DeLonghi Artist Designed Espresso Machines Auction To Benefit Oxfam

De’Longhi has partnered with artists and designers to create the De’Longhi Artista Series line of Perfecta Super Automatic Espresso Machines. Two machines from each of De’Longhi’s design partners will be featured in a week long auction.

A portion of the proceeds from each Artista Series Perfecta will go to Oxfam America. Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization working to save lives, help individuals to overcome poverty, and fight for social justice. All payments should be made through PayPal.

Once the auction has ended, the Artista Series Perfecta will be shipped to the winning bidder’s requested address as soon as payment has been cleared.

Below are all the machines that will be auctioned this coming October.

Damien Correll:

John Hardy:

Jonathan Calugi:

Kelly Hoppen:

Kristina Collantes:

Maria Vittoria Benatti:

Mario Hugo:

Michele Toffalori:

Mike Perry:

Nicole Miller:

The DeLonghi site.

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The $11,000 Gold Plated Dog Crate (and less expensive versions for the rest of us).

The world’s coolest dog crate, the eiCrate, designed by Peter Pracilio for designGO! Brooklyn, New York has undergone a few name changes (it began as the Dog Cage), a few price changes and a few design changes. But the latest news is that you can pamper your pooch in an $11,000.00 22.5kt gilded version. Read more

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The Best, The Worst & The Weirdest Art Inspired By Michael Jackson

I know that thousands of people are mourning the loss of MJ, Michael Jackson, aka Jacko/ The King of Pop/ The Gloved One and are paying tribute with original artwork, most of which is amateur and simply awful. You can view many of those by simply searching on Flickr, Deviant Art and Google images. Read more

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Mr. Jones Watches: Telling Time With ‘Tude.

We expect watches to tell us the time, but to tell us whether to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

Whether or not we are loved and whether or not we are blessed?

These witty wristwatches from mr. jones (aka Crispin Jones) do exactly that and more.

My personal favorite is the “Accurate” (special edition shown above) which holds no punches by reminding us with every glance at the face that time is running out.

Mr. Jones Watches is the new cult watch brand from London with all the designs by Crispin Jones. The watches (and the packaging) are designed with modern looking graphics and fun uses of color without being ‘too novelty’. The combination of clever kinetic movements or sayings on the face and hands, stainless steel cases and contrast stitched leather bands (often in 2 colors) make them unique to any other brand. They are genuine indie products entirely conceived and executed following a singular vision. The watches are witty, sassy and silly… and affordable at average price of $130.00 USD

The full line includes two ‘special edition’ watches, three ‘limited edition’ watches (numbered to 100 each) and a permanent collection of five styles:

Special Editions

The Accurate:

The New Decider:

Limited Editions

Loves Me, Loves Me Not (words alternate between reading ‘loves me’ and ‘loves me not’ each second):

The Watcher (eyes on either side of the face move left and right):

The Future: (words in windows read ‘is’ and then ‘now’ alternating with every second)

Permanent Collection

The Accurate:

The Average Day:

The Mantra: (positive reads “you’re blessed” and negative reads “no chance” which alternates every second)

Decider (the white words on red say ‘yes’ and on the black say ‘no’)

The New Decider: (word in bubble alternates between yes in green and no in red with every tick of the secondhand)

The Packaging

The packaging below features either artwork by illustrator Nadine Faye James:

or by illustrator Kate Street

Mr. Jones himself, Crispin Jones:

“today everyone has a mobile phone to do the really functional timekeeping, this means that the wristwatch is free to do something a bit different. the watches i design reflect and comment on society, both on the role that time plays in all our lives and also on the social impact of technology. of course because i would like people to wear these watches, i also work very hard to make them beautiful objects in their own right.” – Crispin Jones about the design of his watches.

You can purchase all the mr. jones watches directly from the site. And yes, they ship worldwide!

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Lego Replicas Of Eames, Corbusier and Michelle Kaufmann Homes

lego replicas of famous homes
above: left, the homes recreated in Legos; right, the original homes

The following amazing replicas of modern homes are not Lego® kits but the creations of various Lego® builders – artists, really. Very impressive in their detail, I wanted to show you the images compared with the original homes. Each of the originals (and the Lego® recreations) were designed and built by different individuals. Read more

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The Earth Has Lost An Angel: Farrah Fawcett Loses her Battle with Cancer.

 Farrah Fawcett Loses her Battle with Cancer
above: This 1976 poster of the beloved sex symbol sold a still unrivaled 12 million copies

Farrah Fawcett, 1947-2009
Farrah Fawcett Loses her Battle with Cancer. Read more

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Architect Zaha Hadid Kicks Up Her Heels, Or Lack Thereof- Again.

hadid x lacoste

Architect Zaha Hadid has collaborated with Lacoste for a new line of shoes for men and women. Not her first foray into shoes, she collaborated with Melissa of Brazil to bring us her version of molded plastic shoes in September of 2008. Read more

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