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Your Secret Garden; Haute Horticulture

la bague gazon

By Ryan Nill

Questionable fashion gets an “Eco” twist in this chunky ring that features haute horticulture. The large porcelain fashion rings actually come with compost and seeds; you grow your own fashion statement. It takes about 15 days for the ring’s seeds to sprout and mature, after that it will be ready to wear. Sure, they’re dangerously green, maybe a little less than dangerously stylish. They also are dangerously expensive, with prices between 70 and 120 Euros.

[ La Bague Gazon ] VIA [ Red Ferret ]

Plush(ie) Chairs

By Ryan Nill

Just as I predicted in 2004, here is a chair whose seat is made entirely of plush pandas. It is probably disgustingly expensive, in addition to be disgustingly cute. But it is also limited edition, so some enterprising person will either have to go for broke or end up gluing little sister’s entire collection together. It’s your choice.

Made by design group Estudio Campana in Brazil, it is apparently commentary on complex socio-economic ideals. I am torn between dearly wanting one of these and my extreme disgust for people who make art and then write an essay on it.

Hit the jump for more pics.

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Blue Label -Snail- Makes Espresso, Somehow

Snail Espresso

By Evan Ackerman

I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating this coffee maker named after a gastropod. It’s easy to see why it’s called -snail-, and although it may not add much to the functionality, it does undoubtedly look cool, especially with its deep blue-violet color and backlit buttonry. It’s supposed to be pretty easy to use, accepts espresso coffee packs, and has a 19-bar pump (whatever that means). It’s more than a concept, but unfortunately still seems to be stuck in the prototype stage.

[ Room69 (In German) ] VIA [ Design Spotter ]

Toaster Concept Of The Month: Toaster Note Pad

Toast Messenger
By Evan Ackerman

We’ve run across (non-conceptual) toast printers before, but nothing with the utility (or the resolution) of this concept. Designed by Sasha Tseng, the toaster incorporates a stylus and notepad on the top, and whatever you write on the surface gets burned (through some undisclosed process) into the top of the toast. This way, you can pass along relevant information like “I finished up all the butter, sucks for you,” but it might not be so good at letting people know things like “we’re out of bread.” A few more pics after the jump.Continue Reading

Portable Lightbulbs That Grow On Trees

Pear Tree

By Evan Ackerman

Need more light in your life? Grow it on a tree. The Pear Light, designed by Nick Foley, is a hand forged steel tree upon which grow three pears. Inside each pear are 10 ultra bright LEDs and some rechargeable batteries. The pears attach to the tree with magnets; when you want some light, pick a pear, and when your pear goes dead (in about an hour), just stick it back on the tree and it’ll recharge itself. An elegant (and bright) idea, but the “hand forged” part makes me think it’ll be hard to get your hands on one. More pics after the jump.

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Fuwapica Furniture Devours Your Self-Esteem

snipshot_e4r64sa7r7v.jpg By Ryan Nill

Fuwapica Furniture glows!

…based on how much you weigh. The Fuwapica project was unveiled at the SIGGRAPH 2007 in San Diego; the glowing cube-shaped furniture comes in two varieties, Honeycomb and Ice. Upon sitting down, the furniture will assign you a color based upon weight. The Ice types are inflatable and display solely based on your weight, while the Honeycomb ones can coordinate with the seats and the table.

The Honeycomb’s table contains a computer and LCD display screen that can control the chairs. If you place something on the Honeycomb’s table, the computer will analyze it and then instruct the chairs to glow in a matching, accompanying color. Or you can just let them ravage your self-worth at will by glowing based on your weight.

Sources indicate that this technology is more than just a design exercise and will be available commercially within one or two years. Currently, the Fuwapica Honeycomb retails ¥417,000 (or US$3,505) and the Fuwapica Ice sell for¥179,000 (or US$1,500) and are both available now from the Proto-Type Inc., located in Tokyo. No word if they have an online site.

[ gizmodo ] VIA [ inventorspot ]

ATOMdesign Hammer Innovates, Perhaps Frightens

snipshot_e4149b5pvfsm.jpg by Ryan Nill

Lose the baseball bat folks, because your new backseat equalizer is gonna have to be the S2 Hammer by ATOMdesign.

ATOMdesign has reinvented the wheel by reinventing the hammer. Fortunately, S2 Hammer looks pretty awesome and can drive a nail in two hits. It is designed to split and reduce the shock to your hands and arms. Plus, it looks really cool. It stays true to old form with its carpenter’s favorite hickory handle and grooved head, along with a head-notch to hold nails. Apparently, a redistribution of the weight along with a more ergonomic form make the S2 Hammer a joy to use. Originally designed for Vaughn & Bushne, ATOMdesign’s S2 also won Best of Category award in International Design Magazine Product Design Competition, as well as Bronze Award in the International Design Excellence Awards, hosted by BusinessWeek.

Besides, wouldn’t it feel great to chin someone with this thing?! Talk about your personal Excalibur…

[ ATOMdesign ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Vinyl Gods And Speakers – What’s Not To Love?

marka27 vinyl gods

By David Ponce

Marka Quiñonez is an artist that likes to make groovy vinyl toys. He’s better known as Marka27, and he happens to be the creator of a long awaited line of speakers called “Mini Gods”. They are 16 inch tall, are powered by a 9V battery and receive audio input through a minijack. They are being made in limited numbers and come in four designs:

Brazil (300 pcs), Midnight (300 pcs), Gold Grillz (100 pcs), and Platinum Grillz (100pcs). The Gold Grillz will be released by Toy Tokyo as an SDCC exclusive with Marka27 there to sign them and meet his fans.

There’s no word on price, but we can’t imagine them being cheap.

Couple more pictures after the jump.

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Warping Wallpaper For Those Trippy Nights

warped wallpaper from surrealien

By David Ponce

The wallpaper you see in the above picture is not an artist’s rendition of a hallucinogenic experience; it’s actual wallpaper from a German company called Surrealien. You send them a detailed technical plan of your room, including doorframes, hangings and outlets, and the company then sends you back specially designed wallpaper. The patterns wrap around objects in the room, giving your crib a unique look.

Wallpapering is placarding – why not react? Paper is sloppily slapped onto walls, disregarding the surface. Windows, doors and switches rip holes into patterns, disturbing their continuity. Our product dissolves limits between architecture, wallpaper and hangings, with the wallpaper functioning as sensitive gobetween. So it’s time to: warp your room!

Browsing the site reveals nothing of cost: it all depends on how complex you want it, and how much wall you got.

A bunch more pictures after the jump.

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