Just Pug It and support animals

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 6 June 2014

Could this be the feel-good campaign of the month? Meet the Pugs, a self-professed group of creatives who love pugs, are now running an appeal on IndieGoGo to get other people to show their love for pugs by pledging funds for making and wearing a special t-shirt that comes with a pug’s face printed on […]

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Science explains what causes the smell of new and old books

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 5 June 2014

One surefire way to know you love books: you sneak around bookstores and bury your nose in every book you can find, taking in the sweet, heavenly aroma of their pages. But have you ever asked yourself the mysterious and dumbfounding question, ‘what causes the addicting scent of books?’

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The book lover’s throne that fits 300 books! We interviewed the designers who made it

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 5 June 2014

Bask in the glory of your massive book collection with the ‘Bibliochaise’, a throne that has a built-in bookshelf that can store as much as 300 books. It’s the throne every book worm has always dreamed of. In this exclusive interview, the creators of the ‘Bibliochaise’, Nobody&Co, talk about the inspiration behind it and how […]

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Manly: weasels, ferrets, and stoats as beards

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 5 June 2014

Think your scruffy beard is pretty manly, eh? Get a load of these guys! As part of Schick New Zealand’s ‘Free Your Skin’ campaign, Sydney-based image production studio Electric Art created these photo manipulations of men having weasels, stouts, and ferrets as beards.

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A portable folding napkin table makes for close but awkward dates

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 2 June 2014

It’s time to take ‘getting to know you’ to whole ‘nother level by using this portable napkin table. Developed by graduate students from the Tunghai University in Taiwan, the portable dining table is strapped around the necks of two diners, stretching the napkin into a flat surface where they could place plates, cups, and utensils. There’s also small pockets that secure the utensils and serve as cup holders. With this nifty device, your hot date will get attached to you in no time – like literally!

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You can now build your own Helicarrier. But you’ll need 22,000 LEGO pieces.

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 26 May 2014

No, you won’t need an eye patch to be the commander and top honcho of your very own Helicarrier. What you’ll do need are 22,649 LEGO bricks, a lot of money to buy those bricks, time to kill, lots of patience, and a place to store that massive 85-inch floating LEGO fortress. LEGO Ideas user […]

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Oops! Cabinet: a fully-functional cabinet with a huge hole in the middle

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 19 May 2014

You had one job, Mr. Woodworker, one job! Vancouver-based woodworker Judson Beaumont has created the ‘Oops! Cabinet’, a dresser that appears to have a giant cartoon-like hole in the middle, but actually is… yeah that is a giant hole in the middle. But don’t be fooled by the gaping hole, it’s all a clever design ploy.

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SlideRider: a foldable slide that you can place over your stairs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 19 May 2014

Here’s something that would make you want to be a kid again. The brainchild of inventor Trisha Cleveland, the SlideRider is a set of foldable mats that will turn your boring, old staircase into an all-weather, impromptu indoor slide. Why walk down the stairs when you could effortlessly slide down, right?

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Forget cookbooks, cookbook tattoos are the way to go

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 14 May 2014

How come no one thought of this sooner? Instead of ruining perfectly good cookbooks by splattering, staining, dripping, and accidentally burning them in the kitchen, why not just plaster them on your skin?

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Dandelions that glow like lamps: we interviewed the designer who made them

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 10 May 2014

You heard it right. Dandelions that glow from within. They’re called ‘OLED TAMPOPO’ and they’re a product of cinematographer Takao Inoue’s wild imagination. In this interview, we ask him about the inspiration for the whimsical lamps and how he makes them. [Read more about the Dandelion Lamp here.]

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Hide those hideous power outlets with these miniature Japanese screen doors

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 8 May 2014

You just don’t know it but, the power outlets in your home are very private individuals. In fact, they’re going to want you to get them one of these covers by shoji screen designer Tori Sugimura.

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Behold: A throne that’s also a book shelf for 300 books!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 1 May 2014

You know how the Game of Thrones’ coveted Iron Throne was forged out of thousands of swords? Well the ‘Bibliochaise’ is kinda like that. It’s both a seat of power and was forged by combining hundreds of books – 300 to be exact – making it the throne of choice for book lovers everywhere.

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An umbrella with a cup attached to it to catch water drops

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 30 April 2014

Umbrellas seem like one of those inventions that have reached their evolutionary limit. Meaning to say, you can’t improve upon it anymore. You can change its aesthetics, but functionality-wise, it has achieved its full limit. Kinda like a pizza cutter or a bottle opener. But Italian designer Alessandro Busana has found a tiny crack in […]

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Old school technology recreated in LEGO blocks

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 29 April 2014

If you have fond memories of these devices – except for the Instagram camera – chances are, you’re getting old! Artist and designer Chris McVeigh created LEGO recreations of outdated technology like analog phones, boxy TV sets, and phased out video game consoles.

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The sleeping bag that looks like a bear

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Thursday 24 April 2014

Artist Eiko Ishizawa created this bearskin sleeping bag as a tribute to Bruno the brown bear. You see, back in 2006, the bear made headlines as it crossed over from its home in the Italian Alps to Bavaria, becoming the first bear to be seen in the German wilderness in 170 years. Tragically, it was hunted down by the government, which saw him as a threat.

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