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The Unique History and Fascinating Evolution of the Japanese Kimono

For generations, Japanese style has been defined by a single garment: the kimono. Historically significant, aesthetically fascinating, and steeped in symbolism, the kimono captures the exquisite elegance of Japanese culture and design, proving that clothing can be much more than meets the eye.<p>Here, …

Interview: Beautifully Colorful Scenes Captured on a Voyage Around the World

British travel photographer Jordan Hammond may only be in his early twenties, but he's already well on his way toward leaving his mark in the industry. His gorgeous photographs spark an immediate wanderlust in viewers, as they follow along on his journey around the world. With a special emphasis on …

Diverse Character Illustrations Made From Iconic Symbols of Their Beloved Cities

One of our favorite illustrators, Federico Babina, is back with a new set of drawings that takes us on a world tour. Sticking to his clear, graphic sensibilities, Babina illustrates some of the most well-loved cities around the world for his new series <i>INKONICITY</i>. From Beijing to Berlin, Istanbul to …

Best of 2017: Top Innovative Design and Technology Developments of the Year

The best design and technology has the ability not only to improve our lives, but make a mark on society. As 2017 winds down, My Modern Met looks back at the most innovative technology and design we've covered this year. Environmentally conscious design continues to be a trend, as large companies …

Photographer Creates Poetic Collages by Seamlessly Blending Stock Photos

Inspired by the world around him, young digital artist Justin Peters creates surreal and serene collages that merge unexpected elements to great success. At just 22 years old, he's carrying on a long tradition of collage art, which has evolved from Cubist masters to the contemporary age of digital …

Ethereal Portraits of Women Who Look Like They’re Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

Inspired by fantasy and fairytales, photographer Bella Kotak creates ethereal images that combine sumptuous color and bountiful nature. Her portraits of women fuse flowers, gorgeous fashion, and picturesque settings, resulting in moments that seem plucked from the pages of a storybook.<p>Kotak …

Everything You Need to Know About Hokusai, the Painter of ‘The Great Wave’

While most people instantly recognize <i>The Great Wave off Kanagawa</i>, some may not know anything about its eccentric creator, Katsushika Hokusai. Having produced a colossal volume of around 30,000 works during his lifetime, <i>The Great Wave</i> woodblock print wasn’t produced until 60 years after he first …

Nintendo Debuts New Way to Play Video Games with Cardboard Accessories

Nintendo is known for their offbeat approach to game consoles. While Playstation and Xbox are competing to be the best PC-style console, Nintendo subverted that trend by creating the Switch, a gaming device you can play either at home or while you’re on-the-go. When launched in 2017, it turned out …

Dynamic Dancers Photographed on the Historic Streets of Prague

Photographer Omar Z. Robles is back with more of his ongoing dance photography series, which depicts ballet dancers moving along the streets of cities around the world. This time, he's made his way to Eastern Europe with a visit to Prague, where he exhibited his work as an Official Fujifilm …

Concrete Water Pipes Reimagined as Micro-Apartments for Innovative Housing Solution

Housing shortages are a reality in many parts of the world, but nowhere more so than Hong Kong, where the average one-bedroom apartment downtown rents for $2,100 and many people are forced into cheap black market apartments called coffin cubicles. But James Law Cybertecture, a Hong Kong-based …

Housing

People Are Snapping Pictures of Unusual Bird Friends Saying “Hello” at Their Windows

Being stuck in an office for 40 hours a week can get monotonous, so when a friend stops by, it can really make a day seem a whole lot brighter. You might think we mean human companions, but we’re talking about friends of the feathered variety. People are snapping photos of birds who ceremoniously …

Birds

Treat Your Pets Like Royalty with Custom-Made Masterpieces

Most pet owners would consider their adored furry friends part of the family, and some might even treat their animals like royalty. Mantelpiece Masterpiece is a website that allows you to transpose photos of your pet’s head onto the body of a classic portrait painting to create a custom …

Pets

People in Tokyo Build the Most Creative “Snowmen” in the World

Winter might mean gray days and bundling up from head to toe, but it’s got one upside—snow. More specifically, the amount of powder that affords people the opportunity to build their own creative snowman. Tokyo recently experienced a bout of heavy snowfall that left abandoned cars, stalled trains, …

Pokémon

25 Temporary Tattoos for Adults That Prove Impermanent Ink Is Fun at Any Age

When it comes to tattoos, most adults assume that permanent ink is the only option. However, many artists and designers today are embracing temporary tattoos for adults, transforming the washable decals into ephemeral works of age-appropriate body art.<p>With delicate motifs, beautiful color schemes, …

Inspiration

Dazzling Couture Collection of Disney-Inspired Dresses Are Both Dreamy and Wearable

From Disney-inspired illustrations, to baby princess photoshoots, and even fairytale-themed weddings, it’s clear that Disney-mania is as strong as ever. And now, Australian couture label <i>Paolo Sebastian</i> has launched a dazzling Disney fairytale-inspired collection for Spring/Summer 2018.<p>Presented at …

Artist Transforms Real-Life Animals into Perfectly Round Ball Creatures

Earlier this year we introduced you to Aditya Aryanto, the photo retoucher who transformed real-life animals into cubed creatures with boxy bodies and squared snouts, in a series entitled <i>Minecraft in Real Life</i> (or <i>Anicube</i>). In his latest series entitled <i>Aniball</i>, Aryanto takes his editing skills in a …

Tutorials

10+ Creative Products by Innovative Startups on Amazon Launchpad Right Now

If you missed out on the clever Kickstarter product you were hoping for or just love supporting innovative entrepreneurs, Amazon Launchpad is the place to look for innovative items from startups. This special section of the online shopping giant highlights the hard work of small businesses, …

Shopping

Short Film Reveals How Seemingly Unrelated Objects Can Bear a Striking Visual Relationship

Napoli-based creative duo Tanello Production describe their film <i>Mirror</i> as “a short story of similar objects.” By showing the objects side-by-side using a split-screen technique, the duo reveal how seemingly unrelated objects can bear a striking visual relationship. Tanello explain that basic shapes …

Short Films

Artists Hand-Blow Molten Glass into Fallen Trees to Create Beautiful Sculptures

Artists Scott Slagerman and Jim Fishman create objects of beauty from molten glass and fallen trees. Working together, the two have sculpted abstract forms that combine warm woods with cheerful translucent tones. In each of the pieces, the remnants of the tree act as an unconventional vase for the …

Modern Art

Father Turns His Kids’ Imaginative Ideas into Charming Wooden Toys Full of Character

Taiwanese artist Yen Jui-Lin hand-carves adorable wooden characters that are so full of personality, they look like they could spring to life at any second. Each of Jui-Lin’s playful “little characters” is co-designed with his two children. Together they share ideas, and then Jui-Lin brings them to …

What Would Darth Vader Be Doing If the Empire Couldn’t Afford to Strike Back?

The infamous Darth Vader is defined by his corrupt deeds that inflicted evil throughout the universe. Good, however, triumphed over evil with rebel forces ultimately destroying the Empire and Vader's prized Death Star. Photographer Michaël Massart imagines his own story of what happened from there, …

Photoshop Master Flawlessly Fuses Disney Princesses with Famous Celebrities on Magazines

Many creatives like to imagine what it'd be like if there were Disney characters in real life. From fashion-forward portraits to harsh realities, these types of series are always a thought-provoking take on the iconic personalities. Digital artist Gregory Masouras continues this trend, but he has …

Extensive Resource of Free Historical Costume Patterns Online

We've already introduced you to thousands of vintage sewing patterns you can purchase online, but what if you're interested in trying your hand at historical dresses? Cosplayer Artemisia Moltabocca has done us all a service by pulling together a fantastic set of free resources for sewing your own …

Marathon Runner Creates Illustrated Maps of Running Routes Around the World

Phil Thompson is an illustrator “who also happens to love running.” His dedication goes the distance (literally) and he has completed one of the most challenging types of races—the marathon. It was during the first of these competitions that he got the idea to create his own illustrated marathon …

Marathons

Illustrations Show What Disney Princesses Would Look Like If They Lived Today

Lately, we've seen Disney Princesses spark the imagination of artists. From reimagining them as Renaissance portraits or fashion illustrations to makeup artists dressing up as their favorite princess, there's something for everyone. But no one has captured the spunky spirit of these heroines quite …

Disney Wedding Dress Collection Lets Any Bride Turn into the Princess of Her Dreams

Many brides want to feel like a princess on their wedding day. And with the ultimate symbol of <i>happily ever after</i> being Disney, what better way than to combine them? For those whose love of films like <i>Sleeping Beauty</i>, <i>The Little Mermaid</i>, and <i>Cinderella</i> knows no bounds, Walt Disney Japan has …

Classic Paintings Reimagined as Tattoos Infused with Korean Art Techniques

Despite tattoo art’s long history and growing popularity, it is still considered taboo in some countries. This is the case in South Korea, where tattooing is considered an illegal activity unless the artist holds a medical license. However, this hasn’t prevented tattoo artist Pitta KKM—whose unique …

Body Art

LEGO House Opens Its Doors to the Public with Incredible Creative Experiences for All Ages

Located in the company's hometown of Billund, Denmark, the highly anticipated LEGO House recently opened its doors to the public. Designed by BIG, the building appears as 21 stacked LEGO bricks topped with colorful terraces that denote the different creative learning areas inside.<p>The experiential …

Japanese Artist Plants Colorful Flower Landscapes to Explore Nature’s Cycle of Life and Death

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto explores the lifecycle of flowers with two incredible botanical sculptures exhibited at the Oi Futuro museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The symbolic work evokes the Buddhist value of contemplating life and death. Viewers are encouraged to reflect on the transience of …

Modern Art

Tattoo Artist Uses Dotwork to Beautifully Illustrate Surreal Storybook Scenes

Hamburg-based tattoo artist Susanne König illustrates surreal fairy tale scenes and whimsical characters using a gorgeous combination of blackwork and dot-work. Just like drawings from children’s storybooks, each piece is equally adorable as it is humorous. Her illustrative style depicts …