The Pistol and its Songbird

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Parmigiani Fleurier is mainly known for making extremely beautiful, extremely expensive watches. Why, then, did they decide to restore a jewel-studded pistol dating back to roughly 1815? Well, for one, it was a chance for the Swiss watchmaking company to show off its restoration skills—by the time it got its hands on this technological marvel, the pistol has already been fiddled with six times, damaging many of the intricate workings.

Sublime sake packaging

Brilliant packaging for KOI sake in Japan. The porcelain bottle mimics the shape of a fish and the box has a koi-shaped window to make the display even more appealing. Designed by BULLET Inc.

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Imagined Books

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AIR: Gotham 7.5K

In 2002, when Vincent Laforet won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography, you might assume he would have no where to go but down. His latest project, AIR: Gotham 7.5K, proves otherwise. These spectacular images offer a unique view of New York City, one that transforms street-level chaos into something that looks like a sparkling logic board. To capture these shots, Vincent found himself leaning out of an open door of a helicopter 7,500 feet above the city, on a very dark and chilly night.

“I was recently on assignment for Men’s Health Magazine and I proposed shooting the city from an unusually high altitude so that we could capture the lines that are formed by the streets of New York at night. It was an article about psychology and I’ve always thought that from a high altitude the streets looked like brain “synapses” – at least to me.”

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Room on the Roof

Room On The Roof is an artist workspace in the tower above the Amsterdam de Bijenkorf store. This unique loft in the heart of the city is a place for reflection, a platform for fresh ideas and quite possibly the coolest place to hang out in Amsterdam. Artists will be invited to spend time in Room On The Roof and present their projects in store and online. I’m thinking it would also make the perfect location for a remake of Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

 

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Cotton Candy

I’m salivating over Will Cotton’s paintings. Both playful and symbolic, his ability to emulate the style of the Dutch masters elevates what could be come saccharine into fine art. In his New York City studio he preps for his paintings by baking elaborate backdrops and sets, photographing models floating on clouds of candyfloss, landscapes packed with lollipops, and giant hats made from macarons.

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Aerial Bold

Aerial Bold is a typeface built from images of our planet. Currently on Kickstarter, the founders plan to scan the earth for letterforms that are written into the topology of buildings, roads, rivers, trees, and lakes. To accomplish this, they will draw from an entire planet’s worth of satellite imagery and develop the tools and methods necessary to map these features hiding in plain sight. Personally, I’m hoping Apple finishes up their new headquarters soon so they can become the letter O.

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Giant Nest

Now that you’ve got a Nest on the wall to keep the temperature regulated, let’s move on to couch. This playful idea was hatched by Israel-based OGE Creative Group. It comes in 4 different sizes (ranging from 2,700 – 7,900 Euros) and can accommodate up to 16 people at a time. (via Laughing Squid)

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Lilliputian animation

Pretty sure this has something to do with 3D animation. Love the surreal quality.

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In the 19th century, New York City required that all buildings higher than six stories be equipped with a rooftop water tower. Over a century later and those structures are a distinctive part of the skyline. Artist Tom Fruin created this homage on a rooftop at 20 Jay Street. During 2012 and 2013, the sculpture was viewable from the parks and streets of Dumbo, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, FDR Drive and Lower Manhattan.

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