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01/ Five friends got together and built Icehenge in Lake Mills Wisconsin.
02/ White balloons erupt from houses, basketball hoops, and more in Invasions.
03/ See what a cup of tea looks like in 22 different countries.
04/ Rebecca Bartoshesky turns Jell-o into modern art.
05/ Glowing terracotta warrior lantern sculptures are on display in Sydney for Chinese New Year.
06/ Winter winds have carved frozen sand towers on the shore of Lake Michigan.
07/ Lifelike galvanized wire animal sculptures by Kendra Haste.
08/ Beautiful mosaics made from painted ceramic plates by Molly Hatch.
09/ Joy Pitts turns unwanted clothing labels in to beautiful animal portraits.
10/ I now want to adopt a capybara even more since finding out they enjoy hot tub soaks.

This week on Design Crush:
Big + bold statement art and why it works so well in nearly every room.
Pretty snowy script street art by Faust New York.
I’m an adult! I got a new Casper mattress!
Check out these 12 February DIYs you’ll want to make ASAP.
Stunning textile art by Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia.
Great leather bags meet art at Epoché.
Cheuk Lun Lo turns shampooed heads into abstract art.
Stay warm with hot chocolate 12 ways.
Who knew that flowers look just as great frozen in ice as in a vase? Makoto Azuma.

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Sometimes pattern-free is just the way to be!

Feb
19

Cheuk Lun Lo

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Let’s play the What is it? game – any ideas?

If you thought to yourself “that is definitely a head of hair full of shampoo” then you get the gold star! Cheuk Lun Lo photographs this project from above, creating an almost alien-like landscape in one of the most familiar places possible. The easily moldable medium, when photographed on black, gives the daily task of washing your hair new excitement.

 

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Feb
13

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01/ See how women’s ideal body types have changed over 3,000 years.
02/ Artists + designers have added happiness to the walls of the Royal London Children’s Hospital.
03/ Keith Anderson has been having his son’s drawings tattooed on himself for 7 years.
04/ Andrew Fladeboe captures the hardest working dogs in the world on film in The Shephard’s Realm.
05/ Mini Cities pare down famous locales to their most iconic settings.
06/ Could the Popcorn Monsoon make even me like popcorn?
07/ Wish I’d thought of this one – famous artworks recreated with Pantone swatches by Nick Smith.
08/ Love these coffee stain motorcycle drawings by Carter Asmann.
09/ Can a drone ambulance save lives faster?
10/ I’ve finally found where I’ll be retiring – Zao Fox Village!

This week on Design Crush:
Every desk could use the presence of The Tipsy Writer.
I’m taking part in Texas Style Council 2015 next month in Austin – join me?
Patrik Svensson associates the famous with a telling visual element in their name.
Have you downloaded our Much Love to You printable by Colore’ Grace?
Richard Johnson‘s ice hut photographs manage to make the cold look good!
Check out Design Crush’s 2015 Survey results, if you’re a stats nerd like me.
I’m reminded of how much I love the moon thanks to Jim Nickelson.
Anxious to try these pretty products from Vice & Velvet.
If you’ve waited until the last possible minute, here are 16 last minute printable valentines to download.

Feb
12

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Jim Nickelson‘s Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series is full of shots that looks the way I imagine my iPhone photos looking when I think to snap a sunrise or sunset. Sadly, and obviously, that’s not the case. Nickelson’s project is based on his quest to capture each full moon of the year, at moonrise or moonset, from somewhere in the Maine landscape.

In my aerospace engineering program, the workload was relentless with homework in each class every night. Notwithstanding that, Dr. Szebehely had a long-running joke where he refused to give us any homework on the night of a full moon as he would instead tell us with his thick Hungarian accent: “No homework tonight. It is full moon. You have more important things to do.” I’m not sure I did then, but I certainly do now – every full moon now finds me out there with tripod and camera, seeking out the rising or setting moon.

 

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Feb
11

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Richard Johnson has spent the past six  years traveling across Canada photographing more than 650 ice huts. Along the way he’s documented the similarities and differences in ice hut architecture between provinces. All have the same purpose of being weather-resistant and portable, but beyond that the real personality of each shelter begins.

 

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Feb
06

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01/ Text is given the 3D treatment in Textscapes.
02/ German street artist 1010 creates portal-like art illusions.
03/ An otter house in Japan that has a roundabout!
04/ Luke Jerram placed pianos in outdoor spaces to encourage conversation and interaction.
05/ Justin Poulson hands out his portfolio on thumb drives shaped like actual thumbs.
06/ Thirteen tons of candy were laid on a Chinese street to raise awareness of underprivileged children.
07/ Fascinating photography of New York City’s abandoned and bedraggled spaces.
08/ Beat the winter blues with a room-sized ball pit for adults!
09/ A tiny Grand Budapest Hotel… for birds.
10/ A tunnel that appears like a kaleidoscope when you walk through it from only one direction.

This week on Design Crush:
Take a peek at Print Edition: February to see what art I’d rearrange my walls for.
Alt Winter 2015 was the sixth time I’ve attended and spoken at this blogger conference!
I’m crazy obsessed with the birthstone art of Naomi Ernest.
Here are 14 (more) valentines to get you set up for next Saturday’s lovefest.
I wish the State Plates Project would overhaul every license plate FOR REAL.
You can listen to all of the songs I included last month on the #365lyrics: January playlist!
One dozen ideas for breakfast in bed + after dinner dessert for next weekend (or whenever).
Maybe these Plant Talkers plant labels can put my green ones’ needs into words for me.
Crushing all over the paintings of Yelena Bryksenkova. Sigh.

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I’ve added lots of new things to The Marketplace, including lots of things that might make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
A beautiful sink is my favorite focal point of any kitchen.

Jan
30

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01/ A mirrored teacup that reflects its patterned saucer perfectly.
02/ This Shanghai speakeasy is only accessible through a vintage Coke machine!
03/ Zsanett Szirmay converts folk embroidery patterns into paper scores for music boxes.
04/ Tattly Does Good by by connecting artists with not-for-profit organizations.
05/ The Runbell helps runners clear a path on the go.
06/ Invisible Boyfriend can help you fake a rebound relationship.
07/ No Vacancy captures abandoned hotels from around the world.
08/ What’s painting with drones like exactly?
09/ A collection of glamorous pin-ups of your favorite television characters.
10/ Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew creates holographic portraits painted on layers of fabric and netting.

This week on Design Crush:
We fell short last week and had to push links to Happy Monday!
High contrast, flash-heavy photography from Benoit Paille.
Well constructed leather goods to corral your technology from This Is Ground.
Beautiful firework-like flower arrangements from Sarah Illenberger.
Flat-out obsessed with the terra cotta cookware from TERRA.COTTO.
Laurel Canyon Dreaming captures the best side of natural specimens for your walls.
Check out these 24 Valentine’s Day gifts, projects + recipes!
The evolution of a snowy, evolving town from the brush of Lars Daniel Rehn.

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The most show-stopping lighting types for your bathroom.

Jan
27

Benoit Paille

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Benoit Paille‘s high contrast, flash-heavy photography has me longing for warm summer nights in the midst of this winter snowstorm. Can’t you just picture yourself watching the sun go down while hanging out with friends, cold beer in hand? Sigh.

 

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Jan
22

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In the doldrums of January Tadao Cern‘s Comfort Zone photos make me both laugh and feel warm. I’m really not sure there’s much more you can ask for from art.

These photos are not staged and people did not suspect that they were photographed by me. I chose to capture images of sleeping vacationers because it accurately represents the name of the project ‘Comfort Zone’. It is only about the seaside, sunbathing and holiday somnolence that is free from a world surrounding you. I chose to showcase only the photos with hidden faces not by an accident, but to grant an observer with an opportunity to calmly scrutinize each and every detail without being distracted. It also helps to avoid empathy or connection between people in the photos and the observers. It really does not matter who they are – the details not only reveal their stories, but make us face ourselves as well.

 

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Jan
16

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01/ Gorgeous silk scarves that were dyed with… bacteria.
02/ Allison Wade has turned bad breakup texts into art.
03/ 2015 New Year’s resolutions illustrated by Linzie Hunter.
04/ Sebastian Errazuriz‘s Times Square installation triggers contagious yawning.
05/ Helen Green drew every hairstyle of David Bowie’s from 1964 to 2014.
06/ Photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte captured an acrobat dancing in a cloud of powder for an ad.
07/ Twenty-four pieces of life advice from Werner Herzog.
08/ Check out these “invisible” bedroom murals that come to life under ultraviolet light.
09/ Paintings are digitally manipulated in these otherworldy landscapes by Mahmoud Jouini.
10/ Ship your enemies glitter. For real.

This week on Design Crush:
Take our 2015 Reader Survey, then leave your email address to be entered to win a little something.
Dreamy and ethereal mixed works from Oriol Angrill Jordà.
Edgy black and white illustrations by Kaye Blegvad.
So curious about how Gramovox’s Bluetooth Gramophone sounds!
Framing up a few straggling prints with Frambridge‘s amazing online service.
Have you checked out my 365-day project for the year, #365lyrics?
I want to fill my kitchen with Jude Allman’s stoneware pottery.
Moscow Mules 10 ways to help me reach my goal of perfecting this cocktail.