A grotto-like bar covered in crumpled paper


Grotto barA design studio has created a bar covered in scrunched-up paper.

Naoya Matsumoto Design invited local residents to crumple tracing paper and stick it to the interior of the Yorunoma bar.

Paired with subdued lighting, the bar has a dramatic atmosphere reminiscent of fairytale grottos.

The bar was part of a pop-up programme in Osaka during Summer 2014.

Take a look at the bar here and tell us what you think.

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.

Chicken goes truly free range in new Reebok ad


#LiveFreeRangeReebok’s new online film follows a chicken’s journey towards a healthier lifestyle when she takes a novel approach to living ‘free range’.

The film shows the chicken breaking free from her barn and making her way through fields, tunnels, and even across a road, getting plenty of exercise on the way.

When faced with a billboard for a ‘global fitness barn’, she turns away and continues running through her natural surroundings.

The ad has been launched just as many people struggle with New Year Resolutions and is designed to inspire them to take a ‘free range’ attitude to their exercise regimes.

See the chicken go free range below and tell us if Reebok has inspired you to stick with your fitness goals.

Balloons delivering messages to strangers


AttachmentAn artist has given a new interpretation to the classic ‘message in a bottle’ by creating a digital project with biodegradable balloons.

David Colombini’s ‘Attachment’ project allows you to send a message via a webpage connected to a ‘poetic machine’, which prints and packages your message in a tube, before tying it to the balloon.

The machine then inflates the balloon and releases it into the air; the balloon floats away until it deflates and lands somewhere completely different, just waiting for a stranger to unravel its poetic message.

Watch ‘Attachment’ in action below and let us know if you’ll be sending a message to stranger.

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How to create the perfect social media post


How to create the perfect social psotHave you ever wondered how to create the perfect social media post?

Visualistan has made a new infographic giving some top tips on how to tailor your content to each channel you use.

The infographic looks at the most popular social channels, including Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, and how to make the most of each one.

Suggestions include using calls to action in tweets, using a custom thumbnail on YouTube, and uploading portrait-orientated images on Pinterest.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us which advice you’ll be taking.

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