We Are Flowers installation


We are flowersSOFTlab has transformed a New York shoe gallery with a colourful ceiling installation.

The designers took inspiration from Galeria Melissa’s ‘We Are Flowers’ shoe collection by creating a three-dimensional lattice suspended from the ceiling.

This was covered by over 20,000 translucent ‘flowers’ of different colours, and funnelled towards the ground at selected points in the gallery.

Take a closer look at the striking installation here or watch the video below, and let us know your thoughts.

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.

Ecolution reveals world’s first portable smartflower


Ecolution smartflower
One of our clients, Ecolution, revealed the world’s first portable solar system, smartflower™ at Dukes Polo, Essex (12-13 July).

The stunning solar power plant is a unique mobile all-in-one photovoltaics system that unfolds automatically as the sun rises, follows it just like a sun flower, and then folds itself away when the sun sets.

Ecolution smartflowerAndy McGloin, commercial manager at Ecolution comments: “smartflower offers a design-led approach to renewable energy. With sustainability and energy efficiency becoming every day terms in our lives, we need to provide our customers with products that are simple to use, efficient and at the same time would adhere to their aesthetic requirements.”

Take a look at some more pictures of smartflower™ below.

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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.

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.

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.

Murat: the interactive comic


MuratA Czech collective has created an online comic that invites readers to interact with it.

Murat’, by Motiv, is an innovative spin on traditional graphic novels, making the most of current technology to involve readers in its storyline.

Murat looks like a typical black and white comic, but it uses audio and visual effects and is clickable throughout – one page of the comic consists of a jigsaw that readers has to construct themselves.

Watch the trailer for the comic below or read it here – tell us if you find this development in comics exciting.

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.

The Bible of BBQ


The Bible of BBQA direct mail project entitled ‘The Bible of BBQ’ has won a Bronze Cannes Lion, thanks to its interactive style.

The Bible of BBQ, produced for Brazilian brand Tramontina, consists of pages that have a particular purpose in the ‘perfect barbecue’.

For instance, the book had a knife-sharpening page, a sheet made of salt for seasoning, a flammable page and even a fold-out apron.

The Bible of BBQ was sent to fifty people, many of whom proudly displayed their present in their restaurant.

Watch the book in action below or find out more about the book here – tell us what you think of it.

LEGO bus stop on Regent Street


LEGO bus stopTransport for London (TfL) is celebrating the Year of the Bus by installing a bus stop made entirely from LEGO bricks.

The stop, which is on Regent Street, has been created in conjunction with the nearby Hamleys toy stop and is made from 100,000 pieces of LEGO.

It took two weeks to put together, but TfL hopes the bus shelter with a difference ‘will bring a smile to the face of even a hardened commuter’.

Even the windows of the bus stop have been replaced with clear LEGO bricks, although the more complex transport maps were printed as usual and then pasted onto the LEGO wall.

The Year of the Bus celebrates several bus-related anniversaries, including the 60th anniversary of the iconic Routemaster bus.

Take a closer look at the LEGO bus stop here and let us know what you think of it.

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.

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.

Bounce Below


Bounce BelowA unique visitor experience is opening in Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Wales: giant underground trampolines.

Bounce Below uses three trampolines suspended from the cave walls, each connected by chutes and safety nets.

Visitors will travel deep into the mountain by train, where they can reach the trampolines via a sixty-feet-long slide.

The experience is completed by LED lights, which provide a colourful background to the long-unused caverns.

Bounce Below opens to the public on the 3rd July, near Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Let us know if you would jump at the chance to experience Bounce Below and take a closer look here.

Brighton Waste House


Brighton Waste House‘There is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place’ is the idea behind the first permanent building in the UK to be built from waste materials.

Brighton Waste House, which was completed in April, was devised by University of Brighton lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown, and constructed by Brighton students and apprentices from The Mears Group.

The house uses discarded materials, including two tonnes of denim, 2,000 floppy discs and 20,000 toothbrushes, and a salvaged framework from a demolished house.

Incorporating clear panels to showcase the waste, Brighton Waste House is a live research and design project for Sustainable Design students and community workshops.

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

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.

How far would you queue?


How far would you queueAn Australian brand has tested its customers’ endurance by seeing how far they would queue for a free snack.

Fantastic Snacks offered people a free bag of Fantastic Delites Curls, providing they would persevere through a variety of unusual queues.

Eager customers snaked through mile-long queues, waded through a lake and even skated on ice to reach their free packet.

Watch the results of the patience-testing campaign below and tell us what you think of the unique idea – would you take on one of these challenges for a free snack?

LEGO set features female scientists


Research InstituteLEGO is due to release a new set celebrating women in science, after a Swedish geochemist’s suggestion won the LEGO Ideas scheme.

‘Research Institute’ will contain three female minifigures: an astronomer, a palaeontologist and a chemist in a laboratory setting.

Dr Ellen Kooijman, who submitted the idea, said: “It seemed logical that I would suggest a small set of female minifigures in interesting professions to make our LEGO city communities more diverse.”

The set beat six other ideas, including a Sherlock-themed set, and will be available from August.

Find out more about ‘Research Institute’ here and tell us what you think of the idea.

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