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Pareidolia is a phenomenon where human beings need only a few minimal details to recognise a face. And as such we’re predisposed to seeing human faces in everyday objects such as clouds, buildings, and paintings. Ukrainian painter Oleg Shuplyak exposes this side of us by cleverly using people, objects, and landscapes to give his paintings a double meaning, much like the more famous Surrealist painter, Salvador Dali.

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Mother London’s Christmas project is a hilarious take on psychic readings, promising tees with your personal psychic readings by celebrity LA-based psychic Lucinda Clare. All for just a £100 donation to Age UK.

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Vases present flowers as a one dimensional opbject, often obscuring the equally beautiful but oft over looked views, like the bottom and the back of the blooms. Giorgia Zanellato’s Narcisco Vases transform a single stalk of flowers into a kaleidoscopic work of art, allowing the viewer to appreciate the flowers from all angles, all at once.

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These intrigue and delicate drawings of hair come from the hands of America based Chinese artist, Hong Chun Zhang.



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If you are in New York, drop by Barney on Madison Avenue to visit Gaga’s Workshop. Working closely with Lady Gaga, Barney created an entire floor of weirdness and limited edition items. Did I mention that 25% of sale from all items  here will go to the anti-bullying Born This Way Foundation? via mymodernmet

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I always have a special place in my heart for high speed photography. There’s something about freezing and preserving the every scenes that intriques and excites me. The fact that Heinz Maier manages to create these beautiful portraits of coloured water with a simple home-made rig makes them all the more special.

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These A-frame spectacles designed by Ron Arad for PQ Eyewear fits any combination of face size and nose shape. Just simply slide up and down the width of the ‘A’ to customise the spectacles.

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Typewriters are very seldom looked upon as an object that produces art, with its standardised letters and mechanical entry-system. But when Washington-based painter Tyree Callahan got him hands on a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter, he replaced the letters and keys with color pads and hued labels to create a functional “painting” device called the Chromatic Typewriter. Now anyone (witha  bit of colour know-how) and type their way to a master piece!

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When Novum, a German graphic design magazine, approached Paperlux for  a special cover, what they got was not so much a magazine, but an experiment on pushing the boundaries on paper and print production, expressed with bright happy colours and lots of intricate (and accurate) diecutting.

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LAYERxlayer has some drool-worthy ‘made-to-order’ canvas bags and pouches that I want to get my hands on rightaway. Starting at just USD59 for the Mineral pouch, this is one to go under my christmas tree.

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An ultra adorable Little Printer, designed by BERG, is meant to serve as an analog RSS feed, printing out news and updates from your own BERGcloud. Set to launch in 2012 with partners Arup, foursquare, Google, the Guardian, and Nike. Using the iPhone as a remote to the device, I am keen to see how well this is customisable to integrate with the current services that we are all using. (ahem, facebook, ahem).

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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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