Normally we don’t think of an old-fashioned wind-up alarm clock as a wireless device, but it is. And that’s just one reason to like it: it’s one less household appliance sucking power off the grid. Handmade in Canada, this richly-grained walnut clock is much more attractive than the plastic radio-clock on your nightstand. The craftsmen at Off Cut Studios also make this model in cherry, maple & white oak.
Part of their Rescued & Reused series, the craftsmen at Railyard Studios upcycle old railroad junk into functional objets d’art. Their wine rack is made from a railroad tie dated 1925, 16 pieces of rail from the Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Company circa 1908; and it stands on feet made from two switch plate cuffs. The piece is warmly finished with a Golden Oak stain and poly sealer. Oh yes, it’s American made.
If you thought Batman was just an obsession for American nerds, you’re wrong. Renowned Latvian artist, architect & designer, Stanislav Katz, has created a Bat mirror reflecting the Caped Crusaders global influence. This large, Neo-Rococo design is cast in plaster and available in white, gold and black. Gaze into the glass and see what happens.
You won’t be able to dip behind your Desk Dumpster to take a leak. But other than that, this miniature replica is real in every detail. Made of 14 gauge steel and tagged up with candy-paint graffiti, this functional desktop storage fits 8.5 X 11-inch items and any other smaller junk you want to toss in there.
The Art Of War by medieval Chinese militant, Sun Tzu, holds many secrets. And now, this classic text has been adapted into a futuristic graphic novel by Kelly Roman and artist Michael DeWeese for HarperCollins books. Sun Tzu’s warrior wisdom is delivered in dripping detail from DeWeese’s twisted artistry. The book’s limited edition, hand-signed prints are made in runs of only 200. In addition, twenty dollars of your purchase price is donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity for battle-wounded veterans.
Society and popular culture would like us to believe there’s really not much use for old nuts. But they’re just wrong. All it takes is one creative person willing to knock the dust off and play with them. In the right hands, old discarded nuts become the implements of artistry. Just look at these beautiful nuts and try to disagree. They’re beautiful, no?
The young designers at Hamburg, Germany’s Lockengelöt studios are turning used 50-gallon oil drums into unique, industrial-strength “cupboards.” The drums are cleaned out, reinforced, and fitted with shelves & a door. The drums are also stackable, if you need more than 50-gallons of storage space.
Butts are gross. Not the ones Sir-Mix-A-Lot sings about, the other ones, cigarette butts. But these aren’t the real, stinky kind. They’re just magnets, perfect for sticking pictures to your fridge. No carcinogens, no hacking cough, just a sorta sick novelty.
We won’t even pretend to know how this thing works. Beneath its matte grey, industrial finish, it’s a Swiss clock. Designed by French ID guy, Julien Ado, and Paris design house, Illi, the articulating square tiles of the clock beat like a heart, counting the seconds. Actual time is revealed by voice command.
A movie poster featuring bold design should make an impact in any language. Even Polish, where the letters C, Z, and W, tend to dominate. Is that a Polish joke? These poster designs were all created by contemporary Polish artists and measure 27 X 39 inches.