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Poland Pavilion – Cut It Out

Ancient artisty of paper cutting has inspired the design world for centuries.  It has evolved from paper to fashion to architecture all around the world. 

(Traditional Chinese Paper Cut Peony Flowers)

Poland Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 is one of the many great modern adoption of cut out designs.  The 3,000-square-meter pavilion, mainly made of wood, is patterned like a traditional paper cut-out and illuminated from within.

Here are some other beautiful cut out works:

 3.1 Phillip Lim Lace Shift Dress – $750, Net-a-Porter

Collage Pendant Lamp – $1,312, Hive Modern

Gold Bangle – $40, Shlomit Ofir

Perforated Suede Sandal –  €565, Jimmy Choo

Laser cut rug – $199 – $499,  Brocade Home

Until Dawn Curtain by Tord Boontje – $60, Artecnica

Lace placemat – $10, Urban Barn

The Origami” Residential Tower- Dubai, Kann Finch Group 


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Geometry and vibrant colours create powerful visuals.  Matt W. Moore, the artist behind MWM Graphics, a Design and Illustration studio based in Portland, has been creating high energy works across many disciplines from precise and colorful digital vector graphics, to freeform watercolor paintings, massive aerosol murals, skateboards, wallpaper, etc. 

Vectorfunk Abstractions:

K2 Snowboards:

DeckPeck Skateboards:

Nike Dunk Murals. ROJO/NIKE Event. Barcelona, Spain:


If you want to collect one of MWM’s original works, you are in luck!  A series of MWM original vectorfunk digital print on canvases made exclusively for a fashion retailer, Revolve, in 2008 has just come up for sale.  You can purchase one of the original pieces at very reasonable prices of US$327 (original price US$1500).  Or get a print for US$8.  See full collection at Reverse.

(Image credit: MWM Graphics)

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I was at The Keefer recently, a newly opened boutique hotel in Chinatown Vancouver.  It is a 1907 warehouse conversion and offers just four guest suites of 2,400 square feet each fitted with two bedrooms, Bulthaup kitchen, Douglas Coupland artwork, and private lift access. Added to this are an Orient-inspired bar occupying the ground floor, and a spacious residents’ roof terrace featuring a glass-bottomed pool – which doubles as part of the penthouse ceiling.  From $800-$2,950 CAD per night and up to $30,000 per month.

(photo credit: Scout Magazine)

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Inspired by fashion, art and architecture, Floral Art in LA combines lush flowers into an array of captivating statements.  The arrangements are fresh, chic, and modern.

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Seven generations of shoe-making + a talented Dutch architect = United Nude.  The concept of the company is to meld architectural design, function, and innovation with fashion.  Each single pair of shoes is a reinterpretation of an architectural object or represents an exploration of different materials and colours. 

The first shoe created by United Nude was called “Möbius” and it was inspired by the Barcelona chair.  The uniqueness of this special sandal stood in the fact that it was characterized by a single strip that formed the sole, heel, foot-bed and upper of the shoe.

Ray and Charles Eames’ famous aluminum office chairs inspired the “Eamz” series, featuring pumps and sandals, that integrate the chair foot into the heel of the shoe, a feature that seems to suspend it in mid-air.

Since the inception of the company in 2003, United Nude has established itself as an iconic brand at the intersection between design and fashion.

To Buy: United Nude

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Appropriately named – Queen of Love, by SAW Italy, will sure make you feel like royalties even in the outdoors.  They come in a range of bright colors and are made of recyclable linear polyethylene. 

L 102 x D 95 x H 109 cm

(Via Trendir)

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Designer Karim Rashid has teamed up with Italian kitchen company Scavolini to add new excitement to the world of modern kitchen.  A new line, “Crystal Kitchen”, offers flashy pop art style glass cabinates with splashy countertop, which will sure liven up anyone’s kitchen space.  It comes in modular pieces to suit any specific spatial needs. 

(Via Decodir)

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The Jar Lamps from Noon Studio are lathed wooden desk lamps that use rotating lids as switches to control the intensity of the light. Made in oak, the Jar Lamps come in different dimensions, ranging between 125×280mm and 250×280mm.

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Truly unique, this extraordinary, scuptural villa in Somosaguas, northwest of Madrid, is just as much a piece of art as it is a great example of contemporary architecture.  Over 18,000 sf for EUR9.5 million.

A newly constructed minimalist villa for sale in the exclusive Roca Llisa area of Ibiza. The villa is just 100 metres from the sea with an incredible ocean view.  4800 sf for EUR2.75 million.

Big windows, wonderful terraces and sensational sea views defines this modern luxury villa for sale in Mallorca.  4000 sf for EUR2.5 million.

Large 3 bedroom apartment on the corner of Gran Via and Rambla Catalunya in Eixample, the centre of Barcelona and one of the most desirable locations in the city. 3000 sf for EUR$1.7 million.

Link: Modern Homes Worldwide

Filed under: Architecture, Design


Bathtub shower is a common solution in a small bathroom.  But like two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, you only get half of each.  For the  convenience of having both, you sacrifice quality and aesthetics.  Rexa Design, an Italian bathroom company, created this cool convertible shower bathtub design that combines style, luxury and function.  Go from shower to bathtub by removing detachable shower floor slats.  The tub is made from Korakril – a combination of acrylic resins and natural minerals. The dark laminate slats is the perfect complement to the tub’s minimalist shape and color.

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