London designer Dominic Wilcox just unveiled his visionary concept for the future of transportation. Behold the beautiful Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future. Traveling in this beautiful vehicle must be like taking a ride inside a giant Fabergé egg, which, of course, sounds incredibly awesome.

Wilcox presented his driverless glass car prototype at the London Design Festival 2014:

"In the future it will be safer to drive in a driverless car than it will in a manual car," said Wilcox. "Therefore we don’t need the protection systems that are built into contemporary cars. We can just have a shell of any design."

The designer imagined a future where all cars were controlled by computers that would eliminate collisions and accidents, meaning everyday vehicles would no longer need to be designed for safety.

Wilcox proposes that a perfectly safe self-driving car is a car that can be made out of something as fragile as glass and used as, in the case of this prototype, a sleeper car. It contains a cozy bed in which the rider can sleep while being driven to their destination. But there are many other possibilities besides a mobile bedroom. Liberated from the responsibility of driving, people could have cars that served as mobile offices, gyms, dining rooms, or lounges. The only limits are your imagination and, of course, your budget.

In addition to unveiling this daring prototype, Wilcox also launched a concept website, called TaxiRobot, where users can customize and order their own driverless cars for a variety of functions and featuring all sorts creative exterior designs.

Click here to watch a video about Dominic Wilcox and his stained-glass driverless car.

Photos by Sylvain Deleu

Head over to Dezeen for additional information about this fabulous futuristic concept car.

Toronto, Ontario-based artist Ruth Oosterman collaborates with her two-year-old daughter Eve to create imaginative paintings that feel as though they’ve been lifted from the pages of a fantastic series of storybooks we’re now dying to read. Here Oosterman describe their process:

As all of our collaborations start, my two year old creates her own sketch with an ink pen which I then use to turn into a watercolor painting. The sketch is completely her own with no instruction given from me, I simply use her creativity to inspire me to create a painting.

Oosterman says that she can usually either discern a picture hidden inside Eve’s sketch or her daughter will have chatted with her about what she was drawing. But sometimes there is no conteext andshe has to let her own imagination run with it.

I try to work quickly and let imagination and play take root into the painting rather than taking it to seriously, this way I can encourage Eve’s contribution without making it to “grownup.”

Visit Ruth Oosterman’s blog and her YouTube channel to check out more of her wonderful collaborations with young Eve.

Prints of some of their creations are available via the Eve’s Imagination Etsy shop.

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Letters are full of awesome potential. Combine enough of them and you’ve got a declaration of love, a sidesplitting joke, a life-saving message in a bottle, a precious secret, a poem, a novel or a Broadway play. Swiss visual artist and graphic designer Cyril Voilloz manipulates letters in a much different fashion. He treats them as visual playthings that can be poked to squirt ink, peeled from their paper, pulled and twisted from a sketchbook onto a computer screen or opened to reveal their internal components. It’s typography that teases 2D letters into 3D objects and we love it.

Visit Cyril Voilloz’s website or follow him on Instagram to check out lots more of his awesome artwork.

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Put the needle on the record, play the record, then eat the record! German inventor Peter Lardong creates perfectly playable and completely delicious chocolate records in his home in Berlin. He experimented with making records using ice cream, beer, cola, sausages, cheese and butter before hitting upon his special chocolate mixture of cocoa, cocoa butter and lecithin. Lardong makes his mouthwatering records by pouring and smoothing melted chocolate onto silicone molds of his favorite records. After the chocolate sets and cools in the firdge, the record is removed from the mold, ready to be played and eaten.

Each of Lardong’s edible chocolate records costs approximately $6 and can be successfully played on a standard record player up to 12 times. That is, assuming you can hold out that long before giving into the temptation to chomp on a chocolate record. Some records are meant to be broken, these records are made to be played and then eaten.

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The first Sunday in September just came and went, which means the Zundert Flower Parade or Corso Zundert (previously featured here) has just taken place. Once again the streets of the small town of Zundert (birthplace of Vincent van Gogh), located in the south of the Netherlands right at the Belgian border, played host to the annual parade of awesomely large, elaborate and colorful floats made of dahlias.

This year 20 enormous floats were created by various districts within the city. In effort to encourage creativity, the Zundert Flower Parade never has a theme for its float makers. Each team is free to design whatever they like provided that their float is completely covered in beautiful dahlia flowers and fits within the 20 x 10 meter (65 x 33 foot) size limit.

This year the parade saw everything from a deconstructed 737 airliner to a guitar-playing cephalopod, with the first place prize awarded to the brawny flexing horse float, Horsepower.

Click here video footage of the parade and here for additional photos by Omroep Brabant.

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Spanish street artist Pejac (previously featured here) isn’t content with using details as inspiration for enhancing the urban landscape. He’s also used the windows inside his own home to create playful works of art, including a recent tribute to the 40th anniversary of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s legendary walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

"Back in 2011, when he was living in Valencia, surrounded by surveillance cameras and without curtains to protect his privacy, Pejac started experimenting with paper and acrylic works on glass. He shared a couple of these earlier works with us, photographed by Paco Esteve. Feeling exposed and trapped inside his home, he started creating these as a way of fighting this lack of privacy. By using the view from his house as a backdrop for these miniature works, he created little urban art pieces in privacy of his living room."

Head over to Hi-Fructose for additional process photos.

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Street artist Reed Bmore uses needle-nose pliers and lengths of galvanized wire to create lyrical and playful pieces art that he hangs around the city of Baltimore, Maryland. He designed a clip system for his wire sculptures that enables them to hang securely while still being able to move with the breeze. And if you’re wondering how he gets them up there in the first place, while Reed was actually climbing street light and traffic poles at first, these days he uses a telescoping painter’s pole instead.

Considering that his work is put up in Baltimore and made of wire, we were delighted to learn that the artist is currently working on a series of pieces based on the TV series The Wire.

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Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon of perceiving significance (often an image or sound) in vague or random stimulus. One of the most common examples is seeing animals or faces in the clouds. For an ongoing project entitled Shaping Clouds Argentinian creative and copywriter Martín Feijoó (aka Tincho) uses the shapes of clouds he spots in the sky as the inspiration for fanciful illustrations.

After photographing a cloud formation that’s caught his fancy, Feijoó returns home to depict in pen and ink the creatures and characters his mind’s eye has seen in the clouds.

“When I was a child I was told that clouds’ shapes were created by expert balloon twister clowns who live in the sky, so that they can keep entertaining children,” Feijoó explains on his site. “On my last trip to Mexico I remembered this and I started to photograph clouds on the road. The result is Shaping Clouds, a series of illustrations where I drew the first thing that came into my mind when I saw these clouds that I imagine someone made for me.”

Feijoó is the Cloud Shaper and you can follow his cloudy creations right here on Tumblr at shapingcloudsproject. Visit his Behance site to check out his professional work.

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New York City-based artist Zoë Williams creates awesomely strange felted wool sculptures of spectral creatures that look like species you’d encounter if you were magically dropped into one of Hayao Miyazaki's films such as Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke. Most of Williams’ sculptures are created using white wool, which heightens their otherworldly feel. She speaks to this on her website with an apposite quotation from Melleville’s Moby Dick:

"Symbolize whatever grand or gracious thing he will by whiteness, no man can deny that in its profoundest idealized significance it calls up a peculiar apparition to the soul."

Williams has been creating her singular sculptures for over seven years now, so the pieces pictured here barely scratch the surface of her unearthly oeuvre. Be sure to visit Zoë Williams’ website, Flickr page or Instagram account to check out more of her fantastic felt creatures. Although most of her work is shown in gallery exhibitions, she also has an Etsy shop where she sometimes makes her pieces available for purchase.

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Million Dollar Idea Napkin Sketchbook - The best ideas are written on cocktail napkins at the end of an evening, so why not write all your ideas on napkins? This Million Dollar Idea Napkin Sketchbook will increase the chances of your big idea turning profits and, as an added bonus, your business plan will be absorbent. Each 5-1/8” x 4-3/4” sketchbook is filled with thirty blank napkins (120 pages) for you to jot down product ideas or invent the next big social media network (or both).

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