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Japanese Movie Theater Keeps Patrons Warm and Toasty With Heated ‘Kotatsu’ Tables

Sometimes, during exceptionally cold winter weekends, nothing sounds better than watching a film while curled up at home. But what if you could experience the cozy warmth of your bed while sitting in the cinema? Well, in one innovative Japanese movie theater, you can! At Let's Cine Park in …

Furniture

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

People Are Creating Their Own Wickedly Funny Brexit Stamps

As Britain marches closer to Brexit, a new controversy has opened up about whether or not to honor the event with a commemorative stamp. The campaign, launched by UK tabloid The Sun, gained the backing of a few politicians, but was shot down by the Royal Mail, which released a statement saying …

Titanic

25+ of the Most Creative Protest Signs From the 2018 Women’s March

One year ago, over five million of people from around the world took to the streets as part of the history-making Women's March. The protest was against the newly-inaugurated Trump administration and all it stood for, and it helped ignite a spark for change in 2017. The anniversary of this event …

Harry Potter

Ingenious ‘Chairpod’ Is a Camera Tripod with a Built-In Chair

Photographers with tired legs and sore backs can rejoice thanks to the soon to be released <i>Chairpod HY 127</i>—a camera tripod and chair in one. Designed by Japanese tripod manufacturer Velbon, the clever camera equipment not only helps to stabilize your camera, but the built-in seat allows you to sit …

Furniture

Artist Hand-Stitches “Floating Embroidery” on Translucent Tulle Fabric

Embroidery is a delicate art at the best of times, but Russian textile designer Katerina Marchenko takes the skillful craft to the next level. By hand-stitching nature-inspired embroidery designs onto net-like tulle fabric, Marchenko creates mesmerizing floating illusions. The dazzling designs …

Sewing

15+ Art Classes Online to Spark Your Imagination This Week

Our lives are busier than ever, but it's important that, among the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we still take time for ourselves. Learning a new skill is a great way to foster a lifelong relationship with education that will enrich your life and ultimately boost your happiness. Online …

Photographers

6 Important Impressionist Painters Who Shaped the Iconic Movement

In the 1870s, the western art world was turned upside-down with the emergence of Impressionism, an avant-garde art movement. Born in Paris, France, Impressionism was founded by a unique group of artists who each opted to abandon traditional rules of art in favor of a new approach. Characterized by …

Art History

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 …

Hong Kong

Artist Creates Visual Diary with Daily Miniature Paintings on Used Tea Bags

At the beginning of 2015, New York-based artist Ruby Silvious embarked on a new project called <i>363 Days of Tea</i>, a visual diary of miniature paintings and collages on used, emptied-out tea bags. While many discard their used tea bags, Silvious celebrates the popular, daily tea-drinking ritual by …

Art

8 Print Artists That Will Inspire You to Try Silk Screen Printing at Home

Today, we have many perks to life thanks to technology. What was once a far more arduous process, is simplified with the right mechanisms. One of these labor-inducing tasks of the past is the act of creating copies or prints of art. The hardest part of creating copies of a print today is pushing a …

Artists

Designers Use Aerial Scans to Turn Any Street in Chicago into Detailed 3D Models

A master of transforming architecture into sculpture, Microscape, is back with another highly detailed site model of a beloved American city. After the enormous success of their New York City scale model, they are back with another 1:5000 scale replica of Chicago.<p>Microscape's 3D printed cities are …

Urbanism

8 Renaissance Artists Whose Work Transformed the Art World

Viewed as a much-needed revival of art and culture, the Renaissance played a pivotal role in ushering Europe out of its Dark Ages and into a world of enlightenment. Beginning in the 14th century and coming to an end in the 17th, this “golden age” swept the continent, culminating in two distinctive …

Art History

Photographer Captures Busy But Beautiful City Streets Unique to Tokyo

Photographer Tatsuto Shibata (known as _deepsky on Instagram) is known for his ability to capture the spirit of modern Tokyo. From the chaotic main avenues to quiet side streets, Shibata's photographs show just how multi-faceted the metropolis really is.<p>Even oft-photographed spaces, such as the …

Japan

Artistic Baker Creates Mesmerizing Cakes Covered in Glossy Mirror Glaze

With a self-proclaimed “passion in patisserie,” culinary artist Ksenia Penkina crafts cakes that are as fun to stare at as they are to sample. While the Vancouver-based baker dabbles in all sorts of desserts, her mesmerizing mirror-glazed mousse cakes have proven to be her most popular …

Dessert

Celebrities Are Sharing Their Art History Doppelgängers Found With Google’s Art App

By now, you've probably heard of the Google Arts and Culture app. Its newest feature matches you with your art history doppelgänger, and the response to it has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Screenshots of it have been dominating social media feeds since it was released, and the app's fame has …

Kristen Bell

Funny Guy Reveals What’s Going On Beyond the Edges of Famous Album Covers

Russian Photoshop wizard Igor Lipchanskiy sprinkles his technical skills and good dose of humor on famous album covers, transforming them into something completely—and hilariously—different. Lipchanskiy creates funny Photoshopped versions of the covers, expanding them out to see what “really” …

Yoko Ono

9 Creative Products to Help You Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you're one of those people who make New Year's resolutions, by now you've either backpedaled on your promise or are fully immersed in making sure you keep yourself on track. In fact, a poll by Statista shows that almost 70% of Americans made at least one New Year's resolution. And believe it or …

Richard Branson

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 …

Europe

How the Pioneers of Pointillism Continue to Influence Artists Today

Neo-Impressionists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac pioneered a painting technique, dubbed <i>Pointillism</i>, that was revolutionary for its time. Bored of traditional paintings, artists of the era were searching for new ways to make “impressions” of landscapes and day-to-day life. Seurat and Signac looked …

Artists

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 …

Gaming

Photographer Documents Dazzling Designs of Cuba’s Mosaic and Tile Floors

For years, travel-loving photographer Sebastian Erras has creatively captured the artistic flair of cities around the world. While his portfolio includes everything from symmetrical shots of Lisbon's decorated storefronts to polychromatic pictures of a pop-up basketball court in Paris, he is most …

Bathrooms

Sexist Vintage Ads Completely Reimagined Just by Reversing Gender Roles

You don’t have to look far to find sexist vintage ads. In the middle of the 20th century, these advertisements were considered completely normal and even amusing. Nowadays, they're not just dated but appalling for the misogynistic treatment of women they display. (Of course, these types of gendered …

Gender

Rainbow Tunnel Made of 120,000 Paper Numbers Visualizes the Passage of Time

Tokyo-based architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux is known for creating multi-sensory installation art using bright colors as three-dimensional elements. For her latest project, as part of an ongoing <i>100 Colors</i> series, Moureaux created her largest rainbow-hued art installation to date. Most …

Hair

Photographer Seamlessly Creates What ‘Star Wars’ in Real Life Would Look Like

Photography has the power to make our wildest fantasies a reality. With the fandom that surrounds <i>Star Wars</i>, it should come as no surprise that people like to imagine what it’d be like if R2-D2 was bleep-blooping down the sidewalk alongside everyday people. Photographer Laurent Pons creates a world …

Eiffel Tower

Couple Defies Gravity by Getting Married 400 Feet Suspended in Mid-Air

There are many ways to say “I do” but few are as daring as Ryan Jenks and Kimberly Weglin. After getting engaged on a space net in Moab canyon, the adventurous couple decided to have their wedding in the same place—suspended net and all. When the big day finally came, Jenks and Weglin said their …

Weddings

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 …

Japan

Former Painter Captures Stunning Photos of Magical Landscapes Around the World

Turkish photographer Cuma Cevik organizes adventurous trips to a wide range of countries after being inspired to shoot incredible landscape photography around the world. Bringing along curious travelers, they set out on photo safaris to capture the magical landscapes of each setting. Interestingly, …

Faroe Islands

Record Low Temperatures Break Thermometer in “World’s Coldest Village”

Living in the “coldest village in the world,” residents of Oymyakon, Russia, are familiar with freezing temperatures. However, this year, the cold has been exceptionally bitter, causing the tiny town’s digital thermometer to break at a bone-chilling -62° Celsius (-80° Fahrenheit).<p>Each winter, the …

Climate Change

Empowering Photo Series Explores Inequality and Discrimination Through Body Art

Today, body art has taken on an empowering role in the realm of activist art. Detailing everything from hidden insecurities to invisible illnesses, this medium has the power to communicate individuals’ issues in a deeply personal yet straightforward way. For their series, <i>I’m Tired</i>, socially …

Feminism