May 18, 2011

wonderful discoveries, great finds


Cool discoveries this Wednesday

I wasn't planning to blog today but well, it's one of those days. I saw so many wonderful things and can't just keep them to myself, right? Enjoy!

RainCampaign Sea Life by Fresh Green Ads (YouTube)

These sidewalk ads by Dutch agency Fresh Green Ads show up only when the floor gets wet. How cool! Wouldn't it be nicer if it were more than ads that pop up right in front of you as you're strolling along! Read more about it in this Co.Design article.

The Adventures of Tintin: Tintin in America / Cigars of the Pharaoh / The Blue Lotus (3 Complete Adventures in One Volume, Vol. 1) The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 2: The Broken Ear / The Black Island / King Ottokar's Sceptre (3 Volumes in 1) The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 3: The Crab with the Golden Claws / The Shooting Star / The Secret of the Unicorn (3 Volumes in 1) The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 4: Red Rackham's Treasure / The Seven Crystal Balls / Prisoners of the Sun (3 Volumes in 1) The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 5: Land of Black Gold / Destination Moon / Explorers on the Moon (3 Volumes in 1)

If you're a Tin Tin fan, you can now see The Adventures of Tin Tin movie trailer!

[search for tin tin]

I love this fantastic letter bench from Boex in the form of a folded postcard. See for yourself, it's even stamped!

A Secret Boxed-up Bazaar of Fantastical Things (NPR). What a great idea for art installations! The Lost Horizon Night Market is an art project that's a bit like a street carnival. People can rent box trucks for $150 and do something creative in them with a focus on audience participation. A bunch of trucks park together to bring the night market to a location. Among the participatory "art" that's been exhibited: a strip truck, a tea house, a Happy Birthday truck (you get a cupcake, a party hat and a song), a smash truck (very good for anyone wanting to get rid of some pent-up frustration). The project started in Brooklyn in 2009 and has traveled to various cities. Read another article on it at

If you need money, you could sell your jewelry or maybe just dismantle one of Sophie Kemp's ring.
She designed these cool currencies rings by folding currency bills in an origami style.
Give me some of these rings!!

[see some very different rings handmade by me]

Wasara plates

Kaku by Wasara

I was completely wowed by the tableware by Wasara which I first saw last year at Merci in Paris. You can't really tell from the photos but they are eco-friendly plates, cups and bowls made of tree-free biodegradable materials like bamboo, reed pulp and bagasse (an agricultural waste byproduct). Really fancy paper plates designed by Shinichiro Ogata that are great for parties, but they'll set you back quite a bit! The Kaku plates come in 4 sizes: small (3.1" x 3.1"), medium: 5.9" x 5.9"), large (8" x 8"), XL (9.75" x 9.75").

Small (pack of 12): $8.00
Medium (pack of 12): $10.00
Large (pack of 8): $11.00
(XL bulk order only)

Take a look also at these manga plates by Mika Tsutai.

I adore these wallpaper designs from Studio Ditte, especially the porcelain one. I can just imagine a cute snack corner decorated with that wallpaper!

porcelain plate wallpaper by Studio Ditte
birdhouses wallpaper by Studio Ditte
[ found at Decor8 ]

A movie projector made almost entirely of Lego blocks. Playful fun!

Lego Technic Super-8 Movie Projector from Friedemann Wachsmuth on Vimeo

letter to those who think outside the box
letter to the ocean

A beautiful and different way of writing a letter. Each of these letter collages (on sale at her Etsy shop) by Spanish artist Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda are an artistic representation of her feelings about the person, being or thing the letter is addressed to. The "words" are illustrated by colorful shapes that are handcut and individually glued. It all comes together like a mosaic wall. Gorgeous.
[ found at emma lamb ]

other interesting things discovered

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I'm linking this to What I'm Loving Wednesday.

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