Category Archives: LIVING

the world’s smallest aquarium contains only 10ml of water

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(image credit: Anatoly Konenko)

meet the world’s smallest aquarium that despite its miniature size, still gives the tiny fishes a ‘full featured’ aquatic experience complete with multi-colored pebbles, seaweed and even an aeration device. the miniature tank created by Russian artist Anatoly Konenko, measures just 30 x 24 x 14 mm and holes a 10ml (0.34 oz) of water. check out the setting up of the miniature aquarium video (with a rather haunting soundtrack) after the break. Continue reading the world’s smallest aquarium contains only 10ml of water

you have croc skin bag, why not a croc skin tiled bathroom?

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the sign of luxury doesn’t necessary means gold, diamonds and all sparkling stuff (sparkling wine included), it could very well be crocodile skins. why not? croc skins has been used for making bags, so how about porting its use in the form of crocodile textured bathroom tiles? the Savana collection from Italian firm, Petracer has just that for you and perhaps more. well, you don’t need to restrict yourself to just croc skin textured tiles, perhaps you like to consider the authentic looking zebra tiles or maybe for the wild-at-heart, the leopard print tiles? once you don up your bath with such a savanna-them, it is time to get some real savanna plants and flowers to go with it. we have a particular love for the orange crocodile skin textured tiles, cos we think they look really wild – just like us.

via Trendir

forget the cubicles, plexiglas bubbles are the future

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(image credit: Christian Pottgiesser Architects) a giant work desk dominates the general office area

when it comes to office spaces, not many designers can really think out of the box. what we usually see is the common monotonous low partition walls or at best, it will be an open concept system. however, the offices of PONS + HUOT really opens our eyes with its open-spaciousness and yet providing each employee with a personal space, less the traditional partitions.

designed by French firm Christian Pottgiesser Architects, the PONS + HUOT general workspace centers on a enormous wooden desk that links up the members of the company. providing the member the retreat of a personal space is a space-age looking clear plexiglas bubbles dotted around the enormous desk.

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(image credit: Christian Pottgiesser Architects) Pons + Huot office – chill out, anyone?

the enormous desk not only let employee has a sense of connection between them but also gives each member a good useable real estate for them to work around. something which a cubicle-bound staff would fully appreciate. like Oh Gizmo!’s Liszewski, i’m thankful that my days of cubicle are over.

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(image credit: Christian Pottgiesser Architects) Pons + Huot office – a render of the interior design

compensating for the lack of external views, the PONS + HUOT office creates its very own environment by the way of trees with high canopy littered around the giant work desk. what’s even more impressive is this huge workspace is actually located above a meeting area and a staff member chill out area. effectively, making the workspace a loft area environment which looks to be very inviting (i know, i feel kind of odd saying that).

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Christian Pottgiesser Architects (FR) via Oh Gizmo!

artist in focus: Graphic & Sculpture Artist Jason Freeny

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(image credit: Jason Freeny/Moist Production) Cutaway 7″ Anatomical Mickey Mouse (Modified Vinyl Action Figure)

you must be wondering why would a tech-related blog dwells on art-matter? if you haven’t already notice, this is a fusion blog from the very beginning. it has a wide variety of focuses like most of us do in real life. some of us live and breathe tech for a living but on the other side of our life we have keen interests in lifestyle such as art appreciation or fashions. in our second installment of ‘artist in focus’, we put our focus on a very talented individual by the name of Jason Freeny. Freeny is an industrial designer by education, an interfaced designer by day and an artist by night. Continue reading artist in focus: Graphic & Sculpture Artist Jason Freeny

Star Wars characters given a new age steampunk treatment

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(image credit: Bjorn Hurri)

we love all things arty and futuristic, and these Steampunk-inspired Star Wars characters by professional game and fantasy art illustrator Bjorn Hurri, definitely had us drooling with mysterious goo… well not really goo but the drooling is almost certain. strangely, the illustrations remind me of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Paramount Pictures, 2004) and the brassy colored tone exudes a sense of old-world futuristic perspectives. what can i say? i’m totally captivated by Bjorn’s Steampunk Princess Leia, but i can’t say the same for the mustached Han Solo. Continue reading Star Wars characters given a new age steampunk treatment

artist in focus: Sculpture Artist Christopher Conte

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(image credit: Dennis Blachut/Chris Conte) ‘Scarlett’ (2011) Cast bronze with stainless steel, 925 Silver, and Garnet.

Norway-born, New Yorker Christopher Conte is a self-taught biomechanical sculpture artist who creates beautiful sculptures based around future technologies, more specifically cybernetic organisms which Chris coined as Cybermechanical sculpture. having a degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Chris was a Certified Prosthetist for 16 years before going full-time as an artist in mid 2008. Chris often uses modern exotic materials ranging from bronze to carbon fiber combining with ancient techniques of construction for his one-of-the-kind art pieces. Continue reading artist in focus: Sculpture Artist Christopher Conte

Shoot A Brew will catapult cans of beer to you, literally

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(credit: Shoot A Brew, edited by mike) Shoot A Brew Cooler | US$295.00 (pre-order) | www.shootabrew.com

throughout the history of beer consumption, mankind has tried every possible way to make life more of a party than a chore (when it comes to booze, that is). beer aficionados has conceived the possibility of mobile beer party with the Beer Bike, then there is an attempt to reduce the foaming-up by filling the beer from the bottoms up, and among other inventions which we probably have yet to discover. now these guys wants your cooler to toss the beer to you, literally. Continue reading Shoot A Brew will catapult cans of beer to you, literally

Mosaic Sweden classic bathtub is of mosaics and lion’s feet

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Mosaic Sweden Bathtub | US$na | www.mosaicsweden.se

we are not even sure if this is available commercially yet, due to our lack of knowledge in Swedish language. but one thing we do know is this beautiful bathtub was showcased along with a series of mosaics for floors and walls in the recent Stockholm Furniture Fair. nevertheless, this is one exquisite bathtub that embodies the elegance and sophistication of the old world charm. this standalone bathtub with lion’s feet as its footings, has its exterior covered in mosaic pattern conjured up by Swedish designers Emily Solklippa & Hanna Wsetin-Skogh. captured in the mosaic pattern is the Swedish summer flowers as the main theme and “was based in the desired for a pattern associated with happiness and joy,” says Emily & Hannah.

click on the image after the break to view a bigger image of this wonderful bathtub as well as a sample of mosaic patterns from Mosaic Sweden.

Mosaic Sweden via Born Rich

ChiquiSafe gives your banana an armor to prevent bruises

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whoever pitched the idea of a banana case must unspoken love for bananas and possessed a deep understanding of how the tender body of this yellow fruit will easily bruise at the slightest bump. designed by David Dos Stantos for REMORK DesignStudio, the (Chiquita’s) ChiquiSafe is a dedicated container protecting your beloved banana, before its journey ends in your stomach. we love this as much as we love the Donghnut To-Go cos’ we love donuts and we love bananas. we gotta have one. Continue reading ChiquiSafe gives your banana an armor to prevent bruises

pre-war factory turns into a contemporary eco-centric office

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(image credit: Doepel Strijkers Architects)

we hardly post anything on interior design, but we shouldn’t shy away from this subject, which is after all, part of an architecture. here’s one impressive interior conceived by Holland-based Doepel Strijkers Architects to kick start our foray into interior design column. the subject in question is the HAKA Building, a pre-war factory which Doepel Strijkers Architects was task to convert into a “clean tech living lab” for eco-friendly water and energy institutions. the result is this stunning ultra-modernist, contemporary and eco-friendly interior.

in an effort to reduce wastage in terms of energy and transportation, both in financial dollars and environmental point-of-view, all materials used for the interior build-up are sourced locally. the team even went to the extent to savage materials from demolition sites such as those doors that were used to form the meeting room. the list of recycled materials-based furniture and decors are certainly impressive: recycled wood and planks sculptured into seatings and stage, recycled doors transformed an otherwise open space into an unique and uberly-cool meeting room, and check this out – a colorful and flexible acoustic wall created out of 17,700 pounds (about 8,000 kg) of old clothing. it is truly a sight to behold.

putting up all these together is a group of ex-convicts under professional guidance. the ex-cons provide a source of affordable labour, and at the same time, injects a sense of social consciousness into this eco-centric project. we are extremely impressed and we are sure you would too. check out more awesome images of this interior design work below and also note my personal favorite – the vertically hanging fluorescent light tubes.

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