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Bring the Noise - and Art - With Artcoustic Speakers

One of the must-haves in any home is some kind of sound system - that's a given. And technology has made it so you can definitely get more bang for your buck in terms of superior sound from smaller speakers, but how about eliminating the traditional speaker all together and instead transforming it into sleek and modern art? Now that's what I'm talking about.

Catch Some ZZZs With the Convertible Computer Bed

Yet another great space-saving idea: "The Tale" Computer Bed, for those days when you just can't bear to be upright any longer. This probably won't be high on your boss' list of priority purchases, but for a dorm room or someplace tight on space, this sure could come in handy.

Raytheon's Killer Bee Unmanned Aircraft

Ever since the military realized the benefits of using unmanned aircraft, there has been a race to build the most up-to-date UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), with the winner receiving a government contract. Raytheon has been working on a design for quite some time and finally showed it to the world.

Tiles with Fallen Hair--Beautiful or Ugly?

How can fallen hair on the bathroom floor be pretty? You'd be surprised to know that it can be made to look nice, with these innovative tiles.


The Titanic's Birthplace Sets Sail on Development

Ninety-nine years ago Queens Island in Belfast, Northern Ireland was the world's busiest port. Now, almost a century later this area is embarking on a new mission to create one of Europe's largest waterfront developments

BedUp Touches Down in Space-Saving Style

On the eternal quest for space-saving innovations, the BedUp by French designers Décadrages takes the idea of a Murphy bed to new heights. Not your standard fold-down version which requires the daily moving of furniture, the BedUp gracefully descends from the ceiling in the manner of an elevator.

The Newseum is Big News

It's big news in Washington DC- the opening of the $450 million Newseum. Just over a month remains before show time when the doors to the 250,000 square foot museum open to the public.

Innovation on the High Seas : The X-Bow

The need to conserve oil isn't limited to on-land travel. Ships of all sizes are being redesigned to increase efficiency and decrease oil consumption. The Ulstein X-Bow is just one of the innovations charged to help out.

Be the Firestarter With a Platonic Fireplace

Spearheading Platonic Fireplaces way back in 1984, Henry Harrison is a minimalist designer whose vision of the contemporary fireplace has led him into strange and wonderful territory over the years.

Stainless Steel Gets a Facelift With Full Blown Metal Designs

British designer Stephen Newby's Full Blown Metal line redefines one's ideas about what might be expected from stainless steel, with pieces infused with such an airy quality that one could imagine they might just lift off like mylar balloons.

Plano Furniture is Off the Wall


Dutch designer Egbert-Jan Trijnis Lam started his company BuroJET in 2002. Trained in Eindhoven, this artist has been hard at work since the early 90s, focusing on all things related to design. One noteworthy creation is his Plano furniture, where 2D and 3D meet for a conversation. read more »

Personal Dwelling System - Fine Organic Architecture

Before Target sold energy-saving lightbulbs, before bamboo was used to make just about everything, and even before the "green" poster child Al Gore was a glimmer in his mother's eye, there was Organic Architecture.

An Amazing Hotel That Gives Dubai an Architectural Run for Its Money


Whereas most of the new, awe-inspiring hotels and structures are popping up in and around Dubai, the Hareem Architects firm has just announced their plans for the Full Moon Rising and Caspian Plus hotels, which look to be one of the most incredible hotels ever built, but their chosen location is the central Asian republic of Azerbaijan. Watch out Dubai, you could have some competition on your hands.

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The Ripple Faucet Makes Some Seriously Stylish Waves


The Ripple-15 faucet designed by Smith Newman is so dang cool, every house should have one. But with such a hypnotic addition I fear we'd all waste a lot of precious water that way due to excessive overuse. read more »

Connected at the Hip: PVC-Wrapped Furniture


 

The work of Dutch designer Jurgen Bey in his Kokon line might not be anything you'd want to have gracing the inside of your home, but to be a casual observer of his unusual art is another thing. Working with layers of PVC wrapping, Bey uses techniques utilized by the aviation industry to create his somewhat disturbing hybrids of classic furniture. read more »

Flower-Friendly Faucet Freelances as a Vase


I'm not altogether certain of how this slick faucet-come-vase entitled Flowater works on a technical level, but I'll bet it's not something you'll be finding at your local hardware store anytime soon. read more »

Take a Little Off the Top With the Cut Lamp


If you'd like to blend a little bit of DIY with some contemporary lighting, the Cut Light by Monica Singer may be right up your alley. read more »

Japan-Korea Undersea Tunnel May Join Old Rivals



Inspired by the success, both economic and political, of the Channel Tunnel linking Great Britain and France since 1994, a special exploratory commission formed by Japan's government is looking at a similar scheme to connect Japan and South Korea.
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"Air Sketch" Your Scribbles Into Furniture with FRONT Design


Are you an artist that would just love to see your ideas pop off the page and come to life in the third dimension? The four members of Swedish design company FRONT might be able to help you out, especially in the realm of furniture design. read more »

Susurrus: Lighting that Whispers Sweet Nothings


Unusual outcropping of suspended fungi? Genetically engineered Lily-of-the-Valleys lit from within? Not quite. Not exactly a member of the plant kingdom, this lovely organic-looking fixture will delight at least two of your senses with its gentle, softly lit musical dance. read more »