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Edible Zoetropes by Alexandre Dubosc


I can’t stop watching these amazing edible zoetropes created by French designer, Alexandre Dubosc for The 2011 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Check out his Flickr set for the “Making OeuF”.

Reclaimed Furniture by Uhuru


You’re not looking at collectible miniature modern furniture, but scale models for a new collection by Red Hook, Brooklyn’s, Uhuru Design. Revealed during New York Design Week, the War Craft line is the agency’s third collection to feature local materials. To create the pieces, the designers used reclaimed wood taken from the deck of the decommissioned USS North Carolina. The ship was built at the Brooklyn Navy yard in the 1930s and fought during WWWII.

By exploring and referencing the forms of the USS North Carolina, the pieces create a dialog between honoring those lost during the its various campaigns and exploring the inherently violent nature of modern war craft.

The War Craft line consists of six limited edition pieces including end tables that reference “the colossal diameter and caliber of the bullets that were onboard the USS North Carolina,” a rocking chair designed to

“mimic the curves of the hull and the taper of the bridge tower,” a room divider “

shaped with the life-sized negative silhouette of the bullets that were fired from the ship, ” and my favorite piece: a coffee table that “

wears an interpretation of Dazzle camouflage that was used on battleships to confuse enemy ships.”

Uhuru has a company policy of using materials that have been “reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, reused or otherwise rejected from their original function.” The company will produce only ten of each design due to the limited nature of the resources. Click through for full color, full size photos of the entire collection. I’d be happy just to own the scale models…

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MC Escher in Legos


Andrew Lipson and Daniel Shiu meticulously recreated the art of MC Escher on a quest to see “whether it would be possible to produce a plausible rendering of any of his pictures in LEGO bricks.” Their first attempt, Balcony took three months of “intermittent” work. The pair continued working together over the years to Lego-ize Belvedere, Ascending and Descending, Waterfall and Relativity. You can go behind the scenes of Relativity here.

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Bento Box Album Covers


Since having my portrait rendered in the form of a ham sandwich, by bento artist, AnnatheRed, I’ve begun seeing food art all around me. The Jacket Lunch Box by Jake Obatchi combines food, art and music appreciation in one tasty tupperware.  Obatchi recreates album covers using rice, seaweed and other edibles; and he doesn’t discriminate. His culinary covers range from hard rock to trip hop to nu-metal to Mozart.

Lady Gaga, who is fond of food as fashion, would likely be honored by Obatchi’s bento tribute. And while Trent Reznor won an Oscar for The Social Network, lots of people have statues: Obatchi has dedicated a unique, hand-crafted bento box to the award-winning soundtrack. Other artists to receive the bento treatment include: Michael Jackson, U2, Radiohead, The Clash, Primal Scream, Prodigy, Slipknot, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Rage Against The Machine, Atari Teenage Riot, Cyndi Lauper, The Beatles and Wilco.


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Ordinary People and Disposable Objects


Israeli designer, Idan Friedman, has created a series of portraits embossed into disposable aluminium food trays.  The collection showcases “ordinary people,” who are Friedman’s friends and acquaintances. Through his work “making objects I have no excuse for” at Reddish Studio, Friedman often poses existential questions. This 3D-printed faux Oriental vase asks: “What is the future of hand skills and traditional materials?” See more ordinary people and disposable objects on Friedman’s Flickr.

[via Dudecraft]

Designer Chicken Coops for Urban Farmers


The architects at New York’s RAAD have engineered a luxury urban chicken coop. Designed to maximize a hen’s productivity while ensuring optimal comfort, the Chicken Co-op is being marketed as a “new standard in living that liberates the lifestyles of modern chickens.”

With the exception of “sliding tray for easy clean up,” the Chicken Co-op’s amenities list would entice most humans:

  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Plenty of storage
  • Complimentary dining area
  • Solar powered fan for keeping cool in the summer
  • 4 very spacious private units with great views

The cost of the Chicken Co-op is $3,500, but imagine how much you could save in eggs…

Urban farming is on the rise, and chickens are the gateway animal. Because chickens sit on the fence between livestock and pets, it’s legal to raise them in the backyards and terraces of most cities. For instance, Oakland city ordinances allow residents to keep chickens in an enclosed coop with some restrictions on how close it is to houses, schools and churches.

Many city-dwellers who raise chickens cite their main reason for doing so as having a deeper connection with the food they eat. Practically speaking, chickens provide poultry, eggs and fertilizer. RAAD’s Chicken Co-op is the urban designer’s alternative to chicken wire.

Movie Map of Manhattan


Bernie Hou of Alien Loves Predator spent five months watching movies and three weeks drawing to create this cinematic cartography of Manhattan, complete with 91 film references.

If it seems like all the movies you’ve ever seen take place somewhere in New York City, that’s because they do. New York is where the aliens must attack, where landmarks are destroyed, where the world ends, and where good-looking people go to find other good-looking people. It’s practically a law.

Hou is giving away a free copy of the 18×24″ poster to the first person who sends him the names of all 91 movies. [Here’s a high-res version of the map with each movie numbered from 1-91.] He plans to release the full list of the films after May 11th.

If that’s keeping you on the edge of your seat, you can purchase the poster for $16 here.

[via Gothamist]


Custom Art Mashups for Charity


Go Red! is an interactive website where you can combine a set of character assets into a single customized giclee print.  It features art from 120 illustrators that, when mixed and matched like the spiral-bound flip books of our youth, can create 64,000 custom characters.  With innovative design by The Partners agency, you choose your desired head, body and pair of legs. Essentially, Go Red! positions you as both creator and curator of your own unique mashup. And did I mention it’s for a good cause? Payment via Paypal is woven right in. Hybrid creatures cost just £65. Very cool. Read the rest of this entry »

The Non-Conformist Garden Gnome


If garden gnomes were magically brought to life, this is precisely the first and most-often-repeated hand gesture I imagine they would make.

Designed by German artist Ottmar Hörl, the Non-Conformist Gnome is available in a variety of colors through Garden Life or directly from Hörl himself. (They’re pretty expensive though: $125 from the former and $80 from the latter, especially considering they’re made from [albeit "break-proof"] plastic.)

[via Incredible Things]

Maximalist Movie Posters


In response to the current trend of minimalist movie posters, Canadian designer Emma Butler has created a series of maximalist illustrations. Entitled Movie Parts, the poster series dissects her favorite films using “all the memorable parts, pieces & props” that are essential to the movie. Back to the Future, Juno, Top Gun and The Mighty Ducks are available here.

[via Flavorwire]

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