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A lot of us grew up with stacks of yellow National Geographic magazines around, their iconic shape and consistently wonderful photography giving us glimpses of the world, near and far. Often the magazines include fold-out maps and excellent infographics. But did you know that the magazine pretty much invented the formula? Their infographics have been going back for more than 128 years. Now National Geographic has teamed up with Taschen to publish a beautifully rich collection of these graphics, including many you’ll recognize, and many you’ve probably missed. An epic journey broken down into seven sections: History, The Planet, Being Human, Animal World, World of Plants, Science & Technology, and Space. We can’t wait to get a copy.


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Eclipse sculpture by FAHR 021.3

Located in the middle of Porto’s Unesco World Heritage site, Studio FAHR 021.3 has created a bold sculpture that brings strong contrast to the ancient city’s architecture. Made from large ventilation tubes, the sphere, entitled Eclipse has a great balance between form and negative space. Via Visuall:

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Zaha Hadid died last year, but left an incredible legacy of fearless, and forward-looking architecture that will last several lifetimes. A tower being built by her firm now is featured in DesignBoom, and showcases some amazing design attributes. Featuring the world’s tallest atrium, at 600 feet (!!), the twisting shape gives movement to this towering building.

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In an understated description, Andy Hixon writes:

“Here are some sculptures I have been working on….simple as that really.”

His work is defined by human forms abstracted into geometric shapes and objects. They’re also photographed in a unique way, using a finger painted background motif to add depth and interest. Nice work. Via Behance:

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In a beautiful and inspiring series, Federico Picci portrays music from a grand piano spilling out as soft, pink bubbles. Entitled Filling Spaces, the bubbles consume the space, giving a sense of buoyancy, movement, and positivity. As a pianist himself, Picci can speak to the emotion that playing can give, and he absolutely nails this series. Via Artistic Odyssey:

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Spend too much time looking at the news these days, and you’re liable to want to leave the mainland. Literally. Well, if you happen to have deep (very deep) pockets, Melody Key might be just the ticket. Located 25 miles from Key West, this miniature island is only 5.24 acres, but features a beautiful three story timber lodge, complete with a self sufficient solar and desalination system. And the fact that it’d be your own private island just sounds good.  Yours, for a cool $6.9 million. Via Uncrate:

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Anish Kapoor makes “wow” art installations. Think the shiny metallic “bean” in Chicago, a giant red megaphone in the New Zealand countryside, etc. His latest install in Brooklyn will be “Descension”, a constantly funneling black whirlpool of water, contained within a perfect circle. Via DesignBoom:



This ingenious, miniature solar contraption unfurls like a flower, and tracks the sun, harvesting enough electricity for a four person family. The articulating design also completely folds flat, and tucks itself away into an unobtrusive, ground-mounted case. Smartflower, an Austrian company, claims their device gathers 40% more energy than roof-mounted systems. Smart, indeed.

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Bigger than any human concern, far more important than social current events, is the health of our planet. Humans have pushed Mother Earth to the brink, and we’re starting to see the effects of our unchecked arrogance, greed, and disrespect.


I find a small amount of solace in these lovely watercolor pieces by Yevheniia Hlova of Spain. Entitled Wake Up, they give soft yet obvious wake up calls to us, as humans.



I stumbled upon this remarkable tequila in Kyoto, Japan, of all places. In a lovely tequila bar, this bottle stood head and shoulders 😉 above most of the others on the shelf. The geometric head form is instantly memorable, and Mucha Liga’s website shows an impressive backstory and pedigree for their agave concoction.


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