Les Classiques Wooden Handlebars

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Les Classiques is a collection of beautifully carved wooden handlebars by design studio F&Y. The Canadian studio is ran by Frédérique Beaubien and Yannic Ryan, each handlebar is individually handcrafted and made from wood, aluminum and brass. Thumbs up.

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We Never Open

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We Never Open project made me look.

As a response to the number of abandoned buildings in Adelaide, South Australia, a series of faux-shopfronts were installed using adhesive vinyl and applied to vacant buildings in the CBD. Under the guise of actual shops, the typographic interventions reveal information about the cause and effect of Adelaide’s plight of high vacancy and urban decay.

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Las Doce

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Las Doce is a line of household products; dishes, plates, and mugs. Made from single pieces of wood, Mapuche artisans work on the exterior face of the product through traditional carving techniques, while the interiors of the pieces are cut out by a CNC industrial cutting robot.  The Andes House developed this line of products and containers in order to capitalize on the strengths of each respective type of manufacturing. Beautiful.

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The Second Object

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The Second Object, designed by Jorge Diego Etienne in collaboration with Savvy Studio for Casa Bosques, is a mug that continues to work with the ideals of the brand by amplifying the rituals suggested by nature.

Winter is a time for reflection. The cold weather evokes introspection, which translates into a need for mental and physical proximity. The Second Object is a personal item that’s kept close to its user during this process of contemplation.

The Second Object is inspired by the traditional Japanese lacquered cup. The ceramic container is made for hot liquids and is held by a wooden cup that helps disperse heat. The ceramic is in the same form as the pot from the First Object, but with the sculpted wooden cup design, it eliminates the need for a handle, creating an even more intimate experience with the smells, climate, and sensations of the season.

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Hut-to-Hut

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Hut-to-Hut is a sustainable and affordable eco home model for Southern India.

Last year, Rintala Eggertsson Architects and a group of students from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology in Trondheim held a workshop to design and build an eco home model for the Western Ghats region in India. The workshop was in support of the Panchabhuta Conservation Foundation to develop concepts for eco tourism and an affordable, sustainable and replicable home. The successful efforts yielded Hut-to-Hut, a two hut compound made from local materials that allows for expansion over time. The off-grid project is powered by solar panels and makes use of a composting latrine that produces biogas to provide energy for the family.

Read more on Inhabitat.

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Mobi Bicycle Rental

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Mobi is an exciting project and a great looking bike.

Urban mobility is an overwhelming topic that contains an universe in itself, and one of the major issues we experience in cities today. Through design and innovation, it is possible to make people more aware of the mobility problems we face, and more eager to develop and use systems that foster the better use of space, time, and resources. This concept was developed as a custom designed bicycle rental system for our Universidade de São Paulo campus but its features make it suitable for many other situations.

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New Snow Art from Simon Beck

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Since 2004 England-based Simon Beck has strapped on a pair of snowshoes and lumbered out into the the freshly fallen snow at the Les Arcs ski resort in France to trample out his distinctly geometric patterns, footprint by footprint. Each work takes the 54-year-old artist anywhere between 6 hours and two days to complete, an impressive physical feat aided from years of competitive orienteering.

(via Colossal)

Steven Spazuk

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Steven Spazuk is an Canadian artist who paints and draws with fire. Yes, fire. Over the last 10 years he has developed his unique technique to create these beautiful artworks.

Using various tools, I intuitively sculpt the plumes of soot left behind in response to the forms that appear on the canvas.

Spontaneity and chance are the heart and soul of my creative process. I do not censor. I do not direct. I open myself to the experience. This in-the-moment creative practice coupled with the fluidity of the soot, creates a torrent of images, shadows and light. Fuelled by the quest of a perfect shape that has yet to materialize, I concentrate in a meditative act and surrender to capture the immediacy of the moment on canvas.

The human body fascinates me. Bodies in a perpetual metamorphosis are the language with which I express my thoughts on the human condition: emotions, opinions, stories that are born of my uncensored psyche. I often work piece by piece, collecting a multitude of unique elements that I assemble into mosaics.  Entities that, once grouped together, afford a different meaning and provide a new perspective that is both novel and complementary. I see fragments of things, events, people, as a powerful metaphor of modern life and, even more so, of the way we perceive things through our senses and our minds. My work expresses how every one of us is a constituent fragment of the human community.

Serendipitously, I am now encountering the reverse side of the mosaic. I am interested in the deconstruction of prescribed shapes and contours and an eclectic approach to a compilation of ideas which, like the flame of my candle, will lead me to more fortuity in the creation of my art.

Desktructure

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Love this!

Héctor Serrano‘s Desktructure is a modular desk organizer made of porcelain. When put together the individual pieces form an industrial warehouse, a ship or a city, each with a flash of color on the bottom.

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The Mendicant

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The series of sculptures titled The Mendicant by artist Robert Wechsler uses tens of thousands of U.S. pennies which are carefully cut and assembled into a latticework forming perfect cubes.

With fifty billion currently in circulation, the penny is one of humanity’s most numerous objects, but despite its commonality, it is an extraordinarily rich artifact. As a symbol of American culture, it is on par with the Statue of Liberty. It is a monument to a beloved president. It is a proclamation of a national faith and creed. It is a time stamped record of our civilization. As much ornament as legal tender, the penny is equal parts form and function. It defines elegance just as its ubiquity, low monetary value, and high symbolic value defines humility.

(via Colossal)

Shape Shifting House

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An interesting concept.

The D*Haus Company, an architectural design firm launched by UK-based designers David Ben Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson, has conceptualized an experimental house called D*Dynamic that is able to reconfigure itself into eight different shapes. The idea behind the ambitious and innovative project is to construct a living space that is capable of adapting to weather and climate changes throughout the passing seasons.

The giant geometric structure is a piece of architectural origami that intends to offer an advanced and efficient method to getting the most out of one’s environment. By giving homeowners the ability to morph their homes with ease, they not only have the opportunity to instantly remodel their homes but they are also given the power to save on energy costs. The remarkably transformative building, whose design relies heavily on mathematics, is proposed to move on rotational tracks, folding out and around, to adapt to the seasons. Through this process, windows become doors and doors become windows, depending on the formation.

(via My Modern Met and Dezeen)

Kummakivi

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Kummakivi, which translates as “strange rock” in Finnish, is a natural geological formation found in the dense forest of Finland. The giant rock sits carefully balanced with no scientific explanation for how it arrived in its position. Amazing.

(via My Modern Met)

Star Trails

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Australian photographer Lincoln Harrison shot these amazing star trail images over the Australian Outback. The star trails appear circular because as our planet rotates around its axis every 24 hours, the visible stars in the sky rotate around the polar axis.

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Kobe Luminarie

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Kobe Luminarie – Japan’s Famous Festival of Lights – is absolutely spectacular.

Back in 1995, the city of Kobe was hit with one of the most devastating earthquakes in Japan’s history. Among the major cities, Kobe was the closest to the epicenter so it experienced the most damage both in terms of infrastructure and in lives lost. To pay tribute to the thousands who perished and to give hope to the surviving citizens, Kobe Luminarie, a light festival was put on that year, in December. After the earthquake, Kobe was without lights and was plunged into darkness, so the first Luminarie was meant to light up the city and to give the people of Kobe hope that their city could, one day, be restored.

The lights were donated by the Italian government and the installation was produced by Italian designer Valerio Festi and Kobe native Hirokazu Imaoka. Though not meant to be an annual event, it proved to be so popular, the city had no choice but to bring it back every year since then.

More on My Modern Met.

Dowel-Blocks by Torafu Architects

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These dowel blocks by Torafu Architects would make a great gift for a creative kid (or adult).

Dowel blocks joined by doweling to create multiple shapes. Fun polyester decorative plywood blocks can be joined with doweling to form various shapes – the only limit is your imagination. Holes on five sides allows the blocks to be connected three-dimensionally in an infinite number of ways.

Sugar Murals and Cake Icing Graffiti

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Shelley Miller is a Montreal-based artist whose installations, sculptures and public works have been exhibited across Canada as well as India and Brazil. Much of her work is created using sugar and cake icing. Miller’s graffiti tags, also made with icing, at closer look recall the decorative scrolls of arabesques and calligraphy from ancient mosques, temples and pottery spanning the history of decorative arts. Wow. More here.

Where the Internet Lives

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For the first time ever Google has posted dozens of photographs inside and around its data centers. A wonderful attention to detail is the color-coordinated design of their infrastructure as it correlates to the Google logo. Impressive. See many more photos of their eight data centers and Street View imagery of their Lenoir, NC data center at Where the Internet Lives.

(via Colossal)