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Ikea’s Next Big Frontier

You’ve just got to see this dimmer. Seriously.<p>It’s a plastic coin about the size of a silver dollar. You can pick it up, twirl it in your hand, and the lights magically dim. Irresistibly designed and inexpensively priced, it has all the hallmarks of an Ikea product, save for one: It’s a tech …

Home Automation

IKEA's 10 Best-Selling Products

There are some IKEA items that hit stores for a single season and never reappear, and then there are those that remain popular year after year, can …

Shopping

Casa Gianin / Clinicaurbana

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> REPAIR WORK<p>Certain Alpine constructions are built according to the same principles that we seek to apply …

Rethinking the Athens Apartment Building - Greece Is

Churches, ancient ruins, kiosks and sun-bleached awnings are just some of the typical sights that define <b>Athens</b>. But look around, and you’ll surely …

Architecture

Samouraï Inspired Futuristic Motorbike

Vehicles designers Artem Smirnov & Vladimir Panchenko created this sharp motorbike inspired by Japanese culture and especially the Samouraïs …

This tiny island in the Atlantic has incredible contemporary architecture

The Canary Islands aren’t just for sunbathing<p>The Canary Islands—a Spanish archipelago located off the northwestern coast of the African continent—are best known for seafront resorts, all-night parties, and sandy beaches. But this tropical paradise, specifically the island of Tenerife, also boasts a …

The future’s bright: 2017’s biggest new design talents

This year’s emerging stars are united by one thing: their love of colour<p>‘I aim to retell my parents’ stories’: Yinka Ilori<b>, furniture</b><p>Ilori’s bright upcycled chairs are designed to be conversation starters. From the batik-printed cottons (known as Dutch wax fabrics) covering the seats that reference …

Swimming Pools

Watch Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley, and Chiwetel Ejiofor Stand With Refugees in a Powerful Performance

Approximately one out of every 113 people on earth has been forcibly displaced from their homeland due to war, natural disaster or other circumstance. Whether or not to welcome the people who have fled from their homelands has become a hot button political issues in countries across the globe. …

Penthouse revamp features wavy walls and steel-cage staircase

It’s located in the Wadi Abu Jamil neighborhood in Beirut<p>This stylish, trippy home located in the Wadi Abu Jamil neighborhood in Beirut’s Central District is characterized by wavy walls and a striking staircase encased in a cage of white steel that is suspended from the ceiling. Refurbished by …

The Queen And Prince Charles Watch 'The Crown'

The bit where they show Philip's bum...<p>Practically everyone is watching The Crown.<p>The Netflix-original drama has garnered mountains of praise and …

Prince Charles

Belarusian Memorial Chapel / Spheron Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The first wooden church built in London since the Great Fire of 1666 has been built for the Belarusian …

Chernobyl

Windows 10 Gets a Makeover

Microsoft is all set to carry out the latest build of its Windows 10 platform, in a bid to make the user interface more simple and clean. The …

Windows Phone

Watch Apple's early, ugly iOS prototype in action

When Apple first announced the iPhone, 10 years ago this week, it showed off a device with now-familiar app icons and a natural touchscreen interface. But that wasn't always the plan — internally, Apple had different teams competing on different projects to find the best operating system for its …

Prototypes

Editorial Design: The New York Times Redesign Concept

The New York Times Redesign is concept editorial design project shared by Slava Kornilov and Bohdan Kononets on their Behance page. I have to say, I …

Graphic Design

Urban Design Can Make Winter More Bearable

Edmonton gets very cold, but it wants to lay out its city to make that cold at least a little more bearable.<p>Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, knows about cold weather, and it wants to do something about it. There’s not much that anyone can do to change the city’s average low temperature of 14˚F …

Material design guidelines updated with guidance on cross-platform design, app shortcut icons, help, & more

Since Google introduced material design in 2014, the questions of whether and how to use the design language on other platforms like iOS has …

Barack Obama warns US will 'take action' over Vladimir Putin's hacking of US election

US president Barack Obama warned that America will "take action at a time and place of our choosing" over Vladimir Putin's hacking of the US election.<p>In a dramatic escalation of the hacking row President Obama told National Public Radio: "I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government …

Archaeologists Have Discovered an Ancient Underground City in Greece

A city overlooked.<p>Archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of an ancient Greek city called Vlochós, roughly 560 kilometres (350 miles) north of Athens.<p>…

Archaeology

Innovative Prototypes for Homes and Why They Didn't Work Photos

Prompted by rising populations and global conflicts, visionary architects throughout the 20th century proposed innovative prototypes for low-cost housing meant to be realized on a mass scale. These structures always carried similar characteristics, like inexpensive materials, straightforward …

Ikea and Tom Dixon reveal details of their top secret collaboration

Could they be designing the iPhone of furniture?<p>Details are finally beginning to trickle out six months after Ikea announced a collaboration with British designer Tom Dixon. The last we heard was that the collection would include an aluminum-framed sofa; now, according to Dezeen, we know it’s not …

How British Film 'The Pass' is Tackling Homosexuality—and Homophobia—in Football

In September, the LGBT rights charity Stonewall revealed sobering data that 72 percent of football fans have heard homophobic language while watching …

Europe

Give Greece Credit, Even Just for Treading Water

Now it needs to be rewarded for its efforts.<p>Here are two things I'll bet most people don't know about Greece. The country's just-appointed minister of economy and development, Dimitri Papadimitriou, was lured away from his position as head of the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College in America. …

Europe

What Italy's 'No' Vote Means for the Euro and Banks

This weekend, Italian voters shot down a constitutional change aimed at creating a stronger government, but would have also had the immediate impact …

Europe

A Look At The Brilliant, Lesser-Known Art Of Zaha Hadid

Hadid’s prescient early paintings and drawings look as though they could have been made on a computer.<p>Before Zaha Hadid turned to computers to express the gravity-defying curves that would become her signature, Hadid used painting and drawing as the primary medium through which she explored …

Art

Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

Europe’s largest port–threatened by rising waters and a loss of its major industry–has reinvented itself as a playground for innovative thinkers who are trying to create a resilient city of the future.<p>When Helly Scholten makes dinner, if she needs a tomato or squash or an onion, she heads …

Ergonomics

Apple taps Wired Magazine’s creative director to join its design team

According to a new report from Recode, Apple has recently hired one of the top editors from Wired to join its design team. Billy Sorrentino is Wired’s creative director and while the publication confirmed that he will be joining Apple’s design team, it couldn’t offer more details or specifics at …

A Prison for Photons

Here’s a great example of how 3D printing really helps a designer unleash creativity. We spoke about the boom of industrial design with the launch of …

The Design Industry’s New Reality Under Trump: Fear And Isolationism

Design agencies are globalists. The Western world is increasingly isolationist. How will that tension play out?<p>Donald Trump, who will become the 45th president of the United States on January 20, seems like a distinctly American phenomenon. Yet he’s not.<p>From the U.K.’s vote to leave the European …

Donald Trump