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Art and Design

Cows! We've Got Cows on Cowscape!

The painted cows seem surreal, perhaps Photoshopped, to visitors to the Cowscape exhibition. The cows are real, the creations of Australian body-paint artist Emma Hack, the stars painted to raise awareness of the South Australian drought. 

Toothbrush Dish Brush Cleans Plates, Not Plaque

The Toothbrush Dish Brush from Japan's Nodaya-Net promises to leave your dirty dishes as white as snow... that is, if they were white before serving dinner. If you liked the way Nodaya-net's nifty Sing-A-Long Tongs added amusement to your kitchen, the Toothbrush Dish Brush is sure to make you smile!

Is Shanghai's Roast Duck Ferry Boat In Poor Taste?

Damn the torpedoes and pass the hoisin sauce, it's The Shanghai Duck! This deliciously decorated passenger version of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s huge (and hugely popular) inflatable yellow rubber ducks is making waves, though for some they're waves of nausea.

Kidrobot’s Yummy Collection: Deliciously Adorable Toys!

When had your food been as happy to see you as you are to see it? Heidi Kenney and Kidrobot have teamed up to present the Yummy series: a wide range of sweet and smiling toy treats!

Trucking Cool: PATTON SUVs Invade Chengdu Motor Show

Look out China, here comes PATTON! The 2013 Chengdu Motor Show features a couple of ominously modified Ford trucks proudly bearing the Patton nameplate. Could Pittsburgh PA's Allegheny Ford Isuzu Truck Sales be channeling Old Blood & Guts for a Far East sales offensive?

WTF? Super-Expensive Designer Toilet Paper?

Evidently rich people don't have enough things on which to spend their money. Now we have entered the land of designer toilet paper.Do you think this toilet paper is worth the hefty price tag?

Create A Modern Library & Win The Fenn Young Designers Award 2013!

If you’re between 18 and 33, and you know exactly how to reimagine the concept of a library for “Millennials,” share your designs for a chance to win up to $1,500!

Chocotowel Is The Best Hand Towel Bar None!

Chocotowel from Japanese design house OTTAIPNU may be sweet but it's also calorie-free. Why design a hand towel to look like a chocolate bar? Why not... just the thought of chocolate is enough to boost one's mood and provoke a smile.

Raining Champions: Japan's 10 Cutest, Cleverest & Coolest Umbrellas

If your umbrella succeeds in keeping you dry in the rain and/or shaded from the sun, then everything else is just gravy. Well, it must be raining gravy in Japan 'cause the country's umbrellas take effective rain & sun protection as their starting point and run with it. Where they end up is anyone's guess... but be sure to bring your umbrella with, just in case.

The Art of Advertising

The world of art and business have been crossing paths and overlapping for hundreds of years, and from Parisian Absinthe Art to Wall Street Warhol crazes, there has been a powerful connection between art and marketing. Although this ad campaign by Guido Daniele is a few years old, it exemplifies the change in that relationship which has occurred in recent years. Our hyperconnected, light-speed generation, coupled with our throw away culture, might render certain forms of art as nothing more than a disposable tool to sell a product, rather than a lasting statement about the world at the moment of its conception.

Win 17,000 Euros For Using Ceramic Via Tile Of Spain Awards 2013!

If you’re an architect or interior designer with a preference for ceramic tiles made in Spain, you could win big for your handiwork!

Guests On The Way? Time To Inflate The Living Room!

Bubble Inflatables has an innovative, fun and fairly inexpensive furniture solution for anyone who doesn’t want to spring for a traditional ottoman, sofa and cozy chair. Just add air!

Mojo Backpacks: Art You Carry Your Stuff In

The fine artists and craftspeople at Mojo easily demonstrate that there’s absolutely no reason to settle for mediocrely styled backpacks, totes and duffle bags when they’ve got wearable art for you to store your swag!

Inventables: The Inventor's Playground

Inventables - a one-stop shop for the inventor, designer, and 'maker,' who want to experiment, prototype, or just plain play with industrial materials that are not generally available in small quantities. An online store that will inspire the maker in you so wildly, you feel like a child in a playground full of all new equipment and toys.

Photography 2.0 - Time is A Dimension

When it comes to art mediums, photography is traditionally the most controversial, and the one that raises the most questions about where the limitations and boundaries of artistic creation begin and end. For more than 150 years, photography has been limited by its two-dimensional form, but Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei has found a way to break out of that narrow structure and play within a new dimension of photography - Time.

Remodeling Your Home For Retirement

Thirty percent of the U.S. population are baby boomers, according to the American Association of Retired People (AARP), and a recent survey conducted by the group found that 84 percent of us want to stay in our homes after we retire.  If you are a member of that majority, you might need to think about doing some remodeling to make your home more accommodating to your needs as you age.

Weight of the World: Hermit Crab Shell Art!

Combining art and nature is nothing new, but having live animals as participants in exhibitions is a bit more unusual. Luckily, these hermit crabs don't move too fast, particularly since they have entire artistic cityscapes on their backs, fashioned meticulously out of plastic by Japanese artist Aki Inomata.

Adlens Emergensee™ Adjustable Eyeglasses Are A Sight For Unfocused Eyes

Emergensee™ adjustable eyeglasses from Adlens are the long-awaited solution for lost or broken eyeglasses and contact lenses. These instantly adjustable, variable focus glasses aren't intended to permanently replace prescription lenses but in case of emergency, they make an ideal spare pair.

Color Me Impressed: The Crayon Sculptures of Herb Williams

When was the last time you thought about crayons? More specifically, when was the last time you bought over 100,000 of them in order to make a sculpture? The answer is probably never, unless you're Herb Williams. He is the Cezanne of Crayon, the Calder of Crayola, and his playful works often hold many more shades of meaning and depth than meet the eye.

Slam Out Perfect Slammers With The Burger Stomper!

With football season starting up and summer burning as brightly as ever, you couldn’t ask for a better reason to check out the invention that stomps out perfect burgers: