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98 Innovations in Fashion, Tech & Design

A Review of the Most Bizarre and Interesting Concepts

— June 3, 2014 — Fashion
Innovations are constantly emerging in fashion, technology and design. In the past decade alone, tech and design have revolutionized our culture more so than the 100 years prior. The sleek smartphones in our pockets are more powerful than the PCs we owned high school. Fashion is constantly in a state of change, and with the rise of blogging, red carpet obsession, runway glam and glitzy editorials, it's hard not to notice how fast fashion moves in present culture. One day it's leather jogging pants, the next day it's oversized Pharrell hats.

But what are the major "firsts" in fashion, tech and design that really shaped who we are today? How have these breakthroughs changed our lives? Do you remember your first encounter with the ones that made our list?

After reviewing hundreds of trends in fashion, tech and design, we pulled together some bizarre and interesting examples that impacted our day-to-day lives and changed how interpret and interact with the world around us.

We examined quirky wearable tech gadgets packed with WiFi and GPS -- two technological firsts that when originally introduced were expensive and difficult to use, but eventually paved the way for modern mobile browsing. Smartphones, tablets and iProducts are frequent on this list since they are the devices that have shaped us the most. Remember the first time listening to an iPod? What about sending a text to a friend on the other side of the country? Those experiences are taken for granted because they're so common now. You'll also see a fair amount of social media here, as it's become a staple in the Web 2.0 landscape and an integrated part of the modern human experience.

In fashion, we reflected on classic trends inspired by icons like Greta Garbo, Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. We looked at emerging patterns in modern fashion while showcasing the blogosphere's impact on the industry

Design is something that's more appreciated thanks to luminaries like Jackson Pollock, Frank Gehry and Steve Jobs, and our list showcases the best in design from tech and advertising to architecture and art. We love DIY design and it's a trend that appears a lot in our list. With sites like Behance and Deviant Art, along with online stores like Etsy, it's easier for designers, artists and creatives to share their work with world.

Now, we want to hear about your "firsts". What was the spark that set you on path of curiosity; the inspiration that lead you down the road you're currently traveling on? Maybe it was you that first invention you crafted in your parent's basement? Perhaps you saw a runway show that inspired you to create your own fashion blog.

Share your monumental firsts and learn more about how Vodafone wants to create a first you've never experienced. 10 lucky people will get to do something amazing for the first time -- and you could be one of them!
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Distinctly Forceful Keys
Distinctly Forceful Keys
The D-Key by Daniel Neale is an Upgraded Allen Key
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97
Ticking Heartbeat Clocks
Ticking Heartbeat Clocks
Ivor Williams Designed a Clock That Shows the Beating of Your Heart
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96
Tablet-Mimicking Smartphones
Tablet-Mimicking Smartphones
Hisense Created a Smartphone That Acts Like a Tablet for CES 2014
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95
Portable Gym Performance Trackers
Portable Gym Performance Trackers
Gymsight Sends Data from Gym Equipment to Your Smartphone
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94
Multilingual Speakers
Multilingual Speakers
The Boom Boom Wireless Speaker by Mathieu Lehanneur is Clever
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93
Inaugural Celebrity Fashion Covers
Inaugural Celebrity Fashion Covers
Kanye & Kim Star In the First Ever Family Vogue Photo Shoot
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92
Definitive Cubed Abodes
Definitive Cubed Abodes
The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank is Located in Israel
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91
Digital Hotspot Onesies
Digital Hotspot Onesies
The BB.Suit Turns its Wearer into a Human WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth Hotspot
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90
Style Blogger Shoe Collections
Style Blogger Shoe Collections
The SM X Blonde Salad Collection Brings Blogging to High Fashion
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89
Fully Synchronized Phones
Fully Synchronized Phones
The Seed Phone Links up All Devices
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88
Sleek Wireless Security Systems
Sleek Wireless Security Systems
Dropcam Tab Keep Tabs on What's Open or Closed
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87
Heartbeat-Synced Clocks
Heartbeat-Synced Clocks
The UJI Clock by 'Being and Dying' Changes the Way One Thinks About Time
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86
Individually Customized Designer Gowns
Individually Customized Designer Gowns
The Tinker Tailor Bridal Application Modifies Luxe Dresses
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85
GPS Footwear Lines
GPS Footwear Lines
The Feel Your Way SuperShoe Directs Users Via Smartphone Technology
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84
Round Galatic Birdhouses
Round Galatic Birdhouses
This Death Star Birdhouse is a Cosmic Avian Home
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83
Long-Lasting Wireless Mice
Long-Lasting Wireless Mice
This Rapoo Mouse Will Have You Working From Anywhere in the House
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82
Crowdsourced Celeb Tee Designs
Crowdsourced Celeb Tee Designs
Teeology.com is a New Brand by Jennifer Lopez
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81
Cinema-Style Smartphone Ads
Cinema-Style Smartphone Ads
Apple Introduces the Incredibly Eye-Popping iPhone 6 Cinema Ad
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80
Leaning Oval Vessels
Leaning Oval Vessels
The Egg Decanter is Inclined to Aerate Your Beverage in an Organic Manner
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79
Artillery Drinking Ware
Artillery Drinking Ware
Make Your Next Party Remarkable with the Bombs Away Shot Glass Set
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78
Transparent Path-Connected Buildings
Transparent Path-Connected Buildings
Eckwerk Brings Together Five Towers in a Distinct Manner
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77
Ultra-Secure Smartphones
Ultra-Secure Smartphones
The Snowden Phone Can Encrypt Calls and Texts
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76
Wrist-Worn Computer Concepts
Wrist-Worn Computer Concepts
This Wrist Communicator is a Wearable Computer for Your Wrist
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75
Clothing Comparison Apps
Clothing Comparison Apps
Virtusize Helps You Compare Clothing Size Online with What You Own
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74
Adorable Anime Timepieces
Adorable Anime Timepieces
Cakes with Faces Watch Collection is Inspired by Japanese Pop Culture
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73
Wireless Phone-Charging Speakers
Wireless Phone-Charging Speakers
The Glowdeck is a Wireless Speaker That Charges Your Smartphone
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72
Balcony-Focused Housing
Balcony-Focused Housing
The Collective Housing Project by Vitor Vilhena Arquitectura Aids People
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71
Vertical Train Hubs
Vertical Train Hubs
This Futuristic Train Station Saves a Ton of Space
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70
Versatile Z-Shaped Stools
Versatile Z-Shaped Stools
Zoo by MAYICE is a Minimalist Multifunctional Seating Option
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69
White-Washed Terraced Abodes
White-Washed Terraced Abodes
Studio Arte Updates the Casa dos Terracos in Portugal
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68
Rugged GPS Cameras
Rugged GPS Cameras
Record and Track an Adventure Using the Garmin Virb Elite
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67
Cell-Embedded Tablets
Cell-Embedded Tablets
The S.Max is a Smartphone-Nested Concept Device That Rivals the iPad
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66
Angular Joint Furnishings
Angular Joint Furnishings
The Woodkid Chair by Andreason and Leibel is a Fresh Take on Tradition
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65
Sleek Military-Durable Cases
Sleek Military-Durable Cases
The New Speck Durafolio Case Collection is Slim and Protective
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64
Solar-Powered GPS Trackers
Solar-Powered GPS Trackers
The Retrievor Makes Finding Lost Pets and Electronics a Breeze
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63
Angular Loft Abodes
Angular Loft Abodes
The Islington House by Neil Dusheiko Architects is a Modern Haven
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62
Stewardess Evolution Catalogs
Stewardess Evolution Catalogs
Uniform Freak Shows How the Stewardess Has Evolved Over the Years
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61
Finger-Shaped Touchscreen Tools
Finger-Shaped Touchscreen Tools
The Thumb Extender Stylus is a Natural Extension of the Hand
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60
Playful Plywood Editorials
Playful Plywood Editorials
Giampaolo Sgura shoots for Interview Magazine Germany March 2014
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59
Immersive Gaming Vests
Immersive Gaming Vests
The KOR-FX Vests Allow Gamers to 'Feel' Explosions and Gunshots
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58
Split Solar Tables
Split Solar Tables
The Lucio Table Charges Appliances No Matter Where it Is
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57
Smartphone-Controlled Telescopes
Smartphone-Controlled Telescopes
Celestron’s Cosmos WiFi Telescope Offers New Star-Gazing Me
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56
Sci-Fi Nutcrackers
Sci-Fi Nutcrackers
The Star Wars Tie Fighter Nutcracker Resembles an Infamous Ship from the Film
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55
Delectable Celebrity Pizzas
Delectable Celebrity Pizzas
Chef Domenico Crolla is Truly a Pizza Artisan
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54
Sculptural Glass Vessels
Sculptural Glass Vessels
Laura Jungmann Creates Upcycled Glass Receptacles
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53
Self-Charging Cloud Tables
Self-Charging Cloud Tables
The Cloud Table by Studio Maks Lets You Leave Your Charger at Home
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52
Cartoon Icon Ice-Markers
Cartoon Icon Ice-Markers
The Homer Ice Cube Tray from Shopjeen is Cleverly Cool
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51
Retro Console Board Games
Retro Console Board Games
This Shogi Board Game is Designed in the Likes of Nintendo Game Boy
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50
Lasting Titanium Smartphones
Lasting Titanium Smartphones
The Gresso Radical Has a Strong and Extremely Durable Titanium Body
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49
Personalized Coffee Cup Illustrations
Personalized Coffee Cup Illustrations
Gabriel Lafitte Nkweti Draws Customers' Names on Coffee Cups
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48
Swank WiFi Headphones
Swank WiFi Headphones
The Streamz Headphones Can Receive and Play Music Wirelessly
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Digital Wardrobe Apps
Digital Wardrobe Apps
The iPhone App FIGR Lets Fashionistas Create Personal Virtual Ensembles
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46
Ultra-Slim Keyboard Cases
Ultra-Slim Keyboard Cases
The QODE Thin Type Keyboard is Designed for the iPad Air
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45
Playful Balloon Furnishings
Playful Balloon Furnishings
These Niels Schuurmans Designs Embody a Whimsical Aesthetic
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44
DIY Candle Makeovers
DIY Candle Makeovers
The 'Almost Makes Perfect' Blog Updates Drugstore Candles
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43
Sailor Tattoo Beer Branding
Sailor Tattoo Beer Branding
Brasserie Artisanale Du Château's New Look is Hipster and Vintage
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Monochromatic Menswear-Inspired Fashion
Monochromatic Menswear-Inspired Fashion
The Vogue Thailand April 2014 Issue Stars Iris Strubegger
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41
Wristwatch Boarding Passes
Wristwatch Boarding Passes
The Sony SmartWatch 2 Can Function as a Wearable Boarding Pass
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40
Smart Trackable Luggage
Smart Trackable Luggage
University of Waterloo Students Invent ‘Smart Luggage’ That Wont Get Lost
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39
Whimsical Animal Lamps
Whimsical Animal Lamps
Illuminite's Decorative Night Lights are Eccentric and Original
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60s-Inspired Vases
60s-Inspired Vases
Bonaguro Giorgio Creates the Tapio Vases
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37
Bold Cartoon-Inspired Sneakers
Bold Cartoon-Inspired Sneakers
The New Converse ‘PLAY’ Collection is Colorfully Quirky
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36
Flowing Unibody Shelves
Flowing Unibody Shelves
Zaha Hadid Uses Black Marble to Create This Beautifully Unique Design
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Playfully Bouncy Seating
Playfully Bouncy Seating
The Boing Chair by Karim Rashid is Colorful and Stackable
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34
Earth-Encompassed Timepieces
Earth-Encompassed Timepieces
The Seiko Astron Stratosphere Watch Adjusts Automatically
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33
Snapable Silicone Lids
Snapable Silicone Lids
The SipSnap Cup Lids by Double Double Fit Any Cup Size
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32
Shipping Container Clinics
Shipping Container Clinics
This Mobile Health Center is Helping Impoverished Cambodian Communities
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31
Faux Cushioned Ceramic Mugs
Faux Cushioned Ceramic Mugs
Oli Divisova's Ceramic Mug is Sculpted to Look as Soft as a Pillow
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30
GPS-Enabled Wrist Watches
GPS-Enabled Wrist Watches
The Suunto Ambit2 is an All-in-One Device for Worldwide Adventurers
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Dog-Faced Mobile Accessories
Dog-Faced Mobile Accessories
These Keora Keora iPhone Covers are a Great Gift for Animal Lovers
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28
GPS-Infused Jewelry Boxes
GPS-Infused Jewelry Boxes
The Döttling Portable Jewelry Box is Perfect for Thief-Wary Travell
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27
Holographic Touchscreen Smartphones
Holographic Touchscreen Smartphones
The iPhone Diorama by Mike Ko Imagines a 3D Display
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26
Vintage Radio Phone Docks
Vintage Radio Phone Docks
This Phone Dock Deceivingly Looks Like a Retro Wooden Radio
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25
Stunning Statuesque Model Shoots
Stunning Statuesque Model Shoots
The 'Perfect Ten' Editorial in the W Magazine March Issue is Epic
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Diamond-Inspired Tents
Diamond-Inspired Tents
This Extreme-Weather Multi-Purpose Tent is Structured Like a Diamond
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Programmable Kinetic Lighting
Programmable Kinetic Lighting
The Latest LASVIT Lighting Uses Electricity to Move
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Juxtaposed Style Shoots
Juxtaposed Style Shoots
Tom Allen Shoots Julia Frauche for Harper’s Bazaar UK February 214
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Eco-Friendly High Tops
Eco-Friendly High Tops
The People's Movement Offer Environmentally Sustainable Shoes
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Minimalist Bluetooth Headphones
Minimalist Bluetooth Headphones
The Piston Bluetooth Headphones Stream Good Wireless Vibes
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19
Luxe Lingerie Celeb Editorials
Luxe Lingerie Celeb Editorials
The Wonderland Magazine Summer 2014 Cover Shoot Stars Mariah Carey
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Sand Writhing Swimwear Ads
Sand Writhing Swimwear Ads
Calzedonia Beachwear Collection 2014 Lookbook Stars Cameron Russell
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Interactive Mobile Timepieces
Interactive Mobile Timepieces
The Neptune Pine Smartwatch Was Showcased at 2014 CES
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16
Smartphone Photography Accessories
Smartphone Photography Accessories
The Moment Lens by Marc Barros Provides Slim Quality Optics
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Stylishly Foldable Bicycles
Stylishly Foldable Bicycles
The Gi-Bike is a Convenient Commuter Bike That Folds Up to Save Space
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14
Minimalist Circular Docks
Minimalist Circular Docks
The Oree Pebble 2 Charger Looks More Like a Pedestal
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13
Versatile Smart Earphones
Versatile Smart Earphones
The Dash Smart Earphones Do More Than Just Deliver Music to Your Ears
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12
Technicolor Temporary Hair Chalks
Technicolor Temporary Hair Chalks
This Temporary Hair Dye Comes in a Stick of Chalk
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11
Life-Capturing Cams
Life-Capturing Cams
LifeLogger Records Life's Most Memorable Moments
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10
Undulating Timber Coffeehouses
Undulating Timber Coffeehouses
The Six Degrees Cafe is a Cozy Retreat
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9
Ethical Shopping Sites
Ethical Shopping Sites
Magnifeco is an Eco-Fashion Source Featuring All Things Socially Good
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8
All-White Fashion Editorials
All-White Fashion Editorials
Harper’s Bazaar Latin America January 2014 Stars Valentina Zely
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DIY Dip-Dyed Jewelry
DIY Dip-Dyed Jewelry
The Merrythought Shows How to Make this Macrame Tassel Necklace
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6
Theatrical Couture Closet Editorials
Theatrical Couture Closet Editorials
Harper’s Bazaar Singapore December 2013 Boasts Unique L
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5
Fashion Blogger Tees
Fashion Blogger Tees
Forever 21 Offers Line of Apparel Featuring Famous Online Fashionistas
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4
Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Pyle Audio Introduces the Street Blaster Bluetooth/NFC Sp
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3
Surreal Dreamlike Portraits
Surreal Dreamlike Portraits
Stoddard’s Human Portraits are Layered With Ominously Dystopic U
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2
Transformative Table-Shelves
Transformative Table-Shelves
The Convertible Table Shelf by Dot & Bo is a Real Shape-Shifter
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Positively Altered Logos
Positively Altered Logos
Christian Goldemann's Digitally Altered Logo Series Will Spark a Smile
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