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Staircase designers Bisca show just how much character that this architectural element can bring to a space. While working with a client in Yorkshire Dales, Northern England, the company was tasked with replacing an ill-fitting staircase. Their new design needed to reflect a modern sensibility and allow more light into the ground level, as it has only a single window. Bisca’s solution is a stunning set…

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These adorable fruit-shaped notepads deliver the power of paper with the charm of nature’s harvest. From a distance, the notepads look like realistic apples and pears, but up close it’s plain to see that the bounty is really comprised of cut, dyed and sculpted blank pages. The notepad stems are made from real twigs, and they’re even packaged like grocery store shipments in…

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Artist Colin Batty puts an amusingly strange spin on photographs of the past. Taking cabinet cards from the early 1900s, he uses acrylic paint and crafts entirely new and surprising scenes directly on the image. His additions are often hilarious but also creepy, and he does a fantastic job of seamlessly matching the colors and shading of each vintage photo - without the help of the computer.…

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The otters at Japan’s Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park live in a truly amazing habitat that shows off the animals’ carefree demeanor. Clear tubes — some straight and some circular — act as waterways that allow the otters to swim lightheartedly in fun patterns. The circular tubes function much like roundabouts on city streets, enabling “traffic flow” to change directions on a…

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Cathy Van Hoang’s adorably creative planters turn sea urchin shells into pots and make air plants look like whimsical jellyfish. The artist paints the shells soft, pastel colors and then pots wispy air plants in them. When hung upside down, the shell forms the spiny body of a jellyfish, and the air plant’s arms look like squiggly tentacles extending outward. Because the arms look like…

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New York City has been the subject of many photographers' snapshots, but the Big Apple has rarely been captured from a viewpoint as unique as a toddler's perspective. Diego Acosta López, a student at the School of Visual Arts, wanted to get inside his son Ignacio's head as he experienced the thrill of NYC for the first time. He accomplished this by mounting a GoPro camera to the inside of…

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As part of the Light Festival in Gent, going on from now until February 1, artist Klaus Obermaier is presenting Dancing House, an interactive projection mapping and sound installation that lets people distort a house based on their movement. While standing in front of the building on which the projection is displayed, visitors are encouraged to sway or move their…

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There are several aspects of Disney films that don't quite match up to reality, from talking animals to unbelievably tiny waistlines to magic spells. Noticing that Disney princesses' hair often behaves in ways that are just as fantastical as the characters' lives, BuzzFeed illustrator Loryn Brantz decided to depict what our favorite animated heroines…

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If you work in an office, you might’ve heard how important it is to stay active during the day. Remaining sedentary - whether it’s in a standing or sitting position - can be bad for your health. The Stir Kinetic Desk helps you get moving with a simple gesture. It adjusts itself up and down to shift between the two positions. You just tell the desk what portion of the day that you want to stand or sit, and it…

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Stunning Photos of the Coldest City in the World

What does it look like in the coldest city in the world? Thanks to one New Zealand photographer named Amos Chapple, we won't just have to wonder. Oymyakon, Russia is the coldest place on earth where humans actually live. The small, rural town has brutal winters where temperatures can dip to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The area is six time zones away from Moscow. You wouldn't…

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