Turkey’s Gamirasu Cave Hotel
By March 14, 2011
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Ancient cavemen would be charmed by the Gamirasu Cave Hotel, modern cave dwellings set in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastery in Turkey. The hotel’s got some cool highlights, such as Turkish cooking courses where you can try your hand at Turkish wine-making or bake artisanal breads in a stone oven.

But perhaps the most unique perk is the chance to witness the meditational dance of Whirling Dervishes. This Sufi worship ceremony, formally known as the Sema, is performed with the aim of reaching religious ecstasy. The spinning of the body in repetitive circles is said to be symbolic of planets orbiting the sun.

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Colleen Atwood and the Ocsar Winning Costumes of Alice in Wonderland
By March 11, 2011
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You may not be familiar with her name, but you probably know her work. Some of the most iconic costumes in the Tim Burton universe, from Edward Scissorhands to Sweeny Todd, have all come from the mind and hands of Colleen Atwood. Here we’ll look at her latest Oscar winning work from the hit movie, Alice in Wonderland, including concept drawings, photos, and a video interview with the designer herself.

Designing the Chicken Stick: The Ultimate Club for Your Virtual Bag
By March 10, 2011

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Take a moment to prepare yourself because what you’re about to read may shock you, may confound you, may make you glad you’re not reading this out loud to your children.

The Wii remote is not a golf club.

I know, many of us wish that wasn’t true, but no matter how much the Tiger Woods PGA Tour PR team might tell you it is, the small rectangular controller is not. Attempting to recreate your golf grip and swing is almost futile, but that doesn’t stop die-hard golfers from trying. However, now there’s an alternative: the Chicken Stick. What may in fact be the adorable love child of a 9iron and the Nintendo Wii, the Chicken Stick, made by the company Bad Chicken, is a virtual golfer’s dream come true.

The Chicken Stick takes the upper half of a golf club (complete with Golf Pride grip and True Temper® shaft) and grafts on a sturdy holder for the Wii remote. Combined with the Wii and Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf, it offers the promise of allowing the player to bring their real world swing to the virtual course. But is it too good to be true?

Being obsessed with golf, I had to try it out. I had spent several weeks coming up with the best way to hold the remote that let me somewhat recreate my golf grip, but it still wasn’t the same. But after unboxing the Chicken Stick and playing 18 virtual holes, there is no doubt about it, the Chicken Stick does add an unbelievable level of realism to Tiger Woods PGA Tour golf, second only to having a true golf simulator.

I enjoyed the experience of taking a full grip and swinging the club as I played St. Andrews or Torrey Pines, so much so that now I can’t imagine playing the game without it. I’m dependent upon the ‘Stick and in my house it’s become a mandatory accessory.

But the question remains: is it worth the steep $40 price tag? Truthfully, that depends upon your level of obsession. For the casual player, probably not. But for anyone on the fence about purchasing one who has dreamed of having a driving range in their living room complete with a launch monitor detailing your face angle, swing plane, and launch angle, it’s worth every penny.

Having worked as a product designer, I was intrigued by both the concept and execution of the Chicken Stick. I had the chance to interview Bad Chicken co-founder Jordan Brandt about his design process, what it was like designing the Chicken Stick, what design hurdles had to be overcome, and what’s in store for the future.

Paper Breakfast by Paper Donut
By March 10, 2011
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Yum! Paper Donut, a French collective of visual artists, has managed to make paper look absolutely delicious.The eggs look divine and I just want to grab that knife and spread the paper jam on the paper toast. Don’t even get me started on how perfect all the fruit looks. I’d love to see what they’d come up with for a paper dinner accompanied by paper dessert.

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Color Vixen: Strawberry Lime Butterfly Palette
By March 9, 2011

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This week’s color palette was inspired by a unique fashion installation on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Knit Stools by Claire-anne O’Brien
By March 8, 2011

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These fun knitted stools were created by Irish textile designer Claire-anne O’Brien. They are just about the coziest little stools I’ve ever seen.

A Sci-Fi Lover’s Dream Wardrobe: Givenchy Spring Couture
By March 7, 2011

CV Givenchy Spr2011 01 A Sci Fi Lover’s Dream Wardrobe: Givenchy Spring Couture design This unconventional line of spring couture designed by Riccardo Tisciby for Givenchy caught my eye with its Japanese-inspired design sensibility and imaginative sci-fi vibe. With elements sewn together to incorporate the classic Japanese icon of a crane paired with bold Philip Treacy headpieces that look like a cross between a samurai helmet and something out of Star Wars, these dresses manage to look both techie and classically traditional at the same time. CV Givenchy Spr2011 02 A Sci Fi Lover’s Dream Wardrobe: Givenchy Spring Couture design

The Fisticup: When You Need Something Stronger Than Just Coffee
By March 4, 2011

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Need something stronger than a cup of coffee? Daydream about a little workplace violence? Need to teach the other coffee mugs a lesson on who’s boss? Then the Fisticup has your back, or at least your knuckles. It’s the ideal thing to bring along to your next performance review…

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Fortune Cookie Coin Purses
By March 3, 2011

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Lucky coin purses? Love these fortune cookie purses by Diana Eng, a former Project Runway (Season 2) designer.

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The iPad 2 Smart Cover
By March 2, 2011

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I was not a fan of Apple’s first iPad cover. It took the elegant form factor and sleek tactile feel of the iPad and buried it inside a bulky, boring parka-like case. With the launch of the iPad 2, Apple appears to have taken the criticism seriously and introduced a new transforming cover in place of a case. Built in magnetic panels, the Smart Cover rolls up to form a stand with a minimal footprint. It comes dressed in either leather or polyurethane and dipped in a variety of colors. It even wakes the iPad when the cover is opened, and puts it to sleep when it’s closed. How cool is that?

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