Every human is a beautiful work of art and Henna Heals works to exemplify that beauty. People experiencing complete hair loss as a result of chemotherapy or Alopecia often seek to hide their heads beneath wigs or hats, but with these beautiful, temporary henna crowns, their heads become the canvas for stunning works of art. Started by Frances Darwin in Toronto, Canada, Henna Heals also offers henna services for special events and belly painting for mothers-to-be, but they always donate 10% of their proceeds to help subsidize the cost of crowns for those who need them the most. They use 100% natural, home-made henna paste. [Read more...]
The benefits of sensory deprivation tanks are no secret: relaxation, deep meditation, soothing chronic muscle pain, increased athletic performance, and an overall sense of well being, but until now these benefits came at a pretty hefty financial cost. The average isolation tank costs $10-30k with the cheapest model available at $4,500, but now Zen Float has created a model that is available at a fraction of the price- just $1,700 and can be self-assembled after it is delivered to your door for free! Much lighter than the traditional models, the Zen Float Tent will weigh a little more than a water bed once you add the epsom salt and water and can be assembled in any room of your home so you can float whenever you want! With a single float session averaging $70 at most float centers, just 25 floats would cover the cost of this invaluable item. [Read more...]
The neighborhood of Colonia Las Americas in Querétaro, México is getting a colorful makeover. The first phase of the project began last November when neighbors and local volunteers started painting the community with the direction of urban art collective Boa Mistura. [Read more...]
Women’s fashion has often been compared to flowers, but what about using real flowers to create the design itself? Grace Ciao is making beautiful and delicate fashion illustrations using flower petals to “sketch” the pattern and print. Each soft and impermanent petal adds a flowing, scalloped form to her design, giving a result which appears fashionable and (surprise) even wearable. Very creative. [Read more...]
LIX is a 3D printing pen launched yesterday on Kickstarter and already funded by nearly 300%. Apparently this is going to be big. LIX is unique in the new market of 3D printing pens (including the 3Doodler) for two reasons: because it is very small and the fact that it can run off of a USB 3.0 port. If it works as advertised, those two factors will combine to make this one of the most useful and portable examples on the market – not to mention something comfortable enough in the hand to do some serious 3D sketching. [Read more...]
Of all the things to come out of Milan Design Week, this is by far my favorite, and I’m pretty sure it’s a table made for the internet. Welcome to the CATable, a bizarre yet beautiful combination of cat furniture and human furniture designed by Ruan Hao for architectural firm LYCS. It’s all fun and games unless your cat is a stealth attack fanatic. [Read more...]
Harvezt has been imagining what it looked like from the reverse side of many famous album covers, giving us a new angle on what was really going down during their creation. Was that really a hill on the cover of “The Yellow Submarine”? Was the baby on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” really just going for the bucks? [Read more...]
Joyce Lin, a student from the Rhode Island School of Design, has just created a lively sculpture of a bird flapping its wings – and it’s made out of the most unusual material: popsicle sticks. With just a crank of the propeller-like wheels below, her decidedly quirky sculpture comes to life with surprisingly realistic motion. Lin has made a habit of employing the small, wooden sticks in many of her school and personal projects, pushing the limits of what can be expected from her under utilized material… well, unless you’re in kindergarten. [Read more...]
What’s that you say? AXE body spray isn’t getting you all the ladies?? These “honest slogans” are exactly what the ad execs at big corporations don’t want you to think. They spend countless hours pondering how to make their often common brand stand out from the crowd – giving us any possible reason to remember them – and then Clif Dickens comes along to squash it all… or at least make us say “yep, that’s about right.” [Read more...]
Wine Disguised as a Bouquet of Flowers, and Other Beautiful Winners of the 2014 A’Design Award & Competition
In early February 2014, A’Design Award & Competition held a call for designer and business participants to compete in design spanning the categories of Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design; Packaging Design; Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Deisgn; Architecture, Building and Structure Design; Fashion, Apparel and Farment Design; and even Aerospace and Aircraft Design.
The response was immense, and the submissions incredible.