Design Top 40- Tuesday 16 January 2018

Design News from around the World. A daily eclectic mix of some of the best design news from around the world.


Red Dot Design Has A Swanky New Address In Singapore

It’s the new year and we have exactly 365 new opportunities to make it the best year for us. One of these opportunities that you can have as a designer, is to showcase your talent by winning a Red Dot Award: Design Concept.


TV with a Twist

There’s no quicker way to kill your aesthetic vibe than with an unsightly TV and, unfortunately, that is most TVs. Next to “ceiling fan”, it’s one of the words interior designers hate to hear! We love a creative way of masking these entertainment appliances and the Inkel Reinterpret TV concept does just that.


The Building Blocks of Personhood: Oliver Sacks on Narrative as the Pillar of Identity

“A person’s identity,” Amin Maalouf wrote in his brilliant treatise on personhood, “is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch just one part of it, just one allegiance, and the whole person will react, the whole drum will sound.”


Omoshiroi Blocks: Japanese Memo Pads Reveal Intricate Buildings As The Pages Get Used

We’ve all had the experience, growing up, of using notepads for something other than their intended purpose: running our thumbs down their stacked-up pages and savoring the buzzing sound, turning them into flipbooks by painstakingly drawing a frame on each page, and even – in times of truly dire boredom – cutting them down into unusual sizes and shapes.


The way music moves us shows the mind is more than a machine – Jenny Judge | Aeon Essays

The 55 Bar in Greenwich Village, with its bulging ceiling tiles and strings of fairy lights taped haphazardly to the walls, looks more like the clubhouse of a rural Irish sports team than a New York City jazz venue. Yet some of the musical experiences I’ve had in that dingy basement have bordered on the otherworldly.


this google app finds your fine art museum doppelganger

volumetric, explorable forms are composed of beams of projected light. volumetric, explorable forms are composed of beams of projected light. influenced by ideas of planetary exploration, 19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction. influenced by ideas of planetary exploration, 19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction.


Artist Illustrates The Difference Between Chinese And Western Cultures In Everyday Situations

When you first leave your country you often realize how different all the cultures are, down to the smallest details. Things that are obvious to you might be completely foreign to many others, and the other way around.



50 Modern Living Rooms That Act As Your Home’s Centrepiece

The place where we all gather, laugh and play is undoubtedly the living room. The focal point of a home, its place between kitchen and bedroom acts as a natural centre, drawing guests from morning wake-ups to after-work nights in. These fifty modern living rooms show stretch in a variety of substrates and styles.


Morgan Stanley’s Carla Harris Builds Stronger Businesses Through Diversity

Carla Harris built her reputation on Wall Street by shepherding billions of dollars through initial public offerings. She now oversees Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab. To gain an edge, she says, companies must start by having “a lot of different people in the room.” Here is her playbook for attracting-and keeping-diverse talent.


Fact Check: Which of These Architecture Rumors are Actually True?

Fact-checking website Snopes (also known as the internet’s first fact-checking website) has now been debunking Urban Legends and setting the record straight when it comes to “questionable” and/or fantastic stories for 23 years.


A 1920s Bungalow Filled With Bright Personality

Sarah Loomis Crawford and her husband Chris were never planning on moving their family three-and-a-half years ago. It sort of just happened, as these things do. When Sarah saw a home for sale in their town of Marblehead, MA, she had a few sleepless nights left wide awake thinking about it.


Dell Release Jewelry Line

I’ve seen many quirky backstories for jewelry and let me tell you; The Circular Collection has far exceeded that of any I’ve heard before. The Circular Collection by BaYou with Love and Dell is a 14 to 18-carat gold jewelry collection designed by Nikki Reed and made in Los Angeles from gold responsibly extracted from used technology recovered from Dell’s US recycling programs. According to Dell, around 12.5% of electronics are responsibly recycled globally.


Fresh Hues | Design Seeds

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christian taeubert’s studio cottage rebuilds the identity of a suburban village

christian taeubert’s studio cottage is driven by the intuition that a moderate gentrification could lead to a modest prosperity for the remaining villagers.



Reclaiming the dignity and spiritual roots of chocolate production in Mexico | Aeon Videos

Chocolate has deep cultural and spiritual roots in Mesoamerica where cacao originated. The Mayans worshipped a god of cacao, and drank a sacred chocolate beverage at celebrations and ceremonies. The Aztecs believed that the cacao tree was a bridge connecting heaven and earth – a gift from Quetzacoatl, the God of Wisdom.


Workers carry exaggerated furniture loads in Alain Delorme’s photographs

This photo series by French photographer Alain Delorme spotlights China’s consumer society through doctored images of workers transporting teetering piles of furniture and other goods. After visiting Shanghai, Delorme sought to portray his own impressions of the bustling metropolis. “We all have in mind images of masses of people working in big factories,” he said.


toyota creates a le mans car for the road

toyota unveils the GR super sport concept, a road-ready le mans car powered by a 986 hp hybrid engine at tokyo auto salon 2018.



The 2018 HGTV Dream Home Is Here and You Can Shop the Pieces at Wayfair –

The 2018 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway is here! The waterfront home, located in Gig Harbor, Washington, overlooks Puget Sound. Designed in a “livable coastal modern” style, the 3,500 square foot home sits on over 1 acre of land. Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn furnished the dream house using 400 pieces from Wayfair.


The Guardian newspaper unveils font and logo as part of wider redesign

The Guardian newspaper has unveiled a simplified and smaller tabloid format, as well as a website redesign that includes the launch of a new logo and font. Unveiled this morning, the newspaper’s smaller tabloid format has been rolled out across all sections and supplements of The Guardian and The Observer.


Biodiversity isn’t just pretty: it future-proofs our world – Elizabeth Boakes | Aeon Ideas

A small boy hauls enthusiastically on his fishing rod. The line flies up and a needle-spined fish strikes him in the eye. Desperate to stay outdoors, he ignores the pain, but his sight deteriorates over the following months. He continues to pursue…


The Record Breaking 31 Meter Tall “Flamenco Ice Tower” Opens in Harbin, China

Beyonds igloos, sculptures, and Sweden’s ICEHOTEL, ice is not often seen as building material. An international team of Dutch-end Chinese students and professors from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Summa College, and the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) have used the freezing material to construct “Flamenco Ice Tower” in Harbin, China – the home of the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.


shanghai tower is the world’s second tallest building

shanghai tower is the tallest building in china and the second tallest in the world, rising 632 meters (2,073 feet) and 127 floors into the air.


The Arc de Triomphe as an Elephant?! These Illustrations Reveal What Famous Monuments Could Have Been

A city’s monuments are integral parts of its metropolitan identity. They stand proud and tall and are often the subject of a few of your vacation photos. It is their form and design which makes them instantly recognizable, but what if their design had turned out differently?


Norman Foster Named Next President of the UK’s Royal Fine Art Commission Trust

Lord Norman Foster has been named the next President of the UK’s Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, an independent charity aimed at promoting “visual awareness and public appreciation of high-quality design” within the United Kingdom.


plano humano arquitectos sites discreet, tent-shaped chapel in portugal

plano humano arquitectos’ chapel is inspired by the scouting experience: outdoor life, camping, the tent, and by the sobriety and simplicity of buildings.


This Service Is Just For Women Who Want To Be Digital Nomads

“Dear Boss,” the letter begins. “Working remotely isn’t like going on vacation, it’s a way to increase employee morale, creativity, performance, and passion. It also allows for ‘outside the box’ experiences that provide new market insights.”


Strictly for the Adventurer

Kickstarter has spawned a refreshing generation of companies/startups whose prime goal is to be able to design for demand. The products they make are solely driven by what the community is asking for, and aims at creating products that’s true purpose isn’t to turn a profit, but rather to delight consumers first.



Get Away From It All At These Remote Artist Cabins In Norway

Many artists fantasize about taking a retreat to channel their creativity in the most peaceful way possible. We say if you’re aiming to summon your inner artistic genius, there’s a breathtaking artist-in-residence complex in Norway named “Fordypningsrommet Fleinvær” (Refugium at Fleinvær) that’s designed to be a haven for innovative minds to convene and create.


New Renderings Reveal Thomas Heatherwick’s Design for Residential Towers Straddling NYC’s Highline

Thomas Heatherwick is touching the New York Architecture Scene again, revealing his design for a pair of residential towers in a pair of renderings. The two towers will flank either side of the New York High Line, located at 18th Street, it will situate itself adjacent to Frank Gehry’s IAC Headquarters building.


LEXUS’ ‘molten katana’ LF-1 draws from the strong silhouette of japanese samurai swords

LEXUS is showing off its new flagship concept, the LF1 limitless, at the north american internatinonal auto show (NAIAS 2018) in detroit.


prada invites koolhaas, grcic, the bouroullecs + herzog & de meuron to design menswear

martijn koomen and tadas maksimovas designed and built a fully-functional fixed-gear bike in tribute to an enigmatic, mathematical constant. martijn koomen and tadas maksimovas designed and built a fully-functional fixed-gear bike in tribute to an enigmatic, mathematical constant. are you knowledgeable about architecture? passionate about writing?


In Focus: Eike König / FormFiftyFive

Inspiration Everywhere – Covering graphic design, illustration, photography, art, product design, architecture, advertising & multimedia from around the globe.


Tour Amelie Mancini’s Colorful, Antique-Filled Home

Name: Amelie Mancini, Rami Metal, and their daughter Babette Location: Crown Heights – Brooklyn, NY Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: Rented, 2 years Before getting pregnant with their daughter, artist and designer Amelie Mancini and her husband Rami Metal called Greenpoint, Brooklyn home.


Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, the New Series Starring Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin & Steve Buscemi, Now Streaming Free on Amazon Prime

Do I like Philip K. Dick? Do androids dream of electric sheep? Honestly, I don’t think we’ll ever be able to answer such questions about the subjective experience of artificial beings. But I know for certain that I like Philip K. Dick.


How to Teach Art to Kids, According to Mark Rothko

If you’ve ever seen Mark Rothko’s paintings-large canvases filled with fields of atmospheric color-and thought, “a child could do this,” you’ve paid the Abstract Expressionist a compliment. Rothko greatly admired children’s art, praising the freshness, authenticity, and emotional intensity of their creations.


A Teaser Trailer for Fahrenheit 451: A New Film Adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Ever-Relevant Novel

From HBO comes a teaser trailer for an upcoming adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, a film that went into production a year before the 2016 election–that is, before things in America took a turn for the worse and the weird.

teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown. Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses. Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment


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