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Architect Overboard: Rusted Ship Hull Flipped into Arts Pavilion

Cut from a massive decaying sea vessel, this hollowed-out section of hull has been transformed into a seating and performance space outside of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea. Located in Seoul, the Temp’L features an original corroding exterior that contrasts with its freshly-painted white interior and an array of greenery …

Declutter Your Desk in Style: 16 Modern Office Organizers

Open-plan offices with simplified furniture may look nice and minimalist, but they typically lack built-in storage and organization, making it hard to wrangle all the little things you need to use each day. That calls for some creative solutions that won’t make a cluttered situation even worse. These modern desk organizers are up to the …

World’s First Art Exhibition for Dogs Features Fountains, Fans & Cars

British inventor, artist and satirist Dominic Wilcox is at it again, this time with a contemporary art exhibition aimed at canine attendees with a range of interactive installations purpose-built for pups. Play More in London has an array of dog-oriented artworks set low on the gallery walls as well as other more directly experiential displays. …

Toasteroid: Print Your Own Custom Toast Design With This App

You don’t necessarily need skills to be a food artist these days, now that smartphone apps make it possible to do things like print custom designs on your breakfast. A gadget called the Toasteroid (a toaster on steroids?) caters to those who demand more than just the browning of bread from the typically simple kitchen …

Motor Magnificence: 11 New Supercar Joyrides for the Super Rich

Mere fantasy rides for most of us, the world’s most luxurious high-performance supercars take all the elements that make driving a vehicle pleasurable and ramp them up about 10 levels, from advanced surround-sound to wildly powerful engines. A number of opulent luxury automobile creations debuted this August at car shows around the world, including limited …

Street Eats: Free Urban Refrigerators for Sharing Spare Food

A few years back, one man in Saudi Arabia was hailed as a hero for putting leftover food from his restaurant in a refrigerator along the street for anyone to take; since then, an ongoing effort in Europe has been scaling up the same approach to serve whole communities of people in need. In Germany, urban refrigerators …

Unfree Wheeling: Amusingly Surreal Vintage Soviet Auto Ads

The Soviet Union not only manufactured cars, they exported them to buyers charmed (or duped) by some amusingly and bemusingly photographed advertisements.

Prismatic Graffiti: Bending Light into a Spectrum of Wall Murals

These intricately choreographed dances of light and color are at once static but ephemeral, lasting longer than conventional light graffiti but nonetheless made of impermanent light. Stephen Knapp is a sculptor and muralist who has worked in metal and glass, but his latest array of light paintings turn the latter toward a new and more …

Light Art Comes to Life: Dancing Animated Gifs by Lucea Spinelli

Beams of light dance, jump, squiggle, scatter and interact with each other as if they’ve taken on a life of their own in a series of animated light art gifs by New York City-based photographer Lucea Spinelli. Abandoned school buses, public park benches, playgrounds, glass jars and human bodies become the settings for surreal, almost …

LEGO-Like Architecture: $5,000 Homes from Recycled Plastic Blocks

A Columbian company is tackling plastic waste issues and affordable housing with a single ingenious solution: interlocking LEGO-like bricks that can be used to build houses for a few thousand dollars per structure. Walls are formed using a slim slotted brick then framed using a thicker module used for beams and columns, locking the smaller …

Dramatic ‘Elastica’ Residence: The House of the Future is Here

Looking like the set of a sci-fi film, the ultramodern ‘Elastica’ residence in Bangalore, India is pretty much what we all imagined our houses would look like by the time we became adults. It’s a little bit Jetsons, a little bit rock n’ roll, and a whole lot different from the decidedly unfuturistic houses most …

You Won’t Believe It’s Not Photoshop: 36 Fake-Looking Photos

The very existence of Photoshop has made it easy to immediately dismiss impossible-looking images as digitally altered, but some bizarre scenes are more real than they appear. Anything from a particularly alien-like landscape to a rare cloud formation can provoke cries of ‘Photoshop!,’ but it’s particularly impressive when these illusions are created through art, with …

Art of Protest: Student-Built Scale Model of $20 Billion ‘Bailout City’

After the Austrian government spent €19,000,000,000 to bail out a bank in 2014, a student group in Vienna created a giant urban model of a place Hypotopia in protest. This visionary city for 100,000 people represents a place that could have been built with the money used to rescue the Hypo Group Alpe Adria banking group. The city of Hypotopia …

Digital Dynamo: Massive Motion-Activated Media Wall Animates Office

Spanning 1,700 square feet of interior walls in a Washington, DC office building, this stunning digital display cycles through different settings and seasons, reacting to workers as they walk through the building. Designed by ESI, the bright and dynamic lobby installation is also visible through expansive glass panels at the front of the building, making it …

Simply Creative Use of Space: 14 Modern Japanese House Designs

High-density neighborhoods with heavy foot traffic and tiny plots of land in Japan force architects to come up with some clever space-saving, privacy-protecting residential layouts. Strategically placed windows, curving floors, translucent...Show More Summary

Urban Camo: Bus & Train Fabrics Turned into Wearable Textiles

Transportation system patterns, right down to seat cloth details, are designed to last and look good even when stained by dirt and spilled drinks over time, making them an oddly suitable choice to turn into apparel. Of course, what looks best under those strained conditions can also look downright strange when turned into suits for human wearers, …

I Don’t Carioca: Awesome Abandonments Of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro may host the 2016 Olympics but Brazil's most picturesque and second-most populous city also boasts a host of infamous abandoned buildings.

Scan & Draw: Color-Mixing Pen Can Make 16 Million Hues & Shades

A new pen aims to take art to the next level, letting users scan colors from their surroundings and deploy them, all via a single gadget. The Cronzy can be employed to scan plants, walls, cloth, and other surfaces; a connected app can then save, collect and use these colors on the go. The scan-and-draw concept …

Amphibious Folding Motorcycle from Russia Fits in the Trunk of a Car

“How long I’ve wanted this dream to come true,” wails Twisted Sister as a motorcycle zips through a mud pit that’s snatching the boots of its rider in this frankly ridiculous video of the Russian motorbike Taurus 2×2. The video shows the bike zooming through giant puddles, pulling a trailer piled with hay bales and …

Legible Graffiti: Repainting Street Art for Digital-Age Audiences

Artist Mathieu Tremblin has hit the streets again, expanding on his portfolio of repainted tags, turning messy walls into neat and readable ‘tag cloud’ arrays. His past works have turned murals into blocks of color or applied copyright watermarks to urban surfaces so they will show up in photographs, but this series seems to be an …

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