Magnificent Bookstore with a 19th Century Interior Opens in Romania

If you are a book lover, than this beautiful bookstore is the place to fall in love. Cărtureşti Carusel (“The Carousel of Light”) is a new store opening in the center of Bucharest. Built inside the cavernous interior of a 19th century building, the entire space features ornately detailed columns, stairways and balconies. With everything painted a brilliant white, its name is perfectly fitting.

James Dyson’s ‘Impossible’ Uphill Fountain

You probably know the name James Dyson because of his unusual cyclone vacuum cleaners or his seemingly impossible bladeless fans, but you probably didn’t know the famed industrial designer also built a fountain. For the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show way back in 2003, he created an M.C. Escher inspired fountain that looks like it convinced water to flow impossibly uphill. The reason we write about it here is because its trick is decidedly clever. How did he do it?

Your Favorite Car Brand Histories, Illustrated With Just the Front Grill

If you’re anything like most car aficionados, you can name a car’s year and make just from a tail light or bumper. Chicago-based architect and designer Jerome Daksiewicz of NOMO is playing off that wheeled obsession with a series of 4 screen printed posters featuring only the front grill, bumper and headlights of iconic cars from the beginning of automotive history up to the modern day.

Architectural Typography Animated with Miniature People

For design lovers, it doesn’t get better than this. German creative firm Deepblue Networks just worked with illustrator and graphic designer Florian Schommer on a promotional campaign which hits just about all the right spots. They’ve combined bizarre architecture, animated GIFs, typography and even logo design into just one project. Here are 8 animated illustrations, each realized as a towering building in the form of one letter in the name ‘DEEPBLUE’.

Incredible Beehive Design Gives You Honey on Tap

If you’ve ever worked with honey bees, you know the process of getting honey from their hive isn’t pleasant – for you or the bees. Not only do you need to put on protective clothing and use smoke so you won’t get stung, but the bees suffer in the process of opening the hive, often with many getting squished. That’s without even mentioning the amount of time it takes. That’s why this new hive design is so revolutionary.

WWII Posters Declared War on STDs

Gigantic letters falling from the sky or giant dinosaurs stomping through the jungle might not be the first imagery that comes to mind when thinking of sexually transmitted diseases, but in World War II these posters were the military’s first line of defense against a venereal disease (VD) epidemic. Learning from the lessons of World War I, where many soldiers contracted and died from STDs, the US government started a graphic design war that saw military barracks plastered with posters warning of the dangers of unsafe promiscuity with “loose women.”

A 1950s Kitchen, Locked Away Since It Was Built

Like walking back in time, furniture designer Nathan Chandler opened the door on a home he bought in 2010 and found the kitchen in nearly original condition from when it was built in 1956. For some reason the original owners built the house but never lived in it, keeping it sealed away and rarely using the pastel pink General Electric appliances that were installed from the start.

Optical Illusion Bags That Look Like They’ve Jumped Out of a Comic Book

If Roy Lichtenstein had been in the bag business, it might have gone a lot like this. Jump From Paper has been designing playful bags that look as if they leapt from the pages of a vintage comic book – and just like the paper those stories were printed on, these bags look completely flat. Don’t be fooled though: it’s a clever optical illusion created with thick black piping and chunky blocks of color.

These Employees Are Having A Ball At Work

It’s all work and all play at the London creative agency Pearlfisher. In its forward-thinking installation called Jump In!, the agency filled its gallery space with over 81,000 white plastic balls to “promote the transformative power of play.”

Bookniture: Furniture that Collapses to the Size of a Book

In our increasingly mobile world, having furniture that can go with you and adapt to many situations is key. Bookniture, a project launching on Kickstarter fits those needs exceptionally well. Not only can it function as a stool, foot rest, nightstand, standing work desk and more, it also collapses into the size of a large book on your shelf. Handy.