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Top 100 Art & Design Trends of 2015

From Compact Glass Cabins to Temporary Watercolor Tattoos

— January 31, 2016 — Art & Design
The top 2015 art & design trends reveal that bigger isn't always better. In recent years, there has been a noticeable shift towards micro homes and minimalist design. Indeed, consumers have demonstrated a growing interest in spaces that are small yet functional.

In some ways, the shift towards micro homes is a testament to the lack of available space in large urban areas. With space at a premium, many people have found clever ways to make small homes more functional. Whether it is creating a temporary structure out of prefabricated materials or adding additional levels to an existing residence, modern design has made it easier for consumers to work within a limited amount of space.

As the 2015 art & design trends reveal, the shift towards micro living has also influenced what is found inside of the home. Indeed, minimalist furniture and unfussy accessories have become easy ways of keeping a small space from feeling too cluttered.

For further insights on art, design and architecture, check out the 2016 Trend Report.
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Activity
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Eerie Female Portraits
Eerie Female Portraits
These Eerie Portraits Feature Females in Harsh & Vacant Locations
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98
Realistic Cartoon Costumes
Realistic Cartoon Costumes
Jin Pays Tribute to the Disney Film with Incredible Big Hero 6 Cosplay
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97
DIY Moonshine Machines
DIY Moonshine Machines
This Stainless Steel Moonshine Still is Ideal for Beginner Distillers
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96
Coffee Cup Logo Doodles
Coffee Cup Logo Doodles
This Collection Transforms the Starbucks Siren into Various Characters
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95
Inequality-Exposing Illustrations
Inequality-Exposing Illustrations
These Gender Equality Comics Use Humor to Illuminate Injustice
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94
Loch Ness Ladles
Loch Ness Ladles
This Cute Nessie Spoon was Made in the Image of the Fabled Scottish Monster
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93
Floating Residential Pods
Floating Residential Pods
The WaterNest 100 is a Circular Pod-Like Residence
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92
Disney Princess Minions
Disney Princess Minions
Jen Lewis of BuzzFeed Mashes Up Two Beloved Animated Franchises
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91
Wearable Multi-Tools
Wearable Multi-Tools
The Leatherman Tread Makes Everyday Tools More Accessible
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90
Maternal Disney Princesses
Maternal Disney Princesses
This Artist Reimagined Disney Princesses as Moms in Realistic Scenarios
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89
Fantastic Masquerading Furnishings
Fantastic Masquerading Furnishings
A Series of Hybrid Sculptural Seating Assumes Everyday Objects
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88
Clever Photography Infographics
Clever Photography Infographics
Marion Luttenberger's Infographics Creatively Display Common Items
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87
Inexpensive 3D-Printed Villas
Inexpensive 3D-Printed Villas
This Mind-Blowing House Was Built in Just 10 Days Using a 3D Printer
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86
Full-Figured Disney Princesses
Full-Figured Disney Princesses
This Artist Reimagines Disney Heroines as Plus-Size Princesses
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85
Hyperrealistic Food Paintings
Hyperrealistic Food Paintings
Tjalf Sparnaay's Masterpieces Feed One's Appetite for Art
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84
Tiny Drone Toys
Tiny Drone Toys
SKEYE Nano Drone Buzzes Like an Electronic Insect, Navigating Nooks and Crannies
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83
Animal Friendship Portraits
Animal Friendship Portraits
Harper and Lola Pose in This Pet Photography Series by Rebeca Leimbach
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82
Record-Breaking Mechanical Watches
Record-Breaking Mechanical Watches
The World's Most Complicated Watch Boasts 57 'Complexities'
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81
Waste Container Swimming Pools
Waste Container Swimming Pools
The 'Pool Box' is Housed Inside of an Old Dumpster
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80
Role-Swapped Disney Princesses
Role-Swapped Disney Princesses
This Artist Puts Elsa Underwater and Snow White with the Beast
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79
Miniature Versatile Axes
Miniature Versatile Axes
The Latest Device from 'Survco' Can Transform into Over 20 Tactical Tools
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78
Life-Like Disney Princes
Life-Like Disney Princes
This Series Transforms the Iconic Disney Princes into Realistic Images
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77
Stripper Disney Princes
Stripper Disney Princes
Isaiah Stephens Re-Imagines Wholesome Characters as Magic Mike Contenders
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76
Elegant Ribbon Urinals
Elegant Ribbon Urinals
This New Toilet Concept Proposes a Sculptural Form That Reuses Water
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75
Chic Pegboard Shelving
Chic Pegboard Shelving
Peg-It-All by Kreisdesign is a Modern Version for Stylish Homes
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74
$100 Million Penthouses
$100 Million Penthouses
These Penthouse is Located in the One57 Tower in Midtown Manhattan
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73
Encroaching Cubby Interiors
Encroaching Cubby Interiors
Suspended Built-in Shelves Free Up Space for a Fascinating Floor Plan
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72
3D-Printed High Heels
3D-Printed High Heels
The 'Re-Inventing Shoes' Project Explores 3D-Printing For Shoe Design
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71
Compact Glass Cabins
Compact Glass Cabins
Modular Glass House Offers Broad Landscape Views from Every Transparent Face
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70
Shape-Shifting Brass Knuckles
Shape-Shifting Brass Knuckles
The OCATO Kung Fu Power Self-Defense Ring Changes Shape in a Snap
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69
DIY Cement Block Benches
DIY Cement Block Benches
This DIY Bench is an Easy Way to Add Extra Outdoor Seating to a Backyard
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68
Spherical Drone Docks
Spherical Drone Docks
Pylons Dronairports Would Serve as Charging Stations and Safe Storage
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67
Rustic Recycled Art
Rustic Recycled Art
Moerkey Transformed Old Keys and Coins into Beautiful Art
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66
Box-Delivered Beds
Box-Delivered Beds
This Mattress in a Box Expands to Full-Size with Its Innovative Memory Foam
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65
DIY Wallpaper Cakes
DIY Wallpaper Cakes
This Unique Recipe Lets You Cover Your Cake in Any Pattern Imaginable
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64
Body Issue Illustrations
Body Issue Illustrations
These Drawings Highlight Modern Body Issues Faced by Women
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63
Modern Dog Houses
Modern Dog Houses
Puphaus by Pryamid Design Co. is a Stylish Outdoor Abode for Man's Best Friend
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62
Chic Modular Chairs
Chic Modular Chairs
Exocet by Stephane Leathead Can Take on Different Positions and Personalities
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61
Subterranean Cliff Houses
Subterranean Cliff Houses
Open Platform for Architecture's Casa Brutale is a Striking Glass Home
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60
No-Wait Coffee Shops
No-Wait Coffee Shops
The Starbucks Line is Eliminated with an Efficient Location in New York City
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59
Portable Box Homes
Portable Box Homes
The 'Teeny Box' is a Prefabricated Space Made from Reclaimed Materials
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58
Efficient Folding Suitcases
Efficient Folding Suitcases
Nendo Kame Luggage Has a Flexible Fabric Cover That Simply Rolls Aside
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57
Evil Cartoon Pin-Ups
Evil Cartoon Pin-Ups
Artist Andrew Tarusov Created a Series of Disney Villian Pin-Up Posters
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56
Modern Forest Homes
Modern Forest Homes
Engel Architekten Designs a Stunning House that Blends Into Its Surroundings
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55
Disney Princess Hair Makeovers
Disney Princess Hair Makeovers
These Short-Haired Princess Shots Show Disney Stars with Short Cuts
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54
Unvirtuous Disney Illustrations
Unvirtuous Disney Illustrations
The Seven Deadly Sins Inspire Christopher Hill's Disney Art
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53
Compact Furniture Collections
Compact Furniture Collections
The Travelbox Set Moves Where You Move, Complete with a Bed and More
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52
Galactic Art Reinterpretations
Galactic Art Reinterpretations
David Hamilton Remixes Classic Paintings with Star Wars Influence
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51
Russian Fairytale Photography
Russian Fairytale Photography
Uldus Bakhtiozina's Work Brings Cultural Myths and Stories to Life
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50
Psychedelic Art Installations
Psychedelic Art Installations
Pip & Pop's Rainbow Hued Sculptures Will Enlighten One's Imagination
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49
Functional Micro Apartments
Functional Micro Apartments
Designer Szymon Hanczar Created a Minimalist Space for Urban Dwellers
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48
Sustainable Micro Dwellings
Sustainable Micro Dwellings
Chris Heininge's Small Living Space is Only 280 Square Feet
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47
Sliding Wall Apartments
Sliding Wall Apartments
The 5:1 Apartment Uses a Motorized Wall to Switch Between Spaces
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46
Contemporary Dutch Cottages
Contemporary Dutch Cottages
Zecc Architects Designs a Countryside Cabin Using Shuttered Walls
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45
Socialite Disney Princesses
Socialite Disney Princesses
This Series Depicts the Kardashian Family as Disney Divas
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44
Keychain Camping Elements
Keychain Camping Elements
This Portable Camping Stove Packs Up for Easy Carrying in One Hand
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43
Survival Kit Walking Sticks
Survival Kit Walking Sticks
The Survival Hiking Stick 2.0 Puts Necessary Items in a Compact Design
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42
Playground Sofa Sets
Playground Sofa Sets
Marvin Reber's Fun Furniture Design Can Be Dismantled for Play
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41
Pop Culture-Inspired Graffiti
Pop Culture-Inspired Graffiti
This French Artist Turns Pop Culture Icons into Amusing Street Art
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40
Hilarious Cat Comics
Hilarious Cat Comics
This Graphic Compares the Joy of Having a Cat to the Horror of Having a Baby
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39
Fantastic Fan-Like Bookcases
Fantastic Fan-Like Bookcases
Web Shelf Comprises Interlocking Ledges Arranged at Different Angles
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38
Tiny Minimalist Tattoos
Tiny Minimalist Tattoos
These Small Tattoos are Timeless and Sophisticated Works or Art
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37
Life Drawing Parties
Life Drawing Parties
Toronto's Graphic Stallion Hosts Bachelorette, Retirement & Divorce Parties
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36
Realistic Disney Villains
Realistic Disney Villains
This Series Explores What Iconic Villains Would Look Like in Real Life
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35
Space-Saving Cycle Storage
Space-Saving Cycle Storage
Pull-Out Bike Racks Only Occupy the Sidewalk When They're in Use
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34
Elderly Disney Princesses
Elderly Disney Princesses
These Aged Disney Princesses are Recreated as Silver-Haired Elders
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33
Geometric Nature Tattoos
Geometric Nature Tattoos
Bicem Sinik Creates Body Ink Based Around Stunning Lines and Dots
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32
Shipping Container Abodes
Shipping Container Abodes
A Residence in Northern Ireland was Constructed with Unusual Materials
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31
Intricate Mandala Tattoos
Intricate Mandala Tattoos
These Complex Patterned Tattoos are Composed of Thousands of Fine Lines
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30
Tropical Modern Residences
Tropical Modern Residences
The Brillhart House is a Majestic Hand-Built Home is Downtown Miami
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29
Conceptual Wood Furniture
Conceptual Wood Furniture
Arca Studio Creates Unusual Designs for Modern Homes
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28
Elegant Grayscale Tattoos
Elegant Grayscale Tattoos
These Monochromatic Tattoos Feature Detailed Geometric Designs
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27
Humanized Disney Animals
Humanized Disney Animals
Artist Pugletto Imagines What Cartoon Beasts Would Look Like as Humans
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26
Flat-Packed Tabletop Workstations
Flat-Packed Tabletop Workstations
Adjustable Standing Desks Make it Simple to Set Up Shop Anywhere
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25
Mini DIY Homes
Mini DIY Homes
This Tiny, Portable House is Delivered to You and Ready for Assembly
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24
Cozy Backyard Bunkies
Cozy Backyard Bunkies
The Collingwood Shepherd Hut Offers Comfy Permit-Free Overflow Accommodation
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23
Envelope Shipping Boxes
Envelope Shipping Boxes
These Printed Box Designs Show Off Maximum Style and Ease of Opening
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22
Uncovered Tattoo Portraits
Uncovered Tattoo Portraits
This Photoseries Reveals Hidden Tattoos on Everyday Individuals
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21
Illusory Infinity Tables
Illusory Infinity Tables
Louise-Anne Van 'T Riet's Table Design Appears Bottomless
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20
Shipping Container Campuses
Shipping Container Campuses
Pop Brixton Aims to Bring A Sense of Community to the District
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19
Cooking USB Speakers
Cooking USB Speakers
Thanko's Rice Cooker Sits by Your Computer and Serves as a Speaker
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18
Sensualized Fantasy Females
Sensualized Fantasy Females
The Game of Thrones Pinup Series is Inspired by Naughty Retro Photos
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17
Ethereal Breastfeeding Portraits
Ethereal Breastfeeding Portraits
Ivette Ivens Turns a Taboo Motherhood Issue on Its Head
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16
Recognizable Minimalist Logos
Recognizable Minimalist Logos
These Brand Logos Remain Identifiable Even While Stripped in Design
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15
Futuristic Electric Bicycles
Futuristic Electric Bicycles
Società Piemontese Automobili Designs a Modern and Minimalist Concept
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14
Parody Brand Logos
Parody Brand Logos
These Redesigned Logos Reflect the Reputation of Iconic Brands
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13
Embracing Cartoon Beds
Embracing Cartoon Beds
This Minion Mattress Cover Lets Gru's Loyal Underlings Give You Hugs
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12
Realistic Disney Princess Hairstyles
Realistic Disney Princess Hairstyles
Buzzfeed's Loryn Brantz Gives Characters an Attainable Look
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11
Superficial Disney Princesses
Superficial Disney Princesses
Saint Hoax Puts an Animated Twist on the Kylie Jenner Challenge
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10
Obese Celebrity Makeovers
Obese Celebrity Makeovers
A Spanish Artist Photoshops Celebs to Encourage Diverse Body Acceptance
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9
Independent Disney Princesses
Independent Disney Princesses
Saint Hoax Encourages Women to Save Themselves Instead of Waiting
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8
Abandoned Amusement Park Photos
Abandoned Amusement Park Photos
Seph Lawless Captures the Aftermath of Closed Down Theme Parks
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7
Water-Weaving Faucets
Water-Weaving Faucets
Swirl Tap Spouts Angled Streams of H2O for an Improved Cleaning Experience
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6
Portable Prefabricated Rooms
Portable Prefabricated Rooms
Expand Your Home Space with Inoutside's Prefabricated Buildings
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5
Hairy Disney Princesses
Hairy Disney Princesses
These Illustrations Add Realistic Body Hair to Iconic Disney Princesses
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4
Mental Illness Tattoos
Mental Illness Tattoos
These Tattoos Represent the Fight of Those Struggling with Mental Illness
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3
Motherly Disney Princesses
Motherly Disney Princesses
This Series Depicts What the Mothers of Disney Princesses Would Be Like
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2
Makeup-Free Disney Princesses
Makeup-Free Disney Princesses
These Illustrations Depict the Iconic Princesses Without Any Makeup
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1
Anime Disney Princesses
Anime Disney Princesses
Buzzfeed's Andrew Pena Envisions Classic Characters in a Different Style
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