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Art and Design

The Light Drop: LEDs on Tap


Turn on the faucet and let the light flow? Hmm... Seems a bit paradoxical, but the Light Drop by Brazilian designer Rafael Morgan does just that. read more »

The Love Mattress: Modern Sleeping Solutions for Couples


Sleeping entwined with another is a novel concept, but there's always the problem of that extra arm. Where does one put it? Mehdi Mojtabvi's Love Mattress offers a simple solution for the chronic limp arm that often results from sleeping while wrapped in a prolonged embrace. read more »

2007's Most Creative Christmas Lights?

Instead of the usual tinsel, over-sized Santa Claus and multi-colored strands of Christmas Lights, Regent Street in London this year took a different approach.

Book Art: Brian Dettmer Carves Away New Worlds


Brian Dettmer is a type of book surgeon, slicing through old tomes with knives and surgical tools to transform them into an almost entirely new creation. These volumes are stripped down to reveal a unique interpretation and composition of what laid dormant and concealed within the original structure. read more »

Dog & Cat Martinis To Celebrate The New Year


I just can't close the year without sharing these beautiful hand blown and crafted martini glasses with you. The dog and cat martini glasses are made by Yurana Glass Designs and each one is crafted individually, so no two are alike. They cost a little more than the average cat or dog bowl, but after all, they're for a celebration... like New Year's Eve. read more »

Mini-Size Your Functional Decor with "Pull + Push" Designs


Looking for that perfect rooftop garden to satisfy your green thumb? This one is yours for the taking, although it may be a little smaller than what you had in mind. read more »

Sitscape Sofa Builds Your Favorite Seating Position Into the Design


The Sitscape is a fluid-like seating zone designed by Berlin-based Hackenbroich Architekten, specifically focused on customized seating positions and the smooth transitions between them. The prototype for this "lounge landscape" is one meter wide and a whopping six meters long, with six tailor-made resting spots integrated within it. read more »

The Pear Light: Portable LED Lighting Picked Fresh Off the Branch


The future of LED lighting has grown into something pretty sweet, as New York designer Nick Foley can tell you. If you want to illuminate dark spaces, or bring a touch of the outside indoors, his Pear Light is sure to brighten up any interior with its handcrafted design and organic countenance. read more »

Designer Chocolates Feature Your Face, Make Tasteful Gifts



DekoChoco, an innovative Japanese company, provides you with the tools to create personalized chocolates featuring your own photo, name and decorative design - right from your home or workplace!
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Want a Chair That Follows You Wherever You Go? Try "Take A Seat" Interactive Mobile Seating


Tired of beating back the college kids for that coveted seat in the library? Well, your troubles may be over. The "Take-A-Seat" chair, created by Jelte van Geest of Eindhoven Design Academy, explores the latest in interactive mobile seating, ensuring your derriere has the proper resting spot during all of your intellectual brow furrowing and heavy book lifting. read more »

The Flat Life Project Lights Up in 3D


The Flat Life project by Finn Magee might make you look twice, as most of us aren't used to cords running out of our still-life art. What appears to be an image of a standard desk lamp and digital alarm clock is actually a light source and means of time-keeping, merging the third dimension with 2D design. read more »

A Child's Imagination Takes Flight in Korea


What do you get when you combine a child's imagination with the skill and ability of an accomplished artist? If you happen to be Seoul-based artist Yeondoo Jung and a handful of children's drawings, the answer is found in cutting edge technology and sold out art exhibits throughout the world. read more »

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall: Narcisse Mirrors Might Be the Fairest


Designed by several different artists, the idea behind the distinguished Narcisse collection was to "free the mirror from its traditional frame" and renew its identity, rid of traditional codes... read more »

Top 10 Holiday Gift Picks for Tea and Coffee Lovers


As an avid coffee and tea drinker, I am well acquainted with the joy of small things. Nothing quite satisfies like that first mug of morning joe, or cozying up with a hot cup of tea on a cold night. Given the enormous growth in the beverage industry, I know I am not alone in my fondness for these infusions. So, here are some of my top picks (in no particular order) for this year's wish list. Perhaps your favorite coffee or tea drinker would enjoy these in their daily imbibing as well. read more »

Sexy Lighting Comes Home with the Gilda Collection


Arturo Alvarez' latest lighting collection, Gilda, uses Italian Bisazza glass mosaic tiles in the creation of his tantalizing light fixtures. read more »

The Mikado Lamp Spreads Its Wings


Created by Miguel Herranz, the Mikado lamp is named after the Spanish game of pick-up sticks. Can you see their spiny resemblance? read more »

Klick Table and Chair for Kids


 It's truly amazing what they have for children these days. The Klick desk and chair set looks more like a piece of art than a place to make a piece of art. When its not in use, this modern desk and chair fits together into a cube. read more »

Deck the Trees: 5 Cool Holiday Ornaments


Looking for the latest and greatest ornaments around? I’ve done some investigating, and have found some clever and whimsical variations on the usual Santa and snowman theme. These funky ideas will help you to kick your holiday collection up a notch and bring some flavor to your tree-trimming. read more »

The Latest in Christmas Trees: 7 Modern Replacements for the Traditional Christmas Tree


Tired of the same old same old when it comes to Christmas trees? Is the traditional tree just not cutting it these days? Perhaps you'll have a hard time seeing the forest for the trees with the alternatives I've found (since some of these hardly qualify as "trees" in the first place), but on the eternal quest for variety and newness, here are some of the latest Christmas tree designs coming down the pike. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Nicotine Based Dental Care


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Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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