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This Artist Reimagined European Countries’ Shapes As Funny Illustrations (30 Pics)

If you’re a creative person, you most likely see art everywhere – in nature, everyday objects, and, apparently, even in country shapes. In a video titled “Europe According to Creative People — What Europe’s Countries look like,” German Youtuber Zackabier asked his fans what some European country shapes remind them of – and their answers certainly did not disappoint.

Zackabier then illustrated 48 European countries based on his fans’ hilariously creative answers and now you won’t be able to unsee them. From cats and dinosaurs to pooping pigs and flashing elves, check out the shapes of European countries reimagined as funny illustrations in the gallery below!

#1 Russia

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#2 Croatia

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#3 Bulgaria

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#4 Estonia

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#5 Finland

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#6 Serbia

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#7 Italy

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#8 Cyprus

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#9 Great Britain

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#10 Denmark

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#11 Slovenia

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#12 France

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#13 Norway

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#14 Georgia

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#15 Germany

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#16 Poland

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#17 Romania

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#18 Greece

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#19 Montenegro

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#20 Kazakhstan

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#21 Liechtenstein

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#22 Belgium

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#23 Latvia

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#24 Armenia

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#25 Czech Republic

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#26 Belarus

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#27 Albania

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#28 Lithuania

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#29 Moldova

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#30 Ukraine

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People Share ‘Accidental Wes Anderson’ Photos Of Real-Life Locations That Belong In His Movies

There’s an interesting photo hunt going on online, which gets even more interesting if you’re a fan of the visual style seen in the iconic movies by director Wes Anderson.

I’m talking about the subreddit called ‘Accidental Wes Anderson,’ in which users upload the pics taken all around the world of buildings, sceneries or even people who seem to belong in the next Wes Anderson flick. And surprisingly, there are quite a few spots from North Korea to Ukraine, that compete for the attention of the famous director.

Maybe there’s a spot like this someplace near you? Then don’t hesitate to share your photos in the comments!

(h/t: boredpanda)

#1 Moomin House In Naantali, Finland

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#2 Stadt-Bad Gotha In Gotha, Germany

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#3 Hotel Belvédère Near The Rhône Glacier, Switzerland

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#4 Swimming Pool In Hamburg, Germany

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#5 Dan Sully Photography: Singapore

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#6 A Chimney Sweep From Tallinn, Estonia

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#7 Grand Hotel Misurina, Italy

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#8 Good Records In Dallas, U.S.

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#9 Conservatory Of The George Eastman House In Rochester, U.S.

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#10 Door In Kiev, Ukraine

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#11 Metro Train In Brussels, Belgium

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#12 Malina Swimming Pool In Bratislava, Slovakia

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#13 Conference Room In North Korea

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#14 Train In Flåm, Norway

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#15 “Ebb Tide” At Gold Crest Resort Motel By Tyler Haughey

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#16 Spadina Road, Toronto

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#17 Berlin, Germany

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#18 Estoi, Portugal

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#19 “Chateau” By Jeremy Kohm In Ottawa, Canada

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#20 The Exchange District In Winnipeg, Manitoba

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#21 Hotel Saratoga In Havana, Cuba

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#22 Cinema

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#23 Home Office Of An Mcm House In Portland, Oregon

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#24 Hotel Principe Di Savoia In Milan, Italy

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#25 Mongolia

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#26 Choi Hung Estates In Hong Kong

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#27 Room In The Ostel Hotel In East Berlin, Germany

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#28 Jane Hotel In New York, U.S.

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#29 The Utter Inn Located In Västerås, Sweden

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#30 Lobby Bar Of The Graduate Hotel In Mississippi, U.S.

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#31 Pennsylvania Railroad Suburban Station, Pennsylvania

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#32 Locker Room

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#33 Beauty Salon Waiting Area In North Korea

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#34 Grand Hotel De L’europe, Bad Gastein, Austria

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#35 Ballet Class

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#36 Burabai Lake, Kazakhstan

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#37 Metro Entrance In Budapest, Hungary

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#38 Hippie

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#39 Hamble-Warsash Ferry Shelter In Hampshire, UK

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#40 Stenbock Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

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#41 Lighthouse In Snæfellsjökull National Park, Iceland

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#42 Empty Pool

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#43 Conference Room In The Former Palast Der Republik In Berlin, Germany

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#44 Employee Enters Room At Mount Kumgang Resort In North Korea

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#45 Ribersborgs Open-Air Bath In Malmö, Sweden

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#46 The View Out Of Train Heading Into Austria

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#47 Prada Marfa In Valentine, Texas, U.S.

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#48 Florida, U.S.

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#49 Hotel Polonia In Warsaw, Poland

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#50 Office Of Coccinelle

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20 Of The World’s Best Restaurant And Bar Interior Designs

A good interior design can do as much for a cafe, restaurant or bar as good food, drinks and service can. We made this list of establishments to show you some of the best bar, cafe and restaurant designs in the world, and most of them have even won awards for their interiors.

Creating an amazing bar design is anything but simple. There are thousands of factors to juggle – What will your restaurant, bar or cafe’s style be like? How can you make the interior as beautiful and decorative as possible without disrupting the staff’s workflow? Will safety regulations even allow your grand designs to take form? And if you plan to open your own business, these examples will surely inspire you.

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15 Restaurants That Take Dining To The Next Level

With all the fast food joints stacking on every corner, fine dining is becoming somewhat obsolete. But thanks to some innovative entrepreneurs there still are some corners left around the world where eating food is not just a quick pit stop for fuel, but is rather a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of 15 of these places, where food is taken extra seriously. From the mountain top dining to sharing a meal with giraffes, there are plenty of restaurants below that deserve a place on your bucket list.

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#1 Dine In The Cave, Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Puglia, Italy

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#2 Perfect Location To View The Northern Lights – Northern Lights Bar In Ion Hotel, Iceland

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#3 Dine Surrounded By Stunning Mountain Setting, Aiguille Du Midi Restaurant 3842m, Chamonix, France

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#4 Share Breakfast With A Giraffe, Giraffe Manor, Langata, Kenya

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#5 Dine Five Metres Below The Surface, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives

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#6 “A Place To Drink, A Place To Meet, A Place To Rest Your Hairy Feet.” The Green Dragon Pub In Hobbiton (New Zealand) Is A Perfect Place For A Real LOTR Fan

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#7 Dine Surrounded By Snow And Ice, The Snowcastle Of Kemi, Kemi, Finland

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#8 Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant In Kenya Set In An Ancient Cave And Illuminated Entirely By Candlelight

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#9 Impressive Steampunk Design, Truth Coffee, Cape Town, South Africa

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#10 Dine With Breathtaking Views Of Indian Ocean, The Rock, Michamvi Pingue, Zanzibar

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#11 Dine In The Water In This Amazing Restaurant In Bora Bora

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#12 Dinner In The Middle Of A Waterfall, Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, Villa Escudero Resort, Philippines

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#13 Enjoy Your Alien Coffee At This Bizarre Bar, Hr Giger Museum Bar, Gruyères, Switzerland

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#14 Dine While Watching Old Sci-fi Movie Clips Shown On The Big Screen, Sci-fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, FL, USA

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#15 Your Meal Is Grilled Over A Volcano, El Diablo, Lanzarote, Spain

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The Intrinsic Need for Healthy and Sustainable Materials

04.08.2019

Carolyn Ames Noble

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The built environment accounts for over two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. In the majority of the places we live, work and play, research has realized that indoor air quality is more polluted than the outdoors, even in the largest industrialized metropolitan areas. This is cause for concern because humans spend over 90% of our time indoors.

The case for healthy and sustainable materials in this time of turbulent climate change is ubiquitous. Sustainable materials help reduce carbon emissions and nurture the overall health of the planet. Harmoniously, healthy materials produce meaningful eudemonia to the inhabitants of the space.


WasteBasedBrick Composition, StoneCycling

These types of holistic spaces are vital, fundamental to the health and equity of humans and to the health of the planet. There’s also an intrinsic and perhaps even a philosophical need for these materials in our dwellings. In the future, perhaps these materials should become the baseline for all building projects.

A Look at Organizations

There are many admirable organizations that support healthy and sustainable design philosophies, included and not limited to:

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American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), founded in 1975, champions that “design impacts lives” and uses evidence-based design and research to demonstrate how.

USGBC began its LEED program mission in 1993. Twenty-six years later, LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI), founded in 2009, defines its mission to make communities socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. The ILFI’s Living Product Challenge is a philosophy first, advocacy tool and product certification program that defines the most advanced measures of sustainability in product manufacturing today. The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals:

  • Place
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Health and happiness
  • Materials
  • Equity
  • Beauty

Launched in 2014 after years of extensive research and development across disciplines, the International Well Building Institute (IWBI) strives to revolutionize the way people think about buildings. It explores how design, operations and behaviors within the places where we live, work, learn and play can be optimized to advance human-health and wellbeing. IWBI offers the WELL certification program focused on seven guiding concepts:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Nourishment
  • Light
  • Fitness
  • Comfort
  • Mind

The mission for viable buildings starts with the people, processes and products that comprise them.

The Product: A Cascade for Sustainability

Wall finish and flooring selections are fundamental on the six planes of interior selections. Paint color is appointed perfectly with coatings like Sherwin-Williams Harmony, which was a green industry-first in 2001. Harmony meets the most stringent VOC regulations and has achieved GREENGUARD Gold Certification satisfying LEED v4 v4.1 criteria. Its additional qualities of odor-eliminating and formaldehyde-reducing technologies help improve indoor air quality by reducing VOCs from possible sources such as cabinets, carpets and fabrics.

 

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Regarding color for spaces of vitality and retreat alike, Emily Kantz, interior designer at the Sherwin-Williams Company, recommends the following palettes:

“The Electric Exploration palette features the striking Rivulet, Rejuvenate and Izmir Purple. These colors bring energy and life into the space. The Off the Grid palette is a breath of fresh air with the nature inspired colors of Almond Roca, Copper Mountain and Cascades, bringing the earthy elements of the great outdoors inside to give us a sense of health and well-being.”

Mohawk Group has a suite of Living Product Challenge Petal-certified flooring including:

  • Lichen carpet plank
  • Nutopia carpet plank
  • Nutopia Matrix carpet Plank
  • Sunweave broadloom/area rug
  • Pivot Point enhanced resilient tile


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Representative of the Living Product Challenge, Sunweave’s Petal Certification aims to leave a handprint rather than a footprint. Mohawk Group engaged in a special handprinting partnership with Groundswell to install 10 SmartFlower solar systemsin underserved communities and at educational institutions with STEM programs across the U.S.

George Bandy Jr., chief sustainability officer at Mohawk Flooring North America, considers the designer’s role expanded well beyond the typical project scope to being the connector between carbon and social change. He asks, “How can the designer bring the enormity of the climate change issue to each individual client and make it personally relevant?”

He considers his own place in the design industry as CSO not as a career pinnacle, but instead part of a greater journey that began in the 1990s at the University of Texas – Houston. He served as the Chairman of the USGBC and worked alongside Ray Anderson at Interface before joining Mohawk Group three years ago.

At Mohawk, Bandy also sees himself as the connector – in his case, connecting the dots between the internal and external product creation, between the industry and the community. He envisions the product as a cascade for sustainability, utilizing sustainable practicesthroughout manufacturing, and leaving a lasting, positive social impact on the communities where Mohawk plants are located.

Waste Reimagined

Striving for a circular economy, designers have reimagined, repurposed and reused what was supposed to be waste. A category of new and innovative composites from plastics and other discarded materials has been invented. Foresso is such a composite: a sheet material composed of timber and wood waste from sawmills.

Conor Taylor, creative director at Foresso, says, “We consider ourselves very lucky to get to work with timber every day, the richness of wood adds warmth to interiors and can make any space more welcoming. Nowadays it is hugely important to consider the sustainability of our work so we endeavor to use every part of the tree in Foresso and hope that by doing so we can encourage others to make the most of this incredible material.”


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Tom van Soest and Ward Massa founded StoneCycling in the Netherlands in 2013, their shared vision that the need for reimagined waste products was also the opportunity. They created a building material whose main input is the waste output from construction sites, which massively pollute the earth. Their product, WasteBasedBricks, which as an early prototype was conceived in a homemade industrial blender, has evolved – and their circular and sustainable products are being used across Europe and the U.S.


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Also a product of the Netherlands, the tulip may be the single most iconic image from the region. In fact, 77% of the world’s tulips come from this small country of 12 provinces, comprising for roughly two billion tulips. “Strangely, the most beautiful part of the flower, the head, has no economic value except being a coveted photo object of many a tourist,” says Tjeerd Veenhoven of Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven. By a process of extraction from what would be the waste residual of the dried flower head, pigment is distilled. Color is a wonder in this artisanal process, and applications range from uses in finger paint to biological plastics.


Tulip Pigments, Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven

Mother Nature Engineered

In the quest to save Mother Nature, nature itself is investigated and replicated. Bolt Threads developed Microsilk after studying the silk spun by spiders and produced their own protein. Whereas 60% of fabric fibers are petroleum based, Microsilk is generated mostly of sugar. Bolt Threads has partnered with iconic brands such Patagonia and Stella McCartney. The company currently doesn’t have any specific plans for the interior design material industry, though the brand is excited about what the future holds and will continue to introduce new materials for a more sustainable world.


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Renee Hytry Derrington, vice president and global design lead at Formica Corporation, reports of the company that the past several years, Formica has introduced a suite of sustainability décor-based products including Reclaimed Denim Fiber and Paper Terrazzo patterns. Reclaimed Denim Fiber is real reclaimed denim fiber made from post-production waste collected at cloth production mills, embedded in paper. No one sheet is alike due to the natural papermaking process, which will be seen as a slight linear direction to the laminate sheet. Paper Terrazzo utilizes small fragments of post-production solid color paper that would otherwise have gone to waste. These paper chips are re-used to create a new paper sheet that is 30 percent reclaimed material. This paper technique uses small-batch craft production so that each sheet is unique and natural.

Bio-based plastics are forecasted to be a $35B business by 2022. Corn starch, sugar, cooking oil and even waste avocado stones are re-engineered for use in this material category. Algae and fungi-created materials will continue to bloom in use and scale. And designers continue seeking solutions reimaging the ultimate waste product – carbon – itself.

“In the future, healthy and sustainability materials will be considered the standard and not called out as special or unique. This will be the result of product designers reusing and reducing waste, considering the human interface and thinking about the environment during the design process,” predicts Hytry Derrington.

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Why You Should Visit the 3 Happiest Countries in the World

A new study by the U.N. recognized these three neighboring countries as the happiest in the world, so we’ve provided a guide for when you travel there.

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SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN VS. MINIMALIST DESIGN: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Navigating design terms can be as confusing as assembling a home entertainment system by hand. But to plan interior design that suits your highly specific, oh-so-original tastes and home, you need the language to talk about the nuances of certain styles.

If all you know about minimalist and Scandinavian design is that IKEA sells a lot of it, let us hand you the metaphorical power drill. Here’s everything you need to know about the two aesthetics.

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