The coffee mug: the silent accessory to your morning addiction. Mugs become so ingrained in our daily routine that we become simultaneously desensitized and emotionally attached to the ancient vehicle for liquid fuel. Do you have a favorite cup? I do. It brings stability to my life. We all get close to cups. I mean, we pretty much make out with them everyday. So, if you carefully select your significant other than maybe you should carefully select your coffee cup too. After all, there is nothing worse than a jealous, argumentative, ugly cup. Is this really what you want to spend the rest of your life with? Don’t get discouraged, there are a ton of amazing mugs perfectly compatible with your personality. To explore a staggering variety of unique handmade mugs by hundreds of artists head over to the beautifully niche ‘Nice Cup Bro!‘ blog. [Read more...]
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Kumi Yamashita is known for her astoundingly clever artworks which play with creating figures out of shadows… the planning and detail that go into each is truly impressive. These portraits, created from small nails and string, are no different in their insanely well planned execution. They give the viewer an impression of shading and fine details using varying densities of their geometric web. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about these faces however, is that they are made using only one continuous piece of thread. [Read more...]
These extremely beautiful, trendy and modern vases look so perfectly crafted it doesn’t seem like they could be hand-made, but in fact, each is a unique creation made on a purpose-built machine. Faceted designs are hugely popular right now, and these designs bring the form into being in an elegant, colorful and current fashion worthy of complimenting any modern interior. [Read more...]
Let the Wookie Win! These great hoops from tumblr artist Chelsea Bloxsom are the perfect mix of kitch, geek and craft, all with a Star Wars creatures twist. You can order custom versions of these hoops from her on her Etsy page Love and a Sandwich, where she has a load of other cool creations… with an extra serving of fuzzy monsters. [Read more...]
Whether it’s remote far-away places, strikingly majestic scenery or creative music unlike any other, Iceland has a lot of reasons to beckon you… and this new hand-drawn map brings its capital city to life with a perfect fit for the beautiful country. Illustrated from an elevated isometric view, the colorful map features central Reykjavík, population 120,000, and covers a surprisingly large area of the small city, from the new Harpa Concert Hall (which will soon feature James Taylor, Elvis Costello and a production of La Bohème) to the cities iconic Church of Hallgrímur… it’s all here, and it’s interactive too! [Read more...]
Now this is taking the idea of London’s famous ‘Tube‘ quite literally: Kyle Bean, designer, model maker and all around advertising re-thinker has created the London metro map using colored drinking straws. His map uses the colorful tubes in a playful, elementary school craft-time like fashion, which when finished appears completely to scale and quite grown up… that’s because he’s built the design over a large poster of the actual map. His final design, lacking the station labels needed to navigate the system, is still highly recognizable for what it is, a truly iconic design tribute. [Read more...]
A sunny balcony pokes out from the side of a classic brick building, curtains drifting in the breeze behind old green double doors and an open drink waits to be consumed… but not is all as it seems. Disquietingly, we realize this peaceful scene is actually hanging over the smooth, polished tracks of a recently traveled railroad line. Such are the familiar, yet unusual works of miniature artist Frank Kunert [Read more...]