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Teledisko: The 60s nightlife experience in a phone booth
Teledisko is a phone booth upcycled into the world’s smallest nightclub.
Bold monochromatic illustrious work references artist’s African lineage
Berlin-based Diana Ejaita illustrates bold, heavily patterned black and white figures.
Emotional objects by .Yuue
.Yuue, a design studio in Berlin, puts hidden messages in their product design.
Design that forces us to rethink our choices
Dr Matthias Laschke designed "Pleasurable Troublemakers" to create moments where we have no choice but to reconsider our options.
Paul Raas uses optical tricks and photography to investigate and interpret existence
German photographer and artist Paul Raas turned his bathroom into a darkroom and is searching for ways to put his thoughts and philosophies into complex images.
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979-1989
The documentary film is a first-hand account of West Berlin’s decadent and chaotic nightlife from before the curtain fell.
Stephanie Rittler designs a mobile pushcart that upcycles old plastic
Streetplastic designed by Stefanie Rittler is a mobile manufacturing unit that produces new plastic bag designs out of old ones.
How should we be responding to the migrant "crisis"?
The movement of displaced and refuged humans across the world will surely define this decade. We ask prominent design thinkers their thoughts on how to help.
It doesn't look like it, but this is a massage chair
The Roll Collection is a seating system that consists of rotatable aluminium sticks, which massage whilst sliding from left to right.
Float: A stool designed for comfort
Float is a sustainable stool that is designed to promote healthy sitting, designed by students in Dresden.
Self-healing trees inspired this collection of furniture
Manufract has designed a furniture range that mimics the process that trees go through when they self-heal as they naturally release resin to fix the wound.
CUCULA opens doors for refugees in Berlin
German organisation CUCULA is using design, education and community to create second chances for foreign immigrants.
Using your cellphone and pocket change, you could feed Syrian refugees
This United Nations mobile app allows donor’s to give as little as $0.50 to feed Syrian refugees attending school at the Al-Za’tari refugee camp in Jordan.
An eco-friendly textile dye made from algae
Blond and Bieber’s Algaemy project investigates the creative possibilities of various forms of algae.
Virtual landscape could predict Alzheimer’s disease years before onset
Scientists in Germany claim to have found a way to detect Alzheimer’s disease using a virtual maze.
Retro book covers get modern in this hypnotic animation
German designer and animator Henning Max Lederer took 55 vintage books and set the cover graphics in motion to achieve psychedelic results.
Ariane Spanier: The evolution of FUKT magazine
Design director Ariane Spanier talks digital versus print and the evolution of FUKT magazine.
Katharina Grosse paints herself an imaginary world
This Berlin-based artist uses colour to distort surfaces and objects, creating otherworldly installations.
Robots build a stone tower with one piece of thread
A jammed rock structure built by machines is a prelude to the future of sustainable architecture.
Vienna gives same-sex love the green light
Same-sex couples in the place of the ordinary traffic light figure are becoming a permanent fixture in European cities.
The Travellers: Ireland’s nomads struggle to find a place in the modern world
A German documentary photographer documented the daily life of a Traveller family, Irelands forgotten minority group.
Painter Titus Schade finds inspiration in Leipzig – a post-industrial city described as an artist’s paradise
Freunde von Freunden is taken on a personal tour of Titus Schade’s studio and creative hotspots in his hometown.
Alternative grocery store eliminates waste with self-service gravity bins
The Original Unverpackt eliminates packaging to cut waste and offer customers a buy-what-you-need alternative.
Sci-fi jazz with Onyx Ashanti
Self-proclaimed "cyborg musician" Onyx Ashanti has designed a set of futuristic musical instruments using open source information and 3D printing.
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