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A beginner's guide to drills and bits

<b>Steve Hoefer</b> returns with another guide to some of the things that make civilized life possible.<p>There are a dizzying number of ways to put a hole in …

Unique Engagement Ring Box Pirouettes the Ring Like a Blooming Flower

Marriage proposals can be scary, even if you know that the other person will say yes. How and where you'll ask is always a factor, as well as where to hide the ring. After all, it'd be tragic if it were discovered beforehand. A slimline engagement ring box called <i>Clifton</i> solves this potential …

Engagement Rings

Beautifully Crafted Insects Made Out of Recycled Paper

Beautiful paper art can take on many forms, including incredible 3D drawings, stretchable stone-like busts, and elaborate hand-cut illustrations. Recently, Belgium-based ad agency Soon used paper as the medium for yet another unexpected product–playful little insects. Each sculpture was handcrafted …

Paper Craft

Intricate Shadows Formed with Single Light Bulb Inside Laced Cube

For this year's ArtPrize, the international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the 25 shortlisted pieces deserves our complete attention. Laser-cut wood was the medium of choice for <i>Intersections</i>, Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha's cube that magically suspends from the …

Art

These Beautiful 3D Topographies Rendered by Lee Griggs Look Like Weather Patterns and Ocean Floors | Colossal

<p>Madrid-based 3D artist Lee Griggs created some fascinating topographical illustrations using 3D animation and rendering software Maya Xgen and …

Ingenious Knife Grates and Softens Butter Making It Perfect for Spreading

If you keep butter tucked away in the fridge and are dismayed when it's hard to spread afterwards, then we have the perfect knife for you. The <i>Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp</i> is an innovative utensil that quickly turns cold, hard butter into thin, easy-to-spread ribbons. This means that there …

Kitchens

Toy Mammals and Dinosaurs Burdened with Miniature Civilizations by Maico Akiba | Colossal

<p>Created by artist Maico Akiba, these lumbering toy mammals, dinosaurs, and reptiles carry the burden of miniature worlds that seem to have sprouted …

Charcoal Mist Humidifier by Sangmin Lee

‘Charcoal’ is a mist humidifier that doesn’t need you to open its cover to supply water. The only thing you have to do is pouring a bottle of water …

Cuts Like A Knife

Simply love this WMF Kitchen Knife Concept for its geometric aesthetics and the fact that it is crafted from a single piece of metal. Essentially, …

A Look at Torsion Boxes

Everyone from furniture builders to door manufacturers to IKEA understands the value of a torsion box. A torsion box is a completely flat, very …

DIY Concrete Bauble Garland

A major problem I find with seasonal decorations is that… well… they’re seasonal. I’d rather keep things looking festive year-round, with some …

Josh Woolliscroft Turns Boring BIC Pencils Into Works of 'Nonconformity'

Josh Woolliscroft, artist and corporate prankster, created a whimsical series of custom writing utensils from boring HB BIC pencils. After shaving …

The Men’s Only Toothbrush

The goal for designing the Braun Concept Electric Toothbrush was to clearly define and create a toothbrush that is targeted at men. Unisex designs in …

Stiicks Frame : Simple, Affordable, and Well-Crafted Frame to Hang Your Artwork

<b>Stiicks Frame</b> is something that you want inside your house, it’s a simple, well-crafted frame to hang artwork. The designer behind this project is …

This Pencil is A Masterclass In Interaction Design

<i>Happy Black Friday! We’re taking the day to republish some of our most popular Wanted posts of the year. For a complete roundup, go here.–Eds.</i><p>In design circles, you hear the word “delight” a lot. It’s a term bandied about during critiques to describe an intangibly positive effect, but it rarely …

You Already Know Corelam is Awesome. Here's How It's Made

It was during the mid-90s that Christian Blyt designed a piece of plywood to do the impossible: Bend it into a sinusoidal formation, creating a …

Electronic Mosquito Coil

The E-Coil uses frequency waves and light without scent or fragrances to repel mosquitoes and keeping them at bay. The traditional coil leaves ash …

Rendering Crystal Into Wood and Upholstery: CTRLZAK's Quartz Armchair

Remember how weirdly machined the elements in R. Tanaka's microscopic photos looked? Viewed in nanoscale, these seemingly organic items exhibit an …

Basso Shelf System by Thomas Feichtner

Basso Shelf System is a minimalist design created by designer Thomas Feichtner, who was born in Vitória, Brazil. The shelving unit is currently being …

Spectacular Boulder Opal Looks Like a Gem Inside a Tree

There is an endless bounty of eye-catching gemstones throughout the world and this spectacular boulder opal is one unique beauty that looks like a shimmering crystal encased in a tree fossil. Its opalescent sheen seeps through the cracks of the seemingly wooden rings in lustrous hues of emerald …

Jewelry

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Home Tours

Bend-It-Yourself: Pensa's DIWire Bender Now Available on Kickstarter, on Track to Top $2m

<i>Update: Our own Don Lehman chatted with Marco Perry and Mark Prommel in today's episode of the Afterschool podcast.</i><p>If 2012 was a big year for Pensa, …

Screw Innovation, Part 2: Outlaw Fasteners

It takes balls to redesign a screw, if you'll pardon my French. The incumbency of standardization is a difficult hurdle to overcome, particularly if …

Race Ship Illustration by Dwayne Vance

When I started my design career, back in late 90s, computers weren't that fast and design software, especially for illustration, wasn't as advanced …

Awesome, Imaginary Cities Carved Out Of Wood

James McNabb spends months carving elaborate skylines into sculptures, creating imaginary cities out of wood.<p>A city skyline can be a hopeful, inspiring testament to man’s life on Earth. Would these staggered vistas be so evocative of creativity, innovation, and new beginnings if their stalagmites …

U.S. Army Research Office Backing 4D Printing with $855,000 Grant

The 3D-printing community is abuzz with news of an interesting development for the 4D printing movement: The U.S. Army Research Office has taken a …

A New Lighting Language: The Kelvin LED Lamp from FLOS

When I think of a task lamp, I either think of those old timey desk lamps our parents and grandparents used, or I think of the desk lamp of the …