German designer Elisa Strozyk can do no wrong in my book. She crafts beautiful flexible textiles out of wood making you wonder how she did it. Her Colored Wooden Rugs are another piece to her wooden textile puzzle of genius. Each rug is made up of rows of triangular shapes that are dyed to form various geometric patterns for the floor. Like her other works, the rugs are flexible and move on each side of every triangle letting you sculpt them into crumpled works of art or lay them flat on the floor.
Expired patents turned into design files for 3D printers
"If you look at the figures in older patents, the 19th century patents are really beautiful. They’re really works of art," said Galese to New York Times. Now with 3D printing these items can be brought to life showing the brilliant ideas of the past.
Galese has posted some of these forgotten inventions on Tumblr, called"Patent-able", with drawings and CAD models of objects. He has also uploaded them to Thingiverse community where you can download them and print your own.” ~ 3ders.org