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Art & Design

LAWA Twist Shelf

LAWA Twist Shelf
~$300  Buy Comment

This cleverly-designed wall shelf provides a horizontal surface for small trinkets, and a vertical one with a magnetic backing for knives, key rings, notes, and more. Made from solid oak wood. Its maker recommends you treat the wood with a varnish of your choice.

Upside-down Christmas Tree

Upside-down Christmas Tree
$200  Buy Comment

Switch things up for the holidays by displaying Treetopia’s Knocked Upside-down Christmas Tree. Not only does it look funny, it also takes up less floor space so you can fit it even in small rooms. It comes with 500 clear lights, a stand, a foot switch and extra bulbs and fuses.

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Xcissor Pen

Xcissor Pen
$66  Buy Link Comment

Taiwan design outfit Mininch presents a stainless steel writing instrument that conceals a second purpose. Simply remove the pen’s barrel, undo the safety lock, and you’ve got a tiny pair of scissors that goes anywhere. Given their size, they should be TSA-friendly too.

Making a Chair with Zip Ties

Making a Chair with Zip Ties

Ben Uyeda of Homemade Modern shows us how to build a modern, geometric chair using nothing more than plywood, a drill, and zipties. Check out the full build guide and templates here. He recommends using 1/2″ ply instead of 1/4″ ply for maximum durability.

Cork Disc Chair

Cork Disc Chair
$1800  Buy Comment

Quartertwenty created this slick piece of upcycled modern furniture which is made using cork from inside of aluminum baseball bats. The cork provides style and cushioning, while aluminum rods and steel provide stability.

3D Printed Concrete Firepit

3D Printed Concrete Firepit

HomeMadeModern shows us how to use 3D modeling software and a 3D printer to create a set of silicone molds for casting a concrete firepit. Despite the complex look, the entire design you see was created from just three different mold shapes.

LIGHTS – 光

LIGHTS – 光

Alessandro Novelli created this animation about a source of light born into the world with the endless possibilities, and how expectation forces it to conform, gradually losing what made it unique – a metaphor for certain aspects of our lives that many of us can relate to.

Heartwood Editions Wood Posters

Heartwood Editions Wood Posters
~$125 ea.  Buy Comment

Looking for a unique geeky gift? Heartwood Editions makes intricate, limited-edition, laser-engraved wood wall art based on franchises like Overwatch, Street Fighter, and Starcraft. Each measures 11.5″ x 17.5″ x 1″ thick. Also sold as a discounted 3-piece bundle.

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

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.

Geodesic Dome Kit

Geodesic Dome Kit
$165  Buy Comment

Build your own dome-shaped structure with this unique set of connectors. Simply add wooden sticks, and attach Hubs‘ sturdy, adjustable joints to build a geodesic dome in under an hour. The kit supports structures up to about 66 lb, and as big as 16 feet in diameter.

Desktop Sign Board

Desktop Sign Board
$36  Buy Comment

A fun play on classic diner menu sign boards, ThreePotatoFourCo’s 10″ x 3.5″ black-on-white desktop version challenges you to spell out your thoughts with the utmost economy of language. Includes an oak wood base and 145 interchangeable letters and numbers.

END. x Vans Vertigo

END. x Vans Vertigo

END. Clothing’s upcoming exclusive Vans collaboration twists the classic checkerboard pattern into an “optical-whirl.” The pattern will be available on the OG Slip-On and the OG Old Skool. Both shoes are made of jacquard, canvas and leather. Drops 12/8/18.

Making a Miniature Aquarium

Making a Miniature Aquarium

YouTuber HMS2 is known for creating impressively accurate miniature versions of real-world objects. This build is a spot-on, Lilliputian replica of an aquarium complete with gravel, rocks, plant life, and a weensy little school of fish floating in its simulated water.

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Emotional Street Signs

Emotional Street Signs
$34+  Pledge Comment

April Soetarman’s work went viral when she anonymously installed what looked like a street sign, but actually said “Attention: You Are Wonderful And Deserve Every Happiness.” You can now get that sign as well as others she made by helping her raise funds.

Pie Geometry

Pie Geometry

When we call Seattle Lauren Ko a “pastry artist,” we really mean it. Not only does she make delicious pies and tarts, she creates them with fastidiously-arranged geometric patterns that look so good that we wouldn’t want to dare slice them up.

Wood Slice Family Tree

Wood Slice Family Tree
$100  Buy Comment

Etsy shop Foxbairn makes custom family tree or genealogy chart engravings on a cross-section of a tree. The laser engraving is highly detailed, and the wood is obtained from a sustainable forest. They offer the chart in 3-, 4-, or 5-generation versions.

Calamityware Ornaments

Calamityware Ornaments
$52/set of 4  Buy Comment

Like their dinner plates, Calamityware’s porcelain ornaments feature tiny towns experiencing big disasters, from volcanoes, to sea monsters, to giant robot attacks. Sold in series of four images, each 3.75″ ornament has the same design front and back.

Woodsum Pinhole Camera Kit

Woodsum Pinhole Camera Kit
$49+  Pledge Comment

This fun DIY kit gives you everything you need to assemble a working pinhole camera from pieces of laser-cut wood. After you put together your camera, it captures low-fidelity analog photos on 35mm film. It’s offered in three different colors of wood.

Vintage Camper Birdhouses

Vintage Camper Birdhouses
$25-$35  Buy Comment

These small wooden birdhouses from OneManOne Garage are inspired by the look of classic Scotty campers. Each one comes flat-packed and ready to assemble without glue. Available fully-painted or unpainted if you want to do your own decodrating.

Ink Oscillations / Drawing Machine

Ink Oscillations / Drawing Machine

French artist Parse/Error created a machine to produce his rhythmic and undulating line drawings. The designer conceives each image on a computer, while the machine acts as his hands and outputs his work. You can purchase original drawings in the Parse/Error shop.

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Bookshelf Back-Alley

Bookshelf Back-Alley
$Upon Request  Buy Comment

The artist Monde makes unique dioramas that are meant to be inserted between books in a bookshelf. The dioramas look like urban back-alleys, with air conditioners, pipes, windows and doors. They even have working lights.

Longest Space Time-lapse

Longest Space Time-lapse

To celebrate the International Space Station’s 20 years, the ESA released this 15-minute continuous time-lapse video captured by astronaut Alexander Gerst, as the ISS orbits the Earth two times over. The clip is comprised of 21,000+ images captured over about 3 hours.

Sound in Hanna-Barbera

Sound in Hanna-Barbera

From The Flintstones to Scooby Doo, the cartoons of Hanna-Barbera are as memorable for their characters as they are for their sounds. Patrick Sullivan’s video looks at how limited animation budgets and time forced the use of sound to bring scenes to life.

Wood Kraken Bookends

Wood Kraken Bookends
$59  Buy Comment

A pirate ship meets its ultimate nemesis with these wooden bookends from MokuShop. They’re perfect for housing books about adventures on the open seas. Each one is laser-engraved with intricate details engraved on its surface, and has a non-slip cork bottom.

LEGO Micro Cities

LEGO Micro Cities
$17  Buy Comment

Expert LEGO designer and builder Jeff Friesen presents an amazing book for LEGO fanatics, architecture fanatics, and anyone who enjoys building things. It includes plans for building 50 different models as part of 8 fantastic LEGO micro cities. Drops 10/30/18.

Planet Pins

Planet Pins
~$32-$39/set  Buy Comment

Designer Duncan Shotton makes some very cool stuff, like pencils that leave rainbow-colored shavings. He also makes a teensy-tiny solar system with meticulously hand-painted pushpins, along with an optional cast-concrete moon pin.

The Cloud Ocean

The Cloud Ocean

Photographer Lars Leber captured this breathtaking footage captured from a vantage point above the clouds near Colorado Springs. By speeding up their movements using via time-lapse, the puffy white clouds look like the undulating waves of a surreal sky ocean.

Making a Plywood Sphere

Making a Plywood Sphere

Keith Williams of Oddball Gallery shows off a sculpture he created from birch plywood. He first cut and assembled 180 triangular pieces into a geodesic orb, then sanded it to smooth the edges and reveal its grain. The sander time-lapse is so awesome. Here’s its little brother.

NERA 3D Printed Motorcycle

NERA 3D Printed Motorcycle

3D printing company BigRep shows us how far the technology has come by creating NERA, an electric motorcycle. With the exception of its electronics, all of the motorcycle’s components were 3D printed. That includes its airless tires, frame, fork and seat.

How to Spot a Fake

How to Spot a Fake

WIRED sat down with forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor PhD to get the inside skinny on ways that science and a skilled eye can help detect art forgeries. Abstract works like Jackson Pollock’s drips and splashes are especially challenging.

1,000 Record Covers

1,000 Record Covers
$20  Buy Comment

Published by Taschen, Michael Ochs’ 1,000 Record Covers showcases a thousand of the most beautiful and memorable vinyl record cover sleeves from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. Also available on Amazon.

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