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I love the lines, the simple planes, the archetypal shape with unconventional cutouts, the site, the colour (or lack or it). I love this house by Portuguese architects Aires Mateus.

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Now you can say your ABC’s hero style. Super! Via diskursdisko.

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A great new online newspaper The Brander, on the stories behind some of the more successful brands.

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Haha! Bo Lieo! (Totally pointless) Toally pointless but funny as hell. Via cotacota.

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Opulence and decay all in one shot. Beautiful and haunting images of abandoned theaters from all over the USA. via Buzzfeed

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This is so mesmerising to watch its wrong. via BoingBoing

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By David Schwen.

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Great looking little figurines of animals from ‘The Strange Planet’, by thegoodmachinery.

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Feeling rich? No? Well this might help you. the. has created this bag of green (pun intended) Financial Padding to use in place of foam packing material. Green? Green.

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Taking the big idea to its simplest form, JWT did a limited range of bottles for Smirnoff Caipiroska range of pre-mixed drinks!

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Now THIS is one son of a gun.

Larry Houghton of Lamb Engineering in the UK keeps a low profile on the custom motorcycle scene. But he’s got an unerring eye when it comes to building show winners: his latest creation took the top trophy at Custom Chrome’s recent European Bike Show. ‘Son Of A Gun’ is based on a BSA Gold Star, although there’s little left of the original.

Read more here.

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Now this looks like heaps of fun! Be Your Own Souvenir from Barcelona based blablabLab.

The project uses custom software developed using openKinect and openFrameworks. To create an army figurine style souvenir, visitors use 3 kinect sensors to create a 360-degree scan which creates input pointclouds. Meshlab then uses these combined pointclouds to create a Poisson reconstruction, which is cleaned up via Blender and Skeinforge before being fed into a cnc machine (Rapman 3.1), which prints out the souvenir.

Via NotCot.

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Beijing master painter Xia Xiaowan’s latest series, a haunting collection of 3D paintings on layered sheets of glass is stunning. Read the interview with him here. Via the Barbican.

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Who says work cabinets have to be boring? Not Studio Job who produced these cabinets with an enormous bronze key for Milan 2011. Job Cabinet is the first in a collection of office furniture for Dutch brand Lensvelt.

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Now this is pretty mad.

Thru Religion is a 3D printed object created by Drzach & Suchy. The object has multiple shadow-casting elements, semi-randomly arranged in three dimensions. When you rotate the object to the right position in front of a light source, you can see 3 different religious symbols. You should also check out these 2 videos of their Shadow Casting Panels.

Via Today and Tomorrow.

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Kelly Angood created this screen-printed corrugated cardboard Hasselblad designed to function as a pinhole camera and accept 120 film. You can download yours here!

Images created by the community of users will be viewable at www.pinholehassleblad.tumblr.com. Please send any images of your camera or produced by your camera to pinhole@kellyangood.co.uk to be uploaded to the blog!

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Well, before I die…I want to live!

What do you want to do before you die? Via Design Milk.

That’s what artist and designer Candy Chang wanted to find out from her neighbors. But instead of just asking them, she decided to create a public art project, called Before I Die.

In her New Orleans neighborhood, Candy turned an abandoned, graffiti-ed house into something inspiring. She covered an entire side of the house with giant chalkboards with the words stenciled “Before I die I want to _________.” She then left pieces of chalk for residents and passers-by to fill in the most important things they want to do in their lifetimes.

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PeteandTom has turned the pages and made history with the new identity for Discovery History.

The central theme of revealing the past runs through every aspect of the brand from the channel logo to ident concepts and onscreen packaging.

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Can you get enough of designer chairs? I cannot! And this new addition by British architect David Chipperfield for Alessi is a beauty. The folding chair will be presented at the Milan Design Week 2011 next month.

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A cool series from Marco Ugolini and Pedro Motta seek to subvert the built-in power structure of top-down organization, rearranging everyday items into minimalist blacks and whites, warm reds and yellows, greens and blues and more.

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