Photography: The Fifty Fifty Selfie Barber Shop of…

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Adrian Alarcon is a photographer from São Paulo. He seems to be a fan of two things that just don’t want to go out of fashion right now: selfies and beards. Adrian combines both of them in his Fifty Fifty Selfie Barber Shop project. He spent four months growing himself a rather splendid beard and then shaved half of it off, straight down the middle. Might look kind of weird, but he quickly covered the shaved half with all sorts of stuff he found lying around so no one would notice…

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“Little Lost Project” – Yoonjin Lee documents lost…

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So, what have you lost in your life so far – money, maybe your house keys? Losing your beloved smartphone would probably be a total bummer, but when a hairgrip, a lighter or an umbrella goes missing, it’s not usually such a big deal. That kind of stuff is always getting lost or forgotten someplace. Designer Yoonjin Lee searches for objects like that, makes little cardboard signs for them and lets them tell a story in her Little Lost Project.

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“Will You Hire Me?” – romantic job application…

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Up next is another creative job application idea we stumbled upon. The brainchild of Canadian designer Catherine Pelletier, this one cuts right to the chase, since designers not uncommonly enter into a kind of matrimony with their agency and, if everything goes smoothly, end up spending many happy years together. Thus the very romantic job application. Using the very appropriate motto of Will You Hire Me?, the Montreal-based designer conjured up a little gift that contained a faux ring box, in addition to her portfolio. “The goal of my work is to create intimacy with the viewer, and present myself as THE designer they’ve been looking for”, said Catherine about her idea. Sorry to say the whole thing was just a project during her university studies. Would’ve been nice to have seen how potential employers would have reacted to it.

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Airport design: the new Terminal 3 in Tokyo’s…

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The new Terminal 3 at Tokyo’s Narita Airport opened its doors the other day. The original design by Nikken Sekkei and PARTY is fun just to look at. Since Terminal 3 hosts budget airlines, the designers wanted to show that inexpensive doesn’t have to be synonymous with negative, and only spent half the normal budget to complete the whole project. The floor was marked with track lanes that point travellers in the right direction, and the minimalist overall feel is complemented with furniture by Muji. Definitely take a look at the rest of the photos on the terminal’s website! The video below will give you a good feel for how the whole thing was built.

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Amazing newspaper sculptures by Will Kurtz

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Will Kurtz creates sculptures from newspapers. To achieve this, he developed his own technique and a unique style. He models his people and dogs on random, real-life street sightings. If you are also amazed at how natural and real his figures appear, then take a look at the video below. The artist explains how the sculptures came to be, how he goes about his work, and which materials he uses. Very interesting and inspiring!

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Photorealist ballpoint-pen drawings by Enam Bosokah

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The drawings by Enam Bosokah could be mistaken for photographs at first glance. But they have all been drawn with ballpoint pens and pencils. The artist from Ghana portrays a wide variety of people: children and friends, authors, athletes, musicians, and well-known politicians. His drawings are full of emotions and have come to delight a great deal of people. On Facebook you can look at even more drawings and keep up to date with his current works.

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Architecture: Airy tropical villa on Bali

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In this villa by the architect René Kroondijk, you can live on fresh air and love – the openness of the rooms doesn’t leave you with any other choice. Without additional walls to impinge on this freedom, different ceiling heights separate the house’s individual areas from each other. As should be the case for a cozy home, the “dining room” is the center point. This is right next to the pool area where you can burn off those calories with an after-dinner swim.
The very high roof creates a comfortably cool climate throughout the day. Any warm air that collects up top is then released through triangular sliding panels. And the wonderful material! I especially like the mix of solid, warm ironwood and cool cement.

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100 new motifs for 2015: Lorraine Loots and her…

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You might remember the “365 Paintings for Ants” project from 2013 or “365 Postcards for Ants” from 2014. If not, now is the perfect time to get to know Lorraine Loots from Cape Town. After the success of her previous projects, she is mesmerizing the world yet again this year with her tiny little works of art. A total of 100 miniature motifs are planned, many of which are no larger than 2 or 3 centimeters. You can follow the project on Instagram as well as purchase the originals via auction. The All Stars, as a reference, cost 3,000 rands (approx. 233 euros). After the works are displayed, Lorraine will be sending them to their new owners in February 2016. Given their size, she’ll probably be able to save on postage!

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