Tag Archives: Art

A city made of food

Wow, if this food city were real, I think I’d move there in a heartbeat. Swedish food lab Atelier created this mini society out of food. Check out these awesome photos.



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Turning your morning coffee into a piece of art

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Never thought I’d see 3D latte art. This coffee kitty was created by Kazuki Yamamoto, a 26-year-old from Osaka, Japan. He posts his latte art creations regularly on his twitter account and he’s apparently far from the only one to surface from Japan. Although we do have latte artists here in the US, the Japanese designers take it to another level with the 3D features and the intricate designs.

Check out more of his cool work!

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The bedside lamp bookworms will drool over

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Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my face from gazing at this cool looking lamp called Lumio designed by San Francisco-based architect industrial designer Max Gunawan. What’s awesome about Lumio is that it can unfold into different shapes, turning itself from a portable and ordinary book into interesting lighting for your home.

Gunawan, who grew up in Indonesia, says the lamp’s inspiration came from origami. Just like the folded paper art, Lumio can be folded and opened into beautiful creations.

It’s currently a kickstarter project, so help fund it if you want your own!
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Transforming ugliness into art: landfills painted as Chinese landscapes

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Who would’ve thought landfills could become works of art? Yao Lu, a Chinese artist and photographer, took pictures of landfills and manipulated the images to look like beautiful Chinese landscapes.

Lu’s work speaks volumes of China’s rapid urbanization and the toll it’s taking on the environment.

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Super trippy animated art helps you chill out

Remember those “magic eye” pictures that you’d stare at to see the 3D image within?  I think I’ve just found today’s version of that.  Croatian digital artist, Paolo Ceric, is known for his animated GIF art — super trippy designs that get you staring into the soul of your computer screen.  I just found my zen while falling into this donut hole.

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Realistic tattoos double as permanent Halloween costumes

Some people really like getting gory for Halloween.  Now, you can look like  a cyborg every day.  Venezuelan Tattoo artist, Yomico Moreno, takes the “Terminator” costume one step further with his crazy realistic style of body art.

Moreno’s style of art is called Trompe l’oeil, or “deceive the eye” in French.  Unlike traditional artists who use a wall or a ceiling to create an optical illusion, Moreno uses the human body as his canvas.  Looks pretty freaky, and personally, not my cup of tea if I were to get a tattoo.  But it’s such amazing artwork, and all you’d need to do for Halloween is take your shirt off.

(Thanks, Hubie!)


Awesome: Playground made of crocheted yarn

Crochet, the knitting-like hobby, just got way cooler thanks to a Japanese artist named Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam.  She’s the mastermind behind the seriously awesome playground made of yarn in Sapporo, Japan.

Apparently, these crocheted playgrounds started accidentally when, during one of her art exhibits, two kids asked if they could play on the her displayed “Multiple Hammock No. 1.”  Suddenly, her piece had come to life as the little rascals crawled and swung on the yarn.

If you’re in Japan, be sure to check out the playground`at Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park.




Woo your girl with this donut engagement ring

If you really know women, you’ll know that donuts are a girl’s best friend…not diamonds. So if you’re thinking about popping the question, consider this pink glazed donut ring by Tammy Young Eun Kim, an LA-based artist. The way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach.


Girl paints Yao Ming portrait with a basketball

Check out this video of Hong Yi a.k.a. Red, a Borneo artist who lives in Shanghai, painting a portrait of Yao Ming by dipping a basketball in red paint and smearing it on a sheet of paper. According to her YouTube page, the nickname Red stems from her Chinese last name Hong, which sounds like the word red in English.  She specializes in painting without a brush and she’s even created a portrait with sunflower seeds, too. Purty cool!

(Thanks, Lu!)

Forget Arial or Times New Roman, try Leg Hair Font


Not many of us find artistic inspiration from leg hair. But Mayuko Kanazawa, a 20-year-old student at Japan’s Tama Art University, decided black, coarse strands would make for a great font. She came up with the idea when the Department of Design at her school challenged students to create new typefaces without the aid of their computers.

As she was thinking of ideas, she happened to glance at her friend’s hairy limbs when he was complaining of leg pain. That’s when her light bulb went off and Leg Hair Font was born. She then went on to manipulate the strands to create the letters of the alphabet, which I’m sure was a painful experience for the poor guy.

Since then, her font has appeared in an Adidas summer sale ad.  Maybe the late Steve Jobs, who first introduced typography to Mac computers, would be fascinated by Kanazawa’s invention of this wispy and curly-looking typeface. Who knows, maybe we’ll see it alongside Windings in the future.

(Thanks, Brandon!)