Fine Wines From The Silicon Valley

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The Miracle Machine is “the world’s first affordable accelerated winemaking device for the home.”

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Really Stick It To France

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A cork globe, designed by Chiaki Kawakami for Suck UK.

Watch The Throne

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The Iota folding toilet

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Rainmaker

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A screwtop watering cloud

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Redesigning the Union Jack

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If Scotland declares independence from the UK, what changes will the iconic flag have to go through?

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Drone ships

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Rolls-Royce is developing designs for unmanned cargo ships that would be controlled remotely by a captain on dry land.

Sit’em on the Glass

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The ‘Man Machine’ Chaise by Konstantin Grcic

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The More You Write, The Better It Gets

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BRRYBNDS and Done To Death Projects have turned a 1998 pencil recall into a 2014 call for action. Pack of 5 for $5 + shipping

21st Century Birdwatching

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The Riverlands Avian Observatory was designed by Cobalt Office in collaboration with the Audubon Society, the US Army Corps of Engineer, and select students from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Designed to camouflage visitors to the observatory and not the structure itself, the Riverlands Avian Observatory features a rippling facade of brown and black aluminum, with strategically placed window slits that hide birdwatchers in the shadows.

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Sneckdowns

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How snow reveals drive lines and the potential for a better use of public space.

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Designed for competitive gaming and imaginative free play

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Plywood Playing Cards by Donald Corey for AREAWARE

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Basic Illumination

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The Henk Lamp by Jos Blom

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The Silver Arrow of the Seas

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Mercedes developed a surfboard with a built-in telemetry system for big wave master Garrett McNamara.

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Green Means Comfort

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Designed by Hideyuki Kumagai, the ‘Leaf Thermometer’ shows green when the temperature is comfortable range of 68-77°F. When the area drops below 68°, the leaf turns a dead brown, and if it’s hotter than 77°, it goes yellow.  Available in packs of 5 or 8, Hideyuki Kumagai really needs to start making full trees of these.

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Printables

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The Heart of Hale County by Rob Walker

For 20 years, young design idealists have descended on this sad and gorgeous place with the best intentions. What have they wrought?

Oceans, Forever

Sea-Orbiter

SeaOrbiter is a futuristic, semi-submersible aquatic research vessel designed by “sea architect” Jacques Rougerie. With construction set to begin this spring, the SeaOrbiter will feature 12 separate decks, containing a mixture of pressurized and un-pressurized labs and living quarters. With a goal to be actively exploring 24/7, the crew of 18 will definitely be living with the currents in this, the first “nomadic international oceanic station.”

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Radiating Agreeable Tranquility

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Frank Gehry has been chosen to design a 300-unit residential building in Berlin that will become the city’s tallest skyscraper. Rising to nearly 500ft, the twisting stone tower looks as if Gehry had chopped up his original model for New York’s Beekman Tower into four parts, thrown out the top piece, and glued the rest back together with his left hand. That being said, it still looks nice.

The Great Doodle Scroll

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Designed by Kirsten Camara, the Analog Memory Desk features two large spools connected by 1100 yds of butcher paper flowing over a glass-topped, hard maple surface and frame. It is, as Kirsten explains it, “a desk to record all the small items you write down once, but intend to forget tomorrow.”

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European Eating Habits

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Monochrome Breakfast by Fabienne Plangger

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