Weird ideas from dutch eco designer

Where does inspiration come from? The depths of the soul? The back of the mind? Narnia? If you're constantly on the lookout for new sources of inspiration (and possibly a Christmas present), you might want to check out Helmut Smits' quirky book, 123 Ideas. It's filled with images, sketches, jottings and space to add your own thoughts.

Helmut Smits is a Rotterdam-based artist and designer. As well as other sculptures and public installations, Helmut creates pieces from recycled materials, such as his empty tin-can drum kit. Yes, a lot of the book's contents are silly. But in amongst the cheeky weirdness is a glimpse into a creative mind at work. Worth a look.