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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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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This is not a real cabin: it’s a basement man cave and it only cost $107!

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 19 September 2014

Now THAT is a man cave! Reddit user ‘kelhans’ turned his ordinary basement into a 1950s era hunting cabin man cave. What’s more impressive? He spent only $107 on materials! Using mostly found or reclaimed materials (like the fireplace bricks, which he scavenged on the side of the road), he spent 6 months transforming every nick and cranny to have that rustic feel.

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Clever wrapping paper will turn your gifts into a fancy skyline

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

They say that ‘Good things come in small packages’. I tell you what, even greater things come in packages the size of a building! ‘Skyline Wrapping Paper’ from Suck UK will turn your ordinary, not-so-grandiose gifts into fancy architectural masterpieces.

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Awesome engineers created 3D-printed superhero prosthetics for kids

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in News on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Why didn’t anyone think of this awesome concept before? ‘E-Nabling The Future’, an organization that creates prosthetic limbs for children in need, came up with the concept of superhero-themed prosthetic arms. So instead of an average prosthetic arm, kids would get a prosthetic Wolverine arm, complete with claws! Now who wouldn’t get excited over that!

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These clever ads show us the different ways there are two types of people in this world

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

There are 7 billion people on this planet, each truly unique from one another. Or are we? Foodie app Zomato tells us that there are only two kinds of people in this world: The Coca-Colas vs the Pepsis, the dog lovers vs the cat lovers, the Apple fanboys vs the Android fanboys, and so on.

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These chocolate LEGO bricks can be played with AND eaten

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 9 September 2014

Whenever you step on a LEGO brick, exact sweet, sweet revenge by taking a bite out of said LEGO brick and enjoy its chocolate-y body slowly melting in your mouth. Who’s in pain now?! Created by designer and illustrator Akihiro Mizuuchi, the chocolate LEGO bricks can both be played with and eaten.

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Park your car keys in this key holder that looks like a mini garage

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 9 September 2014

By giving your car keys a home – or a garage, rather – you can say goodbye to days you have to frantically turn your house upside-down looking for them. Designer Andre Rumann has come up with a cute key rack that looks like a miniature wooden garage, wherein you park the accompanying model car key chain, ensuring its safety – not to mention your sanity. The car models include a VW bus, a Porsche, a Karmann Ghia, a Beetle, and a Jaguar E-Type.

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This innovative flower pot can be rolled to follow the sunlight

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

It only took us a few thousand years to create the efficient flower pot design. Inspired by how sunflowers follow the sunlight, Barcelona-based industrial design company, ‘Studio BAG Disseny’, created a flower pot that can roll to face the direction of the sun, giving plants a more efficient way to grow.

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This lamp disguises itself as a giant pencil

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 29 August 2014

At first glance you might be fooled into thinking that there’s a giant pencil scribbling away at the room’s flooring. But at the flick of a switch, it immediately reveals its true nature: it’s just a lamp! The HB Lamp creates the illusion of a giant pencil with its power cord posing as the lines […]

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These ads about recycling tell litterbugs what they really are

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 29 August 2014

If asking nicely won’t work on litterbugs, maybe name-calling would help them clean up their acts! ‘LiveGreen Toronto’ is currently trying that approach with a series of ads that uses the very garbage these litterbugs throw out to hurl insults, hoping that they’d feel bad enough to have a change of heart.

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This bathroom set is made out of Belgian chocolate and will cost you $133,000!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 22 August 2014

This bathroom set would make Willy Wonka proud. Inspired by millions of Google searches for ‘bathroom sweets’ (a misspelling of ‘suite’), UK-based chocolate company, Choccywoccydoodah, partnered up with Bathrooms.com to fill that demand quite literally.

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Bubble wrap with goldfish in them will have you thinking twice before popping them

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 14 August 2014

Everyone loves popping bubble wraps. It’s addicting and therapeutic. But would you still pop them if they had innocent goldfish swimming about inside? Inspired by goldfish swimming in a bowl, Tokyo-based designer Daisuke Akiyama decided to turn the packaging material into a little experiment. He printed tiny goldfish (read: not really alive) in each air pocket, making it look like hundreds of goldfish are swimming about in the rolls of bubble wrap.

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Yes, this is (possibly) the most interesting deck of cards ever made

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By Scott Perry in New Products on Wednesday 13 August 2014

The Black Book Manifesto, the latest deck currently running on Kickstarter, is a typographic deck of playing cards that takes playing card design to the extreme. The deck is made up of 54 completely unique card designs where the court cards are typographic portraits and the number cards are created by hypnotic expanding lines of text.

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This is what happens when a 4-year-old finishes her mother’s illustrations

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By Emily Rowe in New Illustration on Wednesday 13 August 2014

Illustrator and mother Mica Angela Hendricks did not expect her daughter to turn her own ‘mommy words’ against her when she bought a new sketchbook. Hendricks’ daughter Myla said to her mother: ‘If you can’t share, we’ll have to take it away!’

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