Art and Design

A Thousand Strands of Light: Altrove Lighting

Into the ethereal realm we go with the lastest new lighting from Artemide, called Altrove.  From designer Carlotta de Bevilacqua, Altrove can be used as either a decorative wall or ceiling light.

Don't Waste A Crumb With This DIY Bird Feeder: Bird Crumbs

I've seen this photo so many times, but until today I had no idea who designed this clever bird feeder. The Bird Crumbs feeder is, in fact, a do-it-yourself project, created by Spanish industrial designer, Curro Claret.  Isn't it tooo wonderful?

Cover Your Floors in a Blanket of Riches with Penny Tiling

Some people like to throw money around, while others save for a rainy day.  Still others make furniture and tile their floors with it.

Tottoo Temporary Tattoos: Helping Lost Children Find Their Way Home

We've seen temporary tattoos that allow you to write down a grocery list or a To Do list; but some things are much more important to keep track of, like our children. It may not be as high-tech as personal GPS tracking, but Tottoo temporary tattoos will entertain your child and facilitate their safe return.

E-Ink Electronic Coach Playboard Design

The E-Ink Electronic Coach Playboard replaces traditional pen and paper with a virtual pad featuring a variety of preloaded sports templates. Select the game and design the perfect game-winning play.

Tasty, Artistic, & Natural Gourmet Treats For Dogs, Cats, Horses, & Birds!

There's a fantastic line of yummy goodies for your pets - I've even tasted the dog cookies - created by a gourmet chef, Mitch Ross. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Ross flipped his catering business into an international gourmet all-natural treat business for dogs, cats, horses and birds. These treats are artistically creative and very reasonably priced.

New Concepts in Water Conservation: the Reduce-Your-Use Bathmat

This year's finalists for INDEX: AIGA Aspen Design Challenge conceptualized a bathmat that inuits when you need water and when you to cut you off.

Get Wired with the Outlet Wall

Tangled cables and cords got you down?  Behold the outlet wall - a vast expanse of space dedicated to the detangling of cords and the electrifying of electronics.



Top 10 Coolest Jackets: From Wearable Gadgets To Personal Protection

Hot summer temperatures or not, some coats and jackets are so cool, that while they might make you warm at this time of year, you'll be the chillest person on the block. Sometimes fashion surpasses comfort, as we all know; so here are the top 10 coolest jackets and coats which will keep you cool, even if only in style, throughout every season.

Does This Lamp Have Balls, Or What?

Biomimicry is the celebration of nature in every sense -- a philosophy, a perspective, a practice... that recognizes nature knows best.  Here is a perfect example from the field of interior design that really epitomizes man's love of nature. The lamp, by Russian designer Dima Loginoff, is called, simply, Male.

Inflatable Furniture Gets an Upgrade with 'Via Lattea'

Italian furniture design company Meritalia must love their pasta, because they've gone so far as to construct "raviolis made of air" in their new inflatable line, 'Via Lattea'.

Amphibian Swim-Fin Shoes

Amphibian is a design tailored for lifeguards. It features a set of retractable swim fins aimed at increasing the speed of water rescues.

10 New & Exotic Foods Coming To NYC's 2009 Summer Fancy Food Show

The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) is holding its 55th Summer Fancy Food Fair in New York City this weekend (June 28 - 30, 2009) and my mouth waters just reading about some of the luscious new foods premiering at the event. If you can get there, here are ten tasties I'd love you to try for me! (This list leans to the sweet, I warn you.)

Turn Up the Heat with the Oven Re-Constructed

Are you disinclined to use your oven in the summer months due to the invevitable heat that pours forth, seemingly for hours after your meal has finished and the dishes are done? Ciprian Frunzeanu may have devised a clever solution to summertime oven woes with his tiny Oven Re-Constructured design.

Umbrella Changes Color When Rain Hits

The Squidarella features a black-and-white London cityscape. When wet, the illustration becomes infused with color.