Finally! Chopsticks that don’t get lost from each other

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 20 February 2014

Oki Sato of Japanese design firm, Nendo, has come up with a solution to our number one chopstick problem that has lasted for thousands of years: storage. Though scooping up rice comes in a close second.

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Furniture recycled from milk jugs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 17 February 2014

If you’re going to lounge around on a lawn chair all day, might as well be useful and help the environment by using these furniture made out of milk jugs! Loll Design used the milk jugs’ high density polyethylene (DPE) to create durable, waterproof, and not to mention, well-designed furniture. Since it’s made of a […]

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Night Light Detroit: an initiative to bring light to midtown Detroit

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By Alex Steele in New Art on Friday 7 February 2014

Night Light Detroit is a delightfully bright and colorful addition to Detroit’s art scene. Designed by a university sculpture class under the guise of Larry and Friends Design Group, the goal of the project was to create a new source of illumination in midtown Detroit, where very few streetlights have left the area dim. Resembling […]

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Insulting magnets to help you express your road rage

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 5 February 2014

While most of us would wish bad karma on drivers who do sloppy parking jobs, we all know that ill will is not the answer. But sending them humiliating and insulting magnets is! Do Your Park is a set of magnets that contain insults and illustrations geared towards moronic drivers with bad parking skills. A $12 pack contains 10 magnets, each with a different set of insults and quips.

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Inventive gowns made from upcycled plastic bags

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Fashion on Tuesday 4 February 2014

Jolene Fung’s graduate collection for Central Saint Martins was inspired by mid century modern furniture. Her designs are created from upcycled plastic bags, but one thing’s for sure; they look nothing like garbage. Fung’s incredible gowns draw on the sleek functionality of mid century furniture as well as the decadence of Christian Dior’s ‘New Look.’

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Ultra realistic ceramic sculptures that look like wood

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 4 February 2014

Despite the cracks in the wood, the apparent decay, and the growth of moss, would you believe these aren’t pieces of lumber, but rather ceramics? Artist Christopher David White uses clay as his material in making deceptive sculptures that are simply mind-boggling. Works like ‘Asphyxia’ (the human head) and ‘Cycle of Decay’ (the wooden hand) […]

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Berlin loft with built in furniture

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 30 January 2014

With a loft like this, who needs IKEA? Georg Bechter Architecture has designed a multi-story loft in Berlin that saves space with its smartly built-in furniture. At the centre of the room is a rounded white glossy panelled column that integrates a fireplace and a flat screen TV.

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Chineasy: the fun, illustrated way to learn Chinese

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 28 January 2014

With over 20,000 characters in the Chinese language – with most of them looking identical to each other – you could say learning the language is a daunting task. But entrepreneur Shao Lan Hsueh believes that with a visual-based learning system, you could easily learn 1,000 characters that’s enough for basic literacy. Enter ‘Chineasy’, an illustration book that associates imagery around characters to tell stories and make memorization fun.

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Glass table top levitating with the help of balloons

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 23 January 2014

Wow, wow. We loved Chris Duffy’s swing table and wolf shadow chair, but nothing prepared us for the cleverness of this table that looks like the table top is being lifted by helium balloons.

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Chibi Pocket, the cutest toy robots you’ll ever see

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 18 January 2014

‘Chibi’ is a Japanese term for ‘short person’ or ‘small child’. In popular culture, chibi has mostly referred to characters with oversized heads and small bodies – similar to babies – to emphasize cuteness and child-like spirit. Graphic designer Junichi Tsuneoka has taken the concept of chibi to a whole new level by transforming terrifying […]

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A map of film monsters and aliens according to states

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

Finally, a map of the USA for geekdom! The Altered States of America is a Kickstarter project by Brooklyn-based design studio Chop Shop, in which they catalogued on a US map the popular fictional events and fantastical characters that have ever stepped foot on American soil. Covering each state (Except for Alaska and Hawaii. Sorry, […]

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Casting furniture out of a mobile foundry and trash from the streets

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 14 January 2014

How brilliant! Two designers have found a way to recycle discarded cans from the streets of Brazil’s São Paulo as swanky furniture. A mobile furnace, powered by waste vegetable oil, melts down the cans; while the melted aluminum is then poured into molds and casted as new furniture anywhere on the spot. In a trial […]

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The Cube: make art with colours from the real world

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By Cormack O'Connor in Tech on Sunday 12 January 2014

Australian product development studio SwatchMate have come up with one of the most innovative design tools we’ve seen yet: the Cube, which gives you the ability to design and make art with colours from the real world. Basically, it’s a colour scanner which sends data about the colour it sees to your smartphone – or […]

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Finally, lights that take exposed power cords to an aesthetic high

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Saturday 11 January 2014

Why fuss with hiding power cords in lamps when they can be part of the design? That’s the starting point of Michael Anastassiades, whose geometric LED light designs for Italian brand Flos has him drawing lines out of these very cords. How visually marvelous.

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Global brands represented as street art spray-paint cans

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By Darwin Cosico in New Design on Friday 10 January 2014

Antonio Brasko, a Portland-based graphic designer and art director, saw an opportunity to bridge the worlds of luxury and street wear brands to street art. He created a series of branded Montana spray-paint cans bearing the logos and colours of fashion labels like Burberry and Gucci, as well as sportswear brands like Adidas and Nike (he’s a designer for Nike global).

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