Disintegrating Part II

Fabian Oefner’s three Disintegrating Car Prints made quite a splash for its originality back in 2013. He’s back with five more cars, exploded as with the first series, with Disintegrating Part II. And no, they’re not computer-generated: each image was instead created over a painstaking two month period by photographing individual components, piece by piece, at specific angles to imaginatively represent what the car’s insides would look like caught on camera should beautifully explode out. Automobiles in the second series include, in order in our slider, a 1982 Porsche 956, a 1936 Auto Union Type C, a Ford GT40 from 1969, a Bugatti 57 SC, and a 1957 Maserati 250F, available in limited edition prints at 55″ by 27.5″ or 90.5″ by 45.25″ starting at the price listed below. Or you can download the high res images here, which make great desktop backgrounds.

Learn more at Mad Gallery – roughly $3,850+ [via]

GET IT: ~$3,850+


Electric Objects EO1

It’s not as static as a print, nor is it as overly bright and glossy as a modern television screen. Instead, the Electric Objects EO1 is perfectly suited to displaying art — and lots of it. The EO1 boasts a unique matte display with a viewing angle of about 179°, showing off images and GIFs (either your own, or found via Electric Objects’ Art Club) set using a matching iOS or Android app at a 1080×1920 resolution. It’s got no speakers, audio output, or even buttons really, other than a single on switch, meaning a viewer can’t switch the art displayed any quicker than one could switch a framed painting — or at least not without the controlling smartphone. And since it only uses 35 watts of power while running (or about as much as a standard lightbulb) and boasts programmable sleep schedules to save energy when it wouldn’t be seen, for instance at night, operating one is cheap as well.

Learn more at Electric Objects – $300 (or $270, with 10% off using code gearhungry)


100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart

Got a good book list ready for the rest of the summer? If not, this one’s more likely to last you through to the fall, and maybe a couple more years after that. You’ll want to leave Pop Chart Lab’s 100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart in a glass-less frame, though, for full access to its scratchable gold foil partially covering the covers of the hundred classics included in the print. The books span 1605 to today and each hides a narrative-specific design element to be revealed when scratched. So get to it, those books aren’t going to read themselves.

Grab one at Pop Chart Lab – $35


Beer Cap Maps Desktop Map

Hanging a piece on a wall is fine and good, but what if you don’t have room for one near your desk or in your cubicle? Beer Cap Maps Desktop Map doesn’t hang but instead stands on a 3/4-inch acrylic and wood base, balancing and holding the map by Texas. It’s still got room for 48 of your favorite beers displayed by way of their caps. Or pull it out and hang it if you want. Though it’s currently only available as a full USA map.

Hit up Beer Cap Maps to learn more – $29


Stellavie Maze Prints

You can lose yourself in a good painting. Though it’s more likely you’ll get totally lost doing one of Stellavie’s Maze Prints. Inspired by maze enthusiasts and their work over the past century or so, these prints feature a hand-drawn maze that’s aesthetically pleasing from far and that’s also a real challenge should you or a guest give it a go; it can be solved two ways, and is easier going in than getting out. It comes in one of two sizes — regular or colossal — and is printed with one of several custom-mixed inks on your choice of paper stock in seven colors, each hand-signed and limited to a run of 250 units.

Learn more at Stellavie – roughly $78+


Kinkajou Bottle Cutting & Candle Making Kit

If you’ve been eyeing a Kinkajou Glass Bottle Cutter for awhile but haven’t gotten around to it yet, now’s as good a time as ever — especially if you didn’t know what to do with your cut bottles (we’re using one as a pen holder). The Kinkajou Bottle Cutting & Candle Making Kit, predictably, includes both a glass bottle cutting kit along with a pound of soy wax balls, five wooden wicks, and five metal wick clips. When you’re done decapitating a bottle that’s between 1.7 and 4 inches in diameter using the tool and some water (alternating in temperature between hot and cold), finish it to a smooth edge with the included sandpaper plus finishing tool and then pour in some wax over the wick to make yourself a candle.

Find it at our shop – $60


Theropoda T-Rex Skeleton

We don’t know how they got their hands on it, but Theropoda will sell you a 45% complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton… that we guess we’ll classify under “decor”. Nicknamed Roosevelt, this specimen was discovered near Fort Peck Lake in Montana, a hydroelectric dam constructed under FDR’s governance about 75 years ago. All of its 65 million (or so) year old bones are cleaned and stabilized for mounting on its custom steel armature display, and the skull itself is 44.44% complete, with most absent parts replaced by high quality replicas. It might not fit through the door, though, an understatement considering it’s 12 feet tall and 38 feet long.

Learn more at Theropoda Expeditions – $2,390,000


Lyfe Levitating Planter

When NASA says they want to cultivate plants in zero gravity this isn’t what they mean, but the Lyfe Levitating Planter is still plenty interesting and unique. Its twelve-sided geodesic planter is molded out of silicon, making it extremely durable, leak-proof, and non-absorbent, with a hidden inner reservoir that mitigates against over-watering and that sits above a custom shaped magnet. The planter itself floats above a block of quartersawn sustainably sourced oak with an electromagnet within that pushes up against the magnet in the planter, enabling levitation and a slow rotation, the latter which has the benefit of exposing all sides of the plant’s leaves to incoming sunlight for an overall more nurturing environment. Each kit also includes an air plant which grows without the need for absorbing nutrients from soil, instead deriving them from the air around.

Find it at Kickstarter – $180+ [via]


Framed Tech

If you’ve ever grabbed a screwdriver and taken the repair of something electronic into your own hands, you’ve likely known the pleasure of laying all parts out in an ultra-organized fashion to facilitate finding the littlest bits and pieces — and ensure putting the thing back together is feasible. Framed Tech is like that, only ten fold more organized and with all parts affixed to a PVC board. The series includes deconstructions of PS3 controllers, several generations of iPhone, a few Atari game cartridges, and even an Atari 2600 itself, each within a lightbox frame perfect for hanging on the wall of your man cave.

Learn more at Framed Tech – $450+


Nomo Auto Icon Series

It doesn’t take much more than a few drawn lines to instantly recognize iconic automobiles, and the Nomo Auto Icon Series proves it. The rather large series covers most well-known automobile brands, spanning Honda, Toyota and VW to supercar makers like Lamborghini, Ferrari, as well as many in between. Each 18- by 24-inch print features a multitude of minimal designs of the front of cars by the maker spanning their history. The Mustang also has a print all to itself, as do the tail lights of some of BMW’s most notable vehicles.

Check out the full ineup at Nomo Design – $30



It’s living art without the cluttered-looking wire hanging down. Acanvas is a 23-inch digital frame with an ultra-wide viewing angle, up to five hours of battery life, and an accompanying app that curates gorgeous art pieces from around the world specifically for you, letting you get them up on its display with a click. Of course, it can also display your own photos or favorite images straight from your phone, and can easily be customized in appearance via compatibility with various frames. And you won’t need any custom wiring to keep the frame plugged into a wall socket: when its battery is low and no one’s around — for instance, at night — Acanvas quietly lowers its retractible cord and charging puck into the accompanying charging base to fuel up.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $400


Beer Cap Maps Steel Groove Edition

Exiting your comfort zone and trying something new takes a little extra motivation, something Beer Cap Maps (and frankly, beer itself) was already good at. Not sure where that was going. But I digress. Now Beer Cap Maps’ Continental USA map is also available in a Steel Groove version that’s made of hefty 20 gauge corrugated steel and boasts the same 150 front-loading cap spots to fill with the caps of your victims. Plus its slots are now also accessible from the front so you can keep on loading it as you go through bottles without so much as having to take it off the wall.

Learn more at Beer Cap Maps – $100


The Connected Characters of Seinfeld

For a show about nothing, Seinfeld sure has a lot going on. Pop Chart Lab’s The Connected Characters of Seinfeld catalogs over 230 of the show’s characters on one illustrated chart as well as their type of relationship — whether romantic, antagonistic, professional, familial, or just friendship — with each of Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer. They include recurring roles like Newman, Mr. Steinbrenner, and David Puddy to the most obscure characters only committed, die-hard Seinfeld fans would remember. Each is printed on 100 lb. archival stock and optionally ready to go up on your wall beside your DVD collection with some hanging rails or a frame.

Preorder at Pop Chart Lab – $35