Living Environments—Rachel Armstrong

In this TED talk, Rachel Armstrong describes the innovative breakthroughs of synthetic, living materials and their vast applications in adapting and retrofitting our environments, such as in preventing the sinking of Venice.


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Moody Dioramas & Letterpress Promos

I am a big fan of miniature and moody scenic design. In these wonderfully crafted dioramas, Paolo Ventura creates scenes for an unwritten story he was told in his childhood: L’Automa recreates Venice in the winter of 1942, the set for a story of a man who creates a robot to fight his loneliness after town Jews are sent away.

For part of the show’s promotion, the artist worked with a letterpress artist to create a vintage-style poster suiting the style of the diorama and the tale.

In the video, Paolo speaks of winter as a major player in his creations.


Paolo Ventura on Winter Stories from Aperture Foundation on Vimeo.

Geopolitical Maps illuminate Middle East scenarios

These maps by Laura Canali do a great job of shedding light on geopolitical issues often too complex for most people to comprehend without this kind of visual illumination and organization.
Source: Heartland, a Eurasian review of geopolitics, in association with La Repubblica‘s Limes, an Italian Geopolitical magazine.


Obama’s Big Game shows the distribution of U.S. bases in the Middle East, alongside with the distribution of nuclear power, lines of friction, and the stability of the region’s states.


How Israel can Strike Iran depicts a potential, hypothetical path of attack, if the former were to strike the latter and targeted uranium and water plants in order to disrupt nuclear programs.


Pakistan’s Paranoia depicts the country’s retreat strategy into Afghanistan, were an Indian invasion to occur.

Art in RGB makes 3-in-1 Wall Décor

Overlayed images made in the complimentary CMY to light’s RGB reveal three different scenes on each set, depending on whether red, green or blue light is projected on them. Created by Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla, aka Carnovsky, for Milan Design Week.

Baked Objects

Inspired by Salemi, a Sicilian event where flour-based objects are created for decoration, Italian designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Formafantasma created these baked objects for Dutch Design Week 09 in Eidenhoven. The collection includes objects made from flour, spinach, coffee, and other food. While they may not be practical or durable like conventional objects, these bowls and bottles, formed simply and from simple means, seem to quietly make a profound statement about the beauty of natural material and the needless divergence from it in the production of many ordinary objects.

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