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.
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.
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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A good pillow can be the difference between a night of restful sleep and a literal pain in the neck. The team at Casper knows this and designed a pillow that provides comfort and support regardless of your sleeping position. They've invented a unique pillow-in-pillow with a firm inner core and a soft outer shell. Thanks to the even fill distribution of silky fibers, the pillow won't lose its shape. It's also finished with breathable percale cotton to keep airflow moving and your pillow cool. It's even machine washable. Take advantage of the 100-night trial, and if you don't love it, Casper will give you a free refund.
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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.
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.
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Crafted in the USA, our screwdriver collection includes three Phillips (#0, #1, #2) and three slotted-tipped (1/8", 3/16", and 1/4") tools, each of which features 8650 Chromium-Vanadium steel alloy blades. They're finished with Maine hardwood handles with hand-painted black finishes and black oxide-coated steel ferules, giving them a timeless, uniform look. They arrive in a custom Billykirk waxed canvas tool roll with a leather tie.
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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.
Curator Jasper Shap has given Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf free reign over the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Using the institution's massive collection of over 4 million objects, the director and his partner have curated their own exhibit. The couple have pulled pieces from 14 collections that include Egyptian Antiquities, Imperial Armoury, and Old Master Paintings ensuring the show will be a predictably quirky mix of bizarre historical findings. Entitled "The Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures", the exhibit is set to open November 6, 2018, in Vienna.
When Carol Twombly created the Trajan typeface for one of the earliest versions of Photoshop, she never knew it would become one of the most used typefaces on movie posters. The rise of Photoshop for design also meant that there was a lot of homogeneity — and designer Yves Peters wanted to know why Trajan became the go-to font. Vox looks at what caught Peters eye and how he put the puzzle together.
Usually, Colin Furze is creating insane, jet-powered contraptions. This time, the mad inventor toned down the pyros for a more mild invention. Taking a regular bicycle, he replaced the frame with springs for a bizarre take on the two-wheeled ride.
Outside of Amsterdam, a cluster of round homes looks like an out-of-this-world colony on Earth. Designed by Dutch artist and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp, Bolwoningen's houses stand out among the traditional apartments and houses around them. Built in 1984 with a grant from the Dutch government, these round homes are designed to give the best view of the natural environment around them while looking like nothing else you've ever seen.
Netflix isn't just about movies and TV series anymore. The streaming giant is now dabbling in comic books. Dubbed the The Magic Order, the project is headed by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel and if you didn't already know, they've worked on titles like Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Legion of Super-Heroes and Thor. With this level of talent involved, we're sure a whole franchise of film and TV adaptations will soon follow. The six-issue series will be available June 13, 2018.
Using anything from sea sponges to tree canopies, architecture has been drawing inspiration from nature for centuries. More specifically, mimicking the engineering found in natural forms. This practice is called biomimicry. A perfect example of this is Zimbabwe's Eastgate Centre. Designed by Mick Pearce. the architect studied the ingenuity of termites to create a building that could naturally cool itself.
Buddhist monk turned creator of things, Kenji Ekuan has had an influence on Japanese culture. He's designed for Yamaha and the Bullet Train, but maybe his most notable contribution is the Kikkoman soy sauce bottle. Its simple form can be found on almost every restaurant table around the world and even the Museum of Modern Art.
They say you can't judge a book by its cover — unless it's a work of science fiction with one of those excellent cover paintings that screams to be read. Sci-fi book covers are some of the best art you can get your hands on, with the added bonus of getting a book too — oftentimes for a dollar and change. The Nerdwriter dives into the history of the sci-fi cover and how it became one of the strangest, most accessible places for artwork in the world.
After working as an architect for Nike, Tinker Hatfield tried his hand at designing shoes. He drew from his background in buildings for inspiration, even using Paris' Pompidou Centre as a reference. The structure's inside-out design influenced what would become one of the brand's most iconic sneakers — the Nike Air Max 1.
Google celebrates French illusionist and film director Georges Méliès with their latest Doodle. A cinematic pioneer, Méliès was influential in the development of movie special effects. As a tribute to his trailblazing spirit, the company made a little magic of their own by dropping their first-ever VR Google Doodle on the anniversary of his film À la conquête du pôle (The Conquest of the Pole).
There are lots of TIE fighters out there, from full-scale builds to smaller-scale models. But few of them are motorized and remote controlled. Allan Carver built this TIE fighter using a 70s Kenner toy as a reference. It's powered by electric wheelchair motors and controlled by a RC airplane controller. It can fit a pilot and tops out at about 6 MPH — not quite as fast as the real thing, but it can fit in your garage.
The time when cars had only what they needed — seats, steering wheel, motor, and wheels — are long past. Cars have gone from utilitarian purpose to status symbol, purpose-built for a variety of specific tasks. Sports cars have gained sweeping shapes and bright colors, unmistakably announcing what they're made to do, and prices for the classics have rivaled that of most pure works of art. But are automobiles art? Donut digs into the question and tries to find an answer.
Humans have changed the Earth in ways that could potentially be discovered millions of years from now. Using images from Google Earth, Páraic and Pearse McGloughlin give a bird's-eye view of how we've reshaped the surface of the planet and the patterns that emerge from modern society.