Monthly Archives: April 2011

Design of the Day – Fish n’ Flush toilet

As it’s Friday and the weather is a bit glum, I thought I’d bring you a quirky and rather funny Design of the Day. A chinese company, Runto Sanitary Ware have come up a brilliant design combining a toilet and aquarium which not only looks fab but even saves water. This particular design would be perfect for those who like a calm and chilled out atmosphere when they’re on the loo or don’t have enough space for a fish tank!

So how does it work I hear you cry, well the toilet has three separate tanks; one for water flowing in, one for water flowing out, and a third for fish and underwater plants, so the fish always have enough water to swim in.

Runto Sanitary Ware claims this designs saves water as the flushing tank is smaller allowing enough space for the fish tank. Not only this,  but the LED lighting in the tank is strong enough to light up the room, saving on electricity.

I’m not sure how much this fish n’ flush toilet is but I do know that wouldn’t like to clean it out all the time!

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How to make your own vintage cake stand

I’ve recently jumped on the crafting band wagon since Linda Barker demonstrated how to make a vintage cake stand at last months Ideal Home Show. I did a little research online and to my surprise found sites charging for instructions on how to make one.

There are two ways you can go about making a vintage stand, one is to drill holes in the plates and connect them with metal rods, the other is (in my opinion more eclectic) to use glasses as the support stands in between the plates.

So I’d like to give you a short and free guide to making your own bespoke vintage cake stand. Continue reading


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WIN an exclusive Kube mp3 player with the National Design Academy!

Calling all NDA students! We all have that one song we just adore and never get tired of hearing. Whether it’s a sad ballad, funky dance tune or a bit of George Michael, we know every word and screech every note.

Well, it’s now the time to put yourself to the sing along test and be in with a chance of WINNING a Kube Player which has just been launched in the UK at the Gadget Show Live this week!

The  Kube Player is the smallest mp3 player in the world and can store up to 8000 songs with up to 6 hours listening time. It comes with matching ear phones, USB cable and an SD card. The winner even gets to choose which colour they want; white, black, light blue, light pink or yellow.

All you need to do is design a mood board based on your favourite song and write rationale (max 200 words) explaining the thoughts behind the board. Submit the board in the form of a JPEG or PDF to along with your name, address and student number.

You have until Thursday 28th April 2011 to enter and the winner will be announced the following week. This competition is only open to current National Design Academy Students.

So if you think you’re up to the challenge and want to own the worlds first bite-size music box get cracking and good luck! Continue reading

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Be quick and apply for 1000 euros a month Interior Scholarship

If you have a hunger and passion for interior design or architecture, you could be rewarded with 1000 euros a month scholarship from AIT-Scholorship of the Sto-Foundation. Their aim is to support talented students and allow them to dedicate 100% to their studies as well as professional and personal development.

All students in the discipline of Interior Architecture or comparable studies such as Interior Design, who are registered with a European University and are at least in their 5th semester can apply.

But you’ve got to be quick, the application deadline is 1st May 2011 and the scholarship will run from May 2011-April 2012!

If you think your talents can cut the butter, visit or email

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The Gadget Show Live 2011 Gallery

Here are just a few snaps from yesterday’s Gadget Show Live trade day at Birmingham’s NEC Arena.  If you’re interested in exhibition, gallery or event design you’ve got to get yourself down to the event – the stands are spectacular!  For updates about how the day went check out our Twitter page @the_design_hub! There will be more to follow so watch this space…

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Design of the Day – The worlds smallest MP3 Player

I thought I’d bring you something today which is so adorable and was attracting huge attention at yesterday’s Gadget Show Live.

The Kube Player is the worlds smallest thumb sized MP3 player which comes in a variety of colours and perfect for music junkies who want a concise and stylish music box! This cute bite-size gadget, can be attached by a strap to your jeans, bag, or around your neck depending on what you’re doing.

It’s less than an inch tall and only weighs 18 grams! You can store up to 8000 banging tunes depending on the size of the SD card used and listen for up to six hours.To transfer music to the Kube, just connect it to a computer via the USB cable provided which also charges the player. You even get some funky ear-phones to match the colour of your Kube!

This little number will be launched at this weeks Gadget Show Live at Birmingham’s NEC Arena from 12th-17th April and is roughly £35-40 so it wont break the bank. You could get one in each colour to match your shoes girls!

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Today’s Gadget Show at Birminghams NEC was fabulous! The exhibition stands towered over my head and the displays were immense! If you’re into exhibition, gallery, visual merchandising, or event design this show is a MUST!! I’m going to give you all the goodies tomorrow so watch this space folks! Oh I nearly forgot, check out our twitter page @the_design_hub for pictures and updates of the days events! See you bright and early!

Kellie Hill

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A huge hello to all my viewers! I’m off to the Gadget Show at Birmingham’s NEC tomorrow and will be tweeting pics and the latest news from the event – keep up to date with @the_design_hub. This means I won’t be blogging, but like I said you can still keep up with me on Twitter!

Kellie Hill

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Design of the Day – The world’s first designer energy saving light bulb

I first came across this design at this years Birmingham Interiors Show, in the Designers Block section and since then it’s popularity has rocketed. It was displayed in George Clarke’s revamped eco-friendly house at last months Ideal Home Show event at London’s Earl Court.

Designed by Sam Wilkinson, this Plumen light bulb is the worlds first designer energy-saving bulb which takes on a snake-like shape and looks amazing set in the dark glass shade. (Above) It lasts 8x longer and uses 80% les energy than incandescent bulbs, saving you on your electric bill as well as looking hot!

The name Plumen came from “plume” which is a birds decorative feather, used to attract attention and this certainly does that! The great news is that the bulb doesn’t cost a fortune and a nightmare to get hold of, in fact you can lay your hand on one of these delights for only £19.95 from B&Q! Hurry before they’re sold out!

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Isle of Wight designer brings interior design services bang up to date with 21st Centry living

The usual practices of being a freelance Interior Designer such as; meeting clients, understanding their lifestyle, presenting sample boards, working out a design scheme and project managing, can be a little difficult to say the least, if your client lives in Durham and you’re based in the Isle of Wight.

Well, Interior Designer Jo Acheson wasn’t fazed by this hurdle and set up a clever design service which meets her clients every need without having to leave the island!

The design bug first hit Jo when she re-decorated her first home, she then started a Professional Interior Design Diploma course at The National Design Academy in 2004. After the success of her interior design business based on the island, Jo aimed for new heights and is now re-designing homes all over the country.

We don’t want to give any more away, so to find out how Jo challenges the traditional practices of  interior design and brings it bang up to date with twenty-first century living – carry on reading and get stuck in!

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