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Art and Design

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?

Prefer To Work In A Fish Bowl Or A "Jelly Box" Jell-O Mold?

Ever think about what it would be like to see the world from inside a Jell-O mold? Looking like a Jell-O mold, but calling itself the Jelly Box, this new workspace is now on display at the Truman Brewery during London 2008 Design Week. This clever design by architect David Hingamp of the London firm of Archic, has just been named runner up in the 2008 Urbantine Project.

15 Furniture Wall Stickers That Will Trick Your Eyes!

Trompe l'oeil is French for "trick of the eye." Trompe l'oeil was first mastered by Greek painters and the style became popular again among European painters during the Renaissance. It is a style of three dimensional art that is so close to the likeness of the object it represents, that it can make you believe it is the object! Here are 15 trompe l'oiel wall stickers for your home decor...

Tiny Buildings Made From Business Cards

Artist Sharon Mount creates cool buildings out of business cards, packaging and other forms of paper.

"Hook And Go" Because You Can't Get An Octopus To Carry Your Grocery Bags

An octopus could easily handle my grocery bags, but one would certainly cause concern in my local market. Octopuses are terrible cleptomanics. But thanks to the Hook and Go people in San Francisco, I'm going to can the octopus.

Three Coffee Napkin Ads That Jolt You With Their Beauty

In New Zealand, a series of artistic ads were created for a local coffee company. Ten artists created 30 pieces of art - all made using coffee napkins. The ads were displayed in bus shelters along an Auckland Street. The effect was a series of mini art galleries to promote coffee.

Iraqi Expat Wins British Invention Award: An Inspiring Story

If you like stories of personal struggle that end well, you will like this one. It's about an Iraqi citizen who fled Iraq with his family to avoid the death squads of Saddam Hussein, worked day and night to support himself through the University of Derby in the East Midlands of England, invented a device....

Sharing A Meal Begins In The Oven! "Brivet" by DK Ahn

DK Ahn's new designs, debuting at the London 100% Design show, are a small but varied banquet of practical, cultural, intuitive and spiritual sides of the artist, as well as the enormous talent, both as a designer and an inventor, Ahn possesses to express those sides.