When looking at the problem of bird populations shrinking in urban areas due to loss of habitat, Nethlerlands-based product designer Klaas Kuiken was struck with the idea of improving a common bird home: residential roofs. In consultation with the Vogelbescherming (the Dutch bird association) Kuiken designed a ceramic birdhouse that adheres to the ubiquitous roof tiles found throughout the country. The house contains a removable basket to aid in maintenance after mating season and is made with materials that can resist extreme cold in the winter. First designed in 2009 the birdhouses have finally gone into production and 100 are now available for sale. See more over on designboom.
I love these ceramic creature cups by design group Yumi-Yumi out of Brookyln. At the base of each mug rests an animal that’s slowly revealed as you consume your tasty beverage. Good to the last dripping octopus. (via etsy)
For his Brecce collection, Italian designer Marco Stefanelli devised an ingenious way of removing fragments from sawmill scraps, tree branches, and cement fragments, and replacing them with perfectly sculpted resin embedded with LEDs. The resulting lamps retain the organic nature of their original form yet cast a beautifully subdued light. You can see much more on Stefanelli’s blog. (via the awesomer)
The Kai Table designed by Naoki Hirakoso and Takmitsu Kitahara contains a few surprises, being constructed almost entirely of secret compartments. From sliding drawers and hinged cupboards to a number of shifting panels, the entire piece is built like an elaborate wooden puzzle. (via architizer)
Things will be quiet around here for a bit, but have an awesome holiday and we’ll see you back here in a few days. The installation above entitled Merry Mirror is by Michael Johansson. (via lustik)
Using binder clips, playing cards, paperclips and many other household objects, mathematician Zachary Abel pieces together intricate geometric structures. One of his most recent pieces, the Impenetraball (top) is made from 132 binder clips and Abel suspects its sturdy enough to support his own weight (though he has yet to confirm). Dizzying mathemetical how-tos and patterns available via his website. (via make)
A new piece by currency artist Mark Wagner that redefines dirty meaning of dirty money. (via julien foulatier)
A few minutes ago New Zeland-based Barefoot Dynasty launched their latest product: Happy Cloud Coasters. The coasters are made from Portugese cork, are dirt and water resistant, and come packaged in a fancy recycled paper box. Just a hunch, but I think they’re going to sell a gazillion of these.