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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.

Wearable Tech’s Boat Dress: Swimwear To Impress

Practical swimwear down through the decades has come to mean many things, but whoever thought that one Australian artist would interpret those words to indicate a dress that doubles as an inflatable raft? Read on for more details even if you are a strong swimmer.

Working Electric Tron Light Cycle Bought By Collector Can't Be Legally Driven

Who wouldn't want to drive one of the ultra-cool electric Light Cycles from the movie Tron: Legacy? One collector did and paid a hefty sum for the pleasure. Too bad his purchase has been banned from real world roads by local authorities.

Want This Creative Project? DIY Star Wars Origami

Origami is an ancient and venerated art form from Japan. Most of us have done origami at some point in our lives -- even if it was just folding a paper plane. We're familiar with the standard paper cranes and swans but recently the art form has become overrun with Star Wars imagery. While some of it is strictly for the professionals, there are some great designs you can make with your kids in the book Star Wars Origami.

Next-Generation Rail Tram Shown Off By Russian Tank Manufacturer UVZ

The prototype Russia One, an innovative and futuristic rail tram dubbed the "iPhone on Rails", made its public debut at the Innoprom-2014 industrial exposition. Plans are to supply some of Russia's largest cities with 190-270 passenger capacity trams by the end of 2015.

Huge Inflatable Orange Toad Appears In Chinese Park Pond

Orange toad's big, yeah yeah yeah! It's not small, no no no! An enormous orange inflatable toad appeared suddenly in a Beijing park's pond shortly after a giant yellow inflatable duck was swept away in a flood. Coincidence, or merely survival of the fattest?