Kamila Rudnicka designs at-home insemination kit for use as part of sex

Polish designer Kamila Rudnicka has created an artificial insemination tool that doubles up as a sex toy, in the hopes of restoring pleasure to an often clinical process. Like other self-insemination aids, it allows the intimate process of conception to be carried out in the comfort and privacy of the home. But in place of […]

Seymourpowell’s Atmosphère devices diffuse cosmetics at the user

London studio Seymourpowell has designed concepts for a wearable collar and chaise longue powered by AI, which use atomised cosmetic products to protect city-dwellers from harmful pollutants. The wearable collar and chaise longue, called Atmosphère, convert beauty products into fine particles or droplets before projecting them onto the user in the form of vapour. As […]

Stanton Williams puts work of rare-disease centre on show

The Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children in London by Stanton Williams features corners and corridors that give a window onto its laboratories. Stanton Williams used glazing to give patients and the public a chance to celebrate the little-seen work of clinicians and researchers. The Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease […]

Nike paints Los Angeles running track in pride flag colours

Running lanes of a refurbished track at Los Angeles City College are each painted a colour of the rainbow pride flag to advocate for the equality and inclusivity of LGBT+ athletes. Nike unveiled the track on National Coming Out Day on 11 October as part of their Be True campaign. The running field is dedicated […]

Natural light fills courtyard of Foster + Partners’ Samson Pavilion in Cleveland

Glazed walls, a large metal roof and a vast central atrium feature in an academic building designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners for an emerging medical campus in Ohio. The Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion is located just beyond downtown Cleveland. Encompassing 478,000 square feet (44,408 square metres), the educational facility brings medical, dental […]

South Korean clinic designed to promote “bond of sympathy” between patients

Seoul studio By Seog Be Seog uses a palette of warm materials and soothing colours to create a feeling of familiarity within the Aeichi Korean Medical Clinic in South Korea. Jun-woong Seog, founder of design studio By Seog Be Seog, wanted to create an interior where patients could feel relaxed and able to talk openly about […]

Satirical Trumpcare IUD comes with hand extensions for extra security and protection

Donald Trump‘s head and hands adorn this IUD, which was created as a commentary on the US president’s regulations of women’s access to birth control services. Trumpcare IUD is a riff on a standard intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD), which is placed inside the uterus as a means of birth control. Created to highlight the tightening […]

Cameron Clarke proposes introducing mental health facilities to Beijing’s hutongs

Cameron Clarke has proposed integrating a series of community healthcare facilities into Beijing’s hutongs to help alleviate China’s mental health crisis. The proposal, named Close to Home, is designed by Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) graduate Clarke to offer an alternative to the country’s typical mental health clinics that he describes as “large, […]

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 […]

Atomik is vodka brewed from grain grown in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Scientists have created Atomik, a bottle of artisan vodka made from rye grown on land in Ukraine abandoned since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, to prove that it’s safe to farm. Atomik vodka has been triple distilled then diluted to 40 per cent using uncontaminated groundwater drawn from an aquifer in the town of Chernobyl, 10 […]

Daniel Libeskind unveils design for Maggie’s Centre in London’s Hampstead

Daniel Libeskind is the latest architect to design a Maggie’s cancer care centre, releasing visuals of building covered in angled timber louvres that is set to be built in London. The Maggie’s Centre will be located by the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London. Prefabricated wooden louvres will form the facade, angled to provide sun shading […]

Lemay Michaud designs minimal Strøm Nordic Spa in Quebec City

Visitors to this spa in Quebec, which was designed by Canadian firm Lemay Michaud, can enjoy views of the Saint Lawrence River from its pools, waterfalls, hot tubs and sauna. The local architecture studio designed Strøm Nordic Spa, or Strøm Spa Nordique, to reference the hues of Quebec’s rugged landscape, which undergoes extreme freezes during […]

ElectroDermis researchers make stretchy wearable tech that sticks to the skin

Wearable devices can be stuck onto the stick like plasters, using a new method pioneered by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. A combined effort from engineers at the school’s Soft Machines Lab and Morphing Matter Lab, ElectroDermis is a new way to apply electronics to the skin, whether it be for medical, fitness or lifestyle […]

Foster + Partners reveals New York City boathouse featuring zig-zag roof

Foster + Partners has unveiled plans to build a timber boathouse on Manhattan’s Harlem River for a non-profit that teaches local teens to row. The British firm designed the boathouse for Row New York on a plot on the banks of the Harlem River, located in the uppermost tip of Manhattan. “This timber boathouse will fit […]

Smart chest binder promises to ease pain for trans people

Transgender men and non-binary people have a safer, more comfortable option for chest binding in the form of Breathe, a smart garment designed by Loughborough University student Miles Kilburn. The student designer created Breathe as his final year project in Loughborough‘s Industrial Design and Technology course. The product caters to people who practice chest binding, […]

Benedetta Tagliabue and Patricia Urquiola complete Maggie’s Barcelona at Sant Pau Hospital

Benedetta Tagliabue – principal of EMBT – has completed a Maggie’s Centre for cancer care at an art nouveau-hospital in Barcelona, with interiors designed by Patricia Urquiola. Located in the grounds of the Sant Pau Hospital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain, the Kálida Sant Pau Centre is the first building created by the Maggie’s Centres charity in […]

Contraceptive jewellery offers alternative method of birth control

Contraceptives and other drugs could be administered through an earring, using a method invented by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The researchers have developed a small contraceptive patch that sticks to an earring back, as well as other jewellery such as rings, necklaces or wristwatches. With the drug absorbed through skin contact, the […]

Photos reveal new children’s hospital by Renzo Piano under construction in Uganda

Italian architect Renzo Piano is building a major new health facility, the Centre of Excellence in Paediatric Surgery, in Uganda. Renzo Piano Building Workshop has unveiled photographs of the new children’s hospital, which is currently under construction in Entebbe, on the banks of Lake Victoria. The project, set to be the studio’s first in Africa, is […]

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