A Wild Tour of Dubai, From Top to Bottom

Between its super-tall skyline, vast deserts, artificial palm-shaped islands, and its impressive wealth, Dubai is a place of extremes. It’s no surprise then, that award-winning filmmaker Rob Whitworth needed 3 months to explore, research and film the city and its surrounding lands for his latest video Dubai Flow Motion. It was time well spent.

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A 3.5-Minute Music Video Shot in Just 5 Seconds (Using a High Speed Camera)

French filmmaker Guillaume Panariello claims he’s made the “shortest shoot ever” and that might just be true. Using just 5 seconds of actual time, he’s created a 3.5-minute video which packs in a ton zany action – from a fishing eskimo and boozing cupid, to WWII soldiers shooting confetti.

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Deep, Dark Forests Sculpted from Cardboard

Sculptor Eva Jospin makes art that completes a circle. She creates dense, dark forests out a material which they ultimately produce – sheets of cardboard. Cutting, layering and gluing the waste product into scenes with surprising depth, one could almost imagine taking a wander amongst their dark trunks, roots and leaves.

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Bookniture: Furniture that Collapses to the Size of a Book

In our increasingly mobile world, having furniture that can go with you and adapt to many situations is key. Bookniture, a project launching on Kickstarter fits those needs exceptionally well. Not only can it function as a stool, foot rest, nightstand, standing work desk and more, it also collapses into the size of a large book on your shelf. Handy.

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This Augmented Reality Calendar Jumps to Life on Your Phone

Wall and desk calendars are quickly becoming relics of the past, especially because the calendar app on your phone is way more useful. But here’s a mind blowing design that cleverly combines the physical and digital worlds – the Augmented Reality Calendar from We Are Royale.

The 2015 calendar was created as a Christmas gift for friends and clients of the company and features 12 months of letterpress cards that look fairly normal apart from their slick design.

But… download their AR Cal app on your iPhone, point it at the calendar and everything jumps to life right in your hand. Mustaches jump off the page, characters stand up, and it’s all interactive.

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16th Century ‘Prayer Nuts’ Hide Miniature Carvings

If you were wealthy and devout in 16th century Europe, one of the ultimate possessions was a prayer nut. These tiny wooden spheres were intricately carved boxes filled with religious scenes like the Crucifixion. Worn around the neck attached to a rosary or on the owners belt, it has been theorized that the outer carvings were inserted with aromatic plants and oils to add to the experience of owning one.

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Bizarre Sculptures Rotate The Face 360 Degrees

Italian artist Gianluca Traina creates bizarre sculptures with the form of the human head. The image of the face, however, is rotated far off center. Her series, entitled “Portrait 360” uses a combination of 2D and 3D work to realize sculpture that is difficult to clearly identify – but that’s just the point.

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Retrowave: A Stunning 80s Animation Combines ‘Tron’ with ‘Back to the Future’

It’s part Back to the Future vehicles, part Tron surrealism. German animator Florian Renner has produced a overload of ‘80s goodness with his latest short, called Retrowave. The neon wrapped buildings of his futuristic city are seen through a greased lens. And down on the streets a time-traveling Delorean races through 88 mph and time itself. It’s a fitting vision for this 30th anniversary of the now legendary film.

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Made in One Piece: 3D Printed Guitars With Moving Parts

If you’re looking for a truly unique guitar, look no further than these 3D printed axes from ODD Guitars. The Swedish company has been turning out fully-customizable guitar bodies for the last few years that take advantage of 3D printing tech and its ability to create highly detailed structures difficult or impossible to create with other methods. Take their American Graffiti guitar, above. Hidden inside the guitar’s latticework of flames are miniature tributes to the classic George Lucas film: hot rods, a jukebox, Mel’s Diner and even a set of moving dice.

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Coffee Stains Become Motorcycle Wheels in Illustrations by Carter Asmann

In just one image, illustrator and photographer Carter Asmann reveals three passions in his life: motorcycles, drawing, and coffee. In each example, the messy round stains stamped by a coffee mug transform into the wheels of a motorcycle – with the form of some stains even making these classic rides appear to be speeding. In contrast to their sloppy wheels, each motorcycle is rendered in beautiful perfection. His illustrations are as addictive as the caffeine that fueled them.

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