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Art and Design

Studio Nommo Rocks the House with Their Ultra-Funky Wallpaper

I am totally impressed by these unique and ballsy wallpapers that are very boldly and unapologetically just what they are. Whoever can seamlessly work these into their décor is definitely a master of interiors, in my book.

Ashtub Trico Lets You Smoke & Drive Without Mess or Fuss

Ideaco of Japan has designed the Ashtub Trico, an attractive and practical automotive ashtray. In an age where standard equipment car and truck ashtrays are becoming ever more rare, smokers who want to puff & drive will find the Ashtub Trico perfectly suits their needs.

Mini-House Addition Won't Upset Your Landlord

Designed by the German team at Convertible City, Rucksack House is a quick and easy way to expand your apartment size without the hassle of moving. This walk-in cube functions as an additional room, hanging from the façade of your current residence via steel cables anchored to the roof.

Could You Hang a Coat on This Art?

Ever look at your closet and see all those empty coathangers hanging from the racks? David Mach, a sculpture and installation artist, creates gorgeous art from wire coathangers.


Manga Comic Explains The War On Terror in Anime Style

"Afuganisu-tan" is a Japanese manga (comic) that seeks to explain the sociopolitical situation in Afghanistan and The War On Terror in a very unique and unusual way - with cute anime characters representing the countries.

10 Top Designer Shoes...For Your Stemware

Often dressed in satin or sheer lingerie, beaded jewelry, even hula skirts, wine bottles have been expressing themselves fashionably for several years now. Carrie and Company, tableware designer, has seen to it that stemware too can keep in step with the times, in fashionable shoes ... yes, for stemware feet.

Rubik's Cube Speed-Cubing Kit

Speed-cubing - the "sport" of solving Rubik's Cube as quickly as possible - just got a little easier (or at least, faster) with the introduction of the Speed Cubing Kit from MegaHouse.

Build a House Out of Newspapers and They Will Come

A house made from 60,000 newspapers was on display in Gillett Square, East London.

Design Your Own Dress

Ever dreamt of designing your own clothes, and wearing your creations?

Imagine This, a New York-based company has launched a product called Designer's Portfolio which shall help every girl realize her dreams of being a fashion designer.


Great Invention Idea? Bed Simultaneously Promotes and Repels Action!

Who among us doesn't like some action in bed? Naturally, we all do. But there's action, then there's ACTION. If you're more the "ACTION" type then United States patent 7,137,881 the Quantum Sleeper, is just the thing for you because it brings a sort of Sopranos' style edginess to the notion of a good night's sleep.

Knit One, Pearl Two - The Lampshade that Knits Itself

Nadine Sterk, the designer of this Sleeping Beauty lampshade, is a graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, currently displaying this piece as part of an alumni exhibit at the Design Huis. According to Stark, this is "a lamp that develops like a living organism," slowly growing its lampshade at the rate of three rotations per hour.

Have Environmental Floor Designers Gone to the Pits?

When you eat a peach and finally get to the pit do you ever wonder, “this pit would make a great floor”? Floor designer, Alla le Roux has.

Sleep Peacefully With These Intruder Deterrents

With this handy dandy nightstand-come-shield-and-baton set nearby, a peaceful night's sleep is most definitely assured. The "Safe Bedside Table" has a leg that acts as a club, and a top that can act as a shield in the unlikely event of a midnight intrusion.

Gravity Racing at its Best

Whoever said you had to a have a big motor to go fast never shook hands with Jakob Hirzel. His challenge was to design a gravity racer for the Xtreme Gravity Series in Irvine, California, and it's safe to say he did very very well.

Red Bull Art Gives You Wings

Since 1997, Red Bull has held a competition in various cities to see what people come up with for art using Red Bull cans. The final works of art for some of these are pretty cool.

Bring the Noise - and Art - With Artcoustic Speakers

One of the must-haves in any home is some kind of sound system - that's a given. And technology has made it so you can definitely get more bang for your buck in terms of superior sound from smaller speakers, but how about eliminating the traditional speaker all together and instead transforming it into sleek and modern art? Now that's what I'm talking about.

Green Lawnmower For the Lazy Environmentalists

Once upon a time lazy environmentalists, like me, tired of pushing our push reel mowers, dreamed of an eco-friendly automatic lawnmower that would cut our lawns on it’s own. Helping us live our green lives more conveniently. Luckily, I have a friend who thinks about me and sends me links like the one for the Robomower Automatic Lawnmower RL-1000 .

Catch Some ZZZs With the Convertible Computer Bed

Yet another great space-saving idea: "The Tale" Computer Bed, for those days when you just can't bear to be upright any longer. This probably won't be high on your boss' list of priority purchases, but for a dorm room or someplace tight on space, this sure could come in handy.

Using Trunks, Bark and Leaves - 10 Towering Tree Ads from Around the World

Whether its campaigns to Save the Trees, or Keep it Fresh, advertisers are using all of the elements of trees, the leaves, the trunk and the bark to get their marketing messages across in clever ways.

Meltdown with Tom Price's Bizarre Chairs

London-born Tom Price knows a good DIY project when he sees one.  I wouldn't go so far as to advise you try this at home, but the results of some seemingly simple techniques and basic utilitarian materials are pretty stunning.