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Lemon Ball

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Throwback baseball conjures earlier era. $35.00

Created by Paul Cunningham, a longtime Major League Baseball photo editor, the Lemon Ball is a throwback baseball made from premium leather. Based on the original lemon peel style ball from the early 19th Century, the Lemon Ball is a beautiful tribute to an earlier era. Designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor play, the Lemon Ball is perfect for a game of stick ball, baseball, or street ball,......read more

Anna Gram Citrus Clock

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7th grade science fair project meets mod design.

Anna Gram's clever Citrus Clock runs on...lemons? No, it's not magic. The experimental timepiece actually uses the same principles of electrolysis that a conventional battery uses. The acid of the open-faced lemon interacts with the zinc and copper plug it sits on to create enough power to run the digi clock for a week or longer....read more

Seasonal Eats: Rhubarb

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Spring brings rhubarb, a versatile veggie (or fruit?) with plenty of culinary applications

Last week you learned a little bit about asparagus. So what’s next on the list for seasonal eats? Rhubarb!Another vegetable (or is it a fruit?) that pops up in early spring in many locations around the globe.  Before writing this piece, I will admit I had never cooked with or tasted rhubarb ever before. I knew that it looked like a mix between celery and red chard but that it’s......read more

Summer Picnic Libation: Cucumber Lemon Vodka

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Catch the summer spirit with this refreshing, boozy beverage

In the heat of summer, is there anything more refreshing than cucumber water? Nope. Add some booze to the mix and you have the perfect drink for a summer picnic. Well, not quite. Seattle designer and blogger Jean Lee has created a Cucumber Lemon Vodka Drink that might be the best-looking summer drink we've ever seen. Design*Sponge has the recipe.  Ingredients (makes......read more

Balloon Fiesta

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Michael Salisbury's epic video of the 2010 Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.

Hot air balloons are powered by burning big quantities of propane, so they could hardly be considered a clean form of transport. But man, they can be pretty to look at. This time-lapse vid of the annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico proves it. Capturing a bunch of balloonists taking to the skies, the video was assembled by Michael Salisbury, and is nicely scored by......read more

Ball by Everynone

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Acclaimed crew's new short celebrates the little spheres in life

Here is the latest video output from Everynone, everyone's favorite crew of short-film maestros, who you might remember from previous films "Words" and the Vimeo Award-winning "Symmetry." For "Ball," director Daniel Mercadante pulled hundreds of images from Google and wove them together in a poetic visual collage. Like the rest of Everynone's work, "Ball" eschews traditional narrative in......read more

Balloon Shakers

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Unique glass shakers designed by Masayuki Kurokawa $68.00

These Balloon Shakers bring a whole new level of beauty to a typically mundane kitchen object: the salt shaker. The shakers, designed by famed Japanese architect and product designer Masayuki Kurokawa, can be used for all types of seasonings, from bright yellow saffron to crimson paprika. Handblown in Japan by Shotoku Glass Co., a company with roots in making light bulbs, Balloon Shakers......read more

Doesn't Matter How You Get There

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Just get there! This Tuesday, vote NO on Prop. 23. A SHFT PSA directed by Jonathan Glatzer.

Our final PSA in the No on Prop. 23 campaign, Doesn't Matter How You Get There, is a poppy light hearted reminder in the old get-out-the-vote spirit. Jonathan Glatzer — who also directed our Men In Yellow spot for this campaign — played with environmentally conscious modes of transportation for Californian's on their way to the polls. The concept came from Jared Ficker,......read more

America Votes

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GOP sweeps U.S. House of Reps, while Democrats prevail in California.

A Republican wave swept across the United States last night, as a reenergized GOP reclaimed control of the House and made substantial gains in the Senate. Wait, it gets better: A number of far right Tea Party insurgents were voted into office as well. President Obama acknowledged the beating his party took at the polls, calling the results "humbling" and pledging to "work......read more

Solar Energy Sphere by Rawlemon

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Say hello to the coolest solar power generator you've ever seen

As a means of generating sustainable electricity, solar panels are a win. As objects of beauty, well, not so much. Barcelona-based architect André Broessel reimagines the look of renewable power with this stunning spherical glass solar energy generator, which we can only hope signals a prettier future for solar energy.  But it's not just a pretty face. Broessel's creation......read more

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