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Inspiration comes in many forms — images, words, music, and more. As part of staying  #FluentInDesign, the team at Hunter Douglas keeps our eyes out for things that open our imaginations. Here are some fun, intriguing and inspirational items that piqued our interest this week. We hope they “pique” you, too! Please tweet us (@FluentInDesign) or email us with any feedback or ideas… our address is

Driving underwater. To help travelers easily cross its many fjords, Norway has created plans to develop the world’s first floating underwater tunnels. The large tubes would be submerged under 100 feet of water and have enough space for two lanes of traffic. Inhabitat shares more about this groundbreaking (or “water-breaking” as the case may be) project, which is expected to be complete by 2035.

Breathtaking Knockdown. A 50,000-square-foot former door factory in New York City has been transformed into a spectacular space dedicated  to  “nourishing experimental impulses, questioning traditional notions of authorship, cultural production, and reception.” The Knockdown Center on Flushing Avenue gives artists a place to create, collaborate and share. On visiting the building, Vulture writer Jerry Saltz said, “I left with no cynicism, knowing that artists, art, the system and the city is more self-repairing, activated, porous, and open than we know. Art always finds a way.”

Writing with soot. India-based Graviky Labs has developed Air Ink, a line of products that includes pens, oil-based paints and spray paints made using polluted air. The products, each containing pigments made from carbon and soot, were developed as a creative approach to tackling air-pollution problems in India and other countries. CNNStyle has more information on these unique products and the process with which they were created.

Two Dimensional Furniture. Inspired by how people perceive flattened images, Korean designer Jongha Choi designed a series of tables and chairs, called De-Dimension. Produced in the Netherlands, the series of furniture can collapse and hang on the wall when not in use. Colossal features images and video.


Image Credit: Images from The Norwegian Public Roads Administration, via Inhabitat

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