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Artist Ysbel LeMay's collage composites draw the viewer into her ethereal kingdom. Created using hundreds of individual photographs merged into one, the Canadian-born artist  constructs her images piece by piece until she is happy with the final fusions. The resulting hypnotic composites weave fragments of plants, animals, and elements into “panoramas of natural splendour” that take cues from the real world but are ultimately something much more mystical.

Born and raised in Quebec, Canada, LeMay held a career in the advertising world for 15 years, where she honed her visual talents in graphic design and art direction. Unsatisfied with this lifestyle, she shifted her focus to the more rewarding world of art and photography. LeMay now prioritizes creating her hypercollages, the background in visuals providing her an understanding of color arrangements and harmony that she is able to…

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Italian Studio AMeBE pays homage to the stunning architectural beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica by recreating it as a magnificent lamp. The hanging light fixture focuses its attention on the Vatican City’s iconic dome, using a hyperrealistic approach to craft a striking likeness. Designers Alessandra Mantovani and Eleonora Barbareschi—the duo behind Studio AMeBE—hand painted the ornate and weathered exterior as well as the religious scenes that line the inside. From certain angles, the miniaturized structure could be the real thing.

The artistic precision and keen attention to detail is immediately apparent on this lamp, so it’s no surprise that it's a limited edition piece with only 15 of these fixtures produced. They were recently released during Milan Design Week and made a few rooms more majestic because of…

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On a typical day, Humans of New York founder and photographer Brandon Stanton snaps portraits of the average passersby he encounters on the streets of New York City and other international locales—not sleek shots of chic celebrities. So, when Vogue invited Stanton to photograph Monday's black tie Met Gala, an exclusive fundraising event for high-fashion VIPs, he took a different approach than his other camera-wielding compatriots.

As he did at last year's Gala, Stanton chatted for up to ten minutes with each of his subjects, approaching a-listers and employees alike with his trademark soft-spoken demeanor. The resulting images capture the true personality beneath the stylish suits and gowns,…

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For actress and activist Emma Watson, the future of fashion marries creativity with sustainability. At Monday night's Met Gala, in keeping with the Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology theme, Watson walked the red carpet in a sleek, structured ensemble with a disguised sustainable twist: it was made from recycled plastic bottles and organically-grown materials.

To devise the couture creation, Watson collaborated with designer Calvin Klein, stylist Sarah Slutsky, and Eco-Age, a brand consultancy with a focus on bespoke sustainability initiatives. Plastic bottles were…

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In school, calling someone smart often meant they were good at math or science, but American developmental psychologist Howard Gardner has a different conception of what makes a person bright. Instead of there being one type of intelligence, he contends that there are actually nine that we possess: naturalist (nature smart); musical (sound smart); logical mathematical (number/reasoning smart); existential (life smart); interpersonal (people smart); bodily kinesthetic (body smart); linguistic (word smart); intra-personal (self smart); and spatial (picture smart).

To visualize what these intelligences mean, Mark Vital designed an infographic for his entrepreneurial-focused site Funders and Founders. The image is based on…

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Satabdi Mishra and Akshaya Kumar Rautaray (of Walking BookFairs) are on a mission to help raise literacy across India. They took this dream to a whole new level earlier this year by launching a traveling project with a truck brimming with over four thousand books. The duo set out to travel for 90 days across 10,000 km and 20 states. The home-grown initiative Read More, India involves a miniature library on wheels and, through their journey, Rautaray and Mishra are determined to encourage reading amongst their people.

Over the course of the trip they held small book fairs and opened the "library" to the public, parking the car around the city to allow people to come and peruse the selection. “People are free to walk in to the truck and read books for as long as they want…

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Any way of making education more fun is fantastic in our book. That’s why these ingeniously simple Lego-style building blocks are so brilliant—they're actually designed using the Braille alphabet’s six-dot configuration to help children who are visually impaired learn to read. A limited, experimental supply of Braille Bricks have been produced for the non-profit Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind by the agency Lew'Lara\TBWA, and the team is seeking to expand production of the clever toys so that more children may have the opportunity to learn by playing.

Braille Bricks aim to stimulate creativity and help blind children learn to read and write. The blocks are created by modifying the classic building block design to form the 26 letters of the alphabet in…

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Barbie wears ballet slippers and bright red tulle in this new doll design—but that’s hardly the boldest thing about her. The fiery feminine figure is modeled after Misty Copeland, the first black female principal dancer of the prestigious American Ballet Theater.

Copeland collaborated directly with Barbie to create the purchasable mini-me, which challenges the white, blonde stereotype of the classic toy. Rather than being posed permanently in heels, the doll’s sculpted calves poise her sturdily on pointe, with the flexibility to move in pliés and arabesques. Her outfit mimics a costume from one of Copeland’s most momentous roles from four years ago: Firebird, which was key in her trajectory towards her present-day principal dancer position.

To ensure that the final product felt…

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Accessories can make or break an outfit, and choosing the right pairings can be an overwhelming task, but there’s one staple that has a classic quality and unique ability to match a person’s outfit time and time again—a watch. It’s a device with the purpose of telling time, but it’s more than just a timepiece—it’s also a visual statement of style.

Many retailers offer watches that make you choose between quality and affordability. You have to sacrifice a large portion of your paycheck for quality. Fortunately, as a team dedicated to staying on the pulse of revolutionary trends, we discovered Brathwait—a brand of watches that cuts out the middleman to offer high quality wristwatches for a fraction of the typical retailer’s price.

Brathwait first caught our eye with its sleek and slim,…

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Craftsman Giles Newman expresses a love for nature through the art of spoon carving. Using centuries-old sculpting techniques with an axe and knife, he chisels exquisite flowers, majestic animals, and graceful winged creatures along the handle of each wooden utensil. The one-of-a-kind pieces showcase an incredible amount of detail, depicting characteristics as delicate as petals and feathers. Although they’re designed and treated for food use, they’re best displayed as original works of art.

Trained as a graphic designer and photographer, Newman originally took up the craft as something to do while staying in the forests of North Wales. “The woodland supplied me with plenty of timber to learn and experiment with,” he told the Woodworkers…

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There are two types of people in this world: those who eat the pizza crust and those that leave it on the plate; or, someone who prefers a Kindle while another loves getting lost in the pages of a book. The world is full of these opposing groups of people, and depending on who you ask, they’re either doing things the “right” way or the “wrong” way. Illustrator João Rocha highlights this quirky anomaly with his clever Tumblr called 2 Kinds of People, which shows the tiny ways in which people are different.

When we featured Rocha’s work last year, we were amused by his side-by-side comparisons and have been following them ever since. They’re stylistically simple, yet brilliant in the emotion…

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At last night's Met Gala, Claire Danes dazzled the red carpet in a show-stopping ensemble, reminiscent of a futuristic Cinderella. Designed by Zac Posen, the gown had the glamour of classic couture, but with a glitzy technological twist: fiber optic fabric that glowed in the dark.

Every year, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts this black tie fundraising event—often fondly referenced as "fashion prom"—to benefit its lauded Costume Institute, in coordination with the opening of a new spring show. Danes' dress was an apt representation of this season's theme: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. The 150-piece exhibition invites the exploration of "how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the…

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Mumbai-based S+PS Architects have created a residence that pieces together eclectic, recycled materials to form a cohesive whole. Mimicking the speckled and incongruous Indian city, the building makes an unusual statement where it stands patched together from an array of found and re-used elements. Inspired by a collage, and influenced by the building style of the local citizens, who use found materials to erect their homes, the alternative architecture makes for a unique and resourceful style of building.

The exterior is a mish-mash of objects. The distinctive façade—composed of old windows and doors collected from demolished homes in the city—sets the tone for what lies inside. Metal pipe leftovers form a bamboo-like wall and century-old recycled columns support an exposed concrete ceiling. Paired with colonial-era furniture and fabric woven from waste-scraps in the interior, the…

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For the seventh year in a row, the Urban Prep Charter Academy has achieved an impressive feat—all of its graduating students will be headed to a four-year college or university in the fall. The all-boys, predominantly black high school boasts three campuses in the city of Chicago, which brings the total number of young men admitted to more than 220 students.

The senior class had a special ceremony to commemorate their achievement. Friends, family, and spectators were there on College Signing Day as each student announced the college or university they’d chosen to attend and then signed the Urban Prep “100 Percent To College” banner. “It’s a great day,” Rudolph Long, a senior, told…

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A typical home adheres to a square or rectangular shape, while occasionally deviating to a circular structure. The Berkshire Mountain House, however, defies any sort of convention and takes inspiration from the Fibonacci spiral to create a winding layout among the rural Massachusetts landscape.

Created by Tsao & McKown Architects, the home has a total of three levels that spiral to its highest point. Everything is a progression, starting with the living areas on the first floor—open spaces for dining and entertaining—and gradually working its way up to a cozy aerie. The design focuses on natural lighting and the breathtaking views, incorporating large glazing along its winding path to offer the best sights from breakfast to midday to stargazing at night.

Berkshire Mountain House might…

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Before their happily-ever-after, this bride- and groom-to-be had to contend with a few feisty role players, who (playfully) photobombed their engagement photo shoot in full historic battle garb, complete with shields and weaponry.

Ontario-based photographer Alex (of Alexandria Photography) explains to PetaPixel that she and the happy couple were in the middle of their styled session at Malden Park in Windsor, where the two lovebirds posed on the grass with their dog, when “all of a sudden a group of people who looked like they belonged to another era—in full armor—started walking into my shot!”

Though initially mistaken for LARPers, the strangers turned out to be…

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Dancers use their bodies as finely-tuned instruments, communicating thoughts and feelings through movement. As Olga Kuraeva explains to Instagram Blog, to her, dance is “neither a philosophy nor a job” but a means of expressing emotion. Kuraeva’s Instagram account overflows with the young woman's power and grace, the stunning photographs of her body in movement telling spellbinding stories.

Kuraeva dances with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the oldest schools for classical ballet training. The intensive time and effort that has gone into her development as both an artist and dancer is highly apparent in the breathtaking composites that capture Kuraeva in motion. The ballerina admits to preferring photography and…

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Food is a tasty way to experience the world. When traveling, it offers a sampling of local culture—not only of its palette, but its dining customs, too. Melissa Hie incorporates this delicious form of sightseeing into her popular Instagram account called Girl Eat World. Each photo in her feed follows the same format: a hand displays a tasty treat in front of the backdrop from which it was bought. The resulting images are both mouthwatering and clever ways to enjoy different landscapes across the globe.

Travel is a high priority for Hie, and she started her adventures in 2009 after a solo move to Singapore. In 2010, she went on a short trip to Thailand and was officially hooked on visiting new places. Girl Eat World started a few years later, once she trekked across Europe alone. “During the trip, I…

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“A dream is a wish your heart makes,” says Cinderella—and for engaged couples with a particular soft spot for the princess' story, that wish just might come true. Disney Weddings has recently announced a newly sanctioned wedding venue at its Florida resort: the East Plaza Garden, which sits at the end of Magic Kingdom Park's Main Street, just in front of Cinderella's castle.

Though fairytale fanatics have held weddings at Disney World for years, the Railroad Train Station is the only other allowed setting within Magic Kingdom Park. Of the 35 total venues, many are located at Epcot, with a few at Disney's…

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Through his stunning visual project known as No Signal, photographer Brice Portolano shares the remarkable stories of people who have chosen to escape from a highly urbanized lifestyle and reconnect with nature. Arctic Love is the first of four striking photoessays in the series, which follows a young woman named Tinja who lives 180 miles from the nearest town. Portolano has documented her distinctive lifestyle in the wilderness where she raises 85 sled dogs and lives off the hauntingly beautiful Finnish land.

Tinja survives completely off-the-grid, cooking from a wood stove, using candles to light her home, and fetching water from a river where she has to break the frozen surface each…

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