Art and Design

Is This A 50,000 Yen Clock?

Time Is Money is a clock made of money, Japanese yen to be precise. There might be 50,000 yen in one of these four-inch clocks, about $550! But the clock only costs $40US.

Look Ahead To This Childhood Chair

Taking a glimpse at the highlights of the upcoming IMM Cologne furniture design show (January 19 - 25, 2009), I spotted the this modular chair by Herlag by KETTLER. How neat, I thought, to have a chair throughout one's life, from infancy to adulthood. But then I read the copy...

Cancer-Stick Clothing, Eco-friendly?

You see them littered, in the grass, in your flowerpots, on the streets, in the sand at the playground, in the sand at the beach.... everywhere. They are an eyesore, toxic to the environment (start forest fires, small animals ingest them and die, chemicals leach into our water supply) and a daily reminder of how wasteful we can be with even the smallest of objects. What are they? Littered cigarette butts. What's being done about the litter? Alexandra Guerrero is recycling them into clothing.

TapTop Wins London On Tap Competition!

Several carafe designs made the short list, but it was TapTop by industrial designer Neil Barron that took top prize -- a drip-free, inverted rocket shaped carafe with a "tap top" that functions to prevent ice from flowing out with the water.

It Takes A Country: The 2008 Design Competitive Countries

Finding: Korea has many designers, but not very many resources from the state or major companies.

Finding : The United States supports design, but has very few designers.

A new evaluation tool for design competitiveness, shows that it takes a country to support its native designers, and it ranks the countries now leading in design competitiveness for 2008. Guess which country is number one....

Yo Bob! You're On The Wrong Floor

"Hello Bob. You're really drunk, aren't you? Your room is on the seventh floor. This is the fifth floor. Turn around and make your first left to the elevator."

Perhaps Estonian designers Jan Graps and Ken Ruut imagined scenarios like this when they designed "Bob," an internal navigation system (INS) for hotels. But Bob is more than an INS, Bob is also a security system.

The Nifty "Wire Stay" Joins The Crew At Doug Mockett & Co

Doug Mockett & Company has the the largest array of wire managers I've ever seen in one place! The specialty hardware store is a wealth of small gadgets, most of which you never think about unless something breaks, or falls off, or gets lost.

Recycled Computer Key Cell Phone Charms from Japan

There are few things modern workers & players look at more than their computer keyboards. These cool key charms strike a note of comfortable familiarity while keeping techno-waste out of our landfills - one key at a time. 

Sexy, Sassy, And Spectacular Mosaic Pin Ups On Your Walls

When it comes to wall coverings, there's nothing quite as spectacular as mosaics, especially the centuries-honed glass tile mosaics created by Italian artisans. The highly respected designers at Sicis Art Factory utilize these very artisans, as well as the wealth of glass makers in their country. From retro to modern, the Sicis designs are brilliance. One of Sicis's latest wall design collections is this ravishing, larger-than-life, group of 50's style Pin-Ups.

Meet Runflier Stalker: Russia Introduces the World’s First Airborne Car

From the maker of the flying rug, comes the flying car, much to the amazement of everyone. Read all about brilliant aircraft designer, Alexander Begak’s newest baby, Runflier Stalker, and…don’t forget to duck!

Pantone View Color Planner 2010: "Magic"

It's funny that Pantone chose the name "Magic" for 2010 colors, because I always thought that forecasting where color is going in the future is like... magic.

10 Refreshing Designs From The Rainforest

Julia Krantz is one of the most exciting interior designers working in wood today. Trained as an architect, Ms. Krantz creates from the wood of her native Brazilian rainforests. That her designs seem to emerge from the woods themselves, rather than pre-drawn concepts, makes Ms. Krantz's work so fresh and captivating, it's almost mesmerizing.

Save the Shavings with Chocolate Pencils

Ever notice how much pencil shavings look like those chocolate curls you see on delicious cakes? This set of assorted chocolate pencils from Nendo comes with a sharpener so you can save the shavings and feed your cravings!

Rough Diamond Rings With Interchangeable Bling

Every woman loves a diamond whether she'll admit it or not, and for those who don't want the large, glittery bling, rough diamonds are another alternative. But with just one ring, the accessory can get a little boring so one designer has a solution - offering interchangeable bling.

Don't Be a Sucker - Pucker Up to This Art

Millions of people kiss many things every day. Babies, relatives, lovers, pets, even the ground they walk on..…but a ceiling? Photographer Fred Muram has created a unique series titled ‘Kissing the Ceiling’.