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The Cat's Out Of The Bag Now At The Refined Feline

The cat's out of the bag at The Refined Feline. The news is that the modern furniture designer for cats, a pioneer in smart and stunning-looking cat furniture, is coming out with two, no actually three, new cat climbers.

12+ Padded Walls And Other Exquisitely Tufted Designs

In all the old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies, decor was so voluptuous, so plump, so satiny... The more geometric the lines, the more rich and expensive-looking was the decor. That's the way it is with tufting - what the French call capitonnage or capitonné.

Japan's Robotic Unicyclist... Yes, Wheelie

Japan is widely heralded as being in the forefront of robotic technology, and this new, self-balancing schoolgirl robot is just the latest example. "Seiko-chan" was designed to ride a unicycle because, well, we're not quite sure but we do know it's cool!

Don't Kick Sand in This Artist's Face!

Jim Denevan is an artist that makes freehand drawings in the sand.

Has the Man Powered Ferris Wheel Crossed The Green Line?

I’m afraid there isn’t much information about this man powered Ferris Wheel somewhere in Southern India. Search after search the only information I found about this green innovation is this video. Still I’ve chosen to share this innovation with you because I find it dangerously fascinating and evident that contrary to popular belief the eco-conscious do like to have fun.


Where Fish And Fowl Can Meet And Greet

Caged birds and tanked fish rarely have opportunity to visit each other, and the mere fact that these pets are contained makes them more vulnerable to boredom. French designer Constance Guisset has designed a new world for pet fish and fowl, one where the air and water world can interact a bit.

Small Bathroom? Make It Vertical With Vertabrae®

Hate your small bathroom? Vertebrae® is a new vertical bathroom design by Design Odyssey Ltd. that will give you your space!

Thanks For Coming, Now Go Away!

Don't you sometimes wish that you could tell your guests to leave? Maybe it's not that they bore you, you're just not in the mood for company. Well, come in and see this crazy doormat....

The Dazzling NEW Museum Of Arts And Design (MAD)

It's taken a few years from design to realization, but the Museum of Arts And Design (MAD) will finally re-open in its new dazzling diggs on September 27, 2008. Its new address: 2 Columbus Circle, right at the southwest corner of Central Park, and right at the heart of New York City's world stage for theatre, ballet, orchestra, opera, and now arts and design.

9 Design Lab '08 Finalists: Brilliant Kitchen Appliances For The IGeneration

Wow! The finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition sure are some tough competition for their more seasoned colleagues. These undergraduate and graduate students in industrial design programs have created some awesome designs for the techie kitchen. I don't know how the judges will pick a winner this year. See if you have a favorite.

Solar Spy Com-Bat May Soon Fly For The Army

Is it a bat? A plane? It's neither yet. Instead, it's the Army's bat-shaped innovative spy plane concept. The idea is to create a miniature spy plane resembling a bat and its use of echolocation. The spy plane would run off a lithium battery recharged by wind, solar power and even vibrations.

Memorialize The Banana With The DIY Chiquita Chandelier!

There's been a world-wide banana shortage since early 2008, and some have even predicted that the banana, as we know it, may become extinct. While you still can, you may want to create a memorial to the tasty, nutrient-rich banana, with this DIY project from Dutch designer Anneke Jakobs... The Chiquita Chandelier!

New Bacteria Strains Could Be Used to Make Plastic

What if plastic wasn't made from oil or natural gas? What if it was made from Bacteria? Would it be safer for the environment? Would it be safer for us? What if the bacteria were genetically engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli)?

Create Your Own Fireworks With The Bright Star 'Antares'

British lighting design company, Abraxus, has been providing festive commercial lighting for 15 years. Antares, its "star" constellation LED lighting design, is very popular in retail and hospitality settings, but this year, at London's 100% Design, Abraxus has introduced a line of more colorful and user-friendly Antares designs that can be used to create your own fireworks at home.

10 MORE Hilarious International Pet Ads

MORE pet ads? Yes, 10 more crazy, funny, clever, right on pet advertisements, just waiting in the wings for the laughter and applause to subside from the first ten of Lady Bee's Hilarious International Pet Ads last week. This time we are heavily weighted with canine ads -- eight dog product advertisements, one cat food ad, and one bird food ad - again playfully taking jabs at man and pet.

Hello Kitty Roomba Robot Sucks Up Dirt, Money

Japan's relentless drive to merge terminal cuteness with ultimate technology has taken a turn for the worse, as illustrated (emphasis on "ill") by the Hello Kitty branded Roomba robot vacuum.

Deadly Dolls With a Story to Tell

Stephanie Alice Rogers makes one of a kind dolls mostly made out of items such as: paperclay, polymer clay, paint, wood, fabric, wool, human hair and found objects.

An Enema For and By the People: Russian Resort Unveils Monument

No, there is no typo here. We are talking about enemas, but this one is made of bronze and was inspired by well.. inspired. It is meant for human appreciation rather than application. Read on and resist the temptation to “say it isn’t so.”

5 Awesome Designs Inspired By Nature: Enea Studio

The constellations and their stars, the sweet light of snow on the trees, falling leaves in autumn, waves in the ocean... Visuals from your latest relaxation tape? Or something more tangible, like furniture and lighting inspired by those visions?

For Cats Who Want To Serve Their Country There's The "Cat Playhouse"

Did you ever think of enlisting your cat in the Army or the Air Force? If I were you I'd give a Cat Playhouse some serious consideration, because your cat may have heroic ambitions one day, and not know where to turn. Our kids play at being soldiers and firemen. Why not our cats?