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Art & Design

Mojow Inflatable Chairs

Mojow Inflatable Chairs
~$221+  Buy Comment

Mojow offers flat-pack seating with inflatable cushions. The cushions come in a variety of colors and in opaque or transparent. Depending on the size, they can support between about 265 lb to 529 lb. Some items are on sale at Touch of Modern as of this writing.

DeskSpace Solar Sun Mood Lamp

DeskSpace Solar Sun Mood Lamp
~$99+  Pledge Comment

Deskspace’s Solar Sun is a mood lamp designed to look like the Sun. It’s made of golden calcite, which gives the light a warm and soft glow. There’s also a non-lighted version, and you can also get a set that comes with their gemstone planets.

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Zoetrope Pottery

Zoetrope Pottery

Artist Kenny Sing of Turn Studio first mapped out a series of geometric patterns on his computer, then carefully cut them out from a ceramic bowl before firing it. Once completed, spinning the piece on a potter’s wheel creates the illusion of movement.

Xiaomi Foldable Phone Concept

Xiaomi Foldable Phone Concept

Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin teased the company’s prototype for an OLED phone that folds on both sides. This allows it to transition from a mini tablet to a smartphone with no bezels on the side. It’s certainly impressive, but its palm rejection better be on point.

Distortion

Distortion

Animator Guldies Konst’s latest stop-motion animation was made using 2500 individual still images of painstakingly-shaped Plastilina clay. Combined with the clever use of sound effects, each element of his surreal short film takes on a sense of mass, material, and scale.

iLute LED Marquee Letters

iLute LED Marquee Letters
~$180  Buy Comment

iLute makes LED-illuminated marquee letters and symbols that are great for personalizing rooms and establishments. Each letter stands about 12″ tall and is designed to have no visible screws. The LEDs are rated to last up to 50,000 hours.

EPOCH

EPOCH

Visual artist Kevin McGloughlin used countless images from Google Earth along with audio samples from NASA to provide “a visual representation of our connection to earth and it’s vulnerable glory.” It’s amazing how these static satellite images can tell such a story.

Coffer Puzzle Box

Coffer Puzzle Box

Seth Gould spent two years making Coffer, an incredible puzzle strongbox from high carbon steel. Seth made most of it by hand, including the bolts. Jesse Beecher documented the process and made this wonderful video. Skip to 4:13 to see how it works.

The Hoop Dream Studio

The Hoop Dream Studio
$750+  Buy Comment

Founded by artist Jarrett Ellis, The Hoop Dream Studio makes limited-edition basketball hoops that evoke luxury and opulence. They’re almost a commentary about the status of professional players in society, if it weren’t for the fact that they’re for sale.

Making a Hex Nut Diamond Ring

Making a Hex Nut Diamond Ring

Pablo Cimadevila is known for making beautiful custom made jewelry. A fan challenged him to make a ring out of a nut, and he obliged – with two nuts. Watch him turn the lowly fasteners into a lovely diamond ring in this wonderfully shot video.

OLED Dandelion

OLED Dandelion
$799  Buy Comment

One of designer Takao Inoue’s artistic goals is to capture fleeting moments and preserve them. His unique tabletop curiosity does just that, freezing a puffy dandelion about to release its seeds inside an acrylic block, illuminated in space with a smooth, OLED light source.

Backdrop Paint

Backdrop Paint
$45/gal.  Buy Comment

Next time you need to paint your walls, instead of going to a hardware store check out Backdrop. They offer adhesive-backed samples so you can stick them to your wall. Their selection is limited but varied, with descriptions that won’t make you tear your hair out.

Full-size LEGO Silverado

Full-size LEGO Silverado

While it’s not as fast as the life-size LEGO Bugatti, this LEGO replica of a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss is still quite the feat. It took 18 builders over 2,000 hours to construct from over 334,000 bricks. It’s on display at the 2019 NAIAS in Detroit.

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Fabricated

Fabricated

Director Brett Foxwell spent 10 years working on this incredible stop-motion film in which inanimate objects work together to bring a biomechanical alien world to life. We can only imagine how much work was involved given the smoothness of each creature’s movements.

Majestic Wilderness!

Majestic Wilderness!

Peer through the lens to spy on an exotic and spooky forest, where strange and mysterious creatures lurk in the shadows. We just love the black and white shading in animator Elenor Kopka’s quirky little short film.

2046 Prints

2046 Prints
$25-$100  Buy Comment

2046 Design offers a variety of prints inspired by space, science, science fiction, and nature. The prints come in a variety of art styles, and many are limited editions. They also offer apparel and accessories. Touch of Modern has a limited number of designs on sale.

DIY Cardboard Cat Whack-a-Mole

DIY Cardboard Cat Whack-a-Mole

Cardboard master The Q made a whack-a-mole game for his cat. Inside the cardboard case are metal wires connected to wooden dowels on one end and what appear to be ping pong balls as the moles on the other end.

Making a Bumblebee Helmet

Making a Bumblebee Helmet

Prop maker Odin Abbott showcases his cutting and painting skills as well as his creativity by making a wearable Bumblebee helmet, complete with light up eyes. As with the rest of his projects, the helmet is made almost entirely out of craft foam.

The Market Stock Market Tracker

The Market Stock Market Tracker
$990-$1100  Buy Link Comment

August & Wonder’s connected kinetic sculpture tilts to indicate day-over-day changes in a stock market or cryptocurrency using a bull for increases in value, and a bear for decreases. It’s available in wired and wireless variants, and limited to 300 units.

MOVA Globe Cubes

MOVA Globe Cubes
$300  Buy Link Comment

Techmoan shows off a new version of MOVA’s solar-powered spinning globe – and this one is even niftier than the original, as its globe floats magically inside of a 5″ cube. If you don’t want to spend so much, consider their spherical standard map and planet models.

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Making a Mini Mjölnir

Making a Mini Mjölnir

DiesInEveryFilm Customs‘ latest build is pretty nifty. He crafted a teensy version of Thor’s mighty hammer using a layered, damascus-style steel head. He got the idea from fellow artist Brandon Hyner, who makes mini Mjölnir pendants.

Graphic Design Certification School

Graphic Design Certification School
$39  Buy Comment

Ready to learn some new skills? Add to your bag of tricks with this series of three graphic design courses. You’ll learn to leverage Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to create professional looking photos, drawings, and layouts in no time.

Floppy Disk Wood Coasters

Floppy Disk Wood Coasters
$10/set of 4  Buy Comment

Back in the day, we used to use 3.5″ floppy disks as coasters. All too often, our drinks slipped right off, and they were a bit lumpy. These laser-cut wood coasters from OttoAutomation seem like a better idea, and include shrunk-down 5-1/4″ style disks too.

Built Me a Robot

Built Me a Robot

TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin has the best voice of any artist since Bob Ross, so that just makes his video of how to build a robot sculpture from found objects that much more charming. He also provides useful advice on soldering nearby joints without ruining adjacent ones.

Creature Comfort Playing Cards

Creature Comfort Playing Cards
$16  Buy Comment

Each of Calamityware’s whimsical playing cards is decked out with imagery of creepy, crawly, and occasionally cute creatures. Each of the face cards features strange and wonderful monster chowing down on its favorite snack food, and their backs are loaded with critters.

Crystal Photography Ball

Crystal Photography Ball
$20-$25  Buy Comment

This optically-clear sphere is made from the same K9 glass crystal used to produce camera lenses. When properly used, the resulting shots can be quite stunning, with the image in the ball perfectly focused, and upside-down against a softly-focused background.

Heatseeker

Heatseeker

Nico Vuignier and Jules Guarneri’s night skiing film is a visual masterpiece. It features amazing imagery which appear to be entirely lit by the orange glow of flares. It was shot without CGI, and we’re looking forward to the upcoming making-of clip. (Thanks David!)

Making a Cardboard Typewriter

Making a Cardboard Typewriter

While SKM’s cardboard typewriter doesn’t actually work, it’s still an impressive build, with lots of neat details, a cantilevered keyboard, a turning roller, and a hidden compartment that lets it output a pre-typed page for fun.

Rear View Prints

Rear View Prints
$23-$140  Buy Comment

Rear View Prints makes beautiful illustrated posters of cars and race tracks. Whether you’re a hardcore F1 fan, a Porsche purist, or a pop culture maven, there’s something here for you. The posters come in various sizes and can be ordered with a black frame.

Pop Culture Key Tags

Pop Culture Key Tags
$7+  Buy Comment

We love the retro style of these fun pop culture key tags from Etsy seller AllThingsHipAndCool. Choose from the Overlook Hotel, Camp Hero, Shady Pines retirement home, and more – in lots of different colors. They’re very reasonably priced and make a great gift for anyone.

The World Below

The World Below

Photographer and filmmaker Bruce W. Berry Jr. collected and cleaned up video and time-lapse footage captured by astronauts on-board the International Space Station to give us this stunning short film that provides a glimpse of our planet from the vantage point of space.

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