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Russia’s Porcelain Musical Egg: Whispers of Faberge and the Romanovs

Read all about this very special musical egg so reminiscent of the masterpieces crafted by Carl Fabergé for the royal family of Russia.. Its beauty is only magnified by the fact that it plays, upon opening, The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite on an 18-note key-wound musical movement.

11 Not-Too-Tacky Novelty Lamps Make Fun Holiday Gifts

As more sophisticated technology has made lighting design a central focus of interior design, a lamp is not just something to improve sight in the dark; lighting is its own statement, expressing style, mood... even humor! Mood and play lamps are totally welcome in modern interior design, as long as they're not too tacky. Some of them even make useful gifts...

Intel Corp. Releases New Home Medical Monitor

Intel Corp., the world’s biggest computer chip maker, recently released the Intel Health Guide, a medical monitor for patients with chronic health problems.

McDonalds Japan Goes No-Brand with Quarter Pounder Shops

McDonalds Japan is testing the waters of no-brand marketing with newly opened Quarter Pounder stores in Tokyo.

5 Neat Eco-gifts Ideas for the Holidays 2008

It's that time again to buy gifts for those we love for the Holidays. If you're not into the whole donating to charity idea and you would rather buy a gift, below are some green gift ideas to consider.

A Design Invention That Stands Gardening On Its Head: BOSKKE™ Sky Planter

Is that a real plant? I've heard of hanging plants before, but never saw suspended in the air upside down. It must be an optical illusion of some kind...

Shinsoku Sports Shoes Sell Well With the Right Stuff

A new type of running shoe is breaking sales records in Japan while helping young athletes keep on track - literally. Shinsoku sports shoes are designed with asymmetric soles that give young runners extra traction on oval courses.

11 Brilliant Inventions From Popular Science's Best of What's New 2008

Popular Science has announced its Best of What's New awards for 2008; they are all brilliant inventions, but some are phenomenal! There were 11 categories of best invention awards ranging across a wide spectrum of technology, from automobile to security technologies. One of the 11 winners was named the Grand Award Winner... see if you can guess which one!

10 Hot 2009 Calendar Gifts For Men

A little of this, a little of that, and just a tad of naughty make up the 10 Hot 2009 Calendar Gifts For Men. Just remember that "hot" can mean many things and my primary meaning is that these are hot-selling. However, I've pushed the envelope as far as I could with some pretty sexy pin-up picks.

It's My Tissue Dispensing Pillow And I'll Cry If I Want To: ThenCry!

It's good to see that crying is finally receiving some recognition in the design world, even though the fabulous German shop, Design 3000, lists the ThenCry pillow as a "First Aid" product! What better "treatment" for crying than the warmth of a cozy pillow that dispenses tissues.

Smarindesign: Design Your Own Playrooms!

Stephanie Marin grew up in Marseilles and now lives in Nice; both cities are on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the famous French Riviera, where the sun, sea, and delectable local wines and foods abound, and so does fun! Those environments have influenced her passion for re-creating not only her natural environment but the spirit, the joie de vivre, of her environment in her designs.

Recycled Decor To Keep Your Bitter Thanksgiving Dinner Guests Distracted

Thanksgiving is suppose to be a time to gather with your family and enjoy a delicious eco-meal, but for some of us it makes it hard to be thankful for the things you are thankful for when there is so much tension amongst the family. Whatever the reason for the tension help get rid of it by distracting everyone with these innovative recycled dinner items on your table.

Inhale, Exhale, Repeat: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 4

Japan Tobacco's series of 73 "Smoking Manners for Adults" ads - numbers 31 through 40 provided here - have lately achieved international recognition, including comedian David Sedaris' amusing discussion of them on Late Night with David Letterman. Without doubt the ads are (often unintentionally) funny, insightful and thought-provoking, but will smokers who read them really think about their manners?

Like Fine Sports Cars, Brodie Neill Designs Exude Power, Energy, And Sensuality

Brodie Neill is the Jaguar of furniture design. He's also hot. Now in London, the Australian designer has built a brand. a mark every bit as recognizable as a fine sports car. Coincidentally, like Jaguar, Brodie Neill's designs are smooth, shiny, and very, very sensual.

10 Best Of The Best 2009 Calendars

Every year it becomes harder to choose a calendar. The subjects expand and the art work gets better and there are more publishers to check out. This year, I found many wonderful calendars produced by individual artists, some of which are among my collection of 10 Best Of The Best 2009 Calendars.


Enter Another World With This Art

Ever wonder if your eyes were playing tricks on you? Leandro Erlich is an artist that creates tricky installations that get people wondering.

Bacon USB Flash Drives Make Memory More Meaty

These meaty Bacon customized USB flash drives cater to those who believe that anything "bacon" just can't be bad. Mmm, bacon...

Victimless Leather Coat Falls Victim to Science

Halloween may be over, but the creepiness of this next innovation seems to have just begun. When I first read about this idea I immediately thought of three things: Silence of the Lambs, Body Exhibits and those dresses made of human hair. I only wish I would have read about it sooner. What is it? It is a coat grown from living stem cells.

Capitalizing on the Holidays With a Scheduled Greeting Card Service

Jack Cards is a greeting card service that makes sure you never miss a beat by keeping track of important dates and doing the legwork for you. Remembering to send cards to your loved ones for birthdays and other holidays can be a daunting task. So, as we approach a long stretch of looming holidays, why not eliminate the stress and avoid the embarrassment that comes from forgetting to send a key member of your inner circle a greeting card? Consumers love services that bring ease and convenience to their lives, so how could this not be a winning business idea?

Anyone Have Change for a Dollar? Dynamic Dollar Art

Have you ever had one of those days while riding public transportation, looking down at your crumpled money and thought, “Damn, I wish I could turn this dollar bill into Cartman”?