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Cradle Bench by Megan Czaja, from Pratt Institute in NY, USA

Maple wood veneer bench, wool upholstered cushion. Made with one mold, fully collapsible for flat packing. This bench was designed and hand crafted while attending the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

See more of her work here: behance.net/megczaja

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Frustrated by the lack of Hispanic representation in traditional art and design magazines, a group of Pratt graduates from Spain, Peru, and Venezuela set out to create a space for artists with distinctly Hispanic perspectives. Tapping into a design community of hundreds, adhesivo magazine was born — a beautiful print publication celebrating and documenting the talents of emerging Hispanic artists from across the globe.

Not just a compilation of beautiful imagery (though it is that, too), the first issue will address topics such as the role of Hispanic women in architecture and industrial design, insights from Columbian artists who turned to street art during the worst of the drug cartel era, how Cuban artists approach twenty-first century design with minimal resources, and lighter reads that highlight the events and galleries worldwide that showcase the work of Hispanic artists.

“For young Hispanic artists and designers, cultural expression is an invaluable tool to archive the past, understand the present, and activate change in the future,” say the magazine’s founders.

The issue is ready to go to print — and you can get your hands on it first here.

Moral of the story: you will never see me celebrate the end of a woman’s career, or relish in the media’s treatment of women. I hate it (this coming from the journalism student focusing on media studies and celebrity culture).

And I’ve got a lot of feminist friends rooting for the downfall of Taylor Swift and if y'all can’t see just how sexist all of this is - society, the media, the industry - and how it is designed to see women fail, because nothing we do is ever good enough, then you’re not really that feminist.

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Saaga by Heidi Ollikainen

Saaga is a multifunctional product. It can be modified as a swing, stool and cradle. Prototype is originally designed for Habitare Exhibition 2011. Saaga has also been on display in New York International Contemporary Furniture Fair in 2012, Rovaniemi Design Week in 2012 and Tortona Design Week Milano in 2013. Design and prototype manufacturing with Laura Koskela. Fabric design: Liisa Karppinen.

See more of her work here: behance.net/heidiollikainen

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Décolleté, Set of Decanter and Wine Glasses by Yasemin Uyar

Décolleté wine decanter has a wide neck and with a diagonal lip, which makes it easier to clean. The accompanying wine glasses are stem free with a rounded based. The glasses perfectly match the decanter’s angled neck.

See more of Décolleté and the process behind its making: here.

Check out more of this designer’s work here: behance.net/yaseminuyar

Ti Chang is a San Francisco-based industrial designer. After receiving her BS in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology, she went on to get her MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in London. She worked for major consumer brands before she designed her own line of intimate jewelry and accessories (Incoqnito). Crave is her latest venture, in which she is a co-founder and lead of design. She was awarded a GOOD Design Award for her design of the Duet Lux.

Seriously, is there a more fulfilling endeavor than this? To bring pleasure to women is my way of helping to make the world a better place. The way I see it, sexually satisfied women means happier relationships, which means happier couples, marriages, and children, and eventually… peace on earth. And I’m only half joking.

See more of her work here: tc-studio.com

See her work with Crave here: lovecrave.com

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Check out Beth Soucy’s Kangalau project:

[This collaboration with MIT Engineering and Sloan School of Management] sought to ease the process of doing laundry for those who had to travel outside of their immediate residences and have a full schedule. Kangalau is a complete laundry system that aids in the transportation, sorting, and storage of laundry.

See more of her work and design process here: behance.net/bethsoucy