"Research shows that nearly 80% of European employees derive their motivation from working together and sharing experiences with colleagues." So says the Dutch furniture outfit Ahrend, who used this factoid to inspire their philink office table (which was designed by Belgian architects Jeroen Theuns and Caroline Voet).
Audi's A4 TDI Concept e looks like a plain ol' A4, yet it gets an impressive 58.95 mpg. But it's not a hybrid: It's a high-efficiency diesel that takes advantage of every gas-saving innovation known to man–without a giant hybrid-style battery taking up all the trunk space.
A sign of the times? French designer Paul Coudamy's offices for the advertising firm Beast are made entirely from corrugated cardboard. Coudamy's solution to the agency's small budget and tight timeline was to cut, glue, and tape the 4cm-thick cardboard sheets into 20 workspaces and "confessional" meeting rooms, with silver photo umbrellas used to diffuse the overhead lighting.