The hottest topic of July was evidently London and the ongoing Olympic Games. From double-decker busses and Damien Hirst to polka-dotted Yayoi Kusama windows, here are's most popular articles of July.

1. Interactive Crocheted Playgrounds by Toshiko Horiuchi-McAdam
Colourful installations by Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi-McAdam break the ‘do not touch’ rule that often dominates artistic experiences in galleries.

2. Best of: Recycling & Reuse
Six eco-savvy projects have found new purposes for old materials, as designers creatively reuse items that other might have been deemed ‘garbage.’

3. Top 10 Shop Windows
It appears London, Berlin and Paris are hotspots for intriguing window displays. Here’s a round-up of our favourite shop window projects from recent months.

4. Coca-Cola Beatbox by Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt
London, UK
In time for the London Olympic Games, a multi-sensory experience has been realized to celebrate sport, music, technology and design.

5. Shop Windows by Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton
New York, USA
Iconic Japanese designer Yayoi Kusama has teamed with Louis Vuitton to create a super-powered (and polka dotted) design collaboration.

6. Best of: Materials
From plastic sheeting to lunch bags and squished eggs, we’ve ranked seven of our favourite projects that use everyday items in highly creative ways.

7. Zumbo Patisserie by Luchetti Krelle
Sydney, Australia
A quirky, whimsical patisserie-cum-concept store balances colourful design with a professional image.

8. Best of: Summer 2012 in London
For the London 2012 Olympic Games, we’re looking at the city’s best ongoing design projects and exhibits. Londoners, feel some pride!

9. Open Shop by Matt Batchelor
London, UK
Royal College of Art graduate Matt Batchelor has designed a pop-up micro factory that’s seeking to engage and inspire underprivileged youth.

10. Fred Perry Store by BuckleyGrayYeoman
London, UK
In good time for the Olympic Games, Fred Perry opened a new store in London’s Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, adjacent to the Olympics’ site.