House Leichhardt by Rolf Ockert Design is located in Sydney, Australia, and purposely features a complex mix of design styles: part quaint cottage, part urban loft, plus a backyard meant for entertaining. Inside, pops of color bring to mind the fabrics of Lilly Pulitzer, or the preppy backdrop of a Ralph Lauren ad. Even then, the space also recalls an artist's studio in New Mexico. In order to complete the architect's vision, a two-story addition was made to the original house.
The Stainless Steel Camp Stove by Kent Herring is a sleekly elegant alternative to gas stoves that is not only travel friendly, but can be assembled in seconds flat. Herring developed the idea while hiking in the wilderness of northern Minnesota, where he realized that using gas stoves was considerably less environmentally friendly. Not to mention, the environmentally conscious stove looks absolutely gorgeous, with four pieces of laser-cut steel that can be fit together super easily, and only require firewood or alcohol to start. It's 59 bucks, and ten percent of proceeds go to enivoronmental causes!
Using the clever misdirection of forced perspective, photographer Michael Paul Smith has created a nostalgic and idyllic portrait of America according to its classic automobiles. In his dedicated book, Elgin Park: An Ideal American Town, Smith shows us just that: a midcentury American suburb full of Pleasantville-esque scenery and all-American automobiles. However, it's all a bunch of camera tricks– Elgin Park is a town of Smith's own imagination, and all the cars you'll see here are toy models, and all the homes miniature as well.
These delicate newspaper carvings from Canadian artist Myriam Dion are an incredible approach to lacework, using newspaper as the artist's medium. The paper's design elements and photographs are sometimes left in tact, as with the brightly covered women in this particular edition of The Financial Times and incorporated into each 'sculpture' so that a simple daily paper becomes a gorgeous piece of art that looks quite natural. Dion makes each intricate cut by hand, which is incredibly impressive considering that there is much more cut away than preserved. In fact, each gorgeous piece give me arthritis just thinking about it!
Typography enthusiasts the world over will fall in love with Type:Rider, a new game for the mobile device of your choice, which takes you an a historical journey through typography as a first-person player. You'll face challenges and small quests, which lead to greater knowledge of history's best texts. The game is rather advanced in its structure, and a physics engine allows players to interact with the architecture at each level. And if you were wondering, the final boss is that most hated of all fonts, Comic Sans...
BK. Architecten took over an abandoned cathedral in the city of Zwolle, originally built in the 15th century, to repurpose the lovely space into something functional and beneficial to the public as well. An additional floor was added to create a shopping center within the structure, but the space still feels historically intact and somber, just as a cathedral, or The NYPL on its serious days, should feel. Three floors were added in the side wing of the church for greater access, but in order to keep the original structure safe, the new floors are not connected to the church, so that future demolitions might still save the cathedral building. To keep the 15th century feel, the architects were careful to use wood in only three colors and white painted plastering, so that the modern additions don't feel like they're doing battle with the original building.
The Water Bear
'I approached her very, very slowly,' he says, 'and then drifted. It was a cat-and-mouse game.' When the bear slipped into the water, he just waited. 'There was just a flat, world of water and ice and this polar bear swimming lazily around me. I could hear her slow, regular breathing as she watched me below the surface or the exhalation as she surfaced, increasingly curious. It was very special.'Photo: Paul Souders (USA)
More than 43,000 images from 96 countries were submitted to the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, held in collaboration by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Thousands of results were narrowed down to just 18 entries. The shortlist includes 100 entries, some of which come from photographers in their teens, and is separated into categories like Underwater, Behavior, Wildscapes, and Creative Visions.
Thrill Murray: Who among us can resist the allure of Bill Murray, the devilish actor who is rumored to pull all sorts of strange pranks on regular people everywhere, and then insist that "No one will ever believe you?" If Bill is your spirit animal, you probably need this book.
Here's a compilation of coloring books for the discerning adult who's never gotten over the joy of cracking open a fresh coloring book and enjoying a quiet afternoon with just you and your Crayola 64-Pack. Chances are though, once you left elementary school, it was no longer cool to color, so you begrudingly put away the effects of childhood. Well, screw that! Below, we have an awesome list of coloring books not just for kids. In fact, you have to be old (like, gasp, at least in your twenties) to even understand why any of these are as great as they are. Step aside, children.
Happy Sundog! This is Mick, who was born with Swimmer Puppy Syndrome, a condition which makes him unable to sit, walk, or stand because his legs are all splayed to the sides. In order to strengthen Mick's legs, his owners decided to try swim therapy. It was dicey at first, but things got real cute real fast...
You know it and I know it: 'tis the season for pumpkin everything, from your standards like pumkin pie and pumpkin spiced lattes, to less conventional uses like pumpkin mac and cheese, or pumpkin popsicles! The mild and sweet squash is pretty versatile and can be used in both savory and sweet dishes, so you can't really go wrong. Plus, is there anything that puts you in the autumn mood more than the sight and smell of pumpkin spice? I think not. Also, be sure to read our interview with a master pumpkin carver, Ray Villafane!
Happy Caturday! This bunch of kittens carefully exploring their own cardboard fort reminds me of how little kids are when they first discover the jungle gym. According to the owner, the kittens are Coco and kittens Panda, Paris, Pikachu, Peter, Pavel, Persey, and they may or may not be in some kind of intense acrobatic training to become ninjas...
'Dear Mr. Watterson' is the upcoming documentary style "exploration of Calvin and Hobbes" that will look at the cultural impact of everyone's favorite, perpetually heartstrings-tugging and emotionally significant comic strip, that only the uninitiated think of as children's reading material. The masterful comics that explore childhood, adulthood, emotional growth, understanding the members of your family, whether or not life has any meaning and other such light fare, is being honored in the upcoming film, for which you can watch a teaser trailer, below.