‘Don’t Give Up Japan’ – Colorful, Inspirational Paintings by Izutsu Hiroyuki

Izutsu Hiroyuki

Started as a response to the 2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami, artist Izutsu Hiroyuki created Don’t Give Up Japan, a series of paintings that show how beautiful Japan is and to stay positive, even in the darkest times. The paintings capture the beauty of every day life in Japan, like a man sitting with his dog among the cherry blossom trees, or simply watching a cloud, sitting in the middle of a field.

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Bobby Solomon

June 25, 2013 / By

Colorful Illustrated Plates by Ingela Arrhenius for OMM Design

Ingela Arrhenius' plate designs for Omm Design

Ingela P Arrhenius is a Swedish illustrator who loves the aesthetics of the 50′s and 60′s. She works frequently with OMM Design, producing an exciting range of fun and colorful products. These include everything from salt & pepper cellars to mugs; as well as toys, prints and puzzles. I particularly like her range of plates and I can imagine that they’ll appeal to small kids just as much as they appeal to this big kid!

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Philip Kennedy

June 25, 2013 / By

A Modern Dog Hammock by Torafu Architects

Torafu Wanmokku dog hammock

There are dog beds, crates, carrying cases, and even strollers, but has there ever been a dog hammock? Japanese architecture firm Torafu has answered with a resounding yes (er, “hai”). The Wanmokku, which translates to “architecture for dogs,” is not only an easy-to-assemble plywood frame that acts as a hammock support, it encourages the use of a dog owner’s own clothing to attract their beloved four-legged friends.

Though currently built to accommodate a Jack Russell terrier or other smaller dog, one might argue that it might also work for cats, rabbits, and ferrets. Simple, clever, and utterly charming, the Wanmokku serves primarily as a snuggle space for your pet. But it works as a mini trampoline too.

Andi Teran

June 25, 2013 / By

‘Kugelwruhme’, a new mix from Robag Wruhme

Robag Wruhme

For the past few months I’ve been obsessed with Robag Wruhme’s 2011 album Thora Vukk, a minimal electronic adventure that’s accompanied me to Iceland and back. Since then I’ve posted a mix he had posted on Soundcloud, and now he has another called Kugelwruhme, which I think is equally as amazing. It’s a mix of new, old, and unreleased tracks – a perfect mix for early morning making or late night writing.

The track list:

Robag Wruhme – “Intro”
Paul Kalkbrenner – “Steinbeisser”
Triola – “Leuchtturm”
Big Zis – “Suure Räge”
Robag Wruhme – “Haftbolle”
Robag Wruhme – “Bierholer”
Robag Wruhme – “Ekksklusiv”
Das Bierben – “Staub”
Robag Wruhme – “Encounters”
Robag Wruhme – “Polch Dutto”
Dntel – “Bright Night”
Benjamin Biolay & Vanessa Paradise – “Profit”
Ada – “Keep Me In Mind”

Bobby Solomon

June 25, 2013 / By

National Geographic Turns Their Massive Archive Into A Tumblr

National Geographic Photo Archive

Last week, Bobby tweeted: “‘Remember when images didn’t move?’ – Our grandchildren.” It’s exciting to imagine such a future; one where your grandkids’ friend would reply “What?!” with bewildered astonishment that people ever lived without moving images being the norm. So what does that mean for the billions of still images lying around? Who knows. But before theirs get too dusty, National Geographic is releasing a small trove of previously unpublished still images on a Tumblr simply called Found.

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Alex Dent

June 24, 2013 / By