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Tea-time – Tea Steeper Design by Pengtao Yu

Tea-time – Tea Steeper Design by Pengtao Yu
Timely Steeping I am in love with the Tea-time tea steeper for its intuitive design and simplistic interaction between tea leaves, water and steeping time! A flipping action, akin to starting the timer, sets the tea making process into action. Designer: Pengtao Yu Tea-time is a 2011 Spark Awards entry.

Universal lamp shade polygon building kit I saw a lampshade made out of the shape below at a friend's house, so I traced the shape and made my own. the lamp i saw used thin plastic for the pieces. I believe the original design for this lamp was done over 30 years ago by the firm Iqlight, they sell pre-cut parts in case you do not want to make the parts yourself. Below is the shape as an image, and i've also attached a DXF file. You will need sheets of paper or plastic that allow light to get through. The stiffness of your material determines how large your pieces can be - stiffer material for larger pieces and larger lamps, thinner material for smaller pieces and smaller lamps. (see next step) You will need a lamp fixture - just a raw socket on a cord. I experimented with a number of different plastics and sizes for the parts, here are my results: - HDPE: works well, looks good, cheap and easy to get. - Vinyl: I did not try it, probably want to use thicker pieces since it is not very stiff. but you can use colors! Where to get it:

allandale house. Never has an A-frame looked so beautiful. Wow. Renderings by Peter GuthrieHouse designed by William O'Brien Jr This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die | Design for Good You don't find many designers working in the funeral business thinking about more creative ways for you to leave this world (and maybe they should be). However, the product designer Gerard Moline has combined the romantic notion of life after death with an eco solution to the dirty business of the actual, you know, transition. His Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. I, personally, would much rather leave behind a tree than a tombstone. Editor's Note: The Bios Urn is a patented design of Estudimoline, the design company of Gerard Moline, a Catalan artist and product designer who designed Bio Urn for animals in 1999.

Wanted: The Most Minimal Chair in the World The German furniture firm Vitra is usually known for high-end stuff you'd pass down through the generations. But they've gone into a completely different--and strange--direction with Chairless, a "seating device for the modern nomad." Designed by Alejandro Aravena, it's simply a strap that you put around your knees and back. But moreover, this makes a brilliant addition to some of the hobo inventions we've covered.

Imaginative Package Designs - Design Imaginative Package Designs Packaging is a very important marketing strategy to glamorize a product in order to attract the consumer's attention. Often however, packaging can be neglected by business. Here I have compiled a selection of beautiful packaging designs, some conceptual and some that made it to the shelves but all great examples of the designer going the extra mile to ensure that all important first impression is a positive one. Enjoyed This?

Super Macro Your Cellphone Camera With A DVD Lens I’ll admit, Super Macro Your Cell Phone Camera With A DVD Lens is one weird title. However, if you just moved to a blu ray DVD player and you’re looking for some good use for your old DVD, cnflikt (who also took the shots for this tutorial) came up with a hack to enable you to take super macro shots with your cellphone. Of course you’ll need a camera phone for that. cnflikt uses the notorious, yet old-skooled K800i, but any camera phone will work here. First thing is to get a lens for your camera phone. Anyhow, if you went against my advice, you’ll find the lens under the place where the disk goes. Ok, I’m only kidding on this one. If you opt for the cardboard option, just make a round hole in the cardboard. Just use some duct tape (as indicated before) to mount your lens directly, use or blue Tack to hold the card mount. WOW.

Frugal Beauty: 11 Household Items You Can Use As Beauty Products (photo: stuartpilbrow) A $25 face mask may be cheap enough to make it onto a magazine’s “bargain” beauty buys list, but there are less expensive and more effective head-to-toe pampering products to be had in your fridge and pantry. Even professional aestheticians and stylists turn to household staples like lemons, baking soda or yogurt when it’s time to clear skin of acne, soften rough patches or keep teeth sparkling. “What better way to achieve a natural glow, then from natural products?” asks Lily Morgan, the founder of Lily Organics Fresh Skin Care. Post your own tips below, and try these beauty uses for common household goods: Avocado * Scott-Vincent Borba, the author of “Skintervention: The Personalized Solution for Healthier, Younger and Flawless Looking Skin,” suggests mashing an avocado with the oil from one vitamin E soft gel, a dash of cayenne pepper and a tablespoon of honey. * Gently rub the inside of an avocado peel on your face, says Morgan. Baking soda Coffee Cucumbers Eggs Honey

Document Extractor - Combi Monitor, Screen & Printer by Byeong Min Choe Print That Screen, Literally! Document Extractor – Combi Monitor is a screen that doubles up as a printer as well. Why? Because you need precious space on your desk to put other stuff! You need to have cool tech devices that put stacks of printer paper hidden away from view! You need to boast of uber cool monitors just cause you don’t own a 27” iMac! This monitor is just not a convergence product which is combined of printer and scanner. Designer: Byeong Min Choe Modern Middle East (Bedouin inspired) Unlike most of her peers on the hotshot contemporary design scene, Katrin Greiling doesn't live in Sweden or Denmark or the Netherlands. Sure, her works are sometimes bought by rich Middle Easterners. But she's not exporting Scandinavian style abroad. Rather, she lives in Dubai, and she's a pioneer in bridging modernism and the Middle East--part of a new generation hoping to entice contemporary Arabs with products drawn from their own history. Specifically, Greiling is obsessed with the nomadic Bedouins, and she creates furniture inspired by their way of life. You might not realize it at first, but the basic function here is as old as the Bedouin culture--when they settle in and raise their tents, they use their camel saddles and rolled up carpets to make something akin to a chaise lounge for the floor. In Milan, Greiling will also be presenting Bidoun, a line for Dubai-based furniture startup Traffic.

NOTCOT.ORG Turn a DVD Lens into a Cellphone Macro Lens Redux So, why exactly do you guys have a case of bullets lying around the office? @Pimanrules: A case? I wish. With ammo prices as high as they are I'd love for a case to just magically appear in the office. Dear Ammo Fairies, I would be very thankful if a whole case of ammo would appear. Love, Jason @ Lifehacker @Jason Fitzpatrick: Thanks to the macro lens it looks as if those are actually reloads, I believe I saw some lands and grooves on the very bottom edge of the slugs. @flyingwolf: I haven't gotten into reloading yet, although I'm seriously considering it. I did most of my bulk ammo purchasing several years ago... then I got busy with a new baby, work, etc. and wasn't going to the range as often as I had been. Reloading .22 isn't really an option so I'll just have to suck it up on those prices, but .40 and .45 are definitely worth the initial expense of setting up a reloading bench.

The kitchen spa Help your skin survive unpredictable weather with these two essential steps: exfoliation and moisturization. Skin-cell buildup leads to dryness, poor circulation and blemishes. Exfoliation eliminates these dead cells, revealing fresh skin that is better able to absorb moisture. And guys, take note: While men’s skin tends to be oilier than women’s, men may be more prone to epidermal dehydration. Food: Avocado Purpose: Moisturizer The scoop: Loaded with vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as potassium and fat, avocado is the perfect moisturizer. Recipe: Take a spent avocado peel and using gentle upward strokes, lightly massage your face with the inside of the peel. Food: Cucumber The scoop: Cucumbers contain compounds known to tighten pores and reduce inflammation, which is why they’re the classic choice for minimizing puffiness around the eyes. Recipe: Puree 1 tablespoon each of cucumber and parsley. Food: Oatmeal Purpose: Exfoliant and moisturizer Food: Peach Purpose: Exfoliant Food: Strawberry

Things My Father didn’t Teach Me, How to tie a Tie ABOUT ARCHIVE FOLLOW Facebook Twitter Instagram Google+ Ads Via The Deck Things My Father didn’t Teach Me, How to tie a Tie share it 3,740 notes zipper earphones Designer Ji Woong creates an interesting earphone concept that prevents inconvenient tangles that can also potentially damage the earphone itself. The common solution in order to prevent earphone tangles is to use cables that are flat rather than round and YI earphone mimics that idea by forming a flat figure when “zipped” up. The controls on the zipper is a nice touch and I can imagine that this design could be quite fashionable if marketed well. via Yanko

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