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Art and Design

The Power of Rubble in Brazilian Graffiti

Known only as "Brazilian Graffiti", this incredible artwork was done on demolished buildings using rubble strewn about.

Drunken Butterfly Master: Paul Villinski's Beer Can Art

As the classic adage states, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." New York artist Paul Villinski takes this sentiment and runs with it - or flies, I should say - into the beautiful realm of winged sculptural installations made from found beer cans.

Lighting Gets Ill: Lichtinfusion by Christian Maas

It seems there is a trend arising in hospital-based design in interior furnishings. Lichtinfusion, Cologne-born Christian Maas' latest creation, is modeled after a traditional saline drip.

Toshiba 'Invitation Only' Designer Cellphones Exude Exclusive Luxury

Toshiba's FanFun 815T handset is a popular choice among Japanese phone users thanks to its many features and adaptable design. Japan's rich, however, go for exclusivity and the $4,000 Cosmic Shiner version gives them that in spades.

The 5 Tackiest Invention Ideas for Easter Ever!

There is no religious holiday of more importance to a Christian than Easter. To this end, some inventors wish to provide believers with helpful symbols and trinkets to assist or focus their faith. Then there are the others: inventors who capitalize on - exploit? - this kind of solemnity with their own particular tacky take on the holiday. In my opinion, the following patents illustrate this point exactly. What do you think?

Holey Cat Climber! The Cat Climb Condo

Cat condos don't have to be boring anymore... not for you or your cat. After years of picking the best among the pole, plank, and carpet formats, I'm delighted to see that designers are stepping up to the climb for cats and their owners. The holey Cat Climb Condo will add flair to your decor and give your cat some fun!

Design Collaborative NEL Invites Us to Play (and Think)

Playful by nature and focused more on the conceptual side of design, Mexican design collaborative NEL's projects include both experimental endeavors as well as large scale projects. Running the gamut in terms of subject matter, I've chosen a few of my favorites for you to peruse below.

Art and Meat ...Together Again

Combining art with meat is definitely a different concept. I'd have to say that I've never seen anything like this before, but I like it. Nicolas Lampert is the artist and he has combined the love of art with the love of food and created Meatscapes. Read on for more of his work.

New Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF5.0 Redefines a Camera Classic

The original Rolleiflex twin-lens 6x6 camera was a photographer's dream come true when it was first introduced in 1929, and Rollei still makes a similar camera today. Leave it to Japan's Komomura Corp., however, to pay tribute to the Rollei 6x6 by creating a 5 megapixel mini digital version that takes the concept of "retro cute" to a new level.

ASCII Code Curtain Branches Into Home Decor

Inspired by the incredible volume of information transmitted via the ASCII coding system, Dutch designer Nienke Sybrandy has captured its cryptic flow in the good and wholesome form of a tree.

Paint Me a Solar Panel!

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just slap some paint on a flat surface and instantly have solar panels to power up your work, home and everything else? It seems impossible right? Maybe not.


BedUp Touches Down in Space-Saving Style

On the eternal quest for space-saving innovations, the BedUp by French designers Décadrages takes the idea of a Murphy bed to new heights. Not your standard fold-down version which requires the daily moving of furniture, the BedUp gracefully descends from the ceiling in the manner of an elevator.

Pandigital's All-In-One HDTV, Digital Photo Frame, And Cookbook!

The TV set goes, the cookbooks are out. Let's take those barely-magnetized pictures off the frig, the ones you're always picking up from the floor.

Now, that you've made space... Here comes the Pandigital Kitchen HDTV/Digital Cookbook/Digital Photo Frame!

The Newseum is Big News

It's big news in Washington DC- the opening of the $450 million Newseum. Just over a month remains before show time when the doors to the 250,000 square foot museum open to the public.

3D Pavement Art - It just looks so real....

Ahh, if only I could find a computer sitting all by itself on the sidewalk somewhere. Wait, that's not a real computer, is it? No, it's art!

Off The Wall Fruit

Not enough room in your frig crisper? No space on the counter? Well, one alternative for fruit storage is your kitchen wall! The fruit in the "Still Life," by Umamy Design Group, is so tempting, it says, "Go ahead! Take me off the wall."

Opera and Beer Cans Make “Green” Gown

This year, in celebration of St. Patrick’s day, I wish to introduce the talented and hardworking artists, Nikos Floros. Nikos Flores took more than 5 years to create the beautiful works of art in the pictures above and below out of recycled beer cans. The most amazing thing about it is that he made them by hand.

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.