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water bottle

In the heavy August heat, a well-designed water bottle may be at the top of your list.

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Post image for Rethinking the Billboard as a Home

Billboards are commanding territory all over the world, offering just a blaring message in their occupation. Some designers have been looking at how to better use this advertising infrastructure, with Slovakia’s Designdevelop proposing a use for the space as small-scale residences for the homeless.

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Post image for Victoria & Albert Museum Devotes Gallery to Buzzy Objects

For better or for worse, museums tend to be behind the times, arbitrating culture from some kind of temporal remove. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is attempting to minimize that gap with a newly announced initiative called Rapid Response Collecting.

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Post image for Nostalgia for the Disappearing Danger of Mid-Century Playgrounds

There’s a lot of nostalgia around old playgrounds, for the burns in summer on the overheated metal slides or the nauseating spinning play on the whirl. Those brushes or hits with danger are why most of them are gone, replaced with safer, less rusty, contraptions.

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Post image for NASA Unveils the Strange Suit Designed for Its Mars Explorers

If NASA astronauts land on Mars, they might not look very human at all.

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Post image for Man in Bear, Birds in Coffee Shop

As Hyperallergic’s self-appointed cat correspondent, I feel an occasional duty to branch out and offer you more from the always colorful intersection of art and animals. Turns out it’s a good week for that. Today: a man living inside a bear carcass and a coffee shop for birds — both of which are being live-streamed.

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Post image for Getting to Know Milton Glaser, the Godfather of Modern Design

The east-facing windows of Milton Glaser’s studio on 32nd Street overlook a school playground. Every day at 2:35 pm, a deluge of rowdy grade-schoolers surges into the courtyard as their parents float and mingle along the perimeter. Yellow buses queue up dutifully between the parked cars that line both sides of the street.

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Post image for Designing Safer Antlers for Finland’s Reindeers

Would this spooky reindeer that seems to have transported from some unearthly netherworld stop you in your tracks?

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Post image for 11 Great NYC Urban Design and Architecture Moments of 2013

It’s sometimes hard to stay positive about development in New York when Frank Lloyd Wright buildings can disappear in the blink of an eye and everything seems to be turning into condos. However, it’s not all bad news, and 2013 had plenty of optimistic progress in architecture and urban design.

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Museums

Breeding the Perfect Chair

by Allison Meier on December 13, 2013

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Good or bad, every experiment starts with a hypothesis. For Dutch-born designer Jan Habraken with New York-based design studio FormNation, it was the question: “What if we apply the science of genetic engineering to an inanimate object?”

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