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Art & Design

Ripple Tea Table

Ripple Tea Table

While Lee Rowland’s metal ripple tables looked amazing, Studio Hanna & Seo’s version uses actual water, producing beautiful geographic patterns whenever a tea cup is placed in the saucers.

Domino Clock Concept

Domino Clock Concept

Carbon Designs’ playful concept involves three over-sized ceramic dominoes – one for the hour, two for the minutes – with the dots changing from black to white to tell the time. More info here.

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Pretty Loaded

Pretty Loaded

In the dark days of dial-up, Flash websites were prefaced with loading screens. They’re still around, but are scarce. Pretty Loaded is dedicated to preserving the best of these annoying works of art.

Tilt-Shift Disney Parade

Tilt-Shift Disney Parade

The magical world of Disney looks like the whole place went through a shrink ray thanks to this tilt-shifted, time-lapse video capture of this year’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.

Akiyoshi’s Illusions

Akiyoshi’s Illusions

Warning: May cause dizziness or headaches. These pictures were made by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka of Ritsumeikan University so that parts appear to move even though they are only static images.

Water Sculpture

Water Sculpture

Shinichi Maruyama makes fleeting sculptures out of water, capturing the resulting shape with a Phase One P45 camera and a Broncolor Strobe. See more of his work at The Morning News.

Dia Parrot Photo Frame

Dia Parrot Photo Frame

Similar to a cinema screen that the picture from the projector shines on, Nodesign’s Dia Parrot is a frame with a transparent high-res LCD screen that gives your favorite snaps a retro-modern twist.

Cardsharp Knife

Cardsharp Knife
$23  Buy Comment

The elegant CardSharp is a credit card-sized sharp and slim utility knife, which easily transforms into a tool in 3 folding steps; the built-in protective sheath helps prevent injury or blunting. (Thanks Danny!)

Self-Destructing Piggy Banks

Self-Destructing Piggy Banks

Well actually, you still have to hit ’em with the hammer, but these clever piggies from Furf Design Studio wield their own mallets so you can crack them open once they’re filled up with cash.

A*Star In-Ear Headset

A*Star In-Ear Headset
$80  Buy Comment

The stylish Astro A*Star In-Ear Headset features an in-line medallion with mic, volume dial and answer button, tangle-resistant cables, PC splitter, 3 sizes of ear gels and case. (Thanks Landon!)

Kaohsiung Port Terminal

Kaohsiung Port Terminal

Scheduled for construction in 2012 and expected to be in operation by 2014, the flowing, $85M Port and Cruise Service Center in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan will be designed by reiser + umemoto.

Star Wars Alphabet

Star Wars Alphabet

When artist Brandon Peat found out his wife was expecting, they decided to illustrate an charming alphabet of Star Wars characters for the nursery, choosing most characters from the Original Trilogy.

Olly Moss Star Wars Posters

Olly Moss Star Wars Posters
$50/ea  Buy Comment

Talented illustrator Olly Moss made these fantastic posters for each of the movies in the original Star Wars trilogy. Each poster is limited to only 400 pieces so watch out for them on Mondo Tees.

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Metropolis II Kinetic Sculpture

Metropolis II Kinetic Sculpture

Chris Burden gathered 1,200+ custom-designed cars to race around a handmade large-scale artwork, named Metropolis II, which also contains a large railway and LEGO and Lincoln log buildings.

LaCie Float Concept

LaCie Float Concept

André Silva’s concept design integrates a storage device (in HD or SSD versions), along with LED under-body lighting and a top that doubles as a multi-touch trackpad. LaCie, please take a look.

Map Collages

Map Collages

Artist Matthew Cusick makes portraits and illustrations using nothing but map cutouts, using the lines, symbols and patches of colors to his advantage, to create detailed and jaw-dropping art.

The Noun Project

The Noun Project

The Noun Project was founded to collect, create and celebrate the universal symbols, icons and pictures that we often take for granted. All the symbols on their site are free to download and use.

Typewriter Art

Typewriter Art

Artist Keira Rathbone uses vintage typewriters as a medium to create her work. Typing out letters, numbers and symbols in place of brush strokes and pixels results in these fascinating images.

The Secret Number

The Secret Number

For his thesis, Colin Levy – director of Sintel – wants shoot a version of the short story The Secret Number, about a man who insists that there’s an integer between the numbers three and four.

Mind Boggling 3D Dioramas

Mind Boggling 3D Dioramas

We’re immersing ourselves in David DiMichele’s impressive and disquieting dioramas. He creates the fantastic 3D installations in his studio, using everything from glass and ice to tree bark and coil.

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Comic Travel Posters

Comic Travel Posters
$18-$570  Buy Comment

If superheroes were real, there’s no doubt that their cities will leverage them for tourism. These comic posters do just that, but in an understated manner. Gotham’s Tourism Board sure is creepy.

Skate Mirror

Skate Mirror
$158  Buy Comment

Made of stainless steel and mirrored glass, with genuine skate trucks to complete the look. Also comes with a set of skate stickers. A quirky holiday gift for skaters. Just make sure they don’t ride it.

Faceless Watch Concept

Faceless Watch Concept

Qian Yiran “Eye of the Storm” digital watch has a gaping hole where it’s face should be, instead showing the time by marking the spots where the minute and hour hands would be around the edges.

Creature (Book)

Creature (Book)
$38  Buy Comment

Andrew Zuckerman shot 175 animals – ranging from parrots to bears – all foregrounded in nothing but white backgrounds, urging the viewer to pore over the details of each portrait.

Victorian Star Trek

Victorian Star Trek

We must have somehow missed the episode of Star Trek where they traveled back in time to the Victorian era. Photoshop manipulator Rabbittooth put these images together to refresh our memory.

Scared Dictators

Scared Dictators

What could these powerful men be afraid of? The Internet, that’s what.  These posters were made for the International Society of Human Rights to show the value of the Net in defending human rights.

Denis Peterson’s “Pictures”

Denis Peterson’s “Pictures”

These hyper-realistic paintings were made by Denis Peterson. Some people hate on his craft, but if we think people who are good at spinning pens are cool, shouldn’t we applaud this man’s skill?

The Huber Experiments

The Huber Experiments

Photographers Matthew and Erik Huber drop what looks like some tasty food and drinks in front of a Phantom HD camera, capturing all the beautiful, destructive action at 960 frames-per-second.

Level Twelve PC Case

Level Twelve PC Case

Jeffrey Stephenson’s Level Twelve is a teak and bird’s eye maple PC case. The teak support box houses an HDD, optical drive and a USB 3.0 hub, while the maple box holds the main computer.

Awesome Gifts: 2010

Awesome Gifts: 2010

We’ve posted thousands of goodies this year, and figured we’d help you guys out with your holiday shopping by picking some of the most awesome items of the year – in case you missed ’em.

Magic Carp-pet Concept

Magic Carp-pet Concept

Designed by John Leung and CHC Architects, the Magic Carp-pet is a two-piece set up – the specially drawn print on the rug appears to move when viewed through the complementary glass table.

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