Category Archives: Design

The Kimono World’s Dirty Little Secret

On a small island, off the coast of Okinawa in Japan, the world’s most precious kimonos are crafted using a very unusual element: mud. The meticulous technique, which has been practiced for thousands of years, uses mud and dried tree … Continue reading

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Scottish design is not all “tartan and tourist tat” says Made in Glasgow curator – dezeen

An exhibition has opened in Glasgow showcasing the best of contemporary Scottish design. Curator Stacey Hunter talks Dezeen through her highlights, which include a raincoat printed with hand-drawn weather symbols and silk scarves depicting the lovers of Ettore Sottsass. Made in Glasgow … Continue reading

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Taku Omura Transforms Company Logos into 3D-Printed Items – Spoon & Tomago

Japanese designer Taku Omura runs an intriguing side project he calls trial and error. Inspired by their shapes and forms, Omura transforms company logos we see every day, into usable items by imagining them in 3D. He then uses a … Continue reading

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An Eight Foot Micro Vehicle Will Soon Make its Way onto European Streets

The Microlino, a front-loading super compact vehicle from Swiss mobility company Micro, has just been approved for European streets. The mini electric vehicle is smaller than a Smart Car, and comes with a rechargeable battery that works with any standard European … Continue reading

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Anti-War Semaphore: Hidden Meaning Encoded in a Universal Symbol of Peace – 99% Invisible

Flag semaphore tends to conjure images of modern-day military messaging — Navy personnel, for instance, waving bright squares of signal fabric on ships at sea. Historically, semaphore gained particular wartime prominence during the French Revolution, when it facilitated fast official … Continue reading

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The toilet of the future is made of mushrooms

According to the World Health Organization, 2.5 billion people lack access to modern sanitation services. But a group of students from University of British Columbia has created a toilet out of mushrooms that could solve some of the most pressing … Continue reading

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IKEA offers first look at furniture designed for millennials by Virgil Abloh – Dezeen

IKEA has revealed some of the products set to feature in its furniture collection by Virgil Abloh, including slogan-covered rugs and a cabinet for storing and displaying sneakers.[…]   Source: IKEA offers first look at furniture designed for millennials by Virgil Abloh

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An eye-catching design for outdoor seating by Netherlands-based designer Marco Manders that pays tribute to the Dutch national flower, the tulip, and adds a burst of color to any environment. The Tulpi-seat, with full 360 degree rotation, folds automatically into … Continue reading

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New Edible ‘Amezaiku’ Animal Lollipop Designs by Shinri Tezuka | Colossal

Based out of a Tokyo candy shop called Ameshin, candy artisan Shinri Tezuka (previously) crafts some of the most unusual lollipops you’re ever likely to eat from wiggling goldfish to statuesque lions or prickly hedgehogs. The translucent candy seems to … Continue reading

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MIT Developed a Fabric That Can Fold Into Origami-Like Shapes When Inflated | Colossal

MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group has created a system to fold materials into various origami shapes when inflated, turning specifically designed paper, plastic, and fabric into representations of swans, helixes, or other 3D figures with minimal human interaction. The project, … Continue reading

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