Art and Design

Russian Pays For Trademark Emoticon: What Will He Buy Next?

Would you buy an emoticon? One Russian businessman did, and he has trademarked that combination of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages and email. The question is… why did he do it? Read on even though the answer still may not be clear.

IKEA Finally Brought To Nashville With ModerNash’s Convenient Delivery

ModerNash creates a smart business idea, by using someone else's to make their own. IKEA, inarguably, is one of the most popular, affordable furniture distributors around the globe. But, because locations are lacking in some regions of the United States, ModerNash offers a delivery service of their products, with no actual partnership with the company.

Methodizaz: Stalkerazzi Services Turn Artistic

Sometimes the best photos of people are the ones where they're acting naturally instead of posing. Methodizaz is a photography company that bases its concept on this motto, and takes your photo when you're least expecting it.

Equality For The Butt: The Balance Chair

I think most of us have some inequalities in our sidedness. For example, my left leg is stronger than my right leg, and my right arm is stronger than my left arm. I can see close better with my right eye... and so on. But honestly, untill now, I never thought about the strength of my right butt cheek versus my left butt cheek.

'Element Girls' Pretty Up the Periodic Table

Chemistry can be a tough subject for students more interested in games and girls, which makes "The Periodic Table: Learning Basic Chemistry through Moe" a bright idea indeed. Which element do you love the moe-st?

Try to Jaywalk Across This Street Art

Roadsworth is a street artist that stencils drawings on pavement and has also gotten arrested for his works of art.

Design Your Own Chandelier With Axi Tealight Pendants

Natural interior light created by candles puts a special topper on any evening, and the Axi Tealight Pendants are ready to provide it in some of the most elegant hanging candle cradles I've seen.

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.