Category Archives: LIVING

Chris Burden’s Metropolis II completed with skyscrapers [video]

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(credit: via Make)

remember the awe-inspiring (and noisy) kinetic sculpture that involves over a thousands die-cast cars that we featured back in November 2010? after seven months and presumably lots of sweat and blood (and dough), it has been transformed into a colorful metropolis complete with skyscrapers. i am sure it is all worth it as this magnificent sculpture was reportedly sold for “millions of dollars.” if you ask me, i thought the metropolis II, as it is called, looks like a city jumped out of a comic book. Continue reading Chris Burden’s Metropolis II completed with skyscrapers

cool stuff: Bang & Olufsen BeoTime Alarm Clock

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(image: B&O) Bang & Olufsen BeoTime Alarm Clock | US$395.00 | www.bang-olufsen.com

we know how frustrating it is to be waken by alarm and most of the time our cheap alarm just ended at the bottom of the far end wall of our room but i am very sure you won’t want to do that throw-the-alarm-at-the-wall ritual with this $395 Bang & Olufsen BeoTime. it might be the price that’s stopping you from hurling it across the room or it could be the good looks but most importantly it wakes you up with a discreet chime unique to BeoTime, adding your favorite TV program, radio station, or piece of music to slightly ease the unpleasant ritual of waking up. Continue reading cool stuff: Bang & Olufsen BeoTime Alarm Clock

SureFire UB3T Invictus, military-spec plus a price that is…

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SureFire UB3T Invictus | US$695.00 | www.surefire.com

if you have already notice the price that i have posted under the image, let me assure you it is not a typo. $695 is exactly how much you will need to shell out for the SureFire UB3T Invictus flashlight. for that kind of money, you will get a gorgeous body machined from high-strength aerospace aluminum topped with military-spec hard anodized and an incredible 800-lumen beam that will had vampires running their way. beyond its pretty look, the flashlight features eleven settings, including an eight level of brightness, a strobe mode, a SOS beacon, and an OFF setting to prevent any accidental switching. the latter is critical for any tactical operation where accidentally lighting up is the last thing you want to do. Continue reading SureFire UB3T Invictus, military-spec plus a price that is…

what looks like a miniature naval mine is actually a handy light

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(credit: Striker) Striker Light Mine Professional | US$19.99 | www.strikerhandtools.com

every now and then we will come across some gadgets that makes you exclaim ‘why i didn’t think of that!’ well, the Striker Light Mine Professional featured here is just one of those gadgets. in fact, it is a new iteration of the hugely popular naval mine-looking Magnetic Light Mine, but only bigger, brighter and more powerful. now clad in black, the protruding posts make it look even more like a naval mine, and the posts aren’t just for show as it can be used as tripods or quad-pods that allow an unprecedented 360-degree freestanding light. additionally, it has eleven powerful rare earth magnets built into the end of each post that allows user to attach it to any ferrous metal surfaces. Continue reading what looks like a miniature naval mine is actually a handy light

meet the world’s smallest, non-pressurized fire extinguisher

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(credit: via Core77) DKL Small Compact Portable Fire Extinguisher | US$42.95 | jr-fire.com

regardless of where you stay, having a fire extinguisher or two in your dwelling is advisable – you know, for those just-in-case situations. then again, traditional fire extinguisher’s design was never appealing or handy in anyway but a China-based firm J&R Fire is set to change the way the fire extinguisher looks and how we use it. the fire safety equipment in question is the DKL Small Compact Portable Fire Extinguisher which makes its appearance in the recent National Fire Prevention Expo 2011. Continue reading meet the world’s smallest, non-pressurized fire extinguisher

Japan’s lifestyle brand Muji dabbles in building homes

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those residing in Asia would likely be familiar with Japan’s lifestyle brand Muji. most notable for its minimalist designs for product ranging from nail clippers to housewares to wardrobe fashion, it has now undertaken the task of building homes around Japan. the dwelling is based on the concept of “living in the form of thinking” which honestly, i don’t quite get it. all i know that these houses will appeal to those who seeks zen-like minimalist designs. Continue reading Japan’s lifestyle brand Muji dabbles in building homes

Suck UK wooden bulb. no, the wood doesn’t lights up

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(credit: Suck UK) Suck UK Wooden Bulb | £100.00 | www.suck.uk.com

can’t get enough of odd looking lamps? well, here is another to add to the list. introducing the Wooden Bulb from Suck UK. it is a bulb, but then again, we all know bulb can’t be made of wood. so here’s the clever thing about this lamp: crafted from laser cut plywood, it is shaped like a giant-sized light bulb and within it, is your run-of-the-mill light bulb. technically, it is still a wooden bulb, isn’t it? designed by Barend Hemmes, the laser cut wood leaves a crisp burned edge and thus, giving it a waffle-like grow. it can be hung from the ceiling or laid on its side on the desk or floor for those artistic touch, but whichever way you choose, it is definitely going to be a conversational piece in any home and probably reminds people that they haven’t been eating waffle for a long time. Continue reading Suck UK wooden bulb. no, the wood doesn’t lights up

this steampunk R2-D2 is created from recycled materials

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if you think the steampunk illustration of Star Wars characters are cool, wait till you check out the steampunk R2-D2 conjured by UK-based artist AmoebaBoy. like the incredible junkyard Transformers that we featured a couple of months back, this R2-D2 is also made from recycled materials. i love how the planks formed the body of the iconic droid. for some reason, it kind of reminds me of the wooden beer keg and no, i am not an beer-coholic. the use of meters, pipings and the staple brass tone, make it unmistakably steampunk. speaking of which, i have secretly wished for a remake of Star Wars: Steampunk to hit the big screen. Continue reading this steampunk R2-D2 is created from recycled materials

Arcade Light Switch adds a little arcade mood in your room

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(credit: AlephDesign via Etsy) Arcade Light Switch | US$30.00 | www.etsy.com

if you are a huge fan of arcade gaming, then this is one switch you would want to switch to. created by one AlephDesign is this working arcade light switch – and that is precisely what it is called. i know the name might sound a little too boring but the physical item is anything but boring. this custom light switch is made from the push buttons that are found on most arcade gaming machines. Continue reading Arcade Light Switch adds a little arcade mood in your room

Casualties of War: toy soldiers depicting the flip side of wars

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think of the little toy soldiers that guys used to play when they were a child. now, think of the flip side of the war such as the social unrest and psychological trauma that war veterans suffer. put these together and you will get Casualties of War as created by Dorothy, a group of like-mined people that design stuff. these figurines are styled in the familiar green toy soldiers form which most of us are familiar with. i have a bunch those when i was kid but that doesn’t do anything positive except for encouraging wars. however, Dorothy’s 7-cm (2.76-inches) tall plastic moulded figurines speak of something more sinister behind the face of war. Continue reading Casualties of War: toy soldiers depicting the flip side of wars