Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

Art and Design

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.

Strange Scents Become Hot Business With CB I Hate Perfume

Christopher Brosius, entrepreneur, artist and founder of CB I Hate Perfume has made his distain for floral and effeminate scents into a profitable business. His line of personal and home scents may be off the wall, but they are being picked up by perfume retailers in Canada and the US.


Fine Reproductions Re-Create Desire For Piero Fornisetti's Designs

A master interior designer of the 20th Century, Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) was a prolific painter, sculptor, and engraver as well. Fornasetti's works, thanks to his son Barnaba, live on in authentic reproductions of furniture that have been handcrafted and hand-colored every bit as carefully as he would have done himself.

Retractable Toilet Table Top: Great Idea?

Patent# US6983493, the Retractable Toilet Table Top, concerns the concept of toilet inspiration, you know, those great ideas that seem to come out of nowhere when it’s “john time.” The royal throne, as the inventor refers to that instrument of necessity we plebes know as a toilet, has been transformed into a respectable workplace.

Designer Tattoos From Sunshine On Your Skin

Designer Yu-Chiao Wang has come up with the idea of a Sun Tattoo. It is actually a 'wearable' cloth stencil - a robe, with a specific pattern, that creates a natural tattoo.

Top Child's Product of 2008: Maru Doll Celebrates Diversity

iParenting Media recently awarded the New Maru Doll 2008's Greatest Product. iParenting.com, part of Disney, is a media site with a respected program that recognizes the top products in children's industries.

 

Takumi 10 Key Calculator Brings Keyboard Style to Your Pocket

The Takumi 10 Key Calculator connects to your computer with an accessory USB cable but also functions as a very cool, if very clunky, stand alone pocket calculator.

Just Who Do You Think You Are? 3 Chairs That Tell You

In an exhibit entitled The Power Of Seat(ing) at Milan Design Week 2008, designers Sung-Hyun Kyung, Jesse Weser, and Gesthimani Papadopoulou used their collective talent to create chairs that reflect individual psyches, either who a person is, or who he wants to be.  Which of the chairs represents you? The Queen, Superman, or The Thinker?

Suspended in Time - Magical Photography Art

Have you ever taken a photograph and captured it at just the right time so it came out to be a pretty amusing picture? French photographer Denis Darzacq does just that – perfect timing so that subjects in the image look like they are caught in mid-air.

Trash the Dress.com: Getting Down and Dirty With Wedding Photography

As beautiful and sentimental as they may be, most wedding photographs follow a similar format that are timeless but not what you'd call unique. Trash the Dress.com showcases the photos of the risk-taking bridal parties willing to throw caution (and their glamorous wardrobes) to the wind to capture a series of unique shots.

6 Natural, Safe, Green Gifts For Your Children

If you are worried about buying your kids toys this holiday season I don't blame you. With all the bad news about lead and plastic and toxic paints in toys it's easy to consider buying them clothes and books instead, but don't give up. Below is a quick list of eco-friendly, kid-safe toys.

TEAC's New Multi-Format LP-R500 Plays Analog, Converts to Digital

The TEAC LP-R500 may not look like much, but it makes up in function what it falls short of in form. Vinyl records, cassette tapes and even FM radio can be played for a listen and burned onto CDs for perpetuity.

Yubz Retro Styled Phone Handsets Get a Grip on Hi-Tech

Cellphones are getting smaller and smaller but our hands are still the same size. What to do? Get a Yubz: a blast from the past retro-styled handset that may look clunky but gives you a grip on anything hi-tech throws your way.

The Childs Car Seat Every Gear-Head Should Own

The holiday shopping rush has begun and you aren't sure what to get for that gear-head in your life. Well, if that gear-head is a parent, a student designer may have provided the perfect gift to put under the tree.

One of a Kind Holiday Gifts: Locate Rare Books with Faber Finds

Faber Finds is an independent publishing house that aims to "restore to print for future generations a wealth of lost classics". By ordering from them, you will ensure that the literary fanatic in your family doesn't get duplicate gifts under the tree this holiday season.

The Coolest Folding Chair Ever! The Stitch Chair

It's just so darn cool, I have to show it to you. The brand new folding chair by Australian designer Adam Goodrum is being produced by Cappellini! Colorful and compact, the chair gives new life and new practicality to the folding chair.


Eco-friendly Pasta Pot's Hourglass Figure Makes Less Waste, More Taste!

This eco-friendly pasta pot has an hourglass figure that cooks long pasta in less time, uses less water, and allows less CO2 to escape into the environment. Less waste, more taste!

Scythe based Mustang Bows at SEMA

Not too long ago, we brought you the story of a specialty vehicle, dubbed the "Project B" Mustang. A completely redesigned body and drivetrain were the main changes, with dozens of others surely hiding underneath the new exterior. As expected this one-of Mustang showed up at SEMA and got quite a bit of attention.