These $80, videogame-themed door stickers feature battered, CGI-like artwork for your bedroom door, to give it the look of something that's been assaulted by zombies and/or space marines. Designs include armory, freight elevator, lab door and airlock.
Metal Core Door Sticker Decals
(via Red Ferret)
Artist Faig Ahmed creates amazing handmade rugs that appear to have been melted, stretched, or otherwise distorted. They're a blend of digital glitch-aesthetic and analog, hand-crafted beauty.
Faig Ahmed Carpets
(via Crazy Abalone)
Restoration Hardware's "1920s German Light Bulb Voltage Tester Bar" sells for $2000. It's a replica of a century-old refitted German lightbulb voltage tester salvaged from a German factory, and it oozes Weimar decadence. It weighs 265lbs.
1920s German Light Bulb Voltage Tester Bar
Litographs takes public domain (and otherwise shareable) books and turns them into word-art posters that both illustrate the text and are comprised of it. They are also doing tees and have plans for more. It's kind of cool to think of wearing an Alice in Wonderland shirt with a picture of Alice made up of the entire text of the book!
Mr Jalopy tried out one of these anti-freeze ice-cream scoops
and he swears it works great
. Jalopy has never, ever given me a bum steer, and boy-howdy am I glad to see
he's blogging again!
These print-resolution stills were created for the
cover of the February 8, 2013 issue of Science. They show the
free-air gravity map developed by the Gravity Recovery and Interior
Laboratory (GRAIL) mission.
If the Moon were a perfectly smooth sphere of uniform density, the
gravity map would be a single, featureless color, indicating that
the force of gravity at a given elevation was the same everywhere.
But like other rocky bodies in the solar system, including Earth,
the Moon has both a bumpy surface and a lumpy interior. Spacecraft
in orbit around the Moon experience slight variations in gravity
caused by both of these irregularities.
The free-air gravity map shows deviations from the mean, the
gravity that a cueball Moon would have. The deviations are measured
in milliGals, a unit of acceleration. On the map, dark purple is at
the low end of the range, at around -400 mGals, and red is at the
high end near +400 mGals. Yellow denotes the mean.
These views show a part of the Moon's surface that's never visible
GRAIL Free-Air Gravity Map for the Cover of Science
I'm pretty taken with these Lightahead animal-headed coathooks, which come in everything from polar bear to camel, and cost $20 each. I haven't seen one in person and can't attest to the build-quality, though -- anyone got any firsthand experience with them?
(via Crazy Abalone)
A mysterious and magnificent book-lined staircase, provenance unknown. Do you know where this is?
Thanks to sleuthy commenters, who suggest that the photo depicts this staircase
, at Australia's Deakin University Library
, possibly taken by RuthC and for sale here
29 October, 2012
(via That Book Smell)
Here's wallpaper that looks like a collage of classic Penguin covers, from Osborne and Little. Lots of retailers carry it -- the John Lewis site lists it at £65 for a 10m x 52cm roll.
The PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper is a collage of front covers of those iconic early paperbacks from this famous publishing house and includes Ariel, the very first Penguin paperback published in 1935. The book covers were chosen for their diversity of colour and to illustrate the breadth of Penguin’s publishing backlist. Great care was taken in the design to truly represent the original paperbacks in all their, sometimes well-read and a little worn, glory. The resulting PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper is a glorious colourful ‘conversational piece’ which we hope will be received with as much affection as the books themselves.
Press Release - Penguin Library wallpaper
Cassette Is Not Dead refurbs cassette tapes into handsome lamps. They operate on a barter economy -- send them 40 homemade mix-tapes and they'll send you a wallet made from one tape; send them 80 pre-recorded tapes and they'll send you a box lamp. Alternatively, you can buy the lamps for cash.
(via Yanko Design)
The Spanish firm Arbore offered these custom Escher-inspired floor tiles back in 2011; from the looks of things, they're still available. It's a very well-executed conceit, done in hardwood.
Diseño geometrico inspiración Escher
There's a lot of personality in Scott Musgrove's 5' tall bronze entitled "Walktopus." If that's a bit on the large side, there's a 20" version, too.
DeviantArt's TommyFilth modded a KitchenAid mixer and gave it a perfect Boba Fett makeover: "I asked for a Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas, I pointed my wife toward a broken one on eBay so that I could refurbish it, as I was taking it apart I got some inspiration for the paint job and this is what came out of it, still needs a phase board for speed control and two decals to be applied to the sides but I couldn't wait to share."
Boba Fett Mixer
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Kristen sez, "The DoomBuggies website has released a version of the Haunted Mansion Corridor of Doors wallpaper in fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap, and according to the DoomBuggies facebook page, it's the same graphic that has been used by Disney. 'This is created from the same artwork that we created for Disney's official Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary CD box set and CD insert,' according to Jeff Baham, the owner of DoomBuggies.com."
DoomBuggies Eye Fabric
Bryce Phelps made himself a beautiful oak spiral staircase and saved a ton of money by cutting up cheap IKEA oak countertops for the treads:
I went with a 4" steel pipe from the local steel yard buying 18'. Also purchased some angle and flat steel to frame out the stairs. My treads needed to be 22" long making the whole staircase 4' including the center pipe. The treads are 30 degrees, so you can fit 6 on one side or 180 degrees together. I had a total of 7 treads or runs and about a 9" rise. Take the overall height and divide by the runs = the rise needed. Once all this was welded back supports aren't needed and the stairs are very rigid.
For the treads I headed to Ikea and picked up the 8' NUMERÄR Countertop in Oak, traced and pattern and laid out the cuts in pencil with the grain all going the same direction. I cut the straight lines with the skilsaw and round cuts with the bandsaw. Took the router to the edges and followed up with some sanding and stain. Attached the treads with lags and wiped everything down.
It really turned out better than I thought and for a fraction of the price + you get to tell people you made it.
Spiral Staircase with Numerar