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Covers

Covers

Like the musical ones we enjoy, architect/designer Luis Urculo created his own Covers, a clever short film in which iconic monuments in architecture are reinvented as models with everyday objects.

BRNO HDR

BRNO HDR

An eye-popping time-lapse video shot using HDR exposure effects and a camera motion-control rig. Shot in the Czech Republic by Samádhi Production over the course of about two months.

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Lasers

Lasers

Eclectic Method arms its beams and shines their blinding light on pop culture references to lasers in their latest musical megacut. Plus, it’s got a frickin’ good beat and you can dance to it. MP3 here.

Temji Shower Dials

Temji Shower Dials

The brilliantly simple Temji by Dreamfarm are a pair of rubber shower dials. Attach them to your tap and voila – you have quantifiable indicators for water temperature and volume.

Fishscape Fish Bowl

Fishscape Fish Bowl

If he lived here, Nemo would have no reason to leave home, thanks to this hand-blown 2.5 gallon glass fishbowl, designed by aruliden, with its undulating organic terrain to swim around.

RE-BO Stereo

RE-BO Stereo

A reinterpretation of Jacob Jensen’s 1973 Bang & Olufsen Beocenter 1400, this updated version adds a DVD drive, a 16:9 LCD screen and replaces the cassette player with a memory card reader.

Two-Handed Drawing

Two-Handed Drawing

In tribute to The Shawshank Redemption, portrait artist Xiaonan Sun draws both Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins simultaneously, with both left and right hands. Sped up for time, it’s still impressive.

The Lamborghini Project

The Lamborghini Project

The visual artists of The Media Merchants turn a Lamborghini Reventon into the world’s most expensive projection screen, using 3D projection mapping to give the car a new paintjob.

MorpHex Robot

MorpHex Robot

Kåre (“Zenta”) Halvorsen’s incredibly cool, equally creepy MorpHex robot starts out looking like a ball, but can sprout six legs and walk around whenever it feels like it. Fortunately, it has no weapons (yet.)

Protéigon

Protéigon

Animator Steven Briand (aka BURAYAN) created this trippy stop-motion short while doing a two-month internship at Partizan. We only wish all internships were this creative and productive.

Handycan

Handycan

Combining our urge to crush cans with our bare (not bear) hands with smart industrial design, Emami Designs’ Handycan fits human (and bear) hands perfectly, and crushes like an accordion.

PVC Pipe Sculptures

PVC Pipe Sculptures

Korean artist Kang Duck-Bong creates these sculptures which look like they got hit with Photoshop’s “Wind” filter, using only pieces of PVC pipe, painted with urethane paint.

Keloid (Trailer)

Keloid (Trailer)

Big Lazy Robot’s short film Keloid looks promising just based on its AI-focused premise. It doesn’t hurt to realize that this trailer contains no live footage and is composed entirely of CGI either.

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Airless Tire Demo

Airless Tire Demo

Bridgestone showed off their Air-Free Concept tires at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The company plans to release versions developed for small scale use before moving up to standard vehicles.

Billboard Chair-o-Plane

Billboard Chair-o-Plane

You know those theme parks rides where you sit in a swing and spin around? This isn’t one of those. It’s just a turning billboard, and some crazy “artists” who decided to make their own amusement park.

Anamorphic Drawings

Anamorphic Drawings

Hungarian artist István Orosz takes anamorphic drawing to another level by hiding images that can only be seen with the help of a special reflective object in seemingly ordinary drawings.

Minuskull Speakers

Minuskull Speakers

Packing a pair of Fostex Fe-83 speakers for eyes and a small subwoofer in its head, this compact amplified speaker is perfect whether your room has a pirate theme, or you just like skulls.

Amalgamation

Amalgamation

Combining numerous individual portraits into a beautiful melange of humanity, animator Micaël Reynaud shows us that sometimes a simple concept can be the most captivating. Animated .GIF here.

Weapons of Mass Creation

Weapons of Mass Creation

Make art, not war with the Weapons of Mass Creation series by Justin Kamerer aka Angryblue. The limited-edition prints feature instruments and tools related to music, cooking and (visual) art.

Bolefloor Wood Flooring

Bolefloor Wood Flooring

Through modern technology, Bolefloor makes floor boards in the shape of the trees they came from, which is not only beautiful, but also environment-friendly, allowing for more floors per forest.

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Diablo Cosplay

Diablo Cosplay

Joshua Smith made this genuinely scary Diablo costume out of poster board, aluminum foil and foam. There are even LEDs which make his belly glow. Check out his blog for more pics.

Soulwax “Machine”

Soulwax “Machine”

(NSFW:Nudity) Saam Farahmand’s promo animation for Radio Soulwax, with mind-infecting visuals too good not to showcase. Those offended by the female form should click elsewhere.

Ink Dot Portrait

Ink Dot Portrait

Check out the quiet beauty (and flowing camera and editing work) in Miguel Endara’s video of the making of “Hero,” a drawing of his father which he created from 3.2 million ink dots and a single pen.

Honda Motor Compo Scooter

Honda Motor Compo Scooter

A tribute to Honda’s “classic” motocompo bike, the electric Motor Compo folds up to fit in the back of your car, giving you a short-range ride to your destination, integrating your smartphone for nav.

Honda Chopper Concept

Honda Chopper Concept

Peter Norris’ concept for a Honda electric motorcyle has “a long front suspension, feet forward seating position, and a large footprint.” The anime- and chunky toy-look calls out to the kid in us.

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