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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 »

Great Invention Idea? The Most Effective Alarm Clock Ever!


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I've read that some of the most successful inventions are those that respond to an everyday need. If that's the case, then Samuel S. Applegate holds the patent for what could be the most effective alarm clock ever. 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 »

Anti-Valentine Art: 10 That Will Break Your Heart

Sweet, hot, and mutually adoring love may be what everyone aspires to, but as far as art goes, the conventional wisdom is that it's the painful side of love that produces great art. That explains why Anti-Valentine art, now a category unto itself, is meaningful well beyond a single day of the year. Here are 10 of my favorite Anti-Valentine posters this year.

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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Plug Into the Charged World of Electronic Textiles


Petal Pusher is the latest in a series of interactive light and textile installations created by Seattle-based artist Maggie Orth. Touching specific parts of the design vary the light levels accordingly, creating a harmonious symphony of light, pattern and tactile sensation. read more »

Great Invention Idea? A Musical Condom


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In my previous blog, A Big, Long D*ck for Valentine's Day, I alerted you to a patent that could help you realize your manly potential. But I'm here to tell you it's not all fun and games. Today, more than ever, sexual prowess cannot occur free of responsibility. So if you love your partner, or even if you don't and you only love yourself, you owe it to yourself to practice safe sex. That's why today I am providing you with a patent that reconciles safety with fun. 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 »

Love is in the Air - 9 Fun Valentine's Ads From Around the World


Many companies around the world are doing all they can to incorporate Valentine's Day into their messaging this time of year. 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 »

Great Invention Idea? 3 Unusual Ways to Look Your Best


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Although plastic surgery is America's favorite branch of medicine, many of us are still wary of going under the knife for purely vain reasons. As a result, we tend to turn to less trustworthy methods of maintaining our good looks, such as unregulated herbal supplements. That's why the next three patents are of such interest. All promise to deliver some of the benefits of cosmetic surgery without the dangers often associated with surgery. Of course, it's anybody's guess as to whether or not the results are noteworthy, but hey, it's worth a shot. read more »

Magnetic Cups Make Drinking Fun


The latest from Denver based INV/ALT design is this set of chain link magnetic cups. Perfectly sized for a couple shots of espresso, sake, or a spot of tea, these small ceramic cups come with magnets embedded in either side, so you can hang them off your refrigerator, or link them together to add a fun and functional sculptural element to your kitchen. read more »

Time Keeps on Ticking Into the Future With the Tik Tak Clock


If you're looking for a wall clock to give you the precise time at any given moment, and you're not digging the analog varieties, then the Tik Tak wall clock by Dutch designers Mirian Van Der Lubbe and Niels Van Eijk is for you. read more »

Cure for Baldness Just a Transplant Away?



Ever since Viagra rocked men's worlds, speculation has been that finding a cure for male pattern baldness was the next target on every scientist's "To Do" list. Now a team of Japanese researchers just may have hit the bullseye with an innovative new scalp transplant.
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A Pocket Full of Posies: 10 Cool Vases to Get You Ready for Valentine's Day


 

That time of the year has arrived yet again - time to bust out the chocolates and sentiments of undying emotion, along with the bouquets. I do love me some flowers (you can save the maudlin displays, however). They seem particularly special in winter, when they are so incongruent with the snow and bitter weather outside. These vases will help make your posies all the more special, and may inspire you to keep a fresh supply of flowers coming well past Valentine's Day. read more »

Great Invention Idea? The Modern Bathhouse!


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As many of you already know, conservationists espouse the use of car washes because the facilities recycle the water used to get your vehicle looking its squeaky-clean best. Sounds like a good idea, right? But why should such a practical idea, like recycling water, be limited to cars? After all, we don't generally wash our cars everyday. We do, however, bathe our bods (I hope) everyday. Presumably then, washing ourselves is far more wasteful of a precious natural resource - one that some people argue will be the world's next "oil" - than the occasional washing of our cars. read more »

Stay Toasty With Marco Dessi's Twisted Radiator


As most of us can attest, it's still winter and in most parts of the northern hemisphere it's appropriately chilly outside, despite the threat of global warming. If you are hoping to stay toasty this season without compromising your artistic sensibilities, then this wall radiator by Austrian designer Marco Dessi might be right up your alley. read more »

Bad Break-up? Japanese Company Gives You Time Off to Shop!



Valentine's Day can be 24 hours of misery for those going through a break-up with their loved one. How nice, then, that one Japanese company offers heartbroken employees paid time off to nurse their wounds while browsing the shops!
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Lighting to Inspire Poetry: Celine Wright


Parisian designer Celine Wright bridges nature and function in her stunning and sensual lighting creations. read more »

An Invention For The Age of Connectivity: Rapid Reader



Bigger, better, and a lot more complicated than the Information Age, success in the Age of Connectivity depends more on our capacity to learn what is needed for tomorrow, than what we know today. As soon as information is available, our computers, hand-helds, and cell-phones make it accessible. We need to retrieve it and act on it; that is critical to our livelihoods and to our lives. read more »