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List/Grid Monthly Archives: April 2012

Intersections – from Tokyo to New York by Navid Baraty

Photographer Navid Baraty based in Brooklyn New York, has started a photography project called intersections, taking shots of street intersections from roof tops of high-rise buildings in New York City and Tokyo. The idea came to him while he was lunching in a skyscraper restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, looking downwards at the city. Since then, he’s been capturing the familiar hustle and bustle of city life – from an unfamiliar point of view. “You get such a different perspective from above that you just don’t see on the street level,” Baraty said. “When you’re on the street it feels so chaotic and hectic, there are people everywhere…. Read more »

Under the Moonlight House by Giovanni D’Ambrosio

Under the Moonlight contemporary house, designed by Giovanni D’Ambrosio, is located in Mount Hotham, Victoria, Australia. Interestingly enough the shape of the home is quite modern, yet there are obvious historical influences that are incorporated into the design very successfully. The house’s materials tend to blend with the surrounding environment, protecting the local vegetation and trees from any distorting objects. The roof is made out of insulated metal and accomplishes functionality at any climate. Its brownish color matches well the chromatic shades of the surrounding nature. The house’s shape resembles archetypes used by country-men and cowboys that lived in the area. Stone, wood and metal are… Read more »

Superheroes Silhouette Illustrations

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based artist Marcus created a set of illustrations with the silhouettes of famous Superheroes on a vintage-styled background. The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Batman and Captain America to start with. The posters are available at the artist’s Etsy shop known as Poster Inspired. If you’re a comics fan, these will be heart-melting for you!

Fading Thoughts by Andrew Myers

Not so long ago we featured the 3D screw portraits of American artist Andrew Myers, as a unique and fresh type of art. Well, this is the newest of his work just unveiled under the name “Fading Thoughts” portrait. The 3D painting made completely out of screws shows the magnificent talent of Myers and how realistic his pieces can get. “I don’t want that dead portrait look anymore,” he says. “So I want to actually make a scene, something that appears to be happening that isn’t really happening. So it’s kind of a test to see how far I can push this material.”… Read more »

Hill House by Andrew Maynard Architects at Melbourne

The Hill House in Melbourne, Australia is an explicit example of the multiple sides of a design job. An unexpected make over idea changed the whole image of the regular town house. Owners of the dwell, a family of five including three young kids, requested the modern upgrade to their home with a condition of enjoying the healthy side of the sun; they asked for a sunny zone and a yard mostly acting as a shadowy shelter. Designers at Andrew Maynard Architects came up with a solution to build a new structure on the rear boundary, the southern edge of the block, upon the footprint of… Read more »

Lamborghini plans to Invade the SUV World with URUS

We’ve seen Porsche do it with their very successful Cayenne, now Lamborghini is joining the club of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Just hours ago renders started leaking online of the new Lamborghini SUV named URUS. The vehicle will officially be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show in China just days from now. It is considered to be Lamborghini’s bid to to cash in its shares in the post profitable auto market sector of SUVs. Auto Blog reports that the URUS is expected to share its platform with the next-generation Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and upcoming Bentley SUV, but is tipped to be about 100 kg (220 pounds) lighter than all of… Read more »

One spring day in Rhodope Mountain, Bulgaria by Albena Markova

A breathtaking photograph entitled Anticipation of Spring by award-winning Bulgarian photographer Albena Markova from Sophia. Taken at Rhodope Mountain, Bulgaria looking down at the valley, the photo is defined by superb lighting, contrast and color tones. Makes you really crave the warmth of spring. Albena’s photographs have been published extensively worldwide in a large variety of media ranging from calendars, books, magazines and many more.

Share a Coke – Coca Cola’s Genius Marketing Campaign in Australia

Coca Cola came up with one of their best marketing campaigns in their marketing history. After a study that stated that 50% of Australians haven’t tasted a Coke during a given month, the company decided that its time to reconnect with the public and remind the people of their favorite soft drink, and they’ve done it brilliantly. The company picked 150 of the most popular names in Australia and printed a unique name on each Coke bottle, urging user to “Share a Coke” with a special someone. The move grabbed immense attention and triggered sales like never before, booming the company’s profits and regaining its proper… Read more »

Dubai’s Fog makes a Skyscraper City in the Clouds

Over the past decade, Dubai‘s Skyline has quickly developed to be one of the most iconic in the world, featuring the highest skyscraper on the planet, the Burj Khalifa at 828 meters (2700 feet) high.  Twice a year, the city gets a thick layer of fog, in March and September, during season change. The moisture in the morning cools and the fog start to appear with the towers of the city penetrating the carpet of fog. British developer Ian Powell, from Brighton, has been able to use his work site visits to take amazing pictures of the skyline over the last eight years as… Read more »

Wood Casting Furniture by Hilla Shamia

Product designer Hilla Shamia created a new kind of furniture that blends an industrial vibe with a homey cottage feel, each piece is made of Aluminum casted molten around dry lilac wood logs bonding them into a single organic element with a heart warming appeal. Wood Casting is on show during the Milan design week 2012. The designer describes that: “The negative factor of burnt wood is transformed into aesthetic and emotional value. Preservation of the natural form of the tree trunk within the explicit boundaries. The general,squared form intensifies the artificial feeling, and in the same time keeps the memory of the material”.

Jetman “Yves Rossy” Breathtaking Fly Over The Swiss Alps

Man has dreamt of flying since the rise of civilization, starting from Abbas Ibn Firnas of Andalucia  (810–887 A.D.), who attempted flying using a pair of wings up till the American Wright Brothers who invented a glider biplane in the end of the 19th century. Today this has been made possible to do individually; Swiss pilot Yves Rossy is filmed in the following video soaring the skies over the Swiss alps appearing to be fully in-control over his Jet, he’s considered to be the first man to have the performances of an airplane with only his body movements to steer, an imagination coming to life really…. Read more »

Wanderlust Hotel in Little India, Singapore

The artistic Wanderlust hotel in Little India neighborhood, Singapore  has been created, to communicate with curious voyagers up for a boutique-like adventure. The hotel is the newest development of owner Loh Lik Peng, who gave four different award winning Singapore design firms each a floor to create their own interpretation of contemporary style and comfort. The building was originally an old school built it 1920s. The hotel houses 29 guest rooms with different design themes ranging from neon-glowing rooms to origami stencils, it also features a wide-open bar and lounge with as much wonder as the rooms themselves. The word ‘Wanderlust’ stands for a strong desire or… Read more »

Space Race – Just how big is our Cosmic Neighborhood?

A remarkable info-graphic released by BBC Future, showing just how amazingly gigantic our solar system is, in contrast to it being just a tiny corner of the universe. What is the most distant man-made object? What is the farthest traveled by a human being? What is the farthest traveled by a piece of Lego? And perhaps most importantly – how long would these journeys take if you were a passenger on the Star ship Enterprise?

McDonald’s Reflective Billboard Only Visible at Night

Advertising agency Cossette, based in Vancouver, BC, came up with a brilliant billboard design for McDonald’s restaurant. To target potential customers of the night looking for a fast meal on the go, a reflective billboard was designed which during daytime appears to be blank with no message, but at night the driving cars’ headlights reveal an advertising message that reads “Open all night”; definitely an attention grabber.

Brilliant Advertising: Drama on a Flemish Square by TNT Belgium

Don’t you love it when brands actually listen to their creative agencies and go with an idea totally out of the box. Here on a quiet Flemish square in a quiet Flemish town on a calm square where nothing much really happens, TNT launched a reality ad campaign to introduce their new TV channel in Belgium. Watch and see what happens when someone presses the Red Button:

Koban Police Box in Kumamoto, Japan by Klein Dytham Architecture

Tokyo-based agency Klein Dytham Architecture  has recently designed a police station in the very unexpected way to its traditional image. The Koban Police Box is situated in Kumamoto, Japan and covers a surface of 143.62 m2. This friendly looking station already became a local landmark.

3-Dimensional Screw Portraits By Andrew Myers

Sculptor and artist Andrew Myers, from Laguna Beach, Californa, has come out with a new type of art we haven’t seen much of before. He creates 3 dimensional portraits by drilling 8,000 to 10,000 individual screws into a plywood panel, then paints over the head of each screw to enhance the 3D effect. “I liked the ideas of using screws because of the industrial aspect and the harshness that comes with using it as a material,” Myers told AOL News. Each portrait took Myers around 6 months to complete and although he sells his work for as much as $35,000 a piece,… Read more »

Astronaut Andre Kuipers Shares Stunning Images of Earth from Space

In space, 28,000 km/h, 400 km above Earth, Dutch astronaut and physician Andre Kuipers is currently on a 191-days research mission at the International Space Station. Lately, he’s been sharing with the world some of the most amazing views of our beloved home planet up from his perspective. Don’t feel surprised to know that the breathtaking imagery is shot using only his Nikon D3S and not a sophisticated satellite photo-snapping device. The spectacular views of the universe’s constant activity and the spectrum of colors it offers is absolutely magnificent.

The Three Funniest Google Glasses Parody Videos

Just a few days ago Google released a teaser video of their nifty concept gadget Project Glass. The video went viral online with plenty of reactions on how undoubtedly exciting and futuristic the glasses are. Of course, speculations also rambled on imagining side effects of such a gadget and how you might hurt yourself wearing them while moving. Hopefully, they won’t be as funny and painful as these Google glasses  parody videos!

A Bug on  A Bike by Tustel Ico

Photographer Tustel Ico of Borneo, Indonesia, captured a brilliant macro shot of a Praying Mantis sitting on two budding leaves which made it look like a bicycle ride. Just amazing!

Reviving Egypt’s Postcards, at 10 Mahmoud Bassiouny

Project Postcard, a simple yet appealing initiative set to redefine postcards of Egypt. The eye-catching project is a product of conversations between Gino Kamal, Hoda El Sherif and Heba Nawara of Egyptian art & culture studio 10 Mahmoud Bassiouny in Cairo. They discovered that by conducting a simple Google image search for keywords “Egypt postcards“, results returned very traditional types of postcards with prints of pharaohs, pyramids, and museums; stereotypes that -according to them- do not represent today’s Egypt anymore.

Hamilton Grange Teen Center in New York by Rice+Lipka architects

What image do you get with the word “library”? Lots of dusty books, silence signs and the book worm spirit! A simple yet outstanding choice of the New York’s Public Library, created a big upgrade to the guttered third floor of their Harlem’s landmark branch. Moreover the Hamilton Grange teen center appeared to be the first of its kind in Northern Manhattan, NY.

Meet The Most Expensive Hotel Room in History

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE The Burj Al-Arab hotel, stands off the coast of Dubai on a man-made island specially for it, it is the world’s most luxurious hotel, ranking itself as the only 7-star hotel worldwide. And it makes total common sense that the most expensive hotel room in the world would be in it. The Royal Suite at the Burj Al-Arab hotel is an outstanding 780 sq. meters villa. It sports 2 master bedrooms a reception salon, dinning room, a private cinema and spa, it even has its own internal elevator between different levels of the suite…. Read more »

Google’s Project Glass – A Leap into the Future

This is freshly baked out of the oven of Google X laboratory, a futuristic gadget that defines how deeply interactive smart computers will be within our daily lives. A video teaser released by Google introduced Project Glass, a pair of star-trek-like glasses with voice-controlled virtual computing abilities. The slim line fits around the forehead with a small screen in the top right corner to transmit information to the wearer. The computer is thought to be powered by Android operating system, with an interface similar to their smart phones. I’d like to see Apple’s move now, specially that this could be the next big thing… Read more »

Expressive Street Art by ICY and SOT in Iran

Street Art has always been a media window for Activism, we’ve come across a couple of talented stencil artists,  from Tabriz, Iran, that have turned the walls of their cities into cause-driven messages presented in a fashionable and artistic manor.

Early Morning Dew Macro Photography by Sharon Johnstone

Birmingham, England-based fine arts nature photographer Sharon Johnstone produced these amazing images of early morning dew-soaked dandelions. The level of detailing and glow is breathtaking. Just the perfect combination of light and water.

Zero Gravity Photography for Chocolate Trail Campaign by NAM

Chocolate has never looked as stylish as it did during the Chocolate Trail campaign. I assumed these stunning images were created in Photoshop with some sort of composite photography layers, but I was mistaken. Everything is as it appears with the help of thin wires holding the matrix in place.

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