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Low Lai Chow

Low Lai Chow is a spacebar invader and freelance writer from Singapore. She travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past.

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The Photoshop erase tool is now wiping out the ugly bits of London

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 28 March 2014

Haha! Ad creatives Guus Ter Beek and Tayfun Serier sure have a sense of humor. Through their Street Eraser project, the duo are now putting up giant cutouts of the iconic Photoshop erase tool effect in the streets of London to wipe out the ugly bits, such as billboard ads and road signs. It’s ingenious.

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Swedish guy offers free stay on private island for creatives

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 28 March 2014

This is for real: Singapore-based Swedish author Fredrik Härén, is now inviting creatives to stay at his private island near Stockholm for free. The idea came to him when he bought his first island in the Philippines as a creative escape, and wanted to share the experience when he bought a second island in Sweden. […]

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These hip molecular ice pops prove the future doesn’t suck

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Friday 28 March 2014

David Marx of Berlin-based food lab The Science Kitchen has created these geometric gem-like KYL21 popsicles that look so hip, it hurts. The vegan-friendly ice pops are entirely organic and come without any additives in them. We’d die to get a taste of the future from one of these.

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Why live in buildings when you can live in between them?

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 26 March 2014

We love how Danish designers Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann have ingeniously proposed using the negative space in between buildings as actual living spaces with these cool urban infill design concepts that look really livable and edgy at the same time. Who knew there was so much potential to house more people in already-packed […]

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Lost for 45 years, full 1970 Miles Davis recording now assaults our ears

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By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Monday 24 March 2014

Sure, Miles Davis may have an extensive discography of really good stuff, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about 135 minutes of previously unreleased tracks from his full set at Fillmore 45 long years ago. One of these tracks, Footprints, is now being floated by Legacy Recordings online prior to the boxset hitting […]

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The Food Porn Index will suck you into a vortex of fantastical food

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Friday 21 March 2014

Wow, what is this? A juice produce company has come up with the Food Porn Index that tracks the number of hashtag mentions of food on Twitter and Instagram. Click on any one of the 24 food hashtags on the Food Porn Index (a mishmsh of healthy ones like avocado and unhealthy ones like donuts), […]

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Gigantic wall-sized mural illustrated with a mere Sharpie

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 21 March 2014

Sean Sullivan may have done his overwhelmingly detailed Grand Pale Maw mural with a Sharpie years ago, but that doesn’t stop us from marveling at it still. Thanks to Joey Morris, who took some photos of the work in its various stages of completion, we are able to ogle at this quite happily.

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Why stay at a hotel when you can pack and carry a hotel room?

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 21 March 2014

As part of an exhibition for the Netherlands’ Textielmuseum, Studio Makkink & Bey designed a conceptual series of rooms according to seven historic periods. Even better: each of these can be packed up, rolled up and handily carried. Certainly beats a sleeping bag too.

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Mobile homes for hobos on the move

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 20 March 2014

Winfried Baumann has been designing temporary mobile homes out of material like aluminum and PVC for hobos to wheel about easily and live their nomadic lifestyles with more comfort on the go. These bare-bones shelters have an understated beauty about them.

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Women with PhDs, modeling clothes

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Thursday 20 March 2014

San Francisco-based e-clothing retailer Betabrand has introduced its new spring line modeled by — as the site helpfully informs us — a ‘ravishing roster of PhDs and doctoral candidates’. As its founder Chris Lindland said in an interview: ‘Our designers cooked up a collection of smart fashions for spring, so why not display them on […]

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The most polite firepit burning brightly on a table

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 19 March 2014

We love fireplaces. We love well-crafted furniture. Naturally, we love this fire table made of reclaimed elm wood with its details and design inspired by a 19th-century Pennsylvanian butter churn. Just check out that fire sitting on the table top, calmly spitting out flames as it burns.

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These culinary maps made with food will make you drool

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Tuesday 18 March 2014

We’ve lost count of the times we’ve been bowed over by Henry Hargreaves’ hyperreal food-themed photography. Now he’s collaborated on a new project with food stylist Caitlin Levin again, carving out maps using the food that each country is most known for. Of course, Australia is constructed with shrimps; France has cheese and bread all […]

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Surreal illustrations of people and animals fused with other things

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Tuesday 18 March 2014

Redmer Hoekstra is a pretty good illustrator who has a thing for finding the sweet spot between two utterly irrelevant things (like the owl book from owls and books; and the car hand from a hand and a car) and putting it down as a mashed-up art sketch. These works are so, so, great.

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‘Lost’ woman joins search party looking for her; finds herself

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 18 March 2014

Is this an existential joke or what? A woman who was thought to be missing from a tour group actually joined a 50-person search party to look for her. The confusion started when she changed into a different outfit at a pitstop, causing panic among the other passengers who thought she didn’t make it back. […]

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Breakup infographics predict the demise of your relationship

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 17 March 2014

So there’s the breakup, depressingly quantified in visual charts. That’s the zoomed-in picture. Now, information designers David McCandless and Lee Byron will have you look at the big picture with these breakup infographics using data from the US Census, social media and even a sex survey by condom maker Durex.

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