We don’t post nearly enough about Japanese artists, so it’s our very special pleasure to introduce Takeuma and his cheerful editorial illustration. Takeuma’s choice of colours mixed with his ever-optimistic cartoon-style make him the perfect candidate to illustrate lengthy magazine articles, which the people of Japan seem to have cottoned on to and have subsequently been commissioning him to spice up the pages of their weeklies for a long while now. Maybe it’s the cryptic Japanese characters alongside his drawings that make them sing, or maybe it’s just Takenama’s knack for representing the human race in the best light possible, but something about his images gives off a friendly kind of magic. I mean come on, he can even make a stapler look fun.
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Long before the days of the Nintendo Wii and Hug Me Elmo there was the zoetrope; a very cool old-school gadget which creates the illusion of motion from a series of images which you spin around rapidly on an axis. It may have been sadly shunted to the toy-store sidelines but in December RAMP Ceramics collaborated with Jim Le Fevre to bring the humble zoetrope back into the limelight, stepping it up a notch by creating a ceramic pot which works in the same way.
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marcel meili, markus peter architekten’s serene and balanced design has been developed to function as a civic place of education and recreation throughout the year.
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A rooftop swimming pool with a glass floor cantilevers out beside the entrance to this house in Marbella, Spain, by Dutch office Wiel Arets Architects (+ slideshow). (more…)
HIV, swine flu, salmonella, e. coli, and smallpox are just a few of the malignancies that the artist crafts into three-dimensional structures, reflecting them in large proportions so their intricacies are exposed.
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This floor lamp by Japanese designer Yasutoshi Mifune leans backwards to cast light at an angle. (more…)
fusing fast cars and functionality, the machine dispenses an aromatic, italian-style coffee out of one its six titanium exhaust pipes.
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intended to not only function as an observation deck, but as an instrument of contemplation, the circular structure is suspended over water with views of punta llisera.
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Here’s a full set of images showing the Jazz superyacht Zaha Hadid is designing for German shipbuilders Blohm+Voss, including new interior shots (+ slideshow). (more…)
It’s in Kona, Hawaii where the unique “farm-to-roastery-to-cup” experience could give the artisanal roasters in New York or San Francisco a run for their money. Daylight Mind Coffee Company (DMCC) in Kona opened its doors in…