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A Cubic Rubber Band That You’ll Never Want to Throw Away

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Natural rubber bands have been around since the 1600s and they were patented (and formally institutionalized) in England in 1845. But despite their long history, they’ve always pretty much remained the same shape, which is, of course, circular. This is only natural as the circle shape seems to be most fitted for holding objects. And the only criticism people seem to have is that they are overly expendable.

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Neighborhood Globe: the artwork of Yasuhiro Suzuki

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“Zipper Boat” (2004) | unless otherwise noted images courtesy the artist

He’s parted the waters of a lake using a zipper, he’s turned castles to chocolate and he’s made eyeballs fall from the sky. But he’s not the next savior. He’s Yasuhiro Suzuki, a young Japanese artist who has a penchant for re-envisioning the ordinary as extraordinary.

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The Fab Mind: a new exhibition co-curated by a journalist

THE FAB MIND: Hints of the Future in a Shifting World

THE FAB MIND: Hints of the Future in a Shifting World has a broad aim. It is not limited to tangible design products, but focuses on the aspirations and activities of those who seek to understand and resolve social issues through design. Enter journalist Noriko Kawakami and the Stockholm-based art and design curator Ikko Yokoyama. Together they aim to showcase the minds capable of examining society and human “fabrication” endeavors through a fabulous lens.

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MUJI’s New Prefabricated Vertical House For City Living

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Fifty years ago, on October 10, 1964, the Olympic torch arrived at Tokyo’s National Stadium to mark the beginning of the summer Olympics. 5 years earlier, when Tokyo was awarded the right to host the games Tokyo went on a construction spree with new buildings, highways and trains being built. By the time the games began not only did Tokyo look brand new but so did it’s population, which had grown exponentially to 10 million people.

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Sponsor // Secrets for Drawing the Human Body: Get the Free Guide from Craftsy

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A Gliding Penguin Cover For Your Floor Wipe

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felissimo gliding penguin floor wipe

Regular house chores and cleaning got you feeling down? Mix things up with this penguin cover that fits through the handle of your floor wipe. It will look like a penguin is gliding up and down your floors on its stomach, picking up all the dust on its way.

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The Unearthly Delights of Manabu Ikeda, Hisashi Tenmyouya & teamLab

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images from right to left: Manabu Ikeda, Hisashi Tenmyouya and teamLab | click images to enlarge

If you plan to walk through a garden this fall, make it the “Garden of Unearthly Delights,” a new exhibition at New York’s Japan Society that opens this Thursday (Oct. 9, 2014). But be careful to stay on the footpath or you’ll quickly be consumed by a monster tsunami uprooting a city, an intense samurai-style battle and a candy-colored stream of hyperpixilating animals and flowers. This, in a nutshell, is the work of Manabu Ikeda, Hisashi Tenmyouya & teamLab, who are the focus of the exhibition.

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This Winter Keep Warm With Grated Daikon Radish Sculptures in Your Nabe

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Essentially Japan’s version of a hot pot, nabe (pronounced na-bay) is a large, simmering pot of meat and vegetables that’s served during the winter. It typically sits on a portable stove and people gather around it together, keeping warm and enjoying a nice hot meal. One evening in early December of last year, Masanori Kono, who works at a purikura company and runs a flea market in Nakameguro on weekends, decided to have a little fun and get creative with one of the ingredients: grated daikon radish.

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Boo! Skull Shaped Japanese Sugar Designed by Nobumasa Takahashi

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These black and white sugar skulls are made from Wasanbon (和三盆), a fine-grained premium Japanese sugar, traditionally made in the Shikoku prefectures of Tokushima and Kagawa.

They were designed by artist Nobumasa Takahashi and come in 18 pieces of black and white (9 each). The black sugar is made all naturally from bamboo charcoal and can be used just like regular sugar. Perfect for a Halloween party, or for just sweetening your tea or coffee when you’re in a ghoulish mood. Looking for that unique gift to bring to a Halloween party? They’re available in our shop!

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Yusuke Asai’s Sprawling Mud Mural Comes to Houston, Texas

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Photos by Nash Baker courtesy Rice Gallery

Yusuke Asai doesn’t use store bought materials to create his murals. Instead, he sources pigments found in local mud and sand, producing, what could very well be, the truest “site-specific” mural. We’ve followed him around the world – India, Tibet, Japan – where he’s created intricate, nature-inspired murals not only on the walls of galleries but in classrooms too. Now, for the first time, Asai’s work is on display at a gallery in the US: at Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas.

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