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Art and Design

James and the Giant Peach Move Over! There's a New Girl in Town

In early February, Ella Bache, an Australian skin care company, constructed a peach sculpture made of 24,000 peaches. In other words, a giant woman. This was done to publicize the company's slogan, "Skin good enough to eat."

"Well, at least he drives a Prius"

A recent ad campaign from Toyota brought about a trifecta of highly humorous ads. Each portrays a different scenario in which something "wrong" is happening accompanied by the caption "Well, at least he drives a Prius."

George Clooney in Jelly Beans - Colorful and Yummy!

Jelly Belly recently unveiled a portrait of George Clooney made entirely out of jelly beans. With cheeks made of cotton candy and hair highlighted in buttered popcorn, he is now immortalized in these tasty treats.

HondaJet Sends Honda's Car Design Philosophy Sky High!

HondaJet is a roomy, fuel-efficient and economical light jet scheduled to take to the skies in 2010. Some say the advanced passenger plane will be the Japanese automaker's "Civic of the Air".

Be the Firestarter With a Platonic Fireplace

Spearheading Platonic Fireplaces way back in 1984, Henry Harrison is a minimalist designer whose vision of the contemporary fireplace has led him into strange and wonderful territory over the years.

Always Have a Pair of Socks with Throx

The missing sock phenomenon has puzzled many of us for years. There we are trying to match our socks only to find that several pairs have a missing sock. We search the room we're in. We search the laundry room. We look under the bed. We look everywhere, but alas the %@*#! socks are gone. One company, Throx, has come up with a solution that is sure to knock your socks off or at least keep them paired.


$10,000, a Laptop and More for Redesigned Trash

Ever watched the Design Squad? Design Squad is a kids program on PBS consisting of 8 young engineers. As a team these young engineers take on engineering challenges for an actual client such as Ikea. There are 13 episodes per season. In the final episode the top two contestants compete, "for the Grand Prize-a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel® Foundation".

Stainless Steel Gets a Facelift With Full Blown Metal Designs

British designer Stephen Newby's Full Blown Metal line redefines one's ideas about what might be expected from stainless steel, with pieces infused with such an airy quality that one could imagine they might just lift off like mylar balloons.

Kick Up Your Heels with the Shoe Chandelier

Need some household urban renewal? Designers Peter Pracilio and Oscar Lopez have created their Shoe Chandelier, a replica of the iconic tossed sneakers.

Shake These Salt and Pepper Maracas!



Yes, I just wrote about salt and pepper grinders, and I promise to get off the subject, but I just had to share these Fukasawa-designed Salt and Pepper Maracas with you, just for quick look at a beautiful design, but impractical concept. What can you do with these? read more »

Plano Furniture is Off the Wall


Dutch designer Egbert-Jan Trijnis Lam started his company BuroJET in 2002. Trained in Eindhoven, this artist has been hard at work since the early 90s, focusing on all things related to design. One noteworthy creation is his Plano furniture, where 2D and 3D meet for a conversation. read more »

The 6 Innovations Of Chef'n Salt & Pepper Grinders



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I go through two or three salt and pepper grinders a year, a ridiculous number for one who cooks only three or four meals a week. Either the tops break off or the blades get dull, or the turning mechanism fails. Another kitchen tool goes to gadget hell, where nothing is recycled. read more »

Personal Dwelling System - Fine Organic Architecture

Before Target sold energy-saving lightbulbs, before bamboo was used to make just about everything, and even before the "green" poster child Al Gore was a glimmer in his mother's eye, there was Organic Architecture.

The Ripple Faucet Makes Some Seriously Stylish Waves


The Ripple-15 faucet designed by Smith Newman is so dang cool, every house should have one. But with such a hypnotic addition I fear we'd all waste a lot of precious water that way due to excessive overuse. read more »

Cat Climbing The Walls? Show Him The Door



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You can take a cat out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of a cat. Unless you want to mount tree branches in your home (Ooh, let me think on that!), the next best thing to satisfy his urge to climb might be a door climber. I mean, if he's climbing the walls anyway... read more »

My Other Half Wine Glasses Make You Cry Over Spilt Wine


My Other Half wine glasses designed by Jim Rokos are an interesting experiment in cooperation. These glasses are connected via a clear tube and as such, when one person raises their drink to their lips they might meet with frustration as their own beverage drains through the tube to their partner's glass, possibly overflowing it. read more »

Connected at the Hip: PVC-Wrapped Furniture


 

The work of Dutch designer Jurgen Bey in his Kokon line might not be anything you'd want to have gracing the inside of your home, but to be a casual observer of his unusual art is another thing. Working with layers of PVC wrapping, Bey uses techniques utilized by the aviation industry to create his somewhat disturbing hybrids of classic furniture. read more »

$21 million for Cool Earth’s Solar Balloons



What has inflatable lightweight mirrors and captures the same amount of energy from the sun, as traditional flat panel PV systems, while using 500 times less solar cell material? Cool Earth's cool Solar Balloons do and they're about to expand. read more »

Clear the Table Two Ways With the Fusion Table


Have you ever had a moment where you slap your forehead and think, "Why didn't I think of that?" The Fusion Table, which combines a standard dining table with a hidden pool table underneath, may produce some forehead-slapping moments. So incredibly simple in design while also an obvious space-saver, this clever invention brings a new meaning to the idea of clearing the table. read more »

Flower-Friendly Faucet Freelances as a Vase


I'm not altogether certain of how this slick faucet-come-vase entitled Flowater works on a technical level, but I'll bet it's not something you'll be finding at your local hardware store anytime soon. read more »