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Art and Design

Great Wall of Chinese SUVs Ready to Roll on American Roads?

Great Wall Motors has solidified its position as China's leading manufacturer of SUVs by rolling out the new Haval H6. GWM exports to over 120 countries & regions worldwide, so when will Sino-SUVs like the H6 hit the highways here?

Lobster Motorcycle? I Can Harley Believe It!

A Chinese seminar on cooking art took an unusual turn – some might say, popped a wheelie – when Taiwanese artist Huang Mingbo unveiled his carefully crafted lobster shell motorcycles.

Turning (Pages) Japanese: The USA's Top Ten Best-Selling Manga

One Piece? Yu-Gi-Oh!? Oh no, those and other manga titles may be loved in Japan, but they're not among the top ten in ICv2's ranking of American manga sales for the first half of 2011.

Call it Creepy: Human Hand iPhone 4 Case

The Hand iPhone 4 Case holds your smartphone while you hold the anatomically correct human hand affixed to its back. It's ideal for conducting long distance love affairs or creeping people out – actually, both.

Graffiti Umbrella by Liu Hsiang-Ling is Write as Rain

The Rain Brush Umbrella designed by Liu Hsiang-Ling points the way to sustainable, renewable, temporary urban graffiti: write what you like but come rain or shine, your message will vanish.

Japanese Restaurant Serves Super Sumo-Sized Sushi

A Japanese restaurant whose patrons' eyes must be WAY bigger than their stomachs is making a name for itself by serving up huge futomaki rolls and super-sized sushi sets. Of course, the prices are enormously inflated as well.

Panoramic, Igloo-Like Tents: Kinda Cool, Kinda Weird, Kinda Ridiculous

An odd solution for tent camping that provides seamlessly integrated shelter.

Grilled Fish Pencil Case is Quite a Catch

Angling for an offbeat gift? OK, or rather, Hokke! This slim zippered case from Japan apes the delicious broiled “Hokke” (Atka Mackerel) served hot off the grill at Japanese izakaya pubs. The fishy fakery even extends to the inside of this funny, finny case.

Make Your Smartphone an Art Phone with Famous Paintings iPhone 4 Covers

There's an art to protecting your expensive Apple iPhone 4, and you'd better believe Da Vinci, Picasso, Klimt, and Van Gogh would want to press one of these miniature masterpieces to their ear... oops, sorry Vincent.

Elecom's Designer Wireless Computer Mice Sport USB Dongle Tails

A new series of computer mice from Elecom in association with Nendo feature a choice of 8 animal tails that – besides looking SO cute – act as USB wireless dongles.

The First Cardboard Radio: Now That's Green Design

....The internal wiring is all set up in a simple card structure.  There's not a lot to the Cardboard Radio; it's not a BOSE®, but it does have its own charm, as well as working parts.

Graphic Covered Mug Lets You Sip with the Fishes

Oh, the Piranha Tea! This anxiety-ridden graphic covered mug from the Humania series is the perfect gift for those who hate fishing, fish, or you.

Beetle Larva Candy... Now That's Good Grub!

A northern Japanese confectioner has got just the thing for nostalgic Japanese looking to relive childhood memories of raising stag beetles... delicious chocolate beetle larvae!

Japanese Nostalgic Mosquito Coil Charms Gives a Scents of Summer

Mosquitoes are an unwelcome feature of Japanese summers but for over a century people have sought to banish the biting bugs by burning green spiral pyrethrum coils inside open-ended “Katori-Buta” ceramic pigs. Now you can recall summer's lazy, hazy, buzzy days in miniature with officially authorized Kincho charms from Tokyo's Strapya World!

The Pagani Huayra: A $1.3 Million, 700-HP Road-Jet

One of the hottest cars of the year (possibly the decade), the million-dollar Pagani Huayra made its debut in anticipation of the Geneva Motor Show.

Cool Kids: Environmental Artists Put 193 Baby Cribs on Himalayan Ice

A very 'cool' environmental awareness art project at the foot of a fast-retreating glacier in the Himalayas involved nearly 200 baby cribs emblazoned with the flags of all the world's nations.

The Fontessa, Gaetano Pesce's Innovative Customizable Shoe

If you're not too skittish to plop down $120 on a pair of shoes these days, then you have to have to plop it down on the Fontessa.  These fashion firsts, designed by Brazilian architect/artist/designer Gaetano Pesce, are right in step with today's customizable products....

 


Candy Candles from Japan Make a Nice 'Light' Snack

It's a candle, it's a candy, it's... Candy Candles, candles that look like candies! These wacky waxy wick'd wonders are sealed in clear cellophane wrappers just like hard candies and are small enough to fit in your pocket, purse or backpack.

Dinosaur Chopsticks Make Mealtimes More Messy-zoic

Gee Mom, Jurassic Pork again? No matter what's on the menu, this set of 3 different Dinosaur Chopsticks will make dining delicious even if your teeth aren't the size of steak knives.

China Balks at Requiring Graphic Health Warning Labels on Cigarette Packs

Cigarette packs bearing graphic health warning labels are an increasingly common sight around the world... though not in mainland China. Now health advocacy groups and even the UN are asking why China continues to huff, puff and hold its breath about applying these visually shocking smoking deterrent labels.