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Low Lai Chow

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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These sushi transformers are ready for a food battle

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 15 January 2015

Love sushi? Love Transformers? Then you’d like these. Two rival sushi tribes, the nigiri and makare, inhabit the planet of Sushilias — which all sounds quite banal until you consider the fact that this pretty much means sushi gets into combat mode as they transform into sushiroids. Got to love the Japanese for giving the […]

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Now you can assemble your cathouse from blocks

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 15 January 2015

We’ve all played with building blocks at some point as a kid, but up until now, we’ve never done it for a cat. Now you can snap your own biodegradable cathouse together in a heartbeat with these modular cardboard blocks for the kitty. Unpack the package of two beams, two cubes, tunnel, bridge, slide and […]

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Yes, it’s true: Singapore now has its own cat museum

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 15 January 2015

Wow, there’s now a new cat museum in Singapore that celebrates, well, cats. And we thought the Internet already had that covered. Dubbed Lion City Kitty, it’s not, as the name suggests, just random cat memorabilia on show.

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Behold! The drinking jacket ensures you can drink all you want

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 14 January 2015

We’re impressed: someone has actually built a hoodie full of secret spots for hiding alcohol. That’s not all: it keeps drinks cold and comes with a bottle opener, neoprene koozie pocket, drinking mitts, sunglass holder and a hidden flask pocket. Elaborate? Hell yeah. Why have it any other way?

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Famous people mashups from fitting name puns

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design, New Trends on Saturday 10 January 2015

From Yoko Bono to Smiley Cyrus, these hybrid personalities formed from unlikely split-face mashups based on word-nerdy puns are great for an all-round chuckle.

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Incredible salt art by Motoi Yamamoto

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 10 January 2015

These intricate salt art patterns by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, who dedicated days to create each individual work with table salt, are in turn the visual by-product of Yamamoto’s meditations on his loss — the works are his way of commemorating the memory of his late sister, who lost her life to brain cancer.

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Trippy time-wraping placemat will mess with your mind at mealtime

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 10 January 2015

Japanese design studio A.P. Works has created a placemat made from twill fabric with a silk-screen pattern that uses the strategic placement of cutlery and plates to manipulate the illusion of the latter bending the placemat. Sadly, however, the placemat is not in commercial production yet… all the more reason to scrawl away on your […]

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Finally, contemporary cat houses for cool cats – and their owners

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 9 January 2015

Belgium-based graphic designer Delphine Courier has created a series of geometric cat houses  that are as classy as they are eco-friendly. Made from cardboard and assembled without glue, Courier made these to satisfy her passion for both cats and design.

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Shiba Inu gets a lift, shows us all how to swim in mid-air

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Sunday 4 January 2015

We can’t get enough of watching this Shiba Inu stoically trying to swim in mid-air, but just… can’t… reach the water with his woefully short legs. Thanks to this video by graphic designer Tommy Returntables on Instagram of his dog Maruko doing just that, our day has been made.

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Cool graffiti is peppering the streets of Kochi, India

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 1 January 2015

How apt: a mysterious artist or artists signing off as Guess Who, have been taking to the streets of Kochi in India with a series of amazing street graffiti that reimagine pop culture images with an Indian spin. As Guess Who said to an interview with BBC Tamil in response to those who view graffiti as […]

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Aerial daredevils build massive hammock 400 feet above

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 1 January 2015

A group of daredevils led by slackline enthusiast Andy Lewis recently spent Thanskgiving putting up an impressive spiderweb-like hammock in Utah. Dubbed the Mothership Space Net Penthouse, this playnet hovered 400 feet above the Moab desert floor ground, with highliners making their way across the five perilous legs of the net that went up to […]

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In Gifu, Japan, this mirror-walled cafe reflects the blooming cherry blossoms around it

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Art on Thursday 1 January 2015

Japanese architecture studio Bandesign have created a mirror-lined cafe in Gifu, Japan, along a riverside street along a tourist route. While the inner walls of the single-storey timber-framed building are angled in a way to reflect a row of existing cheery trees, the outer facades are covered in white-painted steel strips with flaming red doors that […]

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Jolly fire-breathing Godzilla Christmas tree knocks the competition out of the woods

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events, New Trends on Tuesday 30 December 2014

We take out hats off to whoever came up with this Godzilla Christmas Tree that apparently appeared in Tokyo’s Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall in 2011, complete with the jolly monstrous tree with fairy lights all over it and red eyes aglow, spewing fiery smoke from its mouth and a Santa hat on its crown. […]

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Try this over-the-top octopus tentacles ring for some sea monster drama in your life

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Monday 29 December 2014

Jason of Beverly Hills CEO Jason Arasheben recently posted a picture of this impressive octopus ring with tentacles splayed across a model’s hand with the cryptic note ‘Diamond Octopus ring takes over Rodeo Drive’. This horrific kickass bit of jewelry doesn’t seem to be available for sale on the site yet, but it needs to be.

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Aw! These penguins in Santa Claus suits will melt your cold, cold hearts

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco, Video on Thursday 25 December 2014

If there is one thing we know we can never tire of, it is cute little penguins dressed up in whatever. Well, specifically for the birthday of Jesus, how about some penguins in Santa Claus suits? This happened last year when an amusement park in South Korea decided to thrill visitors by staging daily festive penguin […]

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