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Singing “This Little Light Of Mine”

This awesome concept entails recycling your cassette tapes to let them shine on. [Unplggd] Keep reading »

Shower Me Scary

If you end up back at a guy’s house, take a trip to the toilet, and see he’s got this gas mask shower head designed by Chris Dimino, you may want to run screaming from the premises. [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »

All Your Snail Poop Dreams Have Come True

If you have been waiting for the right escargot packing made out of colored snail poop to come along, today, my friend, is your lucky day. For reasons that will surely forever remain a mystery, designer Manuel Jouvin decided the ideal container for holding escargot is made from colorized snail droppings. So, he partnered up with a French snail farmer (my dream profession), and set about feeding colored paper to snails. Then, the snails pooped a rainbow of colors. Jouvin turned that, er, substance into escargot packaging. Ah, the French. So creative. In any case, maybe not something you want to try at your next dinner party. [NOTCOT] Keep reading »

Design Dollhouses: Creative Or Creepy?

We get it with the whole parenting thing—once you have a kid, the house goes from something like looking like a Design Within Reach showroom to a backdrop for a Disney cartoon. For the parent who wishes to maintain a high-design pad, there’s a litany of concept toys out there on the market—like these Home On The Go dollhouses, which feature streamlined, Jetson-esque miniatures in artistic color schemes. Either, the kid who plays with this has one heck of an imagination … or she grows up with a cold, cynical outlook on what constitutes a warm, friendly home.

What’s that, honey? You wanted a Malibu Barbie Dream House? Sorry dear, it clashes with the Eames rocking chair. [Swiss-Miss.com] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: This Chair’s A Real Lady

Designers Vladimir Tsesler and Sergei Voichenko designed this seat, called the Living Chair, which has apparently been subjected to some etiquette training and knows not to sit with its legs wide open. [Tsesler via Trend Hunter] Keep reading »

Buy An Ultra Chic Laptop For A Good Cause

The Dell Design Studio has just issued Product Red, a new line of laptop covers created by cool artists where part of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to help combat and eliminate AIDS in Africa. Photographer Ben Grieme created a series of beautiful ombre color gradations (like the one above), Klaus Haapaniemi designed whimsical wallpaper-like patterns based on the four seasons, and Takashi Kusui was inspired to create gorgeous abstract prints to “demonstrate the innate energy of the continent of Africa and Mother Earth.” Check out the entire collection here. If you’re in the market for a new computer and/or an art buyer, it’s a worthwhile add-on. [Full disclosure: Ben Grieme is a dear friend of mine and he's rad. And yes, he paid me to write that last bit. Hollah!] Keep reading »

New Zealand Bathrooms Are An Accidental Ode To Madonna’s Cone-Shaped Bustier

There’s an uproar in New Zealand over some bathrooms being built on the waterfront in the capital of Wellington. The unisex bathrooms are meant to resemble crayfish, but some are saying they look more like fallopian tubes or Madonna’s famous cone-shaped bustier (which was recently immortalized in necklace form). The design was the winning entry from a competition between 30 young designers from an architecture school, and it will cost about $278,000 to build. What do you think the bathrooms resemble? We’re not sure they remind us of Madonna’s bustier, but they certainly are bizarre-looking. [The Dominion Post, Sydney Morning Herald] Keep reading »

Now Teens Can Sit On It When They Need An Attitude Adjustment

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Enough with trying to reform teenagers. Here’s a design by Deger Cengiz called the “Attitude Chair,” which he says, “is developed for teens with attitude; prevents falling when the chair is tipped back.” Someone’s gotta watch out for those punks. [swissmiss] Keep reading »

Second-Hand Plates By Karen Ryan Really Dish It Out

When Karen Ryan says she’s got a lot on her plate, she means it. The U.K.-based artist illustrates the phrase literally with charming second-hand plates emblazoned with “anger,” “fear,” “guilt,” and “hate.” Meant to expose the domestic conscience, the removal of whatever decorative pattern the dishes come with symbolically reveals harsher truths. Can you imagine the sweet revenge of handing a plate full of food to a frenemy who finds the message on the bottom? Of course, there are some positive slogans, like “beauty” and “beloved,” which may be more fitting for those relationships you handle with care. [NOTCOT.org] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: When Recycled Fashion Goes Too Far

Is this skirt for those who complain, “But nothing matches my raincoat!”? Or green fanatics who reuse everything, including their broken umbrellas? [Design Spotter] Keep reading »

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