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Nine beautiful luxury sex toys

As sex toy designer Adele Brydges told Libertine about her ceramic collection (second image), "I wanted to design pieces that were beautiful in their own right." ...
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Music and cultural diplomacy: Sabina Rakcheyeva

It was leaving home to study and perform abroad, witnessing the fall of communism while growing up in Azerbaijan that made the musician realize how ...
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Do you see what I’m saying? The link between visual culture and empathy

Last month, it was revealed that emoji (picture messaging) is the fastest growing language in the UK, fuelled by the global adoption of smartphones and ...
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Designing for women’s pleasure

What makes a good sex toy?
It's such a subjective question. I'm a visual person, so for me a good sex toy is something that I have ...
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Seconds of pleasure

A designer and researcher ponders the aesthetics of joy

Over the centuries we have played hide-and-seek with happiness. It has mastered both seduction and camouflage: the feeling speeds and slips, changes colours at the drop of a hat. Like good detectives, we have shaped the hunt into a science. Never before has so much technology been marshalled towards hauling happiness out of its refuge and scrutinising it for signs of life.

Economists count tweets to measure it. Neuroscientists shuffle Tibetan monks into MRI machines to watch it flicker yellow, like the monks' saffron robes, on a screen. We can pinpoint happiness to specific valleys in the deep grey folds of the brain. We know of a happiest country (Costa Rica) and a happiest day of the week (Saturday). But in ...
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Mood-altering accessories

In a bid to combat information overload, first came calm technology: smart, streamlined tech that limits notifications and interruptions. Think the Apple Watch (although some believe it's actually made things worse), or Kovert, the design house that makes unobtrusive wearables.

On top of eliminating external stimuli that might cause anxiety, we've now got tech that can physiologically change our mood. The recently launched Thync lets you do this using electrical stimulation by way of a headset. For something a bit less intrusive - and ...
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