Just fell in love with this beautiful lamp series, called IN-EI (Japanese for “shadow, shadiness, nuance”) by Issey Miyake and brought to life by Artemide. To see more images and get more information about the technical details, go here.

Photos by: Iwasaki Hiroshi

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This beautiful home, designed by Gus Wüstemann, is located at the lakeside of Zurich, Switzerland. “It’s not a house but a family sculpture looking for freedom and social interaction.” To see more images of this building, go here.

Photos by: Bruno Helbling

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It’s getting darker again here in Sweden, so naturally I am looking for beautiful lamps or glowing objects to fill my apartment with and to keep the dark out. The Vessels are emphasising the look of the Plumen from every different angle. The designs were produced specifically to complement the flowing forms of the Plumen 001. When illuminated the glass tint mutes the light without hiding the form and produces an unexpected irregular reflection that appears holographic. To see more work by Samuel Wilkinson, go here.

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This wonderful umbrella installation is a part of an art festival called Agitagueda in Agueda, Portugal. They are located in a small town just south of Porto. The photographs were taken by Patrícia Almeida. To see more of this series visit her Flickr page here.

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Measure, by Fabrice Le Nezet is a physical representation of the idea of measure. The objective was to ‘materialize’ tension in a sense, to make the notions of weight, distance and angle palpable. This work lies in the context of his search for purification around raw materials such as concrete and metal. Therefore he used simple shapes which catch light and transcend the volume structure. To see more work by Fabrice Le Nezet, go here.

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sigur rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s new album valtari. The idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. Among the filmmakers are Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har’el and John Cameron Mitchell.

To see more videos, to here.

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Found In Nature is an interesting photo project by New York based photographer Barry Rosenthal. While working on another project, called Photobotanicus, Rosenthal came across discarded objects found on beaches, collected and rearranged them before documenting the materials found. To see more of this particular project, go here.

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Inspired by the traditional Norwegian Tun, the Mountain Lodge on Sognefjorden, designed by Haptic Architects, is formed by a collection of five buildings gathered around a central space. Each building houses its own function and is arranged to address particular views, from a dramatic panorama of the Fjord to a sampled view of the surrounding mountain landscape. To get more information about this project, go here.

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I just love this series of pictures of flying houses by France based photographer Laurent Chehere. Naturally it seems that the pictures have been inspired by the movie UP, but without the houses being cute nor using balloons to make them float. To see more images by Laurent Chehere go here.

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This Gas Station, designed by Atelier SAD located in Slovakia – Matúškovo reminds me remotely of a concrete gas station located in Deitingen, Switzerland designed by Heinz Isler. Although the structure is totally different, it has somehow a similar feeling to it.

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Watertower is a new sculptural artwork by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin. For the US premiere of his internationally recognized Icon series, Fruin has created a monumental water tower sculpture in colorful salvaged plexiglas and steel. Watertower will be mounted high upon a water tower platform to become a part of the DUMBO, Brooklyn skyline.

Fruin, who often works with reclaimed and discarded materials, has composed Watertower from roughly one thousand scraps of plexiglas. It includes such details as interior and exterior access ladders and an operable roof hatch. The locally-sourced plexi came from all over New York City—from the floors of Chinatown sign shops, to the closed DUMBO studio of artist Dennis Oppenheim, to Astoria’s demolition salvage warehouse Build It Green!NYC.
Watertower opens June 7th, with daily light shows beginning at dusk and continuing to morning. Situated on the rooftop of 20 Jay Street the sculpture will be viewable from the parks and streets of Dumbo, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, FDR Drive and Lower Manhattan.
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Hönshus-1 is a wooden hens house designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö situated on the west coast of Sweden. It rests on a framework of steel legs drilled into rock. The house was designed to mimic the way a mother hen spreads her wings to protect her young. The hens house is the second in a series of biomorphic strucures built by Torsten. He is inspired by nature, improvisation, and simplicity.

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Today the Swiss newspaper NZZ printed a binary front cover to announce the relaunch of their redesigned website. Not only is this a quite daring thing to do for the oldest Swiss newspaper but it will certainly make people talk about it. Check it out here. The concept of this little stunt was done by the advertising agency JvM/Limmat.

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Desert Retreat, a project designed by Israel based architects Winestein Vaadia, is definitely a house and place I would consider to get away from busy city life and do some serious thinking. To see more of their work go here.

Rendering by Studio Aiko

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With Nurture Studies, Diana Scherer presents an archive of flowers she has grown from seed over a six-month period. Rather than letting the flowers grow in open soil, she has forced each plant to develop within the confines of a vase. Only at the end of the process does she remove the plant’s corset, exposing roots that retain their shape as an evocation of the now absent vase. To see more of her work, go here.

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W-eye is a company designing and manufacturing hand made wooden frames for glasses made by Milan based designer Matteo Ragni and wood specialist Doriano Mattellone. I’d like to try one of those, I imagine them being very comfortable to wear. To find out more about the process and/or see their range of models go here.

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This is a promotion music video made of 960 records to create 1 minute and 20 seconds worth of wave form. Each of the records had to be individually cut to a specific size, hand labeled, hand numbered and then finally polished before shooting them in sequence. To get more information about this project, go here.

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I really enjoyed looking at those animated GIFs by motion graphic designer Matthew Divito.  To see more of this particular work go here. Don’t forget to check out Matthew’s Motion Graphics Reel 2K11.

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The kami collection, by ett la been, of pots/vases/home lighting encourage a new way of thinking in eco-friendly lifestyle products. Made from 100% biodegradable cellulose, an enormously solid and light material, “kami” transforms this most abundant natural raw into objects for daily use by simple air drying. To see more images go here.

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Just found those music video performed by Kawehi only using a mic, a pedal and her voice. Kawehi has been collecting money on Kickstarter for her upcoming EP and naturally had no problem raising the funds. I’m looking forward hearing her new songs. For all the RSS users, click here to see the video on vimeo.

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Designed by Dana Cannam in collaboration with Studio Agata Karolina, Hummingbird is a contemporary take on a classic rocking chair. Through an ergonomic study of office seating and traditional rockers, Hummingbird facilitates both work and relaxation. Would love to try it. To get more info about it go here.

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Daniel Palacios creates machines that can scan and visualise the flow of visitors (Waves, 2006-07) or objects that communicate with their viewers by means of artificial intelligence. These are works that create snapshots of reality and pose questions about perception, memory, time and space. To see more of his work go here.

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Just came across this lovely TED talk with Chip Kidd, a book cover designer based in NYC. “Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book — and he does it with a wicked sense of humor.” For all the feed followers, click here to see the talk on TED.

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Those different pieces of furniture, called Mutation, by Maarten De Ceulaer, look like they weren’t made by hands, but have grown to their present form organically. They might be the result of a mutation in cells, or the result of a chemical or nuclear reaction. Perhaps it’s a virus or bacteria that has grown dramatically out of scale. The Mutation pieces make you look at furniture in a different way. Maybe one day we would be able to grow a piece of furniture like we breed or clone an animal, and manipulate it’s shape like a bonsai tree. To see more work, go here.

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If you’ve ever wondered how much of any food you can fit into a plastic bottle, look no further. Mæt, by  Danish artist Per Johansen, consists of reproductions of meat, vegetables, pasta and other foods which are claustrophobically placed in various synthetic plastic containers. At first glance the images might look somehow appealing, but as more time you spend looking at them as more they turn into something decadent, disgusting and incarcerated. To see more of those lovely images, go here.

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