Friday, 28 December 2012 20:28

Uncommon Goods: The Art of Kumi Yamashita


Kumi Yamashita is a Japanese artist who uses unusual mediums to bring you her vision. The little boy above is created using a single, unbroken strand of thread, carefully arranged over nails on a white board. This particular series is called "Costellation", after the tradition of finding mythological creatures and star formations in the night sky. Yamashita's work also includes a series of shadows, each created by a single light source.

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Design studio ixdesign has completely remodeled this formerly run of the mill 1,050 square foot loft in New York City, into a beautiful and spacious oasis from the mean streets of New York.

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If you're a stationary buff who loves nothing more than the search for the perfect pen, the smoothest card stock, and the most pristine journals, here's the hobby to end all hobbies. Paper marbling has historic roots in East and Central Asia, where calligraphy is a deeply respected art. In many Asian countries, especially Turkey, where the process is called Ebru, the laborious, but beautiful art lives on. Below, some hypnotic samples of this elaborate art form.

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Ayumi Nakanishi for The New York Times

In the Atami mountainside of Japan, this sleekly-designed crescent house has a lot to offer, and it that includes panoramic views of Mt. Fuji. For a cool 2.2 million (180 million yen), the moon on the mountain can be yours.

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These reinvented traveling caravans from Swiss design firm Bureau A are the answer to your un-stifled childhood whims of being a wandering gypsy and making your home on the road, perhaps decked out in gauzy skirts and gold bangles, à la Esmeralda.

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Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:25

Echoism Chair by Jaeyoung Jang

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When I was little, I would play in the parking lot outside my building, then sit under my bed and write lists of all my imaginary pets. And I turned out fine! Yes, maybe I should have been more social and yes, maybe my parents should have kept a better eye on me but it was the 90's and times were different. The kids of today are so over-stimulated with moving images it may be hard for them to let go of all the YouTubes and iPads and just let loose in the playground. Playground geniuses Monstrum have the solution.

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Friday, 21 December 2012 15:43

Bevel Cup: You Better Believe It


After washing my mugs (and I do this a lot due to my tea addiction) I can't wait to put them back in the cabinet with all their liquid-holding friends. However, sneaky drops of water remain on the rim and in the crevaces and this simply will not do. If this annoys you, hold on a second before calling your teacher from elementary school and telling her she lied about evaporation. Just get a Bevel Cup! It's the smartest mug you'll ever own.

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What sorcery is this? I really have no idea. But the Awaglass, by Norihiko Teryama is an hourglass filled with bubbly water that appears to flow in reverse. You probably can't use it to Benjamin Button yourself. Sorry!

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 20:48

Pencils on the Docks: Creative Desk Organization


This year you can knock your boss's socks off as Secret Santa, because he's about to have the coolest desk in town. Designed by London-based agency Héctor Serrano, these desk organizing structures are made from pure white porcelain and consist of modular pieces for storage from all things desk-worthy. They come in three shapes - ship, city and industrial warehouse so bonus points if you work in one of these.

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