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Molo Design’s portable walls

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By Lin Tan in New Design on Tuesday 26 October 2010

Molo Design’s range of softwalls is basically a portable wall, which allows you to create intimate spaces within a room. The free-standing flexible structure acts as a partition, which you can rearrange at ease as well as expand or contract to (almost) any possible size. Not only that, it’s also 100% recyclable and comes in […]

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Contemporary dance by Hiroaki Umeda

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By Lin Tan in Video on Monday 25 October 2010

In this contemporary dance performance, Hiroaki Umeda alongside some extraordinary lighting design come together to create a visual spectacle to a soundtrack akin to white noise. Umeda’s masterclass hip hop influenced choreography is awe-inspiring, and each move he makes is enhanced by the array of perspectives and illusions the lighting work creates.

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Cloudscapes at the Venice Biennale

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By Lin Tan in New Events on Monday 6 September 2010

The premise behind this architectural installation, featured in this year’s Venice Biennale, is that clouds are nature’s very own framing tool. This poetic tribute to clouds captures the stuff that dreams are made from, and thanks to the engineering team, Transsolar and Japanese-based Tetsuo Kondo architects, people can feel the ethereal texture of walking amongst clouds without having to kiss the sky.

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Chiharu Shiota

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By Lin Tan in New Art on Monday 9 August 2010

Chiharu Shiota is a Berlin-based Japanese artist responsible for these intricate large scale art installations. Allegedly, Shiota had woken up one day and felt as if her entire room was entwined with black thread. This became the inspiration for many of her artworks, where gallery spaces are often illed with zig-zagging thread, creating this impenetrable, sometimes gothic looking, web.

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You Are Beautiful street art displays

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By Lin Tan in New Events on Thursday 29 July 2010

This anonymous crew from Chicago have collaborated with artists from all over the world to produce feel-good, inspiring street art. You can find their lyrical work on top of buildings, on trains, against a park fences, written in a multitude of different languages. But their message is a simple one: ‘You Are Beautiful‘.

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Bruno Cals’ Horizons series

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By Lin Tan in New Photography on Monday 19 July 2010

In his latest series entitled Horizontes, or Horizons, Brazilian photographer Bruno Cals takes architectural photography to a new level. His unique perspectives of building facades sees structures distorted beyond recognition. At times, his photographic interpretations of concrete and steel buildings look like natural landscapes.

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Hu2 Design’s wall stickers

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By Lin Tan in New Design on Wednesday 14 July 2010

Wall stickers are the new wallpaper. From its humble beginnings as a market stall in Brick Lane, to its current location in Soho, Hu2 Design makes very cool art. Now you can get a piece of Hu2 Design in your living room via their fun wall stickers. Their illustrations include eco-friendly reminders to turn off […]

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Auto Residence in Salzburg, Austria

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By Lin Tan in New Eco on Tuesday 13 July 2010

You know what they say: some rides are fine enough to sleep in. Okay, so maybe no one says that but it is quite true in regards to Auto Residence, the car-house located in Salzburg, Austria. The crew at Stadtbaumeister have brought an architectural gem into this historic suburban town by building an eco-friendly, functional home that integrates both the art of architectural engineering with innovative design concepts.

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Serpentine Gallery Architecture

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By Lin Tan in Architecture on Monday 12 July 2010

Every summer for the last ten years, London’s Serpentine Gallery hosts an ambitious architectural programme by inviting architects who have never designed a building in the city before to create a space on the gallery’s pavilion. This year, renowned French architect Jean Nouvel designed this spectacular, dramatic red building which throughout the summer months will be used as a public space for talks, drinks, and a game of outdoor table tennis.

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Claes Oldenburg

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By Lin Tan in New Art on Monday 12 July 2010

What is it about typically tiny things made into giant large scale sculptures that makes it so appealing? Swedish sculptor, Claes Oldenburg does just that by replicating everyday objects into huge, fun, public art installations. At the Tate Modern, a mammoth sized 3-way plug hangs above an exhibition space. And in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Oldenburg’s delectable Spoonbridge and Cherry artwork.

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A Gingerbread House on a cup of tea

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By Lin Tan in Architecture on Thursday 8 July 2010

A gingerbread house sitting on the lip of a hot cup of tea is a comforting and aesthetic treat for any kind of winter blues. Megan, or Not Martha, came up with this very cute idea and on her site she shows people how to create their very own edible cup architecture.

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Solar Equation in Melbourne

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By Lin Tan in Cool Travel on Thursday 8 July 2010

As part of the Light in Winter Festival in Melbourne, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has hung the Sun above Federation Square — almost literally. Although the public art piece, entitled Solar Equation, is 100 million times smaller than our actual Sun, Hemmer uses solar animation in order to simulate flares and sunspots that never repeats itself, making […]

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Ryan McGinley’s M.I.A series

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By Lin Tan in New Photography on Thursday 1 July 2010

I became a big fan of photographer Ryan McGinley after catching sight of his I Know Where The Summer Goes series. He also often photographs celebrities in his own special way, incorporating a kind of edgy theatricality that is so mesmerising. In this series, simply entitled M.I.A., McGinley took some amazingly stunning shots of the […]

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The Float House by Morphosis

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By Lin Tan in Architecture on Tuesday 29 June 2010

As part of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right project in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans — the area infamously known for being catastrophically destroyed by Hurricane Katrina — architectural group, Morphosis designed The Float House in hopes to aid residents in coping with living in the flood-susceptible area. The Float House is green, […]

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Janelle Monáe

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By Lin Tan in Video on Wednesday 23 June 2010

I’m a little excited about Janelle Monáe. There’s something refreshingly odd and electrifying about her. Allegedly, this soul-funk singer, whose happy feet move and groove much like the late James Brown is quite the sci-fi fan. And if you don’t believe me, check out her freshly launched album ‘Archandroid’ which has been described as “an […]

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