Art and Design

Navify Adds Multimedia to Wikipedia Entries

It's always good to find a site that enhances the experience of using the phenomenally popular Wikipedia to create new and useful pages for researchers and casual searchers alike.  That's what Navify is all about.

'The Idea of a Tree': Solar-Powered Furniture Making Machine

For DMY Berlin Design Festival 09, Viennese designers Mishcer'Traxler showed off their amazing furniture-making machine that runs on solar power.  Sounds crazy? Read on for the details.

Recycled and Reclaimed Shelves: Decorative and Useful

My husband and I are spring cleaning our home and garage. In doing so we have realized shelves would come in very handy for organizing our stuff. Below is a list of unique storage ideas I came across in my search for making shelves out of recycled material. 

Rescue Reel Saves Your Tail

The Rescue Reel is a safety device designed for use in skyscraper catastrophies. Escape through the window and rapel down the side of the building down to safety much quicker than you could ever do in the emergency exits.

Fashionable Etsy Beret Styled After Your Favorite Nintendo Character

If you've been playing your favorite Nintendo Games only to fantasize about looking like your favorite characters through your fashion choices, there's good news. An Etsy store has a unique design that will make you look and feel like Toad; just like out of your favorite Mario Nintendo game.

Paris' Own Bears Cave: a Project by Paul Coudamy

Didn't think you would find a bear's cave smack dab in the urban landscape of the second arrondissement of Paris, France, did you?  Well, Paul Coudamy, French architect, has re-envisioned the urban jungle to include the wild of the forest with the Bears Cave, a revamped office space for his client, an internet company called Bearstech. 

Robert Hoffman's Modular Lighting Hits Home

German design student Robert Hoffman has designed a series of modular lights for the DMY 2009 International Design Festival in Berlin.

Bike Laser: Making Streets Safer for Bicyclists

If your daily commute involves biking post-dusk on busy streets, the Laser is of interest to you. Replace the ineffective bike light with a full laser perimeter that honks when vehicles get to close.

Swing Life Away With Fashion’s First Swing Skirt

Have you ever found yourself walking down the street, overcome by the desperate urge to swing with nary a swing set on site? Well first, let me congratulate you for your strange instincts, but secondly, let me reassure you that your dreams are about to come true thanks to Netherlands fashion designer Rachel Griffin.

Let the Sunshine In: Lightfacet Modular Window Blind and Room Divider

As further testimony to the inherent knack the Dutch have for interior design, Dutch design house Bloomming present a diamond-shaped hanging modular system that can function as either a room divider or window blind.

Bing Vs. Google: First Impressions

Microsoft has spent considerable time and effort to get attention to its new search engine, the hopeful Google-killer  Let's see how the two sites stack up against each other, after just one day of use.

Sushi Look Adds Taste to Issey Miyake's 'Pleats Please' Clothing Line

Issey Miyake's "Pleats Please" designer clothing line is being presented in a most tasteful manner - by dressing up the fabrics to look like sumptuous sushi!

Ryuichi Tabu's Tree-Shaped Air Conditioner, 'Breath'

Ryuichi Tabu has designed a tree-shaped air conditioning system that not only cools the air, but looks good and might actually be healthy for you, too.

You Be the DJ with Electro-House Blender

Did you ever go out to a club and listen to some thumpin' dance beats and think to yourself, "Hey, I could do this?"  If you have a passion for electronic music, or even just a curiosity into how it's done, then this is the site for you.

Shelly Sabel's Umbrella Chandeliers: A Shower of Creative Lighting

In certain circles it's considered bad luck to open an umbrella indoors.  Brooklyn-based lighting designer Shelly Sabel seems to think otherwise, embracing the half-open umbrella in her quirky series of umbrella chandeliers.