Wax Museum: Crayon Art By Christian Faur

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By layering hundreds of thousands of crayons, Ohio artist Christian Faur creates textured artworks that are part painting and sculpture. Filling wood frames with the crayons, he uses the colored wax tips as “pixels” for images of people and objects, which undulate and change when viewed from different angles. For his crayon art, Faur looked back on his childhood and early art memories he...

Lost In Paris, The Ultimate Green House

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There is a house in there. Really!  In that miniature city rain-forest, a green living house is comfortably adapted for this urban context. Befittingly named the Lost in Paris House, the Parisian designers from R&Sie Architects managed to cover this 130 sqm concrete building with a living skin. There are more than 1,200 ferns that form a stylish hydroponic system which gets all the needed...

Green Touch: "Grass in a Box" by Nine99 Designs

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Inspired by Frank Lloyed Wright’s Fallingwater House that was partially built over an active waterfall, "grass in a box" is a creative design concept by Nine99 Designs.  Like Fallingwater, Grass in a Box is intended to bring a bit of the natural world into your own home.  Packaged in eco-friendly cardboard with holes that allow natural breathing, these minimalist green living...

Australian Architect Masters The Force For Vader House

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Constructed within high walls created long before restrictive zoning rules would have prevented them, Andrew Maynard's Vader House expands upon a Victorian-era shell, mixing modern lines and materials with existing period masonry. New construction on the Melbourne, Australia home centered around a playful outdoor courtyard, which became the new focal point of the home. Portions of the existing...

Street Graffiti Inspires Sweet, Sculptural Shelf

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Using Parisian graffiti art as inspiration, French designer Charles Kalpakian created Graffititek, a sculptural shelving system that floats with form and function. The 3-D shelves, designed for Kalpakian’s brand hellokarl, are staggered haphazardly, lending peculiar crannies and nooks for media, trinkets and books. Nestled near the center of the shelf are a pair white, opaque blocks that,...

The Long Wall Clock by Aleksey Belyalov

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Russian designer Aleksey Belyalov has designed an impressive clock concept that shatters our concept of time as a rotary phenomenon.  Dubbed the RollOClock, it's a combination of black and white components that gradually move as the minutes tick by, to tell the time in its very own special way. The day starts with all white, while at night everything turns black. Functional or just an elegant...

The Retro Knuckle Comb, Weapon for Fashionistas

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Work of Polish designers Ewa Bochen and Maciej Jelski from Kosmos, the retro knuckle comb is a delicate addition to any fashionista’s arsenal of accessories. Combining the "feminine delicacy with power that characterizes modern women", the vintage design is uniquely finished with a silver plated metal that adds style and a tinge of badass to its already aggressive looks. Nothing...

"The Family" Wallpapers by Lisa Bengtsson

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Resembling with a large photo album with blank frames, "The Family" is an old styled collection of wallpapers by Swedish designer Lisa Bengtsson that adds a personal dash to your walls. With randomly placed vintage black and white silhouettes that invite you to add those embarrassing family shots or whatever else you want to highlight for all to see, it's an elegant way of bringing back...

Tidal Style: Raumati Beach House

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Simple is very rarely easy. Refined and understated, the Raumati beach house demonstrates a mastery of materials and design philosophy. It has everything you could ever really want in a beach house: An open living room, fireplace, outdoor shower and — most importantly — direct beach access. The rear of the New Zealand home, which was designed by architects at Herriot + Melhuish, has...

Digital Dance 'Echo' Chambered In Italy

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If you have the chance to see the Echo dance performance at Teatro Sociale di Como in Italy, you'll actually be witness to a double performance. Mirroring the movement of Mimbre dancers on stage, are digital backdrop projections captured by advanced 3-D cameras and displayed real-time. The performance was originally commissioned by Vamp for a staging at the Tate Modern, and is expected to tour...

Dorobanti Tower, Futuristic Touch in Bucharest

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Intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of 'fin de siecle' architecture and the vividly urban life, you'll find that the small Paris of Eastern Europe charms you at a first glance. That must be the reason why Zaha Hadid Architects elected Bucharest to plant one of their stylish skyscrapers. Nothing short of breathtaking, Dorobanti Tower is sinusoidal expressive structure that will...

Well-Proportioned Modern Hawthorn Home

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This Hawthorn house, comprised largely of copper, glass and slate, is comprised of "enormously proportioned" spaces that readily fill with natural light. The 4-bed/4-bath home — located in the Scotch Hill precinct of the Melbourne, Australia suburb — was built with off-peak, electrical floor heating and centers around its atrium-inspired ground floor, which is bolstered by an Emporite and...

Paper AK-47: Some things look better as art figures

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Some things look great when they are destined to stay on paper forever, and Martin Postler's AK-47 is surely one of those things. Already hailed as great piece of graffiti work with paper, the gleaming piece of art earned raving reviews at the Paper Wars exhibition in London. While the aesthetics of the design and the complexity achieved in the final product are amazing, the concept of...

City By The Sea: The Apocalyptic Art of Alex Lukas

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For his upcoming West Coast exhibition, Philadelphia artist Alex Lukas took pigment to paper and flooded skylines and urban landscapes with water, creating barely visible underwater worlds. Rooftop gardens barley escape drowning, while fires and elemental forces take down humanity's progress in the paper series, which fuses apocalyptic "Blade Runner" landscapes with "SimCity"-styled imagery....

Stingray Rocker: Stunning style and chic look

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Crafted by Thomas Pedersen for Federica Furniture, the Stingray rocker was originally conceptualized in 2002. It may have taken 7 years for this graduation project chair to take shape, but the elegant, futuristic design will have a warm reception in modern homes throughout the world. Either made of sparkling metal or classic wood, along with fur as fabric or leather upholstry, this red hot...

Breville Cafe Roma Espresso Maker

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What good is a night cap get together at your place if you're not serving espresso?  Toss out the Maxwell House and opt for a serious upgrade.  The Breville Cafe Roma Espresso Maker is a great option for your countertop, as it is at once functional, attractive and best of all-- inexpensive.  How inexpensive?  $79.99 with $5 shipping and handling.  We just spotted this bad boy on Woot.com,...

Zaha Hadid Faucet: Fluidity Inspiration

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The Zaha Hadid Faucet by Triflow Concepts represents the seamless amalgamation of fluid style and innovative design at its best. Designed to be one with the watery elements, the spout, body and the handle form one shape, creating continuous flow from source to drain.  This faucet includes both a metallic color and a ceramic core, providing a design that'll add a healthy dose of futurism to...

Playing With Light: The Grand Rapids Art Museum

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Long known as a center for furniture (Herman Miller is headquartered nearby) and automobile manufacturing, Grand Rapids has an amazing heritage when it comes to design. And to prove my case, here's the new Grand Rapids Art Museum. Carefully planed by designers from wHY Architecture, thIS imposing building looks like an oasis surrounded by urban life and a sheltering canopy of trees....

Italian Company Cooks Up Tasty Kitchen Design

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Adding new shapes and bold new colors, the Italian kitchen designers over at Pedini Cucine have updated their popular Artika line to reflect the ever changing lifestyles of hip home diners. Ergonomics were a top concern for designers, who worked to make sure the functional fixtures were comfortable and useable while making a decisive statement as home centerpiece. Pedini also unveiled the...

Sun Shines On Seattle Home Design

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Location dictated design for this modern Seattle home. Located in the Sunset Hill neighborhood, the ChiaroScuro House is oriented to soften and diffuse intense western light, while not obstructing views towards Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula. Designed by architects at Studios Ectypos, the house's warm wood paneling contrasts its industrial base, which is built atop a foundation and...