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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 décor 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 Art+Science, Inspiration, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on July 4th, 2013
 

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Unique art is our passion, we revel in it! That’s why we’re slightly obsessed with this cool new project by photographer Jon Smith. He focuses on capturing high speed photos of incandescent light bulbs filled with various objects — liquids, powders, dessert sprinkles. He will sometimes dip the bulbs in paint, before filling them, to create even more of a ‘wow’ factor upon impact. Smith’s mind-bending photos are set to be turned into metal prints, and displayed later this year at a show in the United States.

What do you think of Smith’s cool mix of art + science? Share with us in the comments!

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects ExplodingPhoto credit: Colossal 

 
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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?

Incredible design is what inspires us the most! Have you checked out our unique portraits yet?

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

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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, Inspiration, Just Cool by Courtney on May 30th, 2013
 

Amazing Chandeliers Made From Old Bike Parts

Stick to the old rule of thumb “reduce, reuse, recycle” and you just may end up making some cool art! These gorgeous chandeliers were customized and created by artistic duo Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock. The pair created six chandeliers in total, each one almost entirely made out of used bike parts.

What makes their work even more impressive, is their location of choice for the installation of the chandeliers. They chose to hang them beneath an underpass in San Antonio, Texas — the perfect urban spot to compliment their industrial look, and for the community to enjoy the public art display. At night, the chandeliers are illuminated with LED lights, and the bike parts illuminate the entire space with their patterned shadows. We think the results are absolutely beautiful!

Looking for a unique art idea of your own? Check us out!

Amazing Chandeliers Made From Old Bike Parts

Amazing Chandeliers Made From Old Bike Parts

Amazing Chandeliers Made From Old Bike Parts

Amazing Chandeliers Made From Old Bike Parts

Amazing Chandeliers Made From Old Bike PartsPhoto credit: Bored Panda

 

 
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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?

Unique art is our forte! Check out our colorful, and innovative DNA Portraits

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 gift ideas, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on May 9th, 2013
 

Portable Indoor/Outdoor Gel Fireplace

It’s modern, it’s elegant, and best of all it’s portable. Check out this uniquely designed indoor/outdoor gel fireplace by Holly & Martin. We have absolutely fallen in love with it’s floating glass panels, beautifully held in place with a brushed nickel base. We can picture it making a great addition to an outdoor space on a cool summer night, or a chic and modern loft in need of a little warmth.

What do you think of Holly & Martin’s fireplace design? We’d love for you to share your thoughts with us!

If you love innovative design, don’t forget to browse through our unique potrait ideas!

Photo credit: Holly and Martin

 
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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

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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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