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Gorgeous Traditional Temari, Embroiedered By a 92 Year Old Woman

Temari (meaning handball), is a Japanese folk art form of embroidering balls for handball games or just plain decoration. Back in the day (around 7th century AD), the spheres were made from old kimono remnants that were wadded up into a ball and then wrapped with strips of fabric. Over time, the …

Crafting

Industrial Clamp Jewelry Collection by Drilling Lab

New design studio led by designer Lu-Wei Chen of Taiwan, Drilling Lab has introduced their first collection called Clamp.<p>Consisting of rings with two …

An Interview with Joey Roth, Who Brings A Newly Refined Design to the Sorapot - The Fox Is Black

I’ve been a fan of industrial designer Joey Roth for over five years now, and his commitment to quality has always been one of the traits I admire …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

12 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like …

Creativity

Gorgeous Rug Doubles As An Interactive Yoga Mat

Finally, fitness equipment that feels at home in your living room.<p>The only real difference between a gym and a home gym is that the home gym has been placed in our homes. Maybe a domestic treadmill is smaller, but the design is mostly unchanged, still crafted in sterile rubber, plastic, and …

Earthy Yak Wool Products by Norlha

In the Tibetan language, "norlha" means "wealth of the Gods," and is used by many local nomads in reference to their yaks, which are among the most important resources of the Tibetan Plateau. Referencing this, Norlha is a textile brand that aims to help preserve local tradition and connect it to a …

Tibet

The Focal Length vs Shutter Speed Rule

During a recent webinar I briefly touched on a rule of thumb that I’ve used for years. It connects the focal length of a lens and the shutter speed …

Landscape Photography

Behold, the Perfect Desk for Working, Dining and Hosting an After Hours Ping Pong Tournament

Ping pong tables seem to be having a moment. What was once a gaming set-up hidden away in the basement for the occasional game or two around holidays …

1 Hour of Sunlight Gives This Solar-Powered Watch 3 Months of Battery Life

Q&Q SmileSolar watches allow you to harness the power of the sun on your wrist while looking good at the same time. These bright and fashionable accessories are solar-powered and now available to the worldwide market with a price tag that won't make you cringe. For only $40, you can own one of …

Clean Energy

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

7 Tips For Designing On A Budget

In honor of Small Business Week, Rebecca Swift of iStock by Getty Images suggests how to get the most out of your website.<p>In the U.S. alone, sales by small businesses account for 54% of the country’s total sales and provide 55% of all jobs, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. …

Beautifully Rare Stones Produced from Layers of Old Car Paint

On a daily basis, we are surrounded by art within our everyday world. Fordite (aka Detroit agate) is a stunning example of the phenomena that can occur before our very eyes. Initially, these beautiful gems appear to be naturally produced rock. In fact, though, the colorfully captivating stones are …

Jewelry

Beer Foamer by Norm Architects

Beer Foamer is a minimalist design created by Norm Architects for Menu. Dense beer foam is known to dramatically increase the taste, aroma, and …

Filo: A Lamp That Adjusts to Your Moods

Laura Modoni has designed an eco-friendly lamp that also changes shape and personality, depending on your needs! The Filò lamp has wood sticks can be …

New Cradles and Tripod That Turn Into Mini Greenhouse

Woodly is an Italian company that creates furniture built on the idea that each piece has a high quality level of construction that is meant to span …

International Home + Housewares Show 2014: Schmidt Bros Cutlery

<i>Content sponsored by the IHA</i><p>We witnessed the debut of Schmidt Brothers cutlery at the International Home + Housewares Show back in 2012, when the New …

Suspended Staircase Floats Above Oslo Apartment

When the owners of a top-floor apartment in Olso, Norway purchased the loft above it, they wanted to unify the two floors. Known as <i>Idunsgate</i>, it was revamped by the London-based architecture firm Haptic, who spent part of their time updating areas like the bedroom and bathroom. They also added a …

Architecture
Furniture

SUPERBAMBI: A Chair with Many Functions

It’s a chair! It’s a step stool! It’s SUPERBAMBI! (I couldn’t resist) What’s SUPERBAMBI, you ask? It’s the aforementioned and then some. It’s a smart …

From An Ex-Apple Designer, A Cozy Blanket Inspired By Origami And Science

As chilly weather drags on, there’s still time to curl up on the couch under a nice cozy blanket. But most blankets are just so…flat. Not in terms of color or impact, but literally, they’re flat, because they’re a flat piece or knit of fabric. Not so with the Bloom, an art- and science-inspired …

In the Details: Turning Stone Manufacturing Waste Into a Line of Housewares

Francesca Gattello was completing her master's in product design at Politecnico di Milano last spring when she decided to enter Scenari di …

The only clip you’ll ever need!

The Gripstar pushes the concept of versatility to an entirely new level with its minimalistic yet remarkably multifunctional design! Easily mounted …

A 3D Printed Chess Set That’s Also a Micro Planter

How adorable is this chess set by XYZ Workshop? Loosely based on Bauhaus-style chess pieces, this 3D printed set cleverly incorporates nature into an …

Odor Transformer Eliminates Cooking Smells from Your Kitchen

Living in a small apartment and occasionally cook, you might experience the same issue as others: unpleasant cooking odors throughout your apartment. …

Mould

Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials?

Sustainable materials are gaining ground, but long development time frames and gaps in knowledge make commercialisation tricky<p>Learning to surf in California's frigid breakers, Todd Copeland, a design guru at the Patagonia clothing company, concluded that wet suits weren't cutting it. Sure, a …

Molly M Designs

by Eva Glettner<p>The symmetry and array of colors in Moroccan architecture are striking, and everyone, from mathematicians to artists, has found inspiration in the great domes and arches of these magnificent buildings by the Mediterranean Sea. San Francisco-based architect-turned-designer Molly …

Sustainability

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Interior Design

Save The Earth At Home, With This DIY Recycling Workshop

Just 10% of our plastics actually get recycled. So one designer took matters into his own hands and created an at-home, DIY plastic recycling workshop.<p>Though 100% of plastics are recyclable, just 10% of our plastics ever actually get recycled. Most of this waste winds up clogging landfills. For his …

National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The …