronger.

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Charge your phone by plugging into the butts of Disney character USB adaptors

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Wednesday 1 October 2014

I never thought I’d see the day when I’ll be charging my electronic device through Mickey Mouse’s buns. The Hamee Online Shop took the concept of the power adaptor and gave it a fun twist by making it look like the butts of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Winnie the Pooh. Once you plug in […]

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This is not a real cabin: it’s a basement man cave and it only cost $107!

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 19 September 2014

Now THAT is a man cave! Reddit user ‘kelhans’ turned his ordinary basement into a 1950s era hunting cabin man cave. What’s more impressive? He spent only $107 on materials! Using mostly found or reclaimed materials (like the fireplace bricks, which he scavenged on the side of the road), he spent 6 months transforming every nick and cranny to have that rustic feel.

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Clever wrapping paper will turn your gifts into a fancy skyline

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 19 September 2014

They say that ‘Good things come in small packages’. I tell you what, even greater things come in packages the size of a building! ‘Skyline Wrapping Paper’ from Suck UK will turn your ordinary, not-so-grandiose gifts into fancy architectural masterpieces.

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Awesome engineers created 3D-printed superhero prosthetics for kids

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By Inigo del Castillo in News on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Why didn’t anyone think of this awesome concept before? ‘E-Nabling The Future’, an organization that creates prosthetic limbs for children in need, came up with the concept of superhero-themed prosthetic arms. So instead of an average prosthetic arm, kids would get a prosthetic Wolverine arm, complete with claws! Now who wouldn’t get excited over that!

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These clever ads show us the different ways there are two types of people in this world

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 15 September 2014

There are 7 billion people on this planet, each truly unique from one another. Or are we? Foodie app Zomato tells us that there are only two kinds of people in this world: The Coca-Colas vs the Pepsis, the dog lovers vs the cat lovers, the Apple fanboys vs the Android fanboys, and so on.

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These chocolate LEGO bricks can be played with AND eaten

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 9 September 2014

Whenever you step on a LEGO brick, exact sweet, sweet revenge by taking a bite out of said LEGO brick and enjoy its chocolate-y body slowly melting in your mouth. Who’s in pain now?! Created by designer and illustrator Akihiro Mizuuchi, the chocolate LEGO bricks can both be played with and eaten.

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Park your car keys in this key holder that looks like a mini garage

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 9 September 2014

By giving your car keys a home – or a garage, rather – you can say goodbye to days you have to frantically turn your house upside-down looking for them. Designer Andre Rumann has come up with a cute key rack that looks like a miniature wooden garage, wherein you park the accompanying model car key chain, ensuring its safety – not to mention your sanity. The car models include a VW bus, a Porsche, a Karmann Ghia, a Beetle, and a Jaguar E-Type.

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