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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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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 Cool Art Ideas, Inspiration, Inspirational Design of the Week, International, Just Cool by Courtney on August 28th, 2013
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

It’s kind of odd, but we like it! What do you think of this public cinema design? Built in 2012 on the streets of Guimarães, Portugal — the structure offers a unique experience for both movie goers, and design lovers. The project was thought up, and built by Colin Fournier from the Barlett School of Architecture, Polish artist Marysia Lewandowska, and London studio NEON.

The tiny cinema includes 16 tube-like openings for people to poke their heads into, and enjoy the show. Their combined protruding lower-bodies are what give the structure its “centipede” look. Dwellers are welcome to enjoy an hour-long film while inside the structure, which is made up of about 20 short trailers. Fun, innovative, and creative! We’re big fans.

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Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, International, Just Cool by Courtney on July 11th, 2013
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

We’re infatuated with everything about this concept, and especially the design! Pictured here is the Diane Middlebrook Memorial Complex, designed by CCS Architecture. The complex is located in a secluded area of the California hills, with nothing around but breathtaking views. It’s purpose? To provide a creative space for different artists from all over the world, to settle for as long as they need to complete their work.

There are four private art studios available. Each studio is complete with a bed, work table, outdoor living space, and best of all — beautifully chosen décor to get those creative juices flowing. Great lighting, atmosphere, lack of distractions, and views galore — we could definitely get inspired here! All that’s missing is some unique DNA art.

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in NaturePhoto credit: Art Cocktail 

 

 
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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, International, Just Cool by Courtney on June 13th, 2013
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: The UP Dining Table by Christopher Fuffy

We really admire the design of this dining table by Christopher Duffy, dubbed the UP Dining Table. The table features a glass tabletop suspended by reflective gold and silver balloons — it somehow manages to be both whimsical, and modern at the same time. The designer used toughened glass, metal resin composite, and toughened steel rods to create the table, which could easily double as a piece of art!

The design is so unique, it’s being sold as a limited edition. Only 20 tables in total will be in circulation. What do you think of Duffy’s design?

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Inspirational Design of the Week: The UP Dining Table by Christopher Fuffy

Inspirational Design of the Week: The UP Dining Table by Christopher Fuffy

Inspirational Design of the Week: The UP Dining Table by Christopher Fuffy

Photo credit: Freshome

 
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Posted in gift ideas, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on May 9th, 2013
 

Portable Indoor/Outdoor Gel Fireplace

It’s modern, it’s elegant, and best of all it’s portable. Check out this uniquely designed indoor/outdoor gel fireplace by Holly & Martin. We have absolutely fallen in love with it’s floating glass panels, beautifully held in place with a brushed nickel base. We can picture it making a great addition to an outdoor space on a cool summer night, or a chic and modern loft in need of a little warmth.

What do you think of Holly & Martin’s fireplace design? We’d love for you to share your thoughts with us!

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Photo credit: Holly and Martin

 
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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on February 21st, 2013
 

You know that we love designs that combine art + science, but for our inspiration of the week we’ve chosen to feature a design that combines furniture + science instead. Via Tech Nation News:

Why step outside to gaze at the moon when you can just admire your credenza? This design by Sotirios Papadopoulos features a photo-realistic image of the moon that has been treated with special material so that it glows in the dark. It will absorb the lights of the sun and in your home during the day and be luminescent at night.

There are only 24 of these credenzas available, and they ship with a CD of original music designed to go with the piece. I hope it includes recordings of howling wolves.

Product Page (Pricing Available Upon Request via Book of Joe and Laughing Squid)

 
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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on December 27th, 2012
 

We found this very cool lamp, designed by Sebastian Bergne for Luceplan Spa, and thought it was perfect for our Inspirational Design series! We love how unique, and unconventional this fixture is. It resembles a work of art far more than it resembles a lamp. Via Design Milk:

The design of the Curl table lamp combines both the light source and the light’s reflector into one curvy piece. Designed by Sebastian Bergne for Luceplan Spa, the unconventional lamp uses what’s known as “tuneable” LED lighting to adjust the white light temperature from 2400˚ to 3500˚ kelvin.

Perfect for ambient lighting, the fixture does away with the typical lamp base so it can stand in various ways giving it a sculptural quality.

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Posted in gift ideas, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on November 7th, 2012
 

You know how we have a soft spot for innovative design? Well this week, we seem to have fallen for a new mash-up of botany and technology. Introducing the Click and Grow — the answer to the lazy gardener’s prayers! Via Mashable:

The Click and Grow flower pot and plant cartridge work like a printer and toner. The pot contains electronics, sensors, batteries, a pump and a water reservoir; the cartridge contains seeds, nutrients and software (in a microchip) for growing the plant. There are currently 13 varieties of flowers and plants, and the selection is continuously growing. Right now the available selection includes painted nettle, lamb’s ear, marigolds and more. You can also grow edible things such as basil, thyme, sage, tomatoes and chili peppers.

Founder Mattias Lepp tells Mashable all you have to do is add water and batteries (not in the same place) — everything else is done by the sensors and software. You’ll also have to find a sunny place for your plant to sit, or at least somewhere it can absorb the sun’s rays, sunshine or not.

The idea for Click and Grow began three years ago, Lepp says, while reading an article about a NASA mission in which plants were taken into space. He began fusing technology with gardening in his own backyard in Estonia to see if he could grow plants with little or no care in a harsh climate. He made several iterations of the planter and one very cold winter, he says, the device he created was able to grow tomatoes “very quickly.” The company grew from there and officially launched one year ago.

Lepp said Click and Grow should also cut down on the waste that comes from single plants being purchased in plastic containers that then get thrown away. The potting container is reusable; though the cartridges need to be replaced for each new plant.

The product retails for $59.99, with cartridges costing about $19.99 each. We’d love to get our hands on one of these for the DNA 11 offices!

 
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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on October 18th, 2012
 

Tree ring lights by Judson Beaumont

It’s getting colder outside and we’re always on the hunt for cool ways to bring the outdoors in. Check out these awesome lights via Colossal:

These funky tree lights were designed by Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Designs, a furniture design firm out of Vancouver. Called Tree Rings, the lights are made out of a beetle pine shell topped with mirrored Plexiglas that allows the embedded cool fluorescent light to shine through in the dark. I’m not sure of the practical application, but it appears the lights can be used as as small tables and bear enough weight to act as a stool.

The vibrant colours remind us of our Infrared and Firesky DNA Portraits!

 
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