On the island of Mauritius, a naturally occuring optical illusion can be found, via these aerial Google Earth photographs, on island's Southwestern tip. From these photographs, found via Exposure Guide, it looks as though the ocean itself drops like a waterfall. The illusion is caused by the sand, which maeks up the light part of the water. The current makes the sand disperse in a waterfall pattern, as though an underground waterfall is tucked just off the island's coastline.
These airy and almost ethereal-looking appliances are the creations of Korean artist Do-Ho Suh, as part of his exhibition at Lehmann Maupin. The cloth clone 'sculptures' are modeled after existing appliances in the artist's Manhattan apartment and are all full-scale replicas, including stitched typography of the brand. Though constructed out of fabric, Suh's sculptures look like 3D sketches that have been masterfully colored, but that's the beauty of the collection, titled 'Specimen Species.' Suh's exhibition will run November 12, 2013 through January 2014 at Lehmann Maupin in Hong Kong.
'Tree in the House' is a proposed woodland sanctuary from Kazak architecture student Almasov Aibek, composed of a large, transparent cylinder with a tall tree at its center that serves as the only decorative element of the otherwise minimal space. A spiraling staircase wraps from the ground floor to the very top of the tower for a view of the whole forest. Four stacked rings inside the cylinder establish each floor of the home, including this gorgeously spooky library lit by the night.
Street artist Charles Leval, who goes by Levalet, has an interesting approach to grafitti, in that after he scopes out the ideal location, complete with measurements, he draws his figures in black in at home, and then inserts them into the right spaces. Lastly, the artist will sometimes add a real object to serve as a three-dimensional prop, just to put his figures on a whole new plane.
These elaborately staged miniatures from artist Amy Bennett require a few steps to get just the effect she desires: first, Bennett builds each tiny universe. Then, she paints beautifully detailed works using the minatures as models. Each model, and subsequent painting is an entire eco-system of a sort, and so far includes a theatre, a church, a doctor's office (above), a hospital, a restaurant, and others. From Bennett herself:
"Similar to a memory, they are fictional constructions of significant moments meant to elicit specific feelings and to provoke the viewer to consider the moment before or after the one presented in the painting. I am interested in storytelling over time through repeated depictions of the same house or car or person, seasonal changes, and shifting vantage points. Like the disturbing difficulty of trying to put rolls of film in order several years after the pictures have been taken, my aim is for the collective images to suggest a known past that is just beyond reach."
Recycled Silk Chair, Ottoman & Stool by Meb Rure is a bright and colorful furniture series are made of American white oak and recycled silk yarns from Nepal. The design aims to bring 'warm and cheerful atmosphere to spaces,' while relaying the importance of minimizing waste in a creative environment, especially in the world of design. For a plusher look, each of the silk balls have been filled with sponge. For easier transportation and to lessen the environmental impact, the legs of each piece are easy to assemble and disassemble.
Happy Sundog! This is Tommy, the dog who won't ride along in the car with his owner unless they hold hands for safety, and protection, and friendship, and cuteness. Oh my God, my heart is exploding.
Although Columbus Day is a holiday that comes with a certain amount of controversy, the anniversary of the day that Columbus arrived in the Americas is is a day to honor the indigenous peoples of the Americas, and what better way than to eat their food? Modern day Mexican and South American cuisine is heavily influenced by the peoples of Mesoamerica, so many of the recipes below will seem familiar. And since Columbus' first contact with non-Europeans was the with the Taíno of the Greater Antilles, we've also included some dishes from the Circum-Caribbean region of the world.
Happy Caturday! Here's an extensive compilation that scientifically proves, for the benefit of humanity all over the world, that cats and babies love each other, and they should just be together all the time. I don't know why it works, but it really, really does. If you've just had a baby, it really behooves you to go out and adopt yourself a cat. For Science!
'Less than an hour's drive from the cultural landmarks of Reykjavik and set against a backdrop of majestic mountainous lava fields, ION promises to provide an unforgettable experience- tailored to fit your travel aspirations. Whether guests are seeking a quiet, soulful soak under the Northern Lights, a challenging trek across an ancient glacier or a day of fly-fishing world renowned, plentiful icy rivers – at ION, they are only a wish away.' The Ion Luxury Hotel is located Nesjavellir, Iceland, and the elegant interior is both minimal and lush in the middle of a rugged, seemingly unforgiving landscape shaped by cold. If you're so inclined, the area is also home to natural hot springs, which you'll need as an ally for the frigid temperatures.
From Aurbum Light Studios, this milky pin-up series of gorgeous girls just barely covered in calcium is an awesome mix of milk and high speed photography! And yes, these pin-up ladies come in a calendar! Although there's a lot of absolutely perfect timing and editing required, the vintage-inspired girls are worth the wait. Below, you can see a few of the sexy results as well as the behind the scenes process to get these perfect poses. The pin-ups were inspired by a few classic vintage poses of models from the 1940s and 50s, from artists like Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas, and Greg Hildebrandt. In order to shoot the perfectly creamy covergirls, photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz took hundreds of individual photographs, each time splashing the models with milk. The final photographs you'll see here are the result of hundreds of layered images, combined to create the perfect pin-up.
Nothing in your life will ever be as cool as this lavish dinner party thrown in elaborate surrealist style, and hosted by the prominent French socialite Marie-Hélène de Rothschild (and yes of course I'm talking about the Rothschilds), and her friend Salvador Dali. The affair took place on the evening of December 12, 1972 at the Rothschilds' Château de Ferrières, which was lit orange to look like it was on fire. The dress code was 'Black tie, long dresses, and Surrealist heads,' and all the waitstaff were dressed as cats. The guest list included European and Hollywood royalty (including Audrey Hepburn!) and other beautiful members of international high society. Note: some of these pictures are a little terrifying, which I love.