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Cute Kokeshi Matches

Cute Kokeshi Matches

What do cute faces have to do with usability of matches? Absolutely nothing. They do however, possess the power to make the user smile by going just a little way out of the ordinary. Now that’s the sort of creative design we can love. Kokeshi Matches started purely as a creative exercise when Kumi Hirasaka drew faces Japanese Kokeshi dolls on matches in 1994.

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Farmhouse Floats on Water

Farmhouse Floats on Water

Floating Farmhouse used to be an old dilapidated building on the verge of caving in. Design studio Givonehome got their hands on the old 19th century farmhouse and gave it a facelift you would be hard pressed to find on magical makeup transformations. The shabby house got a new design and building lift to be transformed into a chic new home with attentive styling, and of course, its floating porch that gives it the Floating Farmhouse name stays on too with some new attention and touches of design.

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Designer Lamps Shine Submerged

Designer Lamps Shine Submerged

Classic lightbulbs don’t mix with water, but they sure would look super cool if these images by AuraDesign are anything to go by. The Czech design studio has come up with a lightbulb named Edie, which is supposed to work when submerged. The idea of Edie is to mix two very important, but still separate universes of fire and liquid. The fire part of course, is handled by the incandescent light bulb, and the liquid could just as well be water. They have an Indiegogo campaign running to make the bulb a reality, where you could pre-order one as well.

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Old Car Parts Transformed Into Neat Lamps

Old Car Parts Transformed Into Neat Lamps

Endowed with enough style to make gearheads happy, these lamps by Deron Dixon have their roots in old car parts. Various parts come together to create the base for the lamp, from which projects a stem to hold the shade and bulb. Deron says it’s a process of trial and error, where the best laid ideas might not exactly work out, and some errors might work out to be useful.

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Forest Fire Pit

Forest Fire Pit

As much as we like the idea of the Forest Fire Pit by Melissa Crisp, we can’t help feeling bad for the poor deer and other animals that are invariably caught in the ravages of the fire pit. Called “Up North,” various spheres in the series show animals like a moose, a family of deer and ducks caught in the fiery inferno with a backdrop of foliage.

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Wooden Kitchen Knives

Wooden Kitchen Knives

Ottawa based design consultancy The Federal have taken a new shot at the quintessential kitchen knives. Named according to their highlight, the Maple Set knives are carved mostly out of maple wood, with a small touch of metal to work as the blade. The highly polished blade stands out from the wood used, and attracts attention to the unique form of these knives. Wood used for the knives is sealed and food safe to allow easy cleanup.

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Hanging Canvas Furniture

Hanging Canvas Furniture

We find the Hanging Canvas Furniture to be all kinds of cool. In its basic form, the furniture is simply a two dimensional painting of a seating area. When weight is applied to it, as in when someone moves to sit on the furniture, the canvas stretches to give way and adjust the person. Available in three different variations, Canvas furniture is the work of Japanese design studio YOY and was presented at the Milan Design Week.

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