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The Design Secrets of Luxury First Class Airplane Seats

If you think being packed on an airplane with strangers sucks, then you're probably a pleb like us who flies economy. But first class? It's an entirely different alcohol-lubricated world up there—a world where a single seating unit can cost hundreds of thousand of pounds. Read More >>

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Get (Then Slag Off) the New Twitter Layout Right Now

The Twitter layout that everyone hates because it looks like Facebook and you have to hate Facebook even though you're on it all day, is now live. So if you want something to be short-term meaninglessly angry about, follow this link in your desktop browser to initiate the upgrade. Then tweet about how much you hate it. Then forget about it all by elevenses. [Twitter via Techcrunch] Read More >>

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This Sleek Table is Hiding a Playground for Cats

Cats love climbing through cosy spaces. That's why the CATable, a beautifully functional work surface with built in tunnels for burrowing, is so appealing to them. In the words of designer Ruan Hao, "It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats." Read More >>

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Nine of the Coolest Prefab Houses in History

Prefab is a buzzy topic in architecture and design circles right now, but it's hardly a new concept. The idea of building houses in factories and shipping them to their destinations is at least a century old. Now, Taschen has published the history of these homes in a lovely coffee-table book. Read More >>

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Amateur Michelangelos Can Sculpt This Marble Vase Themselves

It's been said that sculpting a masterpiece from a chunk of marble is easy; all you have to do is remove the unnecessary bits. So even if they lack any talent, aspiring Rodins and Michelangelos can turn this Introverso2 vase into impressive piece of decorative furniture. All you need to know is how to swing a hammer. Read More >>

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The Starship Enterprise Looks Great Decked Out in Mid-Century Design

Subterranean captains' chairs, rounded counters for flight-monitoring, perfectly-pastels in the crew's uniforms: Midcentury Herman Miller and Eames furnishings look perfect on the Starship Enterprise. Take a minute to check out these throwback posters and you'll be daydreaming a Captain Kirk shaking you an out-of-this-world gin martini. [MattWileyArt via Retroist] Read More >>

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Seven Robots So Creative That They Almost Seem Human

Can robots be artistic? You're darn right they can! With a (significant) nudge from their flesh-and-blood creative counterparts, these machines produce work that's technically precise with room for personality. Plus, they're totally mesmerizing to watch. Read More >>

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The Man Who Designed Verdana and Georgia Describes a Life Making Fonts

Read a magazine, book or website and you'll see the product of Matthew Carter's labours all over it—because he's the guy who designed hundreds of fonts, including Verdana and Georgia. In this video, he describes the interaction between technology and design in the creation of typefaces. Read More >>

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This Twisting Mirror Bridge Reflects Every Detail of a Shanghai Street

UNStudio has created a beautifully constructed archway that brightens up the retail sphere of Xintiandi Mall in China. Because it's lined with mirrors, you can track your movements from beginning to end and watch your surroundings skip playfully across the different planes of the mall's entrance. It's like walking down the inside of a wormhole—except you stay safely grounded in both time and space. Read More >>

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Sorry, Laser Zeppelin, This German Light Show is Much Cooler Than You

Whoa. It's happened. Laser-Zeppelin has met its match. The crazy creative folks at Urbanscreen have transformed the cavernous interior of the Gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany, into a wild light show that looks all kinds of trippy. So long, Stairway. Read More >>

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China Has Commissioned the World's Fastest Elevators

This week, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest elevator in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China's skyscraper boom is affecting the global economy—including the fact that it bought a whopping 60 per cent of all elevators sold in 2013. Read More >>

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Apple Shows Off Stunning Design Details of its New HQ

New details about architect Norman Foster's design for Apple's Cupertino HQ have been slow to leak, but a new video from Unofficially Apple gives us the most detailed look so far. This building is going to have everything: Native trees! Solar panels! Crazy circular desk spaces! Read More >>

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How a Simple Design Error Could Have Toppled a NYC Skyscraper

When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center (later renamed Citigroup Center, now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top. Read More >>

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Layers of Inflatable Balls Might Just Make This the Greatest Bed Ever

Forget those individually-wrapped coil spring beds that can shrug off bouncing bowling balls, the Balluga—a mattress made of layer upon layer of computer-controlled inflatable spheres—could be the most comfortable place you've ever rested your head. And with a huge list of other lavish features, you may never have a reason to get up. Read More >>

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These Shiny Foil Screenprints of Space History are Fantastic

The designers at Astronomika have launched a limited edition screenprint series that they describe as their attempt to draw everything humans have sent into space. They call it "a growing compendium of beautifully crafted screenprints celebrating the past, present and future of spaceflight." Read More >>

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