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Idealog—in the ideas business

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Design

One-man camp

This is compact travelling like you’ve never seen before. And, thanks to a creative vision and some clever software, German designer Cornelius Comanns has brought his bachelor thesis in Industrial Design to life, transforming a Piaggio APE 50 tricycle ... More …


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Architecture/Design

Architecture is a performance

Dina Krunic is from “everywhere and nowhere.” The Belgrade-born architect is ordinarily based in Los Angeles, but has recently been enjoying a brief stay in Auckland as a guest lecturer at Unitec. Her internationally oriented lifestyle seems to parallel her ... More …


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Product Innovation

The male Wash ‘n’ Pee

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We’re not saying anything about the hygiene habits of men, but this new fixture by designer Yeongwoo Kim aims to quash any excuse for abstaining from post-bathroom hand washing. The all-in-one fixture features a urinal with a built in ... More …


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Graphic Design

Icelandic designer reigns supreme in UN competition

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How do you raise public awareness of some critically important international development issues? The United Nations answered this question by launching the UN Ads Against Poverty Competition, aimed at boosting awareness of its eight Millennium Development Goals. Some 2036 entries ... More …


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Urban Design

Birds ‘n’ Scaffolding

How do you beautify ugly scaffolding? You could try taking 130 hollowed-out yellow balls, fill them with lights, attach them to various posts of scaffolding and then fill with birds to create a series of ‘Urban Nests’. More …


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Design

Wellingtonian’s boggy blog design piece gets anti-attention

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A young Wellingtonian designer’s sculptural piece, which provokes the debate on the value of publishing, has been selected for show at the upcoming Anti Design Festival in London. Titled ‘Blog Roll’, Josh Barr’s piece challenges the notion of ... More …


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Architecture/Design

Multi-purpose car park design pushes the sustainability envelope

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While many car park building designs in Chicago have a tradition of disguising themselves as office buildings with false façades, a U.S-based architectural and engineering design firm has attempted to break from that model and deliver an entirely new ... More …


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Review

Website Watch: Tribu Design

Tribu Design is a website that, as it name might suggest, pays tribute to the best in furniture and product design — with a twist. Rather than settling for the hippest and smartest contemporary design, the site allows you to search ... More …


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Product Design

Kiwi design company receives red design dot of approval

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One Kiwi company has fared particularly well at the recent red dot awards, which honour top design trendsetters from around the world, across a broad range of cartegories. Auckland based multidisciplinary design company, Alt Group, swept up seven ‘red dot ... More …


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Architecture/Design

Big backing for Kiwi solar bach

National and international groups are getting behind a group of four Victoria University students aiming to build a solar powered Kiwi bach in the United States. The team will be designing and building the house in Washington D.C. next ... More …


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Product Design

Threadbare Style

Here’s a couple of newfangled product designs for your discerning pleasure - the Dandelion Stool by Design K and Ta-Rae lamps by Design Virus. More …


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Architecture

A camp to call home

A competition designed to showcase the very best residential architecture in the country gave accolades to just a handful of great designs. Among the finalists in this year’s Annual Home NZ Home of the Year Awards were two homes ... More …


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Design

BNZ reverts to its star roots with new logo

It was less than two years ago that BNZ released its cute, fluffy, cloud-like logo into the wild. Some thought it was fresh, different and looked like toothpaste. Others thought it was too fresh, too different and too toothpastey and ... More …


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Design

Trust Report takes flight.

This week, our man on the street Simon Todd gets off the street and instead buries his head into an annual trust report of all things. But with good reason. He looks at how the use of colour and graphics ... More …