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This salt and pepper shaker set showing some good old fashioned, hot interracial lovin, is available at Emmo Home for $28.

Hug - Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

Jokes apart, it’s a clever piece and interesting piece of design.

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Photoshop Disasters Blog

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Airbrushing and extreme photo-manipulation,  the mainstay of adult men’s magazines like Playboy and Penthouse, sadly, has now invaded the design departments of most magazines and publications around the world.

Bad Photoshopping

We are now completely conditioned to seeing plastic women with expressionless faces and impossibly curvaceous bodies.

The ‘Photoshop Disasters’ blog has some great user-submitted examples of sloppy and amateurish works, regularly churned out by by highly paid designers and graphic artists in the publication industry.

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Theosaurus Piggy Bank

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This rather unique, porcine, porcelain piggy bank is named Theosaurus, or Theo for short.  Theo is no ordinary piggy bank. He is available on the Theosaurus.de site for prices ranging from $70 to a shocking $150 for the gold plated edition. 

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His design originated from Morphorm/Martin Schatz, a product designer from Berlin in cooperation with Lee Kmji, a product designer from Busan/South Korea. Theo is produced in Thuringia by Wallendorfer Porzellanmanufaktur, a German porcellan manufacturer founded in 1764 and steeped in tradition. The shoes of the standing Theo are made from actual cork, a premium natural product, and are produced by the oldest cork specialist in Germany: the firm of Eugen Hackenschuh.

There is only one question in my mind. Would you really have the heart to break open a piggy bank like this ?

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Dharma Lounge Chair

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This beautiful Dharma lounge chair was designed by Palette Industries, a firm based in Calgary, Alberta Canada.

Dharma-Lounge-Chair

Even though the letters are jumbled up, the message behind the design concept becomes quite clear when we examine it in closer detail. The actual words are : Stand. Forget. Breathe. Knowledge. Observe.

It’s an original, if somewhat uncomfortable-looking piece of designer furniture.

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The TENORI-ON is an electronic interactive device featuring a touch-screen interface consisting of 256 led buttons which can be manipulated to create music. Billed as the musical instrument for the 21st century, the Yamaha TENORI-ON was the result of a collaboration between interactive media and installation artist Toshio Iwai and the Yamaha Corporation.

Yamaha Tenori-On

The  interface is intuitive and visual, all thanks to the interaction between light and sound.

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The TENORI-ON 16 x 16 LED button matrix is simultaneously a performance input controller and display. By operating and interacting with the LED buttons and the light they produce you gain access to the TENORI-ON’s numerous performance capabilities.

The TENORI-ON provides six different performance and sound/light modes for broad performance versatility, and these modes can be combined and used simultaneously for rich, complex musical expression.

There are two high quality speakers built into the device, and a LCD display on the bottom provides additional information. The device has a SD memory slot, midi port and a headphone connector as standard options.

You can visit the product micro site to watch some stunning videos of the gadget in action. There are also videos and downloadable music samples of performances by musicians on the musical instrument.

Cassette Tote Bag

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Cassette Tote Bag This funky looking ‘Cassette‘ tote bag from Fred & Friends is made of flexible plastic, with handles that mimic the look of unspooled tape.

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If your world revolves around books, the Bibliochaise chair is perfect for you.

Bibliochaise-Chair

The chair has slots around it, which allow you to stack your favorite books for easy access.  The cushion comes with removable leather covers in  many different colors.

It’s not one of the most practical of designs, but it works.

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TIWE - Cool Concept OLED Watch

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This concept TIWE OLED watch  is the brainchild of Lv Zhongfang, a product designer based in China.

The white dots appear randomly on the surface of the watch. Shaking the watch or gently tapping its glass surface makes the white dots to align themselves to show the exact time.

You cannot buy one yet, as the designer is still waiting for a manufacturer to turn his concept into reality.

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Bright Blind by Makoto Hirahara

This product is perfect for those poor souls, who are unfortunate to be trapped in windowless offices. The Bright Blind is made from electroluminescent sheets, which simulates the look of a window covered with venetian blinds in the daytime. To complete the illusion, the brightness of the blinds can be controlled by turning the plastic stick.

There is no word on pricing yet, as it is still a prototype. The designer, Makoto Hirahara, built the entire thing by hand, so a recreation will prove to be a time consuming and expensive project.

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Nail Cushion Protects Fingers

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Nail Cushion Yanko Design

The Nail Cushion is perfect for coordination challenged dummies like me. Besides the obvious safety benefits, the rubberized cushion can securely hold nails of different diameters, helping the user to hammer them straight in.

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