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Transforming Micro Apartment

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The Transforming Micro Apartment makes the most of its meager 420 square feet by relying on a clever modular design.

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Thanks to a sliding wall, hidden table, folding beds, and other neat tricks, this tiny New York apartment can sleep four comfortably, host a sit down dinner for ten, serve as two semi-separate offices, store bicycles, clothes, and more, all with a sleek, contemporary style that’d be the envy of many apartments multiple times its size.

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The MK1 Transforming Coffee Table

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The MK1 Transforming Coffee Table can be converted into a dining table by one person in two simple movements. 

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The table was designed by Duffy London and is available in wood (£795) and metal (£900+), versions.

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The Rapid Packing Container

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Every year, 100 billion cardboard boxes are produced in the United Sates.

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Engineering students Henry Wang and Chris Curro have come up with a genius replacement.

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MIT Researchers Create M-Blocks, Modular, Self-Assembling Robots

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Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created M-Blocks, a set of modular, self-assembling robots.

Each M-Block contains a flywheel that can reach speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute that, when braked, provides momentum for the cube to move, flip, or even jump. Each cube face contains four pairs of magnets that help the M-Blocks line up with one another and connect, and each edge has a pair of rolling-pin-like magnets that come closer and act as anchors when the robots pivot.

Next, the researchers hope to build an army of 100 cubes that can be programmed to work together using algorithms rather than manual controls. “We want hundreds of cubes, scattered randomly across the floor, to be able to identify each other, coalesce, and autonomously transform into a chair, or a ladder, or a desk, on demand,” researcher John Romanishin told MIT news.

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8-Bit Willow Pattern Plates By Olly Moss

Artist, Designer, Game Maker Olly Moss created these clever 8-Bit Willow plates and they will be on sale for the next 3 days. You can order them HERE.

8-Bit Willow – Design One

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27cm fine bone china plate printed with a semi-traditional Willow pattern design
$60

8-Bit Willow – Design Two

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27cm fine bone china plate printed with a semi-traditional Willow pattern design.
$60

8-Bit Willow – Both Designs

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Two 27cm fine bone china plates printed with a semi-traditional Willow pattern design.
$120

 8-Bit Willow – Dinner Set

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Four 27cm fine bone china plates printed with a semi-traditional Willow pattern design. Two of each designs.
$200

These plates will be on sale until October 7th 12pm GMT and they will ship in about one month.

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LEGO Architecture Studio

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Bring your architectural creations to life in LEGO form with LEGO Architecture Studio ($150). In this amazing set you get over 1200 LEGO bricks and an inspirational guidebook filled with 272 pages of tips, techniques, features, and intuitive hands-on exercises endorsed by leading design houses. LEGO Architecture Studio gives you everything you need to create your very own unique buildings. Let your imagination guide your design!

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- Includes 1210 white and transparent LEGO bricks, sorting trays and an inspirational 272-page guidebook
- Guidebook includes tips, techniques, features and intuitive hands-on exercises
- Use the monochromatic bricks to help you learn the fundamentals of architectural design in a LEGO context
- Endorsed by REX architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, and Safdie Architects
- Guidebook written in collaboration with leading architects and edited by Christopher Turner
- Be inspired by world-renowned architects
- Release your inner architect and explore a world of endless creative possibilities

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Coca-Cola Sharing Can

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For years, Coke has encouraged people to share happiness—and has given them lots of surprising ways to share a Coke. This time, they’ve taken the classic Coca-Cola 330ml can and designed it for two persons. Twist, turn and share—”yes”, the Coca-Cola can itself.

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Conceived by two French designers, the can that splits in half is being given a trial run over in Singapore

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Life Is Precious Survival Kit

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Wallpaper magazine asked the Contemporary Industrial Design Company Fort Standard to design a piece for their Handmade Exhibition in Milan during Salone Del Mobile, they set out to design a survival kit with the intention of creating something which looked and felt as precious as its contents.

The design became largely about the packaging as it needed to be serious, yet beautiful; an object you could easily bring with you on a day hike or even keep in your car or boat but most importantly an object you would want to bring with you everywhere.

The kit (which, unfortunately, is not available to purchase) includes a compass, pen knife, fishing wire, and more in a sharp looking and compact golden canister.

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Saul Bass’s Film Titles Celebrated In Google Doodle

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Google has marked the birthday of Saul Bass with one of the search engine’s most elaborate “doodles” yet – an animated sequence based on his designs for film title credits, film posters and corporate logos.

Bass, who died in 1996, worked with film-makers including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese over the course of a 40-year career, approaching his commissions in the spirit of a graphic design problem to be solved.

Born into an immigrant family in New York’s Bronx, he began working on print work for film adverts in Hollywood during the 1940s. A breakthrough came in the film industry when he was hired in 1954 by Otto Preminger to create an innovative title sequence for the credits of the film, Carmen Jones, which he did using an animated flaming rose. Until the 1950s, the normal method for film credits was to present names and titles on cards, or against an unmoving backdrop.

The following year, Bass’s credit sequence for another production, The Man With the Golden Arm, played again with a strong graphic image – white lines rearranging themselves into a twisted arm – which was carried over into the film’s publicity, prefiguring the corporate identity approach of modern film advertising.

Bass later worked for Alfred Hitchcock on North by Northwest and Psycho, once again using his favoured lines, which morphed into a vortex of whirling spirals in the opening credits of Vertigo.

After a lull in the 1960s, he made a comeback in the 1970s. His last completed credits sequence was for Casino, which featured Robert De Niro being blasted by a car bomb through a raging inferno of Las Vegas neon in Casino.

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The World’s Thinnest Coke Machine

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Coca-Cola promotes Diet Coke as the perfect soft drink for those looking to keep a slim figure. And to further drive that point home, the soda company teamed up with Ogilvy & Mather Paris to create the Slender Vender—the world’s thinnest vending machine.

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Barely wider than a single can of Diet Coke, the machine can be placed where traditional vending machines just can’t fit. Like between treadmills at the gym, slipped alongside competitor’s pop machines, or under your bed for an easy reach morning pick-me-up.

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