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Maze-like stairways and optical illusions are designed to trick the eyes of lodgers at this MC Escher-inspired guesthouse in the city of Guilin, China.

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Spanish artist Javier Riera designs and photographs light projections that fit perfectly onto specifically shaped trees and their branches. The geometric forms are inspired by the particular landscape, and are used to reveal what Riera perceives to be latent dimensions or energies embedded in the na

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Design Boom

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in an attempt to update the construction of ‘simple’ wooden chairs, japanese designer ryuichi kozeki has created a prototype series with a distinct wedge-shaped part that connects the back and seat, creating a curve that perfectly supports the small of the back. presented at the greenhouse during this year’s stockholm furniture fair, the collection comes in a set that includes the chairs and a matching small table.
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The figures are visible under UV light; other paintings may also have hidden drawings.

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Web Urbanist

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There’s something extra eerie about places that are not quite abandoned just yet, but edging closer and closer to a prolonged death process. Relics of another time, these architectural remnants feel like physical connections to all the lives that passed through them, many of which have already met an end. Lacking any efforts to preserve or revive them, they slowly crumble, waiting for their inevitable demolition. Photographer Michael Eastman specializes in capturing such places on film in all their deteriorating glory.
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this sharp ‘light beacon,’ KAPKAR / LB2-SV is studio frank havermans‘ latest constructive achievement for the municipality of leeuwarden, in the netherlands. it grasps parasitically onto the viaduct named after english engineer, george stephenson (1781 -1848). stephenson invented the first usable steam locomotive and the first, safe-to-use mining lamp. 
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To help cure the planet’s ailments, Zhen Dai suggests antacid. In powdered form, calcium carbonate—often used to relieve upset stomachs—can reflect light; by peppering the sky with the shiny white particles, the Harvard researcher thinks it might be possible to block just enough sunlight to achieve some temperature control here on Earth. Dai’s work calls for a custom-­designed test balloon that, pending an independent committee’s green light, is set to release up to a kilogram of calcium carbonate 12 miles above the US, in what will be the first solar geoengineering experiment in the lower atmosphere. Small onboard propellers will stir the payload into the air.
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danish firm johansen skovsted arkitekter transforms a cottage and shed sited in the protected landscape of denmark. initially built in 1905, the project is situated among historic vacation homes carefully placed along slopes of overgrown moraine and sand dunes, rising from surrounding flatlands. the reconstruction’s ambition is to recreate the sense and atmosphere of being in the heritage building before it was left unused and timber infestation made restoration unavoidable. the structure, originally built as a pair of log cabins, is reimagined as a wooden light-frame construction, with an exterior maintaining the protected expression of the original house. the new interior interprets memories and accumulated features for contemporary conditions, informed by the modern structure.

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US company Backdrop is aiming to ease the process of choosing the right paint, through a curated selection of colours and adhesive samples for testing on walls, along with an essentials kit and a redesigned can.
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A windowless wall punctured by a roof-level void projects from this steel-clad black house near Tokyo, creating a secret “exterior living room”.

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Nothing gets me through a workout like cranking up some bangers. And while in-ear headphones can create head-thumping bass by sealing your ears off from the world, they also isolate you from the sound of cars, bikes, and other people, which can be dangerous.
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São Paulo-based architect Silvia Acar Arquitetura has unveiled a tiny minimalist cabin tucked into a lush Brazilian forest. Camouflaged in the tree canopy and set off the ground on stilts, the one-room Chalet L is a simple, 67-square-feet one-room cabin, entirely designed to offer the basics while disconnecting from the usual hustle and bustles of life.
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paris based designer, claire lavabre, has taken an array of different objects to build the ‘la stanley’ ready made lamp. developed as part of a research project on lights and their kinetic effects – ‘lampade e altre progetti non finiti’ – lavabre created the piece during her one year residency program at villa medici in rome.
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If you’re in London between now and January 6th be sure to make a stop at the recently opened Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross to see Space Frames, a festive light installation designed by Studio Mieke Meijer. Inspired by functional industrial architecture, as well as the abandoned industrial buildings of Roy Letterlé and Mieke Meijer’s hometown of Eindhoven, the huge light installation also takes cues from the arches and bold outlines of the venue itself.
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Wired

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First algorithms figured out how to decipher images. That’s why you can unlock an iPhone with your face. More recently, machine learning has become capable of generating and altering images and video.
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ONDU crafts pinhole cameras from premium natural materials including bright ash and walnut wood. keen to fill the gap in the market for appealing durable pinhole cameras on the market, ONDU launched its first kickstarter campaign in 2013, positioning its design for a wooden pinhole camera as a device to be passed on for generations. more than one thousand early supporters later and ONDU realised a range of six different types, each one differing in size, price, and film format.
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I’d ridden the motorcycle part of the way up a small dirt hill, and was trying to simply reverse my way back down when I fell off the machine. As I went down, I tightened my grip, inadvertently pinning the throttle. I soon found myself underneath a pirouetting motorcycle.
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