A creative DIYer known as “Makendo” has combined a visualization of a black hole’s warping effect on space and time with a place to set your coffee, feet or oversized picture books.
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Needless to say, this table will wow guests even as it sucks them into another universe. The decor features a circular glass top and a black acrylic rib and ring structure that plunges downward into a central hole containing an infinity mirror illuminated by LEDs. Check out additional pics below. [click to continue…]
If you find jigsaw puzzle assembly process to be too rigid, Nervous System’s Infinite Galaxy puzzle could be right up your alley. Either that, or it will throw you into a fit of rage.
Each side of the 133-piece, birch plywood puzzle boasts an image of the galactic center taken by the Hubble telescope. It can be assembled any way you want—there’s no starting point and no edges. Indeed, there’s no right or wrong method of putting it together.
Topologically, the Infinite Galaxy puzzle maps to a Klein bottle, an impossible 3D shape where the inside and outside are mathematically indistinguishable. What this means is that the puzzle tiles with a flip. Pieces from the right side attach to the left side but only after flipping over. Just like the Klein bottle’s surface has no inside or outside, the puzzle has no up or down side. You can start the puzzle anywhere on any side, making it extra challenging.
If all of this sounds confusing, you can get a visual reference by checking out the video below. [click to continue…]
For a feline buddy named Dinni, Prefabcat designed and built this cardboard tower dubbed the “Cat Ark”.
The project involved the use of heavy duty cardboard, a hot glue gun, and bread and craft knives. The result boasts ramps, pull-out stepping shelves, windows and a monster head balcony.
The video below confirms that Dinni is using the new structure, though he is probably perturbed that his ark can’t sail away on adventures. [click to continue…]
If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, you may soon be able to create a miniature fire tornado on demand in the privacy of your own home (without unleashing hell upon the neighborhood).
The “Flameflex” utilizes a USB or battery-powered mesh cylinder which spins, creating an area of low pressure and a foot-long firenado. The fire itself is fueled by a bioethanol divided into two cells inside the device.
Needless to say, the Flameflex shouldn’t be used around kids or pets, but is said to be about as safe as a candle when used properly. A number of material options are available, including wood, copper, aluminum, and brass with prices ranging between between $66 and $78. Initial shipments are slated for January 2017.
See Flameflex in action below. [click to continue…]
Etsy seller Bohemian Workbench is clearly a fan of Karl Pilkington, who you may know from his very quotable appearances on An Idiot Abroad and The Ricky Gervais Show. I wonder what he would have to say about a coffee table based on his big round head?
Crafted from birch with hand carved walnut accents, the 34″ wide table is emblazoned with a caricature of Pilkington’s head and comes equipped with a glass top. However, the $1,300 price tag makes it clear that this level of fandom doesn’t come cheap.
On that note, Coffee Table Karl’s expression sums things up nicely. In that way, it’s much like the man himself. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]
Amanda Destro Pierson unleashed Halloween genius on her garage door, transforming it into an animated monster and earning herself a viral video in the process.
Needless to say, the monster garage concept will likely be replicated for years to come, meaning that Halloween will be a truly terrifying time for cars as well. Watch the video below. [click to continue…]
MB&F and Switzerland-based pen maker Caran d’Ache have created a pen that goes where no pen has gone before.
The Astrograph was four years in the making and includes a cap with retractable landing gear and a tiny ladder for a mini astronaut figure, as well as packaging that doubles as an over-the-top display stand. Yes, all this for a pen—albeit an awesome one.
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It will be available in four different versions made from materials such as rhodium and ruthenium, with each being limited to 99 pieces.
With all of these bells and whistles, you wouldn’t expect the Astrograph to be cheap, but the price tag has reached the comically absurd level of $20,000 per pen – a price that should never be spent on a writing implement unless it is the only way to endorse a check for $20,001 or more. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]
Over a five year period, Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj of Pixar created a 7-minute animated short entitled Borrowed Time which tells an adult tale of regret, perseverance and forgiveness with the studio’s typical blend of incredible animation and immersive storytelling.
A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.
Check out the video below, and prepare to have your heartstrings tugged. [click to continue…]
The designers at Richard Clarkson Studio have made a name for themselves by combining electronics, clouds and levitation into super expensive awesomeness. The latest creation is a collaborative project with Crealev called “Making Weather”—a levitating cloud speaker that spins roughly an inch above its base while emitting your music of choice.
The magic is accomplished with assistance from an induction-charged battery, a mag-lev base and Arduino-controlled illumination.
At the moment, the design is merely a concept, although there is a good chance it will be made available soon. In the meantime, you can see it in action in the video below. [click to continue…]
Deep in the woods in upstate New York, US firm Studio Padron planted the Hemmelig Rom (or “secret room” in Norwegian) – a cozy miniature library that could have been plucked right out of a storybook.
The 200 square meter cabin is made entirely from oak and is furnished with a bed, armchair, desk, wood burning stove and walls lined with books. Apparently it’s a guest house for a vacation home, so color me jealous. I would take this over a cupboard under the stairs any day. Take a peek inside… [click to continue…]