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Handcrafted out of Vienna since 2003, KAIA designs lighting that is restrained and well-considered. We especially love the LEN range of gas lamps that looks like super chic chromed candles.

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Escher-like rollercoaster stairway sculpture by German artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth in Duisburg, Germany. I wonder if I run fast enough I can go loop-the-loop!

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Chicago-based photographer Paul Octavious has a great eye for the simple wonders, best captured in his series called Same Hill, Different Day.

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Imagine having a drink in the stomach belly of a fossilized beast. The familiar images from the classic movie Aliens comes to life in this bar created by the same great mind, H.R. Giger. This H.R. Giger bar is located in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland, took four full years to complete.

 

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These beautifully hand blown glass ornaments from Kiva Ford will make anyone’s Christmas tree magical.

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A great identity and collaterals for ecological restaurant Maaemo, designed by Ludvig Bruneau Rossow and Torgeir Hjetland as part of their work at Uniform Strategic Design, Oslo.

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This is a modern classic porcelain vase with a little twist by the people at Front for moooi.

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This is so adorable and appropriate for my desk. I want/need/crave/lust one!

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Crafted out of a single piece of brass, this ballpoint from MINIMALUX is beautiful in all its subtleties.

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Great office space that preserves the roof to perfection. Its amazing what white paint and a bit of clever lighting can do to a space. By Spanish architecture firm Pedra Liquida.

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The Big Picture has selection 54 of the tens of thousands of entires to the National Geographic Photo Contest. Here are some of my favourites.

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A beautifully lit and impeccably shot short film by Shelly Love, exploring the depths of humanity, life and death. Watch it here.

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By utilising wood laminates on particle board, Bethan Wood’s furniture elevates the oft overlooked material in a ‘pallet-like’ stackable aesthetics that I love so much.

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Marvelous identity by Philippe Cossette for Oblique, a visual effects company in Montreal. The logo hidden in the namecard? Smart!

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A great paper-crafted identity and collaterals for Parklife 2010, one of Australia’s biggest music festivals, designed not just to reflect the energy of the music, but the beauty of the venues. By Briton Smith.

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The Dual Cut chair and ottoman fits neatly into each other, because they were cut out from the same piece of foam. Beautiful when you are lounging, and practical when you are not, this is perfect for the small apartments that most of us live in. by Kitmen Keung.

Splitting a raw rectangular foam block with only two L-shaped cut lines, Dual Cut is a transformable furniture piece that employs the simplest production processes true to the materials in use with minimal wastage. It features two ergonomically comfortable seat back angle options of 6° and 23°, and the multi-formation ability to form a one seater with a side table, a chaise lounge or a corner table. It also easily forms a neat, compact parcel for convenient storage and transportation. Dual Cut is available in Light Grey and Dark Grey with a 3-layer-system coating making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Dimensions: stacked, w80 x h80 x d93cm; chaise lounge, w80 x h80 x d170cm; ottoman, w80 x h40 x d77cm; seat height 40cm.Produced and distributed by Sixinch.

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You wonder what the splotches and lines are going, and then Steve appears. Wonderful speed painting by Aaron Kizer.

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Great new posters by Rotterdam based designer David Louf for an electronic/experimental music festival in the Hague, the Netherlands.

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My favourite book of all time, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by my favorite artist, Salvador Dali. Published in 1969 by Maecenas Press-Random House in New York, it is one of the rarest and most sought after of Dali’s suites.

 

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Mind-blowing work by Sagaki Keita, who creates images of roman sculptures with numerous Manga inspired sketches.

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