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Plant-Based Filter Looks Cool and Cleans Air


French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and Harvard professor David Edwards have teamed up to bring us one step closer to cleaner air with their Bel-Air plant-based filter. This so-called "domestic spacecraft " utilizes the natural recycling qualities of the plant kingdom to absorb toxic compounds in the air, emitted by common household items. read more »

French Decanters Make Wine a Centerpiece


Don't know what to do with all that wine you've been saving for some long-awaited special occasion? Why not break out some of those vintage reds and allow them to adorn your home in these limited edition wine decanters designed by French sculptor Etienne Meneau? read more »

Newspaper Can Make Good Yarn Too


Imagine yourself one relaxing cold winter night in front of the fireplace. Your newspaper logs burn brilliantly in the fire. Your hot cup of organic chocolate coco cools down next to you on your favorite recycled wood end-table as you sit back and crochet your new rug out of newspaper yarn for your bamboo floor. read more »

Tanya Aguiniga's Art Crosses Into Funky


Tanya Aguiniga has some captivating ideas about contemporary furniture and accessory design, ranging from funky to quirky and everything in between. Currently based out of L.A., this young artist grew up crossing the border every day from Tijuana to go to school in San Diego. Her art is a reflection of that cultural line she walked growing up, and reflects the duality inherent within it... read more »

Lamponi Lamps Give Old Parts New Life


Milan-born designer Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi boldly states, "My lamps are not gadgets." Well, all right. I guess they hover more in the world of fine art, then? At the very least, they walk the line between restored iconic retro pieces and functional light sources, and could certainly be considered masterpieces by some... read more »

Matchlights: A New Twist on Playing With Fire


Now you can play with matches without fear of getting burned. Contemporary lighting concepts seem to know no end in their inherent coolness. I am continually amazed by the novel ideas that are constantly spilling forth from the minds of today's innovative artists. The "Matchlight", designed by Chetan Sorab, is just such a fresh concept in home lighting. read more »

Pimp My Ride Going To The Middle East ?


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Friday, MTV unveiled an Arabic language music video channel. MTV Arabia now provides Arabic music videos, as well as other MTV programs, to Middle Eastern audiences. read more »

Thanksgiving Patents-Part 5: Smelly Gas No More!


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While there are many instances of farting to be found in great literature (James Joyce, St. Augustine, Dante, etc.), the reality of farting in public is much less noble. That's why I'm recommending you do a bit of damage control before any real damage to your modesty or friends has occurred this year. read more »

Great Ideas for Non-traditional Holiday Decor


It seems as though you either love or hate the holiday season, with few people straddling the line in between. I, personally, am one of those apathetic souls that could take it or leave it, depending on day, mood, and my current penchant for blind consumerism. So, in my effort to jump on over to the "loving" side of the holiday fence, I bring to you the first installation of my latest finds in non-traditional seasonal decor that really work for any season. read more »

The Lomme Bed: Adventures in Sleeping


Art? Or furniture? The German designed Lomme bed blurs that distinction, merging technology and sophisticated design to create a unique and enhanced futuristic sleeping environment... read more »

Rawstudio Brings Flava to Your Furniture


Hip hop legends 2Pac and Biggie can finally have a place of honor in your home, now immortalized as sustainably sourced, wooden furniture. Diddy's in that mix, too, but for now he's just got a bench named after him. Poor Diddy... read more »

CFLs, Old Incandescent Lightbulbs and Creacycling


So you've replaced all your old incandescent lightbulbs with CFLS. Now you're saving money and saving energy, but there is still the stack of old incandescent lightbulbs waiting to be disposed of. Throwing them away wouldn't be eco-friendly. Right? How about creacycling them instead? read more »

Nature Finds a Home Inside With Gore Designs


The team at Gore Design Company has been very busy doing the heavy work of bringing nature's quirks to your home decor via their eco-friendly concrete conceptions. By mimicking nature's own unfaltering designs, they're able to unite both modernity and timelessness, all the while staying "green". read more »

The Exact Science of Paper Art


Paper artist Jen Stark has a bold new vision for 3D contemporary design. Or is it just good vision she has? Either way, the woman rivals Edward Scissorhands in her skills with an X-acto knife and the simple medium of multi-colored construction paper... read more »

Lines Gone Wild! Contemporary Seating by Brodie Neill


What happens when a scribble hops off the page and comes to life in the third dimension? Well, you might get something that resembles the futuristic-looking works of award-winning Australian designer, Brodie Neill... read more »

Aluna, Lunar Clock for the Olympics


The power of the sun is amazing, but what about the power of the moon? Can it be harnessed? London-based artist Laura Williams thinks so and has decided to tap into that lunar power. read more »

Watch Your Step on Disappearing "Wall Stairs"


Unless you're on par with the likes of James Bond, or frequently find yourself escaping from super-villains, it's unlikely that you have any real need for a staircase that disappears at the touch of a button... read more »

Exploding 'Savings Bomb' Piggy Bank Scares Japan into Saving



Lazy coin savers in Japan are in for a big surprise should they forget to deposit their loose change in TOMY's Savings Bomb Pggy Bank... not to mention a big mess to clean up!
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Where Rich Cats Sleep: 14 HOT Designer Cat Beds



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Does this photograph remind you of anything in your home? Me either. But designs like this are really inspiring. The artists who created the cat beds featured here use their talents to pay tribute to the natural elegance and variable nature of the cat. Even if they are out of your price range, they're not too expensive to admire! read more »

Table Without a Top: New Concepts in Kitchen Essentials


A lot happens at the kitchen table. Aside from serving the traditional function of simply being a place at which to sit and eat, the kitchen table is akin to the heart of the home. So what happens when that beloved surface goes missing? ... read more »