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Niko Schmutz designs bicycle with concentric wooden frame

Thin layers of oak veneer make up the three-piece wooden frame of this bicycle designed by student Niko Schmutz. The frame makes the most of the "resilient" properties of wood, and has been designed to absorb vibration and lend the vehicle a "spring effect" on uneven urban roads. According to Schmutz – a student at the

Stoft recreates the stages of plant growth with Biophilia ceramic pots

Swedish design studio Stoft has created a range of organically shaped ceramic plant pots that can nestle inside one another. Each of the vessels in the four-piece Biophilia line represents a different stage in a plant's life – from seedpod to bloom – with the shapes taking reference from the forms of each. "At a first

Vitra Design Museum hosts major Bauhaus retrospective

Work from Bauhaus artists and designers including Walter Gropius, Marianne Brandt and Wassily Kandinsky is on display at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. Mechanical Ballet, 1923, by Kurt Schmidt with F W Bogler and G Teltscher. New production at Theater der Klänge, 2009. Photograph by O Eltinger Created as a comprehensive overview of work from

Hella Jongerius launches light and dark editions of Alvar Aalto tea trolley

Dutch designer Hella Jongerius has created new versions of Modernist Alvar Aalto's iconic 901 tea trolley for Finnish furniture brand Artek. Aalto's side table made its debut in 1936 at the Milan Triennale, taking its cue from the designer's interest in British and Japanese tea culture. The original 901 design featured a simple blonde birch frame, a

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