08.02.16 by Staff

Pixelated Ceramic Sculptures by Japanese Artist Toshiya Masuda

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Fun ceramic sculpture series by Japanese artist Toshiya Masuda offers pixelated versions of everyday objects like running shoes and disposable Starbucks cups. More images below!

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25.01.16 by Jeff

Strange Human-Animal Hybrids by Japanese Artist Tomohiro Takagi

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Fantastical (and some slightly disturbing) paintings by Japanese artist Tomohiro Takagi, many depicting human’s casually donning the carcasses of animals or intimately fused with them. Captivating style and subject matter; could look at these for hours. More images below.

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03.01.16 by Staff

Beautiful Photos of Rare Monkey Orchids Celebrate Year of the Monkey

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February 8th, 2016 kicks off the Year of the Monkey. The Aquamarine Fukushima in Japan has opened an exhibit featuring the rare Monkey Orchid to mark the occasion. More images below.

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14.12.15 by Staff

360-Degree Books by Yusuke Oono

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These storybooks by Japanese designer and architect Yusuke Oono open up 360-degrees, transforming into an incredible 3D storytelling experience. While Oono’s original designs were so labour intensive they couldn’t be mass produced, Snow White and Mount Fuji have been made available thanks to Loftwork, (the company who sponsored the design contest where Oono’s work gained recognition) and book publisher Seigensha. Check out more images below!

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02.12.15 by Staff

Illustrator Spotlight: Daisuke Nimura

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More of those quirky illustrations and animated gifs by Japanese Illustrator Daisuke Nimura (previously posted about here). Take a looksy below!

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01.12.15 by Staff

Hilarious Hack of the Day: The Secret Selfie Stick aka Really Long Arm

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For anyone who finds selfie sticks too embarrassing to use in public, a guy named Mansun has come up with a solution. Made with two right hands ordered off Amazon (naturally), two original selfie sticks, and a shirt with extremely long sleeves, Mansun’s hack certainly addresses one problem. (Of course, he may have just created another).

Click here for a more detailed account of his process. More hilarious images below–love the shot of the shirt sleeves!

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23.11.15 by Staff

Lifelike Goldfish Painted by Japanese Artist Riusuke Fukahori

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These lifelike goldfish are actually acrylic paintings, created layer by layer, within resin. The fish are referenced from schools of live goldfish artist Riusuke Fukahori keeps in his studio. The constant need to clean the fish tanks also informs Fukahori’s broader sense of environmental consciousness–seeing the fish as not unlike people in the soiling of our own air/water and the potentially deadly consequences if left unchecked.

Fukahori’s second solo show, Goldfish Salvation, will be at New York’s Joshua Liner Gallery until December 19th. More images and a video clip of his incredible process below!

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11.11.15 by Staff

Design of the Day: MUJI is Making Huts!

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Minimalist lifestyle brand, MUJI, unveiled MUJI Huts at Tokyo Design Week! The micro living spaces cater to simple and (presumably) mostly solitary pleasures. 3 different designers came up with 3 distinct types of huts: Naoto Fukasawa (Wooden Hut), Jasper Morrison (Cork Hut), and Konstantin Grcic (Aluminum Hut). Set to hit the market in 2017 at 3-5 million yen or $30,000 – $50,000 CND, check out more images below! Or, if you live in Vancouver, just head straight to the comments and rant about housing prices!

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09.11.15 by Staff

Delightfully Absurd Ultra Thin Line Table by Nendo

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Japanese studio, Nendo, takes minimalism to the next level with this insanely thin table design called the “Border Table. Part of a solo exhibition at “Eye of Gyre” gallery in Omotesando, Japan for Tokyo Designers Week 2015, this piece is pretty much the perfect blend of functionality and optical illusion! See more images below!

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