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Milan Design Week: Spotlight on Vahakn Matossian

Twenty-two year-old Vahakn Matossian is exhibiting with designersblock during Milan Design Week taking place this month. He is showing three of his latest works: Microscopy, Boomboy and Crucifix.

The Alluring Art of Recycled Junk Mail

Artist Sandy Schimmel creates beautiful works of art from junk mail, things we throw away everyday without a thought.

Sip of Light: Portable LED To-Go Cup

Fool your friends and impress your colleagues with this portable light disguised as a to-go beverage, designed by Sung-Kyu Nam.

Great Invention Idea? New & Improved Snot Rag!

Spring is here with all its usual markers: flowers, grass, pollen and hay fever! If you are looking for a handy, inexpensive, and green - as in reusable, not the color of mucus - way to blow your nose this season look no further. United States patent 7013494 promises to be easy on your face, your wallet and the environment.

Wind and Solar Powered Gadget Charger - HYmini

Too many chargers or power cords and adapters got you down? Do you cringe when you think of all that extra electricity it takes to fully charge your gadgets? Then look no further! The HYmini solar and wind-powered universal adapter and charger is the answer to your prayers.

Blinding Bling - The Hottest Grillz Money Can Buy

Bling for your mouth is widely popular with many outrageous looking jewelry being added all the time. Read on for more about grillz.

The History of the Parasol: Fashion's Newest - and Oldest - Trend

A new item on runways this spring is, unsurprisingly for the fashion world, not quite so new. The parasol is being touted as the must-have accessory for spring and the return of sunshine, but this trend is dipping back into history by thousands of years.

A Transforming Scooter

If you live in a crowded area, don't have far to go to work, or just like to ride them, scooter can be a lifesaver. However, their small size and light weight can can also make them prime targets for theft. The new XO Move Scooter was designed to deter such thefts and it may very well do that.

Movement Perception: An Interactive Audio-Visual Experience

Create art and music with the wave of your hand. This interactive audio-visual art installation generates sounds and images that reflect the relationship between the viewer's movements and changes in space.


Studio Nommo Rocks the House with Their Ultra-Funky Wallpaper

I am totally impressed by these unique and ballsy wallpapers that are very boldly and unapologetically just what they are. Whoever can seamlessly work these into their décor is definitely a master of interiors, in my book.

Mustang Church of America?

The Mustang Church of America and Museum, what more is there to say? It's an entire religion based around Ford's original Muscle Car with a museum attached to it.

Mini-House Addition Won't Upset Your Landlord

Designed by the German team at Convertible City, Rucksack House is a quick and easy way to expand your apartment size without the hassle of moving. This walk-in cube functions as an additional room, hanging from the façade of your current residence via steel cables anchored to the roof.

Could You Hang a Coat on This Art?

Ever look at your closet and see all those empty coathangers hanging from the racks? David Mach, a sculpture and installation artist, creates gorgeous art from wire coathangers.


Manga Comic Explains The War On Terror in Anime Style

"Afuganisu-tan" is a Japanese manga (comic) that seeks to explain the sociopolitical situation in Afghanistan and The War On Terror in a very unique and unusual way - with cute anime characters representing the countries.

Rubik's Cube Speed-Cubing Kit

Speed-cubing - the "sport" of solving Rubik's Cube as quickly as possible - just got a little easier (or at least, faster) with the introduction of the Speed Cubing Kit from MegaHouse.

Great Invention Idea? Bed Simultaneously Promotes and Repels Action!

Who among us doesn't like some action in bed? Naturally, we all do. But there's action, then there's ACTION. If you're more the "ACTION" type then United States patent 7,137,881 the Quantum Sleeper, is just the thing for you because it brings a sort of Sopranos' style edginess to the notion of a good night's sleep.

Knit One, Pearl Two - The Lampshade that Knits Itself

Nadine Sterk, the designer of this Sleeping Beauty lampshade, is a graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, currently displaying this piece as part of an alumni exhibit at the Design Huis. According to Stark, this is "a lamp that develops like a living organism," slowly growing its lampshade at the rate of three rotations per hour.

An East Coast School In Central China: The University Of Massachusetts Moves Into Asia

Are you a University of Massachusetts alumnus? A current student? You might not be alone in the world soon. The school is working out a deal to bring online classes to China.

Dislike Burial and Cremation? Try Resomation!

If you are planning on dying - and let's face it, we all are - you might be trying to answer the following question: Burial or cremation? Well, now there is a third option - resomation.

Can One Wheel Be Better than Two?

The monocycle design has been around since the late 1800's, but it has taken quite some time to refine it. From the first pedal powered version, to today's 4-stroke engine powered setup, the monocycle has been a very popular item.