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Top 100 Design Ideas in September

From Tongue Tea Infusers to Angular Victorian Residences

— September 28, 2014 — Eco
The top September 2014 design ideas offer a welcome balance between products that are either hugely practical or particularly bizarre -- all of which depends on the consumer.

On the practical front, designers are creating a variety of products that enable consumers to enjoy a sustainable and waste-free lifestyle. The chemical-free swimming pools from the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and the contemporary sustainable home from Millimeter Interior Design Limited -- which uses LED lighting -- show how living a life of sustainability does not need to sacrifice style.

When recognizing some of the more unusual ideas of the month, the lifesize gelatin brick wall by Lisa Hein & Robert Seng and the handmade drinking fountain for cats are definitely worthy of a mention here.

Trend Hunter's Design Trend Report offers a more in-depth explanation of the ways the top September 2014 technology ideas will impact brands.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Sparkle-Infused Photo Manipulations
Sparkle-Infused Photo Manipulations
Pampeliska by Nadia Wicker Captures Visually Striking Imagery
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99
Minimalist View- Focused Architecture
Minimalist View- Focused Architecture
ITN Architecture Builds a Place with Unobstructed Views
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98
Galactic Superhero Figurines
Galactic Superhero Figurines
The Gamora Action Figure Looks Identical to Actress Zoe Saldana
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97
Artisan Tool Storage
Artisan Tool Storage
This Desk Caddy by Peg and Awl is Handcrafted from Reclaimed Materials
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96
Space-Saving Installations
Space-Saving Installations
Project P by Kahing Design Examines the Art of Folding
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95
Modest Riverside Abodes
Modest Riverside Abodes
Christopher Simmonds Architect Designed a Contemporary House in Canada
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94
Gelatin Brick Walls
Gelatin Brick Walls
Lisa Hein & Robert Seng Built a Life-Size JELLO Wall
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93
Bespoke Designer Footwear
Bespoke Designer Footwear
Stuart Weitzman's SWxYOU Series Can Now Be Made into Custom Heels
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92
Quirky Cyclist Artwork
Quirky Cyclist Artwork
Daniela Carvalho Depicts the Mood of the Seasons in a Surreal Manner
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91
Censored Bridal Greetings
Censored Bridal Greetings
Etsy's Sh%t Just Got Real Card is a Hilarious Take on Marriage
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90
Neon Street Art
Neon Street Art
Ludo's Colorized Art is Painted on Ships, Docks and Walls in the Caribbean
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89
Cartoon Figurine Photography
Cartoon Figurine Photography
Disney Infinity Characters Star in Kurt Moses' Disney Photo Series
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88
Monumental Mountainside Retreats
Monumental Mountainside Retreats
This Modern Retreat Makes the Most of a Sloping Site
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87
Collapsing Sledge Chairs
Collapsing Sledge Chairs
The Sleeed Chairs Feature a Flexible Form
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86
Controversial Art Exhibitions
Controversial Art Exhibitions
Artist XVALA is Set to Display Stolen Images of Naked Celebrities
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85
Geometrical Illusion Photography (UPDATE)
Geometrical Illusion Photography (UPDATE)
Georges Rousse Plays with Perceptions through Paintings
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84
Conceptually Fragmented Collages
Conceptually Fragmented Collages
Jesse Draxler's Captivating Imagery Layers Opposing Compositions
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83
Animal Sanctuary Photos
Animal Sanctuary Photos
The 'Sanctuary' Photo Series Depicts Rescued Animals in Vermont
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82
Vibrant Food Compostions
Vibrant Food Compostions
Colors Organized Neatly Features Stylishly Arranged Items
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81
Fabric Feline Mazes
Fabric Feline Mazes
These Cat Mazes are Perfect to Keep Your Furry Friend Entertained
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80
Realistic Aquatic Renderings (UPDATE)
Realistic Aquatic Renderings (UPDATE)
Keng Lye Draws Fish That Appear Lifelike
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79
Abstract Sentimental Jewelry
Abstract Sentimental Jewelry
Beth Macri's Secret Message Jewelry Abstracts Letters & Shapes
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78
Geometric Minimalism Furnishings
Geometric Minimalism Furnishings
Faktura's ANGLES Coffee Table Features a Sharp-Edged Design Style
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77
Colorfully Clasping Table Legs
Colorfully Clasping Table Legs
The Floyd Leg Attachments Turn Any Flat Surface into a Custom Table
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76
Embossed Paint Rollers
Embossed Paint Rollers
This Roller Creates Designs on Your Wall Without the Need for Wallpaper
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75
Angular Victorian Residences
Angular Victorian Residences
This Melbourne Home Features a Glowing Wall
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74
Prehistoric Dinosaur Bikes
Prehistoric Dinosaur Bikes
Markus Moestue Created This Dino Bicycle Design to Travel Around Norway
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73
Loving Beer Bottles
Loving Beer Bottles
Honeymoon Black Kiss is Packaged in a Minimal Dark Beer Bottle, with Love
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72
Dramatic Skyline Abodes
Dramatic Skyline Abodes
The Waterfall House Offers Rural Living With Urban Views
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71
Ethereal Pit Bull Portraits
Ethereal Pit Bull Portraits
Flower Power by Sophie Gamand Helps Dispel Fear of Big Dogs
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70
All-Glass Bridges
All-Glass Bridges
Thomas Heatherwick Proposes a Fragile Bridge for London
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69
Computer-Simulated Chair Designs
Computer-Simulated Chair Designs
Geckeler Michels Uses Computer Technology to Develop 'Fragment'
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68
Vintage Steampunk Lighting
Vintage Steampunk Lighting
The Franken Edison Light is an Imaginative Take on Edison's Light Bulbs
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67
Colorfully Cheeky Illustrations
Colorfully Cheeky Illustrations
Jean-Michel Tixier Creates Stunning Art Work
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66
Minimalist Industrial Lighting
Minimalist Industrial Lighting
'Slims' is a Set of Lamps by Studio Beam
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65
Liquid Smoke Photography
Liquid Smoke Photography
This Ink and Water Photo Series is Hypnotic and Psychedelically Colored
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64
Upright Bike Stands
Upright Bike Stands
Bicyclick Allows Bicycles to Clip to Each Other as Independent Stands
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63
Carved Dragon Shoes
Carved Dragon Shoes
LanVy Nguyen of Saigon Socialite Creates Artistic Asian Platforms
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62
Unappreciated Artist Ads
Unappreciated Artist Ads
These Ads for Save the Arts Show Talent That's Gone to Waste
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61
Mythical Mirrored Furniture
Mythical Mirrored Furniture
Narcissus by Kimxgensapa Design Studio is Inspired by a Greek God
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60
Celeb-Mocking Superhero Art
Celeb-Mocking Superhero Art
Mioxy's Superhero Paparazzi Shots Explore the Dark Side of Fame
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59
Custom Matrimonial Tattoos
Custom Matrimonial Tattoos
These Custom Wedding Tattoos Let You Temporarily Ink Up Guests
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58
Vigilante-Branding Irons
Vigilante-Branding Irons
Mark Your Territory with the Niquegeek Batman Branding Iron
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57
Convenient Battery Scooters
Convenient Battery Scooters
The UNU Scooter Uses a Simple Battery Device
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56
Hyper-Realistic Artworks
Hyper-Realistic Artworks
Anna Halldin Maule's Paintings of Beautiful Women Resemble Photos
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55
Mock Laptop Notebooks
Mock Laptop Notebooks
This Funny Notebook Poses as a Computer from the 70s
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54
Jet-Inspired Lounge Chairs
Jet-Inspired Lounge Chairs
The Xarp Chaise Lounge by Rui Silva Boasts Geometric Shapes
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53
Whimsical Galactic Photography
Whimsical Galactic Photography
Photographer Mako Miyamoto Depicts Wookies Hanging Out on Earth
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52
Feline Drinking Fountains
Feline Drinking Fountains
This Handmade Drinking Fountain is Perfect for Keeping Felines Hydrated
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51
Tech-Specific Bike Collections
Tech-Specific Bike Collections
M.A.S.S. Offers Four Designs for Varying Conditions
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50
Colorful Branding Infographics
Colorful Branding Infographics
Chadwicks Explains How Color Psychology Can Benefit Businesses
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49
Reflective Triangle Shelving
Reflective Triangle Shelving
Etsy's The 807 Shop Features Geometric Home Accessories
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48
Artist-Designed Luxury Suites
Artist-Designed Luxury Suites
The Park Hotel Tokyo Boasts Customized Artist Rooms
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47
Blended Body Photography
Blended Body Photography
Trina Merry Merges the Landscape with Models
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46
3D-Printed Chihuahua Wheelchairs
3D-Printed Chihuahua Wheelchairs
Turbo.Roo the Two-Legged Chihuahua Has a Custom-Made Wheelchair
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45
Realistic Cartoon Clothing
Realistic Cartoon Clothing
These Comic Book-Inspired Denim Jean Designs Look Entirely Hand Drawn
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44
Banana-Injecting Gadgets
Banana-Injecting Gadgets
The DestapaBanana Fills Banana Fruits Up with Delicious Syrup Flavors
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43
Futurist Meeting Spaces
Futurist Meeting Spaces
The Long Now Foundation's The Interval Encourages Long-Term Thinking
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42
Chemical-Free Swiming Pools
Chemical-Free Swiming Pools
This Chlorine-Free Pool Uses Biological Filters
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41
Utopian Commune Photography
Utopian Commune Photography
'The Communitarians' Series Captures Life in a Virginia Commune
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40
Slender Ring Cases
Slender Ring Cases
The Clifton Slim is a Sleek Place to Hide an Engagement Ring
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39
Multifaceted Key Holders
Multifaceted Key Holders
The KeySmart is a Swiss Army Knife That Holds All Your House Keys
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38
Design-Centric Toy Bricks (UPDATE)
Design-Centric Toy Bricks (UPDATE)
The LEGO Architecture Set Lets You Make Modern Lofts
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37
Contemporary Sustainable Homes
Contemporary Sustainable Homes
The House in Sha Tin Considers the Environment
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36
Futuristic Lotion Packaging
Futuristic Lotion Packaging
This Classy Packaging Concept Offers a New Sense of Sophistication
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35
Sleek Tourist Cabins
Sleek Tourist Cabins
The Rabot Tourist Cabin Shelters Hikers in the Mountains
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34
Modular Cottages
Modular Cottages
The Eco Pod Can Operate Off-The-Grid
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33
Modular Puzzle Furnishings
Modular Puzzle Furnishings
Torafu Architects' Dice Furniture Collection is Designed for Kids
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32
Felt-Crafted Feline Abodes
Felt-Crafted Feline Abodes
This Cat Bed from Etsy's AgnesFelt Shop is Charmingly Unique
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31
Pop Culture Couple Illustrations
Pop Culture Couple Illustrations
Artist Ale Giorgini's Drawings are Minimalist and Geometrical
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30
Revealing Sandwich Packaging
Revealing Sandwich Packaging
This Sandwich Container Has Cutouts to Show the Meat Inside
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29
Cartoonized Horror Movie Villains
Cartoonized Horror Movie Villains
Illustrator Travis Falligan Re-Imagines Bad Guys in Scoopy Doo
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28
Hoarder Bathtub Photography
Hoarder Bathtub Photography
This Photo Series Depicts the Bathtub of a Compulsive Hoarder
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27
Engaging Playful Residences
Engaging Playful Residences
This Home Features a Mobile Furniture Unit for Flexible Recreation
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26
Tongue Tea Infusers
Tongue Tea Infusers
These Tea Infuser Designs Take Inspiration from the Mouth
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25
Minimalist Photoshop Photography
Minimalist Photoshop Photography
Pawel Fabjanski Focuses on the Surreal Nature of Retouched Images
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24
Sensualized Male Superheroes
Sensualized Male Superheroes
Brett White Imagines Marvel's Men as Racily Depicted as Their Women
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23
Elegantly Organized Furnishings
Elegantly Organized Furnishings
West Elm's Double Storage Coffee Table Saves Space in Style
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22
Pop Culture Face Paint
Pop Culture Face Paint
Artist Laura Jenkinson's Lip Art Illustrations Reference Cartoon Icons
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21
Homeless Microhouse Communities
Homeless Microhouse Communities
This Project Provides Sustainable Tiny Housing for the Homeless
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20
Smart Toilet Paper Holders
Smart Toilet Paper Holders
The RollScout Sends an Alert When People are Low on Bathroom Tissues
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19
Organically Geometric Lighting
Organically Geometric Lighting
This Handmade Geodesic Lampshade from Etsy is Origami-Inspired
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18
Cosmetic Celeb Cosplay
Cosmetic Celeb Cosplay
Artist Hikaru Cho Turns Regular Guys into Hollywood Stars Using Makeup
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17
Hybrid Sofa Beds
Hybrid Sofa Beds
The MurphySofa Sectional Wall Bed Features Multiple Functions
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16
Beautiful Albino Portraits
Beautiful Albino Portraits
Sanne De Wilde Captures Rare Paleness in 'Show White'
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15
Aquarium Kitchen Islands
Aquarium Kitchen Islands
Kolenik's Unique Kitchen Counter Has Places for Storage and Fish
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14
Tiny Embroidered Animals
Tiny Embroidered Animals
Illustrator Chloe Giordanoby Creates Adorable Artworks
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13
Paper-Inspired Water Bottles
Paper-Inspired Water Bottles
The Super Slim Memobottle is Easy to Pack for Everyday Use
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12
School Supply Clutches
School Supply Clutches
The DIY Pencil Clutch is Perfect for Those Heading Back to School
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11
Harmonious Sculptural Staircases
Harmonious Sculptural Staircases
This Sculptural Wooden Staircase Pulls a Space Together
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10
Photography Lighting Series
Photography Lighting Series
Sebastian Petrovski's 'Perception is Reality' is a Study of Light
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9
Compact Portable Tents
Compact Portable Tents
The Central Asian-Inspired Jero Yurt Can Be Transported in a Car
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8
Camouflaged Forest Cabins
Camouflaged Forest Cabins
This Timber Cabin Blends in with Its Natural Environment
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7
Stunning Magical Photography
Stunning Magical Photography
Margarita Kareva Captures Enchanting Worlds with Gorgeous Women
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6
Indoor Bicycle Racks
Indoor Bicycle Racks
Cycloc's Endo is an Affordable and Chic Wall Mount for Bikes
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5
Revolutionary Micro-Home Initiatives
Revolutionary Micro-Home Initiatives
The Miniature Housing Project of Portland is Making Waves
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4
DIY Paper Walls
DIY Paper Walls
Sugar and Cloth Presents a Simple Art Project
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3
Clever Key Holders
Clever Key Holders
Andre Rumann Allows People to Park Their Keys When at Home
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2
Punk Princess Illustrations
Punk Princess Illustrations
Emmanuel Viola Turns Popular Disney Princesses into Tattooed Rebels
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1
Disney Princess Pin-Ups
Disney Princess Pin-Ups
DeviantART User KittRen Transforms Disney Characters into Sultry Vixens
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