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The Pear Light: Portable LED Lighting Picked Fresh Off the Branch


The future of LED lighting has grown into something pretty sweet, as New York designer Nick Foley can tell you. If you want to illuminate dark spaces, or bring a touch of the outside indoors, his Pear Light is sure to brighten up any interior with its handcrafted design and organic countenance. read more »

The Flat Life Project Lights Up in 3D


The Flat Life project by Finn Magee might make you look twice, as most of us aren't used to cords running out of our still-life art. What appears to be an image of a standard desk lamp and digital alarm clock is actually a light source and means of time-keeping, merging the third dimension with 2D design. read more »

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall: Narcisse Mirrors Might Be the Fairest


Designed by several different artists, the idea behind the distinguished Narcisse collection was to "free the mirror from its traditional frame" and renew its identity, rid of traditional codes... read more »

Great Invention Idea? Robotic Massage Hand


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Have you ever longed for a gentle reassuring touch throughout the day? Would you welcome an occasional touch, rub, or connection to another without all the messy human entanglements that often accompany such a sweet gesture? read more »

Top 10 Holiday Gift Picks for Tea and Coffee Lovers


As an avid coffee and tea drinker, I am well acquainted with the joy of small things. Nothing quite satisfies like that first mug of morning joe, or cozying up with a hot cup of tea on a cold night. Given the enormous growth in the beverage industry, I know I am not alone in my fondness for these infusions. So, here are some of my top picks (in no particular order) for this year's wish list. Perhaps your favorite coffee or tea drinker would enjoy these in their daily imbibing as well. read more »

Sexy Lighting Comes Home with the Gilda Collection


Arturo Alvarez' latest lighting collection, Gilda, uses Italian Bisazza glass mosaic tiles in the creation of his tantalizing light fixtures. read more »

The Mikado Lamp Spreads Its Wings


Created by Miguel Herranz, the Mikado lamp is named after the Spanish game of pick-up sticks. Can you see their spiny resemblance? read more »

Deck the Trees: 5 Cool Holiday Ornaments


Looking for the latest and greatest ornaments around? I’ve done some investigating, and have found some clever and whimsical variations on the usual Santa and snowman theme. These funky ideas will help you to kick your holiday collection up a notch and bring some flavor to your tree-trimming. read more »

The Latest in Christmas Trees: 7 Modern Replacements for the Traditional Christmas Tree


Tired of the same old same old when it comes to Christmas trees? Is the traditional tree just not cutting it these days? Perhaps you'll have a hard time seeing the forest for the trees with the alternatives I've found (since some of these hardly qualify as "trees" in the first place), but on the eternal quest for variety and newness, here are some of the latest Christmas tree designs coming down the pike. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Nicotine Based Dental Care


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Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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