Nendo’s Chocolatexture collection


ChocolatextureNendo is creating a ‘chocolate lounge’ for this year’s Maison&Objet in Paris.

The design studio’s ‘Chocolatexture’ collection consists of nine chocolates moulded into unique shapes within a small cube, and just 400 boxes will be on sale at the trade fair.

The lounge will also feature Nendo’s furniture for brands such as Offecct, coloured to complement the chocolates, and an installation made of 2,000 brown aluminium pipes.

Nendo has also been named ‘Designer of the Year’ by Maison&Objet following a particularly prolific year.

Find out more about the interesting chocolates here and tell us what you think.

3D-printed typographical cityscapes


TextscapeAn artist has combined typography with architecture to create interactive, 3D-printed documents.

Hongtao Zhou’s ‘Textscape’ incorporates layers of letters, numbers, and braille, which are built up to different levels for a textured effect.

The three-dimensional blocks also visually profile their subject matter – one of the documents is about New York City and it emulates its cityscape and skyscrapers.

The artist was inspired by early Chinese woodblock printing, making an association with 3D printing.

See Textscape in more detail here and let us know what you think.

A festival celebrating ice and snow sculptures


Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival An annual festival has opened in China, celebrating intricate sculptures made from snow and ice.

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is a contest for ice and snow sculptors, who exhibit their creations around Heilongjiang Province during January.

The stunning sculptures include enormous castles, beautiful statues, and even a complex train installation made from ice.

Explore the festival here and tell us which is your favourite sculpture.

A hotel made from salt


Salt hotelA new hotel has opened in Bolivia and it is almost entirely made from salt.

Located on the world’s largest salt flat, the Hotel Luna Salada is constructed of solid salt bricks, a feature that is obvious from the unpainted white-grey walls.

However, most of the furniture is also made from salt, with just a few standard fixtures and fittings providing a Bolivian feel.

Explore the hotel in the video below and let us know if you’ll be booking a stay in this unique hotel.

Daily Affections: candles with unusual scents


Daily AffectionsA graphic designer has produced an unusual take on scented candles, creating fragrances such as ‘Plastic Toy’ and ‘Stinky Cheese’.

Albert J. Son’s ‘Daily Affections’ range of soy candles include ‘Scotch Tape’, ‘Cut Grass’, and ‘Wet Road’ – unusual but highly recognisable smells.

Each candle is completed with a colourful label, with geometric elements inspired by the scents’ origins.

Find out more about ‘Daily Affections’ here and let us know what nostalgic smell you would like to experience in candle form.

Gigantic white rabbits on Southbank


IntrudeAustralian artist Amanda Parer has created ‘Intrude’, an edgy installation which was on display at the Southbank until Sunday 11th January.

‘Intrude’ sees striking rabbits enlarged and frozen within the Royal Festival Hall’s foyer spaces.

These sculptures “explore the natural world, its fragility and our role within in” and were also on display at the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney.

Find out more about Intrude here.

Artist adorns city walls with large doodles


City artAn Italian street artist, Francesco Camillo Giorgino, commonly known as Millo, has created large scale drawings on city walls after winning the B.Art competition.

Using black and white lines in a graphic style, the art explores the dynamics between people and the cityscape in a multidimensional way.

Publically displayed in the city, these large scale drawings can be seen to unlock the relationship between the micro and macro universe.

This fusion of colour-accented black and white drawings, with lines in the urban landscape such as roofs, windows and walls, speaks to the sense of unity between art and the environment.

Millo is on Instagram at _millo_.

Take a look at more of Millo’s stunning work here.

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