This week we find art in strange places, cheap storage solutions and geeky gifts laced with ulterior motives.  Enjoy the best of design from around the web.

  • Holy Hot Lava! Geology has never looked so artsy. This week Wired has assembled a visually delightful collection of geological maps of volcanoes from the United States and Japan.  The colors on these gorgeous maps represent the thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years of ash layers and lava flow.
  • Fast Design Co. has located the Most Fashionable Hot Water Bottle Ever. Re-imagined by Dutch design powerhouse Droog,  the pleated plush-covered surface not only transforms the bottle into objet d’art, the design does a better job of trapping heat than more traditional models.
  • It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts or ways to turn your significant other into a comic book fan. MTV Geek has a list of the 10 Best Comic Book Gifts for Women Who Aren’t Comic Book Readers (yet).
  • The one-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom Upper East Side Manhattan apartment belonging to fashion designer Zang Toi is on the market for a cool for $2.8M. The apartment features include 12’4″-high ceilings, moldings, marble mantels, grand fireplaces, and other Beaux-Arts details.  You can check out the mouth watering images of the luxury pad at Curbed.com.
  • The weekly Top Ten picks from The Dieline include packaging designs from Guinness, Bravo Gelato and a Before & After study of Ivory soap.
  • Over at Geeknaut, the writers know how much fanboys (and girls) love their MacBook and MacBook Pros. They’ve pulled together a gallery of 20 very cool looking MacBook sleeves for your favorite Apple device.
  • In Seeking Storage, Part 2: Building Cheap, Quick ‘n Dirty Storage from ScrapCore77 tackles the problem of creating well designed storage to house the never ending supply of stuff we all seem to accumulate.