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Car Camping Revolutionized: This Bed Folds Into a Suitcase

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever tried camping in your car, you probably found yourself getting less than perfect sleep. Between curling up into the majorly lumpy back seat, or reclining the front seats for an equally lumpy/bumpy experience (one that makes side/stomach sleeping impossible), the options aren’t that inviting. Enter the SwissRoomBox – an ingenious invention that will convert even tiny hatchbacks into a flat sleeping area. And yes, like the Swiss Army knife it claims as a namesake, this smart system folds up into a small package – a rolling suitcase. [Read more...]

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A Fashionable Look at the Sikh Beard and Turban

Wednesday 06.18.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by the sudden popularity of beards around the streets of London, photographers Amit and Naroop created the SINGH Project, a beard extravaganza explored through a collection of 35 photographs celebrating the identity of British Sikh men. [Read more...]

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Everyday Objects Transformed into Whimsical Characters

Tuesday 06.17.2014 , Posted by
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If everywhere you look there are faces staring back, you’re not alone. For the past 10 years French artist Gilbert Legrand has been finding the hidden characters in everyday objects and revealing them with paint. His whimsical vision sees all sorts of household objects become things they were not: a coat hanger becomes a mouse sporting shoes; a paintbrush transforms into a teen with an attitude (and a wicked hairdo); and the blades of some scissors get amorous. [Read more...]

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Meet the Tony Stark of Cardboard

Tuesday 06.17.2014 , Posted by
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Taiwanese student Kai-Xiang Xhong is a cardboard master. He’s been slicing up old boxes and building 3D sculptures that are strikingly realistic (well, besides being obviously made of brown cardboard). His Ironman suit is a prime example. Each detail of the fully articulated suit is reproduced faithfully, right down to the glowing chest plate… and of course, it’s completely recyclable. Beat that Tony Stark. [Read more...]

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Central Park Captured in the Dark of Night

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Michael Massaia is a night owl, and he’s giving us a vision of the night befitting the bird that phrase highlights. Shooting with a large format film camera and printing on his own, self-created photo paper, he’s been exploring New York’s Central Park in the wee hours of the night – his favorite time to photograph. [Read more...]

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This Russian Salt Mine is a Strange Psychedelic Wonderland

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, more than 650 feet below the surface, is a salt mine straight out of a psychedelic drug trip. The walls, ceilings and floors are covered with colorful swirls of reds, yellows, golds and even blues caused by natural layers of mineral carnallite – a source of magnesium, and mainly used in the manufacturing of fertilizers. Here the hidden minerals have been revealed as excavating tools created subterranean tubular labyrinths that stretch for miles. Most of the mine is abandoned now (requiring special permission to enter) but photographer Mikhail Mishainik made his way underground to capture the eerie place for all to see. [Read more...]

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Detroit’s Rapid Decline Captured in Past Google Street Views

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Once famous as the prosperous hub of automobile manufacturing in the US, Detroit is now far better known for its precipitous fall into dilapidated ruin. Nothing makes that more apparent than a look back through Googles recently released Street View “time machine” feature. Here we can cruise the streets of Motor City in years past, marveling at how alarmingly quick the city has crumbled. [Read more...]

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Are Beautiful People Really Symmetrical?

Friday 06.13.2014 , Posted by
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There’s been a ton of buzz in past years about how symmetrical facial features are the most attractive. This usually comes along with some reference to Denzel Washington and his perfect face. But, is any of that really true? [Read more...]

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Magic and Madness from Past World Cups, Animated in Five-Second Videos

Thursday 06.12.2014 , Posted by
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It has begun in Brazil. The first kick of World Cup 2014 has been made and the first win is already on the books. Now the world enthusiastically waits for those choice moments that make this game so good. FIVES is a collection of films made by a wide range of world creatives, each featuring a memory from past World Cups reinterpreted in just five seconds. For anyone who saw the original game, these retellings really hit home. [Read more...]

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The “Inspiration Pad” Turns the Classic Blue-Lined Notebook Upside Down

Thursday 06.12.2014 , Posted by
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When working with a classic ruled notebook, drawing outside the lines takes serious willpower. Marc Thomasset, founder of Brussels-based design and advertising studio TM is changing that with his “New Inpiration Pad”. After turning the first page, those tightly packed horizontal lines take inspired swoops, form topographical contours, or loop into geometric forms. This is one book that encourages writing/drawing/doodling just how you like. [Read more...]

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