This Sarlacc toilet will take your poop to a galaxy far, far away

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 19 March 2014

How does a giant, thousand-year old, bounty hunter eating, alien find itself in your toilet? It all started with a poop joke. Robbie Rane, creator of the sticker set, got the inspiration when a buddy of his said he was off to ‘toss Boba Fett in the sarlacc’. Since then he couldn’t take his mind off it and knew he had to make the Great Pit of Carkoon a reality.

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An infographic of the 60 greatest typewriters

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 15 March 2014

Typewriters may be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean they should be forgotten. Pop Chart Lab created a tribute to this old technology via a chart called ‘A Visual Compendium of Typewriters’.

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A pool that disappears at a touch of a button

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 14 March 2014

No smoke and mirrors are needed to make this swimming pool disappear. All you need is good ‘ol fashioned science and engineering! Take that, Houdini! Israel-based ‘Agor Creative Engineering’ has created a swimming pool that can be tucked away when it’s not needed, giving users more space for their home during non-swimming days. The pool […]

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Uncle customizes cozy coupe into a Ghostbusters Ecto-1 for his newly born nephew

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 7 March 2014

With the passing of Ghostbuster Harold Ramis (presumably to do more ghost research on the other side), it won’t be too long until someone from the younger generation carries the torch. Ghostbuster fan/car enthusiast/generous uncle Bryan Wilson, also known as Redditor ‘tabres,’ is already preparing his newly born nephew for that role.

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Probably the ugliest mugs you’ll ever drink from

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 6 March 2014

There ain’t nothing better than to drink your morning coffee from the brain cavity of an ugly mad scientist or a gruesome zombie. Unfortunately, there’s none too many hideous creatures who would offer their heads as mugs. That’s why sculptor Jean Cotton of ‘Making Faces Pottery’, came up with the next best thing: ‘Aesthetically Challenged Mugs’.

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Elephant in the Room makes electric plugs a little less scary

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 6 March 2014

‘Elephant in the Room’, is a cute but somewhat-controversial electric plug accessory made by designers Idan Noyberg and Gal Bulka. The little plastic elephant serves as a playful façade for the common power outlet by covering up the wall jack and using whatever cord is plugged in as its trunk. It makes for a more aesthetically-pleasing and fun way to cover up an otherwise intimidating hole in the wall.

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This remarkable Mirror House was created in 1996: we interviewed the designer

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 6 March 2014

Back in 1996, in a lake in the Isle of Tyree in Scotland, sat a beautiful, one-of-a-kind house that reflected the vast scenery around it. It had no doors, no windows, no furniture, just mirrors on all sides. It was called the ‘Mirror House’, a temporary installation by artist and sculptor Ekkehard Altenburger. We interviewed Altenburger to find out more about this timeless installation. [Read our original post about the Mirror House here]

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Australian bank turns ATMs into GAYTMs in celebration of Sydney’s LGBT parade

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 26 February 2014

Have you ever seen ATMs more fabulous than these GAYTMs in Sydney? I don’t think so! The ANZ Bank in Australia partnered up with TBWA/Whybin Melbourne to celebrate and show its support for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. They commissioned artists to give ten of their ATMs some much needed makeovers, decking the machines out in colourful and bedazzled designs.

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

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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

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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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