Hong Kong is the largest center of plastic toy production in the world, so it's no coincidence this art installation made up on hundreds of plastic water pistols is located right in the center of it all. In fact, that's exactly what the artist wants the viewer to stop and think about — the volume of goods as a positive creation.
Most of us can remember when there were phone booths — and then one day they were gone as mobile phones made them obsolete. The very same extinction could be facing gas pumps if more people adopt electric vehicles. But, as this design challenge shows just because they may not pump gas doesn't mean they have to hit the landfill.
Tell me this little guy doesn't look a little like Deep Thought from the film version of Hitchhiker's Guide, what with that sizable melon and beady, wide-spaced eyes. The set, called "Craft System," is the work of Brooklyn-based design studio UM Project, helmed by François Chambard. It's more a gallery of quirky, cute robots that would be at home in the world of Wall-E rather than a collection of lamps. Check 'em out below.
It seems there is a thriving wood working artisan community out there. I think that's pretty cool — we get to see a mix of old skills and techniques used to bring us all sorts of items reimagined in wood. We've reported on pop culture icons such as the Starship Enterprise or NES controller tables. This handcrafted table reaches back a few years to a pop icon a lot of younger people have never even used — the good oldcassette tape.
Art and science don't have to be enemies all the time. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (or FASEB, which is pronounced just like you think it is) asked a bunch of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health to submit "captivating, high resolution images that represent the cutting edge of 21st century biomedical research." FASEB chose ten winners, which we've got for you in a seizure-inducingly colorful gallery below.
This massive bench now on display at the Industry Gallery in Washington, D.C. stretches over the warehouse space like an oversized coiled snake. Incredibly, the sculpture — called "Spun" — weighs just under ten pounds thanks to a unique carbon fiber construction process.
This unusual light bulb manages to marry the old and the new into something that is eye catching. It is an energy saving light bulb that casts a warm wooden glow thanks to a covering of extremely thin wood.
This water fountain located in Osaka Japan is more than just a bubbling display acting as a public meeting place. This water fountain projects streams and sheets of water; they flow in patterns creating everything from flowers and vines to helpfully telling the time.
Imagine a giant circle that sprays water at you from different directions while you stand in it. In your mind's eye you are picturing a shower aren't you? This loop is indeed a shower, but I believe it would prefer it if you called it a "shower system."
Several millennia from now, future archeologists will excavate through to our level of Earth strata and brush aside the layers of cigarette butts and Capri Sun pouches to uncover the remains of an architecturally schizophrenic civilization. These future Indiana Joneses will be forced to reconcile the lives of an ancient people who left behind humble, mostly square-shaped dwellings, but also erected gigantic asymmetrical behemoths that defy the very laws of physics and practicality. Were these towering multi-planed dwellings from the third millennium a tribute to some ancient war god, a misguided attempt to harness the Earth's magic, or just a terrible mess of engineering? Perhaps they will never know. Here we present 14 designs for brain-meltingly unique buildings from around the world that will be coming to a cityscape near you.