<a href="https://design-milk.com/4-million-karlmann-king-suv/karlmann-king-suv-10/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Karlmann-King-SUV-10-810x506.jpg" alt="The $3.8 Million Karlmann King “Ground Stealth Fighter” SUV" /></a>
We’re not sure what’s more audacious, the aggressively chiseled and angular bodywork of the <a href="http://www.karlmannking.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Karlmann King</a> SUV or its nearly $4 million dollar price tag. In either case, despite its stealth visage, the specialty automaker’s design is meant to be noticed.
Billed as the world’s most expensive SUV, what’s really underneath all that faceted carbon fiber and steel clad-work (available in an optional bulletproof version) is a Ford F550 commercial cab chassis
Imagine architect Kengo Kuma
and origami artist Coco Sato
given the proverbial keys to design an SUV for likes of Bruce Wayne – unhindered by any modicum of self-constraint and directed by harried visions of the apocalypse – and the 13,000 lbs Karlmann King might be the eventuality.
The audacity of the exterior is only exceeded by the ostentatious finish of its interior – a “Night at the Roxbury” outfitted affair that takes opulence to an unprecedented level: reclining lounge
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<a href="https://design-milk.com/into-form-abstract-seating-inspired-by-the-concept-of-gestalt/into-form-ilco-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/03/Into-form-ilco-1-810x559.jpg" alt="Into-form: Abstract Seating Inspired by the Concept of Gestalt" /></a>
It’s not a sofa or a chair or a bed, but maybe a little bit of each all rolled into five modular components that can be rearranged into endless configurations for lounging. <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/into-form-by-ilco-at-salone-satellite-2018-art-design#/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Into-form</a> began as a project by Koa Pham and Madeleine Duflot, who were later joined by Ania Marciniak, all three of which were graduates of Central Saint Martins in 2016. The trio formed design studio <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ilco_design/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ilco</a> and perfected the sculptural design with hopes of enhancing the user’s lounge experience.
Into-form, with its five components, explores the gestalt concept where the whole form is more than the individual parts that create it. The fives shapes in five different colors are available for the user to arrange to their needs. Once the pieces are in place, the result is a functional sculpture and every time there’s a new arrangement, there’s a new gestalt.
Along with the five components, the user
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/bjarke-ingels-group-and-lego-go-big-with-the-12000-m2-lego-house/lego-house-airbnb-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/LEGO-House-Airbnb-1-810x556.jpg" alt="Bjarke Ingels Group and LEGO Go Big with the 12,000 m2 LEGO House" /></a>
Whether you’re a LEGO lover from childhood or an adult that still has an affinity for the colorful plastic blocks, you’re bound to be excited about the brand-new <a href="http://big.dk/#projects-leg" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">LEGO House</a>, a collaboration between <a href="http://big.dk/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)</a>, COWI, and LEGO. The massive, 12,000 m2 masterpiece is located in Billund, Denmark, and was recently completed after three years of construction. In total, <a href="https://www.legohouse.com/en-gb/explore/what-is-lego-house" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">the house</a> is made from over <em>25 million</em> LEGO bricks!
has partnered with LEGO to offer LEGO lovers a chance to stay overnight in the jaw-dropping LEGO House where you get to sleep in a LEGO bedroom with a massive LEGO waterfall above. The once-in-a-lifetime sleepover would be held on November 24th, 2017, and you’d get the entire house to yourself! Plus they’ll fly you there! Enter here
Billund aims to become the Capital for Children and they’re well on their way with the playful
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/studio-banana-launches-their-latest-nap-accessory/ostrichpillow-loop-studiobanana-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/ostrichpillow-loop-studiobanana-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Studio Banana Launches Their Latest Nap Accessory: OSTRICHPILLOW LOOP" /></a>
Fellow nap enthusiasts <a href="http://www.studiobanana.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio Banana</a> are back with their latest <a href="http://design-milk.com/?s=ostrich" data-wpel-link="internal">nap accessory</a> and we are here for it! The <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/studio-banana/ostrichpillow-loop-the-ultimate-eye-pillow?ref=327738&token=2d2969a1" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">OSTRICHPILLOW® LOOP</a> is a compact eye pillow that gives you a place to relax behind. The super soft, one-size-fits-all LOOP wraps around your head, covering your eyes for a comfortable, blackout rest.
LOOP is easy to travel with as it’s lightweight and smaller than their previous nap products. Filled with a microbead core and finished off with a smooth hook-and-loop fastener, the eye pillow even works with your headphones so you can go into complete isolation anywhere you are, whether you’re at work or on an airplane (you might have seen comedian Whitney Cummings rocking one of their previous designs, like the Light
version, on her Instagram account
As with their previous products, they’re launching the LOOP on Kickstarter
and it’s the first ever campaign to deliver the product before
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/las-new-museum-ice-cream-coolest/museum_icecream_042017_166_md/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Museum_IceCream_042017_166_MD-810x541.jpg" alt="LA’s New Museum of Ice Cream Is the Coolest" /></a>
If you haven’t heard, Los Angeles is now home to the <a href="http://www.museumoficecream.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Museum of Ice Cream</a>! This confectionery exhibit founded by Maryellis Bunn and Manish Vora is a sweet homage to the popular dessert and <a href="http://design-milk.com/scenes-sold-exhibit/" data-wpel-link="internal">was sold out in New York</a> where it was previously based. The new downtown LA location is four times bigger but it’s selling out just as fast (Update: It’s currently <a href="https://www.showclix.com/event/museum-of-ice-cream2017" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">sold out</a> through July 10th). There are 12 different rooms, each with quirky installations that are seemingly right out the pages of Willy Wonka’s playbook and, of course, rotating sweet treats from local ice cream shops along the way.
Upon entering, you’ll be greeted with a donut and cupcake wall in a room where you’ll wait for your tour to begin.
The tour begins in a pink room full of phones where you’ll get a special call from none other than Seth Rogen who will instruct you
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/fuoripista-adriano-design/fuoripista004/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Fuoripista004-810x842.jpg" alt="The FUORIPISTA by Adriano Design Is One Wild Ride" /></a>
If you’ve ever attended <a href="http://design-milk.com/?s=Salone+del+Mobile" data-wpel-link="internal">Salone del Mobile</a> design fair in Milan, you know the real innovative finds are over at the concurrent <a href="http://www.salonemilano.it/en/manifestazioni/salone-satellite.html" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">SaloneSatellite</a>. This year, the offshoot satellite show is celebrating 20 years of showcasing young up-and-coming talent from around the globe, including the FUORIPISTA, a truly wild fitness machine by <a href="http://www.adrianodesign.it/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Adriano Design</a>.
evokes the slim profile of a bull from nearly every angle: upright handlebars bear semblance to horns, its bowlegged stance parallel to its bovine counterpart, its center beam angled downward like the animal’s backend-heavy center of gravity. The designers even incorporated a built-in slot for an iPad upfront, intended to simulate “the most spectacular cycling routes in the world” and to record the rider’s vitals as they pedal furiously aboard this tamed fitness beast constructed from wood, tempered glass, leather, and polished metal.
This isn’t the first time Adriano Design has explored adding a veneer of luxury onto sports and fitness
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/miniature-test-tube-sculptures-by-rosa-de-jong/micromatter-rosadejong-7/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/03/MicroMatter-RosadeJong-7-810x456.jpg" alt="Miniature Test Tube Sculptures By Rosa de Jong" /></a>
<a href="http://micro-matter.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Micro Matter</a>, an <a href="https://competition.adesignaward.com/design.php?ID=44305" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">A’ Design award winning</a> project by Rosa de Jong, is meant to transport you into new worlds, all wrapped in a tiny test tube. Inspired by how when viewing art that has space around it, another dimension is created that can feel a bit like meditation, which led Rosa to create Micro Matter.
Micro Matter consists of multiple upside down glass test tubes, each with its own miniature world. Whether they’re houses, skyscrapers, or even campsites, each sculpture inspired the next one. Each one is completely unique—there is nothing like it. They are meant to take you from one world to another, to incur your imagination and create a little haven for you, cut off from the outside word.
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This year we feasted on some delectable goodies and food-centric eye treats from our friends at <a href="http://www.pinchfoodesign.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Pinch Food Design</a>. They manage to seamlessly blend food with design in their everyday lives, and here in <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/taste/" data-wpel-link="internal">Taste</a>, they do the same by offering up some delicious posts. We felt like it was time to take a second look at what they shared with us during 2016.
<a href="http://design-milk.com/drink-spicy-cocktail-celebrate-spring/taste-recipe-spicy-paloma/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/03/Taste-recipe-spicy-paloma-600x645.jpg" alt="2016 Year in Review: Taste" /></a>
<a href="http://design-milk.com/drink-spicy-cocktail-celebrate-spring/" data-wpel-link="internal">Drink! A Spicy Cocktail to Celebrate Spring</a><br />
Pinch Food Design shared the recipe for one of their signature cocktails, the Spicy Paloma, with a fun springtime presentation.
Milk Lab: Designers Reinvent Milk
A design that shows how humans have become disconnected from where our milk comes from and brings it back to the cow’s udder.
Recipe: Chocolate Truffle Cookie
A chocolate truffle cookie recipe that re-emphasizes the contrasting combination of raspberry and chocolate visually by playing with texture and shape.
Papila’s Food History Project
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Enamel pins and brooches have definitely boomeranged back around as must-have fashionable accessories. Pinned onto jackets, shirts, coats, or bags, they offer at a quick glance the wearer’s allegiance to nearly any affiliation or topic (hot, or otherwise). But what if your activities fall under those of a more illicit nature?
Does the shape look familiar? Even if you’ve never intentionally left a store with a tag on, almost all of us have walked out with one still attached as an unintended pin of shame. Designer Michał Jońca
found inspiration in a funny way, modeling his design after the microchipped security devices commonly affixed to clothing, designed to warn retailers of merchandise exiting without a sale.
In Jońca’s hands each of the shapes serve a more ornamental purpose. Poured and mixed pigment colored resin is matched with a brass safety pin on the back, each TEGES Fake Security Tag Jewelry
is a wearable
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/making-weather-adds-atmospheric-atmosphere/makingweather-1872_1280_0008/"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/10/MakingWeather-1872_1280_0008-600x400.jpg" alt="Making Weather Adds Atmospheric Atmosphere" /></a>
<a href="http://www.richardclarkson.com/" >Richard Clarkson Studio</a> and Crealev’s <a href="http://www.crealev.com/making-weather/" >Making Weather</a> is an uncategorizable creation, an objet d’art and also a functional piece of technology: a polyester fiber cloud equipped with hidden magnetic levitation modules and other audio-visual delights.
Making Weather is an evolutionary improvement upon Richard Clarkson Studio’s original Smart Cloud
, another recreation of meteorological making. Like its precursor, Making Weather is equipped with an array of LED lights to simulate lightning patterns in an array of colors, housing a Bluetooth speaker for streaming music or weather sound effects seemingly emanating from the cloud itself. A hidden rechargeable lithium ion battery makes wireless operation possible (the base must remain plugged in).
A slight nudge and the Cloud can rotate and move – the entirety of the form visible from above or below, thanks to the mirror base – the technology within designed by Crealev engineers to keep the fluffy atmospheric form afloat 1-2″ above without any additional support.
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/tailored-playful-hanging-shapes-can-hug/pinkcomma-tailored-bryony-roberts-studio-1/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/09/pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-1-600x533.jpg" alt="Tailored: Playful, Hanging Shapes You Can Hug" /></a>
<a href="http://www.bryonyroberts.com/" >Bryony Roberts Studio</a> has created a collection of hanging shapes that are designed to connect with human bodies. The puzzle-like pieces, which make up the <a href="http://www.bryonyroberts.com/#/tailored/" ><em>Tailored</em></a> exhibition at <a href="http://pinkcomma.com/" >pinkcomma</a> gallery, fit snugly around a person’s shoulders, chest, and hips giving them a form of intimacy not usually designed within furniture or architecture.
Each wrapped piece is of a different shape and size, just like human bodies, and they’re tailored to different people. However, the abstract pieces invite a sense of playfulness and an invitation to try them out, encouraging people to find their own way of interacting with them.
is on display through October 21st, 2016 at the pinkcomma gallery in Boston, Massachusetts.
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<a href="http://castordesign.ca/" >Castor Design</a> produced a “Particle Accelerator” for a recent installation at the Design Exchange in Toronto this past July. I’m sure you’re either saying a <em>what?!</em> or, you’ve immediately pictured CERN’s Large Hadron Collidor. Well, essentially Castor Design took the idea of the particle accelerator, and applied it to light. Based on research by physicist JJ Thomson at Cambridge in 1897, who is credited with discovering the electron while passing a cathode ray between two electrodes in a glass vacuum tube, Castor explores the nature of electricity and light.
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Castor’s particle accelerator is a beautiful handblown glass tube that sits atop a black marble base, covered with an overhang. It’s outfitted with machined electrodes, and its transformer and vacuum are presented alongside, housed in custom component boxes.
I can’t explain it as eloquently or as scientifically accurate as they have, so let me just turn it over to them to
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The <a href="http://www.museumoficecream.com/" >Museum of Ice Cream </a>has popped up in the heart of New York’s Meatpacking District at 100 Gansevoort Street with a lick-able, likeable, shareable ice cream-centric experience through the end of August. Curated by a collective of ice cream obsessed designers, artists, and friends, the museum is filled with serious eye candy to make your heart melt…
Here are some highlights!
A collaborative, massive ice cream sundae \\\ Photo by Ruben Chamorro
Ice cream cone lighting cluster \\\ Photo by George Etheredge — The New York Times/Redux
Seesaw on an ice cream scooper \\\ Photo by George Etheredge — The New York Times/Redux
Waffle cone installation wall \\\ Photo by George Etheredge — The New York Times/Redux
Ceramic ice cream sculpture by Anna Barlow
<a href="http://design-milk.com/graphic-wtf-lamps-sergey-lvov/wtf-kubis-lamps-sergey-lvov-1/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/07/WTF-KUBIS-Lamps-Sergey-Lvov-1-600x600.jpg" alt="Graphic WTF Lamps by Sergey Lvov" /></a>
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Merging modern graphic design elements with the basics of the suprematism art movement, designer Sergey Lvov
created the KUBIS collection of lamps as a way to shape a new idea. Whether you’re saying it, typing it or reading it, WTF is a pretty common term these days and quadrangles, circles, and crosses were the focus of that early 20th century art style, leading Lvov to take both of these two-dimensional ideas and turn them into three-dimensional realities.
Kasimir Malevich’s 1916 painting, <a href="http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2008/impressionist-modern-art-evening-sale-n08485/lot.6.html%20>Suprematic Composition, is fairly noted as the representation of suprematism, which is what inspired the lamps. With table, floor, and hanging varieties, the quirky lamps bring design ideas that are 100 years apart and find a way to make them work together.
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