Daisy Newdick makes coffee from dandelions to promote biodiversity

Central Saint Martins graduate designer Daisy Newdick has created an alternative to coffee using the roots of the dandelion plant. Called Make Weeds Great Again, Newdick’s project aims to highlight the overlooked qualities of the common dandelion plant, which is often seen as an “unsightly weed that spoils the nation’s lawns”. After discovering that, in […]

Experimental Gastronomy utensils make the eater engage with their food

Metal mittens, plates made from spoons and foraged clay bowls are among more than 500 pieces of cutlery and crockery created for the latest in a series of Experimental Gastronomy banquets. Created by Dutch duo Martin Kullik and Jouw Wijnsma, the dining concept hopes to decelerate the eating process and help us engage with food in […]

OlssønBarbieri designs Snåsa water bottle and visual identity

Oslo-based design studio OlssønBarbieri has created the visual identity and bottle for water brand Snåsa, which is made from materials that are easy to recycle. The Norwegian mineral water company asked the studio to “reflect a new idea of luxury” in both the bottle and visual identity. In response, OlssønBarbieri has designed a glass water bottle […]

Britain’s new £20 note features David Chipperfield’s Turner Contemporary

The Bank of England has revealed its “most secure” banknote to date – a £20 polymer note featuring David Chipperfield‘s Turner Contemporary gallery, and a portrait of the artist it’s named after. A large see-through window with a blue and gold foil is printed on the front of the note, depicting the Turner Contemporary gallery […]

Virgil Abloh reveals full IKEA collection ahead of US launch next month

Millennials will soon be able to furnish their homes with the emblazoned rugs and bedding in IKEA’s long-awaited collection by fashion designer Virgil Abloh, which will be available for sale in the US next month. Abloh‘s range called Markerad, which is aimed at students and young people moving into their first homes, will be available […]

Envisions explores the future of the humble paving slab

Dutch design collective Envisions has developed a paving strategy for the city of Eindhoven that involves cutting, washing and stamping stones. Envisions, named Emerging Designer of the Year at Dezeen Awards 2018, has created a series of samples showing how Eindhoven’s streetscape could better reflect its identity as a global hub of creativity and innovation. The Dutch city, home to […]

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 […]

Nendo designs N02 Recycle chair from household plastic waste for Fritz Hansen

Japanese studio Nendo has created a collection of stackable chairs from recycled household plastics, which take design cues from a folded sheet of paper. Designed for Danish furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen, the shell of the N02 Recycle chair is made from recycled polypropylene. The chair is Fritz Hansen’s first move towards creating a […]

Tom Fereday reinvents the traditional breeze block as a versatile building tool

Australian designer Tom Fereday has developed a faceted cement breeze block that can be flipped over and combined in various ways to create angled surfaces. Sydney-based Fereday created the Omni building tool in a bid to “reinvent the traditional breeze block for the modern-day environment”. Omni’s angular profile comprises a wider front and narrower rear […]

Studio Ayaskan designs clock that rakes sand to illustrate the ripples of time

London design duo Studio Ayaskan has created a clock, which rakes sand in hypnotic, concentric circles to mark the passage of time. The Sand project is a nod to Japanese rock gardens, called karesansui, in which sand is shaped into patterns to mimic the appearance of water rippling. It consists of a circular, sand-filled platform […]

Nendo’s 3D-printed bonsai tree does away with need for meticulous maintenance

Japanese design studio Nendo has created an alternative to the tricky task of nurturing a bonsai tree with its Grid-Bonsai – a 3D-printed version of the plant that owners can prune to their liking. The traditional Japanese art form of bonsai involves using cultivation techniques to produce small plants in pots that imitate the appearance […]

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 […]

Bedouin women create Irthi collection based on ancient Emirati crafts

The Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council has paired Bedouin craftswomen in the UAE with international artists to create items that can be sold to a global market. From its base in Sharjah – one of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates – the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council oversaw the creation of the collection to […]

Flokk designs its most sustainable chair to date from recycled materials

Dezeen promotion: Furniture manufacturer Flokk, owner of the Swedish brand RH, has released its most sustainable task chair to date – the RH New Logic, which has been made from recycled aluminium, plastic and steel. Designed in collaboration with Norwegian designers Jonas Stokke and Øystein Austad, the RH New Logic chair is an updated version […]

Dexter and Byron Peart launch Goodee shop for “conscious consumers and impact-minded makers”

Montreal brothers Byron and Dexter Peart have launched a marketplace for products framed on “good people, good design and good impact”. Here they choose five that represent this vision. Billed as a marketplace “where good design meets good purpose”, Goodee is intended to enable makers and consumers to champion social impact, as the duo collates […]

Yujia Bian creates architecture soap for Oslo triennale

Researcher Yujia Bian has cast the word architecture into bars of soap that are being used at the Oslo Architecture Triennale to question the idea of creating pristine works of architecture. The bars of soap have been placed in Oslo’s National Museum of Architecture, one of the venues for the triennale, and will be used throughout […]

Designs of the Year 2019 nominees include genderless voice and home HIV test kit

Contenders for this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year awards include Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s The Shed, a pocket-sized home HIV test kit, and the world’s first genderless voice. A total of 76 innovative designs including clothing, buildings, apps, books, homewares and posters that have made a strong global impact are nominated for this year’s […]

Apple unveils iPhone 11 Pro with “triple-camera system”

Apple has launched an iPhone with three different cameras for ultra-wide photos, along with its latest Apple Watch, enlarged iPad and a subscription service for Apple original movies. The latest collection of products and services were revealed at Apple’s launch event at the Foster + Partners-designed Apple Park campus in California. The iPhone 11 Pro, which […]

Fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester moves into homeware with debut collection

Belgian fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester has produced her first homeware and lighting collection, which launched at Maison&Object furniture fair in Paris this week. Ann Demeulemeester – who until six years ago headed up her eponymous fashion brand –  joined forces with Belgian furniture and homeware brand Serax to launch two collections of porcelain tableware, glassware, […]

Peter Saville designs Pornhub Awards to celebrate sexuality without being a cliche

British graphic designer Peter Saville has created a bright orange trophy based on the shape of sex hormones, for this year’s Pornhub Awards. Saville wanted to design an award for video-streaming website Pornhub that celebrated sexuality in a way that wasn’t obvious, so he chose to create a form based on the science of sexual attraction. “The creative challenge […]

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