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These delicate silk scarves are so much more than simply a fashion statement. They are a gateway into the galaxy, a wearable piece of art made to showcase breathtaking images captured by the NASA Hubble telescope. Working to mix “open data” (the idea that set information should be freely accessible to the public without any restrictions or fear of copyright infringements) and fashion, the Slowfactory, in collaboration with artist Zohar from Pattern Recognition, has worked to put together a stunning collection of scarves that boast different views of ours solar system. Take a look and fall in love with the idea of wrapping yourself in the “immense beauty of the Universe.”

 “When I was a child, my dream was to be an astronaut. I wanted to float in space in contemplation of all the surrounding beauty and immense mystery that could not be seen. Imagining space became a way to ground me. For people who know me in real life, I am very high energy and hyper-active person. Meditating has become an essential part of my balance and peace of mind. Meditation is a way to allow your brain to have a nap as it contemplates beauty….Our nebulas and supernovas scarves are made to be a reminder of how we can find beauty in science, data and the mystery of our universe. Open Data and fashion is a collaboration of the utilitarian cloth and the celebration of knowledge concerning the simple everyday things.”

 

Images and Information via:  The Slowfactory

Written by: Georgette Mosley

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The eye-catching “Leather Collection” designed by Maarten De Ceulaer in collaboration with leather artisan Ralph Baggaley, was inspired by the designers love of travel and exploration. Outfitted in a leather frame sporting an infinite amount of detail and heavy craftsmanship, it’s almost impossible for one to really appreciate the design until you’ve stepped close enough to see the stunning stitch work. Sleek and stylish with a hint of lighthearted charm, the displayed assortment of pieces, all of which can easily be dismantled and reconfigured, create stunning visuals in even the most uninspiring spaces.

Written by: Georgette Mosley

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We’re predicting a cloudy forecast thanks to this pretty amazing interactive CLOUD display put together by artist Caitlind r.c. Brown. Having been recently showcased in the Nuit Blanche Calgary of Alberta, Canada, Brown’s works are made up of over 1,000 working light bulbs, each attached with its own pull chain allowing onlookers the chance to engage and become interactive with the glowing display. An additional 5,000 burnt out bulbs, all received through donates, were then intermingled into the mix to give the cloud a little depth and dimension.  From far away, the sea of pull strings come across less like chains and more like droplets of rain seeping through the clouds massive frame. We love it!

 

Images via: Colossal

Written by: Georgette Mosley

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Wouldn’t you like to make a grand entrance every time you entered your home? No, no band playing your favorite “theme music” as you sashay through the door. Let’s try a massive wooden door that fans out at your simple push. Architectutal firm Matharoo Associates has uniquely crafted the Curtain Door from 40 sections of thick Burma teak wood sitting between the entrance’s concrete walls. Carved to accomodate 160 pulleys, 80 ball bearings, one  wire rope, and a hidden counterweight, the door fans out like a curtain when it is pushed open. When closed, the Curtain Door just looks like a flat wall made from slated wood. And from the looks of the door’s weight, no cold air will be making a grand entrance anytime soon!

Written by Whitney Washington

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This sculptural design entitled the Kiss of Death will literally take your breath away. Located in Barcelona’s Poblenou Cemetery, this stunning display has a way of drawing you in and captivating your attention with its masterfully balanced display of eerie unnerving elegance. Dating back to the 1930s, designer Joseph Llaudet Soler created a scene that beckons onlookers to come closer while fixating on its rather un-orthodox display of consoling affection between the angle of death and his captive.

His young heart is thus extinguished. The blood in his veins grows cold. And all strength has gone. Faith has been extolled by his fall into the arms of death. Amen.

Images Via: Kuriositas

Written by: Georgette Mosley

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A’Design Awards is an annual competition that handpicks the best designs in a range of different categories. This year’s designs were extraordinary, of course, displaying comfort, style and innovation. A personal favorite is the Monroe Chair by designer Alexander White. Inspired by the pleats in Marilyn Monroe’s dress in Billy Wilder’s Seven Year Itch circa 1955, the designer cut identical 8X4 medium-density fibreboard pieces and fed each one onto a metal pole that ran through the width of the chair. He then splayed and fixed each fibreboard into place in order to achieve the desired aesthetic and comfort. The back leg doubles as the backrest and the armrest doubles as the front leg. The sustainable design produces minimal waste, and we are all about sustainability at UDO! The Monroe Chair is definitely an inspiration.

Check out more A’Design Award winning pieces here!

Via Design-Milk

Written by Whitney Washington

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As a kid, who didn’t love musical chairs?! Set up as an interactive display, Canadian designers of  Daily Tous Les Jours have put together a series of singing swings entitled 21 Balançoires that were constructed to entice onlookers to simply take  a break from the hustle and bustle and make room for a little lighthearted fun. Stationed on a long narrow strip between a music building and science center, the exhibit exudes key elements associated with both making it the perfect centerpiece. The swings are virtually one large scaled interactive musical instrument. Depending on the color coding, each swing was programmed to spill out a different tune. Only when each swing is swung in unison can perfect harmony be achieved.  We love it! 

Artivle via: Colossal

Images via: Olivier Blouin.

Written by: Georgette Mosley

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Instagram is a growing platform for people of all talents to showcase their work. While searching for cool artists, we came across an artist whose work is pure originality. Let us introduce to you Shawn “Funny Tummy” Lee, an English artist who has painted (and given) pieces for artists such as Rihanna, Kanye, and Tinie Tempah, to name a few. His drippy, trippy, vibrant style looks almost digitally enhanced, so it’s no wonder we were intrigued.  Recently we had the privilege to interview the man himself and delve deeper into his world of amazing-ness:

Unique Design Obsession: How’d the name Funny Tummy come about? (it reminds me of a fat happy Buddha)

Funny Tummy: The Name FunnyTummy came about when I was signing up to Twitter, I thought I was ill / sick at art so instead of blatantly just saying it’s sick, I thought “Funny Tummy”, as that’s the feeling you get before you’re sick or when you feel sick.

UDO: haha, we like it! What was your inspiration to get started?

FT:  My older brother is an artist. When I was growing up I’d always see him drawing and try and learn from what he was doing. I then started drawing The Ninja Turtles in the 80′s and other cartoons and progressed to what I do now.

UDO: What mediums do you work with or enjoy working with most?

FT: Everything from acrylic paint, biro, pencil, graphics pen, digital pen, chalk etc. Whatever is close to me at the time I’ll probably end up using.
UDO: Who have you painted portraits for ?
FT: Tinie Tempah, Rihanna, and many UK musicians such as SAS and Eurogang.
UDO:Favorite spot to travel since becoming such a badass?
FT: Before I was a badass my favorite spots were Miami and New York, and since becoming a badass my favorite spots are still…. Miami and New york.
Thanks, FT!!
Be sure to check out more of Funny Tummy’s work at  realfunnytummy.blogspot.com and follow him on Instagram to stay updated @FunnyTummyArt
Written by: Whitney Washington
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With illustrations that are literally jumping right off the page, it’s safe to say that this creative collection, put together by California-based artist  Lauren DiCioccio, is a tad bit more visually inspiring than your traditional issue of the New York Times. From the political press to front page entertainment, DiCioccio transforms printed newspapers into embroidered works of art. Wrapped in cotton muslin, each issue is carefully embroidered on its face front, leaving a slight reveal of the original text below. What’s left is a interestingly layered dynamic design that creates, for the user, a completely new visually inspiring experience.

Images via: My Modern Met

Written by: Georgette Mosley

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