Watch an Artist Build a Secret Studio Beneath an Overpass

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Artists can be very particular about the spaces where they choose to do their work. Furniture designer Fernando Abellanas’s desk may not boast the quietest or most convenient location on Earth, but it definitely wins points for seclusion. According to Co.Design, the artist covertly constructed his studio beneath a bridge in Valencia, Spain.

To make his vision a reality, Abellanas had to build a metal and plywood apparatus and attach it to the top of an underpass. After climbing inside, he uses a crank to wheel the box to the top of the opposite wall. There, the contents of his studio, including his desk, chair, and wall art, are waiting for him.

The art nook was installed without permission from the city, so Abellanas admits that it’s only a matter of time before the authorities dismantle it or it's raided by someone else. While this space may not be permanent, he plans to build others like it around the city in secret. You can get a look at his construction process in the video below.

[h/t Co.Design]

The Smart Reason IKEA Mugs Come With a Chip on the Bottom

This IKEA mug has a low-key design element that might make your day a little easier.
This IKEA mug has a low-key design element that might make your day a little easier.
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IKEA might be best known for its array of ready-to-assemble furniture like beds, bookshelves, and desks, as well as the wafting scent of Swedish meatballs. But the popular household goods franchise also sells a steady number of coffee mugs. Most are unremarkable, including the spectacularly named VARDAGEN, and therefore never go out of style. But the VARDAGEN does have one odd feature. The 3.25-inch off-white stoneware mug comes with a chip on the bottom. Why?

According to Reader’s Digest, the chip has an official IKEA term: It’s called a drainage gate, and it has a very specific purpose.

The drainage gate was implemented so water wouldn’t collect on the bottom of the mug in a dishwasher. Since mugs are loaded upside-down, water has a tendency to pool on the bottom, which could conceivably result in a slightly splashy mess when unloading.

Because the “chip” is so smooth and uniform, it’s unlikely too many people mistake it for a damaged product. You can also find the drainage gate in the VARDAGEN teacup and saucer set.

[h/t Reader’s Digest]

Can You Guess the Brand Based on Just a Piece of Its Logo?

Would you be able to recognize these logos if they had been tampered with?
Would you be able to recognize these logos if they had been tampered with?
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As any good marketing analyst will tell you, a well-designed logo can easily be the difference between an internationally recognized company and one that quickly fades into obscurity. And now, since apps aren’t disappearing anytime soon, it’s especially important for a brand to be immediately identifiable by a tiny, often wordless icon.

No matter how small, a logo can still say a lot about what it stands for. An organization that wants to promote sustainability and environmental awareness, for example, is much more likely to design a green logo than a red one. And Target’s logo, which looks like a literal target, hits the mark when it comes to helping customers remember what website they’re shopping on. Other companies, like Baskin-Robbins, are slightly more subtle—the ice cream franchise’s BR logo contains the number 31, representing how many flavors you can choose from.

While you might effortlessly recognize a Target or Baskin-Robbins logo on a highway sign or in a social media advertisement, would you be able to do the same if part of that logo was missing or distorted? That’s exactly what UK-based loan provider Transmit Startups has done to eight logos below—words have been deleted, some colors have been changed, and certain design elements have been blurred or obscured. Try your hand at identifying which brand each one belongs to, and then scroll down to reveal the answers.

Guess the Brand

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Check Your Answers

1. Heinz

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2. HSBC

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3. Instagram

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4. Netflix

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5. Tesco

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6. Marks & Spencer

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7. Disney

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8. Amazon

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