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Marble Manhattan

Marble Manhattan

Artist Yutaka Sone carved this incredibly-detailed Manhattan map from a chunk of marble. It measures 104″ x 33″ x 22″, and weighs over 2.5 tons. At David Zwirner Gallery through 10/29.

Spooky LEGO Houses

Spooky LEGO Houses

Mike Doyle creates these brilliantly detailed, decrepit Victorian mansions to represent the fragility of life; he uses no foreign materials, just lots of tiny plastic LEGO bricks. (Thanks Don!)

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Music Painting

Music Painting

Composer Matteo Negrin’s music soars thanks to the animated visual accompaniment that Alice Ninni, Luca Cattaneo and Alberto Filippini provided for his “Lacrime Di Giulietta.”

Daniel Schmitt’s Lost Places

Daniel Schmitt’s Lost Places

The concept of photographing abandoned places isn’t unique, but German photographer Daniel Schmitt takes creepy to a whole new level with his choice of locations and effective lighting.

Giveaway: TokyoFlash Watch

Giveaway: TokyoFlash Watch

Want this Rogue Touch watch? One winner gets it – or any other in-stock watch from TokyoFlash Japan. To enter, email [email protected] with a link to the watch you want. (Contest has ended.)

What Light…

What Light…

This cool stop-motion film by animator Sarah Wickens was made using rays of reflected sunlight as the primary medium. We’ve never seen light grow fingernails before, though.

201x Supra Concept

201x Supra Concept

Toyota hasn’t made a new Supra in almost a decade, but rumors pop up from time-to-time, and designer Andreas Fougner hopes this is what the next Supra will look like. We have to agree.

Noa Bembibre Calendar

Noa Bembibre Calendar

We love the bold typography and nonsensical sayings that Noa Bembibre’s calendar has to offer. Sold in an edition of 700, it’s printed in four colors on and finished with black ribbon binding,

Drawing a Piece of Paper

Drawing a Piece of Paper

This time-lapse of Mark Crilley sketching a perfect copy of a crumpled piece of paper in what he refers to as a “realism challenge” is just amazing. Turns out he’s a pretty good graphic novelist too.

Ford Door Edge Protector

Ford Door Edge Protector

A simple upgrade for car doors that automatically pops up to prevent chipping the paint of off the adjacent vehicle. Let’s hope it doesn’t lull people into swinging their car doors open willy-nilly.

Universality

Universality

Frustrated with the barrage of negative news from all over the world, Addi Somekh and Charlie Eckert decided to remind us that there is still hope, and that we’re all connected. How? Balloon hats.

TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Concept

TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Concept

TAG Heuer’s Mikrotimer Flying 1000 concept watch is the only watch in the world that can measure time down to 1/1000th of a second, thanks to its insanely fast caliber. More on Hodinkee.

Play Digital Sticky Note

Play Digital Sticky Note

Fabien Nauroy’s memo taker has a video camera built in, a 2.4″ color screen for playback, and a magnetic back so you can stick it to your fridge. A handy strap also hangs on doorknobs or handles.

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MUG Pub Takeaway Beer

MUG Pub Takeaway Beer

A concept for a takeaway beer four-pack that retains the form of the traditional beer pint using recyclable paper cups. Designed by Ivan Maximov for the Russian beer pub chain MUG.

Kilian Eng Art

Kilian Eng Art

Looking at the work of illustrator, animator and graphic designer Kilian Eng is like looking into the future, the past, your nightmares and your dreams all at once. Check the link or here for lots more.

Oink Piggy Bank

Oink Piggy Bank

You’ll never need to smash these pigs open. These cast porcelain piggy banks have been elegantly designed to combine the ease of access of a coin jar and the form of the traditional piggy bank.

Vinyl Portraits

Vinyl Portraits

Alejandro de Antonio made a series of sweet portraits of music icons using vinyl records for the Unconventional Materials project of the Art Room. No word if the pieces are for sale though.

The Deleted City

The Deleted City

GeoCities once hosted 38 million websites, but in 2009, it was shuttered, and countless (mostly crappy) websites went dark. DeletedCity examines this lost world, courtesy of the Archive Team.

Foldboat

Foldboat

Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies developed two boats each made of a single piece of high density polyethylene plastic. Boat One actually folds to a third of its size, while Boat Two flattens to a sheet.

Photographic Sculptures

Photographic Sculptures

Korean artist Gwon Osang creates captivating sculptures, starting with a life-size mannequin, covered with hundreds of photographs to create surreal people with photorealistic textures.

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Bomb Rocking Horse

Bomb Rocking Horse

Clearly inspired by Slim Pickens’ dramatic descent near the end of Dr. Strangelove, you (or your kids) can now ride your very own bomb, without risk of it exploding. (Product link is in German.)

“Romantic” Star Projector

“Romantic” Star Projector

What’s so romantic about a star projector? Oh. Right. Still, you don’t really need a cuddle-buddy to appreciate this DIY astro-projector with a rotating base and compass point allignments.

SCANDY Smartphone Scanner

SCANDY Smartphone Scanner

This accessory turns your smartphone into a portable scanner, elevating it just the right distance off your desktop, providing sharp, stable images from just about any size of paper or even objects.

Curious Times

Curious Times

Conduit Productions show that although he seems entirely capable of killing the cat, curiosity most likely won’t in this stylish spot for the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

Lego Ford Explorer

Lego Ford Explorer

Created from 380,000 Lego bricks, this life-sized Ford Explorer weighs in at a 2,654 pounds, and will eventually live at LEGOLAND Florida’s Ford Driving School. And no, you can’t drive it.

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