Yoav Avinoam

p p p ' This insteresting Shavings Stool design was created by Israeli designer Yoav Avinoam. The stools use sawdust waste from the wood industry, which is combined with resin and pressed into a mold that already contains all the objects parts. The sawdust crumbles toward the edges, creating a new aesthetic for a material once destined to become waste. ' (via Decodir) p p

Yuko Shimizu

p p Yuko Shimizu is a freelance illustrator based in New York City and an illustration instructor at School of Visual Arts. Newsweek Japan has chosen her as one of "100 Japanese People The World Respects" in 2009. p

Sung Ha AN

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Hyper-realistic paintings by Sung Ha AN from Korea. Check it out!

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Sipho Mabona

p p Sipho Mabona was five years old when he folded his first paper airplane. In 2000 after having folded planes for fifteen years Mabona ran out of paper airplane designs to fold and turned to origami hoping it would enable him to come up with original designs. Since then Sipho has been a participant at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals in Salzburg 2006, designed origami for the award winning Asics corporate movie “Origami in the Pursuit of Perfection”, has exhibited his work in galleries in Tokyo and Vancouver, was the invited guest at Japan Origami Academic Society (JOAS) Convention 2008 and was the first foreigner whose model graced the cover of the JOAS Convention book. Sipho Mabona's origami covers a great range of different styles from very intricate representational designs to abstract geometrical shapes. The impeccable folding and his great sense for lines and shapes distinguishes Mabona's work of art. Mabona currently resides in Luzern, Switzerland. p p p

Oliver Jeffers

o p Oliver Jeffers is an artist, designer, illustrator and writer from Northern Ireland. He graduated from the University of Ulster with a degree in Visual Communication. From figurative painting and installation, to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washington DC, and Belfast. He is widely known for his picture books for children, published by HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA. How to Catch a Star debuted in 2004 to critical acclaim, and Lost and Found (2005), won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Medal 2006, the Blue Peter Book Award 2006 and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal the same year. The Incredible Book Eating Boy (2007) won the Irish Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year, and his fourth Book The Way Back Home was released in September 2007 and The Great Paper Caper will be publlished in September 2008. (Continue reading...) o

Alina and Jeff Bliumis

p p p Alina Bliumis: 1972 Born in Minsk, Former Soviet Union; Since 1994, Lives and works in New York, USA Jeff Bliumis: 1958 Born in Kishinev, Former Soviet Union; Since 1974, Lives and works in New York, USA p

Happy Thanksgiving

p We will be taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday and will return on Tuesday, December 1st. Smiley hugs for a very happy Thanksgiving and a bountiful year! Click here for some turkey tips. 0

A Giant Awakes in Nantes

p p p p ' Nantes, the home town of Jules Verne, is situated in western France. Here, near the river Loire a giant deep-sea diver sleeps gently, waiting for his task to begin. Sadness marks his face even as he sleeps. He has been searching the world over for his missing niece and although he may not know it, the end of his search is coming. The diver or scaphandrier as he is known in French will be paraded through the streets of this historic city at the beginning of the Estuary 2009 arts festival. The biannual festival gives the French mechanical marionette street theater company Royale de Luxe the opportunity to unveil their latest creation. (Continue reading..) ' Photos via p p

Rain Parade Mini Umbrellas

p Each umbrella is designed to look like a fun character dressed in rain coat and boots! Choose from a fun assortment of colors. Add to cart. (via whats-wrong-with-the-zoo.com) p

Natalie Westbrook

p p p Loving these colorful and delightfully charming paintings of Natalie Westbrook. Check out her website for more. p p