Floral Wall Art Made with CNC Engraved Barn Board

This rustic guest room designed by Kara Paslay Designs is cowboy meets damsel, expressed through an amazing floral wall art feature donning a delicate pattern engraved in a weathered barn-board backdrop. Interior designer Kara and her husband Tim unholstered their high-tech tools once again – and if you love this, you’ve got to see their other projects! Using a CNC machine, they engraved Kara’s computer-generated flower design diagonally across the wall. We love the contrast between old and new, fresh and … (read more)

Iconic UP5 Pesce Chair made by B&B Italia

Designed in 1969 by Avant Garde Italian Architect, Gaetano Pesce, the UP 5 has stood the test of time and critics to become one of the most defining moments in the emergence of Italian Furniture design, as we know it today. Representing women in a metaphorical expression, the UP 5 is a carefully created statement by Pesce using a ball and chained female fertility figure to create the image of woman as a prisoner and victim, subservient to male prejudices. The political statement to “Big Mama” as the … (read more)

Wooden Christmas Decorations Made from Juniper Tree

These charming Christmas decorations were designed (and handmade) by Romanian artists Zsolt and Réka. Carved from Juniper wood, they are as natural as it gets, treated with only beeswax and linseed oil. Every step is done by hand: design, cutting, polishing. You can be assured you’ve got the most natural tree decoration possible. Aren’t the shapes cute? And the lines in the wood are simply nature at its best. And how apropos – decorating a tree with pieces of a tree, it’s almost a tribute tree. From … (read more)

Arguments made in ‘Company Doe’ case in federal appeals court

Arguments made in ‘Company Doe’ case in federal appeals court

Was a Maryland district court justified in conducting months of secret litigation and sealing all court records in a lawsuit brought by a corporation the court allowed to be known only as "Company Doe"? That was the crux of the issue debated yesterday in arguments before a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va. The lawsuit filed by the company—Company Doe v. Public Citizen—is of significant public interest because it focuses on whether a report alleging that the company’s product harmed … (read more)

World Maker Faire celebrates all things made by hand

World Maker Faire celebrates all things made by hand

On Sept. 21 and 22, the World Maker Faire descends on New York City. It’s a festival featuring all things made by hand, from handcrafts to sophisticated science projects—a real treat for DIYers. And Consumer Reports is joining the exhibitors this year.

Consumer Reports has a lot in common with the so-called maker movement, and our collective DIY mindset melds well with the spirit of Maker Faire. We test all sorts of products in our labs—vacuum cleaners, (read more)

Finding appliances made entirely in America can be tricky

Finding appliances made entirely in America can be tricky

The recent news that four foreign manufacturers were penalized for dumping washing machines here, sometimes selling them at 82 percent below market value, is sure to stir up the Made-in-America debate anew. But buying an appliance made in the U.S. and buying one made solely with American parts and labor are two entirely different things.

The ruling against Daewoo, Electrolux, LG, and Samsung, cheered by Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Whirlpool, came after our magazine feature on Made in America products(read more)

Generators can be made safer by adapting current technology

Generators can be made safer by adapting current technology

Carbon monoxide from gasoline-powered generators kills more than 70 people a year but technology available today could drastically reduce the emissions that cause those deaths, according to a new study from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. By adapting the emission controls used on small motorcycles for generators, the margin of safety for consumers would be increased twelve-fold, the agency reported.

Deaths related to portable generators have been on the rise since 1999 and as a result, the CPSC … (read more)