Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter

A fun advertisement for the Cologne Zoo, at an appropriate moment. Happy Easter all! First seen here.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Peanuts - in eggs

Another egg-themed post for the Easter weekend. John Lamouranne creates all kinds of scenes from pop culture using eggs and very little else. This one appealed to me - I have always liked the Peanuts gang. First seen here.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Easter egg Aliens

Part of a series of hilarious movie posters where Easter eggs take centre stage instead of humans. This one of course spoofs Alien(s). Well worth clicking the link to sample others. First seen here.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Samurai Star Wars

Truly amazing stuff, these Samurai renditions of Star Wars themes. I created this compilation myself from three of the figures included in the link - from left to right, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca, and Obi Wan Kenobi. First seen here.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Bookworm chair

A beautiful and practical design, combining a bookcase and a place to sit and read. Designed by Dutch studio Atelier 010. First seen here.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Sandy scars

One of those magnificent satellite shots. In a small corner of the vast Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia, large sand dunes –the only sand in this desert of scrub and rock — appear as lines stretching from left to right. The light-colored fan shapes are scars from wildfires. First seen here.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Cocktail stirrers

Today is our 13th wedding anniversary - for the occasion a very special set of cocktail stirrers shaped like bride and groom. First seen here.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

World's largest miniature airport

The world's largest model airport has opened a few years ago at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. Based on Hamburg's International airport, it includes a staggering list of accessories, including 40 planes, 40,000 lights, 15,000 figurines, 500 cars, 10,000 trees, 50 trains, 1000 wagons, 100 signals, 200 switches and 300 buildings. The display took 7 years and roughly $5 million to build. First seen here.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Surfing bird

The linked web site calls this the coolest duck ever - and it is hard to argue with that. First seen here.

Friday, 22 March 2013

5-4-3-2-1........

There is something strangely funny about showing something that did not happen yet - but which we all can vividly imagine. First seen here.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Needle sculptures

Really remarkable art with emphasis on the crafts involved: Willard Wigan creates fantastic sculptures that fit inside the eye of a needle. First seen here.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Trumpet Call harmonica

Here is a harmonica unlike any other you have ever seen - and apparently a real collector's item. The 1907 Trumpet Call harmonica was made by M. Hohner - but the five impressive brass horns are purely decorative. First seen here.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Liszt - My piano hero

Everything is so wrong with this one, even aside from the playing itself. The title is cheap, and that cover... Lang Lang's infamous orgasmic face expression is bad enough, but in combination with that hands gesture and the psychedelic waving lines... Awful. Seen on any classical music site, such as Amazon.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Rawr!

Here is an example of "perfect timing" in photography that I had not seen before - and I think it is one of the best in that category. First seen here.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Vinyl wine rack

Maybe it is because I grew up with vinyl records, but I always have mixed feelings seeing them put to use for other purposes. Still, when they are no longer used for music, you might as well do something useful with them. And a wine rack like this is a perfect application. First seen here.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Money origami

Japanese artist Hasegawa Yosuke creates these amazing origami-like pieces from banknotes, taking full advantage of the faces included on the notes. First seen here.

Friday, 15 March 2013

From polar bears with love

They may be deadly predators, but polar bears sure do look adorable when snuggled up to each other. And this makes a suitable post with winter weather still very dominating here. First seen here.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

There - I fixed it

Simply love this picture, whether it is photoshopped or real (I expect the latter). First seen here.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Paper Beatles

Neither art, nor strictly speaking origami, but these small paper sculptures by Russian artists Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich are a delight to look at. I particularly like their take on the Beatles. First seen here.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Pooping dog lamp

This is definitely one of the worst designs I have ever seen, and I cannot fathom why the linked article calls it "very beautiful". As bad as the lamp itself is, the devil is in the details: to switch it on or off, you have to thread on the turd. First seen here.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Perfect timing

Taken from yet another selection of "perfectly timed" shots. As usual, most are variations on far too often used themes, but this one made me smile. First seen here.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Indoor clouds

You may have seen this before, as it has appeared on many sites in recent weeks. I still like to post it here as well, because it combines art and science. Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates these beautiful and temporary indoor clouds with the help of a smoke machine, set to exactly the right conditions. The link includes a cool video demonstrating the process. Recently seen here.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

West fjords

A simply magnificent satellite shot. The West Fjords are a series of peninsulas in northwestern Iceland. They represent less than one-eighth the country’s land area, but their jagged perimeter accounts for more than half of Iceland’s total coastline. First seen here.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Octopus pipe

The glass pipes produced by Colorado-based company Kravin Glass are simply amazing. All commercially available and fully functional, they come in various shapes, such as ray-guns, dragon heads, and as shown above, a full-blown (pun intended) octopus. First seen here.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Recycled dress

This is something special alright: a dress made from recycled M&M wrappers. To create the gown, more than 1,800 flowers were individually cut and sewn from 600 M&M wrappers, a process that took over 100 hours of labour. First seen here.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Your kitchen is ready!

Taken from an article on the "you had only one job" theme - most of them stupid mistakes that have been around the webs several times already. This one I had not seen before, and you can just imagine the reaction when the house owner first opened the drawer of the new kitchen.... First seen here.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Awesome glide

Unfortunately, this is most likely a photoshopped image. But would it not be awesome if this existed and you had a go at it? First seen here.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Rogz Grinz balls

Weird, but amusing - and therefore ending up in Special designs, rather than Mixed nuts. You can order these dog toys via amazon for a few dollars and look at the reactions of others when your dog takes them in his mouth... First seen here.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Eggshell sculptures

New Zealand's Gary LeMaster has mastered the difficult crafts to turn eggshells into beautiful works of art. Just falling short of Art for Art's Sake quality, but amazing craftsmanship and pleasing results. First seen here.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Liza(rd) Minelli

Ever since our years in Singapore I despise gekko's: they laid eggs in my laser printer and decomposed in the company's coffee machine. I would never have expected to see one of these critters draw a "cute" from me, but this one did. First seen here.

Friday, 1 March 2013

S[tarb]ucks

One of the best examples of why you need to take care about advertising on the side of a sliding-doors van..... made even worse since the famous Starbucks symbol is still present to function as the subject in the sentence your mind is reading. First seen here.