Japanese Architect Designs Home with Earthquake-Proof Climbable Bookshelf

Earthquake Proof Floor-to-Ceiling Bookshelf by Architect Shinsuke Fujii

Designed by Japanese architect Shinsuke Fujii, House in Shinyoshida is a small, contemporary home with a slanted wall, situated in a hillside neighborhood of Yokohama, Japan. Incorporated into the western-facing diagonal wall is a prominent floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, which not only allows the homeowners to easily access hard-to-reach books—with its shelves also acting as a ladder—but also ensures that the books won’t spill out in the event of an earthquake, which is common in this part of Japan. Continue reading

This Creative Woman Excels at Baking Art Pies with Avant-Garde Crust Designs

Food Art

When it comes to beautiful desserts, cakes often get all the credit. It’s easy to see why—with spectacular trends like buttercream flowers and sculpted sugar brushstrokes, there’s a definite “wow” factor with these confections. But you can’t underestimate the power of creative pies. Lauren Ko, a home baker from Seattle, produces spectacular pie crusts that are as much a work of art as they are tasty.

Many of Ko’s pies utilize a lattice pastry approach, but with a twist. She will arrange the long, thin strips of dough in complex weaving and graceful crisscrossing patterns. The results often frame the pie fillings; in some of her recent creations, the lattices enclose a bunch of berries for a bullseye-style design, while another pie has a mandala-like shape in the center. Continue reading

Jason Bruges Studio installs “cast” of 20 robots across Hull for UK City of Culture celebrations

Jason Bruges Studio has created four site-specific installations for different locations across Hull’s Old Town, which each see robotic arms move and interact with their surroundings.

The London-based studio was brought on board to create the Where Do We Go From Here? installation for Hull, as its year-long reign as the UK’s City of Culture 2017 comes to a close.

The team, headed by founder Jason Bruges, is known for its kinetic, technology-driven interventions, and aimed to design an installation that would encourage Hull’s community to interact with robotics. Continue reading

Colorful Paper Quilled Florals Burst From Delicate Line Drawings

Paper quilling has been around for hundreds of years, but it has recently gone through a renaissance as artists rediscover its creative possibilities. If you aren’t familiar with the technique, it involves coiling and shaping narrow paper strips into 3D designs.

Paper crafter Meloney Celliers uses the approach in conjunction with drawing to create mixed media compositions that feature the colorful quilling and simple drawings.

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Photographer Christopher Herwig Hails The Brutal Charm Of The Soviet Bus Stop

After the popular and critical success of his first book, Christopher Herwig has returned to the former Soviet Union to hunt for more Soviet Bus Stops. In this second volume, as well as discovering unexpected examples in the remotest areas of Georgia and Ukraine, Herwig turns his camera to Russia itself. Following exhaustive research, he drove 15,000 km from coast to coast across the largest country in the world, in pursuit of new variations of this singular architectural form.

A foreword by renowned architecture and culture critic Owen Hatherley, reveals new information on the origins of the Soviet bus stop. Examining the government policy that allowed these ‘small architectural forms’ to flourish, he explains how they reflected Soviet values, and how ultimately they remained – despite their incredible individuality – far-flung outposts of Soviet ideology. Continue reading