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An Architect Wants To Retrofit This London Power Plant With Tesla Coils

A few weeks ago, the design mag Dezeen reported on a lecture by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels at the Royal Academy in London. During the lecture, Ingels nonchalantly described a plan to turn an ageing power station’s smokestacks into tesla coils — if only London would let him.


The World's Biggest Free Form 3D Printer Is Being Used To Build Houses

The dream of 3D printing buildings is not a new one and, typically, it’s not a pretty one either. However, the visionaries at Branch Technology, a startup founded by architects in Chattanooga, Tennessee, want to change that — and they have built the world’s largest free form 3D printer to do it.


Don't Be Grossed Out, The Bacteria On These Petri Dish Plates Is Art

Looking for a great prank to pull on a germaphobe? Invite them over for dinner, but serve it on these colourful plates that look like modern art, but are actually microscopic images of bacteria grown in a petri dish. Bonus germaphobe prank: just don’t wash your hands during meal prep.


A Hidden Tesla Coil Wirelessly Powers This Lamp's Interchangeable Bulbs

Based on a fun demo used at science centres across the country, the Arc Light features a pair of glowing LED tubes that aren’t actually connected to the lamp in any way. Instead, tucked out of sight is a compact Tesla coil that wirelessly powers the bulbs whenever they’re close enough.


What It's Like To Wear The New Converse Chuck II

The new Chuck Taylors are here. The first new design in 98 years. I’m wearing them right now.


London's Crazy Olympic Park Tower Is Being Turned Into A Giant Slide

Anish Kapoor’s Orbit Tower, built to somehow celebrate the Olympics and give people a reason to visit East London once the event finished, is getting a reworking. It’s being turned into an enormous helter skelter, in possibly one of the greatest public planning decisions in millennia.


Turn These Giant Bundles Of Foam Into Comfy Custom Seating

At most you can customise a chair bought at a furniture store with a throw pillow or a blanket. But Keren Shiker’s wonderful Sink In seat actually starts off as a large bundle of foam pieces that have to be slid around before you can comfortably sit.


Colour-Changing Map Shows The Best Attractions Based On The Weather

You can plan ahead all you want, but a vacation is often at the mercy of the weather wherever you’re travelling to. And that inspired designer Camilla Hempleman to create a special map, printed with thermochromatic ink, that changes colour to reveal the best places to visit based on the local weather.


We're Going To Need A New Name To Describe This Transforming Cabinet

The designers have named this spectacularly over-engineered cabinet the ‘Cubrick’, but that doesn’t even come close to doing this transforming masterpiece justice.


Seats From Tokyo's Demolished Olympic Stadium Sold As Minimalist Chairs

As you may have heard, Tokyo scrapped plans last week for its pricy $US2 billion stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics. It’s a big mess, not least because the city’s existing, historic stadium from the 1964 Olympic Games had been destroyed to make room for this ugly new one. But now? Seats from that ’60s venue have been repurposed into minimalist chairs for your own home.


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