Kilo Design creates modular headphones for Aiaiai

By Anna Winston

Danish studio Kilo has designed a set of headphones that allow users to create different arrangements of headbands, earpads, cables and speakers (+ movie). (more…)

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Looking Forward to Summer: 8 Backyard Ideas From Our House Tours

I am so excited to have an honest-to-goodness backyard! This summer will be nothing but hammocking, fireside chatting, and dining al fresco— there’s no room for mosquitoes and yardwork in my daydreams….

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A' Design Awards and Competition 2015 winners announced

By Alice Morby

Dezeen promotion: the winners of this year’s A’ Design Award and Competition include a curvaceous wood-lined sauna and a lamp designed to be smashed by its user. (more…)

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5 Bold Design Moves That Shouldn't Work, But Do (And Why)

While there are certainly any number of design “rules” one can live by to ensure their home feels balanced, coordinated and lovely, there are plenty of times when you can do something a little different and have it work, even if seems like it shouldn’t. We’ve got five bold design moves to try.

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French Artist Whitewashes an LA Motel — Design News

Last week, French artist Vincent Lamouroux used a water-soluble whitewash to transform a motel, including about a dozen Mexican fan palms that surround it. The Silver Lake building has been vacant for over a decade, and has a history of drug activity. “The idea is to disrupt the way we perceive things by giving some special attention to this one place,” says Lamouroux.

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Get Happy: A Gallery of Colorful Modern Buildings

When you think of modern architecture, you may think of a sleek, white building, or maybe a sleek white building with grey accents so light they might as well be white. But color and modern architecture can co-exist in the same universe, and even in the same building, as these eight examples prove. Warning: serious color-induced euphoria ahead.

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HawkinsBrown finds musical references for timber-clad school recital hall

By Amy Frearson

British firm HawkinsBrown has added a music school and boarding house to a school in Surrey, England, featuring sandy coloured brickwork and timber screens that reference musical annotation (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Matted electric cables cover the surfaces of a Tokyo bar by Kengo Kuma

By Jessica Mairs

Tufts of brightly coloured electrical cabling give the walls and furniture of this bar by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma a hairy appearance (+ slideshow). (more…)

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North Gate Salon fashion boutique features yellow walls and a black bird at the entrance

By Alyn Griffiths

This bright yellow building in Seoul has been adapted by Nordic Bros Design Community to house a tiny fashion boutique, featuring arched doors, gabled details and an ornamental black bird  (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Hong Kong is Posting the Faces Of Litterers, Identified by DNA — Design News

Every day in Hong Kong, more than 16,000 tons of trash is left in streets and public spaces. A new campaign hopes to shame people into cleaning up after themselves by posting their faces alongside their litter. DNA technology firm Parabon Nanolabs is collecting street trash and creating pretty accurate composite images of offenders using genetic material left on the litter. Find a trashcan, people.

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