Wolfgang & Hite models sex toys on Foster, Heatherwick and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro buildings

Skyscraper-shaped dildos and a sculptural butt plug are among the silicone erotic toys created by design studio Wolfgang & Hite to critique New York’s high-end real estate projects. Dubbed XXX-HY, the series includes pink silicone versions of numerous buildings in the Hudson Yards development including Thomas Heatherwick‘s Vessel and The Shed, a cultural building by Diller, Scofidio […]

Nea Studio creates lamps from dried seaweed

Curling edges detail these hanging lamps that New York designer Nina Edwards Anker has created from dried sheets of algae. Edwards Anker, who runs Brooklyn practice Nea Studio, moulded sheets of the marine plant around objects and left them to dry to create the cylindrical pendants. “We allow the raw nature of each individual sheet […]

Bluebell reinvents the baby monitor with wearable devices for babies and parents

Design agency Tangerine worked with British start-up Bluebell to develop a smart monitor, which uses a device attached to the baby’s clothing to send alerts to parents through a wearable wristband and app. Bluebell approached the London-based studio to help it create and market a system that makes it more straightforward for parents to improve […]

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 […]

Nikolas Bentel creates The Wiggle Pipe in “absurd” Memphis style

New York designer Nikolas Bentel has created a handmade porcelain pipe for smoking marijuana with an unconventional wiggle form. The Wiggle Pipe features an unconventional snaking shape and three bold bright colours: a blue mouthpiece connects to a curved yellow stem, which then attaches to a white bowl where the dry cannabis herb is placed. Bentel, who […]

LARQ water bottle self-cleans using UV light

The minimalist LARQ bottle cleans itself using UV light, for people troubled by the hygiene of tricky-to-wash reusable water bottles. The LARQ bottle contains an LED in its lid that transmits UV-C light in the 280-nanometre range — the same as is used to sterilise surfaces in hospitals. According to LARQ, at this wavelength, the light […]

EOOS designs Laufen toilet with trap to divert urine for fertiliser

Austrian design firm EOOS and a Swiss water research institute have teamed up to create a toilet for Laufen that tackles the “urgent” environmental issue of pollution caused by wastewater. EOOS, bathroom brand Laufen, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) created the Save! separation toilet with a trap to siphon off urine […]

Wearable Opioid Antidote Device automatically reverses overdoses

Researchers at Purdue University have designed a wearable device that can detect an opioid overdose and trigger the release of an antidote. The Wearable Opioid Antidote Device comprises a sticker-like sensor on the chest to measure the user’s ECG, or heart rate, and a magnetic-field generator strapped to the arm, as well as a capsule […]

Nature Scenes are sculptural “still lifes” for recording urban wildlife

Designers from the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, University of London, have produced a series of simple wildlife habitats that incorporate hidden cameras for capturing images of the animal visitors. The habitats were designed by the team at the Interaction Research Studio to house its My Naturewatch wildlife camera, which can be built by novice […]

Samsung launches Galaxy Note10 to offer better experience for video editors and designers

Samsung has unveiled the latest version of its Galaxy smartphone series featuring an updated slim, cinematic form and stylus pen better suited to creating and editing content. Revealed today at the Galaxy Unpacked event in New York City, the Samsung smartphone is the narrowest version of the Galaxy Note series. Samsung has launched two different […]

Brandon Clifford creates heavy concrete sculptures that sway and roll

American designer Brandon Clifford has drawn inspiration from megalithic architecture to create concrete sculptures that seem to defy gravity as they move. Clifford is a partner at Matter Design, a Boston studio known for a range of experimental projects that challenge convention. In a recent talk given at the TED conference in Vancouver, Clifford presented […]

Ukrainian design brand Faina makes furniture from clay and flax

Kiev design brand Faina looked to traditional local materials for items of furniture made from clay, wood, willow and flax that tell the story of Ukraine‘s design roots. Cabinets with doors crafted from clay and seats made from flax covered with a special biopolymer coating are some of the designs produced by the brand. Set up […]

Tucker Viemeister designs ElectionGuard ballot machine to make voting more secure

American industrial designer Tucker Viemeister has teamed up with software giant Microsoft to build an electronic voting machine that offers a more secure alternative to paper ballots. Unveiled at the Aspen Security Forum yesterday, the prototype incorporates ElectionGuard, an open-source Microsoft software created to make elections more verifiable, efficient and easy to complete. The tech […]

Lapee female urinal designed to reduce festival loo queues

Gina Périer and Alexander Egebjerg have designed an industrial-standard female toilet for festivals and outdoor events that allows people to pee sitting down quickly and safely. Named Lapee, the pink plastic structure has three urinals arranged in a spiral, with curving back rests that provide privacy while allowing the user to remain aware of their surroundings. Périer […]

Garrett Benisch designs Sum Waste pen derived from human sewage

Pratt Institute graduate Garrett Benisch has proposed using biosolids, the organic matter derived from treated sewage, to produce a compostable ballpoint pen and its ink. Benisch, who just graduated from New York’s Pratt Institute with a degree in industrial design, created the Sum Waste pen for his thesis project. The curvy, translucent writing instrument made […]

Scotland’s first minister prioritises design with rotating exhibition

Visitors to the office of Scotland’s first minister can peruse a curated collection of design and craft objects aimed at raising the profile of the Scottish design industry. As part of a recent refurbishment of first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s office at the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh, curator Stacey Hunter suggested including a series of […]

By Humankind wants to banish single-use plastic from your bathroom

New bathroom products brand By Humankind aims to eliminate plastic waste through more sustainable products such as refillable deodorants and dehydrated mouthwash. The New York company, which calls itself “a direct-to-consumer personal care brand dedicated to reducing single-use plastic waste in the products we use every day,” offers subscription refills so customers don’t have to […]

Six whimsical midcentury designs featured in Denver’s Serious Play exhibition

An exhibition at the Denver Art Museum showcases over 200 pieces with a playful spirit that were created by US-based industrial and graphic designers in the 1950s and ’60s. Curator Darrin Alfred selects his highlights. The show, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, presents furniture, textiles, posters, toys and other pieces created in the postwar […]

BD Barcelona unveils late architect Alessandro Mendini’s final design

BD Barcelona Design has released the final design created by the late architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, who passed away at age 87 earlier this year. Called Cristallo, the limited-edition design consists of a wooden cupboard in the shape of a trophy, complete with colourful panelling and marquetry. BD Barcelona Design said that “it’s only been a […]

Evian to launch collapsible “bubble” to combat plastic waste

Evian will trial a collapsible water dispenser made of recycled plastic, which is as “thin and light as a bubble” in a bid to reduce its plastic packaging. Called Renew, the at-home appliance, which stores up to five litres of Evian mineral water, contracts when water is consumed, taking on a new shape after every […]

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