Art and Design

Vertigo The Travel Mug That Heats Itself

The Vertigo is a manually-powered heatable mug that allows you to heat your food or drink by simply twisting the crank. Extremely portable, this solution will allow you to have a hot meal or cup of coffee wherever you happen to be.

Ski Jump Toilet is the World's First Sport-A-Potty

Move over Scotland, Japan now features the world's scariest toilets. Designed by Tugboat Agency for Georgia Max Coffee, stalls at a number of high-end Japanese ski resorts feature wrapped graphics that give the user the illusion he or she is sitting at the top of a regulation ski jump!

Innovative Cultural Fashion: Sporty Headscarves for the Culturally Aware

Traditional headscarves can be burdensome for those who wear them for cultural beliefs and engage in an active lifestyle. While they may be culturally fashionable, headscarves may be overly insulated for highly aerobic sports, not insulated enough for cold outdoor activities, and impractical as swimwear which forces people to choose between their values and ability to participate in certain activities. Capsters are a fashionable alternative to the traditional headscarf, with a variety of styles conducive to a variety of lifestyles, and they're pretty stylish too.

Moscow Will House Europe's Biggest Oceanarium

By 2011, it is expected that Moscow will boast of having one of the world’s largest oceanariums. It is expected to contain an area of over 180, 000 square meters (over 44 acres) and will be situated in the western part of the city at the territory of Victory Park close to the Moscow Triumphal Arch. Read on for more amazing details.

EasierThanReading Has Little to Do with Reading

If you spend any decent amount of time on the internet, then obviously you've sent something weird and funny to your friends through email before.  EasierThanReading provides you with a whole new way to do that, in the form of a personalized puppet with a recorded message.  Of course, reading is limited to a simple link put into the recipient's mailbox.

Most Scandalous Geeky Gadget: Peripheral Pants, The Wearable Keyboard

Wearable geeky gadgets have been taken to new levels with the appearance of the Peripheral Pants, a wacky wearable keyboard fashion that is certainly scandalous in its design.

Scientists Create Robotic Fish To Aid In Water Pollution

British scientists have designed a robotic fish that detects contamination in water.

10 DIY Bentos: Animated Food From Anna The Red

Japan takes the cake, or the Bento, when it comes to food art. In fact, presentation is nearly everything in Japanese cooking. Bento, an art form that can be traced back about 900 years, is hot right now, and getting hotter as Japanese natives teach the rest of the world how it's done. "Anna The Red," a Japanese-born New Yorker, is such a wonderful teacher that you can easily learn how to create your own bento.

Painting a Song with Labuat

"'I'm Your Air' is a song filled with many small orchestral threads and voices, half-truths and lies and ups and downs as we wanted to give something that they could move with the song.  A brush. I am here because your air is painted in the air. Move where you want to bring the song. We end up with your own work, that you may want to see in video."

Extreme Edible Fashion: The Nike Hamburger Shoe

We've seen edible fashion items that not only make a tasty snack, they also offer fashionable coverage. The Nike Hamburger Shoe, created by Olle Hemmendorff, is an example of extreme edible fashion that is anything but practical. Read on and decide if the hamburger shoe is better as fashion or food.

10 Iconic Treasures 0f 20th Century Design Now Selling at Christie’s

We may not be in the top five percent economically,  but millions like us can still appreciate looking, even if we can't touch. Tomorrow, Christie's auction of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design at Rockefeller Center in New York, is one I'd love to see; there are hundreds of brilliant collectors' furniture and decorative items of the knuckle-biting kind, one more exquisite than the next. Here are 10 of the works that caught my eye for their artistry as well as iconic symbolism of period design.

Choose Your Grandma! Knitting Grannies Craft Custom Order Hats & Socks

Who says you need to have your very own, blood-related granny to craft your custom made knit wear? A growing international fashion trend allows the young and old to order knitted hats and socks directly from the knitting needles of Nanas and Omas around the world, and Net Granny and Golden Hook to get your hands on the classic fashion.

When The Moon Hits Your Eye You'll Love This Beautiful Moon Artwork

Has it ever seemed like the moon was so close you could touch it? Russian artists Leonid Tishkov and Boris Bendikov have created a series of artwork titled “Private Moon”, where they give life to a man and his moon.

No Screw, No Glue: An Office Suite In Cardboard

Recently Joost van Bleiswijk created his first cardboard office suite, a là no screw, no glue, for the award-winning Amsterdam-based advertising firm, Nothing. And he accomplished his goal in grand fashion, as if he were building the Colosseum.

Innovative Swimsuit Fabric: Summer Fashion Ensures You Never Have To Put On A Wet Bikini!

With summer fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about hitting the beach and the apparel that you will wear to bask in the sun and swim in the ocean. Because no one likes a soggy bathing suit, Solestrom has developed the Sun Dry Swimsuit, ready for beachwear in the summer of 2009.