SO-SAGE: A WTF Collection of Glass Lighting That Resembles Sausages

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                                Now this collection of lights might have you scratching your head or maybe reaching in the fridge for a snack, but either way you&#8217;ll probably be saying WTF and that&#8217;s okay. This sausage-inspired collection (never thought I&#8217;d use those words), named <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">SO-SAGE</a>, was designed by French designer <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sam Baron</a> for <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Petite Friture</a>. Whether you just love sausage or want to hang something cheeky in your house, they&#8217;ll definitely become conversation starters.
SO-SAGE is a collection of borosilicate glass sausages in varying shapes that hang as if they’re still at the butcher. The pendant lamps come in threes, fives, or six clusters, or you can also get a solo sausage if that’s your jam.
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Bjarke Ingels Group and LEGO Go Big with the 12,000 m2 LEGO House

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                                Whether you&#8217;re a LEGO lover from childhood or an adult that still has an affinity for the colorful plastic blocks, you&#8217;re bound to be excited about the brand-new <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">LEGO House</a>, a collaboration between <a href="" 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="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">the house</a> is made from over <em>25 million</em> LEGO bricks!
BONUS: Airbnb 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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Studio Banana Launches Their Latest Nap Accessory: OSTRICHPILLOW LOOP

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                                Fellow nap enthusiasts <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio Banana</a> are back with their latest <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">nap accessory</a> and we are here for it! The <a href=";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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LA’s New Museum of Ice Cream Is the Coolest

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                                If you haven’t heard, Los Angeles is now home to the <a href="" 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="" 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&#8217;s currently <a href=""  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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The FUORIPISTA by Adriano Design Is One Wild Ride

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                                If you&#8217;ve ever attended <a href="" 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="" 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="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Adriano Design</a>.
The FUORIPISTA 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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Pac-Man Ghosts x Carrara Marble = 80s Magic

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                                If the sight of the Pac-Man ghosts doesn&#8217;t get your heart rate going ever so slightly, then maybe the <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">music</a> will? It makes my pulse race and my hands get into arcade grip just thinking about it. While we can&#8217;t all have the arcade game in our house, perhaps a sophisticated yet cheeky nod to it will do? Designer <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Chicco Chiari</a> bypassed plastic and any other material you&#8217;d associate anything in the 80s with and went straight to Carrara marble when creating this collection of playful ghost lamps called <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Fantasmini</a>.
Chiari merges the refined nature of marble with the playfulness of everyone’s favorite childhood video game letting light shine through the material creating the perfect ghostly effect. It appears the lights remain a concept but hopefully he’ll consider putting these into production because a little nostalgia never hurt anyone.
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Miniature Test Tube Sculptures By Rosa de Jong

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                                <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Micro Matter</a>, an <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">A&#8217; 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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Nest: Wall Storage with a Playful Twist

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                                <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Nest</a> is one of those things that&#8217;s a bit hard to define. Is it storage? Yes. Is it a shelf? Kinda. Is it art? Definitely. And it could even be described as a game because it&#8217;s pretty fun. Designed by <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Paul Ketz</a>, the wall object lets you suspend, clamp, or squeeze your objects for either display or storage, breaking out of the typical shelf box. Whether for a kid or your own inner child, Nest gets you thinking differently while bringing a little order to chaos. Plus, it&#8217;s pretty damn fun, right?
Nest is made up of a steel frame that holds rubber bands taut to keep your gear in place. It’s available for purchase in your choice of BLACK (black/black/red), WHITE (white/white/multicolored), and WATERMELON (green/pink/black). Photos by Matthias Ketz.
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2016 Year in Review: Taste

                                This year we feasted on some delectable goodies and food-centric eye treats from our friends at <a href="" 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="" 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.
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                                <a href=""  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-Milk-Factory-exhibit-1 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. Pinch-Foot-Taste-chocolate-truffle-cookie 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-Food-History-book-1 Papila’s Food History Project
Photo by Georgia Kral
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TEGES Fake Stick Security Tag Jewelry

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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&#8217;s allegiance to nearly any affiliation or topic (hot, or otherwise). But what if your activities fall under those of a more illicit nature?
MichalJonca-perfectlyfake-yellow 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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Making Weather Adds Atmospheric Atmosphere

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                                <a href="" >Richard Clarkson Studio</a> and Crealev&#8217;s <a href="" >Making Weather</a> is an uncategorizable creation, an objet d&#8217;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). MakingWeather-1803_1280_0005 MakingWeather-1799_1280_0004 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. MakingWeather-1774_1280_0001 MakingWeather-1784_1280_0002 MakingWeather-1825_1280_0006 Alas,
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Tailored: Playful, Hanging Shapes You Can Hug

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                                <a href="" >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="" ><em>Tailored</em></a> exhibition at <a href="" >pinkcomma</a> gallery, fit snugly around a person&#8217;s shoulders, chest, and hips giving them a form of intimacy not usually designed within furniture or architecture.
pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-2 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. pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-3 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-4 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-5 Tailored is on display through October 21st, 2016 at the pinkcomma gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-6 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-7 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-8 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-9 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-10 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-11 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-12 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-13 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-14 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-15 pinkcomma-tailored-Bryony-Roberts-Studio-16
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Castor Design: Particle Accelerator

                                <a href="" >Castor Design</a> produced a &#8220;Particle Accelerator&#8221; for a recent installation at the Design Exchange in Toronto this past July. I&#8217;m sure you&#8217;re either saying a <em>what?!</em> or, you&#8217;ve immediately pictured CERN&#8217;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&#8217;s particle accelerator is a beautiful hand­blown glass tube that sits atop a black marble base, covered with an overhang. It&#8217;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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TERRA! The Armchair Made From Grass

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                                Originally released at Salone Satellite in 2000, TERRA! went on to be sold worldwide until 2005 when it was determined that producing it themselves was no longer feasible. Until now&#8230; <a href="" >Studio Nucleo</a> is back with a new version of their infamous design that lets you grow your very own grass armchair in your garden. If you&#8217;ve ever longed to feel a part of nature, this chair will do it as it slowly becomes part of your landscape.
Terra-Grass-Armchair-2 Realizing there’s a disconnect with people and the belongings they bring into their homes, Studio Nucleo lets you become the creator as it arrives as an unfinished product that you must set up and grow. Terra-Grass-Armchair-6 TERRA’s flatpack, laser cut cardboard parts arrive at your door waiting for you to get started. Terra-Grass-Armchair-7 Terra-Grass-Armchair-8 Terra-Grass-Armchair-9 Terra-Grass-Armchair-10 Separate the cardboard frames using a cutting knife along the perforations. Follow along in the numerical order that’s laid out. Terra-Grass-Armchair-11 Place the assembled
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Scenes From a Sold-Out Exhibition….

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                                The <a href="" >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!
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A collaborative, massive ice cream sundae \\\ Photo by Ruben Chamorro

Ice cream cone lighting cluster \\\ Photo by George Etheredge — The New York Times/Redux

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

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

Waffle cone installation wall \\\ Photo by George Etheredge — The New York Times/Redux

Ceramic ice cream sculpture by Anna Barlow

Ceramic ice cream sculpture by Anna Barlow

Swimmable rainbow ‘sprinkle’ pool \\\ Photo courtesy If it's hip, it's here

Swimmable rainbow ‘sprinkle’ pool \\\ Photo courtesy If it’s hip, it’s here

Melting bench & ice cream sandwich swing for two… \\\ Photo by Ruben Chamorro

Melting bench & ice cream sandwich swing for two… \\\ Photo by Ruben

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Hollow Lace Pillows From YOY

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                                Japanese design studio <a href="" >YOY</a> are the masters of mind-bending products, from <a href="" >2D canvas paintings that you can actually sit on</a>, <a href="" >lamps made from paper</a>, to <a href="" >lighting that plays with perception</a>. Their latest is a hollow pillow that looks like it&#8217;s made of lace and actually has the comfort of a real pillow. <a href="" >LACE</a>, created in collaboration with <a href="" >Mitsui Chemicals</a>, is made with a light resistant elastic polyurethane called STABiO™ that&#8217;s molded into the shape of a pillow.
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Graphic WTF Lamps by Sergey Lvov

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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. WTF-KUBIS-Lamps-Sergey-Lvov-1 Kasimir Malevich’s 1916 painting, <a href=">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. WTF-KUBIS-Lamps-Sergey-Lvov-2 WTF-KUBIS-Lamps-Sergey-Lvov-3 WTF-KUBIS-Lamps-Sergey-Lvov-4 WTF-KUBIS-Lamps-Sergey-Lvov-5 WTF-KUBIS-Lamps-Sergey-Lvov-6 WTF-KUBIS-Lamps-Sergey-Lvov-7
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Furniture That Goes From 2D to 3D

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                                With smaller living spaces on the rise, it&#8217;s no surprise that designers are becoming more clever with how they design furniture to fill those shrinking spaces. Eindhoven-based Korean designer <a href="" >Jongha Choi</a> created a collection of stools and benches that go from flat, two-dimensional wall art to three-dimensional furniture that actually functions.
Called De-dimension _ From 2D to 3D, Choi designed a folding mechanism that allowed the pieces to fold flat but to also bear the weight of a human when locked into place. Inspiration for the mechanism came from researching pop-up books to see how they function. Jongha-Choi-De-Dimension-2D-to-3D-1a Jongha-Choi-De-Dimension-2D-to-3D-2 Jongha-Choi-De-Dimension-2D-to-3D-2a Jongha-Choi-De-Dimension-2D-to-3D-4 Jongha-Choi-De-Dimension-2D-to-3D-5 Jongha-Choi-De-Dimension-2D-to-3D-6
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A Limited Edition, VW Bus Inspired Kid’s Bed

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I never thought a few of my favorite things (sleeping + VWs) could come in one complete package, but they have in the form of a VW Bus-inspired bed. Sure, it’s for kids, but I don’t care! Circu has made all of my dreams come true with their limited edition Bun Van bed, which is bound to make sleeping super fun! bun-van-bed-VW-bus-circu-2 The van’s exterior is made of fiberglass with chrome-plated finishes and the inside is made of palisander wood veneer. The interior comes with pretty much everything you would need – a bed, a TV, a secretary, a mini bar, and a sofa. WHY LEAVE?! I bet no kid will refuse to go to bed anymore if they get to sleep in one of these! bun-van-bed-VW-bus-circu-3 The design was obviously inspired by the infamous VW bus, which became known for fun and freedom. To this day, they still have people
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Maarten Baas’ Real Time Schiphol Clock

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                                Dutch designer <a href="" >Maarten Baas</a> began his <a href="" >Real Time</a> series in 2009 and continues to develop clever new versions of it. Each edition in the series is a 12-hour film that shows the hands literally moving in real time. The latest, the <a href="" >Schiphol Clock</a>, is a massive (over three meters) clock that hangs from the ceiling in Lounge 2 at Amsterdam&#8217;s Schiphol airport.
The latest iteration was inspired by the many faceless men who clean and work at the airport in blue overalls. Beginning with an archetypical form of a clock, Baas creates the illusion of one of those men climbing a ladder and entering the clock’s door. With a red bucket and yellow cleaning cloth in hand, the man erases the old minutes and creates new ones as time moves on throughout the day. Each minute is documented as he wipes the hand away and then paints a new one. The clock
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