‘Motion Silhouette': a pop-up book with a difference


Motion SilhouetteAn interactive book enables readers to project shadows on its pages to ‘fill in’ the story.

Motion Silhouette’, by Megumi Kajiwara and Tathuhiko Nijim, requires a light source to be shone on its intricate pop-up pages, creating silhouettes that move as the light moves.

The beautiful monochrome book is handmade to order.

Take a closer look at it here or see it in action below – tell us what you think of the project.

Stirling Prize shortlist revealed


The ShardRIBA has released the shortlist for its prestigious Stirling Prize.

Six new buildings have been shortlisted for the Prize, which is awarded to the project that has made the most significant contribution to architecture in the United Kingdom.

The nominations, which include Renzo Piano’s The Shard, are drawn from the public, commercial, and educational spheres.

Zaha Hadid, a previous recipient of the Stirling Prize, has also been nominated for the London Aquatics Centre.

The winner will be announced by RIBA on the 16th October.

Find out which buildings have been nominated here.

Modernist buildings as mixed-media images


Lucy Williams - Modernist artA British artist creates incredibly detailed renderings of 20th Century buildings, with arts and crafts.

Lucy Williams painstakingly produces three-dimensional pictures out of materials including different types of wood, coloured card, acrylic paint and wool.

Inspired by photographs of modernist buildings, Williams’ work has recently been hosted by the McKee Gallery in New York.

Take a look at more of Williams’ architectural art here and tell us what you think of the handcrafted pictures.

Sand Packaging


Sand PackagingA design workshop has unveiled a unique packaging made of sand.

Barcelona-based workshop Alien and Monkey binds sand together with other naturally-occurring minerals, which, when compacted, dries solid.

The hollow ‘sand boxes’ can be broken open, and when the sand crumbles away, its package is revealed.

Take a look at the eco-friendly packaging here and tell us what you think – would you love to receive a present packaged in sand?

Mall of the World


Mall of the WorldDubai has unveiled plans for the world’s first indoor city, called ‘Mall of the World’.

The giant dome, which will be climate-controlled, recreates iconic parts of cities from across the world, including Oxford Street, Broadway and Las Ramblas.

The 4.5 million sq m city will also boast the world’s biggest indoor theme park and shopping mall, along with 20,000 hotel rooms.

Dubai is already known for several record-breaking constructions, including the world’s tallest building.

Find out more about the Mall of the World here and tell us what you think.

The ‘biggest design poster ever made’


Malmo Festival posterAn enormous poster which took 900 hours to complete is publicising the Malmö Festival in Sweden.

Described as the ‘biggest design poster ever made’, the poster by SNASK is a physical, interactive installation made of massive shapes which visitors can climb.

The colourful project, which is eight metres wide and and thirteen metres long, used 175 litres of paint, 280 plywood boards and 10,000 nails in its construction.

It celebrates the 30th Malmö Festival, which is taking place in August.

Take a closer look at the innovative poster here and tell us what you think.

Jeep’s optical illusion posters


Jeep adA new ad campaign for Jeep puts a twist on an old style of optical illusion by using animals.

The ‘See whatever you want to see’ posters feature animal pictures that, when turned upside down, look like a completely different animal.

The ingenious black and sepia posters, designed by Leo Burnett France, include a giraffe which becomes a penguin when flipped.

The posters are intended to give the brand a spirit of adventure and encourage users to see the world – while driving a Jeep, of course.

Take a look at the campaign here and tell us which is your favourite poster.

A table reflecting the depths of the ocean


The Abyss TableA layered coffee table by Duffy London resembles the depths of the ocean.

The Abyss Table stacks blue glass on slices of light wood, which gives the impression of a sandy sea bed.

The glass echoes the effect of the ocean, as the layers appear to darken as they deepen.

The uniquely shaped table mimics the contours of the ocean and was handmade by Christopher Duffy’s team.

Find out more about the table here and tell us what you think of it.

Pantone posters with character


Pantone 7686 CPantone’s new ad campaign shows how crucial colour is for iconic pop culture characters.

‘There can only be one’, devised by Y & R Shanghai, uses the features of famous cartoon and puppet figures against a background square of their dominant colour.

Completed by their Pantone numbers, the posters demonstrate that a strong colour is key to making characters instantly recognisable.

The posters include ‘Pantone 7686 C’, a deep blue, which uses googly eyes to represent Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.

Take a look at all three posters here and tell us what you think of the fun concept.

Photographs of Design Museum revealed


The Design MuseumPhotographs of the new Design Museum in South Kensington have been released.

The museum, which is currently under construction, is due to open in 2016 and will be three times the size of the current building.

The £80 million project will include design workshops and a design library, a free-to-enter permanent collection and a gift shop.

A virtual tour of the site was made available online last year.

Find out more here and let us know what you think about the project.

Landesgartenschau: an exhibition hall built by robots


Landesgartenschau Exhibition HallAn exhibition hall has a structure created entirely from plywood prefabricated by robots.

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall in Germany has been constructed using digital design and robotic fabrication techniques, which also included insulation, waterproofing and cladding.

The hall’s structure consists of 243 hexagonal plywood panels and the double-domed design is inspired by the skeletal structure of a sea urchin, which is described as ‘one of the most efficient modular systems in nature’.

Find out more about the design here and tell us what you think.

Fibreglass cows bring wi-fi to Glastonbury


Wi-fi cows at GlastonburyFestivalgoers at last weekend’s Glastonbury were able to enjoy wi-fi on the site, thanks to a trio of fibreglass cows.

The cows, named Dolly, Daisy and Molly, were installed at key points around the festival and provided revellers with wi-fi for twelve hours every day.

Acting as 4G hotspots, the cows were powered by EE (Glastonbury’s technology partner) and designed by Hank, the on site artist.

Find out more about the cows here and tell us what you think of the fun idea.

Maison des Fondateurs


Maison des FondateursBjarke Ingels Group has unveiled its spiralling design for a Swiss watchmaker’s museum.

The project, entitled ‘Maison des Fondateurs’, is partially sunken into the ground and incorporates spiral geometry, invoking the feel of cogs and other watch pieces.

Based at Audemars Piguet’s headquarters in Vallée de Joux, the building will hold the watchmaker’s workshops and galleries.

Find out more about the design here and tell us what you think of it.

Playful quote posters


Illustration printsA designer has given some inspirational quotes new significance in colourful minimalistic posters.

Ryan McArthur has taken quotes from famous people, such as Oscar Wilde and Albert Einstein, and plays with their meaning in illustration prints.

For instance, Thomas Edison’s ‘Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’ is represented through one light bulb and ninety-nine drops of water.

Take a look at the posters here and let us know your favourite.

Smoke in a bottle


Smoke in a bottleA New York-based artist creates detailed images from smoke and used bottles.

Jim Dingilian fills empty glass bottles with smoke, which clings to the inside layer as soot.

He then scrapes and brushes away the soot until beautiful pictures emerge, framed by the remnants of the smoke.

He says: “The miniature scenes I depict are of locations on the edge of suburbia which seem mysterious or even slightly menacing despite their commonplace nature… [the bottles] become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories.”

Find out more about the remarkable work here and tell us what you think.

King’s Cross Tunnel Light Wall


King’s Cross Tunnel Light WallA tunnel which incorporates an LED integrated art wall has been opened at King’s Cross.

The art wall, by The Light Lab, runs the length of the 90-metre long tunnel and is described as a ‘moving light show’.

Capable of emanating the RGB and white light spectrums, the wall will display artwork; the first piece on display is ‘Pipette’ by Miriam Sleeman.

The tunnel connects St. Pancras International and King’s Cross St. Pancras underground stations to One Pancras Square.

Read more about the wall here and tell us what you think.

Modern murrine glass art


Murrina of Virgin of the RocksAn artist in California has revived an ancient method of glasswork, which reveals intricate coloured patterns when sliced open.

Loren Stump specialises in creating ‘murrina’ artwork, which layers and melts rods of coloured glass, this creates a ‘stick of rock’ effect when the glass is cut open.

Stump has perfected his craft over the last 35 years.

His most recent murrine have included a detailed recreation of da Vinci’s ‘Virgin of the Rocks’.

Take a closer look at Stump’s murrina work here and tell us what you think.

Palette


PaletteAn installation at the GREAT Festival of Creativity celebrates Britain and Turkey’s relationship through clever use of colour.

‘Palette’, by Paul Cocksedge, consists of translucent acrylic circles in red, white and blue, representing the colours of the British and Turkish flags.

When the circles overlap, different tones are produced, such as purple or pink, an effect that the artist says ‘celebrates that collaboration’ between the two countries.

The GREAT Festival of Creativity highlights the best in British and Turkish design and took place in Istanbul in May.

Find out more about ‘Palette’ here – do you think the installation celebrates Britain and Turkey’s history?

Colourful Tour de France posters


TfL postersM&C Saatchi has designed some colourful graphic posters for the Tour de France’s London stage, on behalf of Transport for London.

The posters, which use bold colours and clean lines (reminiscent of Tom Eckersley’s work for London Underground), warn Londoners about the road closures during the race.

The campaign also includes outdoor, press and digital work in the run-up to the event, which reaches the city on the 7th July.

Find out more about the Tour de France here and let us know what you think of the posters.

123: an innovative sculpture


123A unique sculpture called ‘123’ looks like different numbers, depending on the angle at which it is viewed.

The black stainless steel installation, by James Hopkins, is carefully arranged to ‘create slippages in perception’.

Therefore, as the viewer moves around the sculpture, it seems to morph into different shapes.

Watch the video below to see the sculpture transform and tell us what you think of the playful project.

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