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Kids Will Build Sushi

When I was a kid, I just played with Legos, Polly Pockets, Barbies, and was serious collecting Beanie Babies. There was little building in my childhood, but who knows – kids can grow up to be anything these days even sushi chefs! How adorable is this wooden sushi set?! The set was designed by Japanese design firm Plapax and contains 45 wooden pieces. So how much does this cost exactly? Only 7,400 yen. Worth it.

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Vietnamese Landscape Paintings

I was taken aback when I came across these stunning paintings of Vietnamese landscape on Colossal yesterday evening. I’ve never actually been to Vietnam, but of course have heard so many stories from my family and never imagined it to be quite like this. I think also, just the way that the paintings were done are another reason why these stood out to me. Phan Thu Trang is the artist being these and the inspiration behind her art comes from images of the city and villages in Northern Vietnam.

To view more, click here for the featured post at Colossal.

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A Toy Plane and an iPhone

There are Instagram users that become insta-famous for their selfies. Then there are Instagram users like Varun Thota who challenge us to look at photographs in a different way. Using a toy plane and his iPhone, Varun takes his plane on a journey with every snap.

Macau-based web designer and developer Varun Thota is the son of a helicopter and a devoted flight enthusiast. His childhood was filled with hours in front flight simulators and even today he carries a small Kinder egg airplane that he likes to photograph against dramatic backgrounds, as if a hand was reaching out of the sky controling each flight. It’s a simple enough idea, but wonderfully executed by Thota. You can see more over on his Instagram account. (via the Instagram Blog)

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Knitted Comfort Food

Two things warm my insides. Comfort foods. And knitted things. Jessica Dance and David Sykes have accomplished both of those things with their latest series of knitted comfort foods. Awwww!

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Suspended Floral Installations

There are some who could care less about flowers and the way they are arranged. I am not one of those people. A flower garden is a dream to me and I don’t think I could ever get tired of them. If I could have them at my desk and in my home constantly, I would. Right now, it’s too difficult to take care of anything other than myself though so that’s not really an option. After seeing these floral installations by Rebecca Louise Law, I have become obsessed. Can I just…purchase one of these for my home?

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Edible Chocolate Art Supplies

With the holidays just around the corner, I’ve had gift exchanges on my mind lately. This year, I’m participating in two and of course, I don’t want to go wrong in my gift buying. I’m on the hunt for some unique presents, but naturally those are going to break my wallet slash could require high costs for shipping if it’s made internationally. Yeah, whatever, we don’t mess around when it comes to presents.

I came across this Edible Chocolate Art Supplies set designed by Nendo, but unfortunately couldn’t figure out where to even purchase it. So there’s that. Can we just talk about for a second though how everything is edible?! Each paint tube is filled with a different flavor. Yum. This is the perfect gift for someone who as a child so badly wanted to eat the crayons in Kindergarten.

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Color Coded Candy

For the first time in a long time, I had a lollipop today. I know, what am I – 7 years old? My office has an entire box of caramel apple pops, which used to be my favorite candy as a kid. According to my co-workers, no one eats them nor did they ever as a child. I figured once a favorite, always a favorite. Wrong. I ate that sucker and my mouth was a sticky sugary mess. It was slightly embarrassing also because I’m pretty sure no one else is eating a lollipop in the office in the middle of the the afternoon. I may have grown out of my candy, but I can appreciate some art when I see it.

Emily Blincoe created these arrangements of candies by color and I think they’re kind of pretty and nostalgic. To view the rest from the Austin-based photographer, click here.

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Whimsical Illustrations Out of Everyday Objects

Using everyday objects, art director Javier Pérez has been constructing whimsical pieces and documenting them on his Instagram account.

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Brick Facade Appears To Be Melting Off Building

Photo by Stephen O’Flaherty

Created by British designer Alex Chinneck this melting brick installation is effortlessly cool. Entitled “From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes” the piece is now a part of the English town Margate. If locals happen to stumble upon the piece they won’t find any information or explanation for why the building looks the way it does, but that was the artist’s decision to keep people guessing.

Chinneck spent the better part of 12 months engineering the installation and worked with several companies that offered to donate materials. He tells Dezeen that he’s fascinated with spectacles and that he “wanted to create something that used the simple pleasures of humour, illusion and theatre to create an artwork that can be understood and enjoyed by any onlooker.” The piece will be on view for a year before the building is eventually demolished. Read and see more over on Dezeen.

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Photo by Stephen O’Flaherty
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Fashion In Leaves

As Paris Fashion Week comes to a close, I wanted to make sure I got this post in about Tang Chiew Ling’s gorgeous “Fashion in Leaves” project. I love how this project reflects similarly to fashion sketches and Ling kept it super simple by just using one kind of leaf for each set. It’s really very gorgeous.

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A Map of Manhattan From Hand-Written Directions

Direction-challenged  is maybe one way someone could describe me (among my many other qualities, of course.) Last weekend, I found myself lost on the way to Jennie’s house in Queen Anne. It should have been a straight shot, but then I ended up too close to the water, on Aurora,  off of Aurora, and finally 25 minutes later at my destination. Some people hate asking for directions, but I’ve never been someone who has been too afraid to ask for help. People are always willing, right?

A New York conceptional artist named Nobutaka Aozaki decided to embark on a project asking strangers for directions in order to piece together “Here to There.” The project is a collection of hand-drawn maps and it’s actually quite interesting!

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Optical Illusion House Makes A Home in London

all photo cred | Colossal

A new optical illusion installation can be found in London! Designed by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich, visitors have been able to play around with the new attraction and making it look like they can defy gravity by walking up a house. The photographs are made possible through a giant mirror reflecting off of a print of a Victorian house.

The installation opened yesterday and is free to all visitors until August 4th. For more photos, click here.

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Food Playing

photo cred | Hong Yi via Colossal

Almost every day for the past month, artist Hong Yi has been playing with her food; an act that was frowned upon growing up. Using her food, she was able to create quirky images and photograph them for documentation. The rules of her playing were as follows: the image could only be made out of food on a white plated backdrop. To view the entire series of her food photographs, click here.

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Fireworks In Reverse

For New Year’s Eve this year, we ran as fast as we could to catch the fireworks in San Francisco. Unfortunately, all we got were the sounds and not the visuals! That’s okay though because this video above makes up for it. Filmmaker Julian Tay shot this video of the fireworks in Melbourne, Australia over New Year’s Eve, reversed it and put some pretty music behind it. How can you not love this?

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Frame of Mind

Ben Boutwell and Steven Alan shot this short film in Hawaii using frames and it’s pretty silly.

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