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Wonderfully minimal table lamp by Brian Sironi, for the Italian manufacturer Martinelli Luce. The simplicity is even more apparent when you try ooking for a on/off switch, only to realise that its arm is the switch is the light.

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Korean sculptor Yong Ho Ji’s work with recycled rubber is very impressive but I really wouldn’t want to chance upon one at night. Via Treehugger.

My concept is mutation — mutants. The product is from nature, from the white sap of latex trees but here it’s changed. The color is black. The look is scary. Rubber is very flexible, like skin, like muscles.

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Geeky I know… but beyond the obvious observations of how retro-8bit-great these look, the implications of a fully-rendered moving image made by coding individual pixels in a browser just blows my mind. You have to see them for yourself, in a Google Chrome browser, and bear in mind that these are not images, nor videos. Just coded pixels. *BOOMZ* Mind blown…

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Nokia’s Vertu mobile devices has been cornering the market for luxury communication devices for a while now, so the wealthy must be welcoming the newest addition to the market in the form of Æsir, a new Copenhagen-based, design-focused mobile phone company. Their first phone to market is designed by Yves Béhar and it is one sexy beast. Ceramic, sapphire crystal glass and in 18k red gold for 42,000 euros, or stainless steel for 7,250 euros.

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Because you only need the most important times of the day, so you need this clock. by Swedish company BVD and Japanese store Askul.

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Pray for Japan.

Via The Big Picture.

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The Japanese earthquake, tsunami and energy crisis trifecta has dealt the most terrible blow to Japan and her people. Those of us lucky enough to be sitting at home in front of our computers could do the very least and help out with donations to the Japanese Red Cross. Image and message a personal plea from Japanese designer and artist Tokujin Yoshioka.

Dearest our friends in the world,

As you may already have known, Japan was hit by the largest earthquake ever recorded on Friday, March 11th. The huge quake and devastating tsunami has left the overwhelming damage to the country and we are still facing this terrifying conditions.

As I have received the message from all over the world, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation for your warmest concerns. This is the time for us to think what we can really do. I have thought what I could do now, at this moment. I believe that there would be more than just watching the situation of this disaster on television to help the lives of people there

I know I am not in place to ask such thing, yet one of the thing that we can do for the people in the afflicted area is to donate for their relief and recovery. There are babies in need of milk, people who has lost their families, and houses. Here are links to the donation for the relief and recovery of the Japanese earthquake and Pacific tsunami afflicted region

Japan Red Cross Society: http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/relief/l4/Vcms4_00002070.html

American Red Cross: https://american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?idb=0&5052.donation=form1&df_id=5052

We truly appreciate your support, even the very small support from your pocket, for the relief and recovery of my country.

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These portrait criminal mugshots come from the Sydney police archives. Superb! Via La boite verte.

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Great idea and a stylish execution, by Spanish design firm atipo.

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Bad day getting you down? Helmut Smits has just the rainbow to brighten your drive.

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This is the house that An Te Liu built. When he announced his plan for ‘green architecture’ for the ‘Leona Drive Project’, this life-sized Monopoly house certainly did not come to mind. Quite the tongue-in-cheek but it certainly does make me smile. Read more about it here. Game anyone?

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Dutch product designer Yvette Jacobs makes amazing looking tableware using the most basic of materials: Paper!

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Some chic design work by Dutch studio Pot & Van Der Velden for fashion designer Marije de Haan.

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Photographer Todd McLellan takes things apart and puts them together better than before.

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To raise relief funds for the the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck, W+K Studio have designed these screenprints. Some other donation links are up on the Tokyocube home page.

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A moving piece by Jacob Cass.

A massive 8.9-magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing dozens of deaths, more than 80 fires, and a 10-meter (33-ft) tsunami along parts of the country’s coastline.

In response, I created a small tribute piece which I shared on Dribbble and soon after on Twitter. I found it humbling to see people changing their Facebook & Twitter profile pictures to this image to show their support. I thought I would officially share the image & source here for people to use as they wish.

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Too funny not to share! In a shoot gone wrong, Israeli model and actress Orit Fox was bitten by the snake she was interacting with, on her breast. Fortunately for the model it was silicone, unfortunately for the snake it was silicon. It died.

They really should rename this news flash: ‘Eve’s Revenge’. Via News Amen.

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Yowayowa Camera Woman is also Natsumi, lives in Tokyo with two cats and takes daily portraits of herself levitating.

 

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Darkly romantic photographs of  Bauernstrauß & Echinacea by Harald Geisler. For sale as large prints. Click thru each image for a larger view.

 

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Ron van der Ende’s impressive artworks are bas-reliefs made of salvaged wood in their original colours. I especially love the Still Life Steak. Via Designboom.

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