Category: Design

An Illegal Mountain Constructed Atop a 26-Story Residential Building in Beijing

An Illegal Mountain Constructed Atop a 26 Story Residential Building in Beijing mountains China architecture

An Illegal Mountain Constructed Atop a 26 Story Residential Building in Beijing mountains China architecture

An Illegal Mountain Constructed Atop a 26 Story Residential Building in Beijing mountains China architecture

While most property and homeowners might be lucky to erect a small fence, add a new wall, or plant a few trees without applying for a permit or checking local zoning laws, things in Bejing are apparently quite different. For the last six years an eccentric doctor built a sprawling mountain villa on the roof above his top-floor flat in this 26-story residential building, all without asking permission of residents or local authorities. The enormous addition covers the entire 1000-square-metre roof and was built using artificial rocks but with real trees and grass.

It only took six years of complaints from neighbors who suffered from the noise and vibrations of heavy construction machinery, water leaks, and other disturbances to finally get the attention of authorities who recently gave the man 15 days to remove the mountain or else it will face forcible removal. Read more over on the South China Morning Post. (via dezeen)

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Lightbulbs Adorned with Sprouting Cityscapes by David Graas

Lightbulbs Adorned with Sprouting Cityscapes by David Graas lighting design 3d printing

Lightbulbs Adorned with Sprouting Cityscapes by David Graas lighting design 3d printing

Lightbulbs Adorned with Sprouting Cityscapes by David Graas lighting design 3d printing

Lightbulbs Adorned with Sprouting Cityscapes by David Graas lighting design 3d printing

Designer David Graas recently released this great lighting object, a 3D-printed hood depicting a sprouting city that fits on top of an LED bulb. Titled Huddle, the light comes in both a pendant and floor version and is available in his shop. (via DesignTAXI)

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Graft Tableware: Biodegradable Utensils that Look Like Vegetables

Graft Tableware: Biodegradable Utensils that Look Like Vegetables  vegetables plants fruit food dining biodegradable

Graft Tableware: Biodegradable Utensils that Look Like Vegetables  vegetables plants fruit food dining biodegradable

Graft Tableware: Biodegradable Utensils that Look Like Vegetables  vegetables plants fruit food dining biodegradable

Graft Tableware: Biodegradable Utensils that Look Like Vegetables  vegetables plants fruit food dining biodegradable

For her diploma project at the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne in Switzerland, product designer Qiyun Deng created a beautiful set of utensils and and serving bowls made from bioplastic PLA, a material most often derived from vegetable fats, oils, or starches. Titled Graft, the delicately crafted design of each piece serves as a reminder of the biodegradable materials used to create them: a celery stem becomes a handle for a fork, a stalk of fennel becomes a knife, a slender carrot a spoon.

While Graft is just a concept at this point, I imagine these could sell extraordinarily well given the right price. But could you actually bring yourself to toss such a beautifully designed object in the compost bin? Learn more over on Deng’s website. (via THEmag)

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Planetary Structural Layer Cakes Designed by Cakecrumbs

Planetary Structural Layer Cakes Designed by Cakecrumbs planets Jupiter food Earth cooking cake

Planetary Structural Layer Cakes Designed by Cakecrumbs planets Jupiter food Earth cooking cake

Planetary Structural Layer Cakes Designed by Cakecrumbs planets Jupiter food Earth cooking cake

Planetary Structural Layer Cakes Designed by Cakecrumbs planets Jupiter food Earth cooking cake

Self-taught chef Rhiannon over at Cakecrumbs has been working on a fun series of planetary cakes that are designed to be scientifically accurate with different types of cake representing various layers within Earth and Jupiter. For her Jupiter Cake the center is the theoretical rock/ice core (mudcake), followed by a layer of liquid metallic hydrogen (almond butter), and finally the liquid molecular hydrogen (colored vanilla). She layered her Earth Cake similarly and finished it off with some absurdly detailed continent design made with marshmallow fondant.

Due to high demand she just posted an extremely detailed tutorial including a video that explains how to make spherical concentric layer cakes. Which is now a thing. That I will have at my birthdays now and forever. (via I F’ing Love Science)

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Sou Fujimoto’s Giant Serpentine Pavilion Converted into a Storm of LED Lightning by UVA

Sou Fujimotos Giant Serpentine Pavilion Converted into a Storm of LED Lightning by UVA lightning light installation architecture

Sou Fujimotos Giant Serpentine Pavilion Converted into a Storm of LED Lightning by UVA lightning light installation architecture

Sou Fujimotos Giant Serpentine Pavilion Converted into a Storm of LED Lightning by UVA lightning light installation architecture

Sou Fujimotos Giant Serpentine Pavilion Converted into a Storm of LED Lightning by UVA lightning light installation architecture

Sou Fujimotos Giant Serpentine Pavilion Converted into a Storm of LED Lightning by UVA lightning light installation architecture

Sou Fujimotos Giant Serpentine Pavilion Converted into a Storm of LED Lightning by UVA lightning light installation architecture

For the last thirteen years Serpentine Gallery has invited a guest architect to design a temporary structure on the London gallery’s front lawn. In what is billed as “the most ambitious architectural program of its kind worldwide,” designs have come from such visionaries as Ai Weiwei in 2012 and Frank Gehry in 2008. This year, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto (who at 41 become the youngest to accept the invitation) constructed a large network of 20mm steel poles and latticed metal that covers an area of 3,800 square feet.

While the white pavilion is impressive in its own right, the gallery further commissioned London-based United Visual Artists to create a network of LED lights that are meant to mimic the natural forms of an electric storm. At night the normally grounded structure becomes an electrified geometric cloud that flashes and pulsates with light. The installation is further enhanced by an accompanied soundtrack of precisely timed soundbites including the buzzing of electrical plants, effectively creating an auditory effect of thunder. A somewhat similar intervention took place here in Chicago a few years ago when LuftWerk transformed Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate. (via Wired, Huffington Post)

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Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata shells sculpture crabs architecture
NYC / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata shells sculpture crabs architecture
NYC / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata shells sculpture crabs architecture
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata shells sculpture crabs architecture
Bangkok / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata shells sculpture crabs architecture
Zaanse Schans / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata shells sculpture crabs architecture
Zaanse Schans / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata shells sculpture crabs architecture
Tokyo / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata shells sculpture crabs architecture
Santorini / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata shells sculpture crabs architecture
Honfleur / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata shells sculpture crabs architecture
Installation view at Ai Kowada Gallery / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Created in 2009 by Japanese artist Aki Inomata, these fantastic little cityscapes atop hermit crab shells were part of a body of work titled “Why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?.” Keeping the welfare of the animal in mind, Inomata studied the needs of the hermit crab to select a compatible shell and used a CT scanner to image the interior of sea shells so she could adapt her own miniature sculptures into suitable homes. The small buildings and skylines were then designed atop the plastic shell forms to mimic the architecture of various cities including New York, Tokyo, Bangkok and elsewhere.

As hermit crabs outgrow their shells it becomes necessary to find a new, larger home. With this project Inomata hoped to draw a parallel to our own need as humans to migrate or find shelter in a new city. Photographs of the final works were on display at Ai Kowada Gallery. (via designboom)

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Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

UK-based artist Mat Lucas works by day as a graphic designer and by night runs a Tumblr of experimental art called 89—A. Lucas tells me that many of his GIFs begin as a problem he’s facing while learning various graphics and video applications like Cinema4D, After Effects, and Photoshop. The byproduct of his experimentation are often ethereal geometric forms that pulsate, rotate and contract in various hypnotic patterns. Above are some of my favorite pieces but you can see much more here. If you liked this also check out the work of Matthew DiVito and Paolo Čerić.

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