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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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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Designer revolutionizes Hanukkah by making the Dr.Dreidel

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

The dreidel game is about to change. He first conquered the music industry with Beats, now he’s revolutionizing Hanukkah. San Francisco-based artist Hanna Rothstein, who we’ve featured here before, has come up with the Dr. Dreidel. Basically it’s a dreidel with Dr. Dre on it. The pun-tastic spinning top has the rapper’s images etched on […]

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A jigsaw puzzle that shows nothing but 1,000 colours across the CMYK colour spectrum

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 18 December 2014

This is the 1,000 COLOURS puzzle by artist and designer Clemens Habicht. As the name implies, it’s a jigsaw puzzle composed of 1,000 different colors arranged to look like a CMYK gamut.

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Here’s how you can make your very own glow-in-the-dark table

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

It’s time to put those long hours in woodshop class to work! Mike Warren of Dollar Store Crafts created this alien-like glow-in-the-dark table, and he shared the process on how to make one over on Instructables.

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Sticky notes that look just like a Piet Mondrian painting

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 4 December 2014

When Oscar Wilde said that, ‘Life imitates art’, I didn’t think he meant sticky notes. ‘Monde Riant’ is an artful sticky note made by designers Catherine Denoyelle and Assia Quetin for Pa Design. It’s inspired by the minimalist and abstract works of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. Just like the real-life artworks, ‘Monde Riant’ is composed […]

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See saw dining table makes sure you stay seated during dinner

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 3 December 2014

Let’s see you try to leave an awkward dinner conversation with this! To reinforce good table manners, Dutch designer Marleen Jansen has come up with ‘De Tafelwip’, a table set with see-saw seating that makes sure you don’t abruptly leave, lest you want your partner to fall down. With the onset of dinner table distractions […]

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Transform fruits and vegetables into racecars and airplanes with these 3D-printed parts

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 3 December 2014

‘Don’t play with your food’, our mothers told us. But how can we not, especially when they look like these! 3D printing company ‘le FabShop’ created 14 toy components which you can attach to any plain, boring fruit or vegetable and instantly turn them into spaceships, racecars, and submarines. Called ‘Open Toys’, the plans for […]

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This inception chair will play tricks on your mind

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 1 December 2014

Brooklyn-based artist and designer Vivian Chu cleverly plays with perspective to create a chair that recedes into an infinite distance – or at least it looks like it. How did she do it? Inside the frame of the chair lie progressively smaller chairs.

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A bird enthusiast created an entire collection of realistic LEGO birds

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 1 December 2014

Bristol-based gardener and tree surgeon Tom Poulsom had been building LEGO replicas of cars, trucks, and spaceships for over a year when on one fateful day, his true passion literally landed in front of him. ‘One day during a break from digging in a customer’s garden a Robin Red Breast landed on my fork handle’, he tells twobirdersandbinoculars. ‘This was the eureka moment behind what is now the LEGO Bird Project’.

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This awesome NES controller coffee table can be used to play video games

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 28 November 2014

Let’s see you try throwing that when you’re angry! Logan Miller of ‘MillerWoodshop’ handcrafted this coffee table inspired by the vintage Nintendo Entertainment System controller from the 80s. According to Miller, the table has been built to scale with the original NES controller. But wait, there’s an even cooler side to this. The buttons are […]

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Niku Towel: a towel that looks like a slab of meat

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 26 November 2014

How would you like to dry yourself off, medium rare or well done? This is the Niku Towel by designer Seiko Makita, and yes it resembles a delicious slab of beef, complete with brown butcher paper! It’s a humorous item that will make vegetarians gasp every time you put it on.

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Nickelodeon and Toyota collaborated to make this Spongebob Squarepants car

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Nickelodeon and Toyota recently collaborated to make a car who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Currently on display at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Spongebob Squarepants-themed concept car was created to promote the Toyota Sienna and ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’. If you haven’t noticed by now, the car’s […]

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Japanese designers have developed a lamp that realistically looks like the moon

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 21 November 2014

All together now: ‘Shut up and take my money!’ This is an LED-embedded moon lamp by Japanese designer Nosigner (Eisuke Tachikawa) and his team. If it looks like the real thing, that’s because it’s based on actual 3D topographical data obtained from the lunar orbiter spacecraft, Kaguya.

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Van Gogh inspired this stunning solar-powered glow-in-the-dark bike path

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 14 November 2014

Studio Roosegaarde, a social design firm famous for their innovative work with Smart Highways that could charge moving vehicles and alert motorists of incoming hazards, has come up with another breakthrough: the ‘Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path’.

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