Animated street art


Animated street artAn artist breathes new life into street art by transforming it into animated GIFs.

Serbian artist ABVH, who also animates film posters and cartoons, posts his interpretations of street artists’ work on Tumblr.

His GIFs include injecting fire into a mural by Whoam Irony (pictured) and adding a beach scene into JADE’s artwork.

See more of his work here and let us know what you think.

A pen that produces 3D doodles


3Doodler 2.0

A new 3D printing pen can be used to doodle in the air, forming 3D creations from molten plastic.

WobbleWorks’ 3Doodler 2.0 is a smaller version of the original and has been designed to be more stable and user-friendly.

The pen operates like a glue gun, with colourful plastic filament extruding from the tip of the pen in a malleable form. The fan inside the pen cools the fluid plastic quickly, ensuring it solidifies into the desired shape.

3Doodler creations include the London bus figurine pictured, a remote control plane, and even dresses for a fashion show.

See the innovative pens in action below and tell us what you would make with a 3Doodler 2.0.

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.

The world’s first self-destructing book


Self-destructing bookA bestselling author is offering one lucky reader the world’s first self-destructing book.

James Patterson is offering a self-destructing copy of his latest novel ‘Private Vegas’ for £194,000 to one lucky reader – after twenty four hours, the book will actually explode.

A thousand digital copies of the book will also be released; these will also ‘self-destruct’ after a day and feature a countdown at the top of the screen.

The stunt has been designed to put the thrill back into publishing in the digital age – although a normal hardback edition has also been published for readers who prefer to take their time.

Find out more about the book here and let us know what you think of the campaign.

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.

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