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Inspirational Design of the Week: Pendant Lamps That Resemble Jellyfish

Check out these unique pendant lamps, created by California-based Roxy Russell Design. Named the Medusae Collection, each of the four lamps in this series are designed to resemble freshwater jellyfish. The lamps all measure aabout three feet in height, and are created from polyester mylar.

What do you think of these rare designs? Would you hang one in your home to spice up your décor? Share with us in the comments!

Inspirational Design of the Week: Pendant Lamps That Resemble Jellyfish

Inspirational Design of the Week: Pendant Lamps That Resemble Jellyfish

Inspirational Design of the Week: Pendant Lamps That Resemble Jellyfish

Inspirational Design of the Week: Pendant Lamps That Resemble Jellyfish

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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, Inspiration, Inspirational Design of the Week, International, Just Cool by Courtney on August 28th, 2013
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

It’s kind of odd, but we like it! What do you think of this public cinema design? Built in 2012 on the streets of Guimar√£es, Portugal — the structure offers a unique experience for both movie goers, and design lovers. The project was thought up, and built by Colin Fournier from the Barlett School of Architecture, Polish artist Marysia Lewandowska, and London studio NEON.

The tiny cinema includes 16 tube-like openings for people to poke their heads into, and enjoy the show. Their combined protruding lower-bodies are what give the structure its “centipede” look. Dwellers are welcome to enjoy an hour-long film while inside the structure, which is made up of about 20 short trailers. Fun, innovative, and creative! We’re big fans.

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Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

Inspirational Design of the Week: The "Centipede" Cinema

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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, International, Just Cool by Courtney on August 8th, 2013
 

Beautiful Portraits Drawn on Maps using Ink and PencilOur thing has always been the fusion of art+science, but we’re really digging artist Ed Fairburn‘s mixed media art consisting of maps, pencil, and ink. Most of Fairburn’s pieces are large in scale, and he uses the complex webs of roads, trains, and rivers on the maps to create unique portraits. He hides these incredibly detailed, and beautiful faces amongst the topography of various regions — including Canada, the US, Germany, and Zambia.

What do you think of Fairburn’s remarkable art? We’d love if you’d share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Beautiful Portraits Drawn on Maps using Ink and Pencil

Beautiful Portraits Drawn on Maps using Ink and Pencil

Beautiful Portraits Drawn on Maps using Ink and Pencil

Beautiful Portraits Drawn on Maps using Ink and Pencil

Beautiful Portraits Drawn on Maps using Ink and PencilPhoto credit: Colossal 

 
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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, International, Just Cool by Courtney on July 11th, 2013
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

We’re infatuated with everything about this concept, and especially the design! Pictured here is the Diane Middlebrook Memorial Complex, designed by CCS Architecture. The complex is located in a secluded area of the California hills, with nothing around but breathtaking views. It’s purpose? To provide a creative space for different artists from all over the world, to settle for as long as they need to complete their work.

There are four private art studios available. Each studio is complete with a bed, work table, outdoor living space, and best of all — beautifully chosen d√©cor to get those creative juices flowing. Great lighting, atmosphere, lack of distractions, and views galore — we could definitely get inspired here! All that’s missing is some unique DNA art.

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in Nature

Inspirational Design of the Week: A Minimalist Art Studio in NaturePhoto credit: Art Cocktail 

 

 
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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, International, Just Cool by Courtney on June 13th, 2013
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: The UP Dining Table by Christopher Fuffy

We really admire the design of this dining table by Christopher Duffy, dubbed the UP Dining Table. The table features a glass tabletop suspended by¬†reflective¬†gold and silver balloons — it somehow manages to be both whimsical, and modern at the same time. The designer used toughened glass, metal resin composite, and toughened¬†steel¬†rods to create the table, which could easily double as a piece of art!

The design is so unique, it’s being sold as a limited edition. Only 20 tables in total will be in circulation. What do you think of Duffy’s design?

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Inspirational Design of the Week: The UP Dining Table by Christopher Fuffy

Inspirational Design of the Week: The UP Dining Table by Christopher Fuffy

Inspirational Design of the Week: The UP Dining Table by Christopher Fuffy

Photo credit: Freshome

 
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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, Inspiration, International, Just Cool by Courtney on May 16th, 2013
 

An Installation of Colorful Masking Tape

Who would think that masking tape could be art? Well, art director and graphic designer Koji Iyama has made it just that. With his new installations across Japan, the latest arriving in the city of Sendai, Iyama has certainly been leaving his colorful mark.

His product of choice? Mt-masking tape. His setting of choice? Old warehouses with high ceilings create the perfect space for him to hang the rolls of tape. He covers the entire floor as well, and even proceeds to cover any objects in his way — bikes, tables, other installations. The result of his final design is pretty cool, and we can imagine very interactive for the people lucky enough to visit his presentations. What do you think of Iyama’s art ventures?

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An Installation of Colorful Masking Tape

An Installation of Colorful Masking Tape

An Installation of Colorful Masking Tape

An Installation of Colorful Masking Tape

Photo credit: Spoon & Tamago

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Inspiration, International, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on April 12th, 2013
 

Gorgeous Macro Photography of The Elements

Check out these absolutely brilliant photos by Japanese chemist and photographer, R. Tanaka.¬†His¬†goal was to capture a microscopic look into some of the world’s most photogenic elements, and he’s managed to do just that. We’re blown away by this rare mix of¬†art + science, and his ability to turn these mysterious substances into a work of beauty and intrigue. He’s managed to bring the¬†periodic¬†table of elements to life with his fascinating¬†project.

Watch him turn elements such as bismuth, platinum, and even lead into art below.

Gorgeous Macro Photography of The Elements

Bismuth

Gorgeous Macro Photography of The Elements

Gold

Gorgeous Macro Photography of The Elements

Osmium

Gorgeous Macro Photography of The Elements

Tellurium

Gorgeous Photography of The Elements

Lead

Photo credit: Neatorama 

 
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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, Inspiration, International, Just Cool, Video by Courtney on April 5th, 2013
 

Salt Art by Motoi Yamamoto

Unique art is our passion. So it’s no wonder why we’re so inspired by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, and his breathtaking art installations made from one of the most sought-after minerals in the world — salt. His project, titled “Saltscapes”, features incredibly detailed works of art created with basic table salt. His large installations have been known to take up entire gallery, church, and even soy brewery floors.

His installations take up hundreds of hours of time, and he must be very meticulous with pouring to avoid too many mistakes. While he does follow a basic guideline for each piece, most of his works of art are actually improvised. He often leaves his mistakes and imperfections intact as he is working.

Yamamoto uses salt as the main material in his art, as a way to honor his sister who passed away from brain cancer in 1994. Salt is often used in¬†Japanese¬†culture as a way to cleanse one of grief. To him the material signifies life, death, and above all, rebirth. Once the artist¬†disassembles¬†one of his complex installations he¬†releases¬†the salt back into the ocean, often inviting his fans to help him with the process. It’s a way of bringing new life to his masterpieces.

Salt Art by Artist Motoi Yamamoto

Salt Art by Artist Motoi Yamamoto

Salt Art by Artist Motoi Yamamoto

Photo credit: Huffington Post

Video credit: The Avant/Garde Diaries

 
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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, How it's Made, International, Just Cool, Video by Courtney on March 14th, 2013
 

We’re always captivated by¬†original art¬†projects that set themselves apart from the rest — much like our DNA art. “Black Hole” is a project by Swiss photographer Fabien Oefner. The setup of his project is very simple, Oefner drips various shades of acrylic paint onto a metallic rod, which is attached to a drill. He switches on the drill, and photographs the moment when the paint starts to move away from the rod caused by the¬†centripetal¬†force. Because the paint moves so quickly, the photo needs to be captured¬†within a millisecond of the drill being switched on. He makes use of a sensor that is connected to the drill and camera, which allows him to¬†accurately¬†freeze frame the motion of the paint.

Video credit: Vimeo

Photo credit: Design Boom

 
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Posted in Inspiration, International, Just Cool by Courtney on January 31st, 2013
 

Now this is an example of ¬†ingenuity at it’s finest! Viennese artist Andreas Franke has recently¬†unveiled¬†his photo project,¬†The Sinking World, in an underwater art gallery. The exhibition is dubbed the Stavronikita Project, and will take place on the deck of the sunken SS Stavronikita, right off the coast of Barbados. We’re absolutely blown away by this mix of innovation and unique art. Via You the Designer:

In his most notable project called “The Sinking World, Andreas Franke brings a strange, forgotten underwater world back to life by capturing some stills of sunken ships, then recreated what life could have been like aboard the ship with real actors. The amazing images are displayed on the deck of the shipwrecks where divers and art lovers can see his underwater gallery.

He has created two projects so far in The Sinking World series. The first one was The Vandenberg Project, featuring a gallery of surreal photographs of the sunken ship off the coast of Florida and combined the stills with images of staged actors representing everyday life, thus, creating a re-imagined and forgotten world of the sunken giant.

Another set of his Sinking World was The Stavronikita Project featuring a gallery staging the European era, the age of decadence with all its intoxicating extravagance and vanity, on the deck of the sunken ship of the same name right off the Caribbean island of Barbados.

The Stavronikita Project, underwater on SS Stavronikita, will run until April 2013.

 
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