Using thousand-year-old techniques, Hidaka Washi Ltd. is crafting paper as thin as human skin. The Japanese company makes their delicate product out of woven mulberry fibers rather than wood pulp, resulting in translucent sheets. The material is then sent to museums and libraries across the globe to restore and repair precious artifacts.
Originally designed for Girl Skateboards, the Nike Diamond Dunk became a sensation before it released in 2005 — thanks to some unintended marketing that was a harbinger of today's use of social media. Founder of Diamond Supply Co. Nick Tershay talks about how he ended up with the shoe and the 20th anniversary edition Diamond and Nike are about to drop.
No art gallery? No problem. A group of young artists in Santa Fe couldn't get their foot in the door of the art world — so they made their own. And to get the building to house their dream, they enlisted the help of author George R.R. Martin who bought the building. The Truth is stranger than fiction. The story of the Meow Wolf collective comes to theaters November 29, 2018.
No one does movie monsters like Guillermo del Toro. From the Amphibian Man in The Shape of Water to The Faun in Pan's Labyrinth, his creatures are some of film's most iconic characters. Video essayist Kaptain Kristian dissects the director's work to reveal how the master makes his impressive creations.
Henning M. Lederer is back at it again. The visual artist has added a third part to his animated book cover series by setting another 66 vintage book graphics in motion.
London-based skatewear label Palace is opening a new store in Tokyo and created a very disturbing advertisement to celebrate the occasion. A man in a Shining-esque hallway, an oni, and Jonah Hill's head with a classic Japanese final shot mark Palace's arrival in the land of the rising sun.
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His 10 principles are a part of basic design training worldwide. His work for Braun and Vitsœ is both highly-functional and museum-worthy. Rams is a documentary about Dieter and his work, helmed by Gary Hustwit — the director of Helvetica, and thus well-versed in geeky design detail — and soundtracked by none other than Brian Eno. Coming December 2018.
It's been a little over a week since Banksy transformed his Girl With Balloon painting into the now titled Love is in the Bin piece after shredding the artwork during a live auction. Now, the anonymous street artist has revealed in a behind-the-scenes video that the end result isn't exactly what he had envisioned for his masterpiece.
One of the great things about the internet is the ability to learn nearly anything. From YouTube to online college courses to a multitude of sites dedicated to specific disciplines, there is almost nothing a dedicated person couldn't learn to do. But something that can't be taught via computer is the connection between teacher and student. Kosaku Matsumura has spent a lifetime forging knives by hand in the traditional Japanese style. For the first time and nearly at the end of his career, Matsumura took on an apprentice — passing his rapidly disappearing skills to a new generation.
Swiss watchmaker Bovet makes some of the finest timepieces on the planet. Their handmade masterpieces do much more than tell time, with models that can chart the position of the stars or the sun and the moon. Business Insider looks at the Récital 22 Grand Récital, one of Bovet's most expensive models, with a price in the $500,000 range.
At an auction in London, Banksy's painting "Girl With Balloon" sold for $1.4 million — a record for the anonymous street artist. But that's not the big headline. Mere seconds after the gavel went down, the piece self-destructed. Little did everyone know, Banksy himself had installed a paper shredder inside the frame turning the sale itself into his version of performance art.
Jackson Pollock is a divisive figure in the world of fine art. Some people love him. Others think he just threw paint on canvas — and they wouldn't be totally wrong. But Pollock's rise to fame might have as much to do with a tie salesman-turned-art critic by the name of Clement Greenberg who championed Pollock and other American Modern artists into the stratosphere of the art world.
The Night Watch, Dutch master Rembrandt's masterpiece painting, isn't a night watch at all. Years of age and low lighting gave the painting a darker setting, and the mistaken name stuck. Militia Company of District II Under the Command of Frans Banninck Cocq is the actual name of the painting and all of Rembrandt's formidable skill is on display. Rembrandt's mastery of perspective, light, and depth of field is there, along with subtle hints that suggest the painter was poking fun at his subject. Nerdwriter goes deep into the techniques that make this the best work of one of the masters of the form.
Hot Wheels restoration specialist BaremetalHW doesn't just bring Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars back to their original glory — he also makes his own custom creations. Using a stock Matchbox Dune Chaser, BaremetalHW turns it into a Mad Max dune buggy, complete with a rusty paint job and dented sheet metal. But this Dune Chaser is more than just scuffing up the metal and painting. It also has custom-designed, 3D-printed parts, pieces from another Matchbox, and loads of detail for such a small machine.
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When Casper entered the mattress market a few years ago, they changed the mattress industry. And now, after 30 engineering improvements and nearly half a million happy customers, the Casper mattress is more breathable and comfortable than ever. Each mattress is made of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you sleep cool and comfortable. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest homes or apartments. You get 100 nights to try it out and can return it for free if you're not satisfied.
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The peaks that Reuben Wu photographs aren't anything new but the way he captures them is. Using a drone, the artist travels across the globe to shine a light on the world's tallest mountains. His latest project takes him to Peru where he illuminates the 16,000-foot high ice wall of the Pastoruri Glacier.
Under on YouTube channel Hevesh5, Lily Hevesh spends hours and hours setting up the most complex domino designs on the web. The 19-year-old's mesmerizing chain reactions are a true mix of art and science, garnering the attention of over 2 million subscribers. In a response to her critics, the record-breaking domino artist shares exactly what goes into her delicate passion.
BaremetalHW performs some of the best restorations out there — on classic Hot Wheels cars. While they may not be multi-million dollar Ferraris, the time and care put into each one are astounding. In this episode, BaremetalHW restores a 1971 Hot Wheels Bye-Focal from badly repainted junk to a fresh-from-the-package shine with new plastics and decals.
In the history of wristwatches, one name stands out above all others — Rolex. Immediately recognizable and with a history of being on some of the toughest record-breaking-explorations and journeys in the 20th century, Rolex has been the bottom of the ocean, outer space, and everywhere in between. The Infographics Show looks at the history of Rolex and how they command the respect and price they've earned since their founding over 100 years ago.
The Bauhaus movement was characterized by clean lines and minimalist schemes. Its aesthetic has influenced modern architecture as well as other avenues of design. Fashion powerhouses like Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander Wang have used the approach in their collections while icons like David Bowie and Lady Gaga created entire personas from its modernist principals. Although these are a more avant-garde approach, German-native Anne Gorke describes how she uses Bauhaus to inspire her pieces in a more subtle way.
Think you can paint? Comedians Micah Sherman and Mark Stetson launched the web series The Bob Ross Challenge, inviting 13 fellow comedians to paint along with a Bob Ross episode. The results are surprising — and any proceeds go to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The Sparrow Mart is stocked with all the best. Everything from ramen and sushi to siracha and champagne, they have it all. The only thing is, every item is made from felt. British artist Lucy Sparrow follows up her New York City bodega with an all-felt supermarket in Los Angeles. Furnished with over 31,000 handmade sculptures, the project took Sparrow and five assistants an entire year to complete. The exhibit is located at The Standard hotel and is open until August 31st.
Claude Monet was a master painter and one of the founders of the French Impressionist movement. Many of Monet's paintings were of his own gardens, showing that he was not only a great painter but also a great gardener. After World War II, Monet's gardens fell into disarray until Gilbert Vahé and his team brought them back to their former glory.
SimpliSafe teamed up with global design firm IDEO to create a home security experience more beautiful, powerful and intuitive than ever before. Rebuilt from the ground up with new safeguards to create a latticework of protection the new Simplisafe is half the size with double the range. It's also fifty percent louder, five times faster, and the system's wireless Keypad is soft, smooth and wakes with a touch. It's incredibly easy to set up in just a few minutes with no drilling, wiring or tools required and is offered at the same revolutionary price that made SimpliSafe the fastest growing home security company in the nation.
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It's always happy hour with the Timex x Chinatown Market Watch. In their latest collaboration, the watchmaker links up with the New York City fashion label to put a modern, Canal St. spin on their classic timepiece. It features the brand's signature smiley face logo on the dial. A 36mm black resin case and matching fabric strap create a dark backdrop that allows the bold graphic to pop. While it looks playful on the exterior, it's all business on the inside where Timex's decades of experience keep everything ticking.
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Zoetropes were an early form of animation before the photograph and the moving image and a favorite of Victorian England. Corridor created a zoetrope using synchronized actors and a merry-go-round to recreate the stop-motion effect in real life. Watch how they created it in this video.
Bauhaus design is described as simple, functional, and free of adornments. Although the movement began in Germany in 1919, the 100-year-old aesthetic is still just as relevant today thanks to companies like Tecta. Run by Axel Bruchhäuser and his nephew, Christian Drescher, the factory is preserving the minimal approach to design as the leading manufacturer of Bauhaus pieces.
The soft focus. The grainy, washed-out colors. Super 8 is what memories look like, or dreams — even if you born generations after digital replaced film. The Royal Ocean Film Society shows how even the most mundane things can look like a once-in-a-lifetime even when captured on Super 8.
Nigerian 11-year-old Kareem Waris Olamilekan creates hyperrealistic portraits at a level far above his young age. Kareem hopes to one day be as successful as his heroes Michelangelo and Arinze Stanley Egbengwu — and it looks like he's well on his way to achieving that goal.
Fore-edge painting is a unique art form that dates back to the 1600s. The intricate pictures are painted on the edge of book pages, shown when the cover is open and slyly hidden beneath the gold gilded ends when closed. Artist Martin Frost is the last known commercial fore-edge painter, solely responsible for keeping the magical tradition alive.
Clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic are the foundations of the Bauhaus Movement. While those components are features still desired in today's architecture, the practice actually dates back to 1919 at Weimar University in Germany. The revolution was initiated by architect Walter Gropius and his design philosophies are still just as — if not more — relevant than they were 100 years ago.