You won’t believe that these psychedelic art pieces are actually close-ups of molds and fungi!

No, this isn’t an alien planet. It’s a psychedelic work of art by Dasha Plesen using paints, pigments, foodstuff, and bacterial/fungal cultures from everyday life.

I don’t know about you, but when I see mold growing on something, my knee-jerk reaction is to throw it away. Daria Fedorova, on the other hand, busts out her camera, mounts a macro lens, and gets to work! Fedorova’s psychedelic artworks are more of a collaboration than anything else. She uses paints, yeasts, foodstuff, and biofilms to compose her art pieces, introduces microscopic fungal and bacterial cultures to the mix, and then lets nature take over as the molds grow on top of her abstract pieces of art, giving it a new appearance altogether.

Fedorova (who goes by her online moniker Dasha Plesen) hopes to redefine what it means to “create” art, and to explore how much of a role she plays in the creation. A lot of the artwork’s process is unpredictable, as Fedorova just allows the cultures to incubate over a period of 3-4 weeks, growing on top of the canvas she creates. The Russia-based artist spent 7 years researching microcultures and learning how to develop and control them. Most of her artwork occurs in controlled environments inside Petri dishes, and her microculture samples come from a variety of places, including “air, surroundings, body, and objects”, according to the artist.

It’s worth noting that no two molds/cultures in her artpieces are the same. They come from different locations and samples, and are the result of multiple natural bacterial and fungal colonies naturally propagating. Fedorova’s experimented with bodily fluids (like sweat, saliva, mucus, and milk) and even decorated her art with sprinkles and granules of sugar, adding pops of color to her “disgusting” art. The results are undeniably fabulous, that is, if you can somehow get yourself to look beyond the fact that those microbiotic cultures are incredibly unhealthy and potentially dangerous if exposed to humans (Fedorova does make it a point to safely dispose of them once she’s done). However, they make for great prints (Fedorova actually sells posters and tee-shirts)… and if you’re into NFTs, you can get your hands on some “CryptoFungi” too!

Designer: Daria Fedorova (Dasha Plesen)

From Nintendo Switch to iPhone – a Japanese artist transforms everyday gadgets into miniature art!

Tatsuya Tanaka is a Japanese artist and photographer who has been creating miniature art almost every day since 2011! His daily projects have turned into a sort of quirky calendar that will instantly put a smile on your face. Quite literally named, ‘MINIATURE CALENDER‘, Tatsuya’s clever little scenarios feature all kinds of ordinary objects with a cheeky twist. He reuses tech gadgets that we absolutely cannot live without, and remodels them into the most interesting scenarios. From a Nintendo Switch that has been remodeled into a swimming pool to earphones that are used as blow dryers – this collection of reinterpreted everyday gadgets will surely add some laughter and enjoyment to your life. Enjoy!

In ‘Swimming Switch’, Tatsuya reimagines a Nintendo Switch as a swimming pool! One of his most popular work, I love the floaties on the screen and the little lounging chairs near the buttons.

‘Backpack’ consists of a young man using a mouse as a backpack! It looks quite comfy, and pretty fashionable as well, if I may say so!

In ‘Hairphones’, Tatsuya reuses earphones as a blow dryer! The front camera and phone screen pair up together to function as a mirror.

In ‘Key York City’, Tatsuya reimagines New York City with skyscrapers made from keyboards and calculators. He even placed a little Spiderman figurine on top of one of the skyscrapers. He diligently looks over the city, performing his vigilante duties!

The camera lenses of this vintage camera are being used as hot springs! In ‘Photo Spring’ you can quite literally immerse yourself in memories…both good and bad ones!

‘Penpal’ showcases an iPhone charger being used as a mailbox! In a world where phones have driven letters to near extinction, it’s quite interesting to see a phone charger being used as a medium to hold letters.

‘Screen Scream’ presents a surgeon performing surgery using his scalpel on a phone with a cracked screen, in hopes of repairing it, and restoring it to its former self!

Climate Change is perfectly represented in Tatsuya’s ‘Environmental Shift’. It instantly turns chilly and snowy with one click of the Shift button.

‘Heading for the Future’ shows DSLRs with Tamron lenses being remodelled as trains! Passengers hop onto the trains, which patiently wait at the station.

In ‘Coin Locker’, a calculator has been reused as a locker to store luggage! I do wonder how everyone’s luggage would fit into those tiny lockers?!

Hand-cut Hand Saw Scenes: Cutting Edge Art

You’re looking at a series of old hand saws that have been cut into various scenes of rural living (plus Bigfoot). Cindy Chinn (aka thesawlady) of Chester, Nebraska hand cuts these using a plasma torch. Note to self: buy yourself a plasma torch, you deserve it.

Available for sale through her Etsy shop from $90 to $150 depending on the size of the saw and complexity of the design, each saw is one-of-a-kind. Like people, but way more likely to transmit tetanus.

Obviously, these saws are not for cutting anymore. Their days of working as tools are long gone, now they can just sit back and enjoy their retirement as art. Am I jealous of these saws? Maybe just a little.

I can already imagine a few of these decorating the walls of my vacation cabin, which wasn’t easy because first I had to imagine owning a vacation cabin. Honestly, the daydreaming took a lot out of me, and now I could use a nap.

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa Cat Scratching Post: Fine Art for Felines

Created using Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa woodblock print, this is a cat scratcher in a 3D form of the masterpiece. Released by the Cat Club division of Japanese lifestyle brand Felissimo, the scratcher sells for around $90. It’s certainly not the cheapest cat scratcher, but it does look like it belongs in a museum.

The scratcher measures approximately 24″ long, 16″ tall, and 8″ deep, and Felissimo insists that not only is it a great scratching post, but the concave shape of the wave makes it a good place to curl up and take a cat nap as well. I’m already yawning just thinking about it.

So, is this going to be the first in a series of fine art turned cat scratchers? Only time will tell. Well time, and people’s willingness to spend money on them. I feel like the cost of anything I buy for my cat is inversely proportional to how much she actually uses it. At $90 I doubt this will even warrant a second glance. The box it’s shipped in? She’ll sleep in it for years.

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This traffic cone uses a one-of-a-kind transformation to become a stackable stool. Watch the video!

Inspiration for design hits when you least expect it. Could happen when you’re binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix and it could happen as you’re tirelessly flipping through old art books itching for an idea to hit. For Timo Riemann, a Germany-based design graduate, inspiration seemed to have hit while he was busy watching a traffic cone across the street from where his school lecture was taking place. Envisioning the blueprint for a traffic cone that could unfurl into a stool, Riemann developed Pylon, a convertible stool that doubles as a piece of interior artwork and also saves space in the living room.

At first glance, the Pylon appears as an ordinary traffic cone. Brass hinges line the circumference of the cone’s round base and hint at the traffic cone’s secondary form. By unlocking one of the brass clasps along the base’s outer edge, the traffic cone unfolds and inversely furls back together to form a stool, complete with four-pointed legs. Described as a “cross-section between art and design,” Riemann’s traffic cone stool has a certain industrial appeal – the ideal interior furniture piece for a warehouse turned art studio. Pylon was constructed from laminated fiberglass, fiberglass-reinforced polyamide, as well as a collection of molds that harden Pylon into its full shape. In addition to its fiberglass structure, the brass locks and hinges that line Pylon’s base each were made one-of-a-kind to streamline Pylon’s metamorphosis from traffic cone to office stool.

Initially thought of by Riemann as a last-minute idea for a class assignment, Pylon’s blueprint practically opened itself up to Riemann before he hit the workshop to begin the stool’s construction. Stackable and versatile in purpose and design, Pylon is an exciting piece of furniture for the design enthusiast in each of us.

Designer: Timo Riemann

By simply unlatching one of the cone’s metal clasps, Pylon then unfolds to inversely connect once more, turning it into a stool.

One-of-a-kind metal clasps and brass hinges were integrated into Pylon’s base to ensure a seamless transition.

The Pylon stool morphs from traffic cone to office stool simply by inverted its structure and flipping it upside down.

Pylon was constructed from laminated fiberglass, fiberglass-reinforced polyamide, and a series of molds.

This intuitive wooden pen holder solves cleanup woes on messy art days and is designed to last a lifetime!

Painting gets messy, especially when you have kids. Without regard for the new floor carpet or optic white-stained china cabinet, the whole room is their canvas when kids paint. Then there’s the dreaded clean-up of all the scattered colored pencils and paintbrushes. Setting out to create a tidy solution for those memorable, but messy paint-filled afternoons, Architect Mum, a child care accessory design studio, developed the Creative Cube, a multifunctional pen holder that can last a lifetime.

Creative Cube was inspired by Architect Mum founder Caro’s own daughter. Caro describes, “After she had painted, it was a hassle for her to tidy up the pens, too…when she was painting with water, it also happened quite often that the water glass tipped over in the creative process. I knew we needed a pen holder that would solve our problems, but I didn’t want a plastic red ladybug in our home.” Averting the tempting lure of weird, anthropomorphic plastic home accessories, Caro gave Creative Cube a wooden construction to exude a minimalist warmth and a timeless, neutral design so the product can be carried down for generations. Eighteen pen slots and a single paintbrush holder fill out the sides of Creative Cube with an additional chamber to place paint water cups stationed on the top of Creative Cube.

Manufactured in southern Germany, Creative Cube is constructed from sycamore wood and coated in linoleum for added protection. Developed to be a lifetime product, Creative Cube is doubly covered with natural linseed oil to stand the test of time and remain resistant against any potential water damage. Since wood is a natural product, Caro suggests keeping your Creative Cube out of direct sunlight to avoid any yellowing or grain fluctuations.

Designer: Architect Mum

Nine pen slots fill out each side of Creative Cube, with additional chambers for a paintbrush and water cup.

Kids can clean up their workstations with ease following paint activities and water coloring.

With an intuitive design, kids can pull their favorite colored pens from Creative Cube and put them right back when they’re done.

With wide slots, Creative Cube can hold multiple slim pencils in one holder.

A Japanese designer made 100% natural crayons by recycling produce and vegetable waste!

I am not a parent but I have been around kids enough to know that they will put everything in their mouth and there is always a risk when products designed to keep them entertained are also full of chemicals – like crayons. Crayons (and kids), rarely stay inside the lines and will end up in the child’s mouth or the walls. It is not only a health hazard and a cleaning liability, crayons also have an astonishing environmental impact. A Japanese company, Mizuiro Inc., worked with designer Naoko Kimura to create a sustainable alternative to the traditional crayon. Called Oyasai Crayons, they are made with all-natural ingredients!

Did you know that over 150 million crayons are discarded annually throughout the U.S. by restaurants alone? Most of the crayons in the market are made of paraffin wax, which contains petroleum, a toxic chemical to the environment making the product non-biodegradable and harmful – now imagine a child putting that in their mouth. That is where Oyasai Crayons come in – these safe and organic crayons are made from rice bran oil and rice wax from rice bran. Both solid rice bran wax and liquid rice bran oil are byproducts of the rice polishing process so these crayons are essentially made from waste. The pigment is all-natural too, it comes from recycled plant materials like outer leaves of vegetables are typically discarded after harvesting. However, Oyasai Crayons use this food waste by collecting it and converting it into colors for the crayons. In fact, these are the same pigments used for natural food coloring further showcasing that everything in the product is chemical-free.

Naoko Kimura is the one who came up with the idea when he discovered the colorful options that could be produced by vegetables while working as a graphic designer and parenting from home. He worked on the concept and realized that vegetable waste from harvesting was cast out because it didn’t meet standards and that is what he used to produce the Oyasai crayons in his home country, Japan. As of now, the collection features 10 colors made from Japanese yam, green onion, long potato, burdock, corn, snow carrot, apple, cassis, purple potato, and takesumi (bamboo charcoal). Oyasai Crayons meet the JIS standard which ensures they meet the benchmark for crayon strength. They have also earned the European standard toy safety EN71-3: 2013 certificate as a result of a strict safety inspection and continued on to win numerous design awards. It is important to keep in mind that while these are natural ingredients and a food-grade product, these are not edible crayons but simply a safer, more sustainable, and stress-free option for your child to play with.

Designer: Naoko Kimura

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Portals Are Massive Webcams and Screens that Connect Lithuania and Poland: Tai Yra Triumfas

A massive disc recently installed in Lithuania’s capital city Vilnius shows a live view of what appears to be another normal street. But it’s actually showing the view from a twin disc located in Lublin, Poland, nearly 400 miles away. Folks in Lublin passing by the disc can see the view in Vilnius in return. These discs form Portals, a non-profit project from Vilnius, and a team of creatives that seek to promote unity and a welcoming attitude to other people and cultures. Above is a shot of the disc in Vilnius, while below is a shot of the partner disc in Lublin.

Here’s a longer look at Portals courtesy of Ruptly:

Now that’s a sweet big brother. The team behind Portals is working to install discs that will connect the citizens of Vilnius to two more countries: one in London, England, and one more in Reykjavik in Iceland.

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The world’s first sustainable fully-integrated, plug-and-play, wall-mounted workstation and folding desk!

One of the many cultural shifts driven by the COVID-19 pandemic is the growing number of people working from home, and English furniture-maker Pith & Stem is looking to tap into this trend with a wall-mounted workstation that you mightn’t even know was there. The DropTop fold-down desk is packed with everything needed for a hard day at the home office and can be stylishly stowed away behind a photo or artwork when knock-off time arrives. We are seeking a healthy work-life balance more than ever. We are spending more time than ever working from home. We are all relearning what it means to be productive.

Pith & Stem describes its DropTop workstation as fully integrated and plug-and-play ready, meaning that it comes kitted out with a pair of 24-inch full-HD monitors and USB/USB-C cables for charging and connecting to Windows and Mac laptops. Beneath these monitors are two storage areas for said laptops or other odds and ends. The workstation itself is made from thick birch plywood that can be finished in either black or white satin, with the front folding down to form a desk measuring 120 x 60 cm (47 x 24 in) that is held in place by custom hinges, which appear to be rather strong.

“Working from home comes with many environmental, social, and economic benefits,” says Stefan Husanu, Pith & Stem CEO and DropTop designer. “Nonetheless, many people have come to dislike it over the past year, even though it was once their dream! Factors behind this include it being uncomfortable, the lack of correct tools or workspace, and the inability to find that work-life balance. We can’t let these be an obstacle to something that has such a positive environmental impact, however. That’s why we created a home-working solution that fits every space and makes productivity fun, comfortable and stylish.”

DropTop is practical (ergonomically designed to promote healthy posture), strong (constructed using the toughest grade hardwood ply, with custom-made hinges), ethical (made with FSC certified birch plywood), and stylish (with customizable colors and finishes – you can even add your own favorite photos or artwork to the face). Setting up DropTop is simple and it folds away easily and discretely at the end of the day, with a lock for privacy and a removable power lead. DropTop.™ is there when you need it, and out of sight when you don’t. The perfect space-saving computer desk.

There is an impressive amount of customization on offer for the DropTop, with customers able to choose from different wood finishes for the exterior walls and desktop, such as ash and walnut, and select monitors from Philips, LG, and AOC. A large photograph can also be chosen to lay over the outside when the desk is packed away, either from a pre-selected range or customers can send in their own picture for printing.

The DropTops will be made to order in the UK, and the final cost will depend on the level of customization, though pricing for a base model starts at £1,099 (US$1,500). DropTop is an easy-to-install, high performance, and customizable, your new go-to solution for productive, efficient, and comfortable home-working.

Designer: Pith & Stem

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Louis Vuitton’s $475,000 watch is an incredibly ornate time-telling artpiece

Looking less like a watch and more like an ancient relic, the Tambour Carpe Diem is a highly complicated piece of wrist-worn art that has a unique hauntingly beautiful way of telling the time. Developed and produced entirely in-house at La Fabrique du Temps (a Geneva-based complications specialist owned by LV), the intricately assembled luxury wristwatch is Louis Vuitton’s flagship watch of the year… and if you’ve got a trust fund or you happen to be a bitcoin millionaire, the Tambour Carpe Diem could be yours for a cool $475,000.

The word ‘complication’ is pretty fitting for the Tambour Carpe Diem. It looks nothing like you’d expect from a traditional watch, and is filled with incredibly eye-catching Calavera imagery, often associated with the popular Mexican holiday ‘Day of the Dead’. The watch’s face throws you off guard, although that’s totally by design. Created to captivate, the Carpe Diem comes with four automata (complex mechanisms) that bring the watch face to life when you’re reading the time. The watch’s face exists to delight until you get it to tell you the time. With a simple press of the snake at the 2 o’clock position, the watch-face whirrs to life as the rose-gold skull on the dial begins menacingly grinning to reveal the words Carpe Diem written inside its mouth, while the Louis Vuitton logo inside its eye shifts and morphs in shape. The skull is accompanied by an intricately hand-painted and enameled golden snake (by the renowned Anita Porchet), which moves its head sideways to reveal the hour, while its tail points at the minutes. Completing the time-telling experience is an incredible hourglass at the 10 o’clock position that visually counts down the minutes as the day progresses.

The back of the watch is arguably just as consciously designed as the front is. The watch’s exhibition back reveals a black skull-shaped metal plate with a damaskeening finish (also referred to as the Côtes de Genève texture). Behind it lies the LV 525, a movement based on the minute repeating movement constructed by La Fabrique du Temp from a few years ago. The hand-wound movement is made up of a total of 426 components, and boasts of an impressive 100-hour power reserve. All this sits within the Tambour Carpe Diem’s 18k pink-gold case, capped with sapphire crystal displays, and finished off with a premium leather strap and pink-gold buckle. With all those embellishments, it’s pretty easy to justify the watch’s whopping nearly-half-million price tag. It’s less of a watch and more of a luxurious piece of art. Exquisitely designed, with a jaw-dropping time-telling experience (quite literally if you consider the skull’s movable jaw!), the Tambour Carpe Diem is an absolute masterpiece forged and immortalized in an 18-karat pink-gold watch-casing. Probably a much better use of money than Lil Nas X’s satan shoes, if you ask me…

Designer: Louis Vuitton