Abandoned Sixties Lounge is in Need of Some Love

Out in the vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal remains an architectural gem that is in need of some tender love and care. Originally a thriving hip restaurant, the building is now an abandoned shell – with a surprising amount of style remaining. It provides one of the most spectacular views of the city skyline and of the surrounding landscape.

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Exploring the Natural World, Painted on Maps

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Do you have old maps lying around your home? Why not utilize them as surfaces for art? Vancouver based Paul Morstad decided to use maps for his paintings of various animals from the natural world. Looking at maps as artifacts of human endeavor and an empirical grid to represent land, Morstad hopes to reveal the ambivalence and struggle in the cohabitation of humans and the natural world.

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Visual Bits #435 > Reach Out And Sculpt

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Visual Bits #422 > Fear No Words: Incredible Types

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Unique Wine Labels From Around the World

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Whether you’re a sommelier or a college student drinking boxed wine straight from the bag, you will love this collection of stand-out wine labels. Packaging design can make a huge difference when you’re competing with hundreds of other brands on the liquor store shelf. Most of my decisions in the wine aisle do come down to my favorite bottle design in a reasonable price range and I would love to try all of these. The Coolist recently posted 30 of the most impressive wine bottle designs out there along with the interesting back stories behind each one. Below is a small sample of my favorites from their list.

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Visual Bits #381> Weird, Wonderful, & Wacky Things

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Ice Hotel in Sweden Showcases its Design for this Year

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Artists from around the world have come to create the 23rd ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. Organized by the ICEHOTEL art & design group, the only building material used is 1,000 tons of pure ice and 30,000 cubic meters of snow extrapolated from the frozen water of a river. In addition there was some support from thin metal frames that helped with some of the weight of the ice. While it is a place for guests to come, wine, dine and stay, it also serves as a large scale art exhibition.

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10 Unusual Homes around the world

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All around the world there are many “unique” places to call home. Some people live in caves, sailboats, and apartments 7000 feet above sea level. As one travels across the planet, one sees the nearly unlimited range of places people call home. As one travels across the Internet, one can discover some of the most crazy examples out there.

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Visual Bits #363> Not Your Average Surreal Photos

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Staircases That Lead To… Nowhere

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Throughout the time humans have inhabited the planet, they have built many unique structures and achieved many incredible feats of engineering. One of these feats was the invention of the staircase. Throughout the staircase’s history it has been a way for people to move up in life and get to where they need to go. Unfortunately, not everything lasts forever and over time, many staircases have lost their strength or function.

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