Win A Custom Spotlight of Your Choice

Custom Spotlights, as their name implies, makes custom spotlights. More specifically, they make spotlight covers like the Bat Signal, only smaller. In fact, you can even buy a Bat Signal right off their site. You can order any light cover that is already available on their site for just £5 plus shipping, and they have some delightfully geeky designs ranging from the Android robot to the Star Wars logo.

Of course, custom made spotlights are the site's specialty. Custom covers are £95, but if you already have work that just needs to be converted into a spotlight design, that will only cost you £45. Once you make a design, they can recreate multiple copies for only £5. Naturally, you can also buy LED spotlights from the company to equip your spotlight covers to.

While Custom Spotlights hosts a monthly contest on their website, they partnered with us to create a custom spotlight for one lucky contest winner. To sweeten the deal, the winner will also get two NeatoShop tees of their choice and a second place winner will also get two NeatoShop tees. If you really love the NeatoShop then you could even get a Custom Spotlight with one of our tee designs. Or you could get one with your family crest. Or one with your favorite band's logo. Whatever you can imagine, you can get it on a spotlight for free if you win our contest. Here's how to enter:

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Korra's Stunningly Futuristic Massage Bathtub

Korra has an impressive collection of bathtubs, but when it comes to futuristic styles, the K-1083 reigns supreme. The translucent, blue acrylic sides and the white acrylic base are accented with chrome tubes, faucets and handles. The freestanding tub is a fitting centerpiece for any modern bathroom.

Of course, this tube isn't just style without substance. It is also filled with function. The back is gently reclined and features a comfortable neck rest. The bottom of the tub features soft, graceful curves to ergonomically hold your back, legs and feet. And the chrome accents provide jets, control the massage settings and adjust the water temperature. 

Granted, the fact that this tub is freestanding means you'll probably need a resonably large bathroom to make room for it and that also means you'll have to install the plumbing specifically for the bathtub. But when you're looking for a chic, futuristic design like this, you should already be willing to invest some money into making an amazing bathroom look.

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11 Totally Weird Buildings From Around the World

In the world of architecture, level lines and right angles are the standard, but some architects reject these principals and some properties can't be contained with these traditional confines. These are some of the weirdest buildings on earth.

Crooked House

You don't need to order a drink to feel drunk at the Crooked House. That's because this pub is entirely disorienting, tilting this way and that throughout the entire interior. The structure's staggered stance is a result of mining underneath the pub during the 1800s that left one end of the structure four feet lower than the other.

Image Via Firstbrook Just Click 100 [Flickr]

Dancing House

Designed in 1992 by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić and Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the Dancing House was designed to be a building of two parts to represent the transition of Czechoslovakia from a communist state under the USSR to an independent democracy.

Image Via Dino Quinzani [Wikipedia]

Crazy House

This bizarre building by Vietnamese architect Đặng Việt Nga is reminiscent of a massive banyan tree on the outside, while the interior looks notably cave-like. Nga did not use traditional blueprints to design the structure, but instead creates paintings, which she then has local craftsmen to convert into a physical structure. The structure has become a popular tourist destination and has been included in many tv shows, blogs and magazines.

Images Via Kelisi [Wikipedia]

Krzywy Domek

Looking more like something you'd see in Toon Town than a building you'd expect to see in the real world, designers Szotyńscy & Zaleski took strong inspiration from fairytale illustrations while coming up with the concept. Krzywy Domek means Crazy House in Polish, making this one of a few buildings with that moniker.

Image Via Hello Dias [Flickr]

Mexican Embassy

Seven row houses were constructed in Washington D.C. in 1795. When the White House was burned in 1815, President Madison stayed in these seven houses while he awaited the White House to be rebuilt. Nowadays, only two of these seven historical houses stand. To help preserve the structures while still expanding its national embassy on the same property, the Mexican embassy constructed a nine-story office building that was constructed all around the two historical properties. The result is a strange and wonderful fusion of old and new.

Cube House

Architect Piet Blom designed his Cube Houses to operate like an "urban roof," where high density housing still leaves ample space for walking, playing and relaxing outside on the ground level. To create such a space, he turned a cube to a 45 degree angle and then rested it upon a smaller pylon. When viewed from the outside, the individual cubes seem to flow together, creating a forest of housing.

Images Via Dietmut Teijgeman-HansenHuesh, Bert Knottenbeld and Hanselpedia

Sharp Centre for Design

When Ontario's OCAD University required another extension to their main building, they decided to go up and over instead of above or beside. Rod Robbieof Robbie/Young + Wright Architects and Will Alsop of Alsop Architects designed the outrageous structure that sits four stories off the ground, supported by a variety of colorful pillars arranged and different angles. The $42.5 million dollar expansion was a risky venture, but it paid off, receiving a number of architecture awards since its completion in 2005.

Image Via Thomas Hawk [Flickr]

Kunsthaus Graz

A wonderful example of blob architecture, the Kunstaus Graz is an Austrian museum that has become just as famous for its structure as the artwork inside. Architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier gave the structure an incredibly organic shape that still integrates with the 1847 facade from the original museum building.

Image Via Matthias [Flickr]

Turning Torso

The tallest residential building in Sweden isn't just big; it's also bizarre. The sculptural design spirals as it rises, rotating a full 90 degrees from top to bottom. Santiago Calatrava took inspiration from the way the human spine twists, which seems fairly obvious when you look at the design as an organic form.

Image Via Mirko Junge [Wikipedia]

Capital Gate

Also known as the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, this tilting tower puts the famous Pisa structure to shame, holding the Guinness record for the world's "furthest leaning man-made tower."  Architectural firm RMJM designed the structure to have an 18 degree tilt while still managing to absorb the force of wind and earthquakes.

Image Via FritzDaCat [Wikipedia]

Piano and Violin House

This musically-inspired design struck a chord with the Chinese resident who lives inside the charming structure. The glass violin serves as the entry point to the piano home, that is otherwise balanced on three concrete legs. The open top of the piano gives residents a beautiful terrace with an incredible view.

Image Via Tiger shot [Flickr]

For more weird houses, don't miss the home that rotates at your command, or the Jenga House.


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Rich Colors and Rugged Textures Make House Serengeti A Home to Remember

With rock, steel, wood and glass in ample quantities, the House Serengeti is loaded with an array of striking, eye-catching textures. The rusted steel slats outside not only provide a rugged design accent, but also an additional layer of privacy and a little extra protection from the sun. Rocks cover the walls of the kitchen, exterior walls and bedrooms, giving the home a natural look that seems all too appropriate for the Johannesburg location. Additionally, the rocks provide a natural heating element during the winter months, just as the cantilevered windows allow for sun absorption during the winter and blocking direct sunlight in the summer.

The front exterior of the home features a massive, rust-colored steel wall that can be rolled back to reveal a double-car garage. To even get to the front entrance you have to take in some of the impressive design, passing over a koi pond across a Balau timber walkway. The massive pivoting door both welcomes guests and enhances the resident's views.

The bathrooms feature wooden floors and are completely devoid of tile. The walls, meanwhile are made entirely from glass that that been sprayed on one side, providing a shinning wall that allows light in but still provides plenty of privacy.

Nico van der Meulen Architects designed the stunning home, while M Square Lifestyle Design took care of the interiors, infusing the rough and rugged textures with rich, vibrant colors. The elegant, modern accents make the home sleek, yet inviting.

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The Most Beautiful Passive iPhone Speaker

There are plenty of passive iPhone speakers out there that require no electricity to run, but most of them either offer inferior sound amplification or a cheap, plastic design. The Chino Legato Passive Speaker is different.

The Chino Legato is made from beautiful, high-quality ash wood and features the classic, eye-pleasing shape of a traditional Victrola speaker. The shape is both sleek and elegant and the wood grain only helps emphasize the simple, stunning design while also providing warm, powerful sound. In fact, the sound can be boosted up to 6 decibels. 

The design makes for both a striking way to amplify your iPhone when you want a speaker and a great-looking place to store your iPhone when it's not in use.

Compatible with the iPhone 4 and all newer models, you can purchase the device directly from the Japanese manufacturer for approximately $249.

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Dry Off Before You Even Leave Your Shower

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There's nothing quite so shocking to the senses as stepping out of a nice warm shower and being overwhelmed by freezing air. You can try to towel off as quickly as possible, but you'll still be chilly until all of your skin is chilly -and for those who are handicapped, the process can be an even longer freezing, drippy nightmare. 

What's the alternative? How about a body dryer that fits right inside your shower so you can totally dry off before you even open the door or curtain? The Tornado Body Dryer is a gentle way to dry yourself completely without ever reaching for a towel. For those with mobility issues or who are afraid of slipping and hurting themselves, it's particularly useful as the 200 holes that release the air are designed to circulate around your whole body, so you don't even need to turn in circles to completely dry off. It even works for those who use wheelchairs. 

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The Ultimate Butter-Spreading Knife

You can't just leave your butter out all the time, but using chilled butter on your toast is a nightmare -it either doesn't spread or it rips your bread apart. So rather than planning to enjoy bread and butter at least an hour ahead of time, instead, try the ButterUp.

The ButterUp essentially shreds your butter into thin little ribbons -immediately making it spreadable. The other side features slight serration so it can be used to cut bread before you spread it. The design is also easily washable so you aren't stuck with old butter clogging up your knife after you pull it out of the dishwasher. Designers of the creation went through a number of prototypes to find a shape that was the most effective at shredding the butter while still being easy to clean.

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14 Cool Sinks To Leave You Overflowing With Joy

There was a time when practically all home sinks were one of a handful of styles and the faucet was the only real distinguishing factor. But nowadays, you have just as much variety in the shape and style of your sink as you do in the type of faucet to use. Here are a few of the most unique designs we could find to inspire you to replace your boring old basin and tap.

AIS

Who said a sink needs a faucet? Well, sure, you need somewhere for the water to come out, but with the AIS by Moab 80, that somewhere is actually built right into the back of the sink itself. The end result is a minimalist sink that looks even more stark without a faucet flowing into it.

T4

If Moab 80 can make a sink without a faucet, then it only makes sense that someone else would make one without a drainpipe -or at least, one with the illusion of not having a drain pipe. Axolute Design created the T4 to be only an inch and a half thick while still holding a built-in, integrated siphon. Aside from the unique look, the sink also offers the benefit of having an opening too small for most rings and other jewelry to fall down and get lost.

SP6

Axolute's SP6 offers many of the advantages of the T4, only with a round sink basin and a lengthy counter to match. The drain-free illusion isn't quite as noticeable in this slightly thicker design with a counter that seems to conceal the piping, but you do receive the benefit of having a nice counter for your bathroom, which the T4 lacks.

Plugless

Where Axolute aimed to hide the drain in their sinks, Studio Ganszyniec decided to intentionally leave out a drain in their basin. The concept behind that decision was to allow people to see exactly how much water they are using, rather than just letting it trickle down the drain. When you consciously have to dump out the bowl of water in the provided siphon, you will see how much you used for a given activity -hopefully reducing the amount of water you use in the future.

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The House That Changes As The Day Progresses

You can change the interior design of a home, but without going through a major rennovation, you can't actually change the structure of the home itself -that is, unless you happen to live in the Sharifi-ha House. 

Designed by nextoffice, the amazing structure fetaures three rotating spaces that can be open or closed at will based on the time of day, the weather or even your moods. While traditional Iranian homes are built with both winter and summer living rooms, but this design allows one room to serve both functions as it is opened up for the warm, summer months or closed off for Tehran's long, snowy winters.

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Your Ideas Can Take Off With This Jumbo Jet Conference Table

Every real business needs a coffee table and if you really want to show your business prowess, you need a table that speaks volumes to visiting clients and competitors. This Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet Conference Table is certain to impress as much as it intimidates.

Offering space to seat twelve people comfortably and at least sixteen with a little squeezing, the table is certainly large enough for most business needs and it offers plenty of space for computers, projectors, notepads and conference phones too. It's even equipped with electrical sockets for all your critical business gizmos. 

Of course, if you're looking for something for your home and find a Boeing 747 engine a little too big for your interior, Moto Art also offers a much smaller DC-9 engine as a coffee table. Either way, you should know that the pricing for these one-of-a-kind tables is only available by inquiry, so if you have to ask, you probably won't want to know.

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