Clever Designs Built With Repurposed Egg Shells

Rather than tossing out old egg shells, design firm Nosigner figured out a way to transform the fragile, cracked containers into beautiful products. The Japan-based company believes that all natural forms have the potential to function in unexpected ways, and, with that in mind, they developed this recycled planter, entitled Hatch, and an eggshell lamp, entitled Rebirth.

The Hatch planter provides nutrition to small seedlings, which can then happily grow and blossom into larger plants. Once the plants grow too large, the shells can be reabsorbed back into the earth in order to continue the cycle of life. In Rebirth, the weight of the eggs is distributed evenly throughout the complex structure, resulting in a self-sustaining, and naturally friendly, arrangement. Nosigner says, “Surrounded by artificiality in this day and age, there exists a strong desire to touch life, nature, and other ‘real’ things so as to reaffirm our existence.” By using the thin, delicate outer casings that once provided protection for new life, the used objects take on a symbolic meaning that ties people and nature together and achieves harmony between beauty and functionality.

Nosigner website
via [Spoon & Tamago]

December 2, 2016

Sexy French Farmers Pose for Shirtless 2017 Calendar

Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2018 edition: French farmers.

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December 1, 2016

Meticulous Landscape Paintings Beautifully Represent Intangible Emotional States

Artist Crystal Liu intimately ties her emotional states to beautiful abstract paintings. In large-scale works, she constructs landscapes that are metaphors for the intangible forces that drive us. Visually, elements of the Earth and sky are the actors for the feelings we cannot easily imagine. Together, the sun, mountains, and more depict “narratives of conflict, entrapment, longing, and precarious hope.” These symbols allow Liu to seem removed, yet make the pieces deeply personal.

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