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Art and Design

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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Japan's Goldfish Breeders Fish for Riches



Japan is famous for its beautiful ponds stocked with colorful "Koi" carp - a close relative of the common goldfish. Some breeders are now moving beyond Koi to create even more unusual  types of goldfish including scaleless, pearlescent varieties! 
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Delightful Dandelight LED Lamp is Battery-Powered


Dandlelight, created by Designdrift from the Netherlands, is a custom-made little LED light fashioned from real dandelion seeds. read more »

That’s a Wrap – 7 Funky Gift Wraps That Think Outside the Box


Gift wrap can be so pedestrian, especially this time of year. Red, green, gold and white are such tired choices in an endless sea of gift wrap options. So why not break out of the box and try something new? And don't fool yourself - presentation matters! So here are a few of my top picks for some of the coolest gift wrap around. If you don't impress them with the gift, you can at least dazzle and distract them with the packaging, right? read more »

Award-Winning Pencil Bench by Boex Blends Art, Office Supplies and Function


UK-based Boex 3D Creative Solutions designed this award-winning bench based off a single conversation about incorporating an everyday office item into a functional piece of furniture. All it took was a little bit of creative brainstorming, and voilà -- the Pencil Bench was born! read more »

Recycled Fashion and The Designers: Gary Harvey


Fashion designers, eco-conscious or not, are picking up on this eco-trend, taking a risk and taking vintage couture design to a higher level. Take Gary Harvey, for example, he can take a pair of jeans, newspaper, trench coats, army jackets or wedding dresses and turn them into stylish vintage ball-gowns that would make any eco-conscious princess hopeful for a greener and prettier place. read more »

ETree Floor Lamp is Way Cooler Than Traditional Christmas Trees


‘Tis the season for decorating the home with a tree of one kind or another, so why not ditch the traditional Balsam Fir and go with something a bit more modern? Forget the pine tree and instead surprise your family and friends by bringing home this extraordinary new ETree floor lamp...
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The Fine Art of Drinkable Art


Artist Hannes Broecker's installation of colorful blocks of drinkable art opened in Dresden, Germany earlier this week, enticing gallery attendees to partake of the fine art of drinking, alongside the mighty fine art itself. read more »

Bookshelf Chair Combines Comfort, Design and Efficiency



"The Cave", a unique combination bookshelf & chair by Japanese furniture designer Sakura Adachi offers booklovers a comfortable, womb-like space in which they can really become one with their reading material.
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Hulger Low-Energy Light Bulbs Bring Funky Home


Light bulbs are just so blasé. There really is nothing remotely exciting about a bare bulb. In fact, a bare light bulb in the collective consciousness often evokes images of starving artists and stark urbanscapes, often replete with scuttling rats and dripping water of some kind. Not the homiest scene, by far. So, how does one go about transforming those negative associations? read more »