Creativity

This library ceiling net inspires kids to ‘hang out’ and read

How do you encourage kids to read? Turn libraries into fantasy jungle gyms. It seems to obvious, but that is exactly what Playoffice has designed for their latest project.  The Playoffice Library features a series of climbable nets across the ceiling that hover over the other library goers. The net offers a fun, comfortable, and safe place for kids to 'hang out' with their favorite book.  Parents can keep an eye on their kid from below keeping everyone in this library happy.  I am actually kinda jealous...When do we get these in the big-kid section?  ...
Art

Frozen moments of a bird in flight: Sølve Sundsbø

"Perroquet" is the high-speed photography series by renowned Swedish fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø. Inspired by his lifelong fascination with nature documentaries and science photography, these images manage to capture the frozen moment of a parrot in mid flight within a controlled studio environment. The strikingly saturated, tropical hues make for sweet eye candy. Cropped features give an abstract quality to the central focus - the bird's trademark plumage. A nuanced study of motion and vibrant colors, “Perroquet” proved Sundsbø’s talents while venturing outside his usual glossy editorials. British alternative band Friendly Fires later adopted these images for the artwork of their critically acclaimed 2011 album "Pala". ...
Art

Infinite staircase sculpture by David McCracken

Did you know that many classical sculptures, like Michelangelo's 'David,' are anatomically disproportionate specifically to be viewed from below? Manipulating perspective is not a new idea in art, but the aesthetics continually become modernized. This new sculpture titled Diminish and Ascend by artist David McCracken is a wonderful utilization of perspective for a surreal viewing experience. Diminish and Ascend is currently installed at the annual Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia. The seemingly endless welded aluminum stairs feel like they are right out of a Salvador Dalí painting. The stairs are incredibly thematically versatile changing from heavenly to apocalyptic with a simple shift in the weather. This is a sculpture that I would love to see in person. I wonder how far up the stairs I could get?  ...
Creativity

Disposable vegetable utensils by Quyun Deng

Children have always been taught to eat their vegetables. However, this time they will be allowed to eat with their vegetables. Project designer Qiyun Deng has created a beautiful set of utensils that exude with the beauty and texture of some of our favorite veggies. Qiyun Deng is a recent graduate from Switzerland’s Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne and his project is called Graft. This tableware is disposable and created from bioplastic PA, a material which is extracted from plants. It’s surprising to find that these utensils actually stem from nature and it's a material can be utilized for various modern purposes.  With this clever cutlery, everyone can enjoy eating their fruits and veggies!  ...
Art

The tall, dark world of Daniel Danger’s gothic illustrations

Daniel Danger is an illustrator, painter and printmaker who works out of New England. His monochromatic illustrations are remarkable for their painstakingly intricate details and haunting, Edward Gorey-esque quality. The sense of impending doom permeates every image. He paints a dark world where ghost children and silhouettes aimlessly wander amongst abandoned buildings and lost woods. In his eerie, dreamlike depictions, the human self is always swallowed up by the vastness of nature and man-made constructions that have become a wasteland of urban decay. Daniel Danger runs his own production and design company based out of Boston, MA called Tiny Media Empire. You can check out more of his mesmerizing works here. ...
Art

When classic paintings get a 21st century makeover

Kim Dong-kyu, aka "art x smart" has given famous masterpieces a 21st century technology makeover. What if the famous girl with the pearl earrings was just trying to take a selfie? Or the explanation for the infamous 'Scream' painting is that the poor guy is upset about a broken iPhone screen? You can now see what it would look like if all of those people in classic paintings by Van Gogh and Picasso had access to modern technology - to an amusing affect. Apparently, they would most likely be updating their Facebook statuses, taking landscape pictures and picking filters on Instagram. They do seem to exclusively prefer Apple products, though... ...
Creativity

‘Unlikely’ altered objects by Giuseppe Colarusso

Photographer and designer Giuseppe Colarusso has an ongoing series of work featuring improbable altered objects.  In the series, titled 'Unlikely', he highlights random functional items which become entirely useless in his new proposed design. Colarusso’s goal is to make the viewer stop and ponder the importance of these everyday objects. His work brings up questions of function due to their strange compositions and then makes the user appreciate the convenience in their specific functionality. A keyboard with hieroglyphics, a square-shaped rolling pin, or two cups of coffee in a can; who would use these? His website is filled with a bunch more concepts that will put a smile on a your face!  ...
Architecture

Environment friendly architecture in London: The Garden Bridge Trust

Thomas Heatherwick has released new concept images of the 'Garden Bridge Trust' planned to cross the banks of London’s River Thames.  His design supports a growing trend in 'green' city living by uniting functionality, a modern aesthetic, and environmentally conscious architecture. This 1,200-foot bridge will cost upward of $240-million to construct and the team hopes to break ground in 2015. The Garden Bridge Trust is still under public consultation through the end of the year as they attempt to raise funds for the project. If all goes well you will be able to pick flowers off of this masterpiece as early as 2017.  ...
Creativity

Masterfully crafted wicker lamps by CKR

The Sweden-based design studio CKR (Claesson Koivisto Rune) has created a collection of beautiful wicker lamps for the The Andes House’s Made in Mimbre line. The two collaborative studios had the opportunity to utilize the skill of the local Chilean artisans to produce the lamps, as well as help them preserve their ancient techniques in wicker weaving. The CKR team has designed three lamps with Spanish names in honor of the manufacturer’s origins. 'Medusa' is the lamp series that features an oval head rising atop many spindly legs. 'Chinita' is the name given to the petite, four-legged lamp. 'Bellota' is inspired from the shape of an acorn. ...
Design

Furniture design inspired by nature: The Ivy Chair

You can visually see the comfort in Enrico Gondim's new chair design. The seat cushion is not hidden underneath a coating of fabric or foam, but instead, it is beautifully exposed bringing pleasure to your eyes AND to your bum. The seat design of the Ivy Chair draws inspiration from culturally traditional processes and biomimicry principals. The felt cushion is hand woven using a palm weaving technique altered by Gondim for three-dimensional application. The weaving technique has roots within the mathematical principals frequently found in nature.  The result of applying this type of design to furniture is a modern aesthetic and a relaxing experience similar to lounging in a hammock.  ...
Creativity

Playful flexible shelving by Hafriko

Natascha Harra-Frischkorn of hafriko has created a unique shelving system that is more than meets the eye. Affectionally named, Chuck, this shelf is a flexible wood panel system that adapts to each items individual height. At first glance, and with nothing on it, Chuck appears to be a pretty straight-forward (if slightly bowing) shelf. But as you add items to the different layers it playfully adapts into a crooked kind of smile. The design consists of six layered wooden planks with 2 stainless steel brackets securing them to the wall. Each piece of wood can be adjusted individually so the user can fit their favorite objects on-top of, below and between the boards. Depending on how the items are placed on the shelf, the planks curve up or sag down adding a playful modern design element to your home or office.  ...
Art

‘Electric Blossom’ still life photography by Torkil Gudnason

Acclaimed Danish-born/New-York-based fashion photographer Torkil Gudnason has turned flowers into fine art with his Electric Blossom series. Heavily featured in both his personal and commercial projects, flowers are a recurring element and an obsession for Gudnason. Choosing the freshest of flora bathed in ethereal lighting, this collection of still life photographs is so rich in colors, textures and details that they almost look computer generated. Gudnason manages to capture their sumptuous, sensual, fragrant beauty up-close and personal. It’s like an explosion of delectable, gorgeous eye candy!   ...
Design

Modernized retro cartoon posters by Tom Whalen

Pennsylvania-based illustrator Tom Whalen is Alamo Drafthouse's go-to guy when it comes to contemporary movie posters of classic cartoons like '30s Disney shorts, Looney Tunes and Peanuts. His style is fun, playful, and retro with a modern touch. Among his many subjects are Steamboat Willie, Daffy Duck as Duck Dodgers, Dumbo, Pinocchio, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His work is so consistently excellent and prolific that his limited edition screenprinted posters are highly sought after by serious animation fans as collectible items. You’d be extremely lucky to own one of his prints!  You can check out more of his works at his official website, or head over to Mondo for an archive of his film posters. ...
Design

The electric Bike 13 is the future of cycling

Sometimes innovative tech needs to be explained through design language. As if to say, "Hey! This is the future. Pay attention." There have been countless e-bike designs around the physical and virtual world but none have turned my head quite like the new 'Bike 13' concept. This is a simple and beautiful piece of bicycling brilliance. It features a hybrid petal/electro engine that is tightly fit into the frame of the lightweight machine. The rear tire is self-locking, eliminating the need for clumsy bike locks. The sleek aluminum finish makes the Bike 13 look like it is from the future... which it kind is. The future of cycling.  ...
Art

Ikebana-inspired ceramic homewares series by Hanna Kruse

Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. It is literally translated as “living flowers.” The word is formed from the Japanese term ikeru, to 'keep something alive,' and hana, which translates to 'flower.'   This is what inspired Hanna Kruse, a German designer, in creating a homewares series called Soe and Toko & Noma. These items are made from ceramic, designed with a grate-like metal covering dabbed with geometric design patterns from copper wire and steel. These coverings allow the user to arrange flowers on top, or just harness the cup’s decorative function.   ...
Creativity

Dan Cretu’s fresh food sculptures

A photographer hailing from Romania, Dan Cretu has worked his way into the art scene by creating fun, everyday objects from food and taking photographs of them. He merges his skills in sculpting and assemblage to fabricate familiar items which are represented in a "fresh", new way.  He cuts, dices and forms the shapes out of these organic items and then photographs them. Dan says that his work is not altered digitally, and because of the medium’s nature, every object has to be made and photographed within 4 hours! His fresh fruit and vegetable prints are available in his Etsy shop. ...
Creativity

The Kaleidograph toy is an inspiration for designers of all ages

The idea behind the Kaleidograph toy is simple. You spread out the group of colorful cardboard patterns and begin to layer them on top of one another to create beautiful compositions.  The result is a creative process asking the user to make decisions about color, shape, and depth.  What is most amazing about the Kaleidograph design game is that it's simplicity allows it to transcend age, acting as an educational tool for youngsters and an inspirational tool for creative adults. A design office would not feel quite right without one of these games on their coffee table.  Check out the video below to see the Kaleidograph in action! If you want to pick one up for yourself you can head to their website here or even to the shop of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.     ...
Design

Custom elongated Jaguar E-Type with matching retro trailer

As if the Jaguar E-type was not long enough Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth have added a custom 4.5 inches onto the retro sports car. The change was made for a client who "wanted the interior leg room of a Series 3 V12 E-Type but the aesthetics of a Series 1 car."   The coolest part of this custom job is the fabricated E-type trailer for cargo-hauling in style. The trailer was constructed out of the car's rear-end after a front-end collision prompted the custom redesign. Only the bravest of designers mess with the celebrated Jaguar E-type, but Classic Motor Cars have added a great and interesting new perspective to the classic automobile.  ...
Illustration

Sci-fi book illustrations from the 1800s by Alphonse de Neuville

These illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Édouard Riou were produced for the 1871 Hetzel edition of Jules Verne's pioneering sci-fi novel "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." Even though they were printed over a century ago these drawings hold their own when compared to modern illustration. By today's standards, the notion of a giant sea creature seems like a B-movie cliché, but back then these drawings were the first fully realized glimpse into the French novelist's vision. Dark, strange and macabre, these highly detailed illustrations bring life to the classic underwater adventure novel.  ...
Art

Photographs of Iceland through the geometric filter of Siggi Eggertsson

Siggi Eggertsson has carved himself an unmistakable signature style - one that involves geometric shapes, gradients and grid-based patterns woven together in a sophisticated fashion. His illustrated series of Iceland's cityscapes and landscapes is like a gorgeous love letter to his homeland.  Factories, local markets, hillside towns and the countries infamous landscapes all come alive through the Icelandic illustrator's trademark style. From a distance, you can easily make out the scenery, but close-up, these pieces can pass as abstract art. If you dig his style, there’s more where this comes from at his official website. ...
Art

Dresses made out of balloons by Rie Hosokai

Japanese designer Rie Hosokai has a fascination with a unique fabric material: balloons. Together with art director Takashi Kawada, the collective known as 'Daisy Balloon' create exciting and elegant dresses made entirely from balloons of all shapes, sizes and colors. They're not exactly practical - the squeaking alone would drive anyone crazy. But, the craftsmanship and creativity on display here is museum quality. Rie Hosokai has successfully turned ‘knitting’ balloons into a sophisticated, wearable art form. You can expect to see Lady Gaga sporting these on the red carpet in the future!  See more of this crazy fashion on Daisy Balloon’s website. ...
Art

Wooden bags for creative style by DonguriCo

Wooden bags may seem like a strange alternative to the lighter fabric rucksacks, messenger bags and satchels we normally sport; especially when you consider the weight. However,  DonguriCo ’s Hikaru Yamaguchi have created a set of wood-based bags that will make you think again. Stylish and original, they’ve even solved the weight issues. Using lightweight paulownia wood, DonguriCo has created an elegant set of functional and fashionable bags. This alternative material bag is reinforced with a hardwood frame for strong durability. The minimal carry case has just two leather straps to elegantly secure all of the the pieces together keeping your phone, iPad, and notebooks safe from harm.  ...
Art

Iconic musician portraits scratched onto vinyl records by SMV

Scratch My Vinyl breathes new life into old records by embellishing the classic microgroove material with images of iconic musicians.  The art appropriately portrays vinyl-era artists such as  Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday.  The soft record material allows for a similar medium aesthetic to that commonly found in 'scratch board' art.  The face of each record is designed with energy, staying true to the passion of the music. Black and white acrylic paint is used to decorate the center labels of each unique vinyl disk. To see more of these reimagined record canvases head over the the SMV website here. Which of these these famous faces can you recognize?            ...
Design

Spruce Stove burns an entire tree, a little bit at a time

It turns out that thousands of years of chopping wood was a waste of time. The amazing Spruce Stove burns an entire tree, a little bit at a time, to keep your home warm. It's brilliant design allows you to slide a tree slowly into the stove cylinder and close a circular door around the log keeping the flames in and the burning controlled. As as each section of the log burns, you push a little more in the fire.  There are, of course, some drawbacks to this sort of home stove system. You need to have enough room to store bunches of entire stripped trees and you need two people (at least) to lift the tree onto the stand... but lets be honest, this isn't about convenience, it's about awesome.  If you are feeling inspired by this innovative design you better hurry over to Spruce Stove to reserve your heating unit because they are producing a limited edition of just 10!    ...
Architecture

The futuristically groovy Bubble House

The Bubble House (Palais Bulles) is the groovetastic love child of legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin and Hungarian architect Antti Lovag. Located just outside of Cannes, this groundbreaking achievement of eccentricity and extravagance was built from 1975 to 1989 and has already been declared a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture. The sheer scope and scale of the construction alone is astounding. The crazy architectural design features a spiderweb gate, spherical structures, and a panoramic lounge room decorated by contemporary interior designers. Even Austin Powers would consider this a bit out there! ...
Art

Photographs of well-loved teddy bears by Mark Nixon

Photographer Mark Nixon has tugged on nostalgic heart strings with his new series of much-loved teddy bear portraits. His images feature well-worn bears of all shapes and sizes that appear a little lonely and forgotten but also respected and proud.  Childhood stuffed animals project nostalgia from the perspective of an adult. They embody a sense of idyllic innocence, companionship and loyalty. As a 'grown-up' looking back, the objects have transformed from a naive comfort toy into a scary indicator of time and age. It is this juxtaposition which makes these simple photographs so moving. Do you remember your childhood bear friend? ...
Art

Ethereal headdresses by Maiko Takeda

The Japanese milliner Maiko Takeda creates edgy, surreal headdresses accentuated with opulent colors and pointy shapes. Her hats exude a chaotic beauty inspired from the forms of caterpillars, porcupines and hedgehogs. She laboriously assembles her hats piece by piece, starting with the small details and assembling it all into place. The final result is a strange fabrication of colorful needles elegantly protruding from its wearer’s face. The beautiful hats defy gravity with surreal upward movements. Maiko Takeda studied in London but has now returned to Tokyo to pursue her jewelry making and millinery career. Source: Maiko Takeda...
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