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Sydney street artist Beastman hits Smirnoff bottles

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Friday 16 March 2012

Over the years, I’ve delighted in watching Brad Eastman’s artistic journey on walls, canvas and photos. Sydney’s very own Beastman has gone from commissioning street art on Arnold Lane and spicing up Oxford Art Factory walls, to collaborating with vodka big shots, Smirnoff.

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Pocket Phone Wallet by Hard Graft

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By Michelle Wilding in New Fashion on Friday 16 March 2012

If you’re like Jerry Seinfeld and have trouble admitting that you use a man-bag, then the next best thing is an iPod bag. Let’s face it: all a guy needs on the go is a mobile phone, bank card and the clothes on his back. That’s why this aesthetically-pleasing Pocket Phone Wallet by Hard Graft […]

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Choi Jeong-Hwa’s Doors art transforms downtown Seoul

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Friday 16 March 2012

How do you know what door to walk through when there are literally 10,000 doors on a building to choose from? Your average Joe might ask that question, but it’s clear that South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa is challenging the perception of art. Yet again. He’s a firm believer that art should engage with the greater population and that you can find Korean art outside of museums and galleries. So he stacked the brightly coloured recycled doors on top of each other on a 10-story high rise building in bustling downtown Seoul.

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Portraits carved on the side of destroyed houses and walls

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Friday 16 March 2012

Explosive, intricate faces etched into the surfaces of various Shanghai walls? As per usual, any medium goes with Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils. He has continued his love-affair with carving portraits on the side of destroyed houses and walls. Catch his latest solo exhibition at 18 Gallery Shanghai from March 31.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson reaction comics

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By Michelle Wilding in New Illustration on Friday 16 March 2012

If you’re not aware of the Neil Degrasse Tyson Reaction comics sprawling across the Internet by now, you ought to start paying attention because it’s frigging hilarious. Basically, it’s a rage comic character with the face of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson posing in a defensive gesture. To poke fun at arrogant and boastful comments posted on the net, the image is often associated with the catchphrase: ‘watchout guys, we’ve got a badass over here’.

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Metro Wearable Flash Drive

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By Michelle Wilding in New Products on Friday 23 December 2011

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with misplacing my little SanDisk USB stick. That’s why I think Rene Lee’s Metro Flash Drive is one of the savviest, aesthetically pleasing pieces of digital stationary designed this year. It integrates a clever pen clip at the front of the device so you can pop it […]

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Nicki Minaj Barbie Doll (all in the name of charity)

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By Michelle Wilding in New Trends on Friday 23 December 2011

It’s ironic how so many females refer to themselves as Barbies, but the vast majority will never actually get to be one. But for Nicki Minaj, that’s an entirely different story. Mattel’s Barbie crew teamed up with the Young Money rapper to bring her Barbie persona to life in the name of charity. Think classic […]

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Alpina M1 Vintage Sunglasses

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By Michelle Wilding in New Fashion on Friday 23 December 2011

Add a little swagger to your style with the Alpina M1 vintage sunglasses. The 80s-made shades have been worn by the likes of Rick Ross, Jazy-Z, Victoria Beckham and Stevie Wonder to name a few. And now they’re available to buy at Bangkok’s funky SuperrZaaap! Terminal 21 store.

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Baked Victorian-inspired cookies

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By Michelle Wilding in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 10 December 2011

From gold embroidered royal iced flowers to brocaded cameo decor topped treats, Amber Spiegal has a real knack for baking and decorating Victorian-inspired cookies in her aptly named Etsy store, SweetAmbs.

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Desktop Microwave Oven by Steve Gates

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By Michelle Wilding in New Products on Tuesday 6 December 2011

Last week brought us the Wake N’ Bacon, and now we’re being spoilt with even more convenience: the desktop microwave oven. It’s the ultimate time-saver and workspace companion. Designed by Steve Gates, this appliance is built to suit a specific line of heat and eat meals that come pre-packaged with RFID tags. It’s fully operational […]

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Brandaids (aka designer bandaids)

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By Michelle Wilding in New Design on Friday 2 December 2011

Indulging in a new Louis Vuitton handbag may heal a fashion-conscious victim’s broken heart. But if you’ve got a nasty graze, then I suggest high-maintenance fashionistas continue to heal in style with Brandages: custom designed bandaids inspired by an array of top fashion brand logos and signature patterns. Now, where is Versace?

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Sexed-up Disney characters

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By Michelle Wilding in New Illustration on Thursday 1 December 2011

Aww, shucks! Finnish graphic design student enthusiast Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinenhas recently sexed-up our favourite Disney characters by envisioning them in real life, achieved by employing a whimsical, life-like interpretation to turn these female characters into fully-fledged women.

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Scrabble Cushion Covers

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By Michelle Wilding in New Products on Thursday 1 December 2011

Scrabble addicts and Words with Friends enthusiasts can flaunt their love for linguistics to visitors with these neat word cushion covers. Etsy retailer Bambina designed and manufactures them using sturdy cotton canvas with felt lettering.

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CastMedic Moon Boots

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By Michelle Wilding in New Products on Thursday 1 December 2011

Damn! Why didn’t I know about these strikingly fashionable medical boots when I fractured my foot earlier on in the year? Unfortunately, I was stuck in a very boring, garden-variety, plain black moon boot for six weeks when I could have been rocking one of these stylish babies.

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Andrea Bricco creates art from the food on her plate

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Thursday 1 December 2011

Andrea Bricco gives the expression playing with food on your dinner plate a whole new meaning. Her new series looks far better than my childhood attempts at making masterpieces out of mash potato and other vibrant vegies.

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