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Ashley’s Recycled Leather Bags: Environmentally Friendly Or Not?

Is a product environmentally friendly if it’s made out of leather? What if it is made out of recycled leather? If you are not sure how to answer these questions take a look at Vancouver’s fashion designer, Ashley Watson’s recycled leather bags and other accessories.

Need This? Hamster Shredder

Picture this. You're an entrepreneur who, for the past few years, has found success by creating and operating a black market tax evasion business.

The CatVantage Has Every Advantage

There's a new cat tree from DesignWerks called the CatVantage, that will fit anywhere in your home and may even blend with your decor. Sans cat, this floor to ceiling spiral, might even be mistaken for a sculpture. CatVantage is a functional sculpture, one that your cats can climb, perch, and cat-nap upon.

Oh, I Do The Cooking And My Robot Does The Dishes

Very soon, a robot will not only be doing your dishes, but cleaning your whole kitchen! The ReadyBot, shown here, is the first working prototype of a kitchen cleaner that, with adequate resources provided, could be on the market in just two years. It walks, picks up dishes, puts them in the dishwasher, and cleans the mess on the counter. In the next version, the robot will be doing these chores better and faster, and it may even be cleaning the kitchen floor.

Killing Me Slowly With Fred's Toothpicks

Fred's got a couple killer tooth products on the market, and there's soon to be a new one: Hokus Poke- Us. Do you think Fred has a sense of humor? Does he have a certain thing for teeth? His toothy products are covered here, so you decide.


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 »