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Top 100 Unique Trends of 2014

From Decapitated Doll Shoes to 3D-Printed Fingernails

— January 11, 2015 — Unique
It's hard to find rhyme or reason within the top 2014 unique trends because they're all over the map. One thing that remains constant across each wacky creation and bizarre concept is a desire to surprise consumers with the unexpected.

Unique trends are unique because they often do the opposite of what's familiar or coveted within mainstream culture. Conventional standards of beauty and attractiveness are routinely discarded in favor of the "ugly" or the "repulsive." For example, Klara Pernicova designed barrettes that take on the form of severed body parts, like cleaved-off ears. In another subversion of the beauty paradigm, footwear designer Jeffrey Campbell created a translucent platform shoe filled with the decapitated heads of Barbie dolls. A real-world example is found with the ungroomed armpit selfies that took off in China earlier this year, a trend which later expanded to include dying your own armpit hair.

To keep things weird (and wonderful) mosey on over to the Unique Trend Report.
6.1
Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Spaceship-Modelled Basements
Spaceship-Modelled Basements
Line Rainville Pays Ultimate Tribute to the Starship Enterprise
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98
Temporary Tattoo Crowns
Temporary Tattoo Crowns
Henna Heals by Frances Darwin Decorates Heads of Cancer Patients
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97
Metallic Tattoos
Metallic Tattoos
Flash Tattoos are Essentially Temporary Stick-On Jewelry
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96
Hi-Tech False Eyelashes
Hi-Tech False Eyelashes
Winkymote by Katia Vega Allows Blinks to Change Television Channels
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95
Whimsical Galactic Photography
Whimsical Galactic Photography
Photographer Mako Miyamoto Depicts Wookies Hanging Out on Earth
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94
Sphincter Sculpted Hotels
Sphincter Sculpted Hotels
A Stay Inside Joep Van Lieshout CasAnus is One You Won't Forget
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93
Illuminated Emotion Blankets
Illuminated Emotion Blankets
British Airways' Happiness Blanket Reflects a Traveler's Feelings
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92
Bizarre Tattoo Exhibits
Bizarre Tattoo Exhibits
The Human Gallery Displays Real Inked People as Fine Art
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91
Kid's Party-Inspired Weddings
Kid's Party-Inspired Weddings
This Birthday Wedding Theme is Playful and Personal
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90
Irresistibly Musky Business Cards
Irresistibly Musky Business Cards
These Pheromone Business Cards Reach Out to the Ladies
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89
Disturbing Living Accessories
Disturbing Living Accessories
Artist Klara Pernicova Strives to Unsettle People with Her Designs
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88
Customizable Selfie Sweaters
Customizable Selfie Sweaters
This Custom Shirt From Shelfies Makes a Print Out of Your Mug
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87
Ornate Masculine Masks
Ornate Masculine Masks
The Idriss Guelai Atelier Golden Age Collection is Eccentrically Luxurious
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86
Digital Projection Watches
Digital Projection Watches
The Ritot Watch by Ivan Powell and Paul Smith is the First of Its Kind
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85
Body-Augmenting Womenswear
Body-Augmenting Womenswear
The Mark and Estel Fall 2014 Fashions Play with Masculine Elements
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84
Reusable Protective Packaging
Reusable Protective Packaging
Fragile by Mireia Gordi Vila Could Do Away with Styrofoam Peanuts
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83
Sports-Recording Helicopters
Sports-Recording Helicopters
The Observer Camera Hovers Over the Action to Document Your Moves
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82
Tri-Cleavage Costumes
Tri-Cleavage Costumes
The Three-Boobed Girl Costume Will Make You a Triple Threat
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81
Razor-Sharp Furnishings
Razor-Sharp Furnishings
The Blade Table Embodies a Clean-Cut Design for the Contemporary Kitchen
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80
Marijuana Food Trucks
Marijuana Food Trucks
The Samich by MagicalButter Serves THC-Infused Sandwiches
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79
Tire-Embedded Tents
Tire-Embedded Tents
The Travel Tent Cleverly Contains a Single Sleeper Shelter in its Wheel
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78
Creepy Smartphone Protectors
Creepy Smartphone Protectors
The Rhubarb Gusokumushi iPhone Case is Shaped Like an Isopod Creature
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77
Dress Shirt Socks
Dress Shirt Socks
These Button Up Socks by Erimaki Sox Look Like Little Collared Shirts
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76
Upcycled Steampunk Sculptures
Upcycled Steampunk Sculptures
These Small-Scale Steampunk Sculptures Use Pocket Watch Parts
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75
Animal Awareness Tattoos
Animal Awareness Tattoos
WWF Russia's Wild Animal Tattoos Encourage Permanent Inking for Awareness
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74
Futurist Meeting Spaces
Futurist Meeting Spaces
The Long Now Foundation's The Interval Encourages Long-Term Thinking
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73
Deep Fried Spaghetti
Deep Fried Spaghetti
Dudefoods' Spaghetti Dog Recipe Puts Deep Fried Pasta on a Stick
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72
3D-Printed Fingernails
3D-Printed Fingernails
TheLaserGirls Manicures Give Dimension to Your Polish Job
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71
Typography Office Desks
Typography Office Desks
Fold Yard by Benoit Challand Makes Open Workspaces More Creative
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70
Faux Wood Leggings
Faux Wood Leggings
Adrienne Butikofer's Printed Leggings Give You the Look of Wooden Legs
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69
Nose-Altering Gadgets
Nose-Altering Gadgets
This Nose Shaper Strengthen Your Nose to Make it Perkier
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68
Small Space Reality Shows
Small Space Reality Shows
'Tiny House Nation' Focuses on the Cramped Architectural Movement
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67
Rotating Tire Automobiles
Rotating Tire Automobiles
The Duality Concept Car Evolves for Two Different Driving Conditions
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66
Problem-Solving Symbolic Illustrations
Problem-Solving Symbolic Illustrations
Eliza Gauger's Problem Glyphs Helps Get Rid of Negativity
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65
Bizarre Baby Artwork
Bizarre Baby Artwork
Johnson Tsang's Chubby Baby Sculpture Set Shows Dramatic Infant Portrayals
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64
Extraordinary Organic Eyes
Extraordinary Organic Eyes
PixieCold's Eye Makeup Turns Lashes into Leaves, Feathers and Wings
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63
Multi-Functional Key Designs
Multi-Functional Key Designs
The Quickey Multi-Tool is a Versatile Update
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62
Futuristic Skyscraper Cities
Futuristic Skyscraper Cities
Launchspire Rethinks Modern Architecture and Aviation
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61
Flatpack Concept Cars
Flatpack Concept Cars
The HERE Car Compresses for Compact Parking at Home and Out
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60
Sewer Pipe Seating
Sewer Pipe Seating
The Cloche Sofa Repurposes a NYC Drainage Tube as a Modern Movable
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59
Feet-Forming Slippers
Feet-Forming Slippers
The Fondue Slippers by Satsuki Ohata Amazingly Mold Around Your Feet
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58
RV-Yacht Hybrid Vehicles
RV-Yacht Hybrid Vehicles
Terra Wind by CAMI Travels as Easily in Water as It Does on Land
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57
Pay-Per-Minute Coffee Shops
Pay-Per-Minute Coffee Shops
The Ziferblat Cafe Offers Unlimited Drinks, Snacks and Wifi
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56
Mobile Eco Generators
Mobile Eco Generators
The Portable Wind Solar System Harnesses the Sun and Breeze Anywhere
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55
Decapitated Doll Shoes
Decapitated Doll Shoes
The Stride Bright, Stride Far Wedge is Made for Barbie Lovers
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54
Muscular Body Suits
Muscular Body Suits
This Muscle Suit from Flex Design is All You Need to Get a Toned Body
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53
Aussie Animal Pair Photography
Aussie Animal Pair Photography
These Adorable Animals Became Best Friends After Being Rescued
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52
Natural Hemp Sunglasses
Natural Hemp Sunglasses
The Hemp Eyewear Collection is Made Exclusively from Cannabis
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51
Fast Food Tattoos
Fast Food Tattoos
This Norwegian Teen Gets His McDonalds Receipt Tattooed on His Arm
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50
Beach Library Installations
Beach Library Installations
Herman Kompernas Promotes Reading by the Bulgarian Black Sea
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49
Neon Food Makeovers
Neon Food Makeovers
Colored Foods by Lawrie Brown is Not for Those with a Weak Stomach
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48
People-Tracking Lamps
People-Tracking Lamps
The Veilleuse Track Light Moves Back and Forth with the Person in the Room
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47
Nude Reactionary Portraits
Nude Reactionary Portraits
Trevor Christensen Strips Down Behind the Lens
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46
Smartphone-Stimulating Dishes
Smartphone-Stimulating Dishes
Intel Charging Bowl Debuted at CES 2014 as an Advanced Cordless Dock
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45
Cock-Inspired Stilettos
Cock-Inspired Stilettos
Bird-Witched by Masaya Kushino is Influenced by Painter Jakuchu Ito
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44
Garden-Embedded Interiors
Garden-Embedded Interiors
The SISII Office Brings Refreshing Elements Together Under One Roof
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43
Horror Movie Makeup
Horror Movie Makeup
This Scary Makeup Tutorial Recreates Silence of the Lambs
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42
Death Row Meal Photography
Death Row Meal Photography
This Henry Hargreaves Photography Series is Beautifully Compassionate
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41
Charity Pop-Up Shops
Charity Pop-Up Shops
The Street Store Provides Shopping Experience for Homeless Individuals
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40
Gender Fluid Fashion Shoots
Gender Fluid Fashion Shoots
Marcio Henrique Brandao Captured an Odd Men’s Fashion Editorial
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39
In-Home Tree Houses
In-Home Tree Houses
This Brooklyn Artist Built a Full-Sized Tree House in Her Loft
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38
LEGO Strip Club Sets
LEGO Strip Club Sets
Citizen Brick Creates Unofficial Set Called 'Center For The Performing Arts'
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37
Dissected Cartoon Illustrations
Dissected Cartoon Illustrations
Tea Wei Draws the Insides of Characters in These Cartoon GIFs
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36
Blob-Like Water Containers
Blob-Like Water Containers
The Ooho Water Bottle is an Edible Alternative to Plastic Versions
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35
Internally Filmed Kissing-GIFs
Internally Filmed Kissing-GIFs
The Outrageous 'Kiss Filmed Inside Mouth' GIF Has Gone Viral
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34
Dental-Bottomed Shoes (UPDATE)
Dental-Bottomed Shoes (UPDATE)
Fantich & Young are Back Implanting Teeth into Shoe Soles
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33
Animal Hybrid Ads
Animal Hybrid Ads
Smokaccino's Ads Combine Land and Sea Critters to Make Weird Animal Hybrids
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32
Futuristic Transforming Snowshoes
Futuristic Transforming Snowshoes
Flux by Eric Brunt Changes Shape and Size with Every Step
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31
Smart Toilet Paper Holders
Smart Toilet Paper Holders
The RollScout Sends an Alert When People are Low on Bathroom Tissues
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30
Shape-Shifting Car Tires
Shape-Shifting Car Tires
The eMembrane Tire Adapts Efficiently to the Present Driving Conditions
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29
Oversized Feline Couches
Oversized Feline Couches
Take a Cat Nap on this Oversized Cat Couch
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28
Bedsore-Preventing Mattresses
Bedsore-Preventing Mattresses
The Air Cocoon by Horatio Yuxin Han Provides Airflow for Comfort
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27
Patient-Starring Portraits
Patient-Starring Portraits
Shawn Van Daele Transforms Sick Children into Fairy Tales
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26
Flying Military Hybrid Vehicles
Flying Military Hybrid Vehicles
The Black Night Transformer is an Unmanned Helicopter Truck
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25
Boutique Cafe Hybrids
Boutique Cafe Hybrids
Citizenry in Toronto is Redefining the World of Cafes
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24
Ultra Small Bonsai Trees
Ultra Small Bonsai Trees
Cho-Mini Bonsai are Made with Cramped Spaces in Mind
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23
3D Printed Skulls
3D Printed Skulls
Dr. Bon Verweij Successfully Implanted a Tech-Made Cranium in the Netherlands
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22
Aquarium Kitchen Islands
Aquarium Kitchen Islands
Kolenik's Unique Kitchen Counter Has Places for Storage and Fish
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21
Paper-Inspired Water Bottles
Paper-Inspired Water Bottles
The Super Slim Memobottle is Easy to Pack for Everyday Use
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20
Dyed Armpit Hair
Dyed Armpit Hair
Roxie Hunt Colors Her Underarms to Match Her Bright Blue Coif
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19
Cliff-Hanging Houses
Cliff-Hanging Houses
Modscape Conceptualizes a Contemporary Home that Dangles Off of a Cliff
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18
Gun-Concealing Furniture
Gun-Concealing Furniture
New Jersey Concealment Furniture Creates Deceptive Designs
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17
DIY Growing Books
DIY Growing Books
Novel Planter Kits Allow People to Create Refreshing Vintage Home Decor
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16
Parking Spot Micro Homes
Parking Spot Micro Homes
The SCADPad Turns Public Garages into Mini Cities
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15
Super Slim Leather Wallets
Super Slim Leather Wallets
The Jasper Snap Wallet by Mr. Lentz is Compact and Contemporary
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14
Multi-Colored Birthday Cakes
Multi-Colored Birthday Cakes
The Rainbow Tie-Dye Surprise Cake Hides the Age Inside
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13
Creepy Cartoon Memes
Creepy Cartoon Memes
Paddington Bear Gets Classic Horror Movie Makeovers
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12
Anti-Loneliness Cafes
Anti-Loneliness Cafes
Stuffed Animals in 'Moomin Cafe' Never Let You Dine Alone
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11
Eco CO2 Washers
Eco CO2 Washers
The Supercritical Washing Machine Uses No Water and No Detergent
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10
Innovative Nail Varnish Printers
Innovative Nail Varnish Printers
This Nail Polish Machine Mixes From Your Stylish Inspirations
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9
Space-Saving Sleepers
Space-Saving Sleepers
The Suspended Bedroom is Both Practically and Stylishly Unique
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8
Bizarre Condom Cookbooks
Bizarre Condom Cookbooks
Manga Writer Kyosuke Kagami Promotes Condom Usage in Japan
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7
Fake Cookie Flavors
Fake Cookie Flavors
These Mock Oreo Cookie Flavors Celebrate National Junk Food Day
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6
Subcompact Expandable Campers
Subcompact Expandable Campers
The Split & Go Transforms from Car to Van for Extra Space on Command
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5
Ungroomed Armpit Selfies
Ungroomed Armpit Selfies
Chinese Teens Make Hairy Underarms Popular on Social Media
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4
Suspended Space-Saving Sleepers
Suspended Space-Saving Sleepers
The Space is Luxury Bed is Raised to the Ceiling When Not Used
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3
Artistic Skin Manipulation
Artistic Skin Manipulation
Juuke Schoorl's Skin Art Stretches Skin to Make Different Shapes
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2
Rugged Motorized Bicycles
Rugged Motorized Bicycles
The Motoped Survival Bike is Fit for a Savage Apocalypse
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1
Gill-Mimicking Scuba Masks
Gill-Mimicking Scuba Masks
The Triton Oxygen Respirator Extracts Air Underwater
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