Mesmerizing Interiors Of Iran’s Mosques Captured In Rare Photographs By Mohammad Domiri

July 28th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Mohammad Domiri, a talented architectural photographer from northern Iran, takes stunning photos of grandiose mosque architecture throughout the Middle East.

Middle Eastern architecture is often recognized by its elegantly curved arches and spiraling columns, which feature heavily throughout Domiri’s photos. Many of the historic sites Domiri shoots are decorated with colorful stained-glass windows, geometric decorations and painstakingly detailed mosaics, so he shoots with special wide-angle lenses to make sure that he captures all of these details. Because they are historic structures, many of these mosques also impose heavy restrictions on photography – making photos like Domiri’s very rare.

More info: gravity.ir | 500px | Facebook (h/t: dailymail)

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Mesmerizing Interiors Of Iran’s Mosques Captured In Rare Photographs By Mohammad Domiri originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 28, 2014.

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Artist Turns 50 Random Facebook Users’ Profile Photos Into Sloths (You Might Be Next)

July 28th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Hector Janse van Rensburg, a young artist in the U.K., has followed a strange but wonderful path to internet fame. Rensburg, who also goes by Shitty_Watercolour, his handle on Reddit, created a series of watercolor paintings depicting 50 random people on Facebook as sloths.

Rensburg revisited his old watercolor painting set to stave off depression following his rejection from his first-choice university. His first taste of fame was on Reddit, where he painted fellow Redditors’ portraits and greeted celebrities during their “Ask Me Anything” segments by painting portraits of them – he even did one of President Obama that was featured on Obama’s website! These Facebook portraits are part of his recent “sloth period,” during which he has gradually replaced people in his paintings with sloths.

More info: shittywatercolour.com | Facebook | Imgur | Reddit

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“The Mark Zuckerberg like! He actually liked two of them”

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Artist Turns 50 Random Facebook Users’ Profile Photos Into Sloths (You Might Be Next) originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 28, 2014.

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Palestinians Turn Smoke From Israeli Rocket Strikes Into Powerful Images

July 28th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

The conflict between Israel and Palestine has recently been escalated, but many supporters of both sides can agree that any innocent civilian lives lost during the conflict are a tragedy. Several Palestinians have found their own way to grieve for the dead and to cope their strong emotions about the conflict – by drawing images that they see in the smoke rising from the sites of Israeli rocket strikes.

The images that they see in these violent clouds of smoke are shaped by their experience in Palestine – they are full of imagery usually associated with rebellion, resistance and grief. We can only hope that the current violent confrontation between Israel and Palestine comes to an end as soon as possible, for the good of innocent civilians on both sides.

(h/t: inhabitat, lustik)

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Palestinians Turn Smoke From Israeli Rocket Strikes Into Powerful Images originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 28, 2014.

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25 Animals Famous For Their Unusual Fur Markings

July 25th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

After creating an awesome post about funny cat markings, we wondered whether we couldn’t find some fun photos of other animals with interesting, funny or cute markings. We totally did – here’s 25 of them!

Animal markings form randomly (within certain genetic guidelines), so sometimes they can’t help but form shapes that we can recognize. And it probably makes no difference to them whether they’re going to walk around with a mustache or a heart on them for the rest of their lives.

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Source: Guérin Nicolas

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Source: imgur

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Image credits: Joe Motohashi

Source: VenusTheAmazingChimeraCat

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Source: instagram.com/samhaseyebrows

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Source: dailybeast.com

25 Animals Famous For Their Unusual Fur Markings originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 25, 2014.

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Clever Urban Art On Railroad Tracks By Artur Bordalo

July 25th, 2014 by Julija | No Comments | Filed in Design

Trains and railroad tunnels have always been popular canvases for street artists, but this work by Portugese artist Artur Bordalo is probably the first time we’ve seen street art done on the tracks themselves.

Railroad tracks serve as canvases for Bordalo’s clever street art pieces. He started drawing on railways earlier this year in various locations throughout Portugal, incorporating the tracks’ strong horizontal lines into the compositions of his works.

If you want more creative street art, be sure to check out our post about street art that interacts with nature.

More info: bordalosegundo.com| Facebook (h/t: colossal)

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Clever Urban Art On Railroad Tracks By Artur Bordalo originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 25, 2014.

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23 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Plastic Bottles

July 25th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

DIY recycling projects are always cool, especially when you can turn your trash into something new and useful. We’ve written posts about ways to recycle before, but it turns out there’s so much that you can do with recycle plastic bottles that they deserved their own post.

The PET plastic that most plastic beverage bottles are made of is a fairly useful material – it’s resilient, flexible, transparent and food safe. As such, there are probably countless applications for these bottles that will give them second lives. These 23 are a great place to start, but can you think of your own as well?

Vertical Garden

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Source: Rosenbaum and Luciano Huck

Chandelier

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Designed by: Sarah Turner

Broom

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Image credits: unknown

Beautiful Mosaic From Caps Left By Hurricane Sandy

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Designed by Lisa Be | Project Vortex

Spoon Lamp

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Designed by Yaroslav Olenev

Jewelry Stand

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Source: EBLOT

Cherry Blossom Paint Stamp

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Source: alphamom.com

Parking Canopy

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Image credits: Garth Britzman

Bouquet Lamp

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Christmas Tree

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Image credits: stranamasterov.ru

Cute Planters

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Designed by: Seamy’s Deco And House

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Designed by: Maceta Gatuna

Intricate Bottle Vase

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Source: wikihow.com

Durable Purse

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Image credits: Zitta Schnitt

Sci-Fi Rocket Jet Pack

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Image credits: doodlecraftblog.com

Hanging Chandelier

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Image credits: Michelle Brand | blogilates.com

Lake Boat

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Designed by Tom Davies

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Image credits: FijiMe Tour

Pencil/Marker Organizers

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Solar Light Bulb

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Project by Illac Diaz | worldarchitecturenews.co

Ottoman Seat

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Image credits: unknown

Curtain

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Image credits: Michelle Brand

Bottle Cap Decoration

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Image credits: Ilya Naymushinvia

Bird Feeder

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Source: marghanita.com | FamilyFun Magazine

Napkin Ring

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Designed by: Equipe Kazari

23 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Plastic Bottles originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 25, 2014.

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These Spiders Look Like They’re Covered In Mirrors

July 25th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

This isn’t a stained-glass sculpture or piece of delicate jewelry – it’s a real live spider. These spiders, called mirror or sequined spiders, are all members of several different species of the thwaitesia genus, which features spiders with reflective silvery patches on their abdomen.

The scales look like solid pieces of mirror glued to the spider’s back, but they can actually change size depending on how threatened the spider feels. The reflective scales are composed of reflective guanine, which these and other spiders use to give themselves color.

Not much information is available about these wonderful spiders, but the dazzling specimens in these photos were photographed primarily in Australia and Singapore.

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Image credits: Nicky Bay

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Image credits: Andrew Ker

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These Spiders Look Like They’re Covered In Mirrors originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 25, 2014.

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This Vending Machine Takes Bottles And Gives Food To Stray Dogs In Exchange

July 25th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

A company in Turkey called Pugedon has created a somewhat bizarre but effective way to kill two birds with one stone – their vending machine in Istanbul takes bottles deposited for recycling and dispenses food for the city’s stray dogs.

The machine works because the profit from the recycled bottles covers the cost of the dog food that the machine dispenses. Istanbul is known for its high number of stray dogs – some estimates say that there are as many as 150,000. Some locals love having the dogs around, who have adjusted so well to city life that they stop at traffic lights and walkways, but others want to get rid of them because of their aggression and their role as disease vectors.

More info: pugedon.com | Facebook (h/t: huffpost)

Istanbul has more than 150,000 stray dogs

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This machine helps them out by giving people an opportunity to feed them

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When they recycle their bottles, the machine dispenses food for the strays

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It also has a water bowl if you don’t want your water anymore

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Here’s a video of the machine in action

This Vending Machine Takes Bottles And Gives Food To Stray Dogs In Exchange originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 25, 2014.

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Incredibly Realistic Baby Animal Toys By Lee Cross

July 24th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Lee Cross, a talented sculptor from Alaska who also goes by Wood Splitter Lee, has mastered the craft of creating poseable plush animals that look convincingly life-like.

Lee starts with a poseable skeleton that she then wraps in stuffing, making it soft. Each is then covered with cloth and hand-decorated with synthetic fur and paint – no molds involved. Her works have sold in auctions on Ebay for anywhere from $185 to as much as $910.

If you’re a fan of fantasy and magic, you’ve got to check out the rest of her work as well! Lee is also known for her phenomenal fantasy beasts, which combine her signature believable, life-like anatomy with beautiful fantasy marking and elements.

More info: Deviantart | Ebay | Facebook

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Incredibly Realistic Baby Animal Toys By Lee Cross originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 24, 2014.

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Tiny Figurines Dive Into Women’s Breasts In Naughty Necklaces By Takayuki Fukusawa

July 24th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Japanese designer Fukusawa Takayuki has made it his life’s goal to create funny and playful designs that brighten people’s days, and his latest collection definitely delivers. His silly “Tanama Diver” series features pendants with tiny figurines that seem to dive with enthusiasm straight into their wearers’ breasts.

Some people might call his works silly or outrageous, but it seems like that’s the whole point. According to his design firm (ekoD Works), his goal is to “continue to create thing that make people say, ‘he made another ridiculous thing.’” We think he’s done it again! And if you like his sense of humor, be sure to check out the rest of his work on his site.

More info: ekodworks.comFacebook (h/t: spoon-tamago)

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Tiny Figurines Dive Into Women’s Breasts In Naughty Necklaces By Takayuki Fukusawa originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 24, 2014.

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    It was in the back corner of McDonalds with a couple of hours to wait for a train home to Norwich, that theDot first came together. Freshly inspired by a weekend at the 4designers conference in London and having traipsed around museums and exhibitions all day, three minds came together over chicken burgers and chips.

    The three are currently studying Graphic Communication at Norwich University College of the Arts, where they delve into advertising, corporate branding, design for publishing, photography, illustration and so on. All confident in their skills, but continuing on their learning journey.

    We are a new design group hoping to achieve great things

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