I adore these personalised paper portraits dolls by Jordan Grace Owens, and it appears I’m not the only one! Orders are currently backlogged due to huge demand and you can see why!
What a creative take on the family portrait! These little paper dolls are made to order to resemble all of your family members right down to the family pet or childs favourite toy. They have that cute retro feel to them thanks the moveable joins, but they are a little too delicate to use as toys and are more suited to a box frame. Best bit is this portrait can be updated whenever a new family member is added to your brood!
A great present idea to keep in mind for a future mothers day, fathers day, wedding or any event really!
I cannot remember where in cyberspace I first initially discovered the work of fashion designer / artist Eugenialejos, but it has stuck with me ever since. Her A Dixit collection was showcased through a look book of sliced photographs that are so mesmerizing, one of those simple yet effective techniques that make you do a double take.
Then I discovered the ZigZag mirror by Mut Design and thought, what a perfect parallel (no pun intended.) This piece essentially is the physical embodiment of these photographs. It slices the reflection into parallel strips, multiplying the object or combining two separate reflections onto one visual plain. The panels of the mirror are mounted at 45 degrees which allows the possibility of multiple views from one vantage point. Pretty spectacular right?
So this is a little bit of an optical illusion in the fact that it isn’t quite reality yet, BUT who could wait?!
Behold the amazing Songjiang Shimao Hotel, or Songjiang Wonderland Continental, which is currently under construction in China. Located close to Shanghai, this hotel is being built on the site of an abandoned quarry in Songjiang. This stunning design is the work of re-known Atkins Global and is believed to having the working budget of US$555 million.
The 5 star, no expense spared hotel will consist of 19 stories that curve with the form of the existing quarry. 17 floors will sit below ground while the remaining two will be underwater once the quarry is filled to create an artificial lake. Plans are also in place for the lake to become the source for the hotels electricity and heating via new geothermal technology.
The roof of the hotel will be disguised with greenery and hanging gardens will soften and disguise the edges of the structure. A vertical glass atrium will form the centerpiece of the hotel, running the full height of the building to create the illusion of a waterfall, completing this mirage style design.
Estimated to be complete between 2013-15, I for one cannot wait to see real images of this fascinating design.
Rarely is a piece of furniture this captivating.
The Samurai Chair by designer Seo Young Moon is optical illusion at its best. Your eyes tell you it is a fragile object, an illusion, yet it is indeed a stable and robust, functional piece. True to it s name , the chair appears sliced, as if a moment in time has been frozen as a samurai sword has sliced through the chair, splitting the form into a fragmented object.
In a world accustomed to photoshop, it feels like a doctored photo, not a real object at all. This is the magic that makes this piece so beautiful, simplicity in conception and execution yet it achieves maximum effect.
Clever, very clever…
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, Hermit is back!
This week we will explore some amazing designs that will indeed make you do a second take, third and fourth even! I have discovered some really interesting pieces that play with your perception of space. They tell your eyes and brain an opposing story, performing the impossible and hold the viewer entranced in a state of disbelief.
Prepare to be amazed!
1. Ink Blot Series Limited Editon Plates by We Love Kaoru / Everything Begins
2. Bias of Thoughts Bookshelf by ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects
3. Shadow Chair by Duffy London
4. Illusion Skull by Tom Craven
5. Cube 7 Side Table by Rockman & Rockman
6. 90° vase by Cuatro Cuatros