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Reflecting on a Master Architect: 10 Water-Centric Works by Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando’s work consists of more than just the tangible architectural materials making up each structure, masterfully utilizing reflection, simple palettes and negative space to incorporate wind, water and light into the carefully designed compositions. Show More Summary

Pencil + Sharpener: Redesign Solves 3 Classic Drawing Tool Problems

Pencils require sharpening, run out of eraser and turn into unusable stubs as they near the end of their lifespan, but this clever gadget aims to change all of that, solving all three issues at once. Even in today’s digital world, artists, designers, writers and musicians still fall back on this traditional tool. The Pencil+ …

Silence Of The Lamps: 10 Abandoned Light Bulb Factories

Things may look dim for these abandoned light bulb factories but hopefully the last worker out the door remembered to flip the switch on their way out.

Diagonal Crosswalk: Walk Any Way in LA’s Safe Scramble Intersection

When visitors approach the intersection in front of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market in the heart of downtown, the surprise is palpable when they realize that a ‘go’ for pedestrians lets people walk any way they want. Los Angeles recently followed suit, introducing its own omnidirectional ‘scramble intersection’ at a notoriously dangerous crossroads, making it much …

Shadow Graffiti: Typographic Sundial Transforms Building Facade

Integrating the shadows cast by everything from stop signs to public benches into street art often requires the luck of seeing the piece in action at just the right time of day, when the shadow is in just the right spot for everything to line up as intended. Catching it in action feels like serendipity …

Bottomless Anti-Chair: Crafty Bentwood Form Frames Other Seats

As it stands, you can do just about anything with this Arm Chair except actually sit in it, at least until you add your own chair, stool or other form of seating to the mix. Part artist statement, part conceptual and part physical framework, this absurdist anti-chair by Clark Bardsley is also a cunning and well-crafted exercise …

Brain Food: Vending Machines Offer Books Instead of Snacks

You can buy all kinds of weird things from vending machines these days – from live crabs to blue jeans to gold bars – but this new iteration is more entertaining than most, and it’ll certainly keep you busy longer than a bag of Skittles. Peruse the covers of a curated selection of books through …

Looking Beyond Land: 12 Floating Galleries, Schools & Cemeteries

Even without the threat of rising sea levels, we’ve got land scarcity issues in nearly every major city, prompting engineers and architects to look towards the rivers and seas as settings for floating structures that could support not just housing and restaurants but also farms, movie theaters, schools and even cemeteries. Floating Movie Theater: Pavilion …

Neglected Riverside Steps Revived with Form-Fitting Sunbed Seats

Designed to help citizens of Wroclaw, Poland, reclaim neglected parts of their city this site-specific “microinstallation” provides comfortable urban furniture for an otherwise hard-to-occupy staircase. Developed by No Studio for DoFA...Show More Summary

Build-A-Bug: Mini VW Beetle Model Made of LEGO Blocks

Assemble a miniature model of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle with a new kit from LEGO, reproducing the car in minuscule detail from a surfboard-holding roof rack to a four-cylinder air-cooled engine and fuel tank. The VW Beetle Creator Expert Kit comes with 1,167 pieces including the car’s characteristic round headlights, curved fenders and a body …

Slated for Greatness: 15 Innovative Modern Tile Designs

With a history of use in human structures dating back to the 13th century BCE, decorative tilework has adapted along with our tastes and manufacturing abilities to become even more beautiful and versatile than ever before. Moving beyond...Show More Summary

Walk on Water: Christo Unfurls 1 Million Square Feet of Golden Cloth

Known for his work on large-scale art projects, including the world’s biggest interior art installation, artist’s latest piece features over 1,000,000 square feet (100,000 square meters) of shimmering yellow fabric, wrapped around floating docks that span for miles up to and across Lake Iseo in Italy. Undulating with the waves, the Floating Piers project lets …

Scrubbed: 12 Washed Up & Washed Out Abandoned Bathhouses

Public baths may have a checkered history and a not-so-squeaky-clean image but these dozen abandoned bathhouses prove things aren't always cut & dried.

Space Age 3D Furniture: Skyscrapers & Rockets Support Stellar Tables

Furniture designer and sculptor Stelios Mousarris has added a new twist to his latest 3D-printed creation, taking a leap from sweeping cityscapes to impromptu launch platforms with a spaceship-supported glass coffee table. The Cyprus-based...Show More Summary

Urban Fairytales: Hyperrealistic Paintings of Kids Exploring the City

Modern-day children move through a decidedly un-fairytale-like world with unlikely gangs of friendly wild animals to protect them in this series of paintings so realistic, it takes a moment to realize they’re not photographs. Artist Kevin Peterson creates these incredible scenes in oil paint on panel, highlighting the inner strength it can take to survive …

Origami Footwear: Lightweight Lace-Free Shoes Wrap & Fit Any Feet

A Japanese designer and Italian shoemaker have taken a fresh approach to athletic footwear, adapting the minimalist art of cloth wrapping to form the basis of a flexible shoe that fits any foot shape. Masaya Hashimoto worked with Vibram, the makers of foot-shaped FiveFingers shoes (with articulated toes), to create the Furoshiki series of shoes with wrapping soles that …

Figurative Furniture: 15 Designs With Life of Their Own

Does the human tendency to place a higher value on living things that resemble our own image even extend to furniture? You might think so from the range of anthropomorphic designs we’ve created for our own comfort and entertainment, especially when the objects are designed to mimic human contact. These creations seem like they could …

Pop Arch: Improbable Design Illustrations Made with Autocad

Used by architects and engineers, Autocad and other computer-aided design (CAD) programs have a long history as boring and blunt instruments of drafting, but this architectural illustrator has breathed new life into these drawing and rendering tools. Show More Summary

Tiny Apartment’s Rooftop Terrace Features Flat-Folding Deck Chairs

A cramped, stale and long-neglected 400-square-foot studio apartment in Hong Kong feels downright luxurious with the addition of a rooftop terrace and some pretty cool space-saving features. Design firm Liquid Interiors maximized the space, which is essentially one big room with a combination bedroom/living room, by hiding many features behind sliding doors to keep clutter …

Walk on Water: 13 Interactive Aquatic Art Installations

Vital yet dangerous, shifting its shape and obscuring what lies beneath, water is an ideal conduit for illusion, and artists take advantage of these qualities to produce works that confuse our senses and seem to give us superpowers. These aquatic art installations allow people to walk on water and breathe beneath its surface, and ask …

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