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Check out today’s Google logo, celebrating Constantin Brâncuşi’s birthday, a Romanian-born sculptor. Nice.

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Our favourite Apple accessories manufacturer, Twelve South,  just solved the enigma of the separate Magic Touchpad and  the Bluetooth keyboard with a simple solution called the Magic Wand. Just a straight-forward semi-circular tube solves the problem by locking the two devices together so you can have a ‘full-size’ keyboard trackpad option for just USD30.

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Now doesn’t this leave a great taste in your mouth. Via Japan Trends.

A new web service, Tada Yasai (”free vegetables”), as the name suggests, is offering people veggies completely without charge.

You do have to pay the delivery costs but essentially there is no catch. The vegetables and fruit are simply left-overs from local farmers in Saitama and Gunma, including produce that is not necessarily fit for the supermarkets (e.g. because the potato is an odd shape). Rather than waste the food they will send it to people who don’t mind eating “imperfect” vegetables. Since it comes straight from the fields the taste or freshness won’t be any different to what you buy from the shelves.

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Nice photography. Hindu architecture from India. Via but does it float.

A long time ago something existed that was not defined by name or known in its form. It blocked the sky and the earth.

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Some great looking shapes and a fresher Fall palatte from 3.1 Phillip Lim. A cobalt blue jumpsuit with leather sleeves is so chic! images from Style.com

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All hail Bansky.

one of the most talked about pieces in recent days has been an image of a drunken mickey mouse, putting his arm around a scantily-clad model, with minnie mouse watching off to the side, which bansky painted over a billboard advertisement for las vegas company the light group. situated above norm’s 76 petrol station located along the sunset strip, the art piece was removed today by the billboard’s owner, CBS outdoor, even though the garage employees had offered to pay 10 000 USD to let it stay. CBS now claims that they own the bansky artwork, and there is no word on what is going to be done with it.

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Hahaha! Brillant! By Coudal Partners.

After the great Chicago Blizzard of 2011, hundreds of thousands of pounds of snow were removed from the city’s downtown streets. Loaded by bulldozers and heavy trucks, much of it was piled in the empty lot between our studio and the railroad tracks.

In a collaborative effort between Coudal Partners and The Explorers of the New World Society, an expedition was immediately formed. A bold assault was launched aiming to have our team be the first men to summit this peak. Known for their dexterity and grit, Dawson and Matt were selected for the dangerous undertaking. This is their story.

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A paper bag from Lee that promises endless fun, being able  to upcycle it for endless fun!

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mmmm…yummy. David Schwen did this.

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Via bein-b.

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A simple and clear message from Milkaboom. via Ads of the World


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Sick, sick, sickly brilliant David Shrigley is a British visual artist with a mordant sense of humor that really appeals to me. Check out some of my favorite animations below and other sick stuff here.

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Simply stunning ‘jewellery collars’ made in leather and raw silk by Eleven Objects.

Eleven Objects was started when Linh Thi Do and Christine Rhee simultaneously decided that their wardrobes would be vastly improved by a different kind of accessory.

Linh Thi Do previously worked in product development at TSE and Alexander Wang. She studied biology and fine arts at Rice University and then received her Associates degree in fashion design at Parsons School of Design.

Christine Rhee studied architecture at Princeton University. She designed her eponymous line CRHEE, which was featured in Marie Claire, WWD, and Teen Vogue and has also worked as a marketing coordinator for BOYY.

Fall/winter 2011 is the first season for Eleven Objects.


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A well structured analysis of the very well-done Apple Electronic Direct Mailers. via Flowtown Hit the image for a full-size view.

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Like the game Broken Telephone or Chinese whispers, Clement Valla asked five hundred Individuals to do just one thing — trace a line. Starting with a single line, each user only sees the latest line drawn, and can therefore only trace this latest imperfect copy. Resulting in A Sequence of Lines Consecutively Traced by Five Hundred Individuals.

You can still participate via Amazonmechanical Turk.

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Mat Hudson A.K.A. ORPHAN ELLIOTT does fun illustrations with a signature texture and ragged edges. I am too much in love with his colours and eccentric characters!


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Art Lebedev has done it yet again, creating a subversive yet totally want-able product in the form of a cardboard USB stick. Has something to pass to a friend you never want to see again? Tear one off, scribble on it and pass it off. You never have to worry about getting it back. I’ll take mine in a roll please. Thanks.

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I love it when sculptures interact with the surrounding landscape like this one. And a little humor does go a long way!

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Here’s to design with a cause. A 2011 iF Concept Design Entry, hopefully to be a reality. By Martin Gschwandtl. Via Yanko Design.

The construction industry suffers from one of the highest work-related accidents across the board with nearly 60% of those injured having to leave indefinitely. The H3 is a vest with integrated accumulators on the back and supporting arm. The design improves physical efficiency using artificial muscle technology. It’s meant to assist the human operator, not replace him/her.

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When I find myself having trouble choosing just six looks from a collection to put on urban taster, it means the designer has done an amazing job, creating lustworthy visions at each and every turn. Parbal Gurung has done just that with spicy Vermillions, the faintest Pinks and the most amazing looking Silver, Grey and White pieces to die for. images from Style.com

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