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Top 100 Design Trends in May

From Chessboard Flower Holders to Circus-Inspired Ring Lights

— May 27, 2017 — Art & Design
Design is a diverse field, and the May 2017 design trends show just how varied different artists and designers can be with their work. From interior design to furniture to public spaces and more, designers are constantly finding ways to break the mold and expand beyond what's been made in the past.

Some design projects are just as much about art as they are about providing a functional product. Matteo Cibic's VasoNaso project, for example, ostensibly provided a vase each day, but the art of the endeavor was in designing a completely new vase concept every day for an entire year. 'The Human Trace' project also provided fired clayware, but its artistic side was in creating blue splotches on any surface that workers touched, giving those who own the pieces a visual demonstration of the industrial labor that went into them.
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Lightweight Bronze Signs
Lightweight Bronze Signs
This Plastic Outdoor Signage Solution Mimics the Look of Solid Metal
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98
Electric Plasma Speakers
Electric Plasma Speakers
The 'Ionomax' Speakers are a Modern Replacement to Existing Technology
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97
DIY Selfie Lights
DIY Selfie Lights
Adafruit's 3D Printed Project Helps to Enhance One's Phone Photography
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96
Record-Revamping Cloths
Record-Revamping Cloths
The ATYPTK Vinyl Cleaner Cloth Prepares Records for Crisp Playing
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95
Origami Kitchen Sets
Origami Kitchen Sets
The Ori-Kit Uses Flat-Pack Design to Cut Cupboard Clutter
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94
Whipped Cushion Stools
Whipped Cushion Stools
The 'Marshmallow' Metal Stool Juxtaposes Hard and Soft Materials
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93
Wireless Wooden Speakers
Wireless Wooden Speakers
Speakarts' All-in-One High-End Speaker Boasts Unparalleled Sound
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92
Plant-Watering Umbrella Stands
Plant-Watering Umbrella Stands
The LÖV Stand Contains Umbrella Spillage and Waters Plants
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91
Daily Vase Projects
Daily Vase Projects
Matteo Cibic's VasoNaso Project Includes 365 Vases for Every Day of the Year
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90
Sculptural Terminal Seats
Sculptural Terminal Seats
The 'Sea Cloud' Sculpture Offers an Artistic Touch with Public Seating
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89
Water-Conscious Shower Systems
Water-Conscious Shower Systems
The Matter & Mindtribe 'Well' Shower Head Monitors Water Usage
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88
Interconnecting Organizational Shelves
Interconnecting Organizational Shelves
The 'Sky Shelves' Customizable Storage Shelves Fit Anywhere
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87
Multipurpose Lamp Lights
Multipurpose Lamp Lights
The 'LightCube' is Gesture-Controlled and Multifunctional
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86
Tiki Bar Pool Toys
Tiki Bar Pool Toys
Big Mouth's Floating Par Pool Toy is for Grown-Up Play
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85
Hexagonal Artwork Speakers
Hexagonal Artwork Speakers
The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Shape Speakers Boast a Modular Design
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84
Modernized Rustic Event Spaces
Modernized Rustic Event Spaces
150 Symes Road is a Heritage Incinerator Turned Wedding Venue
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83
Retro Design Speaker Units
Retro Design Speaker Units
The Geneva Labs Touring S Portable HiFi Speaker Streams Flawless Audio
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82
Foldable Dining Room Sets
Foldable Dining Room Sets
The Expand Furniture 'Trojan' Folding Dining Set Saves Space
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81
Expansive Carabiner Key Organizers
Expansive Carabiner Key Organizers
The 'Key Wrangler' Clip Keychain Organizes Keys and More
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80
Luxury Spaceship Clocks
Luxury Spaceship Clocks
The MB&F 'Destination Moon' Desk Clocks are Inspired by Space Travel
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79
Circus-Inspired Ring Lights
Circus-Inspired Ring Lights
Resident's Circus Pendant Lights Connect Endlessly
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78
Print-Marked Porcelain Tableware
Print-Marked Porcelain Tableware
'The Human Trace' Focuses on the Manpower Inherent in Production
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77
Chessboard Flower Holders
Chessboard Flower Holders
'Chess Vase' Turns the Strategy Game into a Lively Battle of Minds
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76
Celebratory Conceptual Carousels
Celebratory Conceptual Carousels
Lee Broom's Time Machine Shows of Designs from the Studio's Past
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75
Manual Precision Sharpeners
Manual Precision Sharpeners
The 'Osciblade' Can Sharpen Pencils with Precision without Electricity
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74
Anti-Slip Guitar Stands
Anti-Slip Guitar Stands
The Gigpad Flat Guitar Stand Displays Musical Instruments Securely
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73
Ornate Desktop Designer Equipment
Ornate Desktop Designer Equipment
The 'Konik' Electric Sharpener Fits onto Any Vessel
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72
Solid Silver Safes
Solid Silver Safes
The Asprey Sterling Silver Safe is Crafted from the Precious Metal
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71
Personalized Faucet Taps
Personalized Faucet Taps
QS Supplies Makes It Possible to Emboss Your Name on a Tap
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70
Counterbalanced Bookshelves
Counterbalanced Bookshelves
The 'ODDLY' Table Bookshelf Uses a Wooden Ball to Keep Books in Place
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69
In-Office Speakeasies
In-Office Speakeasies
The LinkedIn New York Office Features a Hidden Lounge Area
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68
Ramen Noodle Cup Candles
Ramen Noodle Cup Candles
The Official Cup Noodle Candle is Scented Like the Popular Meal
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67
Pavement-Level Traffic Lights
Pavement-Level Traffic Lights
These Lights for Pedestrians Were Introduced for Smartphone Users
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66
DIY Wall Clock Artwork
DIY Wall Clock Artwork
The KLOX 'Urchin' Modern Wall Clock Can be Placed Anywhere
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65
Curvaceous Architectural Chandeliers
Curvaceous Architectural Chandeliers
The Duna and Eve Chandeliers are by Zaha Hadid Design
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64
Cork-Infused Stoves
Cork-Infused Stoves
The 'Natura' Heating Stove Provides Effective Warmth with Strong Materials
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63
Beer Connoisseur Posters
Beer Connoisseur Posters
This Poster for Beer Lover Includes a Styles Guide and Personal Tracker
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62
Origami Vending Machines
Origami Vending Machines
These Japanese Vending Machines Mark Cultural Celebrations
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61
Festive Sauce Sets
Festive Sauce Sets
These Christmas Sauce Kits Let Recipients Decide If They're Naughty or Nice
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60
Authentic Everlasting Roses
Authentic Everlasting Roses
Forever Rose London's 'Bella Rose' is Designed to Last Years
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59
Herb-Scented Temporary Tattoos
Herb-Scented Temporary Tattoos
These Tattly Tattoos are Gently Scented with a Fresh Fragrance
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58
Cross-Sectional Public Benches
Cross-Sectional Public Benches
This Public Seating Design Offers Personal Space and Interaction
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57
Abstract Plank Wine Racks
Abstract Plank Wine Racks
The Dakota Leaning 24 Bottle Wine Rack Stores Bottles Obscurely
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56
Architectural Stamp Sets
Architectural Stamp Sets
The 'Stampville' Set of Stamps Inspires the Creation of 2D Villages
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55
Interconnecting Bottle Cap Maps
Interconnecting Bottle Cap Maps
The Beer Cap Maps USA Puzzle Map Incorporates 48 States
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54
Clog-Deterring Drain Filters
Clog-Deterring Drain Filters
The 'ShowerShroom' Drain Hair Catcher Makes Cleaning a Cinch
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53
Collectible Fantasy Decor
Collectible Fantasy Decor
Disney and HSN Teamed Up to Sell Beauty and the Beast Merchandise
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52
Glowing Electric Tube Games
Glowing Electric Tube Games
The Nixie Chess Set Game Uses Nixie Tubes for a Glowing Experience
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51
Candied Flower Giftboxes
Candied Flower Giftboxes
Evers & Tochter Manufaktur's Candied Flowers are Packed Individually
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50
Minimalist Polka Dot Fashion
Minimalist Polka Dot Fashion
Nendo and Jil Sander Teamed Up for the 'Objectextile' Exhibition
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49
Crystal-Encrusted Bathtubs
Crystal-Encrusted Bathtubs
The Villeroy & Boch 'Squaro' Bathroom Bathtub Has Swarovski Accents
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48
Eco-Friendly Cardboard Caskets
Eco-Friendly Cardboard Caskets
AB Crémation Makes Eco Caskets Out of Recycled Paper
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47
Auto-Leveling Artwork Hangers
Auto-Leveling Artwork Hangers
The Absolut Art 'Hangsmart' Art Hanging System is Quick and Painless
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46
Energy-Saving Organized Fridges
Energy-Saving Organized Fridges
The 'Gaze' Refrigerator Appliance Shows Food without Opening it
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45
Scandinavian Design Speakers
Scandinavian Design Speakers
These Urbanear Room Speakers Have Angular Aesthetics
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44
Designer Kitchen Water Purifiers
Designer Kitchen Water Purifiers
The Electrolux 'Evno' Tankless Water Filter is Functionally Chic
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43
Shifting Shade Lamps
Shifting Shade Lamps
The 'FLAVOURS S01E01' Standing Floor Lamp Features a Removable Shade
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42
Feminine Product Washing Systems
Feminine Product Washing Systems
The 'Flo' System Washes, Dries and Carries Sanitary Pads
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41
Intentionally Unfinished Tables
Intentionally Unfinished Tables
The 'Table of Mindfulness' Desk Table Requires a Finishing Touch
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40
Crystalline Landscape Furniture
Crystalline Landscape Furniture
The 'Escape' Furniture Decor Series Features Mimicked Landscapes
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39
Recyclable Multipurpose Stools
Recyclable Multipurpose Stools
The 'BEC' Simple Stool Works as Both a Seat and an End Table
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38
Infinity Mini Pools
Infinity Mini Pools
The 'Quadrat' Mini Pool is Suitable for Indoor or Outdoor Use
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37
Bookshelf Folding Wall Desks
Bookshelf Folding Wall Desks
The FJU Desk is Functional When Folded Down or Up
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36
Cap-Storing Bottle Openers
Cap-Storing Bottle Openers
The Joseph Joseph 'BarWise' Bar Bottle Opener Collects Caps
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35
Laid-Back Computer Seats
Laid-Back Computer Seats
The 'Trote' Seat Chair Draws Inspiration from the Rocking Horse
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34
Hand-Painted Luxury Trunks
Hand-Painted Luxury Trunks
Louis Vuitton Trunks May Now Be Personalized with 'Mon Monogram'
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33
Portable Garden Offices
Portable Garden Offices
Nic Howett's At-Home Workspace Combines Aesthetics and Function
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32
Collapsible Portable BBQ Smokers
Collapsible Portable BBQ Smokers
Ziv's Portable Food Smoker Works on Any Kind of Heat Source
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31
City-Specific Cycles
City-Specific Cycles
Punkt's 'Urban Mobility' Project Includes Bicycles for Different Cities
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30
Elevated Urban Garden Boxes
Elevated Urban Garden Boxes
The 'VegTrug' Elevated Patio Garden Brings Greenery Up Off the Ground
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29
Folding Origami Carpets
Folding Origami Carpets
The 'Imagiro' Rug Carpet is a Work of Art for Your Floors
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28
Faux Foliage Sun Loungers
Faux Foliage Sun Loungers
The 'Le Refuge' Sun Lounger is Adorned with Pink Metal Foliage
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27
Indoor Plant Illuminators
Indoor Plant Illuminators
'Viride' is a Lighting System That Helps Greenery Thrive Indoors
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26
Garden Highway Structures
Garden Highway Structures
The 'Green Circle' Balances the Offset of Highway Roads in Urban Areas
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25
Functional Bamboo Clothing Hangers
Functional Bamboo Clothing Hangers
The 'Green Gold' Bamboo Hanger Collection is Sustainable
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24
Bug-Stopping Backyard Hammocks
Bug-Stopping Backyard Hammocks
The 'Mosquito Thwarting Hammock' Keeps Bugs at Bay
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23
Multipurpose Rustic Six-Packs
Multipurpose Rustic Six-Packs
Bohemia's Beer Six-Pack Crate Transforms into a Set of Kitchen Tools
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22
DIY Wooden Stick Domes
DIY Wooden Stick Domes
The Hubs DIY Garden Dome Kit Makes Natural Dwellings Outdoors
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21
Oblong Blown Glass
Oblong Blown Glass
OFF Portugal's Glass Cares Exhibition Features Perplexing Pieces
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20
Urban Fabric Houses
Urban Fabric Houses
'MINI LIVING - Breathe' is a Small-Scale, Low-Impact City Dwelling
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19
Ultra-Modern Steel Wine Racks
Ultra-Modern Steel Wine Racks
The Siderio 'Dioniso Basic!' Standing Wine Rack is Elegant
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18
Entranceway Stepping Stones
Entranceway Stepping Stones
The 'Tobiishi' Step Pads Offer a Dedicated Spot to Step
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17
Oversized Octopus Playgrounds
Oversized Octopus Playgrounds
The 'Kraken' Outdoor Playground is for Kids and Adults in Shenzhen
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16
Display Illumination Frames
Display Illumination Frames
The 'Frame' Light Solution Displays Items and Illuminates
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15
Paint-Filled Wall Rollers
Paint-Filled Wall Rollers
This Painting Roller Stores Paint and Won't Drip
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14
Automated Laundry Cabinets
Automated Laundry Cabinets
The Electrolux Laundry Cabinet Washes, Dries and Irons Clothing
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13
Bar Bull Pool Toys
Bar Bull Pool Toys
The Intex 'Inflat-A-Bull' Inflatable Pool Toys are Fun for All Ages
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12
Optimized Garden Appliances
Optimized Garden Appliances
The 'Herb Garden' Indoor Garden Unit Features Ample Space to Grow
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11
Hanging Bamboo Bedside Tables
Hanging Bamboo Bedside Tables
The 'BedShelfie' Bed Table Keeps Essentials Stored Nearby
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10
Shape-Shifting Induction Cooktops
Shape-Shifting Induction Cooktops
The 'Amphi' Induction Range Adjusts to Different Cooking Vessels
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9
Hidden Storage Coffee Tables
Hidden Storage Coffee Tables
The Ozzio Transformable Storage Coffee Tables Hide Living Room Items
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8
Ergonomic Position Desks
Ergonomic Position Desks
The 'AdapDesk' Laptop Table Desk Works in a Multitude of Positions
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7
Atypical Architectual Stools
Atypical Architectual Stools
The 'ARTU' Stool Seat is Crafted Using Both Wood and Metal
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6
Hidden Designer Litter Boxes
Hidden Designer Litter Boxes
The 'Igloo' Cat Litter Boxes Ensure Mess-Free Spaces
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5
Unused Space-Utilizing Office Pods
Unused Space-Utilizing Office Pods
The 'Nook Pod' is a Privacy Solution for Open Offices
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4
Geometrical Construction Toys
Geometrical Construction Toys
The 'TRIDO' Magnetic Toys Connect to Create Geometric Figures
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3
Remixed Fashion Logos
Remixed Fashion Logos
Graphic Designer Reilly Combined Fashion Labels with Restaurants and More
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2
Stress-Reducing Desk Gardens
Stress-Reducing Desk Gardens
The Kikkerland Concrete Desk Planter is for Small Plants or Herbs
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1
Shipping Container Pools
Shipping Container Pools
The 'Modpool' Shipping Container Pools are Capable of Being Moved
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