Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’
 
Posted in Art in Nature, Photography by Brittany on May 3rd, 2014
 

Animal Architecture

The title says it all! We want to take a moment to appreciate the things that are sometimes easily overlooked – architecture built by animals.

We humans base a lot of our architecture and design in general on things  that occur naturally, or in the wild by our furry friends. And these photos show why — they are creative and smart builders!

The fact that they don’t have access to the tools, machines, and technology that we do and they still create these magnificent – and highly functional – works of architecture is very impressive. The photographs were all captured by Ingo Arndt for the book, Animal Architecture.

Take a look at some of the awesome construction he discovered.

Animal Architecture

Australian Weaver Ants Nest

Animal Architecture

Coral Reefs

Animal Architecture

Buff-Tip Moth Larvae Web

Animal Architecture

Baya Weavers Woven Nest

Animal Architecture

Wasp Nest

Via AnOther Magazine

 
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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 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

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?

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 Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on February 21st, 2013
 

You know that we love designs that combine art + science, but for our inspiration of the week we’ve chosen to feature a design that combines furniture + science instead. Via Tech Nation News:

Why step outside to gaze at the moon when you can just admire your credenza? This design by Sotirios Papadopoulos features a photo-realistic image of the moon that has been treated with special material so that it glows in the dark. It will absorb the lights of the sun and in your home during the day and be luminescent at night.

There are only 24 of these credenzas available, and they ship with a CD of original music designed to go with the piece. I hope it includes recordings of howling wolves.

Product Page (Pricing Available Upon Request via Book of Joe and Laughing Squid)

 
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Posted in Inspiration, Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on September 25th, 2012
 

Handblown glass lamps

Ever wonder what poetry emulated in a lighting fixture could look like? We are always searching for new designs that inspire us, and designer Laurent Corio has done just that with the unveiling of his Fioriness Lamps. His designs manage to be both dreamy and modern at the same time, and are sure to create a romantic ambiance in any room they light up. Via laurent-corio.com:

In my imaginary world, Fioriness is the expression of a latin attitude where the word “flower” is the poetic link between french and italian: “fiori”, “fleurs”, “flirter” which means “to flirt”. The emotions and play of a candle light diner or august summer sunlight. These sparkles of light define the flower standing in its vase as the witness of a promising story.

Laurent Corio is a Paris-based designer who created this collection of hand blown glass lamps for design gallery Secondome. What do you think of Corio’s fuse of poetry and function?

 
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