The SBID International Design awards

The 2015 winners of the SBID International Design Awards have been revealed.

Winners of the prestigious awards include Space for Red Bull (Office Space category), the mind-bending Into the World of Art by EXCLAIM UNITED CORP, and LSDCASA for Vanke Emerald Riverside Show Flat which won Interior Design Project Over £1M.

The overall winner is Tinker Imagineers who created a relaxing and vibrant environment in the Experience Juliana Children’s Hospital.

Presented with a mesmerising glowing green glass trophy made by Sans Glass Deco, each project also features in The Global Interior Design 2015 coffee table book.

Take a look at the winners here.

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LEGO Skyline

Great news just in time for Christmas: LEGO has now released a skyline range.

Following on from its conventional Architecture range, the new sets showcase iconic city skylines in LEGO form.

Three sets have released: New York City, Venice, and Berlin, recreating famous buildings such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Brandenburg Gate.

Available from January, each set even come with an information booklet providing some historical facts about each landmark.

Find out more about the range here and tell us if you’ll be getting any of them.

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The best design installations of 2015

Dezeen has put together a list of the best installations of 2015, taking in some striking and ambitious sculptures.

Our favourites from the list include:

Heartbeat by Charles Pétillon

A stunning installation in Covent Garden, Heartbeat consisted of 100,000 glowing white balloons covering the ceiling of the Market Building – an incredible contrast to the 19th Century architecture.

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble

The Turner Prize-winning collective recreated the concrete playgrounds of post-war Britain inside RIBA, providing an immersive experience – made of foam.

Endgrain by Raw Edges

Raw Edge’s delicate installation created the illusion of furniture growing from the floors of Chatsworth House, using coloured dyes to create geometric patterns.

See the other installations here and let us know which one is your favourite.

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A gingerbread bank

As the Great British Bake Off has shown us, impressive structures can be made from gingerbread.

But how about a full-size, functioning bank branch, complete with ATMs?

Built in Philadelphia, the bank uses an incredible 5,000 pounds of gingerbread to promote PNC’s annual Christmas Price Index.
After six months of planning and development, the gingerbread bank took only four days to build – but sadly, to make it weatherproof, the gingerbread was rendered inedible.

Read more about the fun idea here and let us know if you’d like to see gingerbread banks where you live.

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10 unique schools

When you think of weird and wonderful schools, it can be easy to think of Hogwarts – but there are some unique educational institutions all around the world…

Rayburn Tours has put together a colourful infographic of the most unusual schools, where students can learn all about elves and witchcraft, or just study in a unique setting.

These include the boat schools of Bangladesh, schools hidden in caves and mountains in China, and an Elf school in Iceland.

Take a look at the infographic here and tell us which schools you would attend.

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The best life lessons from fictional characters

AAA State of Play has created an adorable infographic that showcases some wise words from some of our favourite fictional characters.

The chart analyses 32 much-loved figures, revealing the key lessons they impart that can influence our day to day lives. 

The characters include old classics such as K-9 from Doctor Who (‘kindness can create positive ripples that spread through time and space’) and more up-to-date characters like Dug in Up (‘an open heart will earn you joy, companionship and ice cream’).

Take a look at all the characters here and tell us which life lessons you can relate to.

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Book and Bed

If you love literature and have your sights set on Japan, this could be the perfect place to stay.

‘Book and Bed’ is a tranquil hostel in Tokyo, offering a wide range of English and Japanese books to its guests, who get to relax in library-style surroundings complete with mood lighting and wooden fixtures.

Designed by Suppose Design Office, ‘Book and Bed’ was opened to the public on 5th November.

Take a look at the hostel here and let us know if you’d stay there.

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