Art and Design

Who Am I? Ask My DNA Bookcase!

A bookcase tells your story... who you are... who you became after your genetics determined your hair and eye color. In MYDNA, Mexican designer Joel Escalon has designed an altar-like DNA strand that lets you tell your own unique story through the things you love -- your personal treasures and the books, music, and movies that entertain or inspire you.

Improve Your eBay Sales With Portable Photo Studios

Chances are that if you shop online at eBay or other auction sites, you won't bid on poorly displayed items. I won't even open the listing if I see a bad photo. But you also know it can be very time consuming to set up a decent shot of the items you sell. Well, you don't have to go to a photo studio to achieve a more professional photo; you can purchase your own fold-out and fold-up portable photo studio at very reasonable prices.

Los Angeles Pavilion Luxury Dog Show Awards: Spring 2009

"March madness" was tame compared to the excitement generated by the Luxury Pet Pavilion Show in Los Angeles, a few weeks ago. The exhibitors were luxury dog product companies and dogs themselves, dressed to the nines, walking the famous Pavilion red carpet. Three contests were the highlights of the event: Best Dressed Dog, Best Booth, and Best New Product.

Student Creates 'Boomer' Mobility Aid That Climbs/Descends Stairs

A student at Monash University in Australia has designed and fully prototyped the Boomer, for all of us up-and-coming mobility aid seekers. Designer Daniel Molloy has won the recognition of the Australian Design Award committee, which selected Boomer as one of 13 finalists in its student award competition. The Boomer's futuristic styling and lightweight manufacturing technique make it more bearable to think about moving into a walker... but its safety aspects may cinch the case.

Indulgence Blossoms Into Sensual And Unique Cantilever Chair

Dima Loginoff is not shy about expressing sensuality in his designs, thankfully so. Indulgence may be the most sensual of his works yet. Unlike chair designs that easily satisfy the eye but not the body, Indulgence is not just visually appealing with its robust, Rubenesque, fluid hollows and curvaceous peaks; Indulgence is viscerally satisfying. It calls on you to sit and indulge.

Match Your Interior With A Fun, Multi-Functional LoJo™

The LoJo™ is the first product to be launched by the design team of Bang Creations, a design studio formed by a pair of design engineers who met at engineering school, went their separate ways, and then met again while at Hasbro... he, designing boy toys and she, girl toys. Now, they're married with children and a lot of customers for their new LoJos.

N2A Stinger Corvette Brings Back 1960s Styling with Modern Comfort

Even though the new C6 Corvettes are easily the most well engineered in the history of the Corvette name, many people still prefer the earlier generations for their unmistakable styling. Sadly, these older Corvettes are becoming more elusive as collectors and age claim them one by one. The good news is, N2A Designs is now offering up a custom fabricated retro Corvette that uses the best of both new and old.

Charity, Cause Awareness and Fashion Collide With Rosa Loves

We've seen t-shirts that deliver the lesser-known news, and now there's Rosa Loves; a business concept that uses the sale of fashion t-shirts to spread awareness about charitable causes, provide support with proceeds of the sales, and naturally, help wearers look fashionable.

Sloan Greywater System Saves Water and Money

Do you know how many gallons of water are used to flush your toilet? Whether you are using an old toilet in your home, which uses about 5-8 gallons of water per flush or a newer version, which uses about 2 gallons of water per flush, you are using up a lot of water to flush your toilet. Fortunately, the Sloan Valve Company has found a solution to this problem. 

Origami Art - More Fun Than Folding Laundry

If you’ve ever attempted origami before, you know that it can sometimes be hard to do. All those difficult folds and creases…it can drive a person crazy! However, Giang Dinh is an artist that creates elaborate and unique creations out of just plain old paper.

Glasses With A Photographic Memory: Four Eyes

IMM Living has just come out with its new catalog of neat stuff. This time I found a pair of glasses called Four Eyes designed by Willie Tsang for nerds and nerd wanna-be’s. The thing about Four Eyes is they actually give you what you've always wanted... a photographic memory!

Elegant Meets Mundane In Podell's Indoor Clothes Drying Rack

If there's a dull chore we all have to do at least weekly, it's washing and drying our clothes. So when you see something that attempts to make the chore less mundane, less void of artistry or inspiration, it catches your interest. Chores are much easier to bear when you're using cool gadgets that combine visual and tactile artistry with functional, stable, and green design.

Innovative Children’s Fashion: Inchworm Shoes Adjust to Grow with Your Child!

Children's fashion can be awfully cute, and often, incredibly expensive, which is a shame when the children's clothing or shoes must be discarded only months after purchase. Inchworm shoes have created a new, innovative technology that prolongs the life of the shoes by allowing them to grow with the child.

Top 10 Designer Easter Duds for Dogs

No recession for dogs... I tell ya! It's just a bunny a minute out there for the lucky dogs getting dressed up for Easter. This year's fashions include bold and bodacious sweaters for dogs this spring, and classic, more regal dresses for females with lots of emphasis on fabric details...and I'd have to say they're even more beautiful than last season's. My top 10 picks for Easter, with the exception of one (I hope) can be worn all spring, until it's time for bikinis.

Strangest Fashion For Fall 2009: Muppets Aren’t Just Puppets Anymore!

At a recent fashion show to display designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's Fall 2009 fashion line, the infamous Muppets walked the runway, proving they are capable of being more than puppets. Read on to learn if the Muppets and fashion collide in a new Muppet Movie production, if the designer is using an elaborate marketing ploy to reach a younger audience, or if something much more frightening has happened to our favorite Jim Henson characters.