Art and Design

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’.

6 Eye Cakes From The Cardboad Kitchen

Patianne Stevenson sculpts her favorite foods from recycled cardboard... that is, when she is not painting them or creating new recipes for cooking and eating them. Her sculpturing skills are so satisfying to look at, that I call them eye cake! You'll see why.

Maternity Insanity? Japan's Baby Inboard Campaign

Japan has taken the "Baby On Board" trend and backed it up a little - now pregnant women can call attention to their delicate conditions with Maternity Marks.

Just A Little Bit Off The Wall: "These Creatures" Hanging Feeders

The beautifully metal-sculpted designs from These Creatures are as stylish as they are functional. Attach them to the wall at just the proper feeding level for your pet, and voila! You have an off-the-wall pet feeder!

Symbio: Plenty Of Promise, But Where Is It?

This may not look like your average advertisement for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), but the cordless Symbio is not your average phone. It's a lifestyle. This bather will be awakened by the hi-fi ringtones of the Violin Concerto in D.

The Hepper Pod Bed & Hideout For Cats

It's fun pretending to be a cat, especially when you're looking for a cozy bed and hideout!

20 Awesome Icons Of Modern Design 'As Seen On TV'

You won't find them on late-night TV informercials; you may never see them advertised on TV at all! But they are seen on TV... on the production sets of your favorite TV shows... and these stunning furnishings are from the world's most renowned interior designers. Like the Akari floor lamps by Isamu Noguchi, as seen on  House, or the George Nelson wall clock, as seen on The Apprentice, or...

New Japanese Export: "Hako-Ie" (or) Room In A Box

A special space of one's own, where you can rest, meditate, create... is what Japanese architect Asao Sakamoto was after when he created the Hako-Ie. Literally, "room in a box," Hake-Ie won a 2008 international Good Design Gold Award for Sakamoto's do-it-yourself pre-fabricated room for your home. Like Japanese food, clothing, and cars, the Hako-Ie can be exported and enjoyed all over the world.

2009 Stamps Commemorate 10 Iconic British Designs

The British Royal Mail picked a panel of prominent designers to choose which designs Great Britain should commemorate in a design series of stamps for 2009. There were no rules for this panel; they chose designs from furnishings, fashion, transportation and even graphic design. Here are the 10 design icons that were chosen....

Tokyo Tower Celebrates Golden Anniversary with 24-Carat Gold Replica

Tokyo Tower notched an important milestone this past December 23 by celebrating its 50th anniversary. In tribute, Ginza Tanaka is offering a 26.4 inch tall replica made of 24-carat gold for the towering sum of 50 million yen - about $510,000.

Showerhead with Removable Electronic Media Device: Great Idea?

Patent# US 682353, which refers to a Showerhead with Removable Electronic Media Device is probably as silly as any invention can be. This combination shower head and electronic media device is a space saver in its own quirky way, but that does not change the fact that the concept is absurd. Read on and sort of cleanse to the music of your favorite mp3s!

Year 2036: The World According To Garth

African designers and artists are bringing their own unique talents into international design exhibitions, and the 2008 biennial St. Etienne (France) Design Show was no exception. One of the most interesting exhibits was Garth Walker's, a South African who was asked by the event organizers to create his vision of St. Etienne in 2036.