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.

Surreal images created with an iPhone


Surreal Images created with an iPhoneA photographer has created surreal photographs using his iPhone.

German-based art director Robert Jahns, who goes by the Instagram handle nois7, has created amazing images using editing apps including VSCOcam, ArtStudio and Snapseed.

Most of the photographs were taking during his travels, shot with his iPhone or DSLR.

Others are composites of stock images or collaborations with other photographers. Jahns’ editing process varies from 2 hours to several days.

Creating surreal and intricate manipulations with an iPhone, he fundamentally explores subversion of reality and medium.

Take a look at more spectacular images here.

Photographer documents world’s oldest trees


Photographer documents world's oldest trees

Beth Moon, a San Francisco based photographer, has documented some of the oldest, rarest and largest trees in the world.

Using the rare practice of plantium and palladium printing in order to make the photos themselves look old, Moon’s choice of medium underscores the age of her subject matter.

Moon writes: “Standing as the Earth’s oldest and living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment.”

Take a look at more spectacular images here.

Architecture firm creates fruit-inspired buildings


Architects create fruit-inspired buildingsArchea Associati has developed a facility for the 11th International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics.

Situated in Yanqing Country, north of Beijing, the 200-hectare site includes museums, landscape towers, bridges, greenhouses and a visitor centre. It is also home to several fruit-inspired landscape pavilions.

The architects explained: “Landscape pavilions have been designed as circles as a metaphor for grape bunches spread over the landscape.”

Relief patterns in landscape pavilions’ concrete facades further add to the striking design.

Take a closer look at the development here.

Evolution of advertising slogans


Evolution of Advertising Slogans Best Marketing Degrees has created an infographic that explores the power of iconic catchphrases and how they have evolved over time.

De Beer’s “a diamond is forever” is celebrating 67 years in circulation. Awarded best slogan of the 20th century by Advertising Age, this tagline is credited with helping to make diamonds the go-to engagement ring gem.

Pepsi and Coca Cola’s well known slogan battle includes the topical taglines “Twice as much for your nickel” by Pepsi in 1939 and Coca Cola’s “It’s the real thing” of 1969.

Take a look at the full infographic here and let us know about your favourite slogans
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