design

How This Underground Park Is Piping In Real, Live Sunshine

We’re living in an age of extremely ambitious urban technology: floating pools that filter dirty river water; artificial eco-habitats; and even green parks that sit under cities, nourished by actual sunlight literally piped down from above.


This Simple Video Celebration Of Everyday Colour Will Brighten Your Day

Video: The world around you is a rainbow, if only you stop and notice it. This video is a charming celebration of colour in our everyday lives — and a bewilderingly pleasant way to spend two minutes. [Vimeo]


IKEA Wireless Charging Review: Almost Like Having Magic Furniture

Cheap and easy wireless charging sounds like Nikola Tesla’s fantasy brought to life. It’s downright futuristic to think your smartphone could suck up juice just by placing it near a power source. And that’s exactly what IKEA wants to do with its new wireless charging devices. Yes, that IKEA — the Swedish furniture empire.


You'll Spend Hours Transforming This Expanding Cabinet Just For Fun

Shelves are like mini museums in your home, putting all your possessions on display. But if you prefer a little flair with added privacy, the Cubrick Cabinet keeps everything hidden until a rotating mechanism reveals all of your personal artifacts.


This Brilliant Touch System Lets The Visually Impaired See Colours

Colour is a vital part of communication, and for the 285 million visually impaired people in the world, that presents a challenge. But a Portuguese designer has invented a Braille-like language that could help those very people “see” colours by touching raised shapes affixed to objects.


SlapSee Sunglasses Are Like A '90s Slap Bracelet For Your Face

Remember those slap wrap bracelets that were banned back in the ’90s? They’re back and slowly regaining the public’s trust with a handful of slightly more useful products, including a pair of folding sunglasses that can securely wrap around bike handlebars or, of course, your wrist.


In The Future, Autonomous Coffee Shops Might Rule The Road

Self-driving cars are just beginning to creep onto our highways. But in the future, autonomous vehicles may dominate the roads, freeing up their human passengers to engage in all sorts of other activities. For instance, you might want to check your email whilst a barista prepares your pumpkin spice latte. Wait, what?!


Oslo Builds World's First Bee Highway

Bees are essential for food production, but around the world, populations have been declining for years. Norway’s latest bid to back its fuzzy insectoid friends? The world’s very first bee highway, naturally.


What Classic Gadget Would You Turn Into A Phone?

Smartphone concepts come and go like Ron Swanson memes. But amidst a deluge of half-baked renderings, a few ideas are so well executed we can forgive the fact that they will never see the light of day and simply admire the genius.


How The Rainbow Pride Flag Lost Its Pink And Turquoise Stripes

As people all over the US and the world celebrate the Supreme Court’s landmark decision legalising same-sex marriage, it seems like the whole internet is painted rainbow. There’s actually an interesting story behind the pride flag’s current colours.