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"I don't think I was a particularly good architect," says NY lighting designer Bec Brittain

<b>New York 2015:</b> in the latest in our series of interviews with leading New York designers, Bec Brittain explains why she studied philosophy and …

Fashion Journalism

Flag Atlas A to Z Print by 67 Inc

Flag Atlas A to Z Print.<p>The new Flag Atlas A to Z print by 67 Inc lets you test your knowledge on flags of the world and the corresponding countries. …

Big Dreams for Little People!

I was obsessed with the original Ostrich Pillow, but now you’re telling me there’s an adorably smaller version? I. Can’t. Even. Breathe!! Named the …

A Simple Red Clip Turns Park Benches Into Public Libraries

Amsterdam gets a citywide book exchange, courtesy of a local creative agency.<p>On the subway in most European cities, it’s a passenger habit to leave behind the morning’s newspaper. They aren’t littering (like a New Yorker would be); it’s simply a courtesy for other commuters who might want to soak …

Libraries

Palette 01: Black & White - New Monochrome Graphics

The book suggestion of this week is about compositions, black and white layouts more precisely. The book title is Palette 01: Black & White - New …

Graphic Design

Torafu’s Haunted Art Gallery for Kids at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art | Colossal

<p>In an attempt to better engage the youngest visitors to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Torafu Architects created a special art gallery …

German Kindergarten Designed as a Giant Cat

Kindergarten Die Katze is a children's school in Wolfartsweier near Karlsruhe, Germany built in the adorable likeness of a giant, white cat. Designed by artist Tomi Ungerer and architect Ayla-Suzan Yndel, the educational venue adds a dose of whimsy for children to take delight in going to school. …

Architecture

Intro to Cinema 4D Tutorial Series by Greyscalegorilla

From the mighty folks from Greyscalegorilla, they are bringing you a fun, educational, beautiful tutorial series showing you the basics and a broad …

Tutorials

A Clever, Shape-Shifting Bag Inspired By Origami

The market for reusable tote bags not only now exists but is brimming with choices: Ripstop nylon, or leather? One hue, patterned, or with a catchphrase?<p>The Omni bag by Kumeko, a Prague-based design studio, is one of the most architecturally interesting examples to date. “A big part of the Kumeko …

Origami

Origami-Inspired Furniture Snaps Together With Magnets

Aside from putting together those IKEA bookcases, when was the last time you were involved in the making of your home’s furnishings? The Playtime …

Furniture

3F Vacuum Cleaner Was Inspired by Ballet Dancing Graceful and Strong Movements

<b>3F Vacuum Cleaner</b>, the name itself was inspired by “Form Follows Function” principle. This device boasts the ability to transform its physical body …

NIKE'S FC247 laser beam soccer field lets you play at night

jan 12, 2018<p>strictly limited to a run of 250 cars, british-automaker lyonheart cars builds a modern iteration of the classic jaguar 'e-type' from the …

It Takes Two: 'DUO' Binary Camera Concept by Chin-Wei Liao

Besides, say, a number of curious rituals, the prevalence of the smartphone has also begotten the so-called "Selfie," a self-explanatory …

Top 10

Microsoft Makes 3-D Printing As Simple As Clicking “Print”

Windows 8.1 will be the first OS to provide 3-D printers native support. What does that mean to you? The app market is poised for its first 3-D printing explosion.<p>To be honest, 3-D printing technology just isn’t there yet for consumers. It’s expensive. It’s relatively lousy. And it takes a slew of …

Software

A $34 Cap That Turns Any Water Bottle Into A Humidifier

The Amazing Humidifier lives up to its name.<p><i>Happy Black Friday! We’re taking the day to republish some of our most popular Wanted posts of the year. For a complete roundup, go here.–Eds.</i><p>“College dorm room” is a design category in its own right. On the typological spectrum, it’s probably slotted …

Industrial Design

A Mirror That’s A Touching Tribute To Sandy Victims

Joe Doucet’s Fathom creates the effect of being half underwater.<p>When Hurricane Sandy unleashed its wrath on the Eastern Seaboard last October, designer Joe Doucet’s lower Manhattan studio and apartment were left relatively unscathed. “Apart from being without power for a week or so, we really were …

Hurricane Sandy

5 Ideas Apple Gleefully Stole From Google, Twitter, and Microsoft

If iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks look a bit familiar, well, there are at least five good reasons for that. Apple lifted them from other innovators, then made them slightly better.<p>Apple’s WWDC keynote was largely about catching up. Fix iCloud. Release a subscription music service. And ditch all the …

Apps

Faux Package Design: Have a Coke and Two Smiles

While ad agency Ogilvy Mather addressed Diet Coke marketing with an ultra-thin (concept) vending machine, they're addressing the package design …

Coca-Cola

Barrier-free Bathing

The collapsible side rungs of the Barrier Free Bathtub, makes it easier for the silver generation to use it. A conveniently placed sliding switch …

Paper LED Torch Light by Kazuhiro Yamanaka

This project boasts minimalist and simple design, it’s a <b>Paper LED torch light</b>. Kazuhiro Yamanaka, a Japanese designer, has come up with unique idea …

How A Guerrilla Art Project Gave Birth To NYC’s New Wheelchair Symbol

In 2009, Brian Glenney and Sara Hendren kicked off an art project to generate discussion on the ubiquitous International Symbol of Access. Now their revised design is rolling out in New York City.<p>In coming months, as parts of New York City continue to rebuild after the destruction caused by …

Disability

How Pink And Blue Became Gender-Specific

It actually wasn’t until the 1940s that the colors became set in stone.<p>Pink is for girls. Blue is for boys. Of course our society allows exceptions now and again, but imagine showing up to a boy’s baby shower with a pink bib and matching pink shoes. There would be whispers that either you’re nuts …

Baby Showers

A Rare Peek At The Guidelines That Dictate Google’s Graphic Design

A pair of “Visual Assets Guidelines,” posted by one of the company’s senior graphic designers, outline precisely how Google designers are supposed to sweat the small stuff.<p>In April 2011, Larry Page took the reins as Google’s CEO. He didn’t waste any time getting down to business. On his very first …

Graphic Design

A Spoon That Doubles As An iPad Stylus

Sometimes it’s a fine line between genius and utter stupidity, and the iSpoon ($7) does somersaults on that line with bold irreverence. Designed by Jordan Murphy for Umbra, on one end, it’s a wooden spoon. On the other end, it’s a stylus. So with the addition of what’s essentially a three-cent …

iPad

Get Smashed! Steel Chair is Shaped By Your Hammer Strikes

For nearly all of us, our involvement with the design and construction of our furniture ends with putting together an IKEA cupboard or repainting an …

A Smoke Free World

Designed with both smokers and non-smokers in mind, the Spiro system aims to provide a quick use shelter for those who want to smoke without …

Table for Two (or six!)

As one of the most important gathering place in the home, the kitchen table has historically served just two functions: a place for eating and …

Trendlet: Nests, Cocoons and Other Ways to Hide From the World

Sometimes you've just got to take a minute for yourself. But finding a quiet space in the middle of the workday or in the urban outdoors can be near …

Furniture

Rainy Day Design Flaw: Why Aren't Umbrellas Better Integrated with Cars?

I'm currently in rainy North Carolina, where Tropical Storm Andrea has me scurrying about my rental car with an umbrella—and getting soaked every …

North Carolina

Illusion of Discomfort: Rigid-Looking Chairs Are Really Soft

An uneven, somewhat spiky surface of sticks poking up from the seat of a chair doesn’t exactly make it a welcoming place to relax. But take a seat on …