11 Amazingly Creative Shipping Container Homes

Around the world, people are considering alternative and environmentally efficient ways to live. One way is to utilize materials that don’t serve their original purpose any longer. Retired shipping containers are a prime example of one material that aspiring homeowners can purchase for a reasonable price and convert into a hip home.

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These Murals in Tehran Merge with the Sky

The architecture in the city of Tehran is a mixed bag. One building can have a nice modern facade, while the surrounding buildings are just simple and gray. This discrepancy in building practices led to the government allotting a budget committed to making public art a greater priority. For the past eight years, local Iranian artists have been commissioned to do large murals on the blank buildings to “color” up the city they all love.

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See America: Neo Vintage Travel Posters by Steven Thomas

Illustrator Steven Thomas has created a series of posters that echo the unique style found in the travel posters of the 1930s and ’40s. His series “See America” is as affecting as the originals – beautifully encouraging people to get outside and visit America’s National Parks. The new “neo-vintage” posters made by Thomas include such wonderful places as Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Joshua Tree and The Badlands. The works were commissioned by New York based photographer Douglas Levere and his company Print Collection.

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Bulbing: A Hip New Table Lamp

Coming from Tel Aviv, Israel is a new style of lamp called “Bulbing” to decorate your living space. Deceptively it appears to be 3D, but in reality it is completely flat. Designed by Studio Cheha, their Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its fundraising goal four times over. With 15 days left to go, there are already over 1,300 backers supporting the hip new design.

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Tokyo Artist “Speed Sketches” the People Around Him

When not doing commercial based work, Tokyo artist Hama-House spends his time chilling in cafes and parks. There he does “speed sketches” to improve his drawing abilities, capturing the unsuspecting subjects around him as they stare at their laptop, chit chat with friends or take a short snooze. Thankfully, Hama-House is there to quickly document the action.

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Calamity Plates: A New Take On Classic Porcelain Dishes

Classic white porcelain dishes with cobalt blue designs have existed in households for centuries. Each plate typically tells a story, and in past times it would even provide cordial conversation at dinner parties when the nice dishes were brought out. While the dishes are a nice addition to any household, even one that can be passed on from generation to generation, graphic designer Don Moyer thought they needed a bit of a “modern touch.”

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One Couch at a Time: A Documentary Film About the Couchsurfing Phenomenon

When people think of Couchsurfing, there can be quite a few misconceptions. For instance, people often think that it’s a bunch of free-seeking hippies who are just looking for a place to rest their raggedy selves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Couchsurfing is a radical community comprised of generous, open minded and culturally conscious individuals. Staying at a person’s place, whether it is a posh guest bedroom or a simple couch, serves only one of the many purposes the vibrant community brings. The chief mission of Couchsurfing is to “Change the World, One Couch at a Time.”

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Embrace: A Large-Scale Sculpture for Burning Man 2014

It’s less than four months until people from all around the planet gather together for Burning Man; and the artists bringing installations to the gathering are busy fundraising and building their creations for all to enjoy. The Pier Group, the artist collective which brought their namesake art installations The Pier and The Pier 2 in 2011 and 2012, are once again bringing an amazing large-scale sculpture to the gathering. Called “Embrace,” it is a 72ft tall wooden structure featuring two humans embracing to symbolize all of the relationships that are made during the week long event.

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Fun Shots of a Toy Plane Cruising in the Sky

Varun Thota’s Instagram (@vnthota) has been blowing up recently with his series of photos hash-tagged #mytoyplane. The Macau-based web designer and developer already had an accumulation of metropolitan based images, yet his new series of him holding a toy plane in real locations have taken his creativity to new levels.

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Hua Tunan’s Splashing New Work!

Hua Tunan has emerged significantly since we first covered his explosive paintings a year and half ago. The Foshan based artist has recently released new work through the Edge Creative Collective, and it might be even more eye catching than before.

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