Lee Ben David's Delightful Single-Use Kitchen Tools

Celebrity chef Alton Brown suggests never buying a tool that can only be used for one thing, so chances are he won't be rushing out to pick up the Very Specific collection by Lee Ben David. 

As the name implies, each piece in the collection is designed for only one specific type of food. One tool is designed for eating artichokes, another for spaghetti,  a design for slicing and spliting pita bread, another for chopped salad, one for eating cherry tomatoes, a combined knife and fork for use at cocktail parties, and yet another for edamame beans. 

The silly stainless steel set is a tounge-in-cheek statement about how disconnected people are from their meals. Lee Ben David says she believes cutlery is a big part of the disconnect, explaining "When it comes to food, one of our most elementary and instinctive needs, we use cutlery as an extension of our body, avoiding the touch of food with our bare hands."

While designing her creations, Lee discovered a ridiculous amount of variation in cutlery, including a knife only for fish. "I’ve decided to demonstrate the extreme situation we’ve gotten into, using my 'very specific' cutlery set," she says, "we seem to forget how much fun it was as kids to eat cake with our bare hands."

"There is a type of product that you don’t really need, but you still want. I hope people will respond to my cutlery set with a smile, that might arise from their sense of criticism. Some people will laugh and others will want the product," she said. Indeed, it's no coincidence that half of the foods she chose for her set are items we commonly eat with our hands and the other half are those difficult to eat even with a fork -like spaghetti. The only one she seems to be serious truly interested in is the knife and fork combo for dinner parties that leaves guests a free hand for holding the plate. "I’m thinking seriously about manufacturing that one," she says.

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The Thao Dien House Is Minimalism At Its Best

MM++ Architects' rennovation of the Thao Dien House was meant to add a more contemporary edge to the mediterrean styled structure, but they went above and beyond, turning a simple structure into a minimalistic masterpiece. 

With a white exterior contrasted with living accents in greens and purle, the beautiful structure captures the eye and keeps redirecting it to observe all the clean angles and expansive windows. Inside, the stark walls are lit up with the large lights that offer incredible natural lighting throughout the whole home, especially the open plan living/dining/kitchen.

The rennovation allows for a more open feel inside the home, but the most notable change is the vegetated wall that takes up an entire top corner of the home and offers a protective shade for the upstairs terrace. This full-floor room features three  impressive glass doors that connect to the deck and pool area. The whole outdoor oasis is lined with vegetation, particularly iconic tropical palm trees.

The stair case is perhaps the most impressive interior addition though, with steel rods holding up thick wooden beams, creating a staircase that seems to be floating.

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Clever Closet Organization Tips to Finally Control the Clutter

Does your closet look like a department store rack after their big Black Friday sale? It doesn't have to. These clever closet organization tips can help you clean up your act and stay that way.

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Empty Everything Out

The first thing you should do when tackling a closet organization project is to pull everything out so you actually know what's in there. Don't just stop with the clothes or linens, pull everything out so your closet is totally empty.

Sort Your Stuff

Next, go through everything in the closet and pull out anything you don't wear anymore (or, if it's a storage closet, remove the things you don't use). All of these items should be sold on eBay donated to charity because if you're not using them, someone else would be happy to.

Move any items that would be better suited to another space and put them away. For example, your Christmas decorations probably don't need to be stored in the hall closet instead of the garage since you only use them once a year.

Other items should be organized according to what they are and be specific. Don't just make a pile of tops and a pile of bottoms. Make a pile of tee shirts, one of sweaters, one of dress shirts, etc.

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This Skateboard Can Help Power Your Cell Phone

Skating with a boombox on your shoulder is so 1989. Of course, you already know that iPhones, tablets and mp3 players have replaced the cumbersome music players of the past, but now there's a skateboard that even comes with speakers and a phone charger so all your music needs are fulfilled with your player of choice and this sweet longboard.

The Chargeboard features two dynamos in the rear axes to generate kenetic energy, which is then stored in a powerbox under the board. The board can build up enough energy after an hour of skating to charge a typical mobile device eight times.

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A Tiny Seaside Home Just Perfect For Viewing the Waves

There's something wonderful about tiny houses and with two amazing windows that allow passersby to view straight through to the sea, the Window House by Yasutaka Yoshimura is certainly no exception.

Sure at only 10 feet by 26 feet, the home is hardly spacious, but when this weekend retreat isn't intended as a full time living space and with breathtaking views of the Sagami Bay of Kanagawa, Japan, you don't need much more for a cozy getaway. The modest rooms inside the dwelling only provide enough space for one person to sleep, making the Window House a great place to meditate, refresh and relax.

The use of two massive windows lined up with one another not only provides the guest with a great view of the bay, but allows neighbors and those strolling by to enjoy a view of the beach regardless of the structure in the way.

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Spruce Up Your Spooky Halloween Decor With A Wreath of Crows

Christmas wreaths are so old school. These days, every holiday deserves a festive wreath and no holiday offers as many fun and dark decorating options as Halloween. While there are all kinds of great Halloween wreath ideas around the web, this cool crow wreath by Live Craft Love is a great way to greet your Autumn guests. 

One of the greatest things about this DIY decoration is that from a distance it looks like a black wreath -which is appropriate enough for Halloween, but once you get up close, you can see that it's actually adorned with over a dozen craft crows sitting in a unified nest. The directions specifically call for 14 crows, but you'll need to adjust your numbers according to the size of your wreath form. 

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This Halloween, Let Your Porch Play Dress Up

These are the geeky porch light covers you're looking for. Well, if you've been looking for a Star Wars porch light, then it is at least. These cool 16" light covers can be fitted on any 17" or smaller porch light, giving it a little nerdy flair to cheer you up when you come home after a hard day feeling like a member of a clone army.

While the covers probably won't work well for all-year use as they are just plastic fittings that attach to the front of your lights, they are a great way to spruce up your house for Halloween. Trick or treaters and their parents will enjoy the accent, and everyone will be pleasantly surprised to see decorations that aren't spooky and gory.

With both Darth Vader and storm trooper designs available, you can even cover up twin porch lights, each with a different geek icon. Let the electicity Force a smile on your friend's and visitor's faces for only $9 a light cover.



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The Spellbinding Tropical House Made From Reclaimed Telegraph Poles

Timber is the most common housing material in Malaysia, but wood is most certainly a finite resource, especially on the islands. That's why WHBC Architects opted to build the Telegraph House with reclaimed wood, largely pulled from old telegraph poles once used in the islands.

WHBC designed the home for a retired British couple who wanted a traditional Malaysian-style home constructed on a hill surrounded by rice paddies. The structural columns for the house are formed by putting four wooden poles next to each other on raised steel bases. These four poles then support beams that stretch between the columns and provide enough support for the roof.

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The Old and New Fuse Together Wonderfully In This Turkish Apartment

When Atelye70 was commissioned to renovate the 19th century Gabriel Apartment, it was obvious the architect needed to modernize the abode while still maintaining the original beauty, adorned with accents inspired by traditional Ottoman style. The firm responsible for the modernization is well known for their work updating historic structures, and this project was no exemption. Originally designed by Italian architect Guglielmo Semprini, the historic structure has always been impressive and the remodel maintained that timeless integrity while modernizing the space to maximize resident comfort.

The apartment didn't start out as such. Instead, it was designed as a servants' quarters in the top floor of a palace. Even the servants were treated to luxury in this residence -their living quarters were adorned with beautiful, decorative frescoes. Atelye70 started the renovation with a focus on the flooring. The original frescoes and wooden flooring were preserved while the original white plaster was removed, allowing more light to flow into the structure.

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Ikea Creates A Climbable, Vertical Apartment

It's true that each person wants a little something different in their dream home, but it's also a little doubtful that anyone will clamoring to move into Ikea's newest apartment in France. Not only does the space lack a roof and four walls to protect you from the elements, it is also built on a bit of a tilt. Well, maybe that's a slight understatement, as building something at a full 90 angel is a more than a tilt.

But that's exactly how Ikea built this great apartment to advertise their new store in Clermont-Ferrand, with a little help from communication agency Ubi Bene.  The result is a climbable apartment installed with dozens of furniture products, including beds, carpets, couches, and tables, as well as a few well-placed climbing holds. Of course, given the who gravity thing, half of the furniture items had to be placed rightside up while others were installed sideways -meaning that the adult bed serves as little more than a padded backstop while the sofa and shelving units could be used the way they were intended.

Participants who agreed to climb the vibrantly-colored apartment could use the chairs and dressers as climbing holds or choose to rest up on the top of living room or bedroom furniture. For those who needed a break before they reached the top, a swinging chair offered a relaxing space to take a rest. Naturally, everything installed on the billboard beside the hand holds is available for purchase in the new store.

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