Funny

Hilarious cats with noodly legs by Meowtfit

Cats prove once again that they continue to rule the Internet with this new feline meme trend. The hilarious Tumblr Meowtfit is devoted to featuring her cat dressed up in clothes (Meow(outfit)...get it?).  What could be more entertaining than scrolling through a seemingly endless archive of adorable cats with noodly legs?  The blog features the, now famous, cat in polka dot tights, leopard print tights, rain-boots, sequins, and pretty much anything you can think of. But, if you happen to think of a humorously rivaling outfit for your furry friend go ahead and feed the Internet meme empire with some photos of your own...and then show us in the comments so we can continue to waste precious hours laughing at these amazing photographs.  ...
Art

Better in the dark: Mushroom LED lamps

These LED-powered mushroom lamps allow you to bring a corner of a magical forest right to your desk. They're lovingly handmade from glass and found wood by Yukio Takano. The mushrooms are actually based on real species and if not for the little red plastic on/off dial, I could easily be fooled into thinking they were the real-deal. It's near impossible to acquire one one of these sculptures since they're only available at local design conventions in Japan.  They're too fragile to ship overseas. Sigh. View more of the these shroom lamps at his website. ...
Art

Sculpted skeletons of classic cartoon characters. Can you recognize them?

In his new sculpture series Hyungkoo Lee has created the skeletons of iconic cartoon characters. The realistic skeletons are posed performing familiar activities as in their 'real' animated lives. In this creepy cartoon world Tweety Bird can still be found running from his nemesis Sylvester the Cat and The Road Runner from his nemesis Wile E. Coyote. The sculptures are presented in a natural history museum style which makes the objects feel strangely more realistic. Each installation is carefully crafted using resin and then magically displayed in action like a frozen episode behind an x-ray machine. Can you recognize all of the characters?  ...
Art

Modern Paper-Stack Monoliths by Aleksandra Domanović

Yugoslavian artist Aleksandra Domanović makes digital prints on the sides of sculptural stacks of paper 1,500 sheets high. The forms read as modern day monuments in material but reference ancient aesthetics with their monolithic form. When assembled, the free-standing sculptures seem like singular objects, but knowing how they are constructed becomes the primary focus of these amazing works.  How does this artist print on the side of a huge stack of paper? One sheet at a time. Domanović creates massive PDF files of her desired image and sets her printer to 'boarder-less' printing.  She then instructs the machine to print ink on just the very edge of each sheet. The paper is collected and assembled in the impressive tall stacked forms.  ...
Art

Sit on your art? Furniture by YOY Studio

The Tokyo-based design studio YOY has created another novel product called CANVAS. This set of furniture looks like screen-printed wall decoration, but surprisingly, they are actually completely functional objects of furniture. The cheeky, fool-the-eye prints create beautiful wall-art, while still functioning as your regular couch or sofa. The frame is fabricated from wood and aluminum material, covered with an elastic fabric which holds the weight of the user. CANVAS furniture comes in an armchair, chair, and a sofa, which melds into the background to produce an extraordinary design experience.  Sitting on one of these illusional objects makes you feel like you are a part of the "painting.” ...
Art

‘Fast & Furious’ food sculpture cheese burgers

These mouthwatering burgers double as amazing artworks. Dubbed as the Fat & Furious Burger, this foodie photography series was born from two French designers Thomas and Quentin. Each of the burgers are inspired by a variety of themes including history, pop culture, and religion. Drawing on these ideas they have created stunning imagery of food that merges creative art direction, as well as culinary skill. The names of these burgers derive from their ingredients, such as the Marie Antoinette which features a “finely guillotined fennel” and a headless shrimp. Would you eat one of these culinary art masterpieces?   ...
Art

Hälssen & Lyon’s drinkable Tea Calendar

All of you tea enthusiasts will definitely enjoy this Hälssen & Lyon '365 Days Tea' calendar. This unique calendar features wafer-thin, finely pressed and flavored tea leaves in a sheet, ready to be placed into hot water for brewing.  With 365 sheets inside each pack, one can enjoy this refreshing tea all year long. Hälssen & Lyon’s Tea Calendar started with the notion to merge the traditional tea product with one of the world’s oldest and most popular promotional gifts, the novelty calendar. The calendar was developed at the creative agency Kolle Rebbe in Hamburg, Germany. ...
Creativity

Foldable Helmets From Tokyo Safety

The Japanese have a cunning knack to merge their traditional art into modern conveniences. Take a look at Bloom, a new series of foldable head gear developed for emergency use by the innovators at Toyo Safety. This product makes use of the Japanese art of folding techniques into building an all-important helmet compact and wearable when it comes to emergencies. Bloom helmets weigh just under one pound, which makes them easily carried or stored at home, work and school. When it’s time for a user to wear the helmet one just has to pull it's string and it automatically expands. Color lovers will enjoy the variety of hues available for this product, making it an interesting object to save your life as well as a fashion statement. Source: Spoon & Tamago...
Design

Three-wheeled ‘J’ concept fresh from the Tokyo Motor Show

The Tokyo Motor Show is in full swing this week and Kawasaki has just revealed their crazy three-wheeled 'J' concept vehicle. With so much recent experimentation in automobiles it is getting hard to tell the difference between 'motorcycles,' 'cars,' and 'spaceships.' This race-style motorcycle goes from the sleek and thin "Sport Mode" to the wider-wheeled "Comfort Mode" so you can be both Batman and Bruce Wayne.  There is little information disclosed about this outlandish concept but Kawasaki has said that the 'J' uses GIGACELL high-capacity nickel-metal hydride battery and proprietary battery management technology. The 'J' will probably never make it out of the concept stage, but I appreciate Kawasaki for expanding the idea (and wheels) of the traditional 'motorcycle.'  ...
Design

Minimal Prisma Lighting by Diana Dimutrescu

Designer Diana Dumitrescu, known for her devotion to modern indoor lighting, is out with a new series of work in the form of 'Prismatic Lamps.' The design alludes to optical prisms made of multifaceted glass. The lamps reference minimal sculpture and feature shapes void of functional reference as surprisingly specific tools.  The series offers floor, wall and pendant lamp pieces available in stark white and jet black. Each lamp gives its user the ability to adjust the panels to redirect the light in the direction they desire. The mirrored insides of the panels magnify the light coming from the bulbs for maximum illumination.  ...
Art

Art imitates life: Takeshi Murata’s strange still life prints

Takeshi Murata is a Chicago-born/New-York-based artist. His colorful digital pop art consists of mundane everyday objects arranged in seemingly random compositions. Even though they're all computer-generated, they look quite lifelike down to the reflections. His aesthetic walks a fine line between absurd and funny, as he crafts odd little universes in a flat, surreal fashion. They make little sense, but it is their strange randomness that makes them so fun to look at. Recently, he has collaborated with Brooklyn-based experimental musician 'Oneohtrix Point Never' on a music video entitled “Problem Areas.” This is where I first learned of his work and it is definitely something to check out! You can watch the music video below. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvDzaQOSZ3E]...
Industrial design

Meet REEM-C. Pal Robotics’ newest humanoid robot

PAL Robotics, based in Barcelona, Spain, have just introduced their 3rd generation humanoid robot to the world. His name is REEM-C.  Their new creation is a 2-legged, balancing,  walking, grasping, 5 foot 4 inch robot humanoid machine.  REEM-C is the culmination of nearly a decade of research and development by Pal Robotics which aims to rival the other robo-humanoid developers like AIST, KAIST, and Honda.  You may have to wait a just few more years before you can hire REEM-C to clean your house. While this robot will be available commercially, he will only be used for 'robot research.' Working primarily with Universities, REEM-C will help solve problems like grasping, navigation, and full-body control (#RobotProblems).  You can meet the amazing REEM-C in the video below!   ...
Design

New concept design gives M&M’s a fresh brand facelift

The M&M's packaging has become a candy icon. This is priceless marketing for the company but that paper pouch package design is becoming increasingly outdated with each passing moment.  New York designer Alyssa Phillips has offered up a brand and package redesign for the famous chocolates. Hey M&M's... are you listening?  First, Phillips has opted to modernize the company brand now simply called 'M's.' Next, the old pouch gets a sleek facelift with a hexagonal cardboard box and resealable top. This box mimics the shape and fun colorful experience of the traditional M&M's.   Do you like the vintage image of M&M's or should the famous company take a hint? ...
Art

Designer Michael Pecirno has a mission: Make people smile

Designer Michael Pecirno has a simple goal: To make people smile. In 2011 he began to produce and install encouraging signs around Chicago for the city to see. The result was subtle and passive, but incredibly inspiring.  His simple signs read "Everyone Matters" "Breath, relax, everything will be fine," or "He was looking for you on Missed Connections too." Pecirno's work was picked up by the  Billboard Art Project who produced his messages as giant signs in order to spread happiness to even more people everyday.  Help spread Michael Pecirno's message of happiness by sharing one of these photos with a friend or stranger. By the way... you have a wonderful smile.   ...
Design

Nissan’s radical BladeGlider concept car from the Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan is turning heads this week with their new electric BladeGlider concept car debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show. Designer Ben Bowlby first manifested the smart design in 2008 as a way to achieve supreme aerodynamics. Instead of trying to make the archetypal automobile design more efficient the BladeGlider was founded by designing from the ground up. The first question in the design process was: What is the most efficient shape of a car? The second question was: How do we fit this design to a modern lifestyle? While this super-efficient design is perfect for the electric automobile it has yet to be determined if and when it will be produced for public roads. Would you drive this crazy car?  \\ ...
Creativity

Giving Tree Sticky Notes make reminders fun

Can you believe that 'the sticky note' was only invented 34 years ago? It's no wonder why we have been so successfully productive in the past few decades. The company Mochi Things has rethought the traditional Post-it squares and now offers a fun tree-stump design. The Giving Tree Sticky Notes come on a white or brown plastic stump where you can slowly remove the tree ring-lined paper wafers and watch the stump shrink. With this new design you can have your same sticky note experience with more laughs and a little irony. The Giving Tree Notes can be replaced for an infinite supply of productivity inducing fun!  ...
Architecture

The first ’4 World Trade Center’ opens in New York by Fumihiko Maki

The first of the new World Trade Centers has opened.  This building, called  ’4 World Trade Center,’ was designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. It is the first of five proposed buildings to be constructed and, when complete, will be the 4th tallest of the group.  The design is both modest and modern. It features ground to top reflective glass making it difficult to ignore, especially with a reflecting blue sky. The entrance, on the corner of Greenwich and Liberty streets, is on the side of the building with the lowest point in an effort to make it approachable and friendly from the street. It is important that the entrance be approachable because they wouldn't want to frighten away businesses to occupy the 1.5 million square feet of office space inside!    ...
Art

Found photos turned into collage GIFs by Hilary Faye

Melbourne-based illustrator, photographer, designer and collagist Hilary Faye breathes new life into her narrative collage works from found photos by transforming them into internet-friendly animated GIFs. The result is something strange and surreal, yet kind of hypnotic. Interestingly, her collage gif-making process involves altering compositions on a scanner, and then flicking through them on the computer to rearrange and create movement. It's not the first time this has been done, but Faye's approach and execution is intriguing nonetheless. When you take away the motion graphic element, these collages work separately as single frames too. Have a peek at her collage GIFs below, and check out more on her Tumblr. ...
Art

‘Lord of the Rings’ characters illustrated as tarot cards

Hailing from Russia, the deviantArt user SceithAilm has beautifully illustrated a series of tarot cards portraying different characters from the book-inspired movie, Lord of the Rings. Fans of this series will delight in seeing their favorite protagonists and antagonists interpreting different entities in a magical deck. Gandalf, Aragorn, Arwin, Sam, Pip, and Merry along with the other prominent cast are representing tarot roles which captures their personalities. The details and expressions to each of the character’s portrayal brings nostalgia to what the magical fantasy series is all about.  However, the Lord of the Rings tarot card illustration is said to be a work in progress, where the illustrator slowly adds new characters over time. ...
Graphic Design

New ‘Editors’ album featuring photography by Charles Emerson

The ongoing artwork campaign for the British indie rockers, the 'Editors,' latest album is nothing short of visually striking. At first sight, they might look like photo-realistic paintings, but they are actually photographs of underwater flowers. This is the work of UK photographer Charles Emerson. These breathtakingly gorgeous, bursting-with-color images of flora in various states of decay are the sort of photographs that deserve to be blown up on a 12" vinyl sleeve, framed and proudly displayed in your room. Check out all the cover art for the album, as well as subsequent single releases of “Formaldehyde”, “A Ton Of Love”, and “Honesty” in high resolution below.  You can check out more of Charles Emerson's brilliant works on his official website....
Architecture

Spomenik: Abandoned monuments or alien sculptures?

Back in the '70s, former Yugoslavia president Tito commissioned thousands of 'spomeniks' (meaning monuments in Serbo-Croatian) to commemorate the Second World War. These geometrical, obliquely symbolic larger-than-life sculptures were built in the middle of nowhere, among tranquil fields. Four decades later, they are abandoned, neglected and forgotten, until Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers decided to explore and recapture the surreal sights of 26 of them. The Antwerp-based artist’s collection of photographs showcase isolated works of architecture that are futuristic, alien, mysterious, eerie and fantastical. These monuments look like something the Dharma Initiative would build don’t they? ...
Architecture

Modern Manhattan architecture by Karim Rashid

This building was developed by Karim Rashid as a modern mix-use space for the future of Manhattan, New York. The bottom floor is reserved for commercial space with sleek modern apartments above. This building is apart of an expanding urban project currently being developed by HAP near Central Park.  From the outside this building looks like a young modern party place and the interior appears right out of the Jetson's cartoon.  The weblike decorative exterior structure transcends surface and is boldly integrated into the living space. The interior architecture sets the stage for a playful contemporary aesthetic featuring fun patterns and bright colors.   ...
Art

Miniscule sculptures of skeleton fairies by Tessa Farmer

UK's Tessa Farmer has no interested in the Disney version of fairies. Instead, her miniscule sculptures of skeleton fairies surrounding dead insects are macabre, eerie and slightly creepy. All constructed from organic matter, these little sinister underworld creatures are a part of "Control Under Nature", her art project in collaboration with Brazilian electronic musician Amon Tobin for his album "Isam", released in 2011. Beautifully photographed by Pelle Crépin and designed by Swede studio Oscar & Ewan, these images are futuristic, alien and impressive in their microscopic nature. They are collected in a limited edition hardback artbook/CD which is still available for order on Amazon.    ...
Architecture

Futuristic Motorola ads from the groovy ’60s

In the 1960s, Motorola commissioned a series of ads illustrated by the late Charles Schridde with a running theme of the "house of the future". These futuristic paintings are amazingly detailed. Viewed from an architecture / interior design angle, they really give an insight to the American imagination of that period. Swanky bachelor pads, spiral staircases, indoor scuba diving pools – you name it.  Schridde’s vision of the future plays out like a romanticized, more realistic version of The Jetsons (all that’s missing is Rosie the Robot). Back then they thought anything was possible: living on the moon...commuting by flying jetpacks… Fortunately, on paper, the sky was the limit. Is it too late to make these come true?  ...
Funny

Yoko Ono and The Beastie Boys team up for “Bad Dancer”

Yoko Ono has released the first song titled 'Bad Dancer' off of her upcoming Plastic Ono Band album. "Bad Dancer is a comedy, really and I wanted this to be fun, not too serious," Ono told Rolling Stone. This song and video are a tribute to Yoko's poor dancing skills and the artist has recruited an army of high-profile boogie bombers to look foolish along with her. The Beastie Boy's Ad-Rock and Mike D mixed the track and other hip celebrities that appear in the video include Questlove, performance artist Justin Vivian Bond, and Roberta Flack.   \]]  ...
Art

Banksy in New York City recap!

So Long Banksy! The legendary street artist has concluded his eventful one-month residency in New York City. Throughout October the notorious artist faced major criticism as well as raving reviews for his public art stunts. He practiced his classic politically charged murals and also a few performance based works that were particularly clever. In our favorite piece titled 'Art Sale' an older gentleman sat near Central Park selling what appeared to be Banksy rip-off paintings. Surprisingly, the man was selling Banksy originals, valued in the thousands, for just $60 each.  The total day's sales reached a whopping $420. You can watch the fascinating video of "Art Sale' below. What did you think of Banksy in NYC...waste of time? or progressive art genius? See more of his legendary work here. ...
Art

Hungry? Amazing Paper Food Art by Maria Benavente

Maria Laura Benavente Sovieri makes incredible food still-life sculptures using just colored paper. She creates these grocery scenes for her advertising and editorial clients. The compositions feature a variety of eatables such as breakfast, dairy products, and even seafood (Check out that squid!).  The geometric food art is deceiving. First, it appears to have origins in graphic design, but upon closer inspection you discover that this is all three-dimensional paper sculpture. The simple folding of solid color creates the illusion of graphic art because of its vector-like block shading.  Amazing. Some of those veggies look good enough to eat!    ...
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