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Beetle Sculptures Encrusted with Minerals by Nozomi

Beetle Sculptures Encrusted with Minerals by Nozomi

October 15, 2017

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Christopher Jobson

Paris-based artist Nozomi created these glistening beetle specimens through a process of digital sculpting, 3d printing, and good old-fashioned lacquer painting. The works are a continuation of an ongoing series where she explores the backs of beetles as a backdrop for her ditigal work. More



Art Food

Decadent Pastries Formed From Porcelain and Glass by Shayna Leib

Decadent Pastries Formed From Porcelain and Glass by Shayna Leib

Oct.12.17

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Kate

Glass artist Shayna Leib (previously), like anyone, is deeply attracted to the seductive pull of decadent desserts. Unlike most however, Leib is unable to indulge. Her body reacts to several aspects of puffed pastries and chocolate mouses, causing her to have many severe dietary restrictions. It was this void that pulled her towards the desire to work with the unattainable, to recreate the objects she couldn’t eat. More



Crafts

Incredibly Lifelike Insects Crafted out of Bamboo by Noriyuki Saitoh

Incredibly Lifelike Insects Crafted out of Bamboo by Noriyuki Saitoh

Oct.7.17

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Laura

Capturing anatomical essences with uncanny skill, Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh constructs life-sized insects using bamboo. The natural material’s versatility lends a surprisingly wide range of colors and textures to each creature. And although the first impression is of insects that are ready to crawl or fly off the page, Saitoh engages a thoughtful process of paring down each bug to its essential forms that give the impression of life. More



Art

The Crystalline Busts of Massimiliano Pelletti

The Crystalline Busts of Massimiliano Pelletti

Oct.4.17

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Christopher

Italian artist Massimiliano Pelletti works within a variety of materials including marble, bronze, and stone to carve elegant busts and human forms that evoke echoes of ancient sculpture while infusing each piece with a contemporary twist. Among his more intriguing works are figures carved from white onyx, where the rough crystalline edges are left largely intact as a juxtaposition to smoothly carved faces. Embracing the imperfect elements of his chosen mediums appears to be one of Peletti’s hallmarks, as he often accentuates or even highlights cracks or breaks in the rock. More



Art

Blooming Metallic Birds and Other Animals by Taiichiro Yoshida

Blooming Metallic Birds and Other Animals by Taiichiro Yoshida

Sep.28.17

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Christopher

Artist Taiichiro Yoshida forms the delicate wings of birds and fluffy fur of mammals from a variety of sculpted metal flowers of bronze, copper, or silver. Decorative hot metalworking in Japan is considered an ancient technique, beginning sometime in the 2-3rd century BC. Yoshida achieves the fragile nature of each piece through smithing, where the hot metal is carefully beaten and then formed into blooms before being colored. More



Design

A Cascade of Water Over Terra Cotta Tubes Functions as a Beautiful Low-Energy Air Conditioner

A Cascade of Water Over Terra Cotta Tubes Functions as a Beautiful Low-Energy Air Conditioner

Sep.27.17

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Kate

New Delhi-based architecture and design company Ant Studio recently created a completely low-energy cooling system that relies on clay tubes and water as a cheap alternative to traditional air conditioners. The spherical system reminiscent of a beehive was built as a part of a larger beautification project for a DEKI Electronics factory. The simple, low-tech solution adds an aesthetic twist to the typical metal appliance, and requires little upkeep to ensure its surroundings stay cool. More



Art

Asinas II: A Dizzying New Kinetic Sculpture by Jennifer Townley

Asinas II: A Dizzying New Kinetic Sculpture by Jennifer Townley

Sep.23.17

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Christopher

Asinas II is the latest kinetic work by Dutch artist Jennifer Townley who is intrigued by how machines can create complicated nonlinear movements from a circular motion found in rotary engines. The work is a successor to a piece from 2015 that similarly relies on sequential geometric forms that rotate to create seemingly chaotic movements.



Art Design

A Towering 4-Story Organic Structure Built From Material as Thin as a Coin

A Towering 4-Story Organic Structure Built From Material as Thin as a Coin

Sep.12.17

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Christopher

Minima | Maxima is the latest creation from Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY, known for their innovative fusion of computational design and architecture to build organic self-supporting structures. This new piece was commissioned by World Expo 2017 and now stands as a permanent structure on the grounds in Astana, Kazakhstan. More



Art Photography

Surreal Book and Lamp Installations by Rune Guneriussen Illuminate Norway’s Forests

Surreal Book and Lamp Installations by Rune Guneriussen Illuminate Norway’s Forests

Sep.7.17

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Kate

Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen (previously here and here) moves elements of domestic life into the outdoors, producing large installations built from books, lamps, and other displaced objects. His works are placed in remote areas of Norway’s forest, and either balance precariously in a selected location or illuminate a particular patch of the surrounding wooded environment. More



Art Design

The Uncomfortable: A Series of Inconvenient Household Items Designed by Katerina Kamprani

The Uncomfortable: A Series of Inconvenient Household Items Designed by Katerina Kamprani

Sep.6.17

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Kate

The Uncomfortable is a series of impractical household objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani. The infuriating works play off of common dishware, cutlery, and watering cans, making the task each is typically assigned either impossible or extremely difficult. Every object is created from the material it would be constructed from normally, making siamese wine glasses and linked ceramic mugs all the more humorous. More



Art

New Unexpected Miniature Scenes Staged Inside Jewelry Boxes by Curtis Talwst Santiago

New Unexpected Miniature Scenes Staged Inside Jewelry Boxes by Curtis Talwst Santiago

Sep.6.17

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Kate

Canadian-Trinidadian artist Curtis Talwst Santiago (previously) imbues vintage jewelry boxes with both bucolic moments and scenes of societal disaster in a collection of work titled Infinity Series. For many, the lid of the box serves as a backdrop for the particular environment, while the bottom serves as a stage filled with miniature figurines and elements of water presented as beach scenes and oceanic voyages. More