Futuristic Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Research Car for Our Future Mobility

The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion research car is a conceptual autonomous car that represents this auto manufacturer vision of our future mobility. The interdisciplinary team of experts from Mercedes-Benz has worked out wide variety of future scenarios that include different aspects of day-to-day mobility. Beyond its mobility function, one of these scenarios also includes taking this futuristic car as a private retreat that can offer an important added value for society at large. Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said that people who focused mainly on technology didn’t grasp how autonomous driving would change our society, our car had great possibility to become more than just a transportation, but also a mobile living space.

Mercedes-Benz F 015 elevates comfort and luxury to a new level, this concept car offers a maximum of space and a lounge character on the inside, giving its passengers optimum comfort. Every detail of this futuristic automobile demonstrates Mercedes Benz way to interpret the terms of modern luxury, emotion, and intelligence.

Designer : Mercedes Benz

Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Research Car - Autonomous Car

Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Research Car - Autonomous Car

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Jaguar XJR-19 LMP1 Concept Race Car for The Year of 2020

2020 Jaguar XJR-19 LMP1 concept race car is Mark Hostler’s independent design project as a design proposal for Le mans racer. This Staffordshire University graduate was inspired by XJR-9 and XJR-12 during the design process as you can see the similar smooth shape that forms into a rectangular form. You can read description of this project with his own words.

In 1988 and 1990, the Silk Cut Jaguar factory team ended 8 years of Porsche dominance at Le Mans with the iconic XJR-9 and XJR-12 group C racers. The XJR-19 is a prototype race car concept for the year 2020, to celebrate 30 years since Jaguar’s last win at the legendary 24hr Le Mans race.

The design process of the XJR-19 was heavily influenced by the XJR-9 and XJR-12, focusing on cutting a smooth, fluid shape into a primarily rectangular form. This created a central pod consisting of the passenger cell and drivetrain, suspended between a skeleton of sharp, flat surfaces that echo the slab sided group C racers of the 1980s and 90s.

Designer : Mark Hostler

2020 Jaguar XJR-19 LMP1 Concept Race Car by Mark Hostler

2020 Jaguar XJR-19 LMP1 Concept Race Car by Mark Hostler

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Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners

Golden Pin Design Award has announced its best design winners for 2014, below are some great designs we would like to share with you in random order.

1. Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System
Taiwan Textile Research Institute In-house Design
Nova Design Co. Ltd
Taiwan

This CRM System combines elastic fabric electrodes and comfortable knit fabric to provide sternum support and monitor heart rate variability (HRV). The minimalist design of this functional monitor allows it to be comfortably and discreetly concealed under the clothes of the wearer. The system uses Bluetooth to transmit signals to an app, which allows users to independently manage their health. This CRM System has passed the required bio-compatibility (ISO10993-5, -10) and electrical safety (EN606061-1) tests, and has been granted CE safety certification.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The cost to make medical equipment is high because a large amount of money needs to be invested in buying patents, but once the necessary patents have been acquired, the retail prices and profits of this type of equipment are high, too. This industry is developing rapidly in Taiwan.”–

2. Espresso Urban Bike
Gearlab Co. Ltd
Taiwan

Espresso Urban Bike is designed specifically for urban living in Asian cities. The frame geometry of Gearlab’s Espresso caters to East Asian proportions, ensuring a comfortable and confident ride for Asian owners. The choice of smaller wheels with 20-inch rims means the bike accelerates faster, an essential function in the stop-and-go traffic systems typical in Asian cities. These small wheels also make the bike easier to carry in and out of tight living spaces. The bike is comfortable and has a place for bags and personal belongings, a simple locking solution, and stunning aesthetics.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Espresso Urban Bike

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“This bicycle is designed specifically for city dwellers and it’s the details that make the design, from the basket in the front to the small-sized wheels for convenient navigation on congested city roads. Given the high rate of bicycle theft in cities, Espresso comes with a specially designed lock as standard. This is a high-quality product with thoughtful design.”

3. FO-1103-P
Wow Energy Saving Lighting Ltd
Taiwan

Modern office lighting consumes far more energy than is actually necessary. A well designed office lighting system can provide an efficient light source for a working environment. All lights in the FO-1103 Office Series are made from aluminum, are adjustable, and are minimalist in design. The angle of the light and the color temperature can be adjusted by remote control. The FO-1103-P is a dexterous pendant light: the body of the lamp can rotate upwards to 180 degrees and downwards to 15 degrees. The lighting mode is flexible and can be adjusted to suit the usage needs of any given space. Available modes include down lighting, centralized lighting, two-directional lighting, and indirect lighting.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - FO-1103-P Energy Saving Light

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The light style, luminosity, and angle of this light can be adjusted using a remote control. The FO-1103-P is a true product of the future; to install this fixture, a designer needs to work with a lighting specialist who will link it up to all the other electronic devices common in today’s home. It is a concept that fits perfectly with the IOT (Internet of Things) methodology.”

4. Here I Am Sticky Note
Miccudo
Taiwan

Here I Am turns a 2D post-it note into a 3D note through folding. The space saved in the folding process creates more writing areas and enhances the efficiency of the product. The triangle shapes are sticky on all sides, and no matter where they are used, they are easy to find. Here I Am was developed to improve working and noting efficiency.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Here I Am Sticky Note

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“This label sticker set, with its multitude of three-dimensional designs, is an updated version of the label stickers currently available on the market. It is encouraging to see that with just a little creativity and a different perspective a designer can create a new product from an old concept and successfully sell it in the marketplace.”

5. Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda
Evergreen International Corp.
Keith Newstead
Taiwan

The wooden model, Panda, is engaging from the moment the package is opened until the final pieces are fitted together. The toy combines humor, ingenuity, and art to bring pleasure to the senses while at the same time rewarding the maker with a feeling of accomplishment. Through innovative design practices and making use of mechanical principles, the finished Panda springs into life when a crank is turned. The automata is made from precision-cut, environmentally friendly materials and can be assembled without having to use glue or sharp tools. The latest technology is used to manufacture the curved parts from reconstituted wood. The model can be assembled by people of all ages: the process of building Panda by hand encourages patience and focus.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“These sorts of projects are just fantastic. I’m a big fan of anything that encourages children to use their creativity and their dexterity to build something, and then experience what happens after they’ve built it. The fact that it’s made from environmentally friendly materials such as wood and not plastic is nice as well. In a world where toys are traditionally made of plastic, it’s important that children get to touch and feel products like this.”

6. Smart Projector
Quanta Computer Inc.
Quanta Innovation Center
Taiwan

In a society in which “sharing on the go” has become the norm, the intelligent micro-projector is a must-have for those in the business community. The WG1P Smart Projector features wireless data transmission and can be quickly linked to mobile devices, smartphones, and tablet PCs. This pocket-sized, super lightweight, “Intelligent” micro-projector also features a high-definition projection screen complemented by a high quality built-in 2.1-channel speaker that makes for effective presentations, compelling media playing, and simple document sharing. The sleek black exterior design features delicate speaker holes and a touchpad that allows you to quickly and easily access presentation or video files.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Smart Projector

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“We all have smartphones. We’re all recording large amounts of video and photos on our phones. To have a device that then allows us to view those images and those videos in a format that is outside of our screen is really in demand. They’ve managed to squeeze a lot of technology into a very small footprint. It’s a very intuitive little product as well. I could pick it up, switch it on, and within seconds I was operating it. There was no instruction book and the interface was in Chinese, but it was intuitive enough that I could still use it and to me that’s a sign of good design.”

7. SYL958 Loader
Sany Heavy Machinery Limited
China

The SYL958 Loader features an edgeless door cab design; a built-in, integral Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structures (FOPS) design; a visualization central electrical box; and a Parker fingertip operating system. The cab is sealed against the intrusion of dust to protect the health of the operator, and noise is reduced to a level 6 dB lower than other machines in China. A two-stage damper system with four-point suspended installation guarantees a comfortable operating experience. Daily service and maintenance points can be easily reached from the ground. The service life of key components is improved with the inclusion of an advanced technology DANA rotor type gearbox, a drive axle for heavy mining machines, and a reinforced heavy-duty vehicle body structure. An efficient fixed-variable confluence high-pressure system results in energy reductions of over 10 percent. The internally-pressurized oil tank stays cleaner for longer, resulting in a longer service life and less frequent oil changes. Recyclable materials and lead-less paint are incorporated across the machine.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - SYL958 Loader

Cai Jun – Jury Member
“Large equipment manufacturing–producing industrial products like high-speed trains and heavy-duty loading equipment–is one of the most important industries in China. China has made steady advancements in this area in recent years. Sany Heavy Machinery Limited is one of the leading manufacturers in this field. They focus on user-friendly design. The overall look and design of the product projects the unified spirit of the brand, and is an outstanding.”

8. Zenbook UX301
Asustek Computer INC.
Asus Design Center
Taiwan

The ZENBOOK™ UX301LA is a premium product in the ASUS Ultrabook™ range and combines great performance with elegant design. A unique, high performance CPU is encased in an ultra-thin, ultra-light laptop that features a Corning® Gorilla Glass Iid. The use of aluminum silicate Corning ® Gorilla Glass reduces body thickness by 14 percent, making this Zenbook lighter and thinner than its predecessors. A reduction in the use of metallic material enhances RF efficiency, and the use of fluoropolymer nanometer coating not only ensures excellent stain-resistance and anti-fingerprint capabilities, but also that surface dirt is easy to remove. ZENBOOK™ UX301LA represents the perfect combination of “mechanism, performance, and material.”

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Zenbook UX301 Notebook

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“At a time when laptop technology in Taiwan has matured, ASUS continues to innovate. This laptop features an ultra thin glass screen and the logo produces a spiral light. This high-level design was awarded a Japanese Good Design Award this year.”

Futuristic Infiniti SYPNATIQ Race Car Concept for A.R.C Race in 2029

In not so distant future, let’s say 2029, it seems that A.R.C race becomes prestigious competition among car makers. This time, INFINITE has come up with futuristic concept car of its own team called SYNAPTIQ. The Air.Rally.Circuit race uses a universal fuselage pod that integrates into 3 vehicle types, allowing you to witness a Formula-1 grand prix from LA to Las Vegas as the first part of the race. The second part of the race would be a desert race that requires an off-road buggy to the famous Grand Canyon, and the final part would be radical gymkhana style jet race that takes all contestants back to LA through virtual structures.

SYNAPTIQ is a future vision of INFINITE’s team where the driver and machine become one, it will dramatically enhance driver’s performance as well as passion for racing, a design that provokes anyone’s imagination.

Designer : INFINITI

Infiniti SYPNATIQ Futuristic Race Car for 2029 A.R.C Race

Infiniti SYPNATIQ Futuristic Race Car for 2029 A.R.C Race

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SF-01 Street Fighter Sports Car Platform for Local Motors

SF-01 Street Fighter Sports Car Platform is the winner of Local Motors Sports Car design platform challenge, it stands out among more than 200 submitted cool concepts. SF-01’s goal is to become the ultimate yet affordable high performance track platform with its strong, lightweight tubular frame which is suitable for daily commuting vehicle or racing. The structure offers innovative inboard suspension that has the ability to accommodate various different engines such as Inline 4’s, Inline 6’s, V8’s and many more within a mid engine front orientation layout.

This conceptual platform combines lightweight performance and practical needs required to use a vehicle as an enjoyable commuter. It boasts longest wheel base configuration to give more room to the engine bay, thus, giving wider variety of engine options while keeping a mid-engine layout. The lower frontal cross section allows for better aerodynamic stability, at the same time, giving SF-01 more rear engine stand.

Designer : Greg Thompson

SF-01 Street Fighter Concept Car by Greg Thompson

SF-01 Street Fighter Concept Car by Greg Thompson

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Satellite Outdoor Kitchen Features Modular Design for Different Configurations

Satellite is an outdoor concept kitchen designed by Riccardo Randi, Riccardo Trabattoni, and Dario distefano as part of their thesis project at IED Milan. This kitchen system has been designed and developed for Schiffini, an Italian furniture manufacturer.

The main part of this system along with some modules allow you to communicate with interior of your house, it blends in harmony no matter how your kitchen look like. The modular design offers variety configurations to fit your kitchen layout, different person has different cooking style, thus, it can accommodate multiple scenarios as you need it to be. Its aluminum bent structure makes it easy to make and assemble, it is also very affordable to produce. At this moment, these designers have designed some specific modules such as barbeques platform, wood ovens, cooking, gardening, and outdoor activities.

Designers : Riccardo Randi, Riccardo Trabattoni, and Dario Distefano

Satellite Outdoor Kitchen by Riccardo Randi, Riccardo Trabattoni, and Dario Distefano

Satellite Outdoor Kitchen by Riccardo Randi, Riccardo Trabattoni, and Dario Distefano

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Detroit Electric SP:01 Sports Car Could Be World’s Fastest Production Electric Sports Car in 2015

Detroit Electric has revealed its striking concept sports car design called SP:01. It features pure electric 2-seater sports car, the company claims that this will be the world’s fastest production electric sports car in 2015. It was revealed as a prototype at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the new design now has subtle update to further improve the car’s aerodynamic performance.

One of striking element that attracts people’s attention is the bold new fastback configuration, it replaces the prototype’s flying buttresses on either side of the rear window. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), the exterior body is optimized to create better airflow, thus, reducing turbulence for better performance and stability. That large sculptural rear wing as well as an under-body diffuser have been designed to reduce lift and improve downforce at higher speeds. The front air intake and outlet ducts on the bonnet are reshaped to provide better airflow to the HVAC system.

Designer : Detroit Electric

Detroit Electric SP:01 Sports Car

Detroit Electric SP:01 Sports Car

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Public Transport System for 2030 for PACE Forum Design Competition

The Public Transport System for 2030 project was carried out for PACE forum Design competition for the Category of “Emerging Market Mobility Vehicle”. The concept is a hybrid of public and private transportation providing quick access built with existing infrastructure with minimal space and time. The design addresses the shortcomings of Flyovers and metros (robust structures owing to dead weight) which would require high consumption of raw materials, construction time, and money. The future vision consists of pre built structures which would minimize traffic disruption during construction.

We notice that each flying pod can carry up to 2 person, yes it’s more private but we kinda hope that it can carry more persons to eliminate any queue. We believe there are many people who would choose to use this flyover instead of land transportation, because it’s fast and quiet.

Designers : Vinay Sindhe, Abhishek Karunakar, Santosh S, and Anoop Paul
Mentor : Vignesh Ravichandran (M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences)

Public Transport System for 2030 by Vinay Sindhe, Abhishek Karunakar, Santosh S, and Anoop Paul

Public Transport System for 2030 by Vinay Sindhe, Abhishek Karunakar, Santosh S, and Anoop Paul

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Aeromobil Flying Car with Collapsible Wings Fits Any Standard Parking Space

Henry Ford once says that there’ll come a day where an airplane and a motorcar combined into one. It looks like that day is not that far from now, Aeromobil has designed and developed a real flying car, yes, the company already has a working prototype. This concept flying car has been designed to make use of existing infrastructure which is created for standard cars and planes, it opens a new way to travel. Developed in Slovak Republic, this sleek and lightweight vehicle even fits a standard parking space, thanks to its collapsible wings, you can fill the fuel tank at any gas station. You can ride it on road traffic while as a plane, it can both take off and land at any airport worldwide.

From : Aeromobil

Aeromobil Flying Concept Car

Aeromobil Flying Concept Car

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Aquakit : Water Carrier System for Remote Rural Areas

Aquakit has been designed to help numbers of villagers in Turkey that still live without water plumbing systems. These people still have to manually carry water from nearby fountains (or not so near) back and forth several times in a day. Aquakit offers an affordable and durable system that improves the life standards of these people by addressing their needs of carrying, storing and using water. The system components are stackable containers, tap attachments, stands that elevate the containers to a proper height, a cart that enables a villager to carry up to six containers at a time, and funnel and hose adaptors that help villagers to easily refill the containers.

This product system offers a significant improvement in life standards of the villagers, yet it is cost effective and sustainable. All the material selections are made considering product lifespan and material – manufacturing costs. The system perfectly solves the problems of the villagers regarding; carrying, using and storing water. The final design consists Water Containers, Carrying Cart, Taps, Stands, Funnel and Filling Attachment. Each family will get a kit, consisting 6 white and 3 yellow containers, 3 stands, 1 carrying cart, 1 funnel and 3 taps.

Designer : Ahmet Burak Aktas

Aquakit by Ahmet Burak Aktas

Aquakit by Ahmet Burak Aktas

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AWWA-VA Gigabay Cargo Airplane by Oscar Viñals

We usually see Jet or Space craft designs from Oscar Viñals, this time, he has submitted a concept cargo airplane. You can read his detail description about this project below.

AWWA-VA “GIGAbay” is a concept of a “green” cargo airplane for this 21st century, based primary on its high ratio of eco-friendly purpose and its big versatile capacity to adapt to many working environment. Thanks to its advanced systems and materials, it makes this cargo:

  • Energy efficient
  • Fewer emissions
  • Less aircraft noise until 30% compared with current standards
  • Big capacity of cargo with a volume of 2,303m3 and more than 220 tons of payload, with an internal advanced and active fuselage system
  • Capable to generate “green” power, thanks to superconductivity technology, fuel cell stack, wind generators, and solar energy
  • Equipped with 4 Hybrid engines – electric / fuel & two electric engines
  • Less damages in a hypothetical emergency landing with “auto-break” wings system
  • Less drag and weight (increasing the payload cargo)
  • Less fuel consumption and damaging emissions

AWWA-VA GIGAbay is the version for cargo transport of the AWWA “Sky Whale” concept plane, with similar base. It would be equipped with a new advanced technologies from alloys, ceramic or fiber composites, carbon nanotube and fiber optic cabling, smart materials (SMA), Hybrid & E-engines (E-e), active wings with wind generators inside. It is capable to create electric energy with micro solar cells in hexagonal geometry like a part of structure’s ceiling or through two big electromagnetic generators named W.E.R.D.S. (wind energy recovery duct system) based in superconductivity technology and fuel cell stack –Hydrogen- that transforms the air flow in energy.

The airplane’s fuselage offers a big compartment to have a maximum volume of cargo in order to transport huge items, for example sections of commercial airplanes, like two Airbus A350 XWB’s sections or 4 EC-725 Super Puma copters. The cargo bay provides a volume of 2,303m3 and depending on its configuration (versatility) would have the cargo’s distribution in two decks to carry more than 220 tons of weight. The bay could be equipped with a crane of double rail capable to move items up to 30 tons along the cargo bay. It also features an adaptable and mobile platform to carry up the cargo.

Designer : Oscar Viñals

AWWA-VA Gigabay Cargo Airplane by Oscar Viñals

AWWA-VA Gigabay Cargo Airplane by Oscar Viñals

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BMW i : Solar Carport Concept with Glass-on-Glass Solar Modules

BMW introduces BMW Solar Carport concept that takes its inspiration from the styling of BMW i models in order to design a harmonious counterpart. With all-electric BMW i3 already in the market and soon BMW i8 hybrid sports car, it makes sense that BMW group wants to complement their automobiles with innovative design that takes advantage of renewable energy. This solar carport combines high-grade technology to generate electricity from solar energy, its structure design complements all BMW I models.

The sustainability characteristic can be seen from the materials used in construction and also by its solar modules. Bamboo is the main material used for the structure, along with carbon elements on the side of the carport. Bamboo is considered as sustainable raw material due to its rapid growth, while the sun’s energy is renewable energy gathered by high-grade glass-on-glass solar modules.

Designer : DesignworksUSA

BMW i - Solar Carport Concept

BMW i - Solar Carport Concept

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Link Urban Logistics System Utilizes Existing Public Transportation Infrastructure to Navigate The City

Distribution of goods can be a challenge in urban environment, especially when today’s logistics are unorganized and unsynchronized. Link Urban Logistics project has been designed to help solving this issue, it proposes sustainable alternative and reduces logistic truck movements. This system uses existing public transportation infrastructure to do regional distribution, each robotic cargo connects consolidation centers with existing neighborhood storage spaces. We can connect these cargos to public busses, trams, or trains and navigate through the city without interfering traffic. This system will shorten distribution distances, thus, reducing the need for load trucks traveling on the busy city streets.

Designer : Ayelet Fishman

Link Urban Logistics by Ayelet Fishman

Link Urban Logistics by Ayelet Fishman

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A’ Design Award and Competition 2014 – Winners

It’s time again to announce the winners of A’ Design Award & Competition, with more than 12,000 entries in more than 100 categories from 208 countries, you will find amazing products, buildings, accessories, and much more. A’ Design Award & Competition has been a prestigious design competition that attracts thousands of designers from around the world to showcase their best works. It sets a benchmark for design development in different countries and the winning designs along with the designers get international fame in an instant.

Here are 20 amazing designs among hundreds that we’d like to share with you.

1. Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez
Remember the old days when leather jacket clad riders raced from one café to another just to prove themselves? Well, those days were the inspiration of this project. Black Shadow H-E (Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Motorcycle) features vintage style with modern technology. Its carbon titanium composite frame making this vehicle becomes a lightweight, ecological bike with vintage styling.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez

2. Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand
Inspired by the form of seashells, this beautiful artistic Schon Lamp attracts everyone to approach to touch it. The light surface is located at the center to create soft illumination and uniform light to its surrounding. Simply touch the body to turn the light on/off.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand

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Onyx Sofa by Peugeot Design Lab

With a combination of Volvic volcanic lava stone and carbon fiber, Onyx Sofa becomes a unique, beautiful 3-meter long seat. Designed by Peogeut Design Lab, this sofa was presented for the first time at Milan Design Week 2014, it is the first line of “made to measure” furniture range, in collaboration with Pierre Gimbergues.

Volvic stone has spent thousands of years filtering water for its aquifer before getting sharp straight cut then hand carved to be integrated with hi-tech carbon fiber. The shapes of the carbon fiber are very structured and precisely adjusted to the volcanic stone. This sofa becomes the symbol of robustness of this French car brand.

Designer : Peugeot Design Lab

Onyx Sofa by Peugeot Design Lab

Onyx Sofa by Peugeot Design Lab

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