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This Hamster-Wheel Desk Is A Sad Statement On Modern Offices

Corporate culture today is often said to be about working slavishly, with an above-all focus on profit and productivity. Nothing captures that idea more strikingly than this (fully functional) hamster-wheel desk.


The Design Of Spoons And Knives Can Change The Way We Taste Food

Chances are, you’ve spent more time thinking about the specs on your smartphone than about the gadgets that you use to put food in your mouth. But the shape and material properties of forks, spoons, and knives turn out to matter — a lot. Changes in the design of cutlery have not only affected how and what we eat, but also what our food tastes like. There’s even evidence that the adoption of the table knife transformed the shape of European faces.


Bond Girls Transformed Into Gorgeous Bond Novels Titles (Mildly NSFW)

British artist Michel Gillette got inspired by Ian Fleming’s seductive Bond girls to make these instantly classic book covers in 2009. They are now available for sale as a limited, hand-numbered high quality series printed on 100% cotton, hand torn paper. Each print is signed and numbered in pencil by Gillette.


A Nut-Cracking Hammer That Stops Shell Shrapnel

Although the nutcracker seems like an outdated piece of technology given you can buy nuts with the shells already removed, a small chunk of the population seems to still prefer doing it themselves. So nutcracker makers keep plying their trade, coming up with better and better designs, like this satisfying hammer that prevents shattered shells from becoming dangerous projectiles.


How To Design For Thumbs In The Era Of Huge Screens

After years of resistance, Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement last week officially signalled the Dawn of the Era of Huge Screens. And it’s going to crash into existence in a big way.


Architects Designed These Intricate Cat Shelters, Because Cats

Cat folks know their precious furball deserves the very best, but feral kitties are often left to fend for themselves. So FixNation, a non-profit dedicated to spaying and neutering street felines, commissioned a group of LA-based architects to design custom outdoor accommodations for an event raising awareness — and cash — for their cause.


Small House In Sydney Is Selling For $1.875 Million

The Small House in Surry Hills, in inner city Sydney, in fact. The converted 7x6m parking garage, which featured in an episode of Grand Designs Australia, is going up for sale in a month. The owners, including original architect Dominic Alvaro, are asking for a cool $1.875 million.


I Worked In A Car That's Longer Than My Studio And Pricier Than A House

I work from home. My home is a small apartment in San Francisco in a building that’s been around since 1917, and my “office” is a butt’s-width section of a used IKEA sofa I bought off Craigslist a few years back. I recently had the opportunity to spend a workday rolling around town in a brand new Bentley Mulsanne — a car that’s longer than my studio apartment* and costs more than some houses. I blogged from a butt’s-width section of the backseat, the ultimate mobile office. Here’s how it stacked up to my regular digs.


Make Any Gift Look More Grandiose With High-Rise Wrapping Paper

Is there anything more awkward than showing up to a birthday party or a wedding and plunking down the smallest present on the gift table? It turns out that science can help compensate for your limited spending through some simple optical illusions. By wrapping your gift in this clever paper that makes it look like an apartment building, the human eye will see it as being much larger than it really is.


The Loud, Messy, XTREME Graphic Design Of The '90s

Today we learnt that popular 1990s soda/extreme sports pump-up drink Surge is back. If you hadn’t thought about Surge since the late 1990s, it was probably a trip to see that distinctive green can again. And it brought up a question: Who designed this little gem of Gen-X branding?


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