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Cool Hunting Video: Penguin Enrichment
During a recent visit to Los Angeles, we stopped by the Aquarium of the Pacific after hearing about their interesting use of technology in the enrichment program for their Magellanic penguins. Experimenting with many objects to engage the naturally...
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Botanical Paperweight
Perfectly preserved, this handsome paperweight captures the graceful structure and magical whimsy of a dandelion, one of nature's most useful flowers.
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Pineapple Magazine
To elevate their home-rental business to another platform, today Airbnb introduced their first print publication, playfully entitled Pineapple. With contributions from conventional writers and hosts, the glossy magazine aims to take on the traditional...
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Dino Pet
Boasting the ability to put bioluminescence in the palm of your hand, the Dino Pet really is a pretty awesome little toy. The little crystal fella photosynthesizes during the day to light up at night, recreating a natural, beautiful occurrence without...
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Cry Wolf by Lisa Solberg
LA-based Lisa Solberg paints with bold colorful strokes that convey elements of mystery that evoke an otherworldly spirituality. Her large-scale works reveal passion and intensity through layers upon layers of paint. After the success of her fishbowl...
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Song of the Car: 2014 Airstream International Signature
For the over-scheduled city dweller, the desire to faithfully unplug on an adventurous outdoor excursion often only exists in theory. As the relentless pace of autumn ensues in the north, access to nature seems to slip away, but this is actually...
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FAKE NATOO
Over the past few years, more and more independent Chinese fashion designers have been garnering attention and appreciation—and one of the loudest voices is that of Zhang Na (aka LALA), who studied fashion design at Xi'an Academy Fine Arts in the...
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Leonardo Magnani: The Voyage 2014
In his four years traveling the globe, Charles Darwin filled notebook upon notebook of observations and experiences—enough source material for the scientist to pen "On the Origin of Species." Now, Florentine artist Leonardo Magnani hopes to retrace...
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Llandudno Beach
As the meeting point for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the Cape Peninsula has a wide range of beaches to choose from. While none of them will be bound by particularly warm waters, what they lack in bathtub-temperature waves they make up for in idyllic...
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Lion's Head Mountain
Cape Town is surrounded by colossal mountains which provide a breathtaking backdrop no matter where you find yourself. While admiring them from afar is a great way to take in their beauty, we suggest you go for a hike. For an easier route, take the...
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Dandelight
Dandelight is a charming little night light covered with real Dandelion seeds. The battery-powered lamp fuses nature with technology—each seed is attached to an individual LED creating a light-emanating dandelion growing out of its own energy source...
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Post Natural History
In his thought-provoking work, "Post Natural History," Vincent Fournier envisages a more evolved world. The artist, inspired by utopia and scientific research, depicts living species that have taken on new forms according to environmental necessities...
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Asymmetric Vessel
British designer Sarah Thirlwell works in sustainably sourced wood and colored acrylics to create handsome asymmetrical vessels. Fitted with a test tube to hold flower stems, the award-winning design plays "on juxtapositions of synthetic and natural...
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Day Trip: Fall Creek Falls State Park
One of the best things about being in a rural-adjacent city like Nashville is that driving just 30 minutes and you will be surrounded by lush, wide-open spaces. Drive a little further (about two hours) to visit Pikeville’s picturesque Fall Creek Falls...
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Edward Burtynsky: Water
The importance of water in our lives and the development of civilization cannot be overstated. In his new series "Water," prolific large-format photographer Edward Burtynsky explores the ways in which industry and people shape it in the natural environment...
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Coopertown Airboat Tour
A nine-mile long freshwater swamp teeming with exotic wildlife, Coopertown's airboat is an "only in Florida" experience, offering an up-close view of the Everglades. The family-run establishment uses a boat originally intended for frog hunting, keeping...
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Vantigo San Francisco
Erik and Amy Hormann felt that as a young, entrepreneurial couple, they needed some justification for buying a bright red 1971 Volkswagen Van—as if owning a bright red 1971 Volkswagen Van wasn't justification alone. With so many on-the-go services...
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LungA Festival 2013
by Maj Hartov A celebration of art and creative practices, the LungA festival on the east coast of Iceland invites attendees to partake in a full week of activities during July each year. Set in a small town called Seydisfjördur, at the end of a...
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WA State Fire Lookout Project
Few places garner the type of awe and admiration for the abundance of nature like the great Northwest. While its cities continue to produce an impressive crop of creativity, its wilderness remains in part uncharted but ever-enchanting. To keep the...
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Greenhouse Pot
Started in 2010 as a nomadic design gallery operating across Europe, Store Without a Home is now a permanent fixture in Amsterdam complete with an online shop. Their Greenhouse Pot is a beautiful, smart way to urban garden, and with its minimalist...
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Cool Hunting Video: H E I D I L E E
by Granny Cart Productions When we imagine a hat-maker, a cigar-smoking old craftsman with steam presses and piles of felt make up the image that jumps to mind. Our recent visit with H E I D I L E E founder Heidi Lee turned that notion upside...
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The DNA of Things
by Stefano Caggiano Italian multidisciplinary designer, artist and engineer Maurizio Montalti is the founder and director of Officina Corpuscoli, a laboratory of scientific creative research dealing with the role design could play in the bio...
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Harrison & Bartleet Hook Clip by Mollyjogger
by Madison Kahn Outdoor retail expert Rick Stagner worked with Eddie Bauer for 18 years before opening his own authentic field and stream brand nearly a year ago, in August 2012. Based in the Ozark Mountains, Mollyjogger celebrates the Midwestern...
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Design Miami/Basel 2013: Resting Upon Imagination
Design Miami/Basel houses the extraordinary. Objects as ordinary as a chair, and as everyday as a bench to sit upon, wow at this annual celebration of collectible design. With deft artistry, designers re-envision the structure and function of day-to...
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