Micheline Nahra deconstructs and reconstructs a dining set 

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Micheline Nahra has disassembled a four-person dinner setting and rebuilt it for one person, in a bid to make absence visible. With a set-up originally meant for a group of family or friends now dedicated to a single person, A Dinner for One tells a story of loss. “It’s a signifier […]

University of Hong Kong students invent self-sanitising door handle

University of Hong Kong graduates Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li have designed a door handle that uses light to constantly sterilise itself. Motivated by the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in the 2000s, Sum and Kin described their “self-sanitising door handle” as a more effective alternative to current chemical-based cleaning processes. Comprised […]

Fish scale bioplastic wins UK James Dyson Award for student design

University of Sussex graduate Lucy Hughes used fish waste to create MarinaTex, a compostable alternative to single-use plastic that has won her this year’s UK James Dyson Award. MarinaTex is made from fish scales and skin — waste products that would usually be buried in landfill or incinerated. It is translucent and flexible, making it […]

3D-printed robotic fish swims through water by mimicking the movement of a tuna

TU Delft student Sander van den Berg has invented a 3D-printed robotic fish that swims through water at a record-breaking 0.85 metres per second. The Industrial Design Engineering masters student created the high-speed underwater drone as his graduate project from the Delft University of Technology. Van den Berg claims the speed of 0.85 metres a […]

Desiree Riny creates DIY design guide for people to make their own prosthetics

People without access to healthcare can use bicycle parts and other scrap material to make their own DIY prosthetics, using a system designed by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology graduate Desiree Riny. The designer created the guide after spending a year investigating the reality of how rural dwellers in developing countries managed their lower-limb amputations […]

Kaiku turns fruit and vegetable waste into natural pigments

Imperial graduate Nicole Stjernsward has invented Kaiku, a system that turns plants into powdered paint pigments using vaporisation technology. Avocados, pomegranates, beetroots, lemons and onions are just some of the fruits and vegetables that can be placed into Kaiku and turned into the raw material for paints, inks and dyes. Skins and peels are boiled […]

Water-filled Inmergo headphones by Rocco Giovannoni allow immersive listening

Water rather than air carries sound in designer Rocco Giovannoni’s Inmergo headphones, which promise rich audio even for people who are hard of hearing. A 2019 graduate of the Royal College of Art’s MA in Design Products, Giovannoni designed the soft silicone headphones to improve upon current bone-conduction audio technology. Like other bone-conduction headphones on […]

Flohaler is an easy-to-use inhaler that helps asthmatics receive a better dose

Design graduate James Plimmer has created an inhaler for asthmatics that improves posture and technique during use to ensure more medicine reaches the lungs. The concept is intended to improve the pressurised metered dose inhaler (PMDI) by helping users maintain an optimised inhaler technique over time. The problem with existing inhalers is ensuring an optimum […]

Chloe Baines makes fashion collection from tents left behind at festivals

London College of Fashion graduate Chloe Baines has designed a collection of clothing and jewellery from the upcycled tents and metal pegs left after music festivals. The collection, called In Tents: The After Party, was designed in collaboration with Central Saint Martins graduate Belle Smith, who made matching earrings and rings from the tent pegs. […]

Imaginary Language is a set of geometric objects that “foster creativity”

Royal College of Art graduate Alessandra Fumagalli Romario explains how her project Imaginary Language gives actors and children tools to help them think more creatively in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Imaginary Language is a set of basic geometric objects that can be combined to create a variety of new forms. Users can then […]

Rocky Brooks’ flat-pack rescue dog beds are affordable and recyclable

Northumbria University graduate Rocky Brooks has designed a disposable and fully recyclable flat-pack bed for dogs to help reduce costs in rescue centres. Affordable and fully recyclable, Brooks’ Dog Goes Here bed is made from cardboard, and can be easily assembled in three simple steps. The product offers an alternative to the plastic dog beds […]

Jamie Pybus designs Fungi Factory kit for growing mushrooms in coffee grounds

Northumbia university graduate Jamie Pybus has devised a household system for cultivating edible mushrooms using leftover coffee grounds as a growing medium. Called Fungi Factory, the kit provides a use for the increasing number of coffee grounds that are currently discarded by UK households. Fungi Factory comprises four elements, including a storage container for coffee […]

Danielle Coffey’s Sápu device turns household fats into soap

Northumbria University graduate Danielle Coffey has designed a device that transforms oils and fats leftover from cooking into soap, to prevent them from polluting household water systems. Sápu, which is Icelandic for “soap”, is a kitchen product that aims to encourage homeowners to collect and repurpose their own fat, oil and grease (FOG) waste from […]

Ghostly Ocean Debris is an accessories collection made from discarded refugee life vests

Northumbria graduate Harry Jones has produced a collection of clothing and lifestyle accessories using the life jackets left on European beaches during the refugee crisis. The collection, titled Ghostly Ocean Debris, uses the discarded bright yellow jackets as the raw material to produce items such as flip-flops, placemats, and satchels. Rather than going to landfill, […]

Karoline Vitto’s garments accentuate the fat rolls women are told to hide

This collection of cloth and metal-wire garments by Brazilian fashion designer Karoline Vitto finds beauty in the bulges of flesh that women are encouraged to cover up. Designed as part of her masters degree at London’s Royal College of Art, Vitto’s The Body as Material collection features seven garments that accentuate the rolls and curves […]

This week, graduates provided solutions for manspreading and masturbation

This week on Dezeen, university graduates created problem-solving designs including an anti-manspreading chair that forces sitters to close their legs, and a masturbation suit for people with disabilities. Brighton University graduate Laila Laurel designed a chair that prevents people from “manspreading”, as a tongue-in-cheek response to day-to-day sexist issues experienced by women. One chair is designed […]

Laila Laurel’s chair provides a solution to manspreading

Brighton University graduate Laila Laurel has designed a chair that prevents people from “manspreading”, as part of a project that aims to offer solutions to sexist issues experienced by women. Laurel’s pair of chairs, titled A Solution for Man-Spreading, were created as a tongue-in-cheek response to both hers and other womens’ day-to-day experiences of “manspreading”. […]

Rosie Broadhead weaves bacteria into clothing fibres to create a second skin

Central Saint Martins graduate Rosie Broadhead has integrated live bacteria into the fibres of clothing that reduces body odour, encourages cell renewal and improves the immune system, when activated by sweat. By encapsulating live bacteria into the fibres of a leotard-like garment, the designer hopes to create a new interaction between fabric and skin through […]

Rimal Bhatt’s breathing apparatus helps people evacuate smoke-filled tower blocks

Rimal Bhatt has developed a fire evacuation mask that allows additional time to evacuate a burning building, designed in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Bhatt’s proposal for a simple and easy-to-use respirator allows for up to 15 minutes additional breathing time and represents a streamlined alternative to existing full-face masks, which form a […]

Volta VR tool “will make producing audio more expressive”

Royal College of Art graduate Alex Kane explains how his virtual reality Volta production tool allows users to create multidirectional “spatial audio” in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Kane developed Volta as his graduation project to complete his degree in Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Users wear virtual reality goggles and headphones to produce […]

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