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Brightly Embroidered Temari Balls Are a Kaleidoscope of Geometric Design

A form of ancient Japanese folk art, temari balls are brightly colored pieces of needlework covered with elaborate patterns. In the Edo period, aristocratic women created temari balls using pieces of silk from spare kimonos in a challenge toward perfection. To a wider public, they became a …

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25 Must-See Cherry Blossom Photos Around the World

We’ve had a few signs that winter is on its way out, but nothing says, “Spring is in the air!” like the arrival of cherry blossoms, also known as</i> …

Japan

Photographer Captures Stark Stacks of Berlin Housing Projects

Malte Brandenburg’s photo series 'Stacked' pits grim housing blocks against clear blue skies.<p>There’s nothing quite as grim and evocative as the towering public housing blocks that puncture the skies of otherwise modestly residential city sectors. Malte Brandenburg’s photography series, <i>Stacked</i>, …

Our 10 Favorite Coffee Table Books

A space isn’t quite a home until it includes a weighty, oversized tome full of awe-inspiring photography and well-crafted writing waiting to be …

Traveling artist paints breathtaking scenes in her Moleskine journals

American artist Missy Dunaway has found an unconventional canvas on which to creatively document her two years of travel.<p>For nine years, Dunaway has …

Digital Art

Interactive Online Exhibit Explores Intricate Details of Bosch’s Famous Painting

One of the most amazing aspects of advancing technology is the possibility it presents to further expand collective understanding on any number of topics. Ideas can be shared worldwide to engage with wider audiences everywhere. A new interactive exhibit of Hieronymus Bosch's famous <i>Garden of Earthly</i> …

Romantic Photos Capture Candid Moments of Love Between Couples in Public

Love is a beautiful thing. Kisses stolen here and there, in public or in private–it is the simple moments of affection that warm our hearts. Street photographer Mikael Theimer delves into this subject with his candid shots of “lovebirds caught right in the act.” Taken on the streets of Paris and …

Photography

Photographer Captures Charming Diversity of Colorful Front Doors from Around the World

Sparked by a natural curiosity for stunning exteriors, Portuguese photographer Andr Vicente Gonalves began to document the different window architecture that he came across throughout his travels. His project <i>Windows of the World</i>, presented a vibrant collage of glass panes and architectural detail. …

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Fantastical Rainbow Clouds Dust the Skies at Sunset in the UK

Over Scotland and northern England on Tuesday night, residents witnessed an unusually colorful skyline. Following Storm Henry, the United Kingdom was engulfed by cold air that, when combined with high latitudes, allowed nacreous clouds to form. These masses are the result of a rare phenomenon that …

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Surreal Digital Art Recalls Dalí and M.C. Escher

Stefan Krische’s work wears its influences on its sleeve.<p>The digital art Stefan Krische, AKA Gestucks, wears its influences on its sleeve. Whether the artist is animating his own version of Dalí's <i>The Persistence of Memory</i>, or visually recalling the impossible worlds of M.C. Escher, it's clear that …

Banksy's new artwork criticises use of teargas in Calais refugee camp

A new artwork by Banksy criticising the use of teargas in the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais has appeared on the French embassy in London.<p>The artwork, which depicts a young girl from the film and musical Les Misérables with tears in her eyes as CS gas billows towards her, appeared overnight on …

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Tranquil Oil Paintings Reflect Peacefully Rippling Water Scenes

There is something inherently soothing about Ai Shah‘s water paintings.The talented artist manages to effortlessly capture the ripples and reflecting light rays bouncing off the surface of her water portraits, creating a depth and realism within the layers of oil. The Japanese-born Australia-based …

Lake Erie can get extremely violent and these are the photos to prove it

Lake Erie may be the warmest and shallowest of North America's Great Lakes, but it's more beast than beauty. The world's 12th largest lake is notoriously stormy and has been known to pound boats, break walls, and beaches with waves reaching 25 feet.<p>While gusts of wind over 50 miles per hour might …

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The Hidden Geometry Ruling The World

Princeton Architectural Press reissues Bruno Munari’s Square, Circle, and Triangle books.<p>During his prolific career, Bruno Munari expressed his creative vision through painting, sculpture, film, and photography, but books were his greatest medium. Three of his most famous publications are <i>Square</i>,</i> …

A City Abandoned

Project info<p>Tampico is a beautiful tropical city located on the Gulf of Mexico, traversed by canals, dotted with palm trees, graced with kilometers of undeveloped beach.<br>It was the first major port in Mexico and was the centre of gas and oil production for decades, both of which brought in great …

Unite d'Habitation and the Radiant City

What if all public housing projects had been designed by "the Pygmalion of modern architecture," not only their prototype?<p>When post-World War II …

The 10 best concrete buildings

Photograph: Alamy<p>Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, Marseille... both ‘ark and Ararat’.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/997111937a5baab351e9287257d9bffb092f6fd7/0_324_5171_3103/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: www.archdaily.com<p>Los Manantiales restaurant in Mexico …

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Vivid Floral Embroidery Art Woven onto Vintage Tennis and Badminton Rackets

Born and raised in Cape Town, Danielle Clough seems to draw on the country's colourful natural flora to create her striking embroidery art. Making use of thick, bright threads, Clough weaves impressive flowery images and emotional portraits, as well as light-hearted emojis and animals. Substituting …

Brutalism: How unpopular buildings came back in fashion

Post-war concrete architecture was decried by many as ugly – but now Brutalist buildings are back in fashion, writes Jonathan Glancey.<p>Could there ever be a more bizarre choice of name for an architectural movement than Brutalism? How odd that some of the very architects charged with creating …

Architects pick their favourite Brutalist buildings

<b>Brutalism:</b> as part of our ongoing series on Brutalism, we asked architects including Kengo Kuma, David Adjaye and Amanda Levete to reveal their …

Picture of the Day: Earthrise 2015

Photograph by NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently captured a unique view of Earth from the …