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Machine Gears Transformed into Modern Metal Furniture

Did you ever think that the simple gear would have a place in contemporary furniture design? Manufacturer Remy Barrere Gears collaborated with French designer Amaury Poudray to create a series of tables inspired by the machine part. Aptly called Gears Table Collection, the modern furniture pieces recently made an appearance at Paris Design Week.

Poudray built the three tables out of metal and stainless steel gears, which gives them a minimalist and industrial appearance. Each has a different height - small (28 inches), medium (30 inches), and large (43 inches) - and a distinct use. The smallest is meant as a coffee table, the medium acts as a petite center table, while the large one can be used as a side table or even a bar stool.

Although the gear could be overlooked as…

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Los Angeles-based photographer Dan Marker-Moore captures long periods of time through creative Time Slice photography. Across the course of minutes and hours, Marker-Moore uses a tripod and a lot of patience to document beautiful cityscapes, the gorgeous colors of a setting sun, or the rising moon.

Afterwards, he digitally slices sections of each photograph together into a single collage. The results are a magical representation of passing time consolidated into one still image. "I like to approach each timeslice a little differently, and explore what works for the scene," explains Marker-Moore. "A lot of them fall flat. In fact, I shoot and edit quite a few that don’t work for each one that I share. Important aspects of a winning timeslice…

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Japanese Bonsai Tree Thrives in Underwater Environment

Botanical artist Makoto Azuma explores new and different ways to view the iconic Japanese bonsai plant. His latest work uses natural materials and LED lights to submerge one of Japan’s oldest art forms in a minimalist underwater environment.

To construct the bonsai, Azuma used a twisted piece of deadwood for its trunk and added java moss to resemble the leaves. The tree was then placed in a tank with lighting and CO2 emissions to spark photosynthesis. A filtration system helps keeps the water free of bacteria and allows the moss to thrive.

The gentle flow of water causes the tree to slowly wave back and forth and the moss' small hairs to subtly move; this fosters a calming and almost hypnotic feel as you observe the work. It’s an unexpected way to view a…

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Sputnik Lamps Meticulously Covered with a Complex Web

Julie Lansom is photographer-turned-decoration designer, crafting a collection of handmade lamps that she calls Sputnik. They are made using painted wood and high quality cotton or wool threads. Indentations are cut into each of the sides which allows Lansom to meticulously string the fibers between them and create a colorful, complex web covering.

Geometric shapes are an integral part of Lansom’s designs. The frames form obtuse and acute angles with string pulled tight through the wood notches. It creates a series of tiny diamond shapes between the individual threads, and this in turn produces unique light patterns when illuminated.

The name Sputnik refers to the first Russian satellite sent into space, and it’s the inspiration for Lansom’s work. "Sputnik lamps are inspired by the retro-futuristic spirit of those ships, coming straight out of science fiction books, and more…

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Look closely at these miniature scenes and you may be surprised by what you discover. 15-year-old Zev Hoover has a wildly vivid imagination that he translates into unbelievably magical moments. The young Massachusetts-based artist began taking pictures when he was just 8-years-old and, over the years, he has developed his skills to an impressively high level.

Hoover creates a wonderfully imaginative world by photographing regular-sized backgrounds and scenes and then shrinking his subjects down to appear miniature. He tries to shoot everything in the same location but, if that's not possible, he makes sure to match the lighting as evenly as he can, sometimes drawing in shadows. He then digitally blends elements from multiple photographs together into a single, whimsical moment that doesn't quite match up to reality.

"What's really cool about…

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Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

The winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition have been announced! The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in partnership with BBC Sky at Night Magazine and Flickr, invited astrophotographers from all around the world to submit their best images showcasing the spectacular beauty of the night sky and the natural wonders of our universe. With four categories (Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space, and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year) and three special prizes (People and Space, Robotic Scope, and the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer), an incredible variety of diverse images were able to garner the praise and recognition they deserve.

Out of more than 1,000 entries, UK-based photographer James Woodend took home the title of Overall Winner with his breathtaking capture of a pale-green aurora stretching…

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For the next few months, this interactive Swing Time installation on The Lawn on D in Boston invites residents and visitors to sit back and relax while swinging in one of 20 glowing hammocks. The temporary project was created by Höweler + Yoon Architecture and was developed as a way to "create a new type of city park" where everyone is invited to gather and play or exercise.

Each swing is custom made in three different sizes from welded polypropylene. Inside of the circular structures, LED lighting responds to movement depending on whether or not it is being used. At a standstill, the round form emits soft white lights, but then, as a visitor swings and rocks inside of the structure, an internal micro-controller changes the lighting from white to…

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Russian-born art director Constantin Mashinskiy has taken to the streets of Paris to document the iconic city's inhabitants, one striking portrait at a time. The photographer reached out to us to share his impressive series 365 Parisians (365 Parisiens, in French), for which he plans to capture a street portrait of a stranger in Paris every day for an entire year.

Shot in a classical, black-and-white style reminiscent of the aesthetic of old street photography masters, Mashinskiy's images give a face (or multiple faces) to the beautiful, often romanticized city of Paris. While the series features some of the characters we might expect to see—the sharply dressed gentleman, the intellectual clothed in black, the glamorous and mysterious young woman, the overworked chef taking a quick break—it also depicts a slew of unique individuals who…

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This innovative car design is amazing! Created by artist Dominic Wilcox, the concept is a vision of how transportation might be in the future—a combination of functionality and design merged seamlessly into a beautiful automobile. The Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future is a driverless car with only a bed inside. According to the concept, a single passenger would be able to snuggle down for a nap while the car travels to the desired destination.

The glass vehicle has a car base with a grid-like framework that covers the top. Handmade glass pieces were meticulously fused together into a beautiful mosaic stained glass top. According to the artist, "The car combines the handmade process of glass work with modern and future technologies to create a proposal of how transport could be in the middle of the 21st…

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In addition to the stunning art installations at Beakerhead, the annual event brings together brilliant minds from all over the world.  This year, one of the keynote speakers was Mark Stevenson, a London-based British author, businessman, public speaker and futurologist.  He is also one of the Senior Advisers to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge.

As I sat in the audience during his presentation, I was on the edge of my seat when Stevenson brought up two topics that we often feature on My Modern Met - renewable energy and 3D printing.  He envisages a world where renewable…

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The new KINDL—Centre for Contemporary Art recently opened its doors in Berlin with a site-specific installation titled Kitfox Experimental, created by St. Gallen, Switzerland-based artist Roman Signer. The title of the piece refers to the aircraft used in the installation, which dangles from the former brewery complex's 20-meter high ceiling in a dizzying display.

"An airplane hangs about four meters above the ground with its nose pointing downward—a lightweight aircraft," Signer describes his work. "Then there are powerful fans on the walls that cause the plane to move, since it is hanging from a joint that can be turned very easily. And so the wind is supposed to cause the airplane to turn, as if it were spinning in a nosedive as it plummeted downward." Caught in a suction of constant movement, the…

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Magnificent Landscapes Dominated by Powerful Storms

Since a very young age, Arizona-based Mike Olbinski has been obsessed with weather. As a professional photographer, he has since translated that passion into mind-blowing images filled with the life and energy of nature. Olbinski creates dynamic photographs, from stark desert landscapes to bustling cityscapes, where storms consume the earth.

The artist is surrounded by all kinds of extraordinary wonders and he shows no fear as he ventures towards the bad weather rather than away from it! Through his lens, he documents powerful lightning striking to the ground and ominous skies as billowing storm clouds roll in. "The summers in Arizona bring the monsoon thunderstorms, and they are a blast to chase. We get amazing clouds, awesome dust storms, and serious amounts of lightning," explains Olbinski.…

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Serene Luminescent Waterfall Paintings by Hiroshi Senju

Internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju is known for his large-scale paintings of waterfalls painted in the tradition of nihonga, a traditional Japanese style that uses pigments ground from natural materials such as minerals and shells. The New York-based artist's series Nightfall is a departure from his usual style, as Senju used acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper to create the gorgeous forms of cascading waterfalls.

While the paintings are beautiful in every light, they truly shine in the darkness. The fluorescent materials make the artwork glow with a ghostly aura, transforming the serene nature scene into a mysterious, almost supernatural nighttime landscape. Water gushes from the undepicted top of the waterfall, flowing…

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It's easy to become impatient while waiting to cross a busy intersection. Recently, the original smart car company, Smart, designed this clever and interactive sign to entertain pedestrians while waiting to safely cross the street.

Installed in Lisbon, Portugal, The Dancing Traffic Light actually shows off the dance moves of people in real time. Individuals are invited to enter a large booth located nearby. First, they choose their own music and then, when the light turns red, the music begins to play and every dance move is translated into a little red dancing figure on the street corner.

Instead of hurrying across the street in front of a speeding car or a moving bus, pedestrians found themselves captivated by the silly movements featured on the…

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Brilliantly Clear Nightscape Photos by Nicholas Roemmelt

For the Austria-based photographer and dentist Nicholas Roemmelt, inspiring nature scenes start in his own backyard - all he has to do is strap on a backpack and walk toward the mountains. From it and other travels, he captures gorgeous images of tranquil, scenic views. His nightscape photography reveals a countless amount of bright stars set against a dark, brilliantly-purple and blue sky.

Roemmelt says that he fell in love with working at night because it seems to have its own rules and a magical appearance. This type of photography has long exposure times and requires the patience of the photographer. It’s well worth the trouble, though. The results are pictures of the galaxy uninterrupted from urban light pollution as well as majestic rock formations that have an incredible presence once the sun goes down. In a fast pace world that always seems to be on the go,…

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This clever collection of stylized portraits are composed of multiple polygons meshed together into a single graphic representation. Paris-based artist Vladan Filipovic used a digital low poly technique to produce the Star Wars series, which features a number of characters including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C-3P0, and Yoda.

In each geometric portrait, mostly triangular shapes of various colors and shades fit perfectly together into recognizable arrangements. Filipovic set the illustrations on a vibrant background and paired each character with a distinctive phrase from the movies. Fans will instantly recognize statements like Vader's "Don't underestimate the Force," as well as Yoda's "Do or do not. There is no try."

Vladan…

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UK-based artist Tom Hare created the Cherry Tree House, a large-scale structure woven from thin boughs of wood into a beautifully spherical shape. The organic sculpture sits amongst the branches of a tree in the backyard of a private residence. At nighttime, illuminated with lights that reveal the intricate form and texture, the Cherry Tree House truly comes to life, taking on the appearance of a magical home for creatures like fairies high in the treetops.

According to the artist, his medium of choice is willow for its many special properties. "There's something about willow that’s evocative. The smell, the texture, the way it moves," he says. "The connection with nature, through coppicing and transferring observations into design, can be a humbling experience, and a physical one too."

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Cape Town, South Africa-based artist Lorraine Loots has an incredible eye for detail. In her series, called 365 Postcards for Ants, Loots plans to produce a miniature painting every day for an entire year. She uses a small, round stencil to establish the boundaries of the work and then, with a very thin paintbrush or finely tipped pencil and a magnifying glass, she creates a variety of intricate plants, animals, landscapes, and objects on a very small scale.

To select the content, Loots found that an interactive process was more enjoyable than simply choosing subject matter by herself. "At first it was just me doing my thing, doing my paintings, but then people started booking [sentimental] dates [for paintings to be done on that day]," she explained. "I think that the pressure became more and I wanted to create something that people loved as…

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After seeing a photo of a salt flat in a guidebook about Bolivia, Tokyo-based photographer Asako Shimizu dreamt of one day seeing the magnificent sight in person. A decade later, in 2006, Shimizu finally had the chance to travel to the South American country, where she found her way to Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world at over 4,000 square miles. There, inspired by the spectacular image of the seemingly endless horizon, as well as her relationship with the Earth standing at the elevation of 12,000 feet above sea level, Shimizu captured a series of stunning photographs titled On Her Skin.

The photos, which were shot using a Hasselblad 500 C/M film camera, show the unfiltered beauty of the salt flat. The gorgeous blue hues of the clear sky are reflected in the thin surface of water gathered on top of the plain, creating a seamless, mirrored vision of…

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So, maybe you’ve swam in the deep end of the swimming pool, but certainly not one like Y-40 The Deep Joy. Just how deep is it? Well, it measures 21 x 18 meters (69 x 59 feet) and has a maximum depth of 40 meters (131 feet). That’s the equivalent of diving the height of a 12-storey building! With specs like that, there's no surprise that it’s the world’s deepest swimming pool.

Architect Emanuele Boaretto designed the Y-40 for the Hotel Terme Millepini in Montegrotto Terme, Italy, where it was created with the ambition of becoming the “best swimming pool in the world.” It’s currently open year round and offers plenty of things to do. Stay at the hotel and partake in scuba diving, free diving, aqua fitness, and other water-centric activities.…

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