From Cooling Solar Umbrellas to Minimalist Wooden Purses

By: Laura McQuarrie - Sep 25, 2016
The top September 2016 design ideas include paintings, furniture pieces and other products that explore a range of concepts across everything from sustainability to social issues and pop culture.

Across these innovative design pieces, there are a number of architectural projects, interior home furnishings and products that are embracing gravity-defying themes with forms that float or otherwise seem to challenge physics in interesting ways. This can also be seen in a series of manipulated landscape photos that appear to be folded in half.

Alongside somewhat serious designs that pay tribute to history and tradition around the world, there are also quirky lighthearted concepts like the Meerkat Fried Chicken Phone Case, which is entirely transparent except for a three-dimensional mock chicken piece that serves as a kickstand for the mobile device.