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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cakes you wouldn't want to eat

Presentation is very important when it comes to food. This is why they say: before you have a taste, you eat with your eyes. These cakes says it all when it comes to art, design and food.

Snake Cake

Polo Shirt Cake


Nikon Cake


James Bond Cake


Anti Gravity Maltesers And M&M’s Cake


Alien-facehugger Cake

Turkey Cake

Beer Bucket Cake

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Friday, September 26, 2014

5-year-old Girl Paints Stunning Masterpieces despite Autism

5-year-old Iris Grace from UK teaches us that nothing will stand in front of art. Monet used to paint when almost blind at an old age, Iris spreads her brush while with autism. 

Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.

Iris’s work is creating a buzz in the art world. A private collector has bought last year, two of her original works for £1,500 each. Prints are being snapped up for as much as £295.

Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mobile addicts have their own sidewalk in China

These distracted texters have been blamed for everything from inconveniencing others with their slow pace to causing accidents. In order to fix that, the chinese authorities came with a revolutionary idea. The city of Chongqing in China has reportedly set up the country's first sidewalk for 'mobile phone addicts', with a lane specifically dedicated to those glued to their screens.

Much like bicycle lanes, the street has images of mobile phones spray-painted on the sidewalk, with arrows showing people which direction to walk in as they use their mobiles.

Despite the city's good intentions, the mobile phone-only sidewalk has generated criticism and ridicule with some saying that the design only encourages bad habits and will likely cause more accidents.

China already has an estimated 300 internet addiction centres, according to a report on state broadcaster CCTV's website in February. It also cited a survey showing there may be more than 24 million young Chinese addicted to the internet.

Chongqing isn't the first to create a "no cellphones" express sidewalk. Washington, D.C. unveiled one earlier this summer, but as a stunt by the National Geographic.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Glass shaped in imagination becomes reality

I’ve recently found an everyday material used in a sophisticated way that gives it unusual, but beautiful shapes. I’m talking about the glass.
Usual is not the word for David Patchen’s glass collections. David is an American glass artist and designer who uses the Italian techniques of cane and murrine in an American style. He begins creating a meticulous plan and design of colors and patterns. After he pulls the cane and murrine, he carefully composes these elements to design the final work, all days prior to blowing it.

„My current work is an intensive exploration of patterns, colors and transparency created through multi-layered cane and murrine (colored rods and patterned cross-sections of glass). While varied in composition and design, I most often create work within a series of graceful forms that I consider three dimensional canvases” – David Patchen

David has 7 different collections: Bloom, Foglio, Resistenza, Parabola, Sphere, Piscine and Allegro. Each collection presents glass in different shapes and with armonious mix of colors.

„The diversity in my compositions reflects my desire to constantly experiment and explore a variety of ideas simultaneously. Some themes in my work include windows into or through a piece, things hidden & revealed and extreme detail. Colors in contrasting and/or complimentary tertiary tones woven into complex patterns challenge expectations of the amount of detail glass can carry and its place in the art world. My influences include textiles, ethnically distinct colors and shapes as well as the marine environment” – David Patchen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to rescue news papers and turn them into chic furniture

Don't throw away your old newspapers! That is if you still have old newspapers around the house and you didn't turn to the online editions. For those of you who are traditional, here are some ideas on how to reuse your newspapers and turn them into furniture or home-decor items.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Tehran House has rooms that rotate 90°

In the future, houses will adapt to the weather by rotating 90°.
Oh, wait! We are now in the future, since the house has already been invented by Tehran architects.

Tehran-based architectural studio Next Office are the brains behind the Sharifi-ha House, which features motorized rooms that pivot up to 90 degrees to face entirely in or out at the push of a button, depending on the occupants’ mood or the weather.

The building was completed last year. This interesting room feature was inspired by old Iranian mansions that were traditionally built with both summer and winter living rooms.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sculptures that move on their own

Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who builds walking kinetic sculptures that he calls a new form of life. His "Strandbeests" walk the coastline of Holland, feeding on wind and fleeing from water.
The walking sculptures are made of plastic yellow tubes and look alive as they move, each leg articulating in such a way that the body is steady and level.

The artist has been working for 16 years to create these amazing sculptures. Each generation of his "Strandbeests" is subject to the forces of evolution.


2015 S/S Fashion Trends

Next spring it will be all about color, or not. The burst of colors mixed with interesting textures and simple lines. Or you can wear black and white outfits. WeConnectFashion made a Top 5 Fashion Trends for S/S 2015, from the latest fashion shows. We have minimal designs, feminine lines or tropical prints. All you have to do is play!

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