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Blind Artist Creates Incredible Glowing Tree Stump Lanterns

Duncan Meerding is legally blind, but you’d never know that just by looking at these beautiful split logs that emit a glowing light through their cracks. He’s fascinated by various sorts of light applications which he says help him appreciate an “alternative sensory world”. Each glowing log is sustainably sourced and then outfitted with warm yellow LED lights that make it glow from within.

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Currently these are only available for purchase through a few stores in Australia.

iPod Speaker Dock Made From Supercar Exhaust Pipes

Automotive enthusiasts have strong feelings about which exhaust sounds best. Some prefer the throaty and thunderous American V8; others like the raspy V12 of a Ferrari, and still others may prefer the melodic sound of an inline six-cylinder from BMW. Regardless of your preference for any particular engine + exhaust combo, we can all probably agree that the fine examples from the Italian company ixoost sounds best of all (or at least our wives can!).

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Each speaker dock comes fitted with a 8, 10, or 12-cylinder exhaust from a supercar. Conveniently located in Modena, Italy, home to the Ferrari factory, this project is the brainchild of Matteo Panini and Micro Pecorari. These speakers are custom made to order and include a working subwoofer, drivers, and full integration with iPhones. In case you’re wondering, the price comes in at around $6,500 and like many supercars, the supply is limited.

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image courtesy of ixoost

Who’s a good lamp? YOU ARE a good lamp!

When describing various pieces of furniture and accessories around your home, words like “chic” and “modern” might come into play, but chances are you don’t look at your bedside lamp and describe it as “adorable”. If you own a Luminose “puppy lamp” you might. Designed by Elizabeth Zimmerer and Márton Lente, both of whom love dogs and interior design, the lamp is probably the cutest thing we’ve seen recently. It’s sure to generate plenty of conversation as well, thanks to its clever design.

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Easily change the puppy lamp position from sitting to standing, or even downward-facing dog.

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The cord wrapped around it’s neck is made to imitate a leash.

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Interested in purchasing one of your own? Check out http://lumino.se/ for more information.

The Opera Camper Brings High Design To Camping

Stowaway trailers like this aren’t exactly new, and for decades people have hitched them to their vehicles, roaming from state to state in search of adventure. For the most part, normal trailer designs remain largely uninspired. The Opera trailer on the other hand, is anything but normal. Design inspiration comes from the Sydney Opera House, and the company behind the product, Your Suite in Nature, built this luxury mobile “popup” home with both form and function in mind.

Tucked away, it looks like a normal camper.

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Once the tent starts unfolding however…

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It turns into a thing of beauty.

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For more information visit http://www.ysin.co.uk/

This Portable Hot Tub Will Warm Up Your Next Camping Trip

When you go camping, naturally some of the conveniences and luxuries of home remain far away, and that’s usually a good thing as you reconnect with nature and friends. But as nice as roughing it is in many ways, you might miss hot showers, soft beds, and perhaps your hot tub.

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Now there’s a solution to that last one. The Nomad hot tub easily packs into a small space and uses a thermosyphoning heating coil that runs off propane to heat water to a toasty 160 degrees. This awesome product would be ideal for the tiny house folks and glamping fanatics who want the added luxury of a hot tub without the maintenance and weight.

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Check out http://theoriginalnomad.com/products/collapsible-tub for more information.

Beautiful Water Faucet Is A Work Of Art And Sustainability

In a recent design contest, Simim Qui took home the iF Design Concept award for what has to be the most beautiful water faucet we’ve ever seen. If you’re like most people, you don’t give much thought to the way water looks when it flows from the tap. But once you see the patterned streams from his invention you’ll realize there’s something special here.

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Basically the water flows through a double-turbine which creates a spectacular pattern. In fact, the design includes three settings, each producing a different spiral. Not only does the water look great as it spirals down in a lattice pattern, but it also saves 15% versus a traditional tap. In a world where we face increasing drought and demand for water, this product is something we hope to see in stores around the world.