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A Handsome Bespoke Chair, Built Like a Bicycle

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by the master bicycle builders of old, Andrew McDonald and Simon Taylor of Two Makers, have created a handcrafted chair built from bicycle parts. Using the traditional frame building techniques of cycling’s glorious past, the Randonneur Chair appropriates the time honed functionality found on classic bikes, applying it to a chair form that exudes bespoke British craftsmanship. Plus, finding ways to use the seat mounted ‘tool bag’ and bottle cages would be really good fun. [Read more...]

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These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move. [Read more...]

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Hundreds of Mountaineers Pose for Incredible Photos in the Alps (No, It’s Not Photoshop)

Monday 09.29.2014 , Posted by
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Towering mountains are often breathtaking, but these images have something more. Swiss photographer Robert Bösch has been traveling to snowy, high-altitude peaks – often bringing along a huge crew of mountaineers that can number in the hundreds. There, the red suited crew create impressively choreographed images that interact with the tall peaks, sheer cliffs and white snow fields that surround them. No. None of these images are digitally manipulated. [Read more...]

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These Dioramas Look Real… Until the Artist Puts His Hand in the Shot

Monday 09.29.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ll humor me, I’d like to call these tiny dioramasminiature miniatures.” Japanese artist Satoshi Araki’s teeny tiny models are rich in detail, so much in fact, that they look like reality when captured under his careful lighting. But then he puts his finger in the shot and their true scale is revealed. Impressive. [Read more...]

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Old Retired Surfboards Get a New Life as Artwork

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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What happens to old surfboards when they’re old, leaky and ready for retirement? If they’re really lucky, they’re given to Australian artist Jerryn Dower who gives them a new life as slick wall art… or hey, stick it in the sand. [Read more...]

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A Wearable Drone that Flies Off Your Wrist, Snaps a Photo and Flies Back

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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It sounds so bizarre. Why in the world would you want a drone with a camera strapped to your wrist? Then you watch the video below and… Aha!… it’s completely brilliant. Nixie is a concept for a wearable camera that pops off your wrist, turns into a quadcopter drone, and takes video or snaps pictures of you from the air. Put it in “boomerang” mode and it flies right back. Very cool. [Read more...]

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12 Streamlined Rides from the Age of Art Deco

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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From the ’20s to the ’50s a streamlining craze swept the world. Inspired by the rise of the airplane and driven by the need for more efficient vehicles, automakers and dreamers around the globe began sculpting cars into aerodynamic forms with beautifully sweeping lines. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite designs from the golden age of streamlining. [Read more...]

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Matthieu Bourel Slices Up the Past in His Surreal Photo Collages

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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Berlin-based artist Matthieu Bourel slices up the past to create these fantastically surreal images. Famous faces like Gregory Peck and Yul Brynner multiply into forms which are both person and sculpture, disturbing and beautiful.

Bourel says he likes “to evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed.” [Read more...]

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Waltz on the Walls: Oakland’s City Hall Transforms into a Magical Aerial Stage

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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Taking to the walls of Oakland’s City Hall in California, dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber suspended from windows above to put on a fantastic aerial waltz. The two Bandaloop dancers performed the graceful act during the Art + Soul Festival and filmed the first person experience using GoPro cameras mounted to their body. Simply magical. [Read more...]

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Jennifers and Michaels: Two Maps Reveal the Most Popular Girls and Boys Names Over 6 Decades

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever been in a class surrounded by people with the same name, they were probably on this map. Jezabel put together two utterly fascinating GIFs tracking the most popular boys and girls names over the last six decades – and it’s an epic battle of popularity. [Read more...]

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