A student-designer collaboration from Ecosa Design Studio resulted in this environmentally conscious home, constructed from six shipping containers. Windows and doors are strategically placed for optimal energy efficiency, and the home is designed to harvest water. Although the exterior is relatively modest and untreated, the home's interior is warm and inviting, with a bright kitchen and walnut finishes. This shipping container home is located in Flagstaff, Arizona.
In her 'Missed Connections' series, photographer Pippa Drummond captures the root of all moodiness in a series that takes the vegetative out of vegetables. Drummond's images look like haughty noblemen sitting for a portrait, but the highest potential pedigree here is likely an organic farmer's market. 'Missed Connections' was styled by Rebecca Bartoshesky.
Taken in different 'secret' locations around Manchester, UK and Zoetermeer and Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands, photographer Andrew Brooks captures a series of abandoned spaces and the largely unexplored depths within, full of gloomily beautiful architecture. Brooks' subjects have included underground tunnels, abandoned bunkers, old churches and movie theatres. In all, the photographs evoke a feeling of a post-apocalyptic world, where the fall of man has left behind beautiful monuments to the things we once achieved.
Whether you're a jetsetter, have a long daily commute, or just want to get in a good nap during lunch, the Ostrich Pillow, from Studio Banana Things lets you rest in relative seclusion. If you're not self-conscious about wearing a hilariously shaped pillow on your head and seriously looking like an ostrich who's dug their head into the ground, then the Ostrich Pillow definitely understands your napping needs. The pillow comes in original, light, and junior, for all levels of nappers, and was successfully funded on Kickstarter in October, which means you can buy it now!
In her stirring series, 'Landfill Dogs,' photographer Shannon Johnstone selects one dog per week from the Wake County Animal Center in Raleigh to photograph in a landfill. Johnstone's aim is to help each of these shelter dogs find homes, and she chose the landfill as a backdrop, both to represent what would happen to each of these beautiful creatures if they did not find a home, and as metaphor of hope: "It is a place of trash that has been transformed into a place of beauty. I hope the viewer also sees the beauty in these homeless, unloved creatures."
This weekend's recipes are all about the chili pepper, because what better way to combat the oncoming winter freeze with some heat and spice? Whether you like to use your chili peppers in a traditional stew variety, or you prefer a dollop of chili paste on top of a steaming bowl of noodles, we've got a bunch of recipes that will keep you warm all winter. We've even got a few desserts (and a cocktail) featuring chili peppers, for those who like to mix sweetness with a little heat.
Aghh! Real Monsters! That's what this cat would say if she could talk, because this detached doll head is creeping her out. I know it's a little mean, but it behooves anyone who has a Halloween mask to get a reaction from their pets, and maybe videotape it.
Recently successfully funded on Kickstarter, the Timshel (pronounced 'time shell') is part iPhone app, part prints, and part shell. Each month, you select the best moments captured on your smartphone, and then Timshel delivers them to you in the form of printed photographs, so you have a physical memento to hold onto. Basically, it's a museum of your life, curated by you!
Likely designed with a boho-chic university student in mind, this tiny flat in Paris makes the most of very limited space to create a cozy, smartly compact apartment with the added bonus of being romantically nestled into an attic. Again, my inner 'Little Princess' is showing here, but I love a good attic apartment, and I especially love the idea of coming home to my adorable attic apartment after a rainy day and tucking myself into a corner with a good book and hot coffee.
Josh Cochran: Serra
Josh Cochran is a Brooklyn-based (by way of Taiwan and California) illustrator whose detailed graphic work is a combination of neat, precise execution and abstract expressionism. The talented artist is able to incorporate so many styles into each piece, and channels different moods for each commission, which range from commercial clients to small, community-based projects. Cochran's ability to execute a visual story makes him an incredibly interesting illustrator to watch, as It's Nice That and The Fox is Black have already pointed out.
A jellyfish (Bougainvillia superciliris) with a hitchhiking amphipod (Hyperia galba). Photo by Alexander Semenov.
In his new book 'Animal Earth,' Ross Piper explores some of the world's most rarely seen organisms, many of which will indeed look so alien to you that you'll wonder if they're not creatures invented for some science fiction film. Photographers include Alexander Semenov, Arthur Anker, and other animal specialists and researchers. 'Animal Earth' comes out in mid-November from Thames & Hudson.
Simon's cat takes care of some spooky cat business in this Halloween edition of almost Caturday. Although I've never actually seen my cat eat a bug, I like the idea that she takes care of all that creepy crawly business while I'm asleep.