Tukaani: Chopsticks Made Simple

Not everyone has the dexterity necessary to handle chopsticks, but looking like an amateur in Asian cusine isn’t desirable either. For those who can’t pick up pieces of Unagi under pressure, Finnish designer Lincoln Kayiwa came up with the TUKAANI eating device. Inspired by a Toucan’s beak (not by difficulty eating Froot Loops), the dishwasher-safe and spliniter-free stainless steel sticks are gripped similarly to traditional chopsticks, but are connected by a simple curl that allows for easy grabbing.

Mirror TV on the Wall

If you’ve ever wondered what you would look like as a Teletubby, complete with working TV stomach, we recommend getting a hold of one of DND Casa‘s line of TV-equipped mirrors. The Korean electronics manufacturer has incorporated a specific mirror imaging technology from Germany’s Ad Notam to allow mirrored surfaces, whether they’re an actual mirror or a lamp or bookshelf, to display visual images. These unsuspecting idiot boxes don’t just double as HDTVs, they also can be connected as PC screens or LED displays. So when someone barges in to your room as you’re browsing Internet porn, you can make it look as if you’re just fixing your hair.

Blu

If you’ve been in the right place at the right time, you might have seen Italian graf artist Blu‘s super-large-scale paintings on a wall near you, including the Tate Modern (until August 28, anyway). But you haven’t seen how extremely talented this dude is until you check his stop animation videos. They’re made on public walls and are so well done they will blow your mind. The latest one, Muto, is a 7.5-minute chronicle that starts out with a beast of a creature that wanders from wall to wall, to the inside of someone’s house and on, all the while morphing and sneezing and walking and rolling. A book featuring Blu’s paintings from 2004 to 2007 is out now. It is the only way you can make sure his work stays permanently close to you.

Big Ticket Tuesday Winner

Congratulations to Ryan.

The correct amount in the wallet? $109 … which apparently was all blown at the tables in Las Vegas last Friday. Thanks again to everyone for taking a second to participate in our little Tuesday giveaway.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s gigantic prize.

Signed by Kozik

Maybe it’s the “sans-middleman” spirit of Web 2.0, or perhaps he just wanted to screw the flippers, but Frank Kozik is now operating his own Industrious fans who have the full cooperation of Frank Kozik (so much so that it appears to be run by the man himself) have started the Signedbykozik.com website. Kozik, who rose to fame illustrating band posters for the likes of Sonic Youth and Jane’s Addiction and once managed Man’s Ruin Records, has officially retired from music to pursue toys. The prolific toy maker now releases an item a week with distributors including Kidrobot and Toy2R. His “Smorkin’ Labbits” have become scene icons, while his higher-end toys (like $5,000 bronze busts) are distributed through his own Ultraviolence imprint. As the name suggests, Signedbykozik.com is the place to pick up autographed designer toys, prints, books and skate decks. To keep things on the up-and-up, each item on the website is accompanied by a picture of Kozik signing it.

Naked and Famous Denim

Our jeans were already pretty comfortable, but Naked and Famous has found a way to make them even more more so. They've added 30% silk to their premium Japanese raw denim. It is like wearing a cloud. Naked and Famous is a no frills label: no washes, rips or embroidery, just classic jeans that put a heavy emphasis on quality denim. But, best of all, most of their jeans are $150 and under. You can find Naked and Famous Denim across America and Canada (where they are proudly made) at places like Blue in Green in NYC.

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