An office that packs itself up at the end of the day


Heldergroen officeAn office in Amsterdam packs itself away after work hours, to encourage a good work-life balance and free the space for other activities.

The office, which belongs to design studio Heldergroen, uses theatre machinery to make the desks, complete with computers and paperwork, ‘disappear’.

At 6pm, a member of staff simply has to turn a key, which lifts the tables and clears the space.

Sander Veenendaal, the company’s creative director, says: “We are able to pull the tables up into the ceiling and make the whole room into a dance floor, yoga studio, trend session, networking reception, or anything else you can think of – the floor is literally yours.”

Read more about the office here and tell us what you think.

Art that uses mirrors to reflect its true image


Anamorphic artA late Renaissance art form is making a comeback and Bored Panda has collected some of the best results.

Mirror anamorphosis is an artistic technique that uses distorted mirrors placed on an abstract image, transforming the details into a recognisable picture.

The examples, by a range of artists, include a rocky seascape transformed into author Jules Verne and a circular pattern reflected as an eye.

Take a look at the collection here and tell us which is your favourite.

Smoke photographs reveal familiar shapes


Smoke photographyA photographer spent three months taking thousands of photographs to capture the beauty of smoke.

Thomas Herbrich took 100,000 photographs in his pursuit to catch the familiar shapes that cigarette smoke can swirl and twist into, such as flowers or human figures.

His series ‘Smoke’ is a selection of just twenty of these pictures, which he created with a flash duration of just 1/10000 sec in order to capture the fleeting shapes.

Take a look at the collection here and tell us what you can see in the smoke.

Moleskine’s new range digitally saves handwriting


Moleskine LivescribeNotebook manufacturer Moleskine has revealed its latest range, which can ‘back up’ handwritten notes as digital text.

Moleskine worked with Livescribe to create the new notebooks, which incorporate a smartpen and use Livescribe paper.

The special paper is covered in dots, which allow the smartpen’s camera to track your writing, sending the information on to be converted through the Livescribe app.

This technology complements Moleskine’s traditional style in the new range, which still uses the ribbon, elastic closure, and luxury cover associated with the brand.

Find out more about the new product here and tell us what you think of it.

‘Artistect’ combines fine art with architecture


Illustrator Federico BabinaArtistect has continued his examination of architecture by ‘mashing up’ art with famous buildings.

‘Artistect’ is a series of 25 illustrations which combine celebrated paintings with well-known architecture, highlighting similar styles or creative approaches, such as Tadao Ando’s structures in a Giorgio de Chirico picture.

Babina said of his work: “these images are a metaphor for an imagined and imaginary dialogue between creative minds.”

Take a look at the whole series here and let us know your favourite pictures.

Barclaycard reveals first ‘Contactless Donkey’


Dillon the DonkeyBlackpool donkeys have taken a pioneering step – thanks to Barclaycard, they can now receive contactless payments.

After years of lost revenue (as many families don’t take cash onto Blackpool Beach), Dillon the donkey is now the world’s first contactless payment pack-animal.

Mark Ineson, owner of Real Donkeys tour company, approached Barclaycard with his dilemma.

The organisation came up with a unique saddle for Dillon, which can scan debit and credit cards via touch – making him one of only 300,000 contactless payment points in the UK

Read more about Barclaycard’s scheme here and tell us what you think of ‘Contactless Donkeys’.

An indoor skatepark under Waterloo station


House of VansAn underground skatepark has opened beneath Waterloo station.

House of Vans London’ covers five tunnels under the London Underground station and is the city’s only indoor skatepark.

The location also holds a public gallery, bars, and a music venue, with four art studios being leased free of charge to encourage local creative talent.

‘House of Vans London’ is also affiliated with three local charities and you can see more pictures of it here.

Let us know what you think of the construction.

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