Wax print cotton kimonos! Lacquer tribal stools! Since living in Japan, Cameroon-born artist Serge Mouangue has been creating the most fascinating aesthetic fusion.

News flash no. 1: “balloon art” is not an oxymoron. News flash no. 2: The man who invented the Fly Guy, that ubiquitous flailing balloon figure, is crafting some eye- and wind-catching pieces of balloon art. Take a look at these colorful creations from Doron Gazit.

A flat piece of plastic that shapes itself into a shoe? An orthodontic device that moves into position to straighten teeth? Computational architect Skylar Tibbits is shaking up the material world.

How a unique school curriculum is fostering different kinds of learning and local pride.

The trends and upcoming projects that will engage us in 2017 — as predicted by TED’s science, design and technology curators.

A selection of uplifting reads — all suggested by TED speakers — for your end-of-year break.

Courtesy of Design Museum Dharavi

How the setting for “Slumdog Millionaire” became the location for a unique and vibrant pushcart museum