As evidence of the all-conquering power of words, multi-disciplinary artist Ravi Amar Zupa created a series of steampunk-esque sculptures of weapons made from old typewriter parts.
Danish designer Niklas Jacob worked with a number of international designers to create a series of products that poke fun at the ubiquity of a certain Swedish flat-packed furniture chain.
Most people see Japan as the land of minimalist living, but this unusual house may well be more in tune with the messy reality of modern family life.
The Norwegians' love for the great outdoors is matched by their fondness for the great rustic cabin. This example in Norway is an unusual showcase of cabin style.
Only 34 square metres? I hear you ask, how can anyone live in such a small space?
Marcel Wanders is renowned for his daring designs and maximalist aesthetics; his design for the Mondrian hotel in Doha is no exception.
Amongst the furniture and other objects on display at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show were a number of designs which were more about concepts than products.
Fashion is so obsessed with daring new ideas that we thought we have seen it all, but not until we came across these clever and eye-catching designs from the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show.
Product design is a mainstay of any design school, but we are consistently impressed by the ability of Design Academy Eindhoven graduates to elevate product design to a much more conceptual level, creating products that are clever, thought-provoking and often surprisingly delightful.
Design Academy Eindhoven is one of our favourite hunting grounds for new design talent and their graduation show this year proves to be no exception.
Some people liken the pleasure of eating to the joy of sex.
American glass and ceramics artist Shayna Leif is, very unfortunately, allergic to a long list of food ingredients which makes it impossible for her to indulge in cakes and desserts.
The aim behind One Plus Eleven is to build "conceptual furniture" that inspires and provokes by blurring the boundary behind art and design.
Container conversions are nothing new, but few are as stylish and luxurious as the ones from Australia-based Contained.
The sun is out and so is school, which means it's the time of the year when we can feast our eyes on new works from design school graduates, whose boundless enthusiasm and endless creativity is always a joy to see.
The experience of eating is much influenced by our interactions with the tableware on which the food is serve, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that designers would attempt to forger deeper connections between us and our tableware.
Dutch artist Lizan Freijsen is obsessed with stains.
During our recent visit to the ICFF trade fair in New York we were drawn irresistibly to the eye-catching display of mirrors at the Bower Studios stand (and that's not just because we like the image reflected in the mirrors).
It would be impossible to do justice to the thousands of new designers who showed their works across Milan during the design week, much of which are as likely to delight as they are to bewilder.
The team at Design School Kolding had created what looked like a supermarket on a quiet street in the Ventura-Lambrate district of Milan during the Milan Design Week.
During the Milan Design Week the wild frontier of design was undoubtedly the Ventura-Lambrate district, where emerging and experimental designers showed their wares under the vast rusting hulks of disused industrial facilities.
The exhibition halls of the Milan Furniture Fair can be an endless, monotonous stream of same-ness, so imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon the JCP stand.
Products come and products go, but what is the best way to preserve the beloved but outdated brands and products of yester-year?
Restaurant design specialist Studio Modijefsky has created a funky restaurant in a former tram depot in Amsterdam that combines industrial chic with delightfully quirky features.
Always complaining about not having enough time? French designer Bina Baitel has designed a unique clock which encourages you to take the time to enjoy time.
We may be in deepest winter but it's never too early to start planning for the spring clean.
Often we take simple things in life for granted and fail to appreciate the value they add.
Graphic designs which play on perspectives may be old hat, but to apply such designs to rugs? Now that's fresh.
Sanne Visser is a designer who likes to push the boundaries of materials.
Say goodbye to awkward silences at the dining table with Kathleen Reilly's collection of playful table accessories which promise to rewrite dining rituals and put the art into party.
Reinforcements have just arrived at the frontline of guerrilla gardening with Vanessa Harden's collection of subversive gardening tools.
Furniture and lighting should first and foremost be functional, but sometimes a touch of whimsy can turn unremarkable objects into something more thought-provoking.
Micro-flats might be all the rage but the Grand Beedapest Hotel takes micro-living to a whole new level.
With all the political upheaval these days it is easy to lose faith in politicians.
In these days of technological abundance we often take for granted that all the devices around us should just work, even though few people really knows what powers them.
For those who think "interactive" means jabbing fingers on touchscreen devices, this pinball table designed by Soo Hyeon Goo is a useful reminder of the pleasures of actually touching and playing with different materials.
Great design is often invisible as the functionality of the product is so well engineered that users take them completely for granted.
Airplane trolleys have long been a favourite target of upcycling projects by designers but few have been as ambitious as Studio Knol and Christiaan Bakker, who were commissioned by KLM to create a multi-functional cabinet from a "cluster" of airplane trolleys.
Next time you find yourself in Madrid with a filthy car, go visit Burbucar on Costa Rica Street, a long established carwash which has been funkily transformed by local architect Lina Toro.
New York based designers Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings, better known as Fort Standard, like to push the boundaries with the possibilities of materials.
If the essence of architecture is to define space, then the Skyhouse penthouse is truly a masterclass in architecture.
A stable table needs three legs, so why not put a table top on each leg and turn a necessity into a source of enhanced functionality?
Most people would see folds and creases as undesirable for rugs, but not for London-based Italian architect Alessandro Isola, who has created a coffee table out of a fold in a rug.
The annual design pilgrimage to Milan, otherwise known as the Salone del Mobile, is almost upon us and one of the most eagerly anticipated events is the exhibition of 50 Manga Chairs designed by Nendo for Friedman Benda gallery.
As the Autumn Winter 2016 women's collections draw to a close, we look back on the whirlwind tour that took fashionistas from New York to Paris via London and Milan.
The Sports Ball chair and ottoman was designed by master upholsterer Paolo Lillus in 1966, inspired by a real leather football he had kicked about in his childhood.
In a highly urbanised country like Japan it is a dream of many to be able to live in the countryside.
The Toadstool collection of furniture designed by Masquespacio for Missana came as a pleasant surprise, and not just because mushrooms are not in season.
One of the highlights of this year's IMM Cologne furniture fair is Das Haus, the inspirational "ideal house" installation by product designer Sebastian Herkner.
Designer Gilles Belley has set out to challenge our pre-conceived ideas of functionality by designing three "systems" which merge the functions of rooms and furniture.
2016 has gone off to a shaky start with big losses on the stock markets, oil prices in free fall and persistent security fears.