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The Whimsical Furniture of Lila Jang

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Korean sculptor Lila Jang has created surreal versions of 18th-century French furniture. Tables, chairs, desks, and stools are transformed from ordinary to extraordinary. Living in a tiny Parisian apartment, Jang found joy in escaping monotony by bending furniture into shape so these could fit into the tiny space.
Says Jang, “My work represents who and where we are as human beings: in the midpoint of that constant struggle between reality and the ideal.”

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Tagged: art, bizarre, design, furniture, Surrealism

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

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‘Dr. Chau Chak wing building’ at University of Technology, Sydney, designed by Frank Gehry is contrived to look like it has been damaged, and yet still stands. Gehry is an architect whose crazy curves are his calling card. The intriguing asymmetrical facade and the building’s design is described by the university as symbolic of ‘innovative thinking and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and the cross-pollination of ideas.’
The building will have two distinct external facades, one composed of undulating brick, referencing the sandstone and the dignity of Sydney’s urban brick heritage, and the other of large, angled sheets of glass to fracture and mirror the image of surrounding buildings. The official opening is expected in February 2015

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The Crazy Inventions of Dominic Wilcox

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Dominic Wilcox is a British artist who is well known for his unusual innovations. Wilcox works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought provoking objects with a humorist approach .

Tea cup with inbuilt cooling fanTea cup with inbuilt cooling fan

The birds of seven dialsThe birds of Seven Dials (area of London)

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Nimbus- a pendant light-cloudNimbus- a pendant light/cloud

Do Not Touch ChairDo Not Touch Chair

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Binaudios - The sounds of a cityBinaudios – The sounds of a city

A cage made to exactly fit a birdA cage made to exactly fit a bird

Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the FutureStained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future


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The Smog Free Tower : world’s largest air-purifier

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde worked with scientist Bob Ursem and European Nano Solutions to create the Smog Free Tower. After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund what he describes as “the largest air-purifier in the world”, the Smog Free Tower has been installed in Rotterdam.

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The Smog Free Tower creates smog free air zones allowing people to breathe and experience what clean air in a city really means. The project combines high-tech science, design and imagination.
The seven-metre-tall structure processes 30,000 cubic metres of air per hour – removing ultra-fine smog particles and pumping out clean air using no more electricity than a water boiler. The smog is sucked in through its top, then the purified air is released through vents on the four sides.

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And what do they do with the smog accumulated? By compressing the filtered smog particles, they create awesome and unique jewelry. The dust removed from 1,000 cubic metres of air is compressed and sealed within a resin cube, which is used as an embellishment for a ring or a cufflink.

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Creative Packaging Design II

Upcycling Old Suitcases to Vintage Furniture

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Using pieces of discarded junk, Katie Thompson recreates a unique, recycled range of furniture, each piece infused with its own previous character but with a new function. By blending South African craftsmanship, with high end finishes,  Thompson creates an original end product with a new integrity that epitomizes the very best of South African design.

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Rock sofas

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Momentum  collection by Fredrikson Stallard features a series of pieces including these two sofa designs named Species 1 and Species 2. Species, made out of polyurethane, glass fibre and polyester, is a study in evolution. The pieces are amorphous structures, elements of sculpted mass, chaotic energy, finished in shades of red and purple. 

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The Tree Self

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Sebastian Errazuriz’s shelving unit called Bilbao receives its name from the street in Santiago, Chile, where the artist found a branch that had broken off a fallen tree. The branch was taken to the workshop and twisted, turned, and readapted so it could hug a flat wall and live a new life as a shelf.

 

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Do it yourself Creative Lamp Ideas

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Reindeer inspired lamp. Using conventional things around the hose like bottles and a dab of creativity can create a work of art. See more

lamp-ideas-14Minimalist inspired white lamp.

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Lamp made out of cork material. It makes the lamp lighter and easier to move from one place to another.

lamp-ideas-13Staircase inspired lamp.

lamp-ideas-10Simple bottle lamps with patterned cut out designs.

lamp-ideas-11Underground water pipes inspired lamp.

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Water bucket lamp creates an illusion of a bucket to be pouring water light into another bucket.

lamp-ideas-8Sea shell inspired table lamp.

lamp-ideas-3Quirky life size pencil lamp.

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Flower vase lamp with a single flower emitting the light within its petals.

lamp-ideas-4Abstract wall lamp.

lamp-ideas-5Veil inspired table lamp.

lamp-ideas-6The bird lamp.

lamp-ideas-2Life size matchstick lamp.

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Window that morphs into a balcony at the touch of a button

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Bloomframe® is an innovative window that morphs magically into a balcony at the touch of a button. The first models are destined for an apartment building in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. The product’s creators, the Amsterdam-based architecture firm HofmanDujardin explain the Bloomframe® window could soon become a familiar element of the modern cityscape as more architects, developers and builders realize its considerable functional and aesthetic benefits.

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Modern Libraries

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Stuttgart City Library

The Stuttgart City Library was designed by Yi Architects. Built out of pale grey concrete and frosted glass bricks it’s  façade resembles a shell. The building takes the form of cube with an edge length of 45 meters. The gallery hall is a five-story space, in a form of a square and surrounded by shelves of books.

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Seattle Central Library

The 11-story glass and steel building in downtown Seattle, Washington, was built by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of OMA/LMN. The library has a unique, striking appearance, consisting of several discrete “floating platforms” seemingly wrapped in a large steel net around glass skin.

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Cooroy Library

Library and Digital Hub in Queensland (Australia) was built by Brewster Hjorth Architects right in the existing slope, and the whole construction of the buildings creates a bridge. The gracious bridge links the Butter factory Art Gallery and the main city street. The building consists of two curved pavilions. The western pavilion is dug into the slope of the site, and is covered by an earth sheltered grass roof. To the east, the library opens to a sunken internal courtyard, edged by a large stonewall, providing much needed cooling in the summer from the stone mass and shading.

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Royal Library Copenhagen

The Black Diamond building was designed by Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen. Named for its outside cover of black marble and glass, the Black Diamond building houses a concert hall in addition to the library. Three bridges connect the Black Diamond with the old part of the Royal Library.

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The Library of Birmingham

It was designed by Dutch studio Mecanoo and it has a very interesting façade featuring interlocking metal rings.  The ten-level Library shares a spacious entrance and foyer as well as a flexible studio theatre.

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The Vennesla Library, Norway

Designed by Helen & Hard, the structure contains, besides the actual library, a café, a number of meeting spaces and administrative areas and a learning center. The main building material is wood, and the building is dominated by the 27 glue-laminated timber arcs that support the roof and give associations to ribs of a whale skeleton.

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The National Library of Sejong City

The National Library of Sejong City is located in Korea. It was completed in 2013 and it covers a total area of 21,076 square meters. A project developed by Samoo Architects in collaboration with KeunJeong Architects & Engineers Inc, it was designed to resemble a book page being turned over so the geometry of the building is very simple and easily recognizable.

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The Sao Paulo Library

It was a project by Aflalo and Gasperini Architects. The building which used to be a prison, now it’s a place of freedom to explore knowledge, ideas, and books. The interior is spacious with a flexible layout, colorful furniture and playful graphics. The library is organized as a bookstore.

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Maranello Library

Designed by Milan-based architects Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei, the new library of the Maranello community is intended to provide its visitors an introspective experience and visual connection with nature. The project has developed starting from the definition of three main spaces, corresponding to a consulting area, a great reading room and to the multipurpose rooms.

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The University of Aberdeen New Library

Located in Aberdeen, Scotland, the library was originally established in 1495. Designed by Danish Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, the structure is a 15,000 square meter facility with 1,200 reading spaces and a room for rare books. The ground floor houses a space for exhibitions, seminars and poetry readings as well as a lounge and café and it has a modern and continuous design.

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Creative Elevator Wall Murals

Creative chair designs

Twig Decorations

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Twig Stairs (source: Imagination in Metals)

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Driftwood Light (source)

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Twig Shelving (source)

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Twigs in clear vases with water and floating candles (source)

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The tree bookshelf (source)

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Bedroom decoration with branches (source)

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Table with wood (source)

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Twig mirror (source)

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Twig vase (source)

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Vintage Flower Light Bulbs

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Aerolux Light Corporation was a prolific manufacturer of figural neon glow lights containing  flowers between the late 1930s and into the mid 1970s. Aerolux gas discharge light bulbs contained low pressure gas, either neon or argon, or a mixture of the two. Also within the bulb were metal sculptures coated with phosphors. These phosphors fluoresced when excited by glow discharge. Nowadays vintage Aerolux flower light bulbs can be found on sites like eBay and Etsy.
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Creative Public Benches

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Bench In Kiev, Ukraine

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Park In Vöcklabruck, Austria

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Tree Bench, Seattle, USA

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Park Bench, Massachusetts

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Soft bench by Lucile Soufflet

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Bench By Alleswirdgut Architektur, Luxembourg

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Modern Street Furniture In Mexico

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Curve Seats, Cadigal Green, University Of Sydney, Australia

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Paprocany Lake Shore Redevelopment

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Seats In The Shape Of A Tulip

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Swirling Bench

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Buttmunches, San Francisco Ferry Plaza, CA

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Roll-out table by Marcus Voraa

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Roll-Out Table designed by Marcus Voraa is beechwood crafted finished off with steel and canvas.The length of the table can be adjusted according to the amount you need by rotating the handle. A pair of sliding legs can be re-positioned to provide extra stability.

The Concept
In our home there is an open plan living-room and kitchen. The room is the heart of our apartment and it is where we gather round together with friends and family. After one too many trips to the cellar to fetch the extra table leaves I decided I wanted a table that was flexible and had everything in one place. When I received the internet-themed brief for the exhibition at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, that was when the idea for the roll-out table @ came together.

See more here

Photo credits: Marcus Voraa

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Intricate Illusion Drawings by Visothkakvei

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Graphic designer Visothkakvei creates hyper-detailed optical illusion drawings playing with depths and textures.  kakvei  draws his nature-inspired designs mostly freehand. The artist sometimes digitally enhances his  doodles, making them  seem to lift right off the pages.

Check out more works at Instagram.com/visothkakvei.

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Optical Illusion in Architecture

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Balancing Barn / MVRDV, © Edmund Sumner / in Suffolk, England. Link

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Rachel Raymond Mirror House – Mirror House’ by Pedro Joel Costa Architecture and design pays tribute to the original home’s modernism while looking to the future.

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The Dancing House, or Fred and Ginger, is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building on the Rašínovo nábřeží (Rašín Embankment) in Prague, Czech Republic. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot.

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Kiral Apartments, Mexico City  by Arqmov Workshop, with wavy facade.

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The 3D Lichtenstein House Optical Illusion plays with your eyes through an altered perception. What appears to be a normal house is actually made of three concave angles that appear to be coming out wards.

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Architectural illusion building in Paris.

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Olympic stadium in Montreal.

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Illusion steep car park in Seattle.

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Lyons‘ Warrnambool Campus Building in Australia is a real-life optical illusion.

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Deformscape is an optical illusion deigned by Faulders Studio for the garden of Jeff Dauber, a contemporary-art collector based in San Fran. The installation itself was designed using 3D software to precisely cut marine-grade plywood.

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The headquarters building of Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company offers terrific reflection opportunities.

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Estudos de Fachadas in Brasil by architect Fernando Peixoto.

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Lucid Stead by Phillip K. Smith III, Joshua Tree, California

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Mansion planters by PULL + PUSH

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The design studio PULL AND PUSH in Kyoto, Japan has created these tiny buildings that serve as plant pots. The containers  made from cement, glass and brass  are so small that  fit in the palm of your hand.

See more on their WEBSITE

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