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Uncover designs a new lid logo to your specifications

The clean minimalist looks which define Apple’s aluminum notebooks may contribute to their mass appeal, but some people prefer to personalize their computers with stickers and aftermarket add-ons like the MacBook Wood Keyboard. Such tinkerers now have yet another option for self-expression, courtesy of Amsterdam-based firm Uncover's MacBook lid laser-etching service.  Read More

A view through the eyepiece of the NeoLucida

As long ago as 1807 – and possibly up to 200 years earlier – many artists used an optical device known as a camera lucida to help them in sketching subjects. A controversial theory even suggests that some of the famous Old Masters created their masterpieces not by sketching freehand, but by using such gadgets. Now, two art professors are trying to bring the camera lucida back, in the form of the low-cost portable NeoLucida.  Read More

The Hyperion lamp (Photo: Paul Heijnen)

There aren't enough stop motion animation films starring light fittings, in my opinion. Until today, I only knew of one: Luxo Jr, by Pixar. Hyperion is the second, and it stars the eponymous insectoid light fitting, designed by Paul Heijnen.  Read More

Artist's impression of the MAVEN spacecraft (Image: NASA)

Haikus to Mars may sound like the title of a 1950s sci-fi B movie, but that’s what NASA is asking for. The space agency is inviting the public to submit haikus to be recorded on a DVD that will be carried by the unmanned Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch in November.  Read More

The Repentir app allows users to see how the painting 'Transamerica' was created

People have come to expect “making-of” documentaries to be included when they watch a movie on DVD or Blu-ray. Thanks to research being conducted in the UK, similar expectations may soon be coming to the viewing of paintings. The experimental Repentir app is currently allowing users to digitally remove layers of British artist Nathan Walsh’s “Transamerica” painting, to see how he put it together.  Read More

Canvas, by YOY design studio, is a set of furniture disguised as 2D works of art

All those who regularly entertain guests in their homes will have surely encountered the problem of never having enough seating to accommodate everybody present. There is no easy way around the problem, other than keeping a stock of extra chairs that can be retrieved and arranged as the need arises. But where to store these additional seats? How about hanging them on the wall as works of art ...  Read More

Pixit is a reusable rubber stamp kit that lets you create your own design, and then change...

If you've ever perused the rubber stamp section of a crafts store, then you know how pricey it would be to purchase just a handful of stamps, which could only print a limited number of images. That's why some intrepid designers at Quirky developed the Pixit, a reusable rubber stamp kit that allows you to create your own design and then change it to a completely different one whenever you want.  Read More

Leolux, Milan Design Week 2013 (photo: Edoardo Campanale)

This week the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (aka Milan Design Week) opened in Milan, showcasing an endless collection of the latest home-furnishing designs from Italy and around the world. This year marks the Salone’s 52nd edition and features a strong focus on innovation and the use of natural materials. Over 2,500 exhibitors filled the 204,850 square meters (2.2 million square feet) of the Rho Milan Fairgrounds in Italy, and we were lucky enough to be among the 300,000 visitors to attend this year’s event.  Read More

Woody Scorcher is handmade using steam-bent ash (Photo: Connor Wood Cycles)

An increasing number of bicycle manufacturers are proving that a bike doesn’t necessarily need to be built from metal, and cardboard, bamboo, and even plywood have all been used with apparent success. With this in mind, the latest unusual bicycle to pop-up on our radar is Woody Scorcher, by Denver-based Connor Wood Cycles – a wooden bike that aims to combine form and function into a rideable work of art.  Read More

The Sawyer is a lowrider cruiser bicycle, with a frame built from beech plywood

There was a time when wooden-framed bicycles were quite the oddity. While you still don’t see them much in stores, it’s now not that unusual to come across models such as the Lagomorph or Renovo’s duo bikes on the internet. The Sawyer, however, is a little different – it’s a lowrider cruiser bike, that’s quite obviously built from flat sheets of beech plywood.  Read More

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