Awesome Art & Design

Puzzle in a Puzzle

Puzzle in a Puzzle

Do you enjoy a challenge? This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle is sure to test your brain cells (and patience). Featuring a vibrant and detailed image of puzzle pieces, you’ll struggle to figure out where the image ends and the actual puzzle pieces begin. Japanese brand Beverly sells a similar puzzle, but with tiny pieces.

Transforming Bar Table

Transforming Bar Table

This unique piece of wood furniture from Solidhorse features a modular design that lets you adjust the heights and positions of its shelves using pegs. It comes with two serving/display shelves and two small bottle holders that are great for serving wine and other spirits. They also make a similar laptop desk and folding table.

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Pitch Black Playing Cards

Pitch Black Playing Cards

Designed by Jirs Huygen for Copag, these premium playing cards are great for magic, cardistry, or just playing a game of poker. They feature a black background with inverse fine line art in white or red ink, along with a skull motif throughout. The True Linen B9 finish is designed for smooth handling and longevity.

Darkboard Game Boards

Darkboard Game Boards

Darkboard offers a bold take on board game design. These eye-catching boards are made from laser-cut acrylic which sit on a backlit base. The designs create the illusion of depth and can be swapped out between Chess, Surakarta, Ludo (Parcheesi), and Nine Men’s Morris boards. Each set includes 32 acrylic chess pieces.

Rainbow Parts Organizer

Rainbow Parts Organizer

There’s something so satisfying about a well-organized workshop. Maker Zack Freedman shows how he brought order to chaos by creating a wall of parts bins that create a smooth gradient when all the drawers are in their proper places. He 3D printed the faceplates using rainbow filament and laser cut the drawer labels.

Russian Razor Crest

Russian Razor Crest

The Mandalorian’s gunship, the Razor Crest, didn’t fare very well by the end of season two, but it still has a place in our hearts. A group of dedicated Star Wars fans in Yakutsk, Siberia built a 13-foot-tall replica of the ship out of wood and foam panels, and while it’s not likely to be space-worthy, it does look awesome.

Monster Trinket Box

Monster Trinket Box

Sure, you could store your keepsakes in a regular old box, or they could be guarded by a ferocious monster. If given a choice, we’d go with the latter. Boxnmor’s playful handmade wood box has beady little eyes and pointy maple wood teeth to ward off would-be thieves.

Making a Hornet from Hardware

Making a Hornet from Hardware

Watch as a pile of ordinary brass nuts and bolts is transformed into a shiny sculpture of an insect by artist Ross the Random. We weren’t quite sure where he was going at first with the wing piece, but the finished work turned out to be quite amazing.

Forging Damascus Pliers

Forging Damascus Pliers

The beautiful patterns of damascus steel make for some of our favorite tools and knives, and the thicker the tool, the more dramatic the look. In this clip from metalsmith Hassan “Habu” Abu-Izmero, watch as he welds together, forges, and twists multiple layers of steel to create a truly special pair of pliers.

Optical Illusion Sofa

Optical Illusion Sofa

Designed by Fabio Novembre for Cappellini, the Adaptation Sofa is designed to play with our perceptions. Thanks to its wedge-shaped seat cushions, the sofa has the appearance of leaning despite having a perfectly horizontal surface to sit on.

Monolink: The Prey

Monolink: The Prey

(Flashing images) Filmmaker Páraic McGloughlin created this mindblowing music video for Monolink’s track The Prey, incorporating the incredible sculpture of artist Tomàs Barceló. Páraic created the dizzying visuals by cutting between similar objects, locations, and perspectives in rapid succession.

Cigarette Lighter Mustang

Cigarette Lighter Mustang

Taat Handycraft took a dirty cigarette lighter, cleaned it up, disassembled it, and transformed its translucent red shell into the body of a miniature Ford Mustang. We’re impressed with the creativity and the amount of cutting and shaping it took to create the model car. He’s also made a pickup truck and some Mini Coopers.

Wall-Mounted Marble Coaster

Wall-Mounted Marble Coaster

JBV Creative designed this interactive marble coaster that can be wall-mounted. To build the maze, he created 3D models in Solidworks, then rendered the components on a 3D printer. Once it’s loaded up with marbles, it continuously recirculates with the turn of its crank. You can buy the STL files to make your own on JBL’s website.

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Music, Makers & Machines

Music, Makers & Machines

Google Arts & Culture’s online exhibition offers a fascinating look at the history of electronic music. The museum features content from cultural partners around the world and looks at the people, technology, and creativity that paved the way for modern music. You can also play with AR Synth, a virtual electronic music studio.

Nelles Metal Ray Gun

Nelles Metal Ray Gun

Michigan artist Scott Nelles hand crafts all kinds of neat objects from cast metals. Among them is this awesome retro-futurist ray gun that looks straight out of Flash Gordon. The 15″ long space artifact is made from bronze and aluminum and features a working trigger. We also love his flying saucer and rocket coin bank.

YouTube Premiere

YouTube Premiere

This video clip starts out as the countdown graphic that YouTube shows before a premiere. But keep watching and you’ll see it morph into other iconic intro screens. Motion graphic artist 4096 seamlessly blended the transitions between several familiar images, like they previously did with game console startup screens.

Wooden Bugatti Centodieci

Wooden Bugatti Centodieci

The Bugatti Centodieci is an incredible car, inspired by the automaker’s 110-year history. Just 10 of the cars are being produced, at a price of $9 million each. The guys from ND Woodworking Art couldn’t quite afford one, so they built a kid-sized version out of wood. It has working lights, steering, and a basic drivetrain.

The Iron Fist Hammer

The Iron Fist Hammer

After making an axe shaped like a hand, Dirk from The Metalist thought his tool collection could use another hand. Or, more precisely, a fist. In this video, Dirk takes an old sledgehammer and makes it look like a clenched fist, ready to deliver blows to any building materials that stand in its way.

Society6 Art Credenzas

Society6 Art Credenzas

Why buy an ordinary piece of furniture when you can have a piece of functional art in your house? Society6 takes artist-submitted designs and prints them in full color onto the front of these compact storage credenzas. They measure 35.5″ w x 17.5″ d x 30″ h, and come in either a birch or walnut wood finish for the cabinet body.

Electric Shaver War Machine

Electric Shaver War Machine

The Braun S9 shaver is pretty slick looking as electric razors go. But even if you squint really hard, it’s hard to envision this thing turning into a mech. But model maker RAY Studio used his imagination and crafting skills to transform this $300 groomer into a detailed figure inspired by War Machine from the Iron Man series.

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Morphia Coloring Books

Morphia Coloring Books

Artist Kerby Rosanes‘ coloring books are loaded with intricate illustrations of fantasy worlds, combining coloring with a hide-and-seek challenge. The series includes Animorphia, Imagimorphia, Fantomorphia, Geomorphia, and our fave, Mythomorphia, loaded with dragons, griffins, and other mythical creatures.

Transient 3

Transient 3

During 2020, photographer and filmmaker Dustin Farrell spent the better part of six months, driving more than 38,000 miles to chase down storms and shoot footage. The end result, 101 incredible shots of nature’s fury in action, compiled into an epic 3-minute short film.

Sculpting the Colossal Titan

Sculpting the Colossal Titan

(Gore) Attack on Titan’s Chō ōgata Kyojin aka “Colossal Titan” is one of the most terrifying and gruesome characters in the history of anime. Artist Dr. Garuda shows off his process as he sculpts a miniature clay model of the powerful god of destruction, exposed musculature and all.

Lifelike Balloon Animals

Lifelike Balloon Animals

Masayoshi Matsumoto is no birthday party balloon artist. Nope, his specialty is creating complex balloon animals that belong in an art gallery. His inflatable sculptures require many more bends and twists than typical balloon art, resulting in greater detail and realism. Check out his YouTube channel for tutorials.

Drone Goes Bowling

Drone Goes Bowling

With the proper pilot at the controls, photography drones can capture visuals that once seemed impossible, like this sequence shot by Jay Christensen. The scene starts outside of Minneapolis’ Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater, zooms down the lanes, through the pinsetters, around the bar, then into the movie theater.

The Clink Room Baseball Caps

The Clink Room Baseball Caps

The Clink Room produces apparel designed by independent artists. Their hats are especially great, with bold images that look like team mascots. Each design is printed onto a New Era 59Fifty fitted baseball hat. Some of our faves are Rex, Parallel Dimensions, One-Armed Bandits, and the already in pre-production Rocket Pops.

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