Sunday, 30 June 2013

Trying too hard

Taken from a series of model shoots where either the photographer or the model herself was clearly trying too hard to get an unusual pose. First seen here.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

His eerie text was mine

A few years ago, Jenny Downing sent me a link to this gem. Brilliant word play: a complete anagram text was constructed by artist Micah Lexier (text left) and poet Christian Bok (who created the right hand version). First seen here.

Friday, 28 June 2013


It's a fun idea, and very well executed - even though I would not risk my own keyboard for it. First seen on Fukung, a site too unsafe for work to link to.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Good vibrations cabinet

Alright, do not adjust the monitors, this is meant to look like this. And it is actually a 100% accurate photograph of a piece of furniture designed by architect Ferruccio Laviani, inspired by the digital glitch phenomenon. Allegedly (I still have some doubts... photoshop is everywhere these days). Even if it is indeed real, would this fall under Special Designs or Mixed Nuts? In the end, I leaned to the former because of its novelty. First seen here.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Pencil shaving portraits

I have seen artists make portraits of the weirdest material, but this is the first one that uses pencil shavings. And to amazing effect. The artist is Kyle Bean from the UK. First seen here.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013


In search of mixed nuts? Try the fashion pages. This is what men should be wearing according to designer Craig Green.... First seen here.

Monday, 24 June 2013


I love this creation by Audrey Heller (originally in the Plastic People series), both in its set-up, with the elderly plastic people echoed in the ancient measuring devices, and as a photograph in itself. First seen here.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

BEEloved honey

A fascinating way to sell honey. This gorgeous honey pot was designed by Tamara Mihajlovic. First seen here.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Octopus table

Monstrosities like this octopus table immediately raise the question "who would buy something like this??". Well, first off, people who buy a rhino chair (blogged here), and secondly, people with cash to burn because this unique piece is yours for 100,000 $. First seen here.

Friday, 21 June 2013


Nowadays there is always a suspicion of photoshop with shots like these, but I find it funny and endearing. First seen here.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The monkey orchid

It is hard to believe, but this is not photoshopped. This is a real orchid, which sports a stunning resemblance to a monkey's face. Full story in the link. First seen here.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Sushi clock

What time is it? Salmon past tuna. A great clock for sushi lovers. First seen here.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013


Constellation is a special series of portraits by Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita. What makes it so special is the technique used: she wraps one long piece of black thread around hundreds of nails until she gets the portrait she desires - which typically takes a few months! Click the link for more information and a close-up of this remarkable work. First seen here.

Monday, 17 June 2013


A magnificent piece of origami, this dragon by Shuki Kato. First seen here.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

The male pin-up

I love these - the link has a lot more examples. Rion Sabean noticed the popularity of pin-up girls, and decided to create his own spin on the classic style we all know. They are called men-ups, and they are absolutely hilarious. First seen here.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Crucifix shoes

The special mixed nuts category of off-beat shoe designers strikes again. Remember the Godley and Creme lyrics from An Englishman in New York? "Devoted collectors of paraphernalia out walking the rock, battle and bitch for the ultimate kitsch of a crucifix clock; two miniature Romans, running on rails, appear every hour and bang in the nails. I've got to have it, Christ, I gotta be the first on our block". Well, here is a shoe equivalent. First seen here.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Good Guy Obama

We should have more world leaders who are so considerate. First seen here.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Art inside a toilet roll

Anastassia Elias creates fantastic scenes inside empty toilet paper rolls - crafts rather than fine art, but fascinating results. First seen here.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The funniest job in the world

What do you do for a living? I get under Marilyn's skirts to touch up a bit.... This is the Marilyn Monroe statue constructed in Chicago a few years ago. First seen here.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Microscopic Chemical Flowers

Even though I am a chemist myself, these microscopic creations by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) post-doctoral fellow Wim L. Noorduin baffle me. Truly amazing stuff. See the link for a detailed explanation. First seen here.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Useless clock

To design a clock like this, you must be either a sadist or an insensitive nut. What's the point in making the design resemble a colour blindness test, so that 10% of the male population will not be able to use it at all? Way to go, people of Sonodesign. First seen here.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Octopus survey team

Before the purge of last year, I had a separate category "plastic people" for these kinds of pictures: putting little plastic figurines in real-life surrounding to create fascinating images. I will be posting more of these from now on under the Amazing Stuff heading. This brilliant creation is by Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli. First seen here.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Progress bar

Great idea, well executed. I'd gladly go there and give them more business. First seen here.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Newspapers bench

A great alternative to throwing out your old newspapers: have them converted to a bench that would surely make a great conversation piece. Fascinating design by Charles Kaisin. First seen here.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Mirror lake

Kudos to whoever came up with the idea of placing this sign. First seen here.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Pointillism beagle

A wonderful piece by art student Joel Brochu. Inspired by the pointillism technique, he created this beagle portrait from over 200000 small and colourful nonpareils (tiny balls made from compressed sugar, used to decorate cookies). First seen here.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Laptop Machines

This must be one of the most stunning anagrams I have ever encountered. Animated gif created with the on-line facility here.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Sherwin Williams

Perhaps not a household name everywhere, but the Sherwin-Williams Company is an American Fortune 500 company in the general building materials industry. For a company of that status, you would expects something better in terms of their logo. The colour pattern is far from impressive, the shapes are childish, and worst of all the message that they want to cover the earth in (probably poisonous) paint is so fifties. First seen here.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

In your dreams

An interesting idea: pillows preprinted with the title and headlines of famous magazines. Add your own weary head to them and instant fame. First seen here.

Saturday, 1 June 2013


A new line of Barbie dolls, their dresses surprisingly based on famous paintings. I especially like the van Gogh creation. First seen here.