Art and Design

This Sexy Stereo Is Designed To See And Hear!

"Object Remix," is what industrial designer Bob Turek named his current project. His work challenges our perceptions, our expectations in fact, of an object's traditional purpose. Here, Turek builds a stereo amplifier within the body of a fiberglass female mannequin, creating what Turek describes as a "radically new user interface."

Symbol for Chinese New Year Becomes Stone-Age Ox

In an attempt to recapture the golden promise of the past, China’s most famous animal sculptor has created a very special ox in honor of the Lunar New Year. This not just any old ox, mind you, as not all oxen are created equal. Read on for details.

Gravity Makes For Purity In Ovopur Water

Now here's a gadget I wouldn't mind having for my family... It's the Ovopur water purifier from Aquaovo, a Canadian company that specializes in natural purification of water. If you can overcome the initial cost, about $620, life and clean water would become a whole lot simpler.

The YES WE CAN! Choc-O-Bama

The Neopolitan Printing & Company may be a strange name for a chocolate company; nevertheless, its handmade chocolates are not strange. They are most "sympatico," inspired by local connaisseurs and artists with a taste for taste and dedication to a divine finished product.

The Low-Down On The iF Product Design Awards

I've received several press releases in the last few days about different products that received the iF Product Award. What few of them state, or even imply, is that 801 other products also received the award. As there are only 16 categories of products, 801 awards are bound to hit the same products a few times, so hold on to your credit cards until the top 50 Gold Awards are announced!

Logobama Mania or Separated at Birth?

After the meteoric ascendency of Barack Obama from junior senator to leader of the free world, I think one of the lesser known factors of his campaign was instrumental in his success; namely his innovative logo.


Obama Action Figure Bends, Poses, Governs, Shoots

Want to bend President Obama to your will? Yes we can! This new, sharply detailed Barack Obama action figure from Japan's Gamu-Toys comes with a batch of presidential accessories - weapons not included.

Sander Mulder Designs An Eerie And Elegant Threesome

Dutch designer Sander Mulder has created a most awesome threesome of female-inspired lighting designs: Therese, Marie-Louise and Josephine. In what looks and behaves much like glass or cut crystal, Mulder has created high-impact polycarbonate lamps for high effect... that look as eerie as they do elegant.

Wipe Up The Table With Coffee Napkin Art

What do you do when you love coffee so much that you want to share it with the rest of the world? Well, you draw pictures with coffee on napkins, of course. Christoph Niemann is an artist that creates interesting artwork made out of coffee.

Chocolate By Design

Of course, design is not limited to architecture or interiors or hi-tech.... Design is not limited at all. And to prove it, some very well known interior and product designers are getting into chocolate design. How would your valentine enjoy geting one of these chocolates made by the famous French Chocolat Factory for 5.5 Designers?

Adam Norton’s Apartment Inside an Armoire

My husband and I bought an armoire a few years ago from a consignments store. We fell in love with at first sight and it appeared to be worth every penny we spent on it (a couple of hundred dollars), but alas when the center right door fell off 3 weeks ago we began to wonder if there was a way someone could restore or recycle it for us. We never imagined turning our armoire into an apartment like Adam Norton did with his.

Kitty-A-Go-Go, A Well-Designed Cat Litter Box

Have you tried as many litter boxes for your cat as I have? We, Bella and I, have been through several and for one reason or another, we weren't happy with any of them, until I broke down and bought a Kitty A Go-Go Cat Litter Box... for us. We both like it pretty well and here's why....

A Clever Way To Cherish Your Corks -- Cork Pets!

I like functional designs. I don't collect trinkets that don't perform some sort of role. So when I first saw the Cork Pets, I thought, 'Oh just what everybody needs, more silly stuff cluttering up their shelves..." But then I realized, the Cork Pets do have a special role....

Russian Innovation: Once a Fire Extinguisher, Now a Speaker

It is said that the best hardware modders come from Russia. This slang expression is derived from the word modify, and refers to the act of modifying a piece of hardware or software to perform a function not originally intended. Read all about Strannik, an innovative designer who transformed a set of fire extinguishers into a pair of speakers!

Black Tissues Are Something to Sneeze At

When it comes to tissues, black is the new white. So say Daishowa, makers of these "dark and disturbing" jet black facial tissues.