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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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More amazing paper cuttings by this maestro of paper art

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 31 December 2014

New York-based artist Maude White, the highly acclaimed marvel of several wondrous paper cuttings, hasn’t been resting on her papery laurels. Since this summer, she has been busy creating even more amazing pieces, if that’s even possible to begin with, in her new collection titled ‘What’s Left on the Farm’.

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Cats and mice who are off to war may want to put on this protective armour first

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Monday 29 December 2014

When the time comes for cats and mice to battle it out, they will probably deck themselves out in Jeff de Boer’s magnificent metallic armours and fight in style. Jeff is a Calgary-based multi-media artist with an international reputation for producing some of the world’s most original and well-crafted works of art. With an emphasis […]

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Mr. Incredibeard has returned with even more unbelievable beard designs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 26 December 2014

Previously, we brought you San Francisco-based facial hair enthusiast Isaiah Webb, aka Mr. Incredibeard, and his epic ramen bowl beard. It was the greatest thing ever. Since then, he’s been busy coming up with new and more astonishing beard styles, like a snowman, a bow tie, an octopus, and a Bane mask.

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These unusual door knockers may reveal what sort of person resides within

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 24 December 2014

With electronic door bells informing us loudly that there’s someone at the door, the door knockers of old have seen their heyday turning into an abyss of the night. Which is a pity, as some of the better designed ones were not only beautifully crafted, they reflected the home owner’s personality and individual flair. As […]

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This Ukrainian duo make the most out-of-this-world creatures out of porcelain

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 23 December 2014

When I think of porcelain, I recall sipping cups of hot tea from granny’s delicate tea set as a child trying to act all grown up. I was that serious, seriously. Try telling that to Ukrainian artists Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev who just wanna have fun with this fragile material.

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Artist turns used paintbrushes into ladies from famous paintings

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 15 December 2014

For San Francisco-based artist Rebecca Szeto, a paintbrush isn’t just her medium, it’s her canvas as well. Instead of just painting to create an artwork, she uses brushes as artworks themselves! By carving out the handles of used paintbrushes, she turns these unsuspecting materials into the ladies from famous paintings, complete with skirts and dresses […]

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These surreal sculptures will change the way you look at the human body

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 12 December 2014

Am I seeing double, triple, or quadruple, even? Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki creates surreal human figures that are bound to haunt your dreams. Using camphor wood and paint, he carves life-sized sculptures that have multiple features, from a woman with three sets of eyes, to another lady with at least eight heads. Sometimes he even […]

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We found a guy who can draw and paint just about anything he sees

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 12 December 2014

While a lot of people have taken to cameras and smartphones to document their travels, Singapore-based artist Cherngzhi Lian takes out his pencils and watercolours to remember the sights and sounds of places. Cherngzhi ‘thinks of his artworks as a study of the world and humanity and uses it as a tool to comprehend the human […]

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Artist reimagines fungi specimens as cute plush toys and brooches

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 11 December 2014

Vancouver-based artist Hine Mizushima has a knack for taking creepy, icky things and turning them into soft, plush, and huggable works of art. Take for example her collection of hand-stitched fungi specimens. Normally, these organisms are better left out in the wild or on someone’s kitchen chopping board, but thanks to Mizushima’s handiwork, they’re now […]

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It’s amazing how many birds this artist can ‘set free’ from just a single feather

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 9 December 2014

You can’t help but be tickled by the feathery artwork of artist Chris Maynard. Using only a small scalpel as his key appliance, and possibly plenty of precision, he presents a vivid and different dimension of each feather; accentuating its inherent beauty and giving it a highly dynamic visibility.

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Take a flight of fancy with these fabric-ated birds of whimsy

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 9 December 2014

Josephine Hague, who is trained in prop design and animation model making, crafted an aviary of delightfully whimsical birds clothed in bits of Japanese and vintage floral fabrics for her commissioned window display of London-based luxe leather designer, Bill Amberg. Seen up close, her creations seem to be chirping out a happy spring song with […]

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Animal sculptures look even better when they’re dressed in steampunk

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 6 December 2014

Russian sculptor Igor Verniy creates sculptures of animals that are reminiscent of more post-apocalyptic times. Instead of having feathers or scales, his lifelike steampunk creations have bodies made of scrap metal, washers, and copper sheets. They’re also made to be fully articulated, able to pose in different positions just like their real-life counterparts. You can […]

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This self-taught Singaporean artist makes his drawings come alive on wooden boards

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 4 December 2014

Give Ivan Hoo some simple basic boards, coloured pencils, pastels and ink and the artist from Singapore will produce some breathtakingly real animals and everyday objects out of them. Even the water he draws seem to be trickling silently. Hoo prefers boards of wood to paper as he feels that the former gives the background a unique texture.

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These terracotta soldiers are bent on making the Qin Emperor cackle in his afterlife

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 3 December 2014

When 8,000 terra cotta soldiers of the Qin Dynasty were discovered by some Chinese farmers in Xi’an in 1974, the world saw their stoic faces determined to protect their emperor in his afterlife. Well, the same emperor would be turning in his grave if he should see what San Francisco artist Lizabeth Eva Rossof has recreated of his terra cotta defense team.

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