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Mozart Wooden Musical Sphere

This is a must have for a Mozart fan. It’s a handcrafted wooden musical box (sphere) that plays “Voi Che Sapete” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. The sphere makes it special, of course, but please don’t just put in on a shelf to look at; occasionally turn the key to hear the 18-note chime play the music, because that is its function, after all.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Nova 68


This might be the best gift ever, unless the recipient is extremely clumsy. It’s a whole ecosystem completely enclosed in handblown glass. With sufficient light and a comfortable room temperature, the shrimp, algae and microbes will coexist peacefully in their own little world without any help. Plus, when the life span of 2 to 3 years is up (some have lived up to 10 years), each EcoSphere comes with a replacement, recharge or upgrade policy.


Purchase Information:

Price: $54.95 - 395.00

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Available from: Ecosphere on Amazon

Friday Links

  • Breathtaking images: Detroit in ruins and The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011.
  • So cute: Muppet Wall Decals via swissmiss
  • Scout Regalia’s Gingerbread Geodesic Dome Kit is neat.
  • More geodesic-ry: DIY Geoball (via Bloesem)
  • Infographic: This Is What 7 Billion Looks Like
  • Why Sugar Makes Us Sleepy (And Protein Wakes Us Up) via @brainpicker
  • You’ve seen this by now, but I have to include it: Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames
  • Hay + cement, then +cow = Trufa by Anton García-Abril. Here’s a video of it being made: La Trufa.
  • How to: Make a DIY George Nelson-Inspired Outdoor Slat Bench (via AT Chicago)
  • How to Network Without Networking via @the99percent
  • T minus 16 days until the big reveal of what you got and what you’ve been given… if you celebrate Christmas, that is. Have fun this weekend (that’s an order).

    Friday Links

    Vacation happened these past few days, so the link list is short again:

  • If you have a Facebook account this is worth checking out.
  • So cool: Marbelous Wood (via tumblr)
  • Scary: What Drinking, Smoking and Eating Too Much Will Do to Your Face
  • For grammar questions, I find myself often clicking on Grammar Girl. The rules/suggestions are explained well.
  • Really nice Filip Janssens geometric shelving seen over at Plastolux.
  • Have a pleasant (okay, happy) Halloween.

    Friday Links

  • A minimalist view of the new iPhone.
  • Build Blog: Architects, You’ll never get sued for ugly
  • Unclutterer: Clutter can kill creativity and innovation
  • Old Faithful Shop’s blog OLD CHUM
  • Superheroes are for girls, too via @brainpicker
  • Easily embarrassed? Study finds people will trust you more via @the99percent
  • Love the idea of an online micro-bookstore/bookclub: Emily Books via @wired
  • GOOD: Be Your Own Bank: New Laws Could Unleash Crowdfunding For Startups
  • 6 minute talk: Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness
  • I know we’ve linked to this site before, but I ran across it again and got sucked in by the simplicity and info: mo+mo living
  • The Trillion-Dollar Storm: Will Hurricanes Drive Us Off The Coasts?
  • Also from Fast Company, a short video from Scott Belsky: Work Smart: Overcoming “Reactionary Workflow” To Make Your Vision A Reality. The quote I’ll remember- “Stop living someone else’s to-do list.”
  • Remembering Steve Jobs: share your thoughts, memories, and condolences by emailing [email protected]
  • Enjoy the weekend.

    Friday Links

  • Nice, simple travel app for the iPhone.
  • For those of you who want to get started with coding: Code Academy
  • Make the internet work for you: If This, Then That.
  • If you didn’t read the announcement, we replaced our Travel button with ‘Gifts’.
    Check it out: Gifts (a big thank you to Kris for knocking out the change so quickly)
  • Cute! School Supplies made of Fabric
  • A Beluga whale has become a sensation at an aquarium after learning how to blow halo-shaped bubbles. (via @Gessato)
  • Nod Your Head if You Agree with Yourself: How Your Own Body Language Can Persuade You (via @Brainpicker)
  • Fast Company: United States of Design
  • A few new designs over on temporary tatto site Tattly.
  • ReCraft: Knitting Eames Wire Chair
  • a smart bear: Fringe Benefits: Why startups mustn’t appeal to the masses
  • iPad and iPhone photo editing app: Filterstorm
  • Borrow Kindle Books from Your Local Library(!) (via @Brainpicker)
  • Have a wonderful weekend, or as close to it as humanly possible.

    Friday Links

  • Quick sketch on iPad: Chuck Close
  • LinkedIn is sneaky: A Box You Want to Uncheck
  • A Google thing: What do you love? (via The Do Lectures)
  • Hyperrealist drawings by Marissa Textor (via The Fox Is Black)
  • Funny: Hipster lorem ipsum via @designcrush
  • A Collection of Images of Cats on Scanners: ‘The Cat Scan’
  • Frame Hanging Hack (via Apartment Therapy)
  • This just in: Cephalopods are amazing.
  • And this is a little old but it made my day.
  • Happy Friday everyone!

    Barn Conversion

    Check out this Barn Conversion by Architecture firm Maxwan in the Netherlands.


    More information:

    View Barn Conversion here

    Source: Texturism

    Friday Links

  • Buy your friend a gift card redeemable by smartphone: GiftRocket (via EcoSalon)
  • Huge board with a whole lot of switches: Untitled (Hello World) by Valentin Ruhry. (via today and tomorrow)
  • Really great pie-chart graffiti by Golan Levin, available in downloadable pdfs. (via GOOD)
  • Nice (free!) weather screen saver by Stefan Trifan.
  • barebones cards via notcot
  • Amazing flickrl rug that “reuses 2000 pictures of February 2, 2011… The result is a 4 m x 0,8 m rug representing 30 seconds of internet activity…” price: 1880.00 € (via
  • The Art of Doing Stuff: How to make a tree stump table (via 2modern blog)
  • Brainpickings: 5 Timeless Commencement Addresses
  • Unconsumption: Magazine Stool from NJUStudio
  • Also via Unconsumption: Make produce bags from old T-shirts.
  • So, the Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop…
  • Enjoy your weekend!

    Friday Links

  • Read this before you buy anything else.
  • Fab just launched.
  • Yes, please: Help Create an Email Charter (via swissmiss)
  • DON’T!: The secret of self control (apparently).
  • Sign petitions, call up local representatives, organize meet ups, and more with the new iPhone app from ONE. (via TBD)
  • Cute/clever: Twin Baby A/B by Snug Attack
  • Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books by Jason Godfrey (via Brain Pickings)
  • Vertical Garden Box at Paxton Gate for $39 or $59 depending on size.
  • Silliness: Cute overload
  • Bikes, Cars and Pedestrians at 28th & Park Ave: A Never-Ending Cycle of Near Misses

  • I’m going to attempt to not check any email tomorrow and Sunday. And you?

    Have a nice weekend.

    Friday Links

  • Great walkthrough of Eames Shell Chair restoration over at Plastolux.
  • Nice article on de-cluttering.
  • Fast Company: How Apple And Gucci Tickle Your “God Spot”
  • Ex-Facebooker Dave Morin: You can’t be friends with everyone
  • Small changes net big results.
  • The 10-piece wardrobe for an entire year. (Via NotCouture)
  • Very cool! DittoKey. Slightly scary to think that one’s key’s can be duplicated so easily!
  • Acne JR Toys (via David Report)
  • Photopic Sky Survey: free download of image if you want it on your desktop, fyi. (via TreeHugger)
  • Have a lovely weekend, as usual.

    Belkin Timer

    Here’s a neat little device which allows you to shut off power to whatever is plugged in after a set amount of time (1/2 hour, 3 hours and 6 hours).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $9.99
    Available from: Belkin

    Semigood Design Rian Cantilever Bench

    Although we’ve posted designs by Semigood before I thought they could use a revisiting. The Semigood Designs are built to order in heirloom quality, so you can pretty much expect to have this for the rest of your adult life. This piece would be great in an entry hall.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1995.00
    Available from: Design Public

    Tweet Bird feeder

    Here’s my tweet: Bring more fauna into your life with this sheet metal bird feeder with white epoxy coating.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.95
    Available from: CB2

    Friday Links

  • This week I’ve been obsessing over data and ways to communicate it.
    For inspiration there’s FlowingData and also Feltron and his blog.
    For those of you who like to get your hands dirty there’s: and Processingjs: a fun, javascripty and open source programming language for data visualization. There’s also D3 and another one called Protovis.

  • The 10 Best Foods for Your Looks

  • Living in 90 square feet in Manhattan! How would you organize the space? I think I’d build the floors up and do hidden storage in compartments below the floor. All that stuff above me would give me a nervous breakdown!
  • Peacocks made of “fake fingernails, barrettes, nail polish, false eyelashes, and jewelry…” Laurel Roth

  • Girly Tattoos