Posts by Stephanie Chang


April 28, 2017

Hyperrealistic Paintings Illuminate the Glistening Beauty of Colorful Crystals

Toronto-based artist Carly Waito is deeply inspired by the beautiful crystalline structures of minerals, such as amethyst and quartz. Boasting a bevy of spellbinding shapes and sizes, Waito has depicted their sparkling details in her crystal paintings. Their radiance practically leaps off the panels, and the textures are so realistic they seem like they can almost be touched.

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April 7, 2017

Modern Ceramics Fuse Traditional Eastern and Western Styles to Form Unexpected Tableware

The Hybrid collection from the Italian company Seletti features strikingly exquisite plates, bowls, teacups and saucers that juxtapose traditional Eastern and Western aesthetics. They’re quirky and colorful, and each of the modern ceramics is an amalgamation of two contrasting styles melded at the center. The unexpected pairings are certain to start conversations at any dinner party. Hybrid was designed by CTRLZAK, a studio founded by artists and designers Katia Meneghini and Thanos Zakopoulos.

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March 22, 2017

Innovative ‘Plan Bee’ Drone Artificially Pollinates Plants Like a Real Bee

Earlier this year, major news hit the conservation world as several species of bees were listed as endangered. The news serves as a grave reminder to help restore the rapidly declining bee population; the small insects play a crucial part in our world by pollinating plants. In North America alone, the honeybees’ role enables productions of at least 90 commercially-grown crops, including apples, blueberries, melons, and broccoli.

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March 1, 2017

Minimalist Table Lamp Plays Artistic Balancing Act While Lighting Your Room

The innovative Balance lamp from product designer Victor Castanera creates harmony amidst dark and light, playing off the tension between the opposite shades. The modern lighting consists of two delicate hand-blown glass LED orbs stabilized on slanted steel boards, which are offset by a couple of small black metal balls on opposite ends of the lamp. Tethered by a partial marble orb, it creates a striking visual that represents fragility but also constancy of movement.

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