Art and Design

10 Quirky Pencils, Pens, And Funky Sharpeners To Entertain You

For all the sophisticated gadgets I write about, I am most delighted by simple things. I have a favorite Big Red pen, a bunch of number two pencils, a Magic Rub eraser and a few manual pencil sharpeners I got at Disneyland. These are my writing, drawing, and book keeping staples and I delight when I can escape from my computer and use them.

Tradition Meets Technology In The Dia Rug

The Dia Rug recently received the Red Dot award for best product design in the area of floor coverings, having already won the the Wallpaper* award for best textile in 2006. The design of the Dia is by Magdalena Lubinska and Michal Kopaniszyn, and it is based on Polish folk motifs; but the Dia Rug is an interesting blend of time honored tradition and modern technology.

Rinspeed iChange is a True Transformer

While many companies are looking for ways to make their engines and transmissions more efficient, Rinspeed is working to make the overall design more aerodynamic. From this, they have decided that a vehicle that can change its shape provides the best option when it comes to overall efficiency. Enter, the Change.

Fireplace with Waterfall: A Great Idea?

Patent# US 6901925 better known as the Fireplace with Waterfall is one of those things that truly tests the range of silliness acceptable within the human condition. Perhaps one too many warm and fuzzy martinis inspired this idea of a fireplace having one or more waterfalls in front of a fire. It might explain it, and then again, it might not. Read on, and…. Keep warm and dry.

A De "Light" Ful Design For Your Walls: Foscarini Yet Wall Sconce

The words "wall sconce" evoke images of powdered chrome and iridescent Art Deco icons; the Yet Wall Sconce is anything but... One thing's for sure: you will have a great deal of fun with the "Yet" Wall Sconce, especially if you have more than one.

A Time-Honored Perpetual Calendar: Timor By Enzo Mari

...perhaps it's fitting that Enzo Mari designed "Timor," a perpetual calendar displayed in many of the world's modern art galleries and museums... and one that's being produced by the Italian design store Danese.

Bizarre 'Liquid Lamp' Puts Fright in Your Light

The Liquid Lamp from Caina, a Japanese design retailer, adds a touch of film noir surrealism to any room. Depending on whether you select white or red, the lamp appears to be spilling milk or blood.

Max Wallack Wins Grand Prize in Design Squad "Trash to Treasure" Contest

If anyone deserves a special gift this Holiday season for his kindness and his innovative ideas it's ninth-grader Max Wallack from Natick, Massachusetts. He has already won a few rewards for his inventions. His latest invention won him thousands of dollars and has the potential to help the homeless and clean the environment all at once.

Keep Time With These Samba Dancing Kitchen Timers From Pylones

"Beeeep?" "Ting-Ting?" or "La-la La-la-la. Tschoo-te-tscha-te-tscha-tscha?"

Okay, so I can't write rhythm, but you get the point? If you have a timer in your kitchen, which one would you want to hear when the hour is up? My choice is a member of the band of samba playing, dancing, wind-up dolls from the fanciful French house of Pylones.

These Apples Wear Their Hearts on Their Peels

Blog!NOBON is a Japanese Apple Computer fan site whose owner makes his own Apple apples. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Blog!NOBON's unique tribute is no more than skin deep.

Electrolux Kitchen Design 2008 Contest Winners Announced

Electroux Icon® and Interior Design® have announced the winners of their 2008 contest for the best kitchen design. Architectural designers were challenged to come up with designs for a kitchen that would meet the needs of a modern family.

Recycle Your Own Paper With the Meiko SEED System

What if you could buy an innovative machine for the office that allowed you to shred used paper and in a few hours the machine recycled these shreds of paper into new usable recycled paper for you? Would you invest in it? It depends on the price and the money you save from it, right?

Hieroglyphic USB Thumb Drive Shows Timeless Style

The ancient Egyptians, with their magnificent pyramids designed to last forever, made memory one of the cornerstones of their culture. Now a strikingly beautiful USB flash drive evokes the glory of the pharaohs to store your vital data.

Yum! A Dog Peeing On My Glass

Each clever line-drawn design will hit the funny bone of someone you know, which is why the "Moist and Merry" group makes such great glasses to delight your guests!

Vibrating Body-Piercing Jewelry: Great Idea?

US Patent# 6865907 concerns Vibrating Body-Piercing Jewelry, which comes with its very own motor and housing for such unit. It is a very versatile sort of thing as it can be worn on a body part that is either pierced or non-pierced. (Neon colors may also be available, but if they are, the cost could run either an arm and a leg or possibly a thighbone. Read and pulsate…if you dare.