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Picnic Ware Made Friendly, Not Just For Earth Day!

I set out to find a nice picnic basket as a gift for Mother's Day and right on this very Earth Day, I found something really special: a set of Biodegradable Picnic Ware! More to my surprise though, this eco-friendly set of plates, bowls, and cups for four persons is made from a plant very much like the sweet pototo... the cassava.

Crafty Eco-Friendly Ideas To Check Out On Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! After planting your trees, taking a trip to an Earth Day event, and taking advantage of all the free green goodies today finish celebrating Earth Day digging something out of your trash and making it into something useful and or beautiful. Release the eco-friendly artist inside of you. Below are innovative eco-friendly crafty sites and stores to inspire you and or your family. 

Before And After:10 Prototype Chair Designs That Made It Or Didn't

Even at Milan Design Week '09, there's a place for baring all. Here are 10 chairs that confess their beginnings, present in prototype form, ready to say 100 Hail Mary's or be rewarded with immediate absolution. Prophets and Penitents, aka Confessions of a Chair, is an open exhibit of chair prototypes from designers we know and love.

Funny Fashions: The Beard Cap Modern Balaclava

People who live in colder climates are constantly searching for innovative ways to keep themselves protected from the elements. Enter The Beard Cap, a funny modern take on the balaclava which provides warmth to the face, neck and head all at the same time. Unlike with the balaclava, with the beard cap, you're less likely to be mistaken for a bank robber; or if you do have criminal intentions, it's a humorous way to detract from your fear factor.

Counter Balance Concept Could Change How We Look at Pickup Trucks

One of the most interesting parts of attending auto shows is seeing the concept vehicles that we will describe as "unique." This isn't to say they aren't important, especially considering some of the most outrageous concepts, at the time, were eventually put into production and have become very popular. For this year's New York Auto Show, one of these rare concepts is the very brightly colored "Counter Balance."

Debut In Milan: Formafantasma's Hidden Messages In Its 'Hidden Collection' Designs

....With grace and skill, Trimarchi and Farresin have created an ode to the clock, in this case a rather banal department store clock, the poetry of which is ever so much greater than that of its contents.  And like so many things packaged and shipped today, there are layers of boxes each enveloping the other to protect the box that's holding the box that's holding the clock.  Of course, very soon you have packaging that's more valuable, and even more desirable, than the object of desire itself.

Financial Fashion: The IRS Tax Form Dress

With the 2009 tax deadline, for financial earnings between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2008 it's not surprising to see the unique fashion creation that uses tax forms as its medium. The Tax Form Dress is a simple design that uses few materials, with tax forms that make up the majority of the fashion garment. Read on to learn more about this innovative fashion item and just how it was created.

10 Brilliant Breakthrough Designs From Milan Design Week '09

Milan Design Week 09 starts Wednesday, and from what I've seen of the preview coverage, designers are not napping during the global recession.  The Milan international design show is likely to be the one that blows away the others; there are so many brilliant breakthroughs in concepts, materials, and forms that will be making their debut.  These 10 simply spectacular designs will make you want to hop a plane to Milan right now!  See the paths being formed by some of  the world's leading designers.

Russian Modder Yellow Bulldozer PC Case: Cool and Different

Modding is a popular art form in Russia. The slang expression has come to stand for the modification of one object into another that is just as practical in its new form as it was in it former state, but in a different way. Here’s a PC case in the form of a bulldozer. Read on and have a look, but get out of the way!

Top 5 Sluttiest Wedding Dresses Spotted In 2009

Most people go for the classy, fashionable look on their wedding day. But there's some women, who take the time to really showcase their personal style, oh, and their bodies when they get ready to walk down the aisle. Talk about leaving nothing to the imagination for the wedding night, these brides almost need to put clothes back on to wow their grooms with lingerie when they slip under the matrimonial covers.


Respect For Water Inspires Abisko Waterfall Basin Design

Nothing inspires respect for water like a natural waterfall, and this sculptured basin designed by the Swedish team of Johan Kauppi and Lars Sundström, honors a waterfall that's not only natural, but is said to have the purist water in all of Europe: the Abrisko Waterfall in the Abrisko National Park in Sweden. Ironically perhaps, there is no basin in the Abrisko washbasin.

Singing Dog Alarm Clock Features Soft Silicone Paws Button

The Singing Dog Alarm Clock from Seiko provides pet-lovers with the paws that refreshes... along with a nutty, mutty Melody Alarm that'll have you reaching for a Little Brown Jug.

The Unfashionable Solution To Male Pattern Baldness: The Flair Hair Toupee Visor

For those men in our lives who are self conscious about their hair loss, a new, not so fashionable item is available on the market which is a sad step up from many cheap toupees. The Flair Hair Toupee Visor serves two fundamental purposes; it covers up that bald dome of yours, and shields your eyes from the sun! What doesn't it do? Well, that's obvious; it just doesn't make you look very cool.

Magic Five Sauce Bottles Spice Up Your Fave Squeeze

Looking for a little non-cinematic five finger exercise? Maybe you just want to get saucy with your food while spicing up the way it looks. Either way, these neat-o Magic Five sauce bottles give your favorite squeeze a slimmer, trimmer, quint-essential makeover!

Walk Right In To This Gin & Tonic: Alchoholic Architecture

You're advised to wear protective clothing in this bar... the one called Alchoholic Architecture in London. It's a bar with a twist, you might say. A big twist of lime in a gin and tonic, infused into the air.