Hotel Designed to Look Like A Precious Quartz Stone

Design // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Dutch firm NL architects has developed one of the coolest looking proposals for a chain of hotels. The buildings are designed to take the form of a precious gemstone called Amethyst which is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry and for its supposed healing qualities. The crystalline clusters will be your windows!

Interview: Frank Clegg of Frank Clegg Leatherworks

Design // Friday, January 16, 2015
Craftsman and skilled designers have becoming a rare breed in today’s consumer market. Master artisans like Frank Clegg at Frank Clegg Leatherworks set the standard for high quality and beautifully crafted products. Frank Clegg has been producing leather goods for over 40 years in Massachusetts and Juxtapoz contributor Greg Cordeiro had the privilege of asking him a few questions about his story.

A’Design Awards: The 2014 World Design Rankings

Design // Thursday, January 15, 2015
As you have seen on our site over the past month, we have been showing you some of our favorite finalists for the A'Design Awards, which is the world's largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services. It's a great chance to see both the future of progressive design, functional design, and, really, just plain really well though-out inventions. We loved the more interior design elements to the awards, looking at museum layouts and architecture, and now A’Design Awards have published their annual World Design Rankings for 2014: the U.S. takes the top spot, followed by Turkey, Hong Kong, Italy, and Great Britain.

You Have Some Legos On Your Face...

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I have spent most of the morning trying to figure out these Lego masks. As DesignBoom points out, "for London’s menswear AW 15 show, designers Agi & Sam asked UK make-up artist and beauty editor of ID-magazine Isamaya Ffrench to create LEGO masks like weird outgrowths on the models’ faces." For the most part, I'm trying to decipher if this is about the construction of human's DNA, a comment on consumerism, a way to save money instead of crazy elaborate masks, or maybe someone just likes Legos. It's the latter of the latter.

Design Process: Analog vs. Digital

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
In the past few years of my professional design career I have often pondered over what it might be like to design without the modern tools I have been provided. Would I ideate, sketch, or build my concepts in the same manner? Would my way of thinking about a project be different because of the tools I utilize to create it? Would famed designers like the Eames or Le Corbusier have taken the same steps and been so dramatically influential if they were in a modern era?

Spend the Night in Sweden's Ice Hotel

Design // Monday, January 12, 2015
Bring your parka, this ice hotel is not for the faint of heart. The temperature never drops below 23 degrees Fahrenheit and guests sport thermal underwear and hats and slip into a sleeping bag atop blocks of ice, a thick mattress, and reindeer skins. Now in its 25th year, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden welcoes 50,000 visitors each year under a new artistic scheme. Each year, thousands of artists and creatives take part in influencing the design of the hotel. 1,000 tons of frozen water and 30,000 m3 of 'snice' (snow and ice particles mixed with air) make up this year's edition.

Nasa's "vintage" travel posters for newly discovered planets

Design // Friday, January 09, 2015
We're going to the moon!!! Or, some really far-off distant planet! NASA, probably just sitting around their offices really bored about looking into space around the holidays, have created "vintage" style travel posters for 3 newly discovered planets, including the ever-popular Kepler-16b. As the Guardian notes, "(The posters) created by the space agency’s visual strategists Joby Harris, David Delgado and Dan Goods, the posters feature art-deco typography, bold colours and classic design, evocative of the golden age of travel."

The Quiet Life with Andy Mueller

Design // Thursday, January 08, 2015
When we first met Andy Mueller, he was a photographer with this little side-project clothing line, The Quiet Life, and it sat, well, quietly in the background. Today, The Quiet Life has grown into a full-force brand with a wide array of apparel and accessories that reflect not only Andy’s history in skate and design but fine art as well.

Alleles Design Studio's Fashionable Prosthetics

Design // Thursday, January 08, 2015
‘The Alleles’ design studio was founded in an effort to create affordable and accessible prosthetic covers for lower limb amputees. This product was designed with the intention of fitting onto one’s existing endoskeletal prosthesis to create the form of a leg without the need of going to a clinic.

"Preserving Human Dignity" by Ben Pawle: The One-handed Condom Wrapper

Design // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
A couple of years ago designer Ben Pawle created a simple design for the project “Preserving Human Dignity”. He successfully did just that, with a simple, awkward life moment that was made easier by a change in package design. As the phrase goes, “it’s the little things in life that make all the difference.” From the artist, “The project evolved from a healthcare project concerning Hemiplegia, a stroke of the womb with debilitating mental and physical effects, with particular focus on how indignity manifests itself when performing simple daily tasks; working to reduce or prevent these moments from occurring by providing an inclusively designed intervention.”

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