World Interior of the Year shortlist unveiled


The shortlist for World Interior of the Year 2015 has been revealed, showcasing all sorts of innovative, inspiring, and unique interior designs.

The awards, organised by INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, celebrate fantastic design in nine categories, including Creative Re-use, Display, and Hotels.

Fifty projects have been shortlisted; our favourites include the colourful Medibank Workplace (pictured) and the striking New Rock World Ktv in China.

Take a look at the complete list of shortlisted project here and tell us for which ones you would vote.

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Inspirational quotes by fictional characters


From ‘Dance like nobody’s watching’ to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, inspirational quotes are everywhere.

But one company’s new infographic takes its advice from the best of pop culture.

Cornerstone on Demand has taken the best quotes from fictional characters such as Gandalf, the Doctor, Indiana Jones, and Meredith Grey, and placed in categories including teamwork, innovation and marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Quotes include Ferris Bueller’s ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it’.

See the whole infographic here and let us know your favourite quote.

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Waterlicht


An artist has created a stunning immersive light installation in Amsterdam.

Daan Rossegaarde’s ‘Waterlicht’ creates the illusion that the city’s museum square (Museumplein) is under water, thanks to the undulating lines of light projected by the installation.

The experience was designed to convey the Netherlands’ relationship with water, especially in light of the museum’s recent acquisition of a painting of St Peter’s Flood in 1651, contrasting the 17th Century depiction of water with Rossegaarde’s modern intepretation.

Watch the installation below and let us know what you think of it.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/127700073

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Clerkenwell Design Week: Preview


One of the most hotly anticipated design festivals in London opens tomorrow and The Think Tank will be exploring it first-hand.

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) is now in its sixth year, well established in the national (if not international) design calendar.

From funky installations and product showcases to one-off presentations and networking events, CDW offers a true smorgasbord of treats to anyone interested in the creative industries.

CDW is worth an explore if you’re in the area (you can register here); if not, follow our blog and the official hashtag #CDW2015.

Let us know what you’re looking forward to during Clerkenwell Design Week.

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‘The Key in the Hand’ exhibition


A Japanese artist has unveiled an impressive memory-inspired work of art at the 2015 Venice Art Biennale.
 
Chiharu Shiota, who represents the Japan Pavilion, revealed ‘The Key in the Hand’, an exhibition with more than 50,000 unique used keys intertwined over two boats.

Visitors are encouraged to think about the importance of memories and the unknown when walking under the striking maze created by the artistic structure.

The artist said: “keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives. As I create the work in the space, the memories of everyone who provides me with their keys will overlap with my own memories for the first time.”

Take a closer look at Shiota’s work here and tell us if it inspires you.

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The world’s first shadowless skyscrapers


Shadowless buildingsArchitecture firm NBBJ has revealed its plan for a couple of very unusual buildings in London.

These two skyscrapers won’t cast a shadow, thanks to their innovative design.

They will use concave reflective surfaces which are adapted to the sun’s path in the sky, significantly reducing their shadows.

The unique towers will be built on Greenwich Peninsula; find out more about the project here.

Street art that can only be seen when it rains


Seattle graffitiAn American artist has created an innovative style of street art, which can only be seen in certain conditions.

Peregrine Church has taken advantage of Seattle’s rainy weather with his new style of street art, which only appears when the pavements are wet.

He uses non-toxic superhydrophobic coating to create his temporary graffiti, rendering his project completely legal.

Have a closer look at this cheerful yet revolutionary street art here and tell us what you think of it.

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