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Art & Design

Making the Dragon Twist

Making the Dragon Twist

Mt Phillip Metal Works shows off an amazing method for turning a bar of metal into an intricate and sculptural decoration inspired by the scaly tail of a dragon. The technique was inspired by the work of fellow metalsmith Matt Harris.

Stamp Album Prints

Stamp Album Prints
~$46 ea.  Buy Comment

UK Printmakers Dorothy presents a series of posters featuring fictitious postage stamps, each inspired by a classic album. The collection currently includes Post-Punk, Post-Rock, Psychedelic, and Electronic genres. Each lithograph measures 80cm H x 60cm W.

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Gomi Bluetooth Speaker

Gomi Bluetooth Speaker
~$259+  Pledge Comment

Thin and flexible plastic bags are deemed non-recyclable in the UK. Gomi collects these bags from the beaches of Brighton, then melts and molds them into speaker cases. Each case is made from 100 plastic bags. The Bluetooth 4.0 speaker lasts up to 18h per charge.

LEGO Pixel Displays

LEGO Pixel Displays

LEGO builder D FB shows off an amazing contraption which uses LEGO bricks to flip pixels on a display. There’s a motorized scroller version, and a hand-cranked one. Learn about how it works on the Eurobricks forum.

World’s Smallest Snow Globe

World’s Smallest Snow Globe

Maker of miniature things HMS2 walks us through the painstaking process of crafting a snow globe that’s so small it could fit on the tip of your pinky finger. It’s got a tiny winter scene inside of it, and is filled with water and fake polyester snow.

Bolt into Mini Throwing Knife

Bolt into Mini Throwing Knife

Metalsmith Miller Knives is at it again, this time digging into his bin of hardware to create a teensy version of a Japanese Kunai throwing knife from a stainless steel bolt. It might not be the most effective weapon at this size, but it still is pretty stabby.

Theory of Time

Theory of Time

Street artist DAKU’s overhead installation in Goa, India casts shadows of words onto the ground as the sun shines through its semi-transparent panels. When viewed in time-lapse, the design is particularly effective. (Thanks Richard!)

Artifox Vertical Bike Rack

Artifox Vertical Bike Rack
$199  Buy Link Comment

Artifox’s Vertical Bike Rack is an elegant way to store and display your bicycle inside your home. It has a self-leveling mount that is hidden with a magnetic attachment and requires only three screws to install. It comes in white oak or walnut.

“__ /__ /__”

“__ /__ /__”

Director Claudia Barral’s intriguing short film invites us to explore a series of locations over the course of many years, but rather than look at time in a linear fashion, scenes play out simultaneously in the same exact places.

Arcade Business Card Holder

Arcade Business Card Holder

Love Hultén creates some truly wonderful retro-inspired arcade machines, computers, and other electronics. His latest build is a business card holder – but it’s anything but ordinary, with a tiny, functional arcade machine built into it. We need this right now.

36 Pencil Bowl

36 Pencil Bowl
~$62  Buy Comment

Designed by Michiel Cornelissen, this 3D-printed structure lets you make your own custom display piece by adding 36 colored pencils of your choice. Its base is designed to hold 36 hexagonal pencils. Available in a variety of colors from Shapeways.

Transparent Measuring Stickers

Transparent Measuring Stickers
$12  Buy Comment

Toss together quick project sketches with these transparent sticky sheets which hold in place when you need them to. They won’t leave a residue or damage your drawings either. Each pack comes with 30 each of square, protractor, and ruler designs.

NO SH*T SHOW

NO SH*T SHOW

(PG-13: Language) Anyone working in a creative field will immediately appreciate this clip from Bent Design Lab, which shirks the kind of design-by-consensus, micromanaged garbage we’ve all experienced, and embraces truly innovative, outside of the box thinking.

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RokBlok Tiny Record Player

RokBlok Tiny Record Player
$99  Buy Link Comment

Did you know can play a record without need for a turntable at all? The RokBlok is basically a wooden mini vehicle that drives around on top of your records, following the groove, and playing music through its built in speaker, or wirelessly over Bluetooth for more volume.

Huawei Mate X

Huawei Mate X

Huawei’s take on the foldable phone is similar to the FlexPai. The Mate X has a single 8″ display that folds nearly in half for use in smartphone mode. It takes advantage of its “rear” display by acting as a preview for taking selfies.

Making a Glass Dragon

Making a Glass Dragon

Glass artist James Mongrain and a team of assistants demonstrate the painstaking process of turning a molten blob of glass into an intricately scaled dragon in this 1-hour video from the Corning Museum of Glass. It’s also the most soothing thing you’ll watch today.

License Plate Signs

License Plate Signs
$28+  Buy Comment

Finally get that vanity plate the state won’t make. JustPlateCrazy takes old U.S. license plates and slices them up to make custom signage. The ransom note style signs come mounted to a plank of cedar for easy hanging, and can be made with 3 to 18 letters.

Bookniture

Bookniture
$68  Buy Link Comment

It might look like a stool, but this is actually a book. Designed by Mike Mak, Bookniture’s cardboard honeycomb structure can hold over a ton, and folds up into a book for storage when not in use. Measures 13.5″h x 14″ dia when in use, 13″h x 7″w x 1.5″d when folded.

Digit Number Pad

Digit Number Pad

Featuring a look inspired by 1970s and 1980s pocket calculators, Lofree’s wireless numeric keypad features round keycaps, responsive Gateron Blue switches, backlighting, and doubles as a standalone calculator. Looks great with the Lofree wireless keyboard.

Turntable Tape Dispenser

Turntable Tape Dispenser
$14  Buy Comment

Add a touch of fun to your office with this clever Scotch tape dispenser that looks like a tiny record player. It features a weighted base with woodgrain details, and a silver tone arm that doubles as a tape cutter. Buy two, and set up a desktop DJ booth.

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Citroën Ami One Concept

Citroën Ami One Concept

French automaker Citroën presents its concept for a subcompact car, designed to improve urban mobility. The tiny all-electric car is designed to be rented for any length of time, and uses your docked smartphone to power its navigation and media system.

Michna: Solid Gold

Michna: Solid Gold

Christophe Thockler created this minimal, but nonetheless captivating stop-motion video using 8,500 individual photos of rocks collected from around the world. It serves as the perfect visual for Michna’s warm and inviting EDM track.

Atomic Ruin

Atomic Ruin

Photographer Andrew Walker captured eye-popping footage of a structure that humans rarely see the inside of – the cooling tower of a nuclear power plant. This particular tower was part of a never-completed plant located in Satsop, Washington.

Sushi Tape

Sushi Tape
$12/set  Buy Comment

Designed by Rosie Upright for SUCK UK, these whimsical rolls of paper washi tape look like rolls of delicious sushi. We don’t recommend dipping them in soy sauce or wasabi, but they’re a fun decoration and conversation piece. Sold in a set of four 10m rolls.

The Charted Sandwich Board

The Charted Sandwich Board
$30-$130  Buy Comment

Pop Chart’s mouth watering wall graphic depicts deconstructions of over 50 sandwiches from different cultures, from the peanut butter and jelly and sloppy joe to the banh mi and po’ boy. Measures 24″ x 18″ and available unframed, framed, or board-mounted.

Infrascapes

Infrascapes

We’ve seen more than our share of time-lapse landscape videos, but this is the first one we’ve seen that was shot using an infrared camera. The Phlog used a modified Canon EOS 750D to capture these otherworldly images in stunning 8k resolution.

Burning Ghost Rider Sculpture

Burning Ghost Rider Sculpture

Artist Steven Richter follows up on his epic Nazi facemelt sculpture with another iconic hothead. This time, he crafted a clay skull, wrapped it with a papier mache Nicolas Cage face, then burned it off to reveal the Ghost Rider beneath his skin.

Faking Neon with Paint

Faking Neon with Paint

Art Insider introduces us to Perth, Australia-based graffiti artist Straker – known for his ability to replicate the glowing look of neon lights using spray paints. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think his canvases were connected to a high-voltage transformer.

Movie Genre Coins

Movie Genre Coins
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Celebrate your love for film with these substantial coins by graphic designer Mark Gonyea. Each one features a Movie Club graphic on one side, and a genre image on the other. They’re made from a solid zinc alloy and measure 2″ in diameter.

Grattacielo Radio Speaker

Grattacielo Radio Speaker
$179-$199  Buy Comment

Based on a classic 1965 design by architect Marco Zanuso, Brionvega’s 11″ tall audio skyscraper is now a Bluetooth speaker and FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, and also has a 3.5mm input. Available in an exclusive orange at the MoMA Design Store, and other colors here.

LEGO Lamborghini Centenario Concept

LEGO Lamborghini Centenario Concept

LEGO Ideas member Brick-A-Brac presents this concept for a 1:8 scale kit of Lamborghini’s limited edition carbon fiber beast. The Centenario is made of 2712 pieces and has a rear wing that can be moved by rotating the exhaust pipe.

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