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Idealog—in the ideas business


All smiles for AMI’s new retail store

Talking life insurance is a sobering enough task, so why not lift the mood with splashes of bright yellow and peaceful blue hues? It's this and other inviting elements that make up AMI's new Auckland retail store. More …


Beautiful corruption

Tel Aviv designer Noa Raviv recently showcased a collection of breathtaking tulle and silk organza garments, inspired by the patterns that corrupted and distorted drawings make in 3D-printing software. More …


Kiwi James Dyson finalists take their place


A harvester that converts vibrations from city traffic into electricity and handles that turn sticks into sophisticated tramping poles are among those that made the cut in the New Zealand leg of the annual James Dyson Award global product design ... More …

Clean design

Object find: the Sea Chair

Collected junk from the ocean becomes this wonderfully speckled Sea Chair, in a clever design driven by Studio Swine. More …

Free stuff

Win a book! Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral


The newly-released book from Auckland University Press takes us behind the building of Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral, with architectural plans and striking photographs of the construction and completed building. See how you can win a copy. More …

Medical innovation

Kiwi designer targets lithium battery danger

A Victoria University lecturer has teamed up with a major international battery manufacturer to help solve the problems of kids getting serious internal injuries from swallowing button batteries. More …

Best Design Awards announces finalists

A bicycle goes eco (more than expected), a VIP room for Heineken gets greenlit, and a New Zealand Opera poster shows flower power. These and more shortlisted as the best of this year's design from down under. More …

Designing a book about war

A new book takes us inside Kiwis' lives during the war, from soldiers on the front line to families back home. Designer Anna Egan-Reid talks us through creating something bright and lively, while still respecting the struggles of war. More …