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Top 100 Design Ideas in August

From Sleek Spanish Abodes to Towering Toilet Exhibits

— September 1, 2014 — Eco
Elegance, indulgence and sophistication characterize this collection of the top August 2014 design ideas. While the days are becoming shorter and the weather slightly cooler, consumers can make the most what's left of summer by booking a last-minute getaway and staying in either a minimalist beachside villa, a luxury powerboat or a cliffside mansion.

Architects and designers have mastered the art of marrying extravagance and simplicity. From clean lines to rooftop pools and modern pergolas, design is reaching new heights when it comes to elegance and finesse.

Another standout idea this month is the eyebrow-raising art exhibit in Japan. The museum is home to a giant toilet installation that welcomes guests to hop in -- while wearing a hat shaped like feces -- to learn about what happens after you flush.

For more in-dept research and analysis on the top August 2014 ideas, check out Trend Hunter's Design Trend Report.
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Captivating Animal Murals
Captivating Animal Murals
Fiona Tang Creates Multi-Dimensional Charcoal Drawings of Wildlife
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Surrealist Pencil Portraits
Surrealist Pencil Portraits
These Stefan Zsaitsits Art Pieces Boast Illusionary Graphics
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98
Stormy Weather Lighting
Stormy Weather Lighting
Richard Clarkson's Cloud Pendant Lamp is Inspired by Rainy Conditions
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97
Surreal Nature Self-Portraits
Surreal Nature Self-Portraits
Giulio Musardo Weaves Himself into Fantastical Visual Narratives
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96
Photorealistic Pencil Portraits
Photorealistic Pencil Portraits
Artist Monica Lee Draws Deceptively Detailed Sketches
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95
Surreal Smartphone Art
Surreal Smartphone Art
This iPhone Artwork Series is Unusual Yet Stunning
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94
Skin-Like Chairs
Skin-Like Chairs
'A Body of Skin' is a Seat That Looks Similar to Flesh
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93
Miniature Food Dioramas (UPDATE)
Miniature Food Dioramas (UPDATE)
William Kass Plays with Food to Create Sculptural Landscapes
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92
Compact Elevated Cabins
Compact Elevated Cabins
Olson Kundig Architects' Sol Duc Cabin Design Withstands Floods
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91
Cooler-Stuffed Sculptures
Cooler-Stuffed Sculptures
Eugenio Merino Sculpted Infamous Politicians in Coca-Cola Coolers
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90
Contemporary Coastal Abodes
Contemporary Coastal Abodes
This Saint Tropez Home Features an Impressive Pergola
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89
Superimposed Burger Artwork
Superimposed Burger Artwork
Phili Tseng Draws What Characters Would Look Like as Cheeseburgers
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88
Ethereal Bathub Ads
Ethereal Bathub Ads
The 2014 Campaign for Marmorin Presents Bathtubs Underwater
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87
Dizzying Skyscraper Photography
Dizzying Skyscraper Photography
Romain Jacquet-Lagreze's High-Rise Shots Will Turn Your Stomach
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86
Mesmerizing Psychedelic GIFs
Mesmerizing Psychedelic GIFs
These Technicolor and Monochrome GIFs are Pulsing with Energy
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85
Minimalist White-Washed Apartments
Minimalist White-Washed Apartments
Yuuki Kitada Uses a Simplistic Approach for This Abode
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84
Intimate Nature-Based Abodes
Intimate Nature-Based Abodes
The House in Nara is One with the Surroundings
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83
Geometric Beehive Sculptures
Geometric Beehive Sculptures
Artist Ren Ri Creates Artworks in a Biblical and Gambling Manner
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82
Illustrated Loving Moments
Illustrated Loving Moments
This Love Illustration Series Shows Little Everyday Moments of Love
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81
Bizarre Toilet Exhibits
Bizarre Toilet Exhibits
This Japanese Toilet Exhibition Shows Off Everything Bathroom-Related
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80
Anime World Cup Illustrations
Anime World Cup Illustrations
An Anonymous Artist's Art Personifies the World Cup Countries
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79
Minimalist Nature-Entrenched Abodes
Minimalist Nature-Entrenched Abodes
Studio_GAON Builds the House in Macheon
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78
Influencer #Firsts
Influencer #Firsts
Trend Hunter's Influencers Share Their Inspirational 'First Spark'
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77
Floating Skateboard Ramps
Floating Skateboard Ramps
This Floating Ramp Allows You to Skate Over Lake Tahoe
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76
Cheerfully Upcycled Apartments
Cheerfully Upcycled Apartments
This Barcelona Apartment is Designed From Residual Materials
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75
Literary Book Benches
Literary Book Benches
Books About Town Asks Various Artists Turn Benches into Iconic Story Books
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74
Psychedelic Patterned Illustrations
Psychedelic Patterned Illustrations
This Animalistic Themed Series is Illusory and Hypnotic
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73
Thin Metal Wallets
Thin Metal Wallets
Panel is an Ultra Slim Wallet Design for Just Cash and Cards
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72
Ornate Watermelon Carvings (UPDATE)
Ornate Watermelon Carvings (UPDATE)
Clive Cooper's Fruit Sculptures are Almost Too Good to Eat
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71
Ridiculous Rebranding Spoofs
Ridiculous Rebranding Spoofs
Tumblr's 'AirBNB Logos' Makes Fun of the New Airbnb Logo Shape
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70
Tree-Celebrating Furniture
Tree-Celebrating Furniture
Edgewood Made Designs Around Woods' Natural Grow Patterns
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69
Rooted Bench Designs
Rooted Bench Designs
Etsy's StudioLiscious Shop Creates Nature-Inspired Furniture Pieces
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68
Surprising Social Stats
Surprising Social Stats
This Mainstreethost Infographic Illustrates 10 Social Media Facts
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67
Minimalist Art Deco Furnishings
Minimalist Art Deco Furnishings
The Waldorf Side Table from West Elm Embodies Understated Elegance
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66
Bottled Food Sculptures
Bottled Food Sculptures
Tom Davie Rethinks Packaging by Placing Popular Foods in Clear Bottles
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65
Detailed City Illustrations
Detailed City Illustrations
This Cosmopolitan Cities Illustration Series is Crafty and Colorful
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64
Deflated Sci-Fi Icons
Deflated Sci-Fi Icons
Filipe Carvalho's Star Wars Icons are Two-Dimensional
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63
Gorgeously Gothic Photography
Gorgeously Gothic Photography
Sylwia Makris Captures a Dark and Dreamlike World
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62
Lightweight Electric Skateboards
Lightweight Electric Skateboards
The Boosted Board Turns a Push Skateboard into a Motorized Ride
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61
Stackable Versatile Furniture
Stackable Versatile Furniture
Stripe by Natali Ristovska & Miki Stefanoski is Modern and Practical
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60
Panoramic Mediterranean Resorts
Panoramic Mediterranean Resorts
The Mandarin Oriental Bodrum Boasts Luxe Amenities and Epic Views
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59
Supercharged Luxury Powerboats
Supercharged Luxury Powerboats
The Raceline 26' Powerboat is an Incredibly Fast Luxury Sea Vessel
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58
Kaleidosopic Sandal Shop Art
Kaleidosopic Sandal Shop Art
The We Are Flowers Installation by SOFTlab is Created for Melissa
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57
Impact-Absorbing Stilettos
Impact-Absorbing Stilettos
These Comfortable High Heels by Silvia Fado are Made for Walking
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56
Luxurious Lifestyle Hotels
Luxurious Lifestyle Hotels
The New Le Méridien Zhengzhou Hotel is Contemporary and Cultural
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55
Sleek Spanish Abodes
Sleek Spanish Abodes
DHAL & GHG Architects Designed a Spectacular House in la Moraleja
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54
Bedroom-Inspired Restaurants
Bedroom-Inspired Restaurants
This Modern Restaurant Design is Funny and Fabulous
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53
Ghastly Garbage Photography
Ghastly Garbage Photography
This Alarming Trash Photo Series Will Shock You
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52
Comic Character Illustrations
Comic Character Illustrations
This Pulp Art Illustration Series is Bold and Beautifully Lined
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51
Chic Gentlemanly Luggage
Chic Gentlemanly Luggage
This 1st Edition Travel Bag by Hardgraft is a Classic Carryall
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50
Drug Jewelry Designs
Drug Jewelry Designs
Cathedral Collection by Damien Hirst is Inspired by His Famous Installations
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49
Modern Paradise Homes
Modern Paradise Homes
House of Infinite by Alberto Campo Baeza is Spaciously Serene
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48
Small Space Reality Shows
Small Space Reality Shows
'Tiny House Nation' Focuses on the Cramped Architectural Movement
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47
Opulent Urban Bikes
Opulent Urban Bikes
Gold Cycle One by Nikolaus Hartl Uses a Minimalist Design
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Abstractedly Imperfect Homes
Abstractedly Imperfect Homes
The Open Air Sculpture House Has Room to Breathe
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45
Street Art Restaurants
Street Art Restaurants
BIBO Restaurant was Designed by Substance Creative Agency
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44
Affordable Storage Options
Affordable Storage Options
The Ikea Storage 2015 Catalog Focuses on Organizing Small Spaces
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43
Surrealist Safari Seating (UPDATE)
Surrealist Safari Seating (UPDATE)
This Animal Chair Design is Stunning and Comfortable
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42
Child Icon Photography
Child Icon Photography
Photographer Adriana Duque Creates Paint-Like Victorian Images
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41
RV-Yacht Hybrid Vehicles
RV-Yacht Hybrid Vehicles
Terra Wind by CAMI Travels as Easily in Water as It Does on Land
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40
Literature Tattoos
Literature Tattoos
These Tattoos Inspired by Childhood Books are Imaginative and Poignant
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39
Sleeping Bag-Tent Hybrids
Sleeping Bag-Tent Hybrids
The Solo Shelter is a Camping Necessity Made for One
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38
Floating Farming Systems
Floating Farming Systems
'Floating Responsive Agriculture' Will Likely be Tested in Singapore
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37
Anime World Cup Drawings
Anime World Cup Drawings
This Artist Imagined World Cup Countries as Anime Girls
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36
Rubber Wine Glasses
Rubber Wine Glasses
The Spruce Silicone Wine Glasses Won't Break if You Accidentally Drop Them
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35
Beach Library Installations
Beach Library Installations
Herman Kompernas Promotes Reading by the Bulgarian Black Sea
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34
Nonconformist Gender Portraits
Nonconformist Gender Portraits
This Transgender Photo Series Sends a Message About Gender Roles
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33
Table Topography
Table Topography
The River Collection by Greg Klassen Is Inspired by the Natural Patterns
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Bedroom Monster Photography
Bedroom Monster Photography
Terror by Laure Fauvel Shows Children Frightening Imaginary Monsters
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Mythical Musculature Sculptures
Mythical Musculature Sculptures
Carver Masao Kinoshita Creates Science-Worthy Works of Art
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30
Intentionally Destroyed Paintings
Intentionally Destroyed Paintings
Artist Cesar Biojo Plays with the Idea of Creation & Destruction
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Fine Art Smartphone Chargers
Fine Art Smartphone Chargers
Justine Crowe Wants You to Charge Your Phone in Style
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Surreal Mythological Photography
Surreal Mythological Photography
Joan Fontcuberta Creates Alternate Realities in His Photographs
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Custom Facebook Cover Photos
Custom Facebook Cover Photos
Photoshopper Niki Creates Hilarious Images for her Facebook Header
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Landing Strip Photography
Landing Strip Photography
This Airport Runways Photo Series is Surprisingly Mesmerizing
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25
Haunting Mental Illness Photography
Haunting Mental Illness Photography
This Bipolar Photo Series is Candid and Alluring
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Futuristic Transforming Snowshoes
Futuristic Transforming Snowshoes
Flux by Eric Brunt Changes Shape and Size with Every Step
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Surreal Contradictory Sculptures
Surreal Contradictory Sculptures
Artist Seyo Cizmic Has an Imaginative Sense of Humor
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22
Geometric Mountain Tattoos
Geometric Mountain Tattoos
Artist Chaim Machlev Black Ink Tattoos are Captivating to Look At
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21
Popsicle Phone Cases
Popsicle Phone Cases
These Cases Look Like They Have a Real Popsicle Stuck to Them
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20
Intimate Lip-Locked Photography
Intimate Lip-Locked Photography
This Monochrome Kissing Photography Series is Sweet and Sensual
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19
Humanized Fashion Branding (UPDATE)
Humanized Fashion Branding (UPDATE)
Mike Frederiqo Re-Imagines Classic Fashion Logos
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Comically Honest Slogans (UPDATE)
Comically Honest Slogans (UPDATE)
These New Hilarious Slogans Will Have You Nodding in Agreement
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17
Piggy Egg Separators
Piggy Egg Separators
This Yolk Separator From Animi Causa Makes Isolating Ingredients Cuter
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16
Modular Honeycomb Campers
Modular Honeycomb Campers
These Stackable Sleeping Cells are Perfect for Festivals
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15
Organized TV Trays
Organized TV Trays
Caddy is a TV Tray Table to Keep Tablets, Remotes, Phones & Drinks Neat
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14
Contemporary Hipster Offices
Contemporary Hipster Offices
Adobe's New Workspace is Full of Inspiring Office Design Ideas
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13
Interactive Room Separators
Interactive Room Separators
Reverso by Yann Mathys Reacts to Light and People's Presence
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12
Extended Phone Cases
Extended Phone Cases
The Fonhandle by Yonatan Assouline Boasts a Versatile Handle
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11
LGBT Prom Photography
LGBT Prom Photography
This LGBT Prom Photo Series is Poignant and Touching
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10
Nerd Convention Stereotypes
Nerd Convention Stereotypes
Dorkly's People You See at Every Nerd Convention is Hilarious
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9
Sensually Quirky Photography
Sensually Quirky Photography
Annelie Vandendael Creates Femininely Mysterious Images
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8
Realistically Surreal Photography
Realistically Surreal Photography
Photographer Eva O’Leary Captures the Magic in Everyday Life
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7
Abstract Modular Furniture
Abstract Modular Furniture
The Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz Abstractly Opens Up
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6
Dangerously Armed Princesses
Dangerously Armed Princesses
These Disney Princesses Illustrations are Fierce and Feminine
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5
Unapproved Disney Characters
Unapproved Disney Characters
Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath Have Unsavory Back Stories
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4
Dramatically Aged Celebrities
Dramatically Aged Celebrities
Mashable Uses Oldify to See How Today's Stars Will Look in 60 Years
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3
Renaissance Princess Recreations
Renaissance Princess Recreations
This Series Turns Disney Character Artwork into Fine Art
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2
Pregnancy Scenario Illustrations
Pregnancy Scenario Illustrations
This Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts List is Funny and Helpful
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Fighter Disney Princesses
Fighter Disney Princesses
This Disney Princess Crossovers Series is Fierce and Unique
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