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The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

Lampshade doubles up as showerhead in this light shower

The sun, as they say, always comes after the rain. But why not have both — and in your home? Oki Sato of Tokyo-Milan based design firm Nendo dreamt …

Nelson Mandela by Marco Cianfanelli (r) Created by South African artist Marco Cianfanelli, “Release” is a gorgeous monument to a true icon of peace: Nelson Mandela. To mark the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s capture by apartheid police in 1962, Cianfanelli created 50 columns of painted laser-cut steel in the South African town of Howick.

Street Artist Ludo Merges Technology and Nature to Create a New Order of Hybrid Organisms | Colossal

<p>Paris-based artist Ludo (previously) has been active lately with works popping up all over France. His trademark monochromatic paste-ups with …

These shadowy light fixtures will make any room a trippy one

Architizer has identified shadow-creating light fixtures as a 2013 trend and rounded up some with pretty trippy silhouettes. Must say, Tom Dixon’s …

Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

We're building a comprehensive, firm-wide resource for project specifications.<p>Project Connections give your design work the spotlight it deserves.<p>Find the best brands for every architectural product and material.<p>Low-rise, high-density housing attempts to combine the best elements of both urban and …

glass house in an artist's backyard, by metaphor with guitars and sketches scattered within a softly lit space, a new restaurant in bangkok channels the cozy feel of an artist's studio, while an open cooking table invites guests to explore menu options directly with the chef. http://www.designboom.com/design/restaurant-influenced-by-an-artists-backyard-by-metaphor/

...a rainy day in Lisbon (j) by Sergiy Zelman Shcheblykin

giant sand castles pop up around NYC first dragons and dinosaurs, now this? it's been scorching hot but that's no mirage: super-detailed 18-foot tall sand castles really are popping up around new york. http://www.designboom.com/art/giant-sand-castles-pop-up-around-nyc/

In the #garden

"Green-violet ears" by Jeffrey Muñoz (j)

observing #nature