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Drink up this lampshade

Tim Fishlock’s done it again— he’s given new life to an object that’s usually thrown-out after one use. This time, it’s the drinking straw.

His lampshade is made up of 3,000 drinking straws that are all connected into one long chain.

With that one chain, Fishlock creates a translucent sphere to surround the lightbulb. If you really wanted to, you could unroll the ball and get one uber-long straw… but if it takes Fishlock seven days to put together, it might take you a little bit longer to get it back into lampshade form.

Image from: timfishlock.com

The drinking straw lampshade, aptly named Gulp, comes on the heels of Fishlock’s What Watt? another spherical chandelier made up of more than 1,243 incandescent lightbulbs of various shapes and sizes.

But, one can’t help but wonder, were these previously used straws?

Image from: yatzer.com

-Otiena Ellwand

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Hydro Floors

Image from hydrofloors.be

Personal indoor pools will always be at the lap of luxury, but Hydrofloors will take it to the next level.

Image from hydrofloors.be

The pool pimps at Hydrofloor designed a ‘walk on pool.’ Not like walk on water, but a the floor actually sinks down and fills with water at the touch of a button.  Hello future, technology, you are so nice to us sometimes… In effect you can go from dance party to pool party in less than an hour. Not too shabby.

Image from hydrofloors.be

And the nice thing is, when you aren’t using the pool it blends in with the rest of the floor, making it virtually unnoticeable.

Image from hydrofloors.be

The “nearly invisible” system can be adjustable to whatever water level you like, you want a wading pool, done. A swimming pool, done. You can even adjust different parts of the pool to different heights, shallow end for the kiddies and deep end for the adults. Just be sure that after you elevate it, you give it some time to dry out before you break out your dancing shoes…

-Tim Morse

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Yummy, Gummi Chandelier

Craving some gummi bears? Corner store too far? Then pluck one from your chandelier.

Image from Jellio's Facebook Page.

The design company Jellio just recently released their gummi bear chandelier light. It’s a sphere made out of approximately 5,000 hand-strung acrylic gummi bears (okay, so I was just kidding about the eating part). The process takes two months to complete and the company has decided to create just ten of the yummy, gummi chandeliers—to keep them in that much coveted one-of-a-kind category.

Image from Jellio's Facebook Page

Jellio is known for making fun home furnishings that often play off our childhood memories. The company built a sign made out of actual miniature Hot Wheels cars for one car enthusiast, and for another custom project, the company created cupcake chairs for a pop-up bakeshop in Toronto.
Jellio’s Hot Wheels custom design project. Image from: jellio.com

Jellio's Robin Hood custom design project. Image from: jellio.com

Jellio sure knows how to get our stomachs grumbling!
-Otiena Ellwand

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Maison Moschino luxury on a dime

photo from style.com

When thinking about Milan, cheap doesn’t come to mind, especially when were talking about designers. But Moschino has lent its expertise to style a mid-priced hotel that will combine cheep and chic.

photo from hotelchatter

phto from hotelchatter

Maison Moschino has created a fairy-tale within the walls of the hotel that are completely surreal. Bedspreads made with velvet rose petals, a tree-branch four poster bed is featured in one room, and each of the 54 rooms and 15 suites that fill the four floors are each styled different from the next.

photo from hotelchatter

photo from hotelchatter

The rooms are themed with a few examples being the “Sleeping in a Ball Gown” room and the “Half Room,”where everything in the room has been cut completely in half. The hotel is also home to a restaurant bar, garden, spa and gym…Oh the joy!

photo from hotelchatter

photo from hotelchatter

Maison Moschino opens March 10, 2010 and definitely one to keep on radar. It’s fashion, comfort, and beauty. And best of all, it’s affordable. Milan here we come!

-Melissa S. Robinson

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Kidrobot gets revamped

photo from Dezeen

Kidrobot. Need I say more?  For those who are not so familiar we won’t hold it against you, but don’t let it happen again *smiles*. Kidrobot is one of the creators of the Mummy and Dummy dolls. They are seven inch tall, blank, vinyl figures which are the cutest things known to man.

phtoo from Dezeen

 

The dolls have been tweaked by lighting designer Marcus Tremonto, who was inspired by science fiction and video games. No longer are they the cute loveable figures we have come to know and love, they have an edge now. They are urbanized.

photo from Dezeen

 

Lightbotz, which are the Mummy and Dummy dolls new name, are getting their arms ripped off and spewing blood, they have been caught peeing, listening to their i-pods and giving onlookers the death-ray.

photo from Dezeen

 

photo from Dezeen

-Melissa S. Robinson

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Colour-Changing Wall Décor.

An idea perfect for those with temperamental design moods, it’s the solution for impulsive decorators who quickly come to regret the shocking wall colours that seemed so right at the time.

image from gizmodo.com

The Amirko-designed concept, aptly named “Change it” is a wall panel comprised of individual colour triangles that can be changed to adapt to the owner’s mood, or, as Gizmodo.com was quick to point out, spell out dirty words.

image from gizmodo.com

Different colour combinations can give the room a stark minimalist feel or make the walls feel like a pantone catalogue. Either way, it’s a perfect option for a new hue without pickup up a paint can.

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