Inspiration

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NATS rebrand, by The Team

London-based consultancy The Team has designed a new visual identity for the National Air Traffic Services (NATS). The new branding features a redesigned logo and graphic design system, with a thread design that is used throughout the identity to reflect the air traffic controller’s role of maintaining the “highways in the sky”, says The Team. […]

Autism Uncut branding, by Don’t Panic Partners

Don’t Panic Partners has created the branding for the National Autistic Society’s new campaign Autism Uncut, which looks to raise awareness and increase people’s understanding of the developmental condition. The print materials for the campaign feature a series of peel-away and scratch-off tabs, which encourage users to reveal the full messaging. It aims to symbolise […]

Lumene rebrand, by JDO

JDO has created a new visual identity for Finnish beauty brand Lumene to coincide with its release of a new series of skincare and cosmetic ranges. The new identity is based on the concept of “beauty born of light” and inspired by the natural landscapes of the brand’s Nordic homeland. The new identity and packaging […]

Spin: Adventures in Typography, by Unit Editions

Design studio Spin has launched its first issue of Spin: Adventures in Typography (Unit 31), published by Unit Editions. The book is a follow-up to the monograph Spin 360° (Unit 19), and will explore the studio’s creative processes and use of typography. It is 52 pages long, and will showcase use of type which “plunges […]

Video artworks, by Universal Everything

Digital design studio Universal Everything has created a series of animations, which aim to depict products that could exist in the near future. The studio worked with animators including Rita Louro and Wang & Söderström on the project, which is a part of a wider series of short films by Universal Everything, called Screens of […]

Playing the Bridge, by various artists

Hull’s Scale Lane Bridge will be transformed into an interactive musical instrument as part of Hull 2017 City of Culture. Playing the Bridge will be host to performances, workshops and installations, which will draw on the Indonesian gamelan tradition of creating music by striking tuned metalwork. The first stage of the event will encourage members […]

Forma, by Alessi and Zaha Hadid

Alessi has revealed its last product designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, for its spring/summer 2017 collection. Forma is a mirror-polished stainless steel grater inspired by “natural forms that have been smoothed over time by water and wind”, says Alessi. Featuring a sculptural black base, the grater has been designed to fit comfortably in […]

Threefold branding, by Baxter and Bailey

Consultancy Baxter and Bailey has designed a new brand identity for media agency Threefold. Threefold plan and manage brand campaigns for retailers, aimed at shoppers. The new identity is “playful”, says Baxter and Bailey co-founder Matt Baxter, and based around the “rule of three”. This aims to symbolise the company’s focus on three areas – […]

D.Thomas branding, by SomeOne

SomeOne has created the brand identity for problem skincare company, D.Thomas, coming up with the brand name and designing the accompanying visual assets. The visual identity is inspired by the beauty brand’s light treatment therapies, with a colour system and graphics based on a Union Jack-like spectrum of light, to represent the company’s origins.

Sunglass Hut flagship, by Campaign

Melbourne-based design consultancy Campaign has designed the interiors of a new flagship store for Sunglass Hut in the city. The design for the glasses store includes concrete floors and walls with marble and terrazzo plinths, and graffiti walls inspired by the streets of Melbourne. The shopfront is made of glass and concrete tiles, which aims […]

Blub Keo clock, by Duncan Hellmers

Duncan Hellmers has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a USB powered nixie tube clock, which displays the time using sequential digits illuminated through ionised neon gas. Blub Keo is made from aluminium, stainless steel, hand formed glass and neon. Find out more about the crowdfunding campaign here.

Droplet installation, by Bureau de Change

Architectural practice Bureau de Change has designed an installation at Sto Werkstatt in London. Designed to evolve over time, Droplet comprises a three-dimensional surface made from 100 petal-like forms and 100 pendulums suspended above a grid formation. The installation is designed to be a nod to the industrial heritage of Clerkenwell.

Orbit trays and Bash bowls, by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon has launched a new range of bowls and trays, finished from soft silver. The Orbit trays are a series of circular trays of various sizes which can fit within each other, and are intended for “afternoon tea, canapes, or trinkets”, says the studio. They are made from solid brass and silver plated. The […]

The Optic Cloak, by Conrad Shawcross

Artist Conrad Shawcross has created a new architectural installation in London, in collaboration with architectural practice CF Møller Architects. The Optic Cloak is 49 metres high by 20 metres wide, and is made of aluminium cladding with perforated, triangular panels. The Panels fold across the surface of the tower, which forms geometric patterns, to create […]

Foil installation, by Layer and Braun

Foil is one of many installations on show at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum this month, part of this year’s London Design Festival (LDF). In association with Braun, the huge, rotating sculpture of metal panels aims to replicate the blades of an electric shaver, and creates an immersive experience around the gallery as it […]

New Vintage, by Philips Lighting

Philips Lighting has announced a new lighting range, called New Vintage. Drawing on the themes of retro and nostalgia, the range includes the Surrey pendant, featuring black and copper detail and a metallic finish. The range is available this month, with the Surrey pendants priced from £49.

Tefal Maison Breakfast set, by Seymourpowell

Seymourpowell has designed a Maison Breakfast set for Tefal, comprising a retro style stainless steel kettle and toaster. The breakfast set comes in a range of colours, including black. The two companies’ culinary design partnership dates back to 1985, when they created the world’s first cordless kettle. Maison Breakfast is available to buy now from […]

Thought of Train of Thought, by Ron Arad

Ron Arad has revealed his Thought of Train of Thought installation at St Pancras International station in London, as part of a four-year partnership between HS1 Ltd and the Royal Academy for the station’s public sculpture series, Terrace Wires. Thought of Train of Thought is made up of an 18m aluminium twisted blade that rotates […]

ArcelorMittal Orbit slide, by Carsten Höller

Carsten Höller’s giant helter-skelter inspired slide at the Anish Kapoor-designed ArcelorMittal Orbit, east London opens to the public today. The 178m slide comprises thirty sections, and has a silver base and transparent top half. Starting at the 76m high viewpoint, Höller’s slide spirals round the sculpture’s latticed structure in corkscrew shape before dropping sharply towards […]

For Zaha, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

The Bouroullec brothers have designed a floral installation as a tribute to the late Zaha Hadid. The tribute is installed at the Vitra Fire Station, part of the Vitra Campus in Weil, Germany. It was originally the architect’s first major completed building, which she was commissioned to design in 1990 after much of the campus […]

The Hive at Kew Gardens, by Wolfgang Buttress

Artist Wolfgang Buttress’ The Hive has been installed at Kew Gardens. The 17m high, 40,000kg installation was first conceived as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo and designed in collaboration with BDP and Simmonds Studio. The Hive, which is designed to look like a giant beehive, has now been relocated […]

Summer Exhibition installations, by Ron Arad

Artist, designer and architect Ron Arad is holding his inaugural London solo exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts this summer. Summer Exhibition will feature Arad’s most recent work, ranging from sculptures to industrial design. The striking Puddles – 32 unique, mirror-polished stainless steel tables – were created especially for the exhibition, and curve around the […]

British Airways i360 pod, by Marks Barfield Architects

Marks Barfield Architects has designed the world’s tallest moving observation tower in Brighton, which will open later this summer. The futuristic British Airways i360 observation pod rises 138m above Brighton beach, offering 360-degree views of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast and the English Channel. The observation also holds the Guinness World Record for the […]

Glenlivet Cipher bottle design, by NB Studio

NB Studio has designed the packaging for a limited edition version of whisky brand Glenlivet. The Glenlivet Cipher bottle aims to be mysterious and enigmatic, says the consultancy, with an opaque black colour, no description of taste, smell or colour, and no age indication. The outer packaging uses black and silver foiling on black paper, […]

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, by Bjarke Ingels

This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, takes the form of one of the simple forms of architecture: the brick wall. Ingels has used hollow fibreglass blocks that are stacked on top of each other to create the wall. Depending on what angle you are looking at the pavilion from it […]

EURO 2016 Wall Chart, by Nirvana Creative Production House and Studio Blackburn

Nirvana Creative Production House and Studio Blackburn have revealed their quadrennial tournament wall chart, which is designed to document the UEFA Euro 2016 championships. The agency has taken a new approach this year and Paul Blackburn, of Studio Blackburn, has developed a variation on the chart’s traditional format. Rather than inviting fans to write in fixtures […]

Summer Screen Prints 2016, by Various

Print Club London has commissioned a selection of artists to create limited-edition film posters for the Summer Screen Prints 2016 exhibition. The exhibition, which is being held at Somerset House, London, features individual posters for each of the films being shown during the venue’s Film4 Summer Screen showcase. The posters invite each artist to reimagine […]

GSA Mackintosh Campus Appeal, by various

The Glasgow School of Art has unveiled a set of silver spoons and unique brooches featuring materials from their fire-damaged Mackintosh Building. The items incorporate original material retrieved from Mackintosh Library, which was damaged by a fire in May 2014. The first, a set of four silver spoons designed by Helen Marriot, joint Head of […]

Siam Discovery, by Nendo

Siam Discovery has been given a complete interior and exterior reconstruction by Nendo. The retail complex, in Bangkok, Thailand, is designed to be a futuristic “lifestyle laboratory” which encourages visitors to enjoy a mixture of tastes and lifestyles. The interior includes 13 visual motifs which represent scientific discovery, and a wall composed of 220-frame shaped […]

2016 Rio Olympics Coin

Team GB Rio Olympics, 50p coin, by Uniform

Uniform has designed the Royal Mint’s only official coin to celebrate Team GB’s participation in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Inspired by the poem The Champion’s Story, written by East London schoolgirl Fope Jegede during London 2012, Uniform says it has created a design that celebrates the heroic achievements of Olympic athletes at their physical peak. […]

Interchange, by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio has designed the interiors of a new creative hub that has opened today in Camden. The space, called Atrium, is the flagship building of Interchange – a co-working space for entrepreneurs, start-ups and creatives. Wanting to move away from a traditional office set up, Design Research Studio was inspired by communal […]

Newmarket Gin, by Nude Brand Creation

Nude Brand Creation has developed the designs for new small-batch gin Newmarket Gin. The consultancy says the packaging is inspired by the Newmarket racecourse, as well as English photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering work in the study of the running horse. Nude says: “The frosted glass gives a tactile feel and provides a binocular window to […]

TWELVE Collection, by Plato Design

Italian consultancy Plato Design has created the TWELVE Collection of lights, which are modular and customisable. The consultancy says: “From one to seven modules can be joined together in endless combinations and the light can be directed wherever one wishes just rotating the modules by hand.”

50 Manga Chairs, by Nendo

Nendo has designed a series of chairs which take inspiration from the Manga style. The 50 chairs “adapt the strong symbolic nature of manga comics to furniture design”, says the consultancy. Adhering to Nendo’s minimalist style, the furniture design creates an “abstract” form of Manga comics by avoiding colour. In the same way that comics consist of […]

Carlsberg Export limited-edition packs, by Taxi Studio

Taxi Studio has created a football-themed limited edition packaging design to celebrate UEFA Euro 2016 in France, and Carlsberg Export’s association with it. Jonathan Turner-Rogers, associate creative director at Taxi Studio, says: “When we presented our idea ‘The Bootiful Game’, complete with stud detailing containing well-known French landmarks, it was a ‘back of the net’ moment. “To […]

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Pals Battalions £2 coin, by Uniform

Liverpool-based consultancy Uniform has designed a new £2 coin featuring the First World War Pals Battalions, which were first formed in the city. The idea behind the Pals Battalions was that colleagues who worked together would form a stronger, tighter fighting force. Lord Derby raised Pals Battalions from the commercial classes in Liverpool. The Royal […]

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The Museum of Pixelated Industrial Design, by Jung Soo Park

New York industrial designer Jung Soo Park is making icons out of icons. His Museum of Pixelated Industrial Design displays the most significant industrial designs of our time—via pixelated renderings on Instagram. The designer started the concept museum four weeks ago to draw attention to influential industrial designs throughout history. He has published 39 designs […]

Spectra-3, by Field

Field has created the Spectra-3 light sculpture, which is set to premiere at the Lumiere London festival, which runs from 14-17 January. Spectra-3 is a 3m-tall sculpture surrounded by animated lights and spatialised sound. The consultancy says the sculpture “creates a choreography of movement, light and sound, and illuminates its surroundings with dancing reflections”.

2016 calendar, by To The Point

To The Point is releasing a 2016 calendar as the consultancy marks its 25th anniversary. The calendar is based around a silver theme – to represent the 25th, or silver, anniversary. The concept was by junior designer Lizzie Unwin and the calendar has been foil-blocked by Benwells. To The Point is also hosting an online […]

When Soak Becomes Spill, by Sobodh Gupta

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has unveiled an installation by Indian artist Subodh Gupta called When Soak becomes Spill. The work, created for the V&A as part of its India Festival, features a stainless steel bucket standing 6m high and overflowing with hundreds of pots, pans, containers and cooking implements. Utensils like these are used by […]

MUO wireless speaker, by Ross Lovegrove

Ross Lovegrove has designed the MUO wireless speaker for KEF. Lovegrove previously created the £140,000 Muon speakers for KEF and says he has used the same design language for MUO – which costs just under £300.

Al Jazeera Studios, by Veech x Veech

Vienna-based architect Veech x Veech has designed the new headquarters and broadcast studios for Al Jazeera Media Network, in London’s Shard building. The practice says the project featured “the complex task of configuring a fully functioning TV studio within the confines of a predetermined floorplate”. It adds: “Problematic low ceilings were transformed into a feature of […]

Building with History, by Thomas Manss & Company

Thomas Manss & Company has designed Paul Goldberger’s book Building with History for Prestel. The book examines the strategies employed by architects Foster + Partners for contemporary interventions in historic buildings. The consultancy says: “Goldberger’s critical assessment is underpinned by beautifully reproduced imagery in a dedicated plate section as well as plans, sections and elevations […]

Fifty Logos book, by SilkEight

Consultancy SilkEight has created a book showcasing 50 logo designs it has developed over the past year, for both clients and friends.

Coffee Ground cafés, by Kiwi & Pom

Kiwi & Pom has created the Coffee Ground café concept for Wyevale Garden Centres. The consultancy says the designs are inspired by “utility buildings found in gardens”, while at the centre is a galvanised steel free-standing “shed” clad with timber lapped boards. The concept has so far been rolled out to four trial sites.

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