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Top 100 Design Trends of 2016

From Lawn Chair Sculptures to Wearable Feline Headpieces

— January 29, 2017 — Art & Design
Design is of the utmost importance to the success of any endeavor, be it a product, a service, or an entire business, and the 2016 design trends highlight some of the most creative and inventive designs of the past year. Whether through the lens of industrial design, graphic design, or product design, there are plenty of interesting ways that companies are bringing new aesthetics to their work.

Industrial design as a whole is benefiting from designers' willingness to diverge from the standard wisdom about materials -- a concept that is especially clear upon reading our FREE Trend Reports. Devendran Draguian's 'Fuse' chair juxtaposes both wood and steel to create a more comfortable and attractive chair, and Rado Kirov's table looks like it's made from melting mercury.

In the realm of graphic design, bodies seem to be at the cutting edge. Artists are exploring their most daring designs directly on people, whether by tattoos or by body painting, and the results are striking.
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Renaissance Disney Princesses
Renaissance Disney Princesses
This Series Depicts the Disney Princesses as Renaissance Characters
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Flattened Handlebar Bicycles
Flattened Handlebar Bicycles
The Ridiculous XC Bike Repositions the Steering for Better Collison
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98
Floating Corner Shelves
Floating Corner Shelves
This Furniture Piece Adds More Storage Space to Small Rooms
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97
Stylish Stacking Toys
Stylish Stacking Toys
The Tsumiki Balancing Triangles are Playful Home Decor
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96
Origami-Inspired Houses
Origami-Inspired Houses
This Indonesian Origami House is Surrounded by the Jungles of Bali
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95
Maker Fabrication Tools
Maker Fabrication Tools
The 'Glue Looper' is a Glue Applicator that Enables Faster Crafting
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94
Communal Living Experiments
Communal Living Experiments
The WeWork WeLive Space is a Converted 20 Storey office Building
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93
Framed Concrete Holiday Homes
Framed Concrete Holiday Homes
This Home Features Board-Marked Concrete Walls and Wood Detailing
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92
Lawn Chair Sculptures
Lawn Chair Sculptures
CODA Designed a Lawn Chair Pavilion for the Arts Quad at Cornell University
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Exoskeleton Arm Bands
Exoskeleton Arm Bands
Armor is an Exercising Gadget to Boost Performance by Adding Resistance
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90
Camouflaged Contemporary Homes
Camouflaged Contemporary Homes
This Modern Cottage is Concealed by a Traditional French Exterior
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89
Autonomous Motorcycle Designs
Autonomous Motorcycle Designs
The BMW Motorrad Concept Z Can Drive without Driver Intervention
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88
Grotesque Evolutionary Sculptures
Grotesque Evolutionary Sculptures
Patricia Piccinini's 'Graham' Was Made to Survive a Car Crash
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87
Disposable Music Festival Tents
Disposable Music Festival Tents
The 'KarTent' Makes Festival Camping Easier and More Efficient
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86
Vertical Indoor Gardens
Vertical Indoor Gardens
This European Home Uses Bamboo to Bring a Sense of Forestry To the Abode
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85
Pet-Focused Furniture
Pet-Focused Furniture
The 'Amolet' Pet Sofa is Designed to Give Owners and Pets a Place to Rest
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84
Fairy Tale Green Homes
Fairy Tale Green Homes
These Green Roof Houses Save on Energy and Look Stunning
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83
Folded Landscape Photography
Folded Landscape Photography
These Manipulated Landscapes Look Like Windows Into Another World
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82
Sloped Stone Cabins
Sloped Stone Cabins
The Casa VI Home Honors the Alps Landscape with a Rustic Exterior Design
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81
Geometrical Tribal Tattoos
Geometrical Tribal Tattoos
Roxx Uses Thin Lines and Extensive Detail to Rework Tradition
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80
Individual Community Cabins
Individual Community Cabins
The Micro Cluster Cottages are Separated Rooms Linked in Space
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79
Pyramid-Shaped Yachts
Pyramid-Shaped Yachts
The HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht Boasts a Futuristic Design
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Gradient Wood Flooring Designs
Gradient Wood Flooring Designs
The DIESEL LIVING x BERTI 'Shadow' Flooring is Intentionally Faded
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Low-Maintenance Weekend Homes
Low-Maintenance Weekend Homes
This Home is Made from Pre-Rusted Steel for Low-Maintenance
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Versatile Urban Backpacks
Versatile Urban Backpacks
The Rover Backpack Can Transition Between Urban & Outdoor Environments
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75
Miniature Homeless Housing Solutions
Miniature Homeless Housing Solutions
This Organizations Designs Tiny Shelters for the Homeless
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Rustic Tiny Homes
Rustic Tiny Homes
This Home Combines a Rustic Aesthetic with a More Modern One
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Technology-Upcycling Projects
Technology-Upcycling Projects
This Company Released New Designs for Its Annual Recycling Project
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Affordable Rural Dwellings
Affordable Rural Dwellings
'Rural Studio' Created This Home Design That Can Be Built for $20,000
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Animalistic Self-Defense Devices
Animalistic Self-Defense Devices
The 'TigerLady' Claw Offers Enhanced Defense Against Attackers
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70
Nature-Inspired Jewelry Lines
Nature-Inspired Jewelry Lines
These Delicate Pieces of Jewelry are Infused with Natural Elements
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Playground-Inspired Apartments
Playground-Inspired Apartments
Ki Design's Apartment With a Slide Concept References Childhood
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68
Organizational Bicycle Rakes
Organizational Bicycle Rakes
The Vadolibero 'Bike Butler' is a Modern Indoor Bike Storage Solution
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67
Multi-Material Seating Solutions
Multi-Material Seating Solutions
The 'Fuse' Chair is Crafted Using Wood and Steel to Merge Designs
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66
Compact Inflatable Sofas
Compact Inflatable Sofas
The Lamzac 'Hangout' Sofa Allows for Comfortable Seating Anywhere
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65
Agricultural Wall Art
Agricultural Wall Art
These Agricultural Art Pieces Work as Small Ecosystems That Decorate Homes
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64
Bunkbed Seating Solutions
Bunkbed Seating Solutions
The 'Slumbersofa Duo' Sofa Bed Couch Transforms into Bedroom Furniture
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63
Cramped Condo Furniture Units
Cramped Condo Furniture Units
The Urbano Casa Collection Makes Small Spaces More Functional
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62
Single-Step Folding Bikes
Single-Step Folding Bikes
The 'PLOOI' Folding Electric Bike is Ready to Go at the Push of a Button
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61
Dual-Use Stool Tables
Dual-Use Stool Tables
The 'Table&Stool' Offers a Bevy of Uses in Smaller Living Spaces
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Hug-Giving Sofas
Hug-Giving Sofas
The 'Free Hug Sofa' is Designed to Mimic the Feeling of a Warm Embrace
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Aesthetically Pleasing Fitness Equipment
Aesthetically Pleasing Fitness Equipment
The 'Femton' Gym Gear is Made from Natural Materials
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Slopping Cliffside Homes
Slopping Cliffside Homes
This Home's Unique Design Protects Against Extreme Weather Conditions
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57
Lavish Concept Cars
Lavish Concept Cars
The Rolls-Royce Vision Concept Car Can Customize to the User's Needs
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Modern Portable Log Fires
Modern Portable Log Fires
This Portable Log Fire Can Be Used on the Beach or in a Fireplace
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Multipurpose Pocket Survival Tools
Multipurpose Pocket Survival Tools
The 'Paracard' Survival Tool Packs Essential Components
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54
Four-in-One Cutting Boards
Four-in-One Cutting Boards
The 'Bambleu' Cutting Board Makes Kitchen Preparation More Efficient
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Cantilevered Cocktail Bars
Cantilevered Cocktail Bars
The Bire Bitroir Offers Unparalleled Views with its Cliffside Location
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Customizable Wooden Micro Homes
Customizable Wooden Micro Homes
This Company Builds Wooden Trailers for Eco-Conscious Consumers
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51
Rugged Teardrop Trailers
Rugged Teardrop Trailers
Colorado Teardrops Makes High-End Trailers for Outdoor Enthusiasts
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Volcanic Blade Knives
Volcanic Blade Knives
The 'Ab Ovo' Meat Knife is Designed to Slice Through Anything with Ease
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Supermarket Chain Launches
Supermarket Chain Launches
The First Yeme Flagship Store Shows Off the New Brand's Concept
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Worldly Headdress Photography
Worldly Headdress Photography
The 'Etno' Series Shows Each Woman Adorned in a Beautiful Headdress
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Sustainable Rammed-Earth Houses
Sustainable Rammed-Earth Houses
Casa Candelareia is Built from Soil Excavated On-Site
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Revamped Fast Food Packaging
Revamped Fast Food Packaging
The New McDonald's Packaging Will Be Launched in 2016
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Luminous LED Business Cards
Luminous LED Business Cards
These Eye-Catching Business Cards are Illuminated with Etched Light
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Self-Discovery Cards
Self-Discovery Cards
These Prompt Cards from the School of Life Encourage Self-Exploration
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Multi-Hued Wood Tables
Multi-Hued Wood Tables
Romain Luppi Uses Dead Wood to Create These Unique Tables
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Breath-Storing Scuba Devices
Breath-Storing Scuba Devices
The 'M1' Underwater Breathing Device Extends Time Beneath the Surface
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Paperless Smoking Pipes
Paperless Smoking Pipes
The 7pipe Twisty Glass Blunt Makes Smoking on the Go More Streamlined
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40
Modular Travel Luggage
Modular Travel Luggage
This Eagle Creek Luggage Blends Lightweight Functioning and Versatility
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Eco-Friendly Glamping Cabins
Eco-Friendly Glamping Cabins
These Triangular Cabins are Designed for Luxury Camping Trips
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38
Thoughtful Twisting Bicycles
Thoughtful Twisting Bicycles
The Somerset Folding Bike by Kaiser Chang Boasts a U-Shaped Frame
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Photo-Finished Cube Furniture
Photo-Finished Cube Furniture
This Coated Foam Furniture Boasts Real-Life Images on its Designs
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Airplane-Friendly Fashions
Airplane-Friendly Fashions
This Fashionable Piece of Travel Clothing is Both Stylish & Comfortable
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Cyclist Camping Kits
Cyclist Camping Kits
The Nemo Bike-Packing Kit Offers a Compact Tent and Sleeper for Bikers
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Small Space Couch Designs
Small Space Couch Designs
The 'Addax' Sofa Design by Matthew Pope is Made for Small Living Units
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Minimal Futuristic Store Layouts
Minimal Futuristic Store Layouts
This Modern Department Store Brings the Future into the Present
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Melting Mercury Tables
Melting Mercury Tables
Rado Kirov Uses Stainless Steel to Create Modern Tables that Mimic Movement
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Modern Man Cave Apartments
Modern Man Cave Apartments
Kaschuk Kostyantyn's 'Hello Scandinavia' Project is Understated
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Urban Balcony Decor Shops
Urban Balcony Decor Shops
De Balkonie is a Home Decor Store Dedicated to Balcony Decoration
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Park-Benefiting Backpacks
Park-Benefiting Backpacks
Osprey Kestrel Hiking Bag Donates Proceeds to Preserving National Parks
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Artistically Abstract Tattoos
Artistically Abstract Tattoos
These Black Tattoos Resemble Drawings from an Artist's Sketchpad
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DIY Eco Campers
DIY Eco Campers
This Diy Camper is Surprisingly Made from Plastic Campaign Signs
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Boutique Boxing Gyms
Boutique Boxing Gyms
'Shadowbox' in New York City Boasts a Rustic and Upscale Aesthetic
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Solar Canopy Designs
Solar Canopy Designs
Brooklyn SolarWorks Creates Canopies to Make the Most of Rooftop Space
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High-End Prefab Homes
High-End Prefab Homes
The Diago Home by J Mayer H Enhances Home Architecture Design Expectations
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Portable Tire Toilet Seats
Portable Tire Toilet Seats
This Bathroom Seat Conveniently Hooks onto a Car Tire for On-the-Go Use
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Interactive Nature-Themed Tables
Interactive Nature-Themed Tables
The 'Starry Sea' Table Was Inspired by the Caribbean Sea
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Transportable Encampment Trailers
Transportable Encampment Trailers
The Journey Basecamp Caravan Provides a Compact Luxe Family Tent
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Wearable Feline Headpieces
Wearable Feline Headpieces
Artist Housetu Sato Makes Photo-Realistic Fantasy Cat Heads
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Aggressive Motorcycle Concepts
Aggressive Motorcycle Concepts
The BMW Titan Concept is Aerodynamic and Fiercely Geometrical
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Discreet Engagement Ring Boxes
Discreet Engagement Ring Boxes
This Thin Ring Box Helps Users Keep Their Upcoming Proposal Secret
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Hidden Bed Apartments
Hidden Bed Apartments
This Conceptual Apartment from Geometrium Features a Stair-Embedded Bed
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Iconic Japanese Body Art
Iconic Japanese Body Art
Students Used Takashi Murakami's Style for Body Art Inspiration
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Hanging Terrarium Lamps
Hanging Terrarium Lamps
The 'Mygdal' Plant Light Incorporates a Living Shrub into the Illuminator
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Cinematic Sleep Sanctuaries
Cinematic Sleep Sanctuaries
This Hi-Tech Bed is Equipped with a Built-In Projector and Audio
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Converted Sprinter Vans
Converted Sprinter Vans
Filmmaker Cyrus Sutton Shows How He Lives on the Road in His Converted Van
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Multi-Purpose Transforming Bags
Multi-Purpose Transforming Bags
The OWLBAG Changes Shape to Meet Your Every Need
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Multi-Purpose Cutting Boards
Multi-Purpose Cutting Boards
These Tools Function as Wood Cutting Boards, Serving Trays or Trivets
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Branded Pop-Up Training Facilities
Branded Pop-Up Training Facilities
The X by adidas is a Bold Running Experience in London
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Luxurious Co-Working Spaces
Luxurious Co-Working Spaces
This Co-Work Space Adapts to More Modern Work Practices
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Versatile Camping Trailers
Versatile Camping Trailers
The TigerMoth Camper Trailer Provides Ample Amenities for Campers
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Deceptive Restaurant Facades
Deceptive Restaurant Facades
This Thai Grocery Stall Hides an Upscale Hong Kong Restaurant
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Sensual Tattoo Designs
Sensual Tattoo Designs
'Silly Jane' Creates Tattoos That Celebrate Human Sexuality
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Experientail Retail Trucks
Experientail Retail Trucks
Holt Renfrew Brings its Store to the Road with a Mobile Pop-Up Shop
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Stand-Up Aquatic Pedal Boards
Stand-Up Aquatic Pedal Boards
Hobie Mirage Eclipse Boards are Like Step Machines for the Water
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Compact Camping Trailers
Compact Camping Trailers
The Timberleaf is Scaled Down to Size for Functionality and Portability
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Hidden Kitchen Storage Solutions
Hidden Kitchen Storage Solutions
The 'Cabinet Plus' System Makes Use of Waste Storage Space
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Soundproof Insulating Wall Stickers
Soundproof Insulating Wall Stickers
These 3D Self-Adhesive Wall Stickers Add Visual Decor Appeal
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