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?

Nescafé alarm cap


Nescafe alarm capNescafé has given its signature instant coffee a twist by turning the jar into an alarm clock.

The lid (or ‘alarm cap’) of the new-look jar is 3D-printed and contains the alarm clock, which emits a light and a choice of seven alarm sounds.

The user simply has to unscrew the lid to stop the alarm, helping them on their way to their first coffee of the morning.

Play the video below to find out more about the innovative new jar and tell us if coffee is crucial to the start of your day.

Layers Cloud Chair


Designer Richard Hutten has debuted his brand new chair at the Milan Furniture Fair.

‘Layers Cloud Chair’ uses 545 layers of coloured fabric, which were individually drawn, cut and manually assembled.

The chair, inspired by Arizona’s Painted Desert, has a round and soft profile with a mesmerising circular pattern.

Hutten used Kvadrat‘s Divina fabric for the chair; Kvadrat displayed the finished product in their exhibition at the fair.

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

Lumio: a book of light


Architect Max Gunawan has created a ‘book’ that emits light when the user opens it.

The Lumio is made from pages of Tyvek, a durable synthetic material, and contains high-performance LEDs.

The book, which has a laser-cut wooden cover, unfolds in a concertina style and can provide light for eight hours before it needs to be recharged.

The portable light can be transformed into several shapes, standing up or flat on a surface, and simply needs to be opened to turn on or shut to turn off.

Inspired by origami, the Lumio was funded through Kickstarter and is now on sale for $160.

Find out more about the Lumio here and tell us what you think of this innovative product.

Evolution of the Bicycle


Danish studio Visual Artwork has demonstrated the evolution of the bicycle in a fun one-minute video.

Evolution of the Bicycle’ uses only a few shapes to seamlessly transition through each era of the early bicycles and the perpetually spinning wheels add a quirky dynamism to the animation.

Famous bicycles such as the Penny Farthing and the ‘Boneshaker’ are depicted in the video, which uses Benny Goodman’s jazz piece ‘Flying Home’ as its soundtrack.

You can watch the animation below or find out more about the history of bicycles here.

A multipurpose staircase


A house in the Netherlands boasts an unusual staircase – as well as being semi-suspended, it offers a range of storage areas.

Objet Élevé, which has been incorporated into Just Haasnoot’s home, uses open frames to combine shelves, storage space and even a desk into the staircase, which is constructed in two main parts.

The bottom half includes the desk and stands like a conventional staircase; there is then a small gap before the suspended half, which provides shelves and handy storage areas.

Made from oak and black steel, Objet Élevé was handmade by Dutch studio Mieke Meijer.

Take a closer look at the unique construction here and tell us if you would like a multipurpose staircase in your home.

‘Mini Museum’ shares history in fragments


A collector of interesting artefacts is now giving everyone the opportunity to share his specimens, through his ‘Mini Museum’ project.

Hans Fex painstakingly breaks down ancient objects into smaller fragments, then places and labels them in resin display cases, so their new owners can enjoy tiny parts of history.

The exhibits include scraps of an Egyptian mummy’s bandage, shards of dinosaur fossil, and lumps of meteorite.

Fex has been collecting the objects for thirty-five years and his (nearly) lifelong project has finally come to fruition, with help from Kickstarter.

Find out more about ‘Mini Museum’ here or by watching the video below. Tell us if you would like your own display of extraordinary artefacts.

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