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Brionvega Rr227 Retro 1960s Radio Gets 21st Century Renovation With Mp3, Sd and USB

Brionvega Rr227 Retro 1960s Radio Gets 21st Century Renovation With Mp3, Sd and USB
The neo-modern design of this BrionVega desktop radio harkens back to a sixties’ Italian design aesthetic. Maybe that’s because it’s actually based on a radio the company actually made back in 1965 in Italy. BrionVega’s RR227 is a modern-day update of Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper’s classic RR127 radio, which they created over 44 years ago.

Instant Pizza Anyone?: Vending Machine Makes Pizza in Three Minutes

Instant Pizza Anyone?: Vending Machine Makes Pizza in Three Minutes
Italian pizzerias are outraged at the Let’s Pizza vending machine, due to be released in Italy this summer. Let’s Pizza apparently does to pizza what Nissin did to noodles: make it possible to enjoy one in 3 minutes.

Phone Gun: Deadly Phone or Ugly Gun?

Phone Gun: Deadly Phone or Ugly Gun?
The Italian police have recently recovered a gun disguised as an ugly, outdated, monochrome-screened phone. That’s right: monochrome. James Bond would rather have his testicles torn off, boiled and then fed to him than be caught using this ancient tech.

Abyss LED Table Lamp Looks Like My Lower Intestine

Abyss LED Table Lamp Looks Like My Lower Intestine
I don’t care if this lamp conjures up memories of my colonoscopy. It’s still cool. The undulating twists and turns of Kundalini’s Abyss table lamp may look a bit like your intestinal tract, but there’s something about the bendy organic form that I find mesmerizing.

Modern Watches by Denis Guidone: Minimal is Beautiful

Modern Watches by Denis Guidone: Minimal is Beautiful
If you’re a Technabob regular, you know I’m a sucker for cool modern watches. I don’t know why – maybe it’s that I got stuck wearing a dorky Casio calculator watch as a kid that makes me want to rebel in my old age.

Pouf-Man Seating is Sofa King Cool [Pac-Man]

Pouf-Man Seating is Sofa King Cool [Pac-Man]
Let me set one thing straight here. The guys who designed this furniture clearly had no inspiration from any 1980s dot-munching arcade game. Nor does the name “Pouf-Man” have any similarity to the name “Pac-Man”. It’s all on the up-and-up, you see.

Nemo LED Chain Lamp is More Flexible Than You Are

Nemo LED Chain Lamp is More Flexible Than You Are
Looking for a really cool lamp to replace that cheap IKEA lighting fixture on your desk? As long as you’re willing to drop a little dough, this Italian designer lamp is sure to impress. Designed by Iliara Marelli for Nemo Italianaluce, the Chain Lamp is a real thing of beauty.

Man Purse Deters Criminals (and Draws Cops)

Man Purse Deters Criminals (and Draws Cops)
A few years back there was an alarming trend of small purse-like accessory bags (also known as “manbags” or “murses”) being carried by metrosexuals in the trendier parts of town. Regardless of how in touch I am with my masculinity, I could never bring myself to point where I would carry one.

Nacsound Modern Speakers Belong in a Gallery

Nacsound Modern Speakers Belong in a Gallery
I have a tendency to prefer my sound systems to be heard, not seen. After all, isn’t it all about the audio? But I recently came across a speaker line that even the most ardent of design snobs would be proud to put in their living rooms.

Ceramic Robots: Bite My Shiny Clay Ass

Ceramic Robots: Bite My Shiny Clay Ass
When you think of robots, you usually think of lumbering hunks of metal. Not these guys. These funky little ‘bots are made from clay instead of steel. Created by Italian street artist Enrico Bertorelli — better known as Pixel Pancho — the Boot I series is a limited-edition ceramic art piece that’s a great addition any robot junkie’s collection.

Space Invaders Rings Land on Your Fingers

Space Invaders Rings Land on Your Fingers
These geeky rings feature the likeness of those ubiquitous retro arcade game icons, the Space Invaders. Designed and handcrafted by Italy’s Toy Me Milano, the Sterling Silver rings are the perfect complement to your Pac-Man rings and Atari Joystick necklace.

Multibook: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

Multibook: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
This nifty gadget from Italy’s Rotaliana combines a bunch of useful capabilities in one convenient box. The Multibook offers a lamp, clock and a handy organizer for your electronic chargers, all under the same hood. Until you turn on the Multibook, it looks a lot like an ordinary book.

10,000 LED Orbs Land in a Field in Italy

10,000 LED Orbs Land in a Field in Italy
Artist Giancarlo Neri has put together this stunning installation which places 10,000 individual colored LED orbs in a field. Each sphere gradually cycles through colors, creating a beautiful, dramatic vista. While the illuminated globes are absolutely stunning by night, they’re equally as interesting when turned off during the daylight hours.

Salvatore Marra LED Watches Flash With Color

Salvatore Marra LED Watches Flash With Color
When I think of LED watches, I usually visualize some segmented or dot-matrix red display and a sleek modern design. These watches from Salvatore Marra put a slightly different spin on LED illumination. These watches feature a traditional analog quartz movement, but illuminate the dial with colored LEDs.

Table Lamp Trapped Inside Blown Glass

Table Lamp Trapped Inside Blown Glass
This amazing work of artistry looks like your typical low-voltage desk lamp, except it’s been delicately placed inside a large glass shell. Studio Italia Design’s dramatic Blow Table Lamp is really a sight to behold. The lighting fixture’s centerpiece is a small adjustable 12V lighting head encased inside a blown glass bubble.

Sony Design: Technology and Art Collide in Italy

Sony Design: Technology and Art Collide in Italy
Sony Design, working in collaboration with Italy’s Master Craft Lombardia will be showing off a collection of breathtaking custom designs for Sony’s electronic gear. The exhibit features a number of stunning collaborations between Sony and local artisans from Italy.