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A beautifully simple idea from Vadim Kibardin. The most minimal of elements needed to form a clock – use purely the numbers. The clock’s four digits are made from 7 OLED‘s ( Organic Light Emitting Diodes ) each. Independently controlled. During the day, the letters appear dark. During the night, a light sensor triggers the switch over to white illumination. I’d absolutely love one of these :)

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Ace. You’re going to win with that one in a water fight ( so long as you don’t run too far from the tap ). And if peace has broken out, then it’s a more entertaining way to water the garden.

Water Pistol by Design Reaktor in Berlin. Spotted on Pan-Dan.

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Couple of Robo-Reblogs here. I love robots. Maybe once i’m old, i can be slowly be made into one…

Spotted on Love Handles McCandless’ twitter ( @mccandelish )

This next one via Nathan at RubishCorp ( @rubbishcorp )
This Robot can catch way better than me and he’s only got 2 fingers.

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Who needs a lampshade when just the bulb will do? By Kyouei Design.

LED’s and balloons make great clouds of berry-like lighting clusters. ( Found these a while back too and i’ve lost track of the link to the lighting – if you know who it’s by please drop me a line and let me know : )  )

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Ok, so i know this one’s well old now, but it was too good to go un-mentioned. It’s been tweeted and posted all over the place, but rightly so because they’re brilliant. I wonder who bought them in the end. Here’s the shop for more detail.

Meant to blog this before my holiday, but hey – here it is to enjoy in case you missed it ;)

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Tidy little radio design by Valentin Vodev from Pix Studio. Speaker on the top, and cheeky aerial poking like a cig from his mouth. Just shows how much character you can get into something using only simple functional forms, but jigging them in an imaginative way. Via Design Spotter. Reminds me of a salt and paper shaker for some reason.

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These strange hairy aliens come in all shapes and sizes – each with his own unique, tailor made, hand blown glass space helmet. Standing at around 20 – 30 cms tall, a member of the cactus squadron would make the perfect desk buddy. The Domsai are made by Matteo Cibic in Bassano del Grappa, Nove, Italy. Grab one from the Monotono shop here.

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From classic family portrait shots to action re-enactments, Mike Stimpson has created some bold and stylish shots of these iconic Star Wars figures. Visit his flickr to view the full set. Several of these shots are available to buy at RedBubble. My favourite is the Chewey Big Foot shot. Those trees take me back!

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Eye think it’s quarter past three! ;)

Love this abstracted way of telling the time. Now this would make a great stop frame animation if you placed it by the window and shot the shadows passing ( and the eyes boggling ). This fantastic Eyeball Clock is by Mike Mak. Via Design You Trust

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Oh rocking horses are so last century. Why not a rockin’ chicken? Great colour huh! You can see the chicken’s development sketches, and detail shots here at Hayon Studio. Made by spanish designer-artist Jaime Hayón. Many more of his works here.

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These will be so great for summer camping holidays! What a cunning idea.

Can’t find the original reference – so if you’ve seen them elseware and know more about them, let us know :) Spotted on Fffound.

Update: Aha! Thanks Katie for the link. You can find out more about the cutlery pens over at Design Boom.

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Phwaar Nice! More shots, tech specs and details from the turntable here. And more on the Operator 1 synth and controller here. To be totally honest – i just like them because they’re beautiful. I quite like the design of the site too. It has something of the personality of the products in the layout and use of colour. Love the simplicity of the turntable. Why does everything have to have to be black, reflective and have curvy corners these days? Why not orange and white eh. Teenage Engineering are based in Stockholm, Sweden. See also their singing Arduino toys.

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Well i think most of you know that i’m always on the look out for the ultimate sock. And these certainly don’t disappoint. I think my favourite would be the notepad sock, but then again the meat socks – neatly packed in celephane and tray – are pretty funny. For the designer i’d recommend the pencil sock ( looks slightly odd from that angle, but end on works ). I don’t think i could chop these up for sock monsters though. They’re too good as they are. ( Although ‘Meat Monster’ is rather tempting … ).

Socks available at Ashi Dashi.

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Diseases have never been nicer to have. And i never thought i’d say that i’d actually quite like to get hold of some herpes – But there we go… My personal favourites are Brain Cell, Chicken Pox, Flesh Eating, Penicillin, Typhoid Fever, Salmonella, and Scum! Whole catalogue of evil nasties and giaint cells here. Brilliant :)

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Not sure what’s happening here. But it looks like it’d make for thoroughly memorable afternoon. Loose theories on a postcard please!

Ps – Got you there, RSS readers! ;)

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