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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Creative packaging makes toilet paper look like different fruits

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 13 November 2014

In Japan, toilet paper rolls are made to look like fruits, because apparently, toiletries are now a great Christmas gift idea. ‘Many companies and stores throughout Japan give a roll of toilet paper to customers as a novelty gift to show their appreciation’, explains Latona Marketing, the firm behind the creative packaging design.

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You can now relax on a giant bird’s nest that’s actually a sofa

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 7 November 2014

If your creative juices aren’t flowing, maybe sitting down in this one-of-a-kind sofa will hatch some ideas? Inspired by a bird’s nest, Israel-based design firm OGE Creative Group created a furniture piece that’s basically a giant nest for humans.

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Pampshade: real loaves of bread turned into lamps

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 7 November 2014

You read that right: Bread loaves that are now lamps. ‘Pampshade’, a combination of the words ‘pan’ (‘bread’ in Japanese) and ‘lampshade’, is a truly unique albeit somewhat bizarre creation from designer Yukiko Morita.

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Guy painstakingly builds LEGO ships inside bottles

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 25 October 2014

If building LEGO models has become too easy for you, why don’t you try your hand at this: LEGO ships inside bottles. LEGO enthusiast ‘Bangooh’ has taken the age-old craft of ship-in-a-bottle making and combined it with his love of the colorful toy blocks. The result is a collection that is both timeless and fun […]

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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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