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Max Wallack Wins Grand Prize in Design Squad "Trash to Treasure" Contest

If anyone deserves a special gift this Holiday season for his kindness and his innovative ideas it's ninth-grader Max Wallack from Natick, Massachusetts. He has already won a few rewards for his inventions. His latest invention won him thousands of dollars and has the potential to help the homeless and clean the environment all at once.

Keep Time With These Samba Dancing Kitchen Timers From Pylones

"Beeeep?" "Ting-Ting?" or "La-la La-la-la. Tschoo-te-tscha-te-tscha-tscha?"

Okay, so I can't write rhythm, but you get the point? If you have a timer in your kitchen, which one would you want to hear when the hour is up? My choice is a member of the band of samba playing, dancing, wind-up dolls from the fanciful French house of Pylones.


These Apples Wear Their Hearts on Their Peels

Blog!NOBON is a Japanese Apple Computer fan site whose owner makes his own Apple apples. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Blog!NOBON's unique tribute is no more than skin deep.

Electrolux Kitchen Design 2008 Contest Winners Announced

Electroux Icon® and Interior Design® have announced the winners of their 2008 contest for the best kitchen design. Architectural designers were challenged to come up with designs for a kitchen that would meet the needs of a modern family.

Recycle Your Own Paper With the Meiko SEED System

What if you could buy an innovative machine for the office that allowed you to shred used paper and in a few hours the machine recycled these shreds of paper into new usable recycled paper for you? Would you invest in it? It depends on the price and the money you save from it, right?

Hieroglyphic USB Thumb Drive Shows Timeless Style

The ancient Egyptians, with their magnificent pyramids designed to last forever, made memory one of the cornerstones of their culture. Now a strikingly beautiful USB flash drive evokes the glory of the pharaohs to store your vital data.

Yum! A Dog Peeing On My Glass

Each clever line-drawn design will hit the funny bone of someone you know, which is why the "Moist and Merry" group makes such great glasses to delight your guests!

Vibrating Body-Piercing Jewelry: Great Idea?

US Patent# 6865907 concerns Vibrating Body-Piercing Jewelry, which comes with its very own motor and housing for such unit. It is a very versatile sort of thing as it can be worn on a body part that is either pierced or non-pierced. (Neon colors may also be available, but if they are, the cost could run either an arm and a leg or possibly a thighbone. Read and pulsate…if you dare.

Angel & Devil Earphones are Wicked Good

Feeling somewhat schizoid when it comes to your music? Green House has the perfect cure: cute "Angel & Devil" earphones that come in 5 color combinations though the Angel is always white.

Rain, Sleet, Or Atomized? Your Shower, Any Way You Like It!

When it comes to intimate design, as in bathroom fixtures, some designers look like they're trying too hard. For what, I'm not sure. But the Private Wellness Shower by Gessi of Italy goes beyon a beautiful design to provide a choice of personal functions. It's a classy design that caters to every water loving creature.

COLAPhone iPhone Color Case Looks Cool, Acts Tough

Custom designed to fit snug & secure, this full metal jacket comes in 5 cool colors and guards your iPhone to the Corps... that is, the core!

Forget The Booze! 10 Great Gifts For Wine Lovers

Every day more medical studies are released about the health benefits of wine, and the predictions are that more people every year will become interested in how wines are grown, develop their taste, their bouquet, and prioritize their favorites, classifying themselves as "wine lovers".

Booze is out, wine is in! If you're afraid to pick out a bottle of wine for wine lovers you know, here are 10 gadget and food gifts they will love!


6 Who Died In 2008 Commemorated In Precious Finger Puppets

The Los Angeles designer of adorable hand-made stuffed animals and toys, I Golfini della Nonna, also creates some of the most detailed sets of finger puppets you'll find. This year, in addition to its precious animals, monsters, dinosaurs, and bugs, IGolfini della Nonna has created a grouping of six finger puppets of famous persons who passed away in 2008.

Surprising Lego Art - Fun For All Ages

Playing with toys can be fun for everyone. I should know; I still play with Barbie dolls. (When no one’s looking, of course). However, Sean Kenney is an artist that makes interesting sculptures out of Legos.

Plug & Play, Lots Of Storage, Clever Name: "CurrenKey"

French designer 5.5 has created a few new international coins! Well, they're not exactly coins, but they are international. They are really coin casings for LaCie's flash drives, and they're very cool.

Is 5.5 launching a new trend by actually putting something useful in a USB port? I don't know, but the CurrenKey is a good start and it's got a short catchy name too!


Tokyo Metro's Manner Poster Series Scolds Subway Slobs

Tokyo's subway system is the envy of the world, thanks in part to the millions of thoughtful passengers who ride the trains each day. Not everyone is doing their part, however, so a  monthly "Manner Poster" campaign has been instituted to remind city commuters to be on their best behavior.

Rain Man: The Most Refreshing Wine Decanter Ever!

Rain! It's so refreshing! It brings life and health to all of nature. What more fitting a tribute to rain than this elegant vessel for pouring wine in small smooth streams?

Art? Music? Or Just 54 Recycled Shoes?

It isn't that hard to imagine music coming from shoes, but there is usually a person wearing the shoes and using the shoes to make the music. Still an innovative person, Ingrid Bachmann, created the Symphony For 54 Shoes out of 27 pairs of recycled shoes.

The Face Fornasetti Just Couldn't Forget

The other day, I wrote about Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) furniture designs that are among those recently revived by his son Barnaba. But it's hard to write more about Fornasetti's designs without sharing those that include a very special face, one that he made one of the most frequent subjects of art and design in the last 100 plus years: Lina Cavalieri.

Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers is Music to Shoppers' Ears

Gwen Stefani has branched out from fronting hit band No Doubt to become a master marketer and stylish trendsetter. Now with her Harajuku Lovers brand of apparel & accessories, Stefani channels chic Japanese fashion culture from Tokyo streets to America's avenues.