Teresa van Dongen’s Mud Well light uses microorganisms to create electricity

Bacteria from a boggy World War Two bomb crater generate kaleidoscopic light forms inside this telescope-like tube by Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen. The Mud Well installation is the latest iteration of Van Dongen’s ongoing research into geobacter bacteria as an electricity source for human use. The microorganisms, which can purify…

Strange furry creature stars in ad campaign for The Cunning Little Vixen opera

A furry, fox-like creature moves frantically in this ad, created by branding agency Superunion and animation designer Esteban Diacono for a performance of opera The Cunning Little Vixen. The designers tried to visualise a struggle between man and nature in the motion graphics. Their aim was to capture the emotionally charged…

Studio José de la O reveals objects designed by brainwaves

Designer José de la O has teamed up with technology firm Mirai Innovation to develop a way for people to manipulate the shape of a vase using only their thoughts. Working alongside Japanese company Mirai Innovation, Studio José de la O designed an experiment that allows participants to manipulate a generic…

Francesca Molteni creates film to celebrate Italian ceramics

Dezeen promotion: Film director Francesca Molteni has created a movie for Ceramics of Italy that spotlights the story of Italian ceramics. Created by Molteni with architectural historian Fulvio Irace, the short film artistically celebrates the character and versatility of Italian tile. The film features three Italian buildings that each demonstrate innovative and interesting ways…

Apple offers augmented reality art tours in six major cities

Apple has collaborated with New York’s New Museum to launch a series of augmented reality (AR) experiences that will see six large-scale virtual artworks take over major global cities. Called [AR]T, the AR experiences will feature works by seven artists chosen by the contemporary art museum, that will pop up across…

OMSE uses augmented reality to create moving 3D typography for Printworks

London design agency OMSE has created an augmented reality campaign for cultural venue Printworks London that transforms static typography into immersive three-dimensional animations. The new creative campaign was developed by OMSE to promote the launch of Printworks’ autumn-winter season of events across a variety of platforms. The existing graphic identity is based…

Jump through space and time on our Pinterest boards

We’re taking a glimpse into utopian and dystopian designs for the future on our updated Pinterest boards, from 3D-printed set design, to wearable technology and projects set in space. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest › Open the Pinterest app on your phone, tap the camera icon and scan the Pincode below to…

Iceberg-making submarine aims to tackle global warming by re-freezing the Arctic

A team of designers led by Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha proposes re-freezing sea water in the Arctic to create miniature modular icebergs using a submarine-like vessel, in a bid to combat climate change. The Indonesian designer worked on the prototype with collaborators Denny Lesmana Budi and Fiera Alifa for an international competition…

Watch Doug Aitken’s mirrored hot air balloon take flight

This captioned movie shows Doug Aitken’s 30-metre-tall New Horizon hot air balloon, which has a semi-mirrored body, take flight across the skies of Massachusetts. Called New Horizon, the nomadic installation will pass over several sites in the US state that are managed by the Trustees, which is a non-profit preservation and conservation…