The Hot Back To School Item – Interactive Pixel Bags and Where To Get ‘Em.

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A rapidly growing trend throughout Europe  – and hoping to catch on here in the US – are these interactive Pixel Bags. Engaging and creative backpacks, school bags and messenger bags for kids that allow them to show off and/or create their own favorite characters and artwork. Read more

The First Official Star Wars Passenger Plane, The R2-D2 Jet, Gets Off The Ground.

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Taking off in Autumn 2015 is All Nippon Airways’ newest 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, the “R2-D2 Jet.” The new livery will spread its wings worldwide and marks the beginning of a five year ANA Star Wars™ Project and agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.* Read more

Compact Worlds. Literally. By Artist Kendal Murray.

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Australian artist Kendal Murray works in miniature to create playful little narratives imbued with social, symbolic and personal meaning. Setting the stage for these tiny mixed media scenarios are grass-covered coin purses, glass teapots and the ones that intrigue me the most – metal mirrored compacts. Read more

Dark Cookies with a Dark Sense of Humor (and Great Design)

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Other companies offer fortune cookies with not so fortunate messages inside them, but it’s the black cookie, fabulous package design and stylish branding that make Pecheks Misfortune Cookies the hippest on the market. Read more

Pedro Mealha Makes Marvelous Modern Cuckoo Clocks

Modern Cuckoo Clocks

These beautiful contemporary wall mounted cuckoo clocks are custom made by hand in Hackney Wick, East London by artist and craftsman Pedro Mealha. Read more

Gorgeous Greek Getaway: Villa Aqua et Terra In Crete

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Looking for a great getaway? The gorgeous 4 bedroom Villa Aqua et Terra in Crete, Greece has breathtaking views, a gourmet kitchen and inviting plunge pool. The appealing rental’s architecture is comprised of elemental glass, wood and steel and is set against the natural dramatic rock formations. Read more

Super Cool Blocks for Kids From Wee Society: Wee You-Things

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Wee You-Things are a set of 16 beautifully designed non-toxic ink printed, debossed wooden blocks for children that allow them to solve three different puzzles and to stack the mix-and-match blocks to create quirky colorful friends. Read more

Turkish Delight: The Jaw Dropping Rings of Istanbul’s Sevan Biçakçi

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Jeweler Sevan Biçakçi is best known for his miniature masterpieces that sit upon your finger. The Turkish born craftsman creates awe-inspiring pieces of jewelry that feature hand-painted,  intaglio carved crystals with scenes of architecture, boats, birds, fruits, flowers and animals. Read more

Marc Newson Sharpens his Design Skills on $300,000 Japanese Swords.

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Tokyo-based studio WOW enlisted designer Marc Newson, and a team of veteran woodworkers, blade-smiths, and lacquer specialists to create ‘aikuchi’, a near-perfect sword that epitomizes the expertise of the long-established japanese craft. Limited to an edition of 10, these $300,000 Aikuchi swords are a contemporary art piece that is the culmination of a Japanese sense of beauty, traditional craftsmanship and innovative design. Read more

This Vibrating Diamond May Be More Than A Girl’s Best Friend.

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We already know that Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, but this one treads dangerously close to becoming even more. Meet the Twenty One, a vibrating diamond by Bijoux Indiscrets and the first adult pleasure toy offered by the brand. Read more

A Jaguar XE Built of 95 Aluminum Words in 7 Languages

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Jaguar and London Design Museum revealed a unique aluminum word cloud sculpture constructed from 95 words in seven languages in the shape of the new Jaguar XE sports saloon last Fall. The piece was installed in the Design Museum’s ‘Tank’ in September 2014 to mark the global launch of the new Jaguar XE in London. Now the piece is touring and will be showcased at this year’s Salon del Mobile in Milan. Read more

Fit For A Princess: The Finished Designer Cinderella Glass Slippers

Finished Designer Cinderella Glass Slippers

In mid-February of this year I shared with you that Disney and Saks had enlisted nine shoe designers to re-imagine Cinderella’s Glass Slipper as part of promoting the new live-action movie. At that time, sketches of the shoes were shown. Now, as promised, here’s a look at the final finished nine pairs of shoes plus additional pairs by Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin. Read more

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