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October 13, 2017

Model Maker Creates Spooky Miniature Scenes Framed Within Shadow Box Dioramas

London-based model maker and founder of Chimerical Reveries Andy Acres invites you to “peer into another world” with his hand-crafted shadow boxes. Inspired by the art of storytelling, each enchanting model depicts eerie, abandoned scenes in miniature scale. Derelict farmhouses, old attics, and fog-filled forests are just some of the places you will find. Ranging in size, each shadow box features meticulous details, rich textures, and deep colors.

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October 6, 2017

Artist Creates Tiny Terrariums with Paper Plants Small Enough to Hold on Your Fingertip

If you’re one of those people who just can’t seem to keep real plants alive, then you might be interested in these teeny-tiny paper flowers and plants crafted by artist Raya Sader Bujana. Measuring less than two inches tall, these Tiny Terrariums encased in miniature glass vessels can be held on the tips of your fingers. Inspired by nature and her background in architecture, Bujana carefully hand-cuts each paper sculpture.

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September 23, 2017

Elegant Wind-Up Bird Toy Designed to Actually Fly When You Throw It

Toys of today are often loaded with a bevy of technological bells and whistles, but that’s not the only thing that makes them fun. Since the late 15th century, wind-up toys have entertained children and adults alike. Designer Emily Fischer of Haptic Lab is carrying on this rich tradition with her version of an ornithopter—a flying machine that makes a flapping wing motion and takes flight.

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June 19, 2017

15+ Japanese Designs That Have Subtly Outdone the Rest of the World

Japanese design is lauded for the beauty it finds in simplicity. Often, we describe it with words like minimalist, elegant, and subtle, with objects that fool our eyes; something could weigh a ton but still be seen as airy and light. This isn’t a coincidence; Japanese aesthetics are rooted in ancient ideals that act as guidelines for how they look and feel. Some of the principles guiding Japanese design are wabi-sabi, miyabi, shibui, iki, and yūgen.

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