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Low Lai Chow travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past. Find out more about her at lowlaichow.com.

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This electronic frame will bring Internet art into your home

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Tuesday 22 July 2014

An electronic screen you can hang off the walls at home with, that pipes in art from the Internet? Yes. Energy-efficient device E01 is the creation of New York based Electric Objects that promises ‘to fade into the background, like a photograph or painting’ and be ‘a part of your home, affording you the chance […]

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Futuristic non-bikini swimwear that is anything but blah

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Tuesday 22 July 2014

Larger-than-life, futuristic and funky: that’s how we think of the swimwear creations of designer Nikki Lee Penny, the founder of edgy Australian brand N.L.P. since 2012 with an appetite for neoprene and rubber fabrications. The designs are decidedly punchy, while the cuts are avant-garde in a structural kind of way.

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Old books, refurnished with plants

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 22 July 2014

Sherri Green, who cuts the hearts out from books and waterproofs them as repurposed planters for beautiful potted flora, is a genius at this. It’s all came about as a result of Green’s green fingers — the gardener has always tried to find a way to keep plants despite limited yard space — and is […]

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Ethereal fiber optic art that illuminates the dark

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 21 July 2014

Just look at these: Italian artist Carlo Bernardini’s abstract point-to-point light installations with light lines slicing through the air to form angular, geometric sculptures that seem to suspend above ground. Out in the streets or within the confines of a building, these are just marvelous.

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Don’t let the book bugs bite! Open books absolutely engulf this headboard

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 21 July 2014

Canberra-based graphic designer Kassandra wanted a homelier feel to her new apartment when she moved in a couple of years ago, so she snapped up lots of old books from a thrift shop, and hammered 27 of these onto wood that was then put up as the headboard. It looks glorious, though we can’t help […]

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Thai citizens show you how to render mermaid cosplay the budget way

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 21 July 2014

A Thai TV serial drama titled รักนี้…หัวใจมีครีบ (loosely translated as Mermaid’s Love) has captured the palpitating hearts of many ardent Thai viewers and made them swoon collectively with its lighthearted school-life romance drama that revolves around some handsome marine science students and pretty tail-swishing mermaids.

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Einstein posing with his mini-me

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Sunday 20 July 2014

When the Yale Puppeteers staged a show at Teatro Torito in the 1930s featuring a lookalike marionette of Albert Einstein, legend had it that Einstein, who attended the performance, was tickled enough to crumple a letter and stuff it into the puppet’s outfit to give the latter a rounder girth, like the man himself. What […]

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Under-desk hammock for your feet — and cats in the house

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Sunday 20 July 2014

Forget the full-size hammock. It keeps us from being productive. All we need this is this mini hammock that hangs from underneath our desk, so we can prep our feet up on as we work our ass off. Called the Fuut, this invention is from the cool cats of Korean-based Connect Design — and, speaking […]

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Ink in these tattoos in this glorious colouring book

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Sunday 20 July 2014

Brooklyn-based illustrator Megamunden, who’s pledged himself guilty of leaving behind ‘a trail of work on walls, billboards, magazines, figurines, products, paper and skin’, has merged his love for tattoo art with illustration and made us ink-artist wannabes with a tattoo colouring book that lets anyone ink in pages and pages of his great tatt art […]

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Can’t stand colleagues? Roll your chair into this incredible sealed private chamber for one

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Saturday 19 July 2014

How crazy is this? The Cozy Room — a personal work station you can slip in and have all four walls and ceiling close in on you once you roll your chair in — looks a tad elaborate, but also so comforting, if not a wee bit claustrophobic at the same time. Good if you’d […]

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Baby stops crying to listen and dance to NIN

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 19 July 2014

When you can’t beat them, join them. YouTube user and dad Gary Kennedy, who was confronted by the noise of his crying baby girl, somehow found that playing noise back in the form of Nine Inch Nails — ‘Copy of A‘ from the Hesitation Marks album to be specific — distracts her into dancing happily […]

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Robert De Niro really did have a taxi driver license

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 19 July 2014

As part of his preparation for his Taxi Driver role, Robert De Niro not only learnt how to drive a taxi, heeven spent some weekends driving a real cab. Apparently a passenger recognized the method actor and remarked rather astutely, ‘Well, that’s acting. One year the Oscar, the next you’re driving a cab!’

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This washing machine will keep your clothes clean with dirt-sucking robot fish

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 19 July 2014

As part of the Electrolux Design Lab competition, industrial design student Chan Yeop Jeong submitted a concept idea for Pecera, a washing machine that washes clothes without detergent. Instead, taking a cue from the popular Dr Fish feet treatment — which has little Garra Rufa fish nibbling at the dead skin cells of feet — […]

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High heels you can skin and reskin as often as you like

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Saturday 19 July 2014

In early 2012, Anthony Ciccarelli started thinking about how high heels take up a massive amount of space, and started designing heels that come with interchangeable covers. Called High Pheels, the closed toe platform pumps come with fabric-lining on the insides of the shoe to make for a more comfortable walk. There are also plans […]

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Meet this Bambi wolf with legs that’ll make you go ‘whoa!’

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Saturday 19 July 2014

All right, the maned wolf’s name may not be Bambi, but you’ve got to admit it looks gorgeous. This particular species of wolf, which lives in the grasslands and the scrub forest, looks more like a fox-deer hybrid with long legs that go on forever. These pin thin legs are functional too — they enable […]

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