Friday, January 18, 2008

Boex 3D's Pencil Bench

Boex 3D Creative Solutions designed this award winning, quirky bench from a single conversation to see if they could incorporate an everyday office object into a piece of furniture. The seat is made up of 1600 pencils which are individually sprung. Each pencil can be removed and used. Price £1200

Artist to Build Four Giant Waterfalls in New York

Four giant waterfalls will be erected in New York for three months this summer in a public art project city officials hope will create $55 million in extra tourism revenue for the Big Apple.

The waterfalls, including one that will fall from the famed Brooklyn Bridge, are the brainchild of Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. Installation will cost $15 million, funded by private donations to New York's Public Art Fund.

"It's about seeing water in a different way," Eliasson told a news conference on Wednesday, unveiling plans for the waterfalls, which will range in height from 90 to 120 feet -- around the same as the Statue of Liberty from head to toe.

Three of the waterfalls will cascade into the East River and New York Harbor from free-standing scaffolding towers that Eliasson said were part of his artistic vision, mirroring the scaffolding towers that sprout up throughout New York. The falls will be in place from mid-July to mid-October.

A Peacock-Shaped Lantern Made Of Potatoes

An over 2.4-meter-high peacock-shaped lantern made of potatoes is shown here at a department store in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning Province January 16, 2008. The United Nations has announced that 2008 is the International Year of Potatoes with the theme of "promoting food safety and alleviating poverty".

The world's longest Ferrari car

This is, believe it or not, the world's first-ever Ferrari stretch limo: a 23-foot 360 Modena with eight seats and the biggest electric gullwing doors we've ever seen.

It's the handiwork of Style Limousines in Manchester, which spent more than £200,000 modifying the rear-engined 360.

All eight of the seats are carbon-fibre buckets with five-point race harnesses - which might sound excessive until you discover that the 3.6-litre V8 remains, its 395bhp propelling the mega-Ferrari to 60mph in under six seconds. Could prove a challenge not to spill your cheap champagne.

Those gull-wing doors are nine-foot long and were designed by one of the teams responsible for the Mercedes SLR McLaren.