Friday, 28 February 2014

Animal sculptures by Ben Foster

New Zealand-based sculptor Ben Foster creates modern sculptures with a potent dash of cubism. Especially the combination with the New Zealand landscape, as above, is remarkable. First seen here.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Songs for swinging mothers

An album cover that defies description. The literal depiction of the title, the awful photography, the hideous colours, including the text. Yuk. First seen here.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The first selfie?

This may well be a shot of the first selfie in history, taken in 1920 (the link also has the result of the photograph). Makes you wonder why they bothered when there was obviously a photographer at hand. First seen here.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Ready for take off

One of the best variations on the coke+mentos combination I have seen so far. Ready for take off? First seen here.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Evolution door

It's a door - what's so special about it? Well, do click the link, watch the animated gif, and be amazed. First seen here.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Tianmen Mountain Skywalk

Maybe I am a bit more sensitive than most, because I suffer from vertigo, but the idiot who thought that it was a good idea to construct this treacherous mountain path of glass all around should be strung up. First seen here.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Stop:watch

Tineke Meirink is an artist, whose project stop:watch is attracting considerable attention. She takes photographs of ordinary urban situations, and adds her own illustrations to delightful effect. First seen here.

Friday, 21 February 2014

The 10 best art references in the Simpsons

Banksy, Warhol, Hopper, Dali, Bosch, Gehry, and so many others... the Simpsons have paid homage to artists many times in their 500+ episodes. The linked blog post lists 10 of the best. First seen here.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Pegasus spotted

OK, it is an antelope followed by a crane. But still.... First seen here.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Bone sculptures

Unbelievably delicate sculptures by Jennifer Trask, given the material she works with: animal bones. If ever a "do not touch" sign was appropriate it is for these creations. First seen here.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Alice in Wonderland shoes

I have said it before and I will say it again: the largest collection of mixed nuts can be found amongst shoe designers. Another brilliant example, these bizarre Alice in Wonderland shoes designed by Nicholas Kirkwood for Printemps. First seen here.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Turntable ring

How cute is this, especially if you are a DJ or a vinyl buff? This ring was designed by Mathmatiks. First seen here.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Xylophone

Simple, but it made me smile. And that's more than can be said for a lot of things in life. First seen here.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Chain wine bottle holder

A stunning design, which appears to lead to a hovering wine bottle stored on the table. And for once, it is affordable as well, as prices have dropped to under 15 dollars. First seen here.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Showing the flag

Having lived in the ultra-puritan Singapore for over three years, I was delighted to see this mishap for their national water-polo team a few years ago. Whoever designed these trunks based on the Singapore flag should have his/her head examined. First seen here.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Animals in winter

Taken from one of the most stunning collections of animal photographs I have seen in recent months, all with a hibernal theme. First seen here.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Data protection

Brilliant in its simplicity, combining old and new technology. A perfect way to protect your data on the USB stick in the old fashioned way. First seen here.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Surreal furniture

Lila Jang is a sculptor from South Korea who creates twisted and sometimes bloated versions of typical 18th-century French furniture. Sure makes you look twice. First seen here.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Average women

An interesting experiments: from numerous shot of women from one country/region, a software programme calculated the average face - to surprisingly beautiful results. A sample is shown above. First seen here.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Wet cats

I am not a cat person, but the shots of wet cats in the link are brilliant. I like this one especially, because it is also a very good photograph. First seen here.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Bruckner's Fifth

As a photograph, there is nothing wrong with this shot of a horse rider and steam train. It is actually quite fun. But what on earth does this have to do with the majestic music of Anton Bruckner?? Someone really dropped the ball here at the Valois label. First seen here.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Modern Art desserts

Caitlin Freeman is the pastry chef at the Blue Bottle cafĂ© at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts. Her employer inspired her to translate the artwork into edible masterpieces, a selection of which is shown above. First seen here.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Right behind you!

Surely this beagle is the worst fox hunting dog in the world.... the fox was actually protecting his/her young. First seen here.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Norwegian Olympic curling team

A post inspired by the upcoming Olympic Wintergames. The Mexican skiing team's  matador outfit is bad as well, but the Norwegian curling team takes the gold medal in the mixed nuts category. Who designs these abominations? First seen here.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Minimal Music

Thanks to a Jenny Downing buzz of a few years ago: a fascinating overview of minimal designs representing various sorts of music. The polka made me smile. First seen here.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Minimal Celebrities

Once more art which just failed to get into Art for Art's Sake. British artist Ileana Hunter draws portraits of celebrities that are minimal, but still easily recognizable. An example is her take on the lovely Emma Watson. First seen here.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Epitonium scalare

The most beautiful and amazing shell I have ever seen (well, a picture of it). Wikipedia: Epitonium scalare, commonly known as the ‘precious wentletrap’, is a predatory or ectoparasitic species of marine gastropod with an operculum. In the 17th and 18th century, it was considered to be a very rare shell and specimens changed hands for large sums of money. The shell of this species grows to a lengthbetween 25 mm to 72 mm. The shell is particularly striking because the whorls themselves do not touch, so the shell is held together only by the well-developed ribs (costae). First seen here.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Disney villain perfume

Taken from an astonishing collection of perfume bottles designed in Japan and based on Disney villains. This one, inspired by Captain Hook, is the best of the lot. Unfortunately, the link does not give more information. First seen here.