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Whimsical magnetic wallpaper turns walls into toys

Designer Sian Zeng’s intricately painted interactive wallpaper recently won the Etsy Design Award global competition.

A minimalist designer vanity desk you never knew you needed

Designed by Brooklyn’s Ladies & Gentlemen Studio for Dims, the Composed Vanity is a quietly intricate piece with clean lines and ample storage.

London Underground’s iconic seating textiles get a modern makeover

Textile studio Kirkby Design reimagined seven classic prints from the London Underground’s seating history.

Snøhetta designed a smiling ‘peace bench’ to bring people together

It’s nearly impossible to not sit close on the "peace bench."

Florence Knoll Bassett’s impressive collection of art and design heading to auction

The iconic designer’s eclectic collection of high-value pieces are set to go on auction throughout fall.

New Charlotte building graced with massive 4K LED display

The colors bend and blend around each other like a continuous weather radar, never showing the same visual twice.

Build your own miniature city with these adorable paper kits

The kits, which include houses, trees, and trains, come as pre-cut cardstock objects that can be popped out and folded along dotted lines.

Architects’ favorite clothing brand to launch Bauhaus-inspired capsule collection

The crisp, clean, and entirely no-nonsense pieces were created in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the Bauhaus.

Own a piece of the Eames House with these limited edition tables

As part of an ongoing conservation project, two eucalyptus trees at the iconic residence had to come down. But they didn’t go to waste.

Shipping container house is a light and airy take on desert living

Architect and designer Ben Uyeda has repurposed three shipping containers into an easy, breezy Joshua Tree compound.

Solar-powered ‘floating hotel suite’ starts at $535K

The domed capsule is the brainchild of naval architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle, who was inspired by the floating saucer in the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

Modern house in Denmark reinterprets the barn

The house has three separate cedar-clad structures—a main living area for the owners, a workshop space, and a barn for pets.

Soon you can test a cabin designed for Mars right here on planet Earth

Tera, a high-tech eco cabin that’s modeled after a Martian habitat, is coming to upstate New York.

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The TV show that makes over-the-top architecture a spectator sport

Available on Netflix, ‘The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes’ is a TV show that manages to be both relatable and awe-inspiring.

These clever flatpack planters make watering plants easy

Pull a cotton cord around the lip of the pot, and the pot folds into shape. Pour in some water and plants will drink through the drawstring when they’re thirsty.

Wear your favorite famous buildings with these fun enamel pins

Just launched on Indiegogo, Drop-a-Pin reimagines famous buildings as irresistible enamel pins.

You can help ‘renovate’ the Clue mansion by voting for a new room

Should the classic murder mystery board game get a bathroom, drawing room, or another bedroom? You can vote now.

This adorable hobbit playhouse is backyard goals

These Hobbit Holes come with prefabricated parts, fasteners, and instructions on how to put the shed together—all you need is some time and basic tools.

Watch Alexander Girard’s designs come to life

This film made for the AIGA medalist dips deep into the Herman Miller archives.

Pretty pink home is custom-designed for Instagram

The Dr. Seuss-like Sonora House features asymmetrical windows, random cut-outs, and lots of pink and yellow.

Brazil home blends modern and midcentury in a whole new way

The concrete and timber home features smooth concrete walls contrasted with wood brise-soleils.

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5 TV shows design lovers should watch right now

We’ve rounded up five design-minded shows that will delight, inspire, and inform.

Repurposing abandoned shared bikes into furniture

What happens to all the bikes when they get old? Or are simply abandoned? If it’s up to designer Qiang Huang, the leftover parts will become raw material for furniture.

Smart planter has a screen that displays your plant’s ‘feelings’

For anyone who’s ever wondered, "How does my plant really feel?" finding the answer could get a whole lot easier with the Lua smart planter concept.

How design is being upended by the climate crisis

The new wave of environmentally conscious design is existential and experimental.

Mirrored house disappears into the landscape 

The home perches atop a mirrored base that reflects the surrounding landscape and turns it into high-design camouflage.

Wear the Bauhaus with Nike’s new Air Max sneakers

Nike’s new Air Max 270 React rocks a Bauhaus-inspired color palette on a design-minded sneaker.

You can stay—and shop—at this chic Montauk bungalow 

Interior designer Robert McKinley has set up shop in Montauk, where he’s filled a rentable home with curated goods from the likes of Hay, Floyd, and Blu Dot.

Modular concrete kitchen makes al fresco cooking a breeze

The kitchen comes in five-foot prefabricated concrete panels that assemble into a partition-like structure for outdoor cooking.

The Wing’s new HQ takes over a historic NYC building

The office is outfitted with the Wing’s signature pastel colors, custom furniture, punchy environmental graphics, and woman-centric features.

In the Maldives, MIT experiment fights rising sea levels with nature

The Growing Islands project harnesses natural wave forces to build underwater sand buffers.

One of America’s most popular furniture styles was invented by a celibate religious sect

All Shaker furniture is symbolic of the values of the utopian spiritual sect that designed it and gave the style its name—values that are overdue for a comeback today.

Transparent pavilion looks like a massive water droplet

The 270-square-foot pavilion is conceived as a catch-all hangout space, mobile exhibition pavilion, or greenhouse.

London’s ‘Color Palace’ is the jolt of energy architecture needs

The installation celebrates vibrant Nigerian textiles and experimental engineering.

The New York Times’ new ‘Tiles’ game is our current design obsession

Since launching this week, Tiles has consumed both game lovers and design lovers for its subtly addicting premise and eye-catching design.

Major Roberto Burle Marx exhibition brings landscape architecture to the foreground

On view through September, the show is the largest exhibition ever put on at the New York Botanical Garden— and the first to display an entire outdoor garden.

Ikea and Olafur Eliasson team up to make solar energy stylish

Currently in prototype mode, Sammanlänkad is a portable solar battery that can double as a light.

Move over, exposed brick. Plaster is now the wall finish of choice

Plaster wall finishes have quietly become the preferred choice for high-end home renovations, replacing other options like paint, wallpaper, or exposed brick.

This solar-powered prefab home took over Times Square

Built of 18 prefab "Lego-style" components, the 900-square-foot design brought a sustainable vision of the future to the tourist mecca this month.