Maker of cool stuff Ollari’s shows us how to turn plywood into a sweet modern ceiling lamp which has a shade made from bent slats placed around its circumference. It actually doesn’t look that hard to do yourself with a little time, effort, and the proper tools.
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Craighill’s small, but substantial puzzle is made from four identical pieces of brass and four identical pieces of stainless steel, each precisely machined for an exacting fit. Once assembled, the finished piece is a beautiful, sculptural object to display on your desktop.
Designed by American Gross (sculptor Josh Kimberg) and produced by Clutter Studios, this creepy orange and black bunny of death is sure to ward off people who dare enter your cubicle at work. Limited to just 30 pieces, the 7″ tall collectible resin figure glows eerily in the dark, as if it wasn’t terrifying enough in the light of day.
Engineer BrunS is an expert at metalcraft. In this clip, he machines an impressive, smooth-spinning, 3-axis gyroscope toy that looks a bit like a flying saucer. Along the way, he fabricates a couple of simpler spinning tops to tease us, while his buddies pimp a phone for their sponsor.
At first glance, skull-obsessed artist Ali Gulec’s duvet cover looks like one of grandma’s quilts, but upon closer inspection, the vivid image on its top is an evil looking geometric skull, surrounded by stars and flame. The same image is available on a variety of objects, including matching throw pillows.
Field Notes latest Quarterly Edition is series of beautiful fall-themed memo books, each with an embossed and debossed image of a leaf on its cover. The three-pack of 48-page notebooks includes North American sugar maple, American elm, and scarlet oak designs. Annual subscribers get a special-edition fall leaf bandana.
Artist and woodturner Andy Phillip takes us through the complicated and time-consuming process of gradually refining a hunk of birch tree trunk into a beautiful 7″ globe, complete with the continents, and iridescent blue oceans made from epoxy resin. This isn’t the first time Andy’s made something cool and spherical.
Scientists from MIT CSAIL have developed an incredible technology which allows for personalization of objects by using special photochromic dyes. By exposing the pigments to ultraviolet light, designs be “reprogrammed” by removing portions of their cyan, magenta, and yellow dyes to expose new patterns. More here.
We’re gonna need a bigger cup. Somehow a great white shark has made its way into your kitchen, and is swimming around in your tea. Fortunately, that’s not blood in the water, but just the red from a fragrant hibiscus and rosehip tea blend. Still, sip at your own risk. Sold in sets of three. Also available from CD Japan.
Prepare yourself for six minutes of weird and wild machines that are ready to fuel your nightmares. Since putting together this amazing showreel back in 2012, London animatronics designer Gustav Hoegen has gone on to run the creature effects department for the latest round of Star Wars movies.
The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center now has a 3D printer that can crank out objects up to 100 feet-long, 22 feet-wide, and 10 feet-high. In this brief time-lapse, watch 72 hours condensed down to 30 seconds as it outputs a 25 foot-long boat that weights 5,000 pounds. And yes, it floats.
AltDynamic’s wonderfully tactile plaything is CNC-machined from a solid block of aluminum. Each one features an open-structure geometry inspired by a design found among Leonardo daVinci’s drawings. It measures 2.5″ at its widest point, and is available in raw aluminum, bead-blasted satin, or anodized colors.
Philips continues to expand their Hue smartbulb line with a series of bulbs that look like vintage Edison-style filament lights. There are numerous LED bulbs with this look these days, but only these ones can be remotely controlled via the Hue app. Available in A19, ST19, and G25 styles.
Ray Villafane knows his way around a pumpkin, having carved some of the most incredible and intricate Jack-o-lanterns ever. In this clip from azcentral, we learn a bit more about the artist, and what it is about the orange squash that inspires him. Each fall, his studio cranks out countless pumpkins for displays around the world.
The Breaking Bad movie El Camino is almost here, but there’s little chance we’ll be seeing any of Walter White given its place in the timeline. For now, we’ll have to settle for this amazing mini bust of Bryan Cranston’s bald noggin by Steven Richter. He also shows off how much his skills have improved since his earlier sculpt.
Designed by Khanh for BombMagic, these cards have a gorgeous design, inspired the objects and patterns found in ancient Lạc Việt culture. The backs feature an intricate geometric pattern with hieroglyphs, while the court cards display Vietnamese faces, and the suits and numbers are uniquely stylized. More pics on Kardify.
FutureDeluxe shows off a cool project that was on display during the Google China Developer Days – an interactive display which allows people to create unique ceramic vessels simply by moving their bodies. Each virtual work of art changes shape as the person in front of the camera changes poses. More here.
There’s a whole lot to love about the visuals and storytelling in Hayao Miyazaki’s films. Among his regular subjects are flying machines, and The Royal Ocean Film Society takes to the skies to find out why they’re a recurring theme, and why aircraft are so important to this master of anime.
Xyron’s unique machine turns any piece of paper up to 2.5″ wide into a sticker. Cut a design, load it in, and turn the knob, and it’ll apply an edge-to-edge adhesive and a backing sheet. Refills are available with permanent or repositionable adhesive. Their pricier Creative Station can also do lamination or add magnetic backs.
Builder Andrew Szeto created an awesome custom version of the iconic Eames lounge chair, replacing the traditional bent wood components with layers of laminated skateboard decks. We love the touch of color that Andrew’s design adds to this classic piece of furniture. More here.
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