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.

Houston, TX-based artist Nikita DevilxKat Leigh of Midian Craftworks created this awesome stained glass Stormtrooper Helmet Table Lamp. Even Emperor Palpatine himself would be impressed with this life-size sculpture made of 521 pieces of hand-cut glass, copper foil, 5-6 lbs of solder and probably some blood, sweat and Jedi tears to boot.

"After the glass was cut, the edges were ground down and each piece was wrapped in copper foil. I then soldered the pieces together, gave the helmet a good cleaning, patinated the solder black, and finally gave everything a nice waxing to polish the metal and make the glass shine! This piece has also been signed and dated.

The helmet itself measures approximately 12 x 12 x12 (inches). Included with the table lamp is a wooden base and a 6 foot lamp cord with a candelabra snap-in socket, rocker switch, and bulb. 40 watt bulbs are the maximum recommended.”

Despite what the top photo depicts, this fantastic piece of home decor isn’t intended to be worn by live humans. It’s quite heavy and fragile, but it does make for an awesome portrait. Currently available for purchase here.

Visit the Midian Craftworks Etsy shop for more geektastic stained glass creations and other crafts perfect for your “Dark & Dork Side.”

[via Technabob]

These beautiful handmade stained glass panels are direct recreations of comic book panels created by Panovanator. The first depicticts Carol Danvers as/in Captain Marvel, (written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by Jamie McKelvie) and the second is Clint Barton as/in Hawkeye (written by Matt Fraction, art by David Aja). They’re gorgeous, geektastic tributes to two awesome comics.

Follow panovanator here on Tumblr to check out more of her fantastic creations. (And if you aren’t following them already, we wholeheartedly recommend following kellysue, mckelvie and mattfractionblog too. David Aja can be found here.)

[via Geeks are Sexy]

Somerville, MA-based artist Judith G. Klausner (previously featured here) used gummy candies, licorice, chewing gum and plexiglass to create the tastiest piece of stained glass art we’ve ever seen.

Gummy Stained Glass is part of Klausner’s From Scratch series, for which she combined food and traditional handicrafts such as sewing, embroidery and jewelry-making. For the latter she made a lovely series of cameo portraits using Oreo cookies.

Visit Judith G. Klausner’s website to check out more of her wonderful (and sometimes delicious) creations.

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The Mexican city of Toluca is home to an awesome stained glass wonder called the Cosmovitral. Constructed in 1910, the Art Nouveau-style building was originally designed to house the city’s first permanent market. It functioned as such until its closure in 1975 when the market was relocated. After its closure artist Leopoldo Flores persuaded the city government to convert the building into an art space.

"Flores envisioned something magnificent for the space. He saw a huge stained glass mural encircling the entire building and running across the ceiling. Below and within its confines he proposed a botanical garden. The art would show the relationship between man and the universe, the flora that which places man in his ecological environment. The name for the project which has also become the name of the building would be Cosmovitral. An amalgamation of the Spanish words for cosmos and glass, the project would take four years from development to completion.”

Although the ceiling wasn’t completed until 1990, the Cosmovitral opened to the public in 1980. Today its botannical garden contains over 500 plant species from both Mexico State and around the world. The building’s spectacular stained glass centerpiece is called the Hombre Sol or “Sun Man”.

Visit Kuriositas to learn more about and view more photos of Toluca’s astonishing Cosmovitral.

This incredibly awesome Octopus Chandelier is the work of Mason Parker of Mason’s Creations. The tentacular stained glass light fixture measures approximately four feet across, sports eight detachable tentacles, and can be illuminated in three different ways - using just the head, just the tentacles, or by placing real candles in the candleholders held by each curled tentacle.

Mason recently sold this particular octopoid light fixture, but don’t worry, he’s planning to make another one soon. Let’s all start saving our pennies. The finished piece sells for $18,000, so perhaps we can work out some sort of time-sharing scheme.

[via io9]

"Oh, no tears please, for it’s a waste of good suffering."

Artist Nicole Cantú created this terrifyingly awesome stained glass likeness of Pinhead from the Hellraiser series. Entitled Lord of Leviathan, the 24” x 36” Cenobite is Nicole’s contribution to the Something Spooky horror-themed group art show the Guzu Gallery in Austin, Texas.

We love that Pinhead’s unforgettable cranium was crafted in 3D. The piece is mounted inside a light box so that viewers can get the full demonic/angelic effect. He’s currently available for purchase here.
Buyer beware…

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Ready for some more awesome paper art?

These astonishingly intricate paper sculptures are the work of Virginia-based artist and professor Eric StandleyWe can’t stop staring at them. Eric uses multicoloured, layered paper and a laser cutter to create mesmerizing pieces that bear a remarkable resemblance to stained glass windows.

Visit Design Stories to view more of Eric’s amazing paper sculptures.

Gifted glass painter Judson Portzer created this awesome medieval portrait of the internet’s favourite sour-faced kitty, Tard the Grumpy Cat.
Entitled Sir Grumpsalot, this stained glass piece is part of an upcoming group exhibition taking place at the Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Grumpy Cat Art Project is exactly as wonderful as it sounds - it’s all artwork inspired by “The internet’s grumpiest cat.” (Who isn’t actually grumpy at all.)

There will be an online auction on the Lowe Mill website beginning on Monday, May 27, 2013 and end at 9 PM on May 31st. All proceeds from the auction will go to the contributing artists and to constructing a children’s playground at Lowe Mill. After the online auction ends, there will be a public art reception at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment center on May 31st from 6 PM to 9 PM.

Head over to Laughing Squid to preview more delightfully frowny pieces from The Grumpy Cat Art Project.

Gifted glass painter Judson Portzer created this awesome medieval portrait of the internet’s favourite sour-faced kitty, Tard the Grumpy Cat.

Entitled Sir Grumpsalot, this stained glass piece is part of an upcoming group exhibition taking place at the Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Grumpy Cat Art Project is exactly as wonderful as it sounds - it’s all artwork inspired by “The internet’s grumpiest cat.” (Who isn’t actually grumpy at all.)

There will be an online auction on the Lowe Mill website beginning on Monday, May 27, 2013 and end at 9 PM on May 31st. All proceeds from the auction will go to the contributing artists and to constructing a children’s playground at Lowe Mill. After the online auction ends, there will be a public art reception at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment center on May 31st from 6 PM to 9 PM.

Head over to Laughing Squid to preview more delightfully frowny pieces from The Grumpy Cat Art Project.

We love finding examples of people doing awesomely creative things with stained glass, so we were delighted to encounter the wonderfully geeky work of self-taught stained glass artist Evan Daniels.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Evan’s magnificent windows feature some of our favourite characters from video games such as Metroid, Halo, and Mega Man, superheroes like Iron Man, My Little Pony characters, and even the occasional TARDIS. Head over to Evan’s Etsy shop, MartianGlassWorks, to see more.

[via Kotaku]