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Posted in Cool Design of the Week, Inspirational Design of the Week by Brittany on October 15th, 2014
 

We know that children grow up quickly, and this means that the products designed for babies are not the same as those designed for toddlers, or kindergarteners. But what if they were?

Design company Dot and Cross has created a line of products that change, to adapt to the different stages of growing up. From a crib that transforms into a bed, to an art easel that transforms into a desk, these products are designed to last.

The products are all built to work together, from the moment you are designing a baby’s room to the moment you are redesigning for those teenage years. The simple design and neutral, solid colors make it easy to work with this furniture for years.

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Via Fast Company

 
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Posted in Cool Design of the Week, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Brittany on March 29th, 2014
 

Typographic Desks

On our theme of typography this week, we’ve found another unique place to incorporate words and letters.

Discovered on Benoit Challand‘s portfolio, Fold Yard desks would be the perfect addition to any company’s office. Even if you aren’t involved with design, you can appreciate these typographic desks as an alternative to the regular cubicle lifestyle!

Your desk could be its own unique shape, plus be part of a curated layout – for instance a letter of the company name, or each employee’s initial. The possibilities are endless!

Typographic Desks

Typographic Desks

Typographic Desks

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Via Web Urbanist

 
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What Could be Better Than Camping in a Treehouse?

Okay, maybe not what you would picture for traditional camping, but it still counts.

This treehouse, designed by Farrow Partnership Architects, is intended to be one of 12 houses installed in an eco-resort near Toronto, Canada. They are open concept, so that you are one with nature, but still sheltered so that you can have the luxury of a 5-star resort while “camping.”

And that’s not all — they are also environmentally friendly so that the trees that support them are not strained or damaged. The houses are suspended from many branches above, rather than having all the weight on the trunk or using braces from the ground (cheating, for a “tree house”).

Check out the images below to see more of the amazing interior and functional design!

What Could be Better Than Camping in a Treehouse?

What Could be Better Than Camping in a Treehouse?

 

What Could be Better Than Camping in a Treehouse?

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Via WebUbanist

 

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Design of the Week, Just Cool by Brittany on March 8th, 2014
 

Tangible Happiness: A Wooden Model of Dopamine

Dopamine is something we’ve all had experience with, whether we realized what it was called or not. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that releases chemicals and transmits information in your brain, primarily when something good or rewarding happens.

To (over)simplify, it is the happiness neurotransmitter.

A Form of Happiness — The above wooden model — is the physical chemical compound strand and it was designed by Jessica Charlesworth and Tim Parsons. Aside from the fact that this model physically represents an amazing and important scientific property, it is also beautifully designed. From the box, to the raw wood of the neurotransmitter pieces, to magnetic functionality of the parts it is sleek and intriguing.

The kit also comes with more of an explanation on the process and physical forms that dopamine takes when it is released so that you can learn while you “play”. Check out the photos below to see more of the amazing design.

Tangible Happiness: A Wooden Model of Dopamine

Tangible Happiness: A Wooden Model of Dopamine

Tangible Happiness: A Wooden Model of Dopamine

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Via Art & Science Journal

 
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Posted in Cool Design of the Week, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Brittany on March 5th, 2014
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: The Cosmos Bed

Sleeping outside, under the starry skies, is something that many of us dream of doing. Although it is not always possible, for where can you lay peacefully and guarantee to see the beauty of the stars, let alone have appropriate temperatures to do so? Now there is a place to do so — in your bedroom!

The egg-shaped Cosmos Bed was designed by Natalia Rumyantseva and is still in prototype stage. Not only does it provide the illusion of sleeping beneath open skies, it is also equipped with a built-in audio system to play music, white-noise and your alarm in the morning. Plus, it has an aroma dispenser to provide you with therapeutic scents as you dream.

Inspirational Design of the Week: The Cosmos Bed

Inspirational Design of the Week: The Cosmos Bed

 

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Via FastCo Design

 
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Posted in Cool Design of the Week, Home Decor, Just Cool by Brittany on March 1st, 2014
 

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

We’ve noticed a trend, and we’re quite fond it. Nothing is as sleek and geometrically intricate as origami — the Japanese art of paper folding — so how could you go wrong with a design based on it? We’ve noticed a lot of origami inspired products and designs lately so we rounded up a few of our favourites to admire and praise.

1) The Origami Bench

5 Origami Inspired Designs

Created by blackLAB architects, this bench combines clean white with exposed wood and metal. Plus it folds and creases as seamlessly as paper.

2) Make Kiosks

5 Origami Inspired Designs

Make Architects created these kiosks based on the efficient and functional concept of folding paper. They open to reveal the kiosk inside and close to become sculpture-like when not in use.

3) Kafolda: a Fold-it-Yourself Spoon

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

This spoon is mailed to you flat. You are in charge of folding it into the perfect shape — with crisp corners to reach right to the edges of a flat container.

4) Klemens Torggler Doors

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

These doors fold and rotate to open and close, looking as light as paper.

5) Folded Tones Rug

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

This rug does not actually fold or bend like origami, but it sure looks like it does. An optical illusion for your floor!

Let us know which one of our 5 Origami-Inspired Designs you like best in the comments!
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Inspirational Design of the Week: Pendant Lamps That Resemble Jellyfish

Check out these unique pendant lamps, created by California-based Roxy Russell Design. Named the Medusae Collection, each of the four lamps in this series are designed to resemble freshwater jellyfish. The lamps all measure aabout three feet in height, and are created from polyester mylar.

What do you think of these rare designs? Would you hang one in your home to spice up your décor? Share with us in the comments!

Inspirational Design of the Week: Pendant Lamps That Resemble Jellyfish

Inspirational Design of the Week: Pendant Lamps That Resemble Jellyfish

Inspirational Design of the Week: Pendant Lamps That Resemble Jellyfish

Inspirational Design of the Week: Pendant Lamps That Resemble Jellyfish

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Via Colossal 

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Design of the Week, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on September 19th, 2013
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: Outdoor Constellation Wall

A fun, unique, and interactive outdoor light installation combining two of our favorite things — art + science! Created by LGA Architectural Partners for a family in Toronto, Canada, the firm depicted a starry night sky on the family’s garage door.

The design includes representations of the constellations Sagittarius, Scorpio, as well as Orion. The patterns were created using a laser-cutter, after which LED lights were installed  to illuminate the design from behind — the lights were fitted in the four-inch-deep cavity of the doors.

We absolutely love the installation, and what it adds to the outdoor atmosphere of this home. It’s a true conversation piece, that we’re sure will remain with them for many years. What are your thoughts on the design? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Via Dwell

 
 
Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Cool Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on December 14th, 2012
 

Have you ever seen such an amazing display of craftsmanship, art, and science? This stunning woodcut print called “The Moon” is currently being produced by Tugboat Printshop – a shop ran by a husband and wife team who specialize in woodblock prints. According to their site “The Moon” is the largest print they have ever made, measuring in a 36×32″. Once the woodcarving is complete, the image will be hand printed on paper and sent out to those who were lucky enough to get a pre-order in with the shop. You can keep track of the carving process on the shop’s flickr page. What do you think of this duo’s take on art + science? We love it!

 

 
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Posted in Cool Design of the Week, gift ideas by Courtney on September 26th, 2012
 

Grey shoes, with red stitching and laces. LED lights located on the tips of the shoes.

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”.

Say this out loud, click your heels together, and you could be home faster than you realize with Dominic Wilcox’s new invention. We love this visionary design that was inspired by Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz. And the shoes aren’t bad either! Via Discovery News:

Wilcox, a British designer, recently showcased his latest creation: GPS shoes “that will guide you home no matter where you are in the world.”

Simply program your destination into the GPS device and the dandy leather shoes will guide the way. The GPS receiver is located in the heel of the left shoe. On the toe of the left shoe is a circle of LEDs that light up, working like a compass to point you in the direction you need to walk. On the toe of the right shoe is a row of red LED lights that indicate how far you have to go. The closer you get to home, the more it lights up. Consider it the pedestrian version of the ‘hot/cold’ game.

“I thought about the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go home,” Wilcox explained on his website. “After uploading your required destination to the shoes via a piece of custom made mapping software and a USB cable, the GPS, which is embedded in the heal, is activated by a heal click.”

We think they’d be great for that avid traveller trying to find their way back to the hotel! When would you use them?

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