Impossible Objects: Perfectly Useless & Entertaining

How do you make a hammer for delicate jobs? Maybe you could make it out of glass. That’s the crazy logic behind many of the creations you’ll find here, defying any sense of reality or possibility of real use. From the warped mind of the late french artist Jacques Carelman, the objects you see here began with his 1969 Catalogue d’Objets Introuvables (Catalog of Impossible Objects) which emulated and parodied the style of the mail order catalog in his own bizarre fashion. In creating his whimsical objects he provided an entertaining commentary on modern society

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Bohemian Burlesque: The Photography of Le Turk

Scenes from the city of old: clowns, angels and showgirls… this is the photography of Le Turk from France. Drawing upon themes of the carnival and burlesque style, Le Turk creates surreal scenes with a vintage cinematic flare.

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The Tiny World of the Eurasian Harvest Mouse

These little mice might be the most endearing little creatures out there. Known as the Eurasian Harvest Mouse, they are the smallest european rodent – only about half the size of a normal house mouse – and live in fields of tall grasses and cereal crops like oats and wheat. Their long tails are prehensile, giving them the ability to wrap around their playground-like living space and climb high into the air. They build circular nests and raise their young, unlike other mice, regurgitating food into their mouths much like birds. French photographers Jean-Louis Klein & Marie-Luce Hubert spent a year and a half with the cute little creatures, capturing the intricacies of their community in an astoundingly intimate way.

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An Illustrated World of Patchwork Fantasy

Paris based artist Emmanuel Malin imagines fantastic etherial illustrations which see worlds made of wild splashes of patchwork color. His works walk a fine line between perfectionism and wild flourishes of free expression, giving his viewers the dreamlike experience of, at once seeing the image, and simultaneously being unable to fully grab hold of it.

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A Rainbow of Origami Street-Art

Like rainbows of flowers popping from the walls of the city, Parisian artist Mademoiselle Maurice’s artwork adds color and vibrance to otherwise stark places… and in this case, she does it with folded paper. Unlike any graffiti/street art we’ve seen before, this artist uses hundreds of hand folded origami shapes in various colors to create her staccato of hues across cement and wood walls around the city of Paris. Though her work may at first appear simple and even naive, they soon reveal themselves as beautiful catalysts for our deeper connection to the city surrounding them.

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Interactive: Learn Good French Wines Like a Pro

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Have you ever been at a fancy hobb-nobbing party and said something like:

“Today most wines are fully mature. It has proved to be a delicious vintage but perhaps just short of the density, complexity and ultimate longevity for greatness. The whites were probably under-rated because they appeared, on tasting, to have little acidity. In fact it was there, but masked by the tannins from thick skins. This phenomenon, curiously enough, was repeated in both 1995 and 2005. Even so, 1985 whites will now be past their best.”

Ok… neither have I, but if you have ever wanted to sound like a fancy-shmancy wine snob, there has never been an easier time.

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What will your Baby be when he grows up?

When you have a child, do you wonder what it may be when they grow up? Will he be a Doctor? Will she be a ballerina? Will he be the President? Malo, a freelance photographer based in Paris, decided to have fun with his little son by dressing him up in a number of outfits predicting his potential future selves. Will he be a judge? Will he be a butcher? Will he be the Pope? We hope you enjoy the cute photos.

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A Hotel Room With A Split Personality

The Marseille France based hotel Au Vieux Panier has rooms that will either put you to sleep in aesthetic comfort or keep you wide awake with fascination. Each room features the designs and artwork of an artist, graphic designer or painter from around the globe, bringing their unique style to the blank canvas of a hotel room. The latest completed room is not their most relaxing addition: it’s very fittingly called “Panic Room.”

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Au Poil! French Animation Takes It To The Toilette

It’s not to often that you find a story with decided toilet humor which keeps you captivated for 5 minutes, but that’s just the case with this new short: Au Poil! The French language animation brings to life a large cast of interesting characters in its brief running time, introducing us to a host of bathroom accessories with attitude and very different levels of hygiene. It’s a battle for privilege and freedom, all wrapped up in one small bathroom.

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Romantic Art: Fantasy in Self-Portraits

It is always such a pleasure to discover a new artist and get a glimpse into the beautiful and creative nature of their psyches. 20 year old, French photographer, Olga Valeska grants us this opportunity through her dramatic and fantastical photography.

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