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Vector-like illustrations by Malika Favre

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By Rani Nugraha in New Illustration on Tuesday 15 November 2011

Using a lot of colour blocking, there’s a certain kind of sauciness to the works of French born, now London-based illustrator Malika Favre. Her oevre of vector-like pieces use mostly primary colours to depict racy little scenes between friends, lovers and hybrid animal-lady things. Wallpaper Magazine quite likes her stuff, and so do we.

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Colette Concept Store in Paris: a mecca of hip

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By Rani Nugraha in Cool Travel on Saturday 12 November 2011

The Colette concept store in Paris takes everything that’s hot in street culture and couture and combines them effortlessly into one 740m2 mecca of chic. It was hip before hip was even happening. The store may have been around for nearly fifteen years, but the fact that it’s still white hot and packed at any given time of the day cements it as a global institution in this fickle world of trends.

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How Max Zorn creates his tape-art works

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By Rani Nugraha in New Art on Saturday 12 November 2011

We first told you about Max Zorn in July this year when his fresh tape-art works were just in Amsterdam. Tinkering with nothing more than an exacto knife, some packing tape and plastic sheets, it takes wrapping his work around street lamps to see the pieces in all their glory as the complex layers of slicing and shading formations take their full effect.

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French street artist C215

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By Rani Nugraha in New Art on Tuesday 18 October 2011

French street artist C215 certainly knows how to colour coordinate. Whether he uses a rainbow palette or split complimentary hues in his pieces, he manages to combine the perfect colour harmonies to capture the essence of the moment in his intimate portraits.

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Fuck Yeah, Ryan Gosling

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By Rani Nugraha in Cool Websites on Tuesday 18 October 2011

We are more than willing to overlook that unfortunate stint he had with the Mickey Mouse Club because The Gos-meister reigns supreme. He loves his ma, he breaks up street fights, and the boy can actually act.

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Artlantique: turning old boats into cool furniture

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By Rani Nugraha in New Eco on Thursday 22 September 2011

Reinventing from ship to shore, Catalan designer Ramon Llonch works with local West African craftsmen to turn old boats (used by the fisherman of Senegal) into quirky and colourful domestic furniture. One-of-a-kind hutches, chests, chairs, tables and a banging foosball table are among the eclectic collection of upcycled domestic fittings. The pieces are currently available in Barcelona and Paris.

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Shwood make sunglasses from broken skateboard deck

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By Rani Nugraha in New Eco on Sunday 14 August 2011

They handcraft sunglasses out of different types of timber and slot in some quality Carl Zeiss lenses. Skateboards are (largely) made out of wood. It seems only logical, then, that Oregon-based artisans Shwood would experiment with the remnants of pro skater Keith Hufnagel’s broken deck to see what happens. The result? Turns out eco-innovation can […]

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Casa Camper: stylish boutique hotel in Barcelona

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By Rani Nugraha in Cool Travel on Friday 22 July 2011

The team at Camper took the same flourish that they use to design simple and comfortable shoes and created a slick little space for weary heads to lay. Converting a typical 19th century building in the middle of Barcelona’s gritty El Raval area into a boutique hotel, Casa Camper is sparse in furnishings but heavy on stylish, fun and hip accents.

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Bar Rectum: an anatomically correct drinking space

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By Rani Nugraha in New Design on Friday 22 July 2011

At sixteen metres long and four metres wide, Bar Rectum is a giant fiberglass sculpture that has all the amenities of a working bar. Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout’s anatomically correct drinking space starts at the tongue and concludes at the complete opposite orifice.

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Chairs made from 111 recycled coca-cola bottles

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By Rani Nugraha in New Design on Thursday 21 July 2011

Same same, but different! In the 1940s, American manufacturing company Emeco brought the world a design legend in their virtually indestructible aluminum Navy chairs. While the originals were once just standard décor on US Naval destroyers and submarines, the new millennium incarnations are now in demand for furbishing more chic establishments on dry land.

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Posters in Amsterdam

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By Rani Nugraha in New Design on Saturday 9 July 2011

Design study, anthropological investigation, or just urban environment observations? Posters in Amsterdam is a project that takes a collective look at the advertising allsorts that line the heresaid city’s streets.

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