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Top 100 Unique Trends of 2016

From Hot Sauce-Covered Cars to 18 Karat Gold Toilets

— January 30, 2017 — Unique
The prerequisite for a unique trend is that it is totally unlike anything else (i.e. unique,) but the top 2016 unique trends show that even within totally individualized groups, connections begin to emerge. While the 2016 unique trends are virtually unprecedented in terms of content, their raisons de etre often line up with one another.

For instance, many of the unique trends are the result of shrewd and inventive marketing campaigns. As our FREE 2017 Trend Report shows, breaking down convention is essential for effectively cutting through the noise of other companies' campaigns. The Lexus Sriracha IS, for example, is a co-branding effort between Lexus and Huy Fong Foods, the makers of the popular hot sauce. Further, the street performances put on by Giffgaff, a UK telecoms company, brought passersby into surreal live activities to show them the freedom of using the service.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Infantile Self-Cleaning Appliances
Infantile Self-Cleaning Appliances
Hyerim Shin's 'Graduate Shows' Products Borrow Baby Behaviors
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98
Inflatable Samurai Helmets
Inflatable Samurai Helmets
The Dodeca Samurai Helmet Makes You Look Like a Traditional Warrior
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97
Sleeve Fan Attachments
Sleeve Fan Attachments
These Fan Attachments Help Combat Heat in The Summer
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96
Cooperative Dining Tables
Cooperative Dining Tables
'Sati Tala' is a Dining Table for Two with a Balancing Tabletop
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95
Soap-Dispensing Urinals
Soap-Dispensing Urinals
This Multi-Functional Urinal is Much More Hygienic Than Most
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94
High-End Canine Wines
High-End Canine Wines
Apollo Peak Recently Debuted a Line of Dog-Friendly Wines
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93
Sleep-Inducing Water
Sleep-Inducing Water
Glaceau's 'Sleep Water' is a Beverage for a Restful Sleep
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92
18-Karat Gold Toilets
18-Karat Gold Toilets
This Golden Toilet is on Display at a Museum in New York City
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91
High-Fashion Foam Clogs
High-Fashion Foam Clogs
Crocs Made a High-Fashion Debut at London Fashion Week
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90
Nut Juice Hybrids
Nut Juice Hybrids
This Milk Alternative is Prepared with a Blend of Nuts and Vegetables
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89
Hand-Painted Knot Pillows
Hand-Painted Knot Pillows
These Tubular Pillows Can Help Owners Practice Their Sailor's Knots
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88
Wizardly Breakfast Experiences
Wizardly Breakfast Experiences
The 'Breakfast at Hogwarts' Experience Lets Fans Dine Like Wizards
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87
Artificial Memory Implants
Artificial Memory Implants
'Neurofeedback' Allows False Memories to Be Added to the Brain
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86
GPS Dog Hats
GPS Dog Hats
Volkswagen's 'Connected Dog' Concept Helps Pets Become Autonomous, Safely
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85
Knitting Rocking Chairs
Knitting Rocking Chairs
Rocking Knit Creates a Hat as a Person Rocks in the Chair
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84
Binge-Watching Headsets
Binge-Watching Headsets
The Binge On Up Headset Allow Users to Watch Their Favorite Shows Anywhere
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83
Bread-Bursting Busts
Bread-Bursting Busts
The Oneirophrenia Sculpture Series Features Surrealist Explosions of Faces
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82
Mosquito-Killing Streetlights
Mosquito-Killing Streetlights
These Smart Streetlights Perform Many Different Functions
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81
Cheesy Nail Designs
Cheesy Nail Designs
These Swiss Cheese Nails are a Holey Manicure Option
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80
Clothing-Optional Pop-Ups
Clothing-Optional Pop-Ups
'The Bunyadi' Pop-Up Will Allow Patrons to Dine in the Nude
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79
Protective Floating Swimwear
Protective Floating Swimwear
This Protective Swimwear Will Ensure That No One Drowns in Water
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78
Excrement-Themed Cafes
Excrement-Themed Cafes
This Toronto Dessert Restaurant is Looking to Change Peoples' Ideas of Poop
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77
Welder-Masked Menswear Editorials
Welder-Masked Menswear Editorials
Nepenthes Shows Eclectic Japanese Styles with 'Work in Progress'
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76
Treasure Hunt Warehouses
Treasure Hunt Warehouses
Kouraku Kiln Created a Fun Service to Alleviate Unsold Goods
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75
Intergalactic Theme Parks
Intergalactic Theme Parks
Star Wars Theme Parks are Becoming a Reality
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74
Whipped Chocolate Butter
Whipped Chocolate Butter
Lewis Road Creamery's 'Chocolate Butter' Blends a Sweet Spread and Dairy
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73
Lickable Perfumes
Lickable Perfumes
Edible Fragrance Factory is a Line of Unique and Tasty Scents
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72
Bicycle Brake Mugs
Bicycle Brake Mugs
This Unique Coffee Mug Features a Handle Made from a Bicycle Brake
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71
Ice Pop Cocktail Mixers
Ice Pop Cocktail Mixers
The Alcoholic Mixers by Savory 'Sicles Take the Form of Ice Pops
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70
Anime-Infused Contact Lenses
Anime-Infused Contact Lenses
These Smart Custom Contact Lenses Could Help Pokémon Go Players
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69
Gravity-Defying Street Art
Gravity-Defying Street Art
These Installations Put a Twist on Commonly Seen Street Clutter
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68
Memory-Focused Typography
Memory-Focused Typography
La Petite Mort's Morphing Typeface Deteriorates Over Time Like Memories
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67
Pink Face Highlighters
Pink Face Highlighters
Jeffree Star's Regina George is a Mean Girls-Inspired Highlighter
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66
Cost-Free Modern Homes
Cost-Free Modern Homes
This Free Home Can Be Won Through a Lottery Process
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65
Bottled Deep Sea Water
Bottled Deep Sea Water
'Kona Deep' is a Desalinated Beverage from Deep-Ocean Currents
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64
Crocheted Coral Sculptures
Crocheted Coral Sculptures
This Intricate Coral Museum Display Looks Like a Real Coral Reef
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63
Cheesy Wine Candies
Cheesy Wine Candies
Puccho's 'Ajiyui' Series of Japanese Candies Includes a Wine and Cheese Flavor
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62
VR Dining Experiments
VR Dining Experiments
'Project Nourished' Pairs 3D-Printed Food with Virtual Reality
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61
Stock Market-Inspired Bars
Stock Market-Inspired Bars
Asia's 'Wolf Market' Lets Patrons Drive the Prices of Drinks Up or Down
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60
Embroidered Bread Art
Embroidered Bread Art
Terézia Krnáčová's 'Everyday Bread' Project Utilizes Intricate Stitching
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59
Food-Shaped Socks
Food-Shaped Socks
These Quirky Socks Take After the Shape of Different Foods
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58
Driverless Racing Cars
Driverless Racing Cars
Roborace Reveals the Daniel Simon's Designs for the Big Event
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57
Dark Creature Drones
Dark Creature Drones
This Drone Prank Involved the Creation of a Flying Dementor
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56
Fast Food Robot Chefs
Fast Food Robot Chefs
Momentum Machines is Opening a Robot Fast Food Joint in San Francisco
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55
Artist-Inspired Socks
Artist-Inspired Socks
These Themed Socks Include Names Like Vincent Van Toe and Feetasso
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54
Feline-Inspired Footwear
Feline-Inspired Footwear
This Cat Footwear Collection by Randa Celebrates a Popular Instagram Pet
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53
Comically Insulting Card Games
Comically Insulting Card Games
This New Cards Against Humanity Game Mocks Donald Trump
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52
Business Card Embossers
Business Card Embossers
The 'Pocket Scrawl' Stamps Custom Info on Business Cards
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51
Denim Suit Jackets
Denim Suit Jackets
Ralph Lauren is Taking the "Canadian Tuxedo" to a New Level
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50
Artisan Leather Body Accessories
Artisan Leather Body Accessories
'Sampedro Accesories' Offers Luxurious Handmade Jewelry and More
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49
Humorous Eggplant Deliveries
Humorous Eggplant Deliveries
This Website Allows Users to Mail an Eggplant with a Personal Message
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48
TV-Friendly Beer Mugs
TV-Friendly Beer Mugs
The 'Better TV Viewing Beer Mug' Leaves Views to the Screen Unobstructed
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47
Cocktail-Mixing Dresses
Cocktail-Mixing Dresses
Anouk Wipprecht's 'Drinkbot' Dress Pours Cocktail Shooters
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46
Cat-Shaped Bread Loaves
Cat-Shaped Bread Loaves
Rato Kim is a Korean Toy Artist Who Makes 'Cat Bread'
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45
Hot Sauce-Covered Cars
Hot Sauce-Covered Cars
The 2017 Lexus Sriracha IS Is a Food-Themed Car with Hot Sauce in the Paint
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44
River Stone Art Machines
River Stone Art Machines
The 'Jller' Sorts Pebbles Automatically by Their Geological Age
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43
Candy Floss Hairstyles
Candy Floss Hairstyles
The Rick Owens Fall Show Has Inspired a Cotton Candy Hair Movement
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42
Extravagant Mermaid Crowns
Extravagant Mermaid Crowns
Chelsea Shiels' Accessories are Perfect for Beach Weddings
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41
Shoe-Shaped Churches
Shoe-Shaped Churches
This Taiwanese Church is Shaped Like a High Heeled Shoe
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40
Instant Coffee Beans
Instant Coffee Beans
This Coffee Concept Turns Compressed Instant Coffee into Beans
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39
Bizarre Food-Themed Shirts
Bizarre Food-Themed Shirts
The 'Psychic Curry T-shirt' is a Realistic Print of Japanese Curry
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38
Standing Pool Sculptures
Standing Pool Sculptures
This Van Gogh-Inspired Sculpture Looks Like It is Defying Gravity
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37
Round Beach Towels
Round Beach Towels
Roundie Towels Make for Stylish and Spacious Beach Accessories
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36
Potato Chip Holders
Potato Chip Holders
Chip Fingers Allow Users to Eat Chips Without Getting Fingertips Greasy
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35
Uncanny Organic Tech Devices
Uncanny Organic Tech Devices
Mio Izawa's Art Pieces Merge Technology with Organs
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34
Match-Sized Flashlights
Match-Sized Flashlights
The 'MBI Matchlight' is the World's Smallest Flashlight
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33
Wearable Flying Cameras
Wearable Flying Cameras
The 'nixie' is a Wearable Drone That Can Be Worn Like a Watch
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32
Otherworldly Bonsai Sculptures
Otherworldly Bonsai Sculptures
This Bonsai Art Series Imagines Alien-Like Species and Planters
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31
Realistic Octopus Backpacks
Realistic Octopus Backpacks
The 'Octopus George' Bag Looks Like an Octopus Hanging Off Its Wearer
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30
Cloud-Making Machines
Cloud-Making Machines
This Service Makes Customized Clouds for Various Outdoor Events
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29
Glass Art Urns
Glass Art Urns
These Artful Ashes Urns Turn the Deceased Into Beautiful Glasswork
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28
Unusually Interactive Cat Accessories
Unusually Interactive Cat Accessories
These Interactive Cat Toys Let You Lick Your Cat
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27
Handcrafted Artisan Lollipops
Handcrafted Artisan Lollipops
This Fun Candy Features the Mona Lisa and Zombies
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26
Musically Enhanced Wines
Musically Enhanced Wines
A Georgian Wine Brand Uses Music in Its Wine-Making Process
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25
Ergonomic Standing Desk Mats
Ergonomic Standing Desk Mats
The CubeFit TerraMat is Designed to Keep You Healthy and Productive
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24
Hands-Free Umbrellas
Hands-Free Umbrellas
These Inverted Umbrellas Clevery Attach to Your Wrist
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23
Cat-Carrying Hoodies
Cat-Carrying Hoodies
These Cat Hoodies Were Made to Comfortably Carry Pets in the Summer Months
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22
Extremely Long-Lasting Roses
Extremely Long-Lasting Roses
The Venus Et Fleur Rose Shop Crafts Roses that Stay Fresh for a Year
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21
Reactive Mirror Fragments
Reactive Mirror Fragments
This Mirror Responds to People as They Look into It
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20
Disguised Shoebox Strongboxes
Disguised Shoebox Strongboxes
The 'Mandem Safe' Protects Valuables While Looking Like a Nike Box
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19
Avant-Garde Furry Manicures
Avant-Garde Furry Manicures
This Manicure Style is Designed to Bring a Soft Touch to Fingernails
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18
Geeky Galactic Shades
Geeky Galactic Shades
Stormtroopers as Iconic Movie Characters Digitally Printed onto Blinds
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17
Ice Cream Capsules
Ice Cream Capsules
This Convenient Ice Cream Concept Boasts Brain-Boosting Properties
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16
Duvet-Covered Couches
Duvet-Covered Couches
The Inchworm Shezlong Uses a Duvet as Its Cushions
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15
Divorce-Simplifying Home Designs
Divorce-Simplifying Home Designs
This Floating House Concept Was Designed To Make Divorces Easier
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14
Mushroom-Based Leather
Mushroom-Based Leather
'Muskin' is a Plant-Based and Cruelty-Free Mushroom Leather
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13
Terrifying Reflective Car Decals
Terrifying Reflective Car Decals
Taobao's Decals Deter Drivers from Shining Their High Beams
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12
Marketing Street Performances
Marketing Street Performances
This Stunt Was Used to Engage Consumers One-on-One and Digitally
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11
Dual Transportation Auto Concepts
Dual Transportation Auto Concepts
The Audi Connected Mobility Comes with an Electric Longboard
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10
Lifelike Chain Sculptures
Lifelike Chain Sculptures
Young Deok Seo's Stunning Artwork Speaks to the Human Condition
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9
Free-Rotation VR Pods
Free-Rotation VR Pods
The Rotating Krush Moveo Simulation Pod is Showing Off At CES 2016
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8
Single-Seat Cars
Single-Seat Cars
The Vector May Be a Solution to Traffic Congestion
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7
Space-Saving Inflatable Bathtubs
Space-Saving Inflatable Bathtubs
This Tub Was Designed to Accommodate Growing Populations
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6
Crystalized Lip Looks
Crystalized Lip Looks
Johanna Adams Creates Mesmerizing Art on Lips Inspired by Crystal Formations
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5
DIY Flying Chairs
DIY Flying Chairs
The 'Manned Multicopter' Flies with the Use of Homemade Multirotors
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4
Futuristic Levitating Drinkware
Futuristic Levitating Drinkware
This Flying Cup Defies Gravity
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3
Photo-Finished Cube Furniture
Photo-Finished Cube Furniture
This Coated Foam Furniture Boasts Real-Life Images on its Designs
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2
Wearable Feline Headpieces
Wearable Feline Headpieces
Artist Housetu Sato Makes Photo-Realistic Fantasy Cat Heads
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1
Self-Balancing Motorcycles
Self-Balancing Motorcycles
The GyroCycle Stabilizes Itself with a Gyroscopic System
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