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Brutalist Jewelry Uses Cement in Abstract Designs

Saturday 08.02.2014 , Posted by
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While most jewelry is delicately beautiful, these examples are decidedly rugged… then again, concrete isn’t the first thing you think of in wearable fashion. Designer Mareike Kanafani has created a collection of rings and broaches which seem to channel the aesthetic of heavy brutalist architecture from the mid-century – only this time in beautifully creative geometric forms. [Read more...]

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This is How Math Geeks Eat Their Bagels

Friday 08.01.2014 , Posted by
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Much like a Reeses cup, there is no wrong way to eat a bagel, unless you’re gluten intolerant. But there is a more mathematically sensible way to create more surface area for your cream cheese, unless you’re lactose intolerant. Although I suppose this math nerd fun would also work on Gluten-free bagels with dairy-free cream cheese. So geek out with Stony Brook University research professor George W. Hart as he shares a mathematically correct bagel cutting guide that would make your geometry and trigonometry teachers proud. [Read more...]

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Fallen Leaves Cut Into Striking Silhouettes

Friday 08.01.2014 , Posted by
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Artist Omid Asadi has been transforming fallen leaves using just a craft knife and a needle – and in the process, giving them a new art filled life. A hole here, a slice there, and fantastic silhouettes appear out of the fragile brown shapes. Asadi has been cutting away at a wide range of subjects – everything from celebrity portraits, to artwork inspired by a friend’s tattoo, and wild animals. In most cases, his works smartly play off the natural shape of the leaf they embellish. [Read more...]

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Is This the Perfect Alarm Clock? Wake Up to Joshua Renouf’s Barisieur

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Joshua Renouf’s new alarm clock might be the most sublime way to greet the day: his Barisieur alarm clock is also a coffee-maker. In an intriguing mix of high and low tech, the charming design combines classic wood detailing and glass brewing apparatus, with induction heated ball bearings that clink together to gently bring you to consciousness. Combine that with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and this is one perfect way to awaken. [Read more...]

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Army Eats: What Does Your Country Feed Their Soldiers?

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Around the world there are millions of soldiers, and all of them need to eat. Some are currently in a conflict, others are in training and some are just waiting. When in the field, the standard meal is an MRE, or “Meal, Ready-to-Eat.” Typically, these ready made meals come with a small instant heat pack to warm the contents of the foods provided. [Read more...]

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Infinity Boxes Are Going On Tour and We Need Your Help!

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Earlier this year, we introduced you to one of our favorite installations on Earth, Matt Elson’s incredible infinity boxes, which we first discovered at Burning Man. The socially interactive mirror boxes require 2 participants to activate their magic so they are a great way to turn strangers into friends. Videos can’t do justice for the live experience of an infinity box, but you can get an idea in the link above or the video below. Now Elson and his crew have been invited to take their Infinity Boxes beyond The Playa in Black Rock City, Nevada and other festivals in California so that more people can enjoy them, but he needs your help! [Read more...]

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Lace Up the Place! Street Art and Yarn Bombing by Nespoon

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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With a touch of lace in all her work, Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon has been applying her signature patterns to everything from stenciled street art, to site-specific ceramics and web-like crochet installations (spiders take note). Her work has a friendly and welcoming aesthetic which beatifies and enhances the often decrepit environment they occupy. Working with that in mind, she calls her art “public jewelry.” [Read more...]

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Bizarre Yugoslavian Monuments From a Bygone Era

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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There was a period in the 1960s and 70s when large sculptures were created all over the Republic of Yugoslavia to commemorate the battles of WWII. Now, with the fall of the U.S.S.R and the breakup of Yugoslavia, the monuments have lost some significance and seem from another planet. [Read more...]

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Sprouting Beards: Flora and Fauna as Fanciful Facial Hair

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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Merging the worlds of animal, human and plant life, French illustrators Violaine & Jeremy have created a surprising collection of pen illustrations that highlight facial hair in the most unusual way. Here, a gorilla sprouts a veritable menagerie of flora and fauna in beard-like form. Hidden amongst the foliage are tropical birds, butterflies, and of course, bananas. Without seeing it first, this would seem a bizarre combination – but realized with a skiled hand, their images strike an beautiful, if unexpected, harmony. [Read more...]

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Street Art On The Railroad Tracks of Portugal

Tuesday 07.29.2014 , Posted by
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Throughout the history of street art, train cars and the tunnels they pass through have served as a canvas for street artists to make their mark. In Portugal, artist Artur Bordalo has used a slightly different canvas to put his work on: the tracks themselves. Is this now what we call Rail Art? It could be. [Read more...]

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