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Art and Design

MINI Businessman Concept Car Channels Tomorrow's MINI Today

If today's MINI compact car is a triumph of retro automotive style, what will BMW's boxy British brand look like tomorrow? The MINI Businessman Concept revealed by students from the International School of Design in Valenciennes, France, offers us a tantalizing glimpse of MINI's future.

Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueled Motorcycle Is One Hot Crispy Ride

The Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueled Motorcycle, based on the rare Track T800 CDI chopper, features an 800cc, three-cylinder diesel engine purposely tuned to run on 100% biodiesel... ideally sourced from bacon grease, of course.

Want A New Way For Refugees To Live With Dignity?

There are a number of reasons that people can become refugees -- from geo-political conflicts to the effects of climate change. It is a devastating thing for people to lose everything in the path of these forces and then be faced with trying to rebuild a life from nothing. Designer Abeer Seikaly has come up with a different kind of shelter for refugees that gives them a small home of their own that is more functional than your average tent.

Making it Real: A 3-D Exhibition of Print Ready Projects

Making It Real is an innovative global exhibition featuring new and edgy designs for  3-D print-ready jewelry, products, fine art and other small objects. Read on to learn more about this new and fascinating digital fabrication display that began last year.

Bandit9 Motorcycle Design's Bishop Concept Offers Minimalist Luxury, Maximum Exclusivity

If Bandit9 Motorcycle Design's mission is creating beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind motorcycles than what can we say about the stripped down, up-content Bishop Concept, a limited edition of nine superbly styled cycles?

Wrap This Up: Audacious Audi Doesn't Know What Color It Wants To Be

Vinyl vehicle wraps are most often used to display graphics and advertising but a growing automotive subculture is using wraps for purely cosmetic purposes. When the right kind of wrap is expertly applied, some spectacular visual effects are in the offing and such is the case with an eye-popping Audi that gleams in copper, green and brown – depending on your point of view.

2015 HSV GTS Supercharged V8 Maloo: Holden's Final Ute Will Also Be It's Fastest

The 2015 HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) GTS Maloo is (or will soon be) living proof that going out with a bang is a good thing. Only 150 of the flashy supercharged utes will be made, giving a fitting send off to both the coming end of Holden's Australian automaking operations and the demise of the iconic ute in general.

Hanaga Tap Nose Electrical Outlet Cover Is Worth Picking

The Hanaga Tap from Japanese design studio ekoD Works redirects power cords downward to save space while adding a honking big dose of fun to your home or office decor scheme.

Bea Szenfeld’s Strangely Exquisite Paper Collections

Paper is a ubiquitous material, but up until now has never been used as a substitute for fabric in a line of apparel. While this may seem a bit far out, it's here. Read on for more about these amazing  paper collections created by Bea Szenfeld.

BMW Driver's Offensively Painted Car Will Make You Bloody Angry

It's no er, accident this "distressed" white BMW 328 sedan from St Petersburg, Russia looks like it met a moose going the opposite direction one dark and stormy night. All it took was a LOT of blood red paint, the creative use of a paint sprayer, and an idea likely thought up over a bottle (or two) of vodka.

Classy Comfort With A View For Your Cat: Cat Clouds

What I love about products designed by The Refined Feline is that they serve cats in a very functional way, and they also add an elegance to your home decor that doesn't stand out and shout "This is for THE CAT!"  In fact, they're so lovely, they make you wish you were a cat so you could enjoy them too.  Take, for instance, the Cat Cloud cat shelves....

Traditional Japanese Porcelain Cups Mix Medieval Monks With Skateboards, Horse Masks & More

Skateboarding monks? On my traditional Japanese porcelain cup? It's more likely than you think, if the traditional Japanese porcelain tableware comes from Kutani Choemon, a 130-year-old Japanese pottery maker who looks ahead instead of back for inspiration.

Million Dollar Mercedes: Daimler's S-Class Pullman To Debut In 2015

The all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman is set to become Daimler's standard bearer when it debuts as a 2015 model. Sticker priced at just over $1 million each, the next uber-Benz follows a long line of luxurious land-barges like the legendary 600 Pullman long-favored by the world's top celebrities, dictators, and celebrity-dictators.

Hublot Special-Edition Wristwatch Commemorates China-Switzerland Free Trade Deal

Swiss luxury watch maker Hublot thinks the time is right to celebrate free trade, and their new Classic Fusion Sino-Swiss FTA Limited Edition wristwatch is just the timepiece to do it!

Screw Fridge Magnets Drive Home Your Memos & Messages

Magnet Screws from Japan's Design Development Laboratory might surprise anyone spying them on your shiny new Sub-Zero refrigerator, especially whomever paid for the appliance.

The TNT Royal Rétro Watch 43: An Edgy Wearable Tech Anachronism

Analog anything has long gone with the wind, or has it? Do traces of the past remain in the digital fashion of today? The answer is 'yes' as evidenced by Pierre De Roche's TNT Royal Retro Watch 43. Read on for more about  this amazing wearable tech time-piece.

Revoltech Danboard Mini Yotsuba&! Action Figure Thinks Cute Thoughts Inside The Box

Got Danboard? The adorable cardboard box robot from the manga Yotsuba&! has been adopted by digital camera photographers as it adds a timeless sense of wonder to almost any scenic background. Revoltech's Danboard (or Danbo) Mini Yotsuba&! Action Figure is ideal for such pursuits thanks to its flexible joints and light-up eyes.

The Flutter Dress: Utterly Cool Blend of Textiles and Robotics

Smart phones are one thing, but smart clothing is quite another. With its built-in microphones, the Flutter Dress allows the hearing-impaired to feel the world around them. Read on for more on this amazing wearable tech phenomenon.

Hail Stallin': Ten Creative Automobile Ads Of The USSR

It may be hard Tupolev but Russian automakers actually advertised their mainly unattractive offerings during the Soviet Union's heyday. Did it work? Probably better than the uninspired machines themselves.

Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept Car Hangs Ten At Surf City

The FIAT brand's latest variation of the popular Fiat 500L helps kick off the Vans US Open of Surfing in “Surf City”, aka Huntington Beach, California. Details from Vans original hi-top shoe echo throughout the cool concept car from its iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern roof treatment down to the Waffle Sole covering on the pedals.