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The Bravit Candle Spreads Like Wildfire


From a thin sheet of paraffin wax and a winding cotton wick the Bravit candle is born. Designed by German-born and Eindhoven-trained Christophe van Bömmel, the Bravit is sure to provide you with at least a few hours of entertaining candlelight, as you watch several flames pop up and disappear, then reemerge as they follow their predestined paths. read more »

Highest Ranking Concept Cars of 2008


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So far we have seen some amazing concept cars from both NAIAS and Chicago. As always, we have to sit around and talk about which ones we would love (or hate) to see put into production. Here are the 8 that got the most kudos.

The TV Easel: An Artful Way to Display Your Television


Apparently, the number of TVs in an American home has now surpassed the number of the home's inhabitants, with the average adult spending five hours in front of the TV daily. So it makes sense to have plenty of options when it comes to where to put these fundamental household items. Hanging them on the wall can prove to be a major decorating inconvenience, and housing them in some huge entertainment system isn't always the best option, either. The simple, mobile TV Easel may hold the answer. read more »

Kit Kat Lucky Little Tastefully Updates the Fortune Cookie



Japan's Kit Kat chocolate bars are legendary for their seemingly endless variety of flavors, sizes and formats. How does one top that kind of success? By turning an ephemeral snack into an online game that keeps your interest - long after the candy is gone!
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Unexpected and Romantic: Hot Middle Eastern Valentine’s Getaways


This Valentine's Day, while others are surprising their lovers with routine island getaways, or for a lucky few, trips to romantic, and increasingly expensive Europe, wouldn't it be nice to rekindle your flame with a trip to an exotic destination?

The Nile (from WikiMedia)The Nile (from WikiMedia)


These vacation spots, some undiscovered by Americans, and others now on the beaten path, but no less intriguing, are guaranteed to make anyone other beg for more. read more »

Coil Up With the Spiral Lamp by 101 Design


101 Design is a Korean studio that has recently been making the designer circuit in Asia with their unique take on contemporary lighting and furniture. read more »

The ABCs of Contemporary Seating


Half C, Multi C, One C? No, I'm not talking about the latest in the world of vitamins -- I'm talking about the latest in the world of modern seating, fresh out of Sweden. Berhin Studios is redefining some ideas about contemporary seating in practical ways that in no way compromise their decorative appeal. read more »

Space Based Solar Power Lights Up Japan's Energy Future



An ambitious long-term program by JAXA, Japan's space agency, seeks to set up a reliable and environmentally friendly solar energy collection system thousands of miles above the Earth.
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Look at Your Interior and Love It With Mira En Tu Interior Designs


Mira En Tu Interior's vinyl stickers can enliven the "skin" of your walls in one fell swoop, providing some dazzling flavor to otherwise empty space. But beware: these are not for the faint of (decorating) heart. These bold designs make for some very funktified living spaces that you just can't ignore. read more »

Black Garlic Chocolates Add Aroma to Amore



Love is in the air... if you love garlic, that is! "Black Power" Garlic Chocolates, marketed by a Japanese garlic company just in time for Valentine's Day, use only the finest black fermented garlic for a truly scent-sual romantic experience.
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Raise Your Kundalini With the Abyss Lamp


I am a sucker for cool lighting, without a doubt. I just feel that lighting is so important - it sets the mood, adds a certain element, makes a situation more memorable by setting the stage for important events to transpire. So that's why I have to introduce this ridiculously good-looking albeit somewhat unusual lamp available through Kundalini. read more »

Sofa Community: Savvy Seating for the Socially Minded


Czech designer Martin Zampach has come up with a couple of cool modular seating systems based on the idea that face-to-face interaction in this age of electronic communication is becoming somewhat of a rarity. His Sofa Community concept fosters the idea of talking to that person next to you and allows the user endless options for enlarging the social circle. read more »

A Supercar's Kryptonite


The release of the Nissan GT-R brought smiles to quite a few faces across the globe. However, many of them were quickly replaced with looks of confusion and straight-up anger. The new supercar had a few "hidden" drawbacks. read more »

Chicago Auto Show Highlights Part 2


Bragging RightsBragging Rights

We have already seen the cars from Chicago, but what about the Trucks and SUV's? Chicago brought out a handful of very impressive machines and it just wouldn't be right to not show them some love. read more »

10 Gigantic Solar-Powered Projects


 

Solar cell efficiencies are improving, and a number of solar-powered projects are popping up around the world. Here are a few highlights, including single buildings and large solar plants. Hopefully, their successors will be even bigger and better... read more »

Japan Tobacco's Cheerfully Chiding 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 2



How many ways can Japan's smokers be told to be considerate and well-mannered while puffing away? Seventy-three, it seems. We covered the first 10 in the series last month; here are numbers 11 through 20.
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Chicago Auto Show Highlights Part 1


YES! The new RoadsterYES! The new Roadster

Yesterday morning, the Chicago International Auto Show opened its doors for the Media to begin coverage. It will open to the public on the 8th of February. If you plan on going, here are some of the highlights from the car realm you may want to check out. read more »

Flying High: Ikarus Wax Lamp Melts Over Time


The Ikarus lamp was one of the highlights of the IMM Cologne Show last month. Designed by Aylin Kayser and Christian Metzner of Germany, this oddball creation is a wax lamp which gradually melts over the course of a month, completely changing shape and morphing into what resembles some kind of jellyfish or other sea creature. read more »

The Ultimate Full-Service Gas Station: Robots


Next time you pull up to your local gas station, you may be greeted with a pleasant surprise at the pump. No, not a 50% discount on fuel, but a new form of full service straight from the Netherlands. And this one won't complain if you forget to tip. read more »

Win Big With Scratch Off Wallpaper by Linda Florence


London designer Linda Florence has stepped the idea of basic wallpaper up several notches by adding a compelling interactive element: scratch off the silvery top layer to reveal the brightly colored pattern beneath. read more »