Hongtao Zhou is a furniture designer and performance artist who started out studying chemistry in Harbin, China and ended up working as a furniture designer and sculptor, obtaining a Ph.D. in furniture design from Purdue University along the way. The wax chairs pictured above are from his series “Burniture” and are made to be lit until the candles finally burn, melt, and collapse the piece.
“These small wicks are burning down the “coldness” of the icy-looking wax chairs. Cold chairs generate “hot” seats, baking, melting and disappearing. At the same time, the hot wax liquid is melting down into “icicles.” Conflicts. Over consumption will weaken the chair system and eventually cause chair figures to collapse. It is just a matter of time. Burn the ice, burn our seats, burn us.” —Hongtao Zhou
Many of Hongtao’s works, such as his snow furniture pieces below, involve manipulation of ice and snow.
[ via hongtaozhou.com ]
This installation, titled “cabinet” by Misha Kahn caught my eye straight off. Maybe it’s the concept of everything having its own cubby, or its own specific place in the big scheme of things, but something about it just feels so darn reassuring. It’s extremely visually pleasing from a designer’s standpoint as well, with perfectly customized containers for everything.
“After scanning the hoards of chachkis lying on my bedroom floor I printed out life size puzzle pieces and arranged them into this curious thought bubble.” —Misha Kahn
You can find these cool cactus-head plant holders online at FloralArt LA, a Venice, California flower boutique located on trendy Abbot Kinney Blvd.
[ via FloralArt LA ]
The Little Cake Parlour makes the cutest little sweets, with a creative twist: Alice in Wonderland inspired treats, luscious lip cookies, and big-eyed owl cupcakes—oh my! And continuing the delectable trend, eye-catching photos of their fancy sweets are accentuated by the lovely graphic design of their website.
[ via The Little Cake Parlour ]
Rune Guneriussen is a talented Norwegian artist who produces incredible installations composed of man-made objects placed outdoors all across Norway. Isolated in nature, most of Rune’s work is presented through photography, although he recently created a live installation for the Nuit Blanche nighttime art festival which took place in Paris last year. Rune’s photographs of decorative lamps softly illuminating isolated snow-blanketed landscapes are absolutely stunning. They evoke a feeling of serene silence and contemplation while casting a magical, storybook ambiance.
“As an artist he believes strongly that art itself should be questioning and bewildering as opposed to patronizing and restricting. As opposed to the current fashion he does not want to dictate a way to the understanding of his art, but rather indicate a path to understanding a story.”
[ via runeguneriussen.no ]
Today is Google’s 12th birthday, and what a surprise it was to find a deliciously rendered birthday cake painted by none other than American artist Wayne Thiebaud! Famous for painting cakes, sweets, and mouth-watering delicatessen treats, Thiebaud also paints dizzying California landscapes as well as crooked, winding San Francisco streets.
There’s nothing sweeter than dressing up your cupcakes in cute wrappers that come in pink zebra stripes or look like flowers! Awwww. These are from Emerald + Ella, a Sydney-based online shop.
[ via thedesignfiles.net ]
I fell in love with this design monster when browsing web designer Denise Chandler‘s portfolio. (It helps that I’m a sucker for hand-drawn typography and graphic design elements too.)
[ via Smashing Magazine ]
Hákarl, also known as Putrefied Shark, is perhaps Iceland’s most infamous traditional delicacy. This eye-popping blast to the palate will drive tears to your eyes, and likely cause your gag reflex to flare up at first bite. Most commonly served with toothpicks as bite-sized cubes resembling cheese, these harmless looking babies reveal no hint of the overpowering aroma that awaits adventurous foodies.
Hákarl’s distinct ammonia-heavy scent is reminiscent of rotten cheese mixed with industrial-grade cleaning products. Moist, with a fishy texture and a consistency slightly akin to bamboo shoots, this pungent dish packs a serious punch. Said to be an acquired taste even for Icelanders, brave travelers can try pinching their noses to take the shock value down a notch, but they’ll still have to contend with the strong ammonia aftertaste that lingers as a result of tasting even the tiniest morsel.
Eric Stine is an artist based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, who makes some pretty cool handmade products like monster playing cards. I love his crazy creations from his series Monsters in my Closet.
[ via gotbadvibes.com ]