Google engineer builds himself a real-life speeder bike off an old Star Wars toy

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 19 March 2015

Boston-based Google hardware engineer Adam Woodworth has come up with possibly the closest thing we have to a real-life Star Wars speeder bike: a modified quadcopter that looks like it. Interplanetary races at the park, anyone? Using a 12-inch speeder bike replica that was released back in the ‘90s, Woodworth was able to integrate four seven-inch rotors, giving the Star Wars toy the ability to fly (no word yet on the blasters.)

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Horsey: A clever frame add-on that makes your bike look like a horse

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 19 March 2015

The pony you’ve always wanted. Back in 2010 for the Seoul Cycle Design Competition, designer Eungi Kim came up with a novel concept that turns your bike into a horse. Called ‘Horsey’, the whimsical accessory/ornament is made out of a wooden material that you can easily attach to your bike, making your ride stand out from the rest!

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Rubik’s Snake-inspired LED lamp can transform into different types of lamps

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 18 March 2015

It’s just like the toy, but with cool lights attached! The ‘5+5’ lamp is an LED light that can transform into other types of lamps, thanks to its Rubik’s Snake-inspired orientation. The brainchild of Maria and Ivan Zverev of Oikums Design in St. Petersburg, Russia, the lamp has segments you can manipulate to turn it into a wall lamp, desk lamp, or ceiling fixture.

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A coffee table that looks like it’s being propped up by a bunch of balloons

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 13 March 2015

Sorry to burst your bubble – or your balloon, rather – but this table isn’t what it seems to be. Called the UP Balloon Table, it features a glass surface seemingly suspended by colourful balloons. However, it’s just an illusion.

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Scrabble Light: hang messages on your wall with lights inspired by the famous board game

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 11 March 2015

UK-based gift company ‘Paladone’ has turned the popular board game Scrabble into a customisable light set that you can hang on your wall.

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A kitchen island that doubles as an aquarium is what dreams are made of

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 11 March 2015

Dutch designer Robert Kolenik has created an elegant kitchen fixture that brings the ocean into your home: a centre island with a giant aquarium for a base.

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Dinosaurs and animals are too adorable as colourful tissue holders

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 10 March 2015

Auburn-based Etsy store ‘Sparkle Pony’ has a cute line of tissue dispensers that lets you pull out tissue from a whale, a rabbit, an elephant, and even a stegosaurus.

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Swirl: A futuristic faucet that turns water streams into complex patterns

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 10 March 2015

You’ll look forward to washing the dishes once you get this elegant faucet installed. London Royal College of Art student Simin Qiu has designed a futuristic faucet that not only saves water, but turns it into art.

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Clever butter spreader turns your corn into a delicious yellow submarine

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 6 March 2015

Say goodbye to your butter knife, and say hello to a more fearsome butter-spreading weapon. ‘Spredo’ is a cleverly-designed butter spreader that makes your corn look like a tiny yellow submarine navigating your dining table.

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These gruesome band-aids will make your wounds look worse than they already are

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 5 March 2015

Never be ashamed of your ulcer with maggot infestation or chemical burn ever again. ‘Boo-boos’ is a collection of adhesive bandages that make your wounds appear worse than they really are – perfect if you want to show your squeamish mother that you’re absolutely fine.

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Designers create chairs that look like a swimming pool ladder

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Your cramped apartment might not be big enough to have a pool, but you can have the next best thing: the ladder. Called the ‘Pool Chair’, this clever piece of furniture has arms and legs that look just like the ladders you find in swimming pools.

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Father and son team creates gorgeous turntables from the cross-section of trees

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Seattle-based Silvan Audio Workshop have created something that will make hipsters go nuts: a beautiful turntable made from the cross-section of a tree trunk.

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Tiny Shetland pony couldn’t see over his stable door, so these kids designed a periscope for him

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 3 March 2015

Meet Pedro the Shetland Pony; he’s a resident at the Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, London, and he previously had a problem petite folks can relate to: he couldn’t see over his stable door.

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The Woodsman Axe table deserves a place in every guy’s mancave

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 2 March 2015

Created by design firm Duffy London, the ‘Woodsman Axe Table’ combines form, function, and manliness by driving four hickory axes into the table’s corners, effectively turning the tools into legs. Perfect for lumberjack business meetings.

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Etsy store turns Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon toys into fully-functional guitars

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 2 March 2015

It looks like Han and Chewie pimped the Millennium Falcon with some brand new audio equipment. UK-based Doni Latchford repurposes old Star Wars toys – specifically 1979 to 2004 models of the Millennium Falcon – and turns them into fully-functional guitars.

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