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This modern tea set is preserving the traditional Chinese tea ceremony
Mosey is a portable tea set designed by Jie Chen to preserve the traditional Chinese tea ceremony in the modern world.
Learn a new word and prove that you’re not a robot
iCAPTCHA by Bilingo is a service that checks that you’re not a robot while teaching South Africans words from the 11 official languages.
Hack household goods to create imaginative toys for children
David van der Stel has designed Hackjes, a set of connectors and add-ons created to help you "hack" household objects into creative objects.
Water sensitive textile shelters become cheerful in the rain
Water Culture by experimental Italian design studio Fabrica is a textile that responds to rain by producing cheerful prints to offset gloomy weather.
This Sao Paulo house is a playpen for adults and children alike
Designed by Brazilian architecture firm Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos, Toy MM01 was built purely to house toys and entertain guests.
Traditional Oriental rugs meet bold digital graphics
Faig Ahmed weaves digital patterns and optical illusions into traditional Azerbaijani rugs.
Robin Bernstein captures people and what they leave behind
“Textures of place” is the best way to try and describe Robin Bernstein’s photographs – he captures people and the things that they have to leave behind.
Modern and sustainable housing for healthcare workers in Burundi
Architect Louise Braverman designed solar-powered housing for healthcare workers in the remote Burundian village of Kigutu.
Psychedelic drugs, paranoia and insecurity are key in this animation
This Unknown Mortal Orchestra music video is an animation following two lovers embroiled in the nasty side effects of dating.
Local Studio is leading urban transformation in Johannesburg’s inner city
Founded by Thomas Chapman, Local Studio is dedicated to urban transformation through design schemes that involve state, community and private business.
The future of urban farming is flat-packed
With this design, an instructions booklet and a set of flat-pack pieces that can be easily fitted together are all you need to start farming in the city.
This lamp takes its inspiration from a blade of grass
This brass and walnut wood lamp sways gently, mimicking a blade of grass in the wind.
A garment making process that translates bodily movements into clothes
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Jessica Smarsch has digitally captured muscle movements and used them to create bespoke textiles for her fashion range.
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.
Slaughter-free "genuine" leather for your shoes and jackets
Modern Meadows is a Brooklyn-based biotechnology start-up growing slaughter-free leather from living cow cells.
Andile Buka's photo book explores the Johannesburg landscape
"Crossing Strangers", Andile Buka’s first published work, is a photobook exploring Johannesburg and the people that live there.
These classrooms are designed to help children with ADHD focus
Israeli architect Lior Ben-Sheetrit designed an innovative classroom to assist children with ADHD to focus and learn better.
A design that considers nationality to be the most precious social resource
Stefania Vulpi has designed a conceptual online system that allows a network of people to share their nationality and the social benefits that come with it.
Artist rediscovering the scenes of ordinary life in Nigeria
Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi observes daily life and paints what she sees, and the result is a collection of witty, touching, and genuine paintings.
Ever wonder who’s behind the sounds in your much-loved films?
“The Foley Artist” is a behind-the-scenes look at the unorthodox methods one master sound artist uses to design the sound effects for film.
Colourful foam blocks make multiple seating arrangements
Array, a set of brightly hued foam blocks, by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Tijs Gilde, can be arranged in multiple ways to create playful seating options.
Milton Glaser: Design to be a good citizen
Revered designer Milton Glaser spills design secrets, dispenses advice and explains the relationship between adverts, guns, and soda.
Low-income district on the banks of the Nile set for revival by Foster + Partners
Egyptian government selects Foster + Partners to design the rundown Maspero Triangle District on the banks of the river Nile in downtown Cairo.
Low-cost house in Mozambique features corrugated iron and wood
Casas Melhoradas, a double storey, low-cost house by Architects Without Borders, reinterprets Mozambique’s traditional corrugated iron and wood homes.
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