Design: I.M. Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art

I.M. Pei, for anyone who doesn’t know is a Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese-born American architect and is known as the last master of high modernist architecture. Rising on its own island just off the city’s newly developed waterfront corniche, Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art is the centerpiece of an enormous effort to transform Qatar into an arts destination.

The museum will house manuscripts, textiles, ceramics and other works mostly assembled over the last 20 years and has emerged as one of the world’s most encyclopedic collections of Islamic art. The origins of its artifacts range from Spain to Egypt to Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India and Central Asia.

After the jump, take a look at some of our favorite images of the Museum.

The Newave Living Calendar by Maksim Biriukov

Over at YankoDesign, we came across the Living Calendar, designed by Maksim Biriukov. It’s a newave project that displays the day, week and the year in the most unique of ways. It shows the details about your current place in the time-space continuum.  This clock-style systems shows holidays, times of the year and much much more.

Apart from learning Russian, you’re going have to cough up a whopping $9,495 to get one in your home. Can we say “dealbreaker”?

See more shots after the jump.

Cassina’s Nemo shows off the Chocolate Lamp

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New Dutch Five Euro coin unveiled

The Dutch Ministry of Finance organized an architecture competition for which a selected group of architectural offices and artists were invited.  The goal of the competition was to design the new 5 euro commemorative coin with the theme 'Netherlands and...

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Simple, yet elegant Spult remote control

Tired of those “All-in-one” remotes with a 40 buttons, 35 of which you have no idea what they’re for?  So are we.  Luckily for us, Yurii Smitana Perfilov has designed the “sPult” remote control.  Inspired by iPod’s scroll wheel, this neat package comes with it’s own scroll variant for channel surfing with the greatest of ease.