Kaja Solgaard, Tapputi and the Sea

Norwegian designer Kaja Solgaard (whose previous projects have been featured here) presented us with her last work: Tapputi & the sea.  For her graduation at ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland), she imagined solid perfume designs, complete with experimental scent holders and appliers. Taputti is the first chemist ever mentioned in the history of perfumes, estimated to have lived and worked 3,000 years before Christ in Mesopotamia. Tapputi & the sea, explain the designer, is "a story about the meeting between fragrance and material, a future take on the luxury of cosmetics and natural materials role in such objects. The sea sponge is meant to visually speak about the scent and it functions physically as the holder of the perfume which is casted onto it. The glass protects the perfume from light, oxygen and heat, and it visualizes the shapes."

Paper John reinvents the grocery bag (Made in Germany)

Designed (or re-designed) by the Hamburg-based Ogata 's creative team, the traditional paper grocery bag has found a new purpose. "In our everyday life we are used to move from place to place with our bicycles," declared Ogata founders Dennis Rasch and Cornelius Voss. "When we went shopping for groceries we often wondered, how are we going to transport these back home in a secure and comfortable way? It quickly came to our minds that the most ​comfortable way to carry weight is on one's back, irrespective of whether you are going by foot or by bike." And the Paper John backpack was born. (…)

Some Karakter: Joe Colombo’s Modello 300 Chair is Back

It's back! Thanks to Karakter, the Copenhagen-based brand behind this relaunch. Joe Colombo' believed in democratic and functional design - meaning the Italian designer was always focusing on the user. His designs were to be easily packed, handled, shipped and assembled – the knock-down furniture. One of those was the Modello 300 dining chair, which certainly puts (at last) flat-packed furniture in quite a flattering light...

“Human Organs-on-Chips” wins Design of the Year Award 2015

Human Organs-on-Chips, designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award for 2015 - the first medical device to win this prestigious reward. The Human Organs-on-Chips were nominated by Paola Antonelli, MoMA's Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and Director of R&D, who called the project "the epitome of design innovation – elegantly beautiful form, arresting concept and pioneering application."

Re-designing William Morris… on your iPad

Developed by games designer Sophia George during her residence at the V&A museum in London, the Strawberry Thief game (that you can download for free from the App store here) was inspired by the William Morris pattern of the same name in the Museum’s British Galleries - so famous it had been featured on a stamp in 1982. "To be appointed as the first ever Victoria & Albert Games Designer in Residence", says the designer, "was a dream come true. The V&A is leading the way by embracing computer games as a creative activity and by opening up its collection for interpretation by a game designer. I used the history of British design shown in the Britain 1500-1900 galleries as a starting point for my research, and after weeks of research decided to focus on the William Morris textile pieces that are on display in Gallery 125g. (…) The aim of the residency was to release a finished game following a period of game production at Abertay University after my 6 months at the V&A. I wanted this game to offer a new and exciting interpretation of the V&A collections, as well as encouraging visitor participation and learning from the Britain 1500-1900 galleries." (…)