A toy maker made this awesome ‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Starfighter rocker

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 21 January 2015

This baby’s gonna grow up to do great things, like destroying Death Stars. Auckland-based craftsman Steve of ‘Steves Wooden Toys’ made a rocker inspired by the X-Wing Starfighter from Star Wars. It’s made out of solid wood and even comes with a removable R2D2 at the back. It’s the perfect toy for the little Lukes […]

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: The Kangaroo Light is a light pad that lights up the bottom of your purse and also acts as a night light and a placemat

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 20 January 2015

You can’t find your car keys. Your baby needs a light on to sleep. You need something to rest your dinner plate on. There’s one item that fits the bill for all three tasks: The Kangaroo Light. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, this cleverly-designed light has gone into production and brought convenience to thousands.

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Sticky notes for light switches make sure you never forget anything before leaving home

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 17 January 2015

‘Switch Notes’ is an ingenious way of reminding you of your to-do tasks before stepping out of the house. Created by stationary store ‘Suck UK’, the sticky note design has a hole in the middle, allowing it to be placed around a light switch. You’ll never forget anything ever again, unless that thing you forgot […]

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This design student pokes her nose at her own art pieces – literally – to create them using Photoshop

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By Kenny Ong in New Design on Friday 16 January 2015

As an undergraduate design student, Michelle Vandy subjected herself to 10 to 15-hours a day working on Photoshop. As a result, her arms started to tingle, and pretty soon, they became too painful for her to even use her mouse and keyboard. She recalled: ‘I was sitting in my room late one evening fiddling around with this external touchpad I had lying on my desk and without thinking, lifted it up to eye level and touched it with my nose’.

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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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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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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 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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