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Sara Halas

Sara is a university student/poet/green tea drinker from Australia. Her favourite magazine is The New Yorker, and her favourite author is Nicole Krauss.

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The Book Seer app will suggest a good read for you

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Friday 13 September 2013

Looking for a good book to read? Just tell the BookSeer the title and author of the last book you read, and he’ll give you a list of books he thinks you would enjoy. If you live in the UK, he can also direct you to your closest bookshop or local library. The BookSeer is […]

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Fallen Tree bench: an oak meets sleek design

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By Sara Halas in New Design on Friday 13 September 2013

A fallen oak meets sleek design in the Fallen Tree bench, created by designer Benjamin Grain-Dorge. On one side, he supports the bench with branches that are virtually unaltered. On the other, a simple piece of glass. The way he’s found a balance between the two is astounding.

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Lamp created from recycled drink packets

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By Sara Halas in New Products on Friday 13 September 2013

Designer Ed Chew has created these cool looking lamps using drink packets that are unfolded and then refolded into hexagonal and pentagonal sections. They reflect shadows and patterns on the surfaces around them, and can be arranged into a geodesic sphere or any other desired shape. Perfect for those of us who are environmentally conscious.

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Norquay Co Paddles: the trendiest out on the water

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By Sara Halas in New Products on Friday 13 September 2013

Norquay Co, based in Montreal, Canada, have launched a series of painted canoe paddles. There are five collections all together, each named after a place in Canada (just like the brands name). You’d certainly be the trendiest out on the water if you took these for a spin.

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The Music Box by Daniel Cloud Campos

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By Sara Halas in Video on Thursday 1 August 2013

When you’re looking for an apartment and find a place that really speaks to you, there’s no going back. Even if the owner of the building thinks you’re a bit crazy. The kid in The Music Box (from the film Welcome Home by Daniel Cloud Campos) discovered just this when this old loft joined forces […]

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BUILD: modular furniture that tesselates

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By Sara Halas in New Products on Thursday 1 August 2013

These five-sided units designed by Jack Godfrey Wood and Tom Ballhatchet for Movisi are lightweight and give the user freedom to control how their furniture looks, whether they are vertically stacked to make a side table with hidden storage space, mounted on the wall like a piece of art or made into a side partition […]

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Christina Stephens builds a prosthetic leg from, erm, LEGOS

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By Sara Halas in New Trends on Thursday 11 July 2013

Even though a Lego prosthetic is hardly practical, the building of one that is comfortable and actually fits is a feat to be comended. Christina Stephens, an occupational therapist and researcher, had her left foot amputated last year after it was crushed beneath the car she was rebuilding. The idea was suggested by a co-worker […]

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The Prix Émile Hermès 2014 is now open

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By Sara Halas in New Events on Thursday 11 July 2013

The Prix Émile Hermès for 2014 is now open, and all young designers are encouraged to enter. The Foundation d’entreprise Hermès recognises the importance of supporting creativity, and developed the prize to salute designs whose purpose and meaning reflects society’s current and future needs. This years theme is based on our need to escape the […]

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Video love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area

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By Sara Halas in Video on Thursday 11 July 2013

Adrift is, as described by photographer Simon Christen, ‘a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area’. And what a romantic letter it is, Simon woke up at 5am almost every day for two years to take photographs of the fog above San Fransisco at sunrise. Sometimes, even after checking the forecast, […]

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Petcube: now you can watch and play with your pet from your smartphone

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By Sara Halas in Tech on Thursday 11 July 2013

As a dog owner who misses her pooch terribly when she’s travelling, the Petcube might make things a little easier for me. It’s a gadget that allows you to play, talk to and watch your pet through your smartphone. It’s connected to your home WiFi, and consists of a micro computer, video camera and a […]

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Bizarrely chaotic paintings by Oliver Vernon

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By Sara Halas in New Art on Thursday 13 June 2013

Californian artist Oliver Vernon’s chaotic paintings don’t make a lot of sense at first glance, but that’s the reason I like them: after staring at the image for a while, each person will interpret the strange shapes and colour combinations in a totally unique way. His art has previously been described by the David B […]

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Cinemagraphs: stunning GIFs made from photography mixed with video

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By Sara Halas in New Photography on Wednesday 12 June 2013

A cinemagraph is a GIF image that combines still photography with video. Developed in 2011 by Jamie Beck and Kevin Berg, these images juxtapose a motionless background with one or two elements that move, creating a pretty cool effect. I especially like their New York ones, what better place to encourage the viewer to notice […]

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A decaying bread world: art series by Johanna Martensson

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By Sara Halas in New Art on Wednesday 12 June 2013

Johanna Martensson, an artist from Sweden, took photographs of model buildings made of bread as they decayed to represent the destiny of our cities once humans are extinct. She was inspired by an article that described how well the Earth would do without us.

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Silk: Interactive art controlled by your computer mouse

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By Sara Halas in Tech on Wednesday 12 June 2013

Silk is a website/art experiment designed by Yuri Vishnevsky, a software engineer from Massachusetts. With just a few clicks of your mouse you can unleash your creative side, playing with colours, shapes and a mirror to make your own designs. The background music by Mat Jarvis gives the whole site a very spacey feel. You can […]

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Some of the world’s most unique libraries

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By Sara Halas in Architecture on Saturday 8 June 2013

Even in this digital age, there really are some libraries in the world that are worth a visit. Those included in this collection all have unique features: for example, being the greenest building in Amsterdam, housing the first editions of Homer and Plato, or chaining their books to the shelves. My inner child would be […]

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