Amazing Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee

January 6th, 2012



Guy Laramée is an artist who found his way by traversing many different disciplines over the course of 30 years. His work has varied across mediums and lands here for us with these beautiful, carved book landscapes. The precision and presentation of each make it all the more remarkable. If you’re in the Montreal, Quebec area during April 5-29th, 2012, make sure to check out his show at the Galerie d’Art d’outremont.

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10 Ways to be more interesting

January 5th, 2012


Be more interesting. This is a note to self on things to keep in mind every day. Life is there for us to use and enjoy at our will. Being interesting isn’t a job of life, it’s an option.

Images & text by Jessica Hagy / Forbes.

1. Go exploring.
Explore ideas, places, and opinions. The inside of the echo chamber is where are all the boring people hang out.

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Retro Futuristic Photography by Ben Sandler

January 4th, 2012



Paris-based photographer Ben Sandler created these beautiful vintage feeling fashion photos. The photos were taken at a home designed by Alvar Aalto. Did you see that stunning hover car? Talk about retro-futurism.

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The Decay of City Life Tree Trunk Installation

January 3rd, 2012



Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira let his imagination run wild when building this fantastic tree trunk interior installation representing the decay of city life. The material used is actually old chunks of a tree trunks wrapped around a PVC pipe skeleton.

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Silent Corner + Ian Matteson

January 2nd, 2012



Just received these beautiful, surreal photos via email from photographer Ian Matteson. You may remember Ian’s identity work I completed for him a couple years ago. These photos were shot on Silent Corner just up a ravine outside of Salt Lake City.

What you’re seeing is not actually fog, it’s smog that covered the valley for days.

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Yayoi Kusama: When kids are given stickers they do this

January 2nd, 2012










What started as a seemingly simple, delicate room turned into an amazing sticker installation. Yayoi Kusama masterminded this for the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Over the course of two weeks, children who visited the museum were given stickers to place where they wished. The installation, entitled The Obliteration Room.

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The Ross Residence

January 1st, 2012



Griffin Enright Architects built this unique house nestled between a stream and hillside outside of Ross, California. The most interesting aspect to this house is the split roof that allows for more light to stream in and also for a more intimate interior spaces.

Photos by Kyle Jeffers

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Bates Masi Sams Creek Residence

December 27th, 2011



When you come across a house such as this, it’s almost impossible to resist dropping what you’re doing just to share it or admire it fully. This isn’t the first time that the work of Bates Masi Architects has done that for the blog.

The house comes in at 6,500 square feet and is occupied by a single family in Bridgehampton, New York. It is a series of open-ended box shaped sections that allow for multiple actives to take place in and around the house without complete interruption. Each section of the house has independent audio, video and climate controls without hindrance to the other sections.

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Modern Lounge Chair Bed

December 27th, 2011



The form of this modern looking lounge chair / bed is quite interesting. Though it was built for recently, it seems that there has to be a retro-futuristic connection with the design. Regardless this is on my want list.

Found on Designspiration

Aizone SS11 Campaign + Body Painting

December 23rd, 2011



More stunning images from Aizone’s Spring / Summer 2011 Campaign. Sagmeister Inc focused on strong black and white patterns to reflect the dynamic, vibrant nature of the brand. Anastasia Durasova is the mastermind behind the body painting.

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1960s Lark Cigarette Packaging

December 21st, 2011



For such a self destructive product, the packaging design is rather good. It was originally designed by George Tscherny for Lark Cigarettes in 1968. For designs like this it would be interesting to see before and after sales among other things to figure out why the design style never stuck.

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To Want To Be Successful is Not Enough

December 20th, 2011


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Regardless if you’re a fan of Actor Kevin Spacey (I am), this clip hits right on the core of what it takes. It’s videos like this one and “How bad do you want Success” that really send powerful surges of inspiration and motivation throughout the body.

To want and to be ambitious and to want to be successful, is not enough—that’s just desire.

There is no prize out there. The only prize is this one [points to heart], and what you feel and what you want to accomplish. If you can, as you start out, these what could be lean years or fat years, I feel that I very often watch a lot of young people sort of meander around without any idea about why they’re doing. To want and to be ambitious and to want to be successful, is not enough—that’s just desire.

To know what you want, to understand why you’re doing it, to dedicate every breathe in your body to achieve. If you feel you have something to give, if you feel that your particular talent is worth developing or is worth caring for, then there is nothing you can’t achieve. You’re going to grow up with your colleagues. You’re going to watch them have success and watch them have failure and you’re going to watch how they deal with it.

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