Artist Daniel Shankalonian takes old circuit boards and other electronics, and recycles them into desktop sculptures. Among his many creations are spaceships from Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek, as well as a model of NASA’s Space Shuttle. He also made an awesome sculpture of BioShock’s Big Daddy bouncer.
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Fans of classic video games will recognize this guy as Blinky, the pixelated red ghost from Pac-Man. Here, he’s serving a useful purpose by giving your headphones a place to rest when you’re not wearing them. Handmade from baltic birch, sanded smooth, and painted by artist BalticPrime. Also available as a scared blue ghost.
Joy Neon makes custom lighting that looks like neon, but is fabricated from flexible LED tubing, which isn’t fragile and runs on low voltage. Their most impressive work is this low-poly world map that would make an amazing centerpiece in any room. Available in three sizes: 21.6″ x 39.9″, 43.3″ x 78.7″ and 65″ x 118″.
Hold on to your camera with a secure and stylish strap made from strong and versatile 550 paracord. Zander Creatives handmakes these straps in a variety of colors to suit your individual style. They’re fitted with heavy duty rings and lobster clips, and come in 38″ and 47″ lengths.
Artist Pete Betcher of The BKPK Shop makes all kinds of cool and geeky objects for the home. Among them is this illuminated wall art which looks like a modernist Death Star. It’s made from baltic birch plywood and acrylic, and casts cool shadows onto the wall around it. Measures 11″ across, and takes a 40w candelabra bulb.
Etsy store Heritage Racing makes desk clocks that look like the speedometer or tachometer of classic cars. The clock face is a high quality glossy print, set into a glass and wood fram. There are dozens of designs to choose from, including the BMW E46 M3, Porsche 911 Turbo, Nissan GT-R, and more.
Croation keyboard outfit Crolander makes these round-edged, engraved keycaps from real oak, walnut, or cherry wood. They’re compatible with Cherry MX switches, and can be purchased either standalone, or attached to one of their beautiful handmade wooden keyboards.
Enjoy a journey to the moon every time you take a sip, with these cool ceramic coasters. They’re ceramic, so they’re absorbent, and feature durable, UV-printed images of the lunar surface. Sold in a set of four. Check out CatchtheBug’s Etsy shop for many more artful coaster designs.
Keep your desk tidy in just the way you like it with these modular hexagon desk organizers from Ewartwoods. They’re available as a pen holder, one-, two-, or three-part trays, a cup holder, a business card holder, phone holder, and more. They can be lined with fabric or cork if you don’t want bare wood.
Plane Pieces’ drink coasters are the perfect gift for aviation enthusiasts. They’re made using authentic Pratt & Whitney gears from vintage WWII radial airplane engines. Each one is encased in clear resin, surrounded with a machined aluminum outer ring, and has a protective bumper underneath. Sold individually, or in sets of four.
These beautifully-crafted metal chopsticks offer substance and permanence, while nodding to tradition with their bamboo-inspired form. Each one is molded from pure titanium, which won’t rust, and is resistant to germs. Available in black, silver, grey, or gold.
Add a little extra weird factor to your guest bathroom with these handmade alien soaps from Cindy’s Bath Creations. Each vegan soap bar features a glow-in-the-dark space creature in your choice of color and scent, with 75 available fragrances ranging from grape soda to glazed donut.
Dreipunkt’s flat-pack wood kit lets you build your own orbital model of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. As you move its lever, each astronomical body rotates relative to the others, as an arrow indicates the date on which they take up those positions. Available from Laserdeko, who has all kinds of nifty laser-cut stuff in their Etsy shop.
NoQuarterArcade handbuilds these sweet mid-century modern style arcade tables which play a wide variety of classic arcade games. They come with authentic arcade quality controls for two players, and pre-loaded with a number of games. They sell a 60-in-1 version, as well as a 412-in-1 version, and an 800-in-1 version.
We’re suckers for just about anything in the shape of VW’s iconic Type 2 vans from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Cedar and Stone Garden’s 5″ x 3″ concrete microbus planters are perfect for growing all your indoor succulent hippie plants. They’re available numerous colors, including tie dye.
EnjoyTheWood’s laser-cut wood maps are a beautiful addition to any wall. They can be ordered blank, or with shaded countries and engraved country names, and with pushpins to document your travels. Comes in M (39″ x 24″), L (59″ x 35″), XL (79″ x 47″) and XXL (118″ x 69″) sizes.
The scorpions we encounter here in the U.S. are relatively small, but this oversize metal creature measures 8.25″ long. This awesomely creepy creation is made by Thailand artists Kreatworks using recycled automotive and machine parts. Also, it turns out that there are real scorpions that are almost the same size in South Africa.
Elephant Wallet’s sleek and modern card holder is milled from a block of aluminum. Its front is solid and blocks RFID scanning, while its rear provides easy access to up to nine cards, which stow under a colorful fabric strap. Available with your choice of 14 different strap colors.
Musicians, here’s a great way to keep track of the passing days. Ingrana’s perpetual calendar is inspired by the design of a classic modular Moog synth. Use the included patch cables to mark the day of week, month, day, and year. While it won’t make any sounds, you can press its keys.
These modular baltic birch wood panels add a touch of art to any wall, but can also be functional, with variants that include a floating laptop desk, hanging planters, and liquor cabinets. Choose your features, then fill in as much space as you want with decorative panels.
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