Design

September 23, 2017

Elegant Wind-Up Bird Toy Designed to Actually Fly When You Throw It

Toys of today are often loaded with a bevy of technological bells and whistles, but that’s not the only thing that makes them fun. Since the late 15th century, wind-up toys have entertained children and adults alike. Designer Emily Fischer of Haptic Lab is carrying on this rich tradition with her version of an ornithopter—a flying machine that makes a flapping wing motion and takes flight.

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September 15, 2017

Custom Posters Show What the Solar System Looked Like on the Day You Were Born

For centuries, the cosmos has captivated the imaginations of many. Kings and queens of long ago went to great lengths to unlock the celestial doors they imagined held the secrets to their fates. In their quest, medieval astrologers were hired to study the exact position of the planets in painstaking detail. Eager to make the correct prediction (and thereby avoid punishment)

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September 11, 2017

Glistening Jewel-Covered Tights Transform Mortal Legs into Mermaid Tails

Thanks to a surge in ocean-inspired designers, there's never been a better time to take the plunge and embrace your inner mermaid. Spanning conch shell crowns, cozy, crochet tails, and, more recently, glistening tights by Lirika Matoshi, these crafty makers create accessories that can magically transform anyone into a mer-person—even if you decide to keep your legs. Inspired by life under the sea, Matoshi's exquisite stockings are beautifully bedazzled with glistening gems, sparkling flowers, and star-shaped sequins.

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September 8, 2017

Star Wars-Themed Fitness Equipment Delivers the Power of the “Force” to Your Workout

There’s a new “force” coming to your gym. Fitness brand Onnit is releasing a line of home workout equipment inspired by the iconic Star Wars films. From hand weights to yoga mats, now you can infuse some intergalactic attitude into your fitness routine. Characters from both the Rebels and Empire offer their likeness to strength-training activities. One of the most striking parts of the collection is the set of three kettlebells.

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