What if you lived at IKEA?

What if you lived at IKEA? tableau IKEA humor

What if you lived at IKEA? tableau IKEA humor

What if you lived at IKEA? tableau IKEA humor

What if you lived at IKEA? tableau IKEA humor

What if you lived at IKEA? tableau IKEA humor

A few shots from a great project by photographer Christian Gideon who asked the question, what if you lived at IKEA? … and answered it by taking some hilarious photos of he and his friends living it up in IKEA mock rooms furnished with all matter of low-cost Swedish design. (via sub-studio)

Trouble: New Paintings by Jay Ryan

Trouble: New Paintings by Jay Ryan painting

If you’re in Chicago on Friday I recommend stopping by Rotofugi Gallery to check out the opening of Jay Ryan’s latest collection of paintings. To get a taste, here’s an online gallery from last year’s show, and see some of his screentprints over at the Bird Machine. The show runs through May 22.

Barack Obama as a toddler. Dressed as a pirate.

Barack Obama as a toddler. Dressed as a pirate. Obama kids history costumes

From an article in NY Times Magazine about his mother, “Obama’s Young Mother Abroad”. (via laughing squid)

Local man accepts challenge of art blog to build map of the Chicago ‘L’ transit system with string

Local man accepts challenge of art blog to build map of the Chicago L transit system with string string public transportation Chicago

In less than 24 hours from posting this London Underground transit map made from string, and commenting about a Chicago-centric version, I received the above photo in an email from my friend Tim Simons. When I mentioned “now go make something awesome” on the About page of this site, I never thought somebody would actually take it to heart. Bravo Tim, it looks awesome.

If you’re in LA you can see Tim in his show ManCamp at the Improv Space, or you can catch him in the upcoming comedy series Veep which was just picked up by a little network called HBO. He also plays a great Abraham Lincoln. Is there anything this man can’t do? And what strategically placed artwork he hangs on his wall.

Automatons by Kazu Harada

Automatons by Kazu Harada sculpture machines automata

Some wonderful automatons by Japanese artist Kazu Harada. See more over on his Youtube page. How does the duck work!?! This will haunt me forever. (via automata / automaton)

Stop the Violence Book

Stop the Violence Book Obama book bones anatomy alphabet

Stop the Violence Book Obama book bones anatomy alphabet

Stop the Violence Book Obama book bones anatomy alphabet

Stop the Violence Book Obama book bones anatomy alphabet

The founder of design firm Thirst/Chicago, Rick Valicenti recently art directed this incredible book using the photography of Francois Robert from his series Stop the Violence. Each spread features an individual letter from the alphabet—compositions made of human bones arranged by Robert—in juxtaposition with a page from President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech from 2009. I just got my copy in the mail and the book is truly stunning. It’s 36 pages and over a foot tall. How much would you be willing to pay for such a killer publication? It’s free. Whoops, looks like you folks snapped up the last few copies. Published by Classic Color.

Papercraft Audi

Papercraft Audi sculpture paper cars

Although not to scale, this 2012 Audi A7 is still the largest papercraft model ever produced using 285 sheets of paper and over 750 individual parts. (via designboom)

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