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Innovative Farmscraper Concept to Benefit China - My Modern Metropolis

Innovative Farmscraper Concept to Benefit China - My Modern Metropolis | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut's Asian Cairns project proposes a new look for China's urban environments, offering an eco-friendly alternative known as f…
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FM.Marche.Itani Si Che BELLISSIMA✪Le ❙t e Amo<3

The Marche is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. The Italian name Le Marche is the plural of marca, and literally means "the Marches", originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby marches of Camerino and Fermo.
The Marche are located in the Central area of the country, bordering Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the west, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteenth century, a railway from Bologna to Brindisi linked the Marche along the coastline of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows little travel north and south, except by rough roads over the passes.

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Stunning Photos Reveal Hazy World Full of Enchantment and Secrets

Stunning Photos Reveal Hazy World Full of Enchantment and Secrets | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Student and photographer Nika Holodnaya (a.k.a. Neekwe) captures stunningly unique photos that possess a mysterious, shadowy allure. Holodnaya, who studies physics at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in Moscow, reveals an enigmatic, illusory realm in her hazy images. Young women lay immersed in water, overlook the gray waves of the ocean, and hide in the isolation of dark forests. Each photo seems be a part of a larger narrative, like an intriguingly dark fairytale filled with enchantment and secrets.
Holodnaya's photos all share a boldly experimental aesthetic. Heavy grain, blurriness, scratches, underexposure, and lack of focus—flaws that would normally be considered undesirable for a conventionally sharp, clear image—are put to great use in Holodnaya's highly stylized shots. The young photographer finds beauty in those imperfections, turning the faults into tools that can express her unique, dreamlike inner world.
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Strikingly Bold Mural Painted Across Enormous Stack of Shipping Crates

Strikingly Bold Mural Painted Across Enormous Stack of Shipping Crates | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
A large stack of shipping containers piled high serves as the foundation for this enormous mural created by street artists Pichi & Avo. The Valencia-based art duo developed the project as part of this year's Rock Werchter Music festival in Belgium.
Belgium artist and event curator Arne Quinze created the stacked structure and then invited the artists to have free reign over the surface. The gorgeously detailed work was created in Pichi & Avo's signature style, which is described on their website as, "hints of surrealism [that] leap out and slap the viewer about while drawing you in to a radiant explosion of unrestrained, spray-painted talent."
The site-specific installation featured monochromatic figurative paintings of Greek statues set against a striking, boldly colored background. Quinze said, “When they work together they create breathtaking figurative detail and quality. Their work is very striking and always commands the spectator’s full attention.”
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Mother's Heartwarming Portraits of Her Daughter with Down Syndrome

Mother's Heartwarming Portraits of Her Daughter with Down Syndrome | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
England-based photographer Sian Davey's photo series Finding Alice is a touching illustration of family life featuring her daughter Alice, who was born with Down syndrome. Through beautifully candid snapshots of Alice's daily life, Davey shows that, despite developing physically and mentally in a unique way, her daughter is no different from any other human being. She plays with her siblings, displays a curiosity and thirst for life, and loves her family the same as any other child would—and in return, she is cherished just as tenderly by the friends and family who surround her every day.
"I was deeply shocked when Alice was born as an 'imperfect' baby," Davey confesses on her website. "It was not what I had expected. . . I was fraught with anxiety that rippled through to every aspect of my relationship with her. My anxieties penetrated my dreams. I dreamt that Alice was swaddled in a blanket and that I had forgotten all about her. I unwrapped the tight bundle that she was nestled in,…
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Ocean Waves and Sand Collide Together in Beautiful Seascape Photos

Ocean Waves and Sand Collide Together in Beautiful Seascape Photos | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Seascapes is an extensive study of the ocean as the tides move in and out and waves crash against the shore. Created by Helsinki-based photographer Antti Viitala, every composition follows the same structure where overcast skies and deep blue water blend together at a straight horizon line, which cuts directly across the center.
This series of twelve images feature autumn storms as they hit Camps Bay beach near Cape Town, South Africa. Viitala uses long exposures to capture the motion and rich textures of water and sand as they collide together in the meditative scenes. Although there are many similarities throughout the series, not one photograph is alike. Through the work, the artist invites the viewer to reflect upon the forces of nature and to connect with the calming beauty in the landscapes.
According to his bio, Viitala's "approach to his work pays homage to the craft of photographers of old. Reaching back through the ages, he couples the inspiration of the old masters, with a…
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Sculpting and 3D Printing Combined to Create Fragmented Female Forms

Sculpting and 3D Printing Combined to Create Fragmented Female Forms | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Brooklyn-based, Australian multimedia artist Sophie Kahn creates fragmented female bodies and faces by merging a classic sculpting approach with new and modern technology. She uses 3D laser scanning and printing combined with ancient bronze casting techniques to produce these lively formations that suggest the wear and tear that might occur across decades, yet many of the pieces have existed for only a few short years.
Each piece is a life-sized 3D print made out of metal, clay, or bronze, and some of which are set atop an aluminum base. Through her work, Kahn explores the idea that modern technology cannot accurately capture and portray life. The deconstructed figures are a result of 3D scanner that can only replicate traces of the body in lifeless, colorless form.
When speaking about her work, Kahn explains, "[The sculptures] speak to the impossibility of ever capturing more than a trace of the past, or of a living, breathing body, despite our grandest efforts to fix it in place.…
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Delicately Layered Food Art Depicts Eastern European Cities

Delicately Layered Food Art Depicts Eastern European Cities | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Food stylist Anna Keville Joyce and photographer Agustín Nieto make a great team when it comes to creative food photography. Known for their delicately intricate food stylings, including A Tribute to Budgie, the pair recently worked together to develop this series of landscape food art that depicts four different capital cities throughout Eastern Europe: Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, and Warsaw.
Illustrating Eastern Europe was commissioned by blogger Derya Ozyuvali, aka FoodieBackpacker, to promote some of his cooking workshops as he travels around the world. Joyce used fresh ingredients like dry rice and pasta, kernels of corn, raw sugar, eggs, fruits, and all kinds of veggies to create the delicately layered arrangements.
When speaking about the project, Joyce said, "Each piece has different challenges. For example, transmit the feeling of fog amidst the light of Prague; give the sensation of water in the Danube river in Budapest; show the colors and designs of Bucharest; and create…
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Couple Travel the World and Photograph Each Other from Opposite Viewpoints

Couple Travel the World and Photograph Each Other from Opposite Viewpoints | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Creative directors Peter Sedlacik and Zuzu Galova put a unique spin on vacation photos with their fun project Lens Between Us, which consists of snapshots of the couple's travels that they capture while facing each other. The series takes us around the world as the duo photograph each other from different viewpoints at the same time, taking us behind the lens of each photographer while closing the distance between them.
The pair's playful diptychs offer an intriguing look at different sights around the world, providing two unique perspectives at each location. Through the eyes of Sedlacik and Galova, the viewer can explore museums, beaches, gardens, shops, and other tourist attractions in countries like Singapore, Portugal, Germany, and Australia. The project also speaks to the affection between the globetrotting couple, as the photos show that they're always the object of each other's attention, no matter where they are in the world.
Above: Prague, Czech Republic
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Belfast Zoo Welcomes an Adorable Baby Gorilla Named Kibibi

Belfast Zoo Welcomes an Adorable Baby Gorilla Named Kibibi | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The Belfast Zoo recently announced that Kamili and Gugas, a western lowland gorilla couple, welcomed a baby girl in March of this year. Zoo staff named their new addition “Kibibi” which is Swahili for “little lady.” It wasn’t until many weeks after the baby was born that they actually knew its sex. Newborn gorillas cling to their very protective mother’s stomachs and make it impossible for any human to find out.
Julie Mansell, a curator for the zoo, explained why the baby was such a welcome surprise. “Kibibi is the second arrival within the last year for dad, Gugas, and she is the first girl! In 2012, with no sign of pregnancies, we tested Gugas’ fertility and the results were not promising. In fact, we feared that Gugas would never father any young. We are delighted that he has proven us all wrong with the arrival of Kibibi and Baako in the last year.”
Mansell also states that all apes are endangered or critically endangered, and it’s been predicted that all species will be extinct…
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Clever Wine Bottles Inspired by Mondrian and The Simpsons

Clever Wine Bottles Inspired by Mondrian and The Simpsons | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Wine, or maybe not? is a playful, minimalist wine bottle design project that will bring a smile to your face. Inspired by the style of famous Dutch painter Pieter Mondrian, the collaborative project was developed by Russian artist Constantin Bolimond and Dmitry Patsukevich in 1987, the same year The Simpsons first aired on The Tracey Ullman Show. And, the contents of the bottle have remained a mystery ever since.
Bold blocks of color perfectly align to suggest the outfits of Marge and Homer Simpson through color and form. But the rest of the project is a bit of a mystery. Exactly what is inside the bottles remains unclear. The artists explain: "May be it is wine, may be not. We are inviting you to find out yourselves." The description on the back of the bottle goes on to state, "While the ingredients remain the same, their proportions differ from time to time. That is why you will never get bored from this drink! We can assure you that you will not be left disappointed."
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Long Exposures Capture WiFi Signals as Eerie Patterns of Color

Long Exposures Capture WiFi Signals as Eerie Patterns of Color | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Digital Etheral is a multi-media project in which designer Luis Hernan explores human interactions with electromagnetic signals like WiFi, and attempts to create a visible representation of this wireless technology that surrounds us every day.
As part of the project, the artist developed The Kirlian Device mobile, an app that translates WiFi signals into a five-color heatmap scheme where red means stronger signals and blue means weaker signals. Using that app, he created this vibrantly stunning series of performance art, entitled Spirit Photographs. To capture each mesmerizing photo, Hernan asked subjects to wave a cell phone throughout the air as the colors from the app changed on the face of the phone. He relied on long exposures to document the movement throughout the space in one still image.
The final photographs feature rainbows of color that surround ghostly forms in an energetic pattern of light. The images have an eerie feel to them as ghostly forms in the center slowly…
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Beautifully Surreal Self-Portraits Explore Darkly Mysterious World

Beautifully Surreal Self-Portraits Explore Darkly Mysterious World | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Tokyo-born graphic design student and photographer Yutha Yamanaka produces stunningly surreal self-portraits that explore a strange and mysterious world. Like many other talented, young creatives, the Bali resident has embarked on a 365 Days Project, for which he'll post an image a day for a whole year. Now nearly one-third of the way through this ambitious venture, Yamanaka's photos have only gotten better and better, as he consistently delivers one incredible image after another.
Most of Yamanaka's shots feature himself immersed in the lush, tropical landscape of Indonesia. Faceless figures collapse on the beach, float in mid-air, and crawl through the thick vegetation of the woods. In several images, the subject appears tormented by ominous signs, whether they're black crows, stormy rainclouds, smoldering flames, or searching hands. Combined with the muted tones and prominent shadows that set Yamanaka's aesthetic apart, the intriguing subject matter and themes make for a set of…
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One-Foot Wide Butterfly Sculptures Hand-Crafted with Gorgeous Detail

One-Foot Wide Butterfly Sculptures Hand-Crafted with Gorgeous Detail | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
This fascinating collection of moths, butterflies, and insects is actually handmade works of art created by North Carolina-based Japanese artist Yumi Okita. The beautifully crafted sculptures are filled with amazing details and delicate patterns that are constructed from cotton, faux fur, wire, feather, fabric paints, and embroidery thread.
To produce each gorgeous piece, Okita pays close attention to details, building layers of wings that sit proportionally with bodies, and including smaller elements like eyes, legs, and antennas. Other than the size—each piece averages about half a foot tall and almost a foot wide—the playful creatures have a bit of a realistic feel. Okita sells all of her creations through her Etsy shop, and she includes a wire hook on the underside of the sculptures so that you can prominently display any of your favorite large bugs on your walls at home.
Yumi Okita on Etsy via [booooooom]
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Suspended Moon-Shaped Tent Sleeps You Closer to the Stars

Suspended Moon-Shaped Tent Sleeps You Closer to the Stars | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The Hanging Tent Company has produced a suspended tent meant for those that might not want to camp, but will certainly glamp (glamourous camping). Called the roomoon, it’s a sphere-shaped, portable tent that hangs among the trees. This isn’t the first time that we’ve admired this type of structure; similar to the Tentsile, it means you can sleep high above the ground and closer to the stars.
Rufus Martin originally designed the roomoon as a project for school. He continued to develop the tent after the assignment was over, and now they’re available around the world. Its frame is made from stainless steel and is meant to collapse for easy transportation to camping sites or festivals. The floor is made from lightweight pine wood, and each roomoon is handcrafted and tailor-made to fit your specifications. Its minimalist interior includes upgrades like cushions, rugs, beanbags, and integrated LED lights. After the tent has been assembled, it’s hoisted upwards using a special pulley system…
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Mosaic Self-Portrait Constructed with 7,000 Colorful Bottle Caps

Mosaic Self-Portrait Constructed with 7,000 Colorful Bottle Caps | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Bottle caps have taken on an entirely different purpose and form in these creative works by Chicago-based multi-media artist Mary Ellen Croteau. She believes that these little plastic parts, which cannot be recycled, are a major curse on our environment. So, in an attempt to find ways to repurpose the objects which would otherwise be garbage, Croteau began reworking them into portraits and sculptures.
While building her Endless Columns (far below), Croteau became fascinated with how the variously-sized caps could fit snugly inside of each other to create layers of interesting colors. As a result, she was inspired to concoct an 8 feet x 7 feet self-portrait constructed with more than 7,000 plastic caps. She relied on the plastic circles to produce the wide range of color throughout the work and the results are a series of dots that beautifully blend together. She then went on to create two close-ups of incredibly detailed eyes, followed by two landscapes entitled Tsunami and Shells,…
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Shiny Sedan Transformed into a Fully-Functioning Jacuzzi Tub

Shiny Sedan Transformed into a Fully-Functioning Jacuzzi Tub | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
French artist Benedetto Bufalino has created an unusual way to enjoy a dip in the pool. He’s taken an old-yet-shiny blue SEAT Ibiza sedan and transformed it into a fully-functioning jacuzzi bath. By removing the roof, windows, and windshield, he’s constructed an area for a tub where at least two people can have a relaxing soak. It’s a bit unconventional, but that’s part of its charm.
The interior of the sedan has been retrofitted to accommodate all of the working parts needed for the pool. It’s designed so that the vehicle’s exterior panels, wheels, and trunk make up the jacuzzi shell. Bathers enter by simply stepping from a short stool into the water. The roofless hybrid means that its participants can soak up the sun, further enjoying the outdoors in this quirky setting.
Benedetto Bufalino website via [designboom]
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Hot Spring Spa Features a Tent Structure for Private Relaxation

Hot Spring Spa Features a Tent Structure for Private Relaxation | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Vietnamese-based architects a21studio have put a new twist on the meaning of a tent. They created an airy, gabled hideaway and spa that sits above a hot spring and mineral resort near Nha Trang City. Appropriately called The Tent, the structure partially encloses the hot spring at the top of a rock hill and allows guests a chance to relax in private while also keeping cool in the tropical climate.
The beautiful spring provides an idyllic escape, but one drawback is the intense heat that comes from the West; this limits the time of year that people can enjoy its offerings. To offset this, the architects built a steep thatched roof that blocks direct sunlight as well as angles off any rain. The covering also doubles as a structural wall and is carefully positioned as to not disrupt any views of the passing river or lush outdoors below. Its wooden beams and panels are protected with a waterproof layer of coconut leaves, and dry-stacked stones quarried on site make up the floor.
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Solitary Figures Wander Through Dreamlike Landscapes

Solitary Figures Wander Through Dreamlike Landscapes | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Solitary figures wander through vast, dreamlike worlds in artist Kasia Derwinska's striking images. Derwinska, who is currently based in Spain, combines photography and digital manipulation to create surreal works of art that seem to act as metaphors for life, expressing themes like loneliness, isolation, separation, reflection, and joy.
Dramatic, monochromatic images depict the subjects as distant, tiny silhouettes in the middle of empty landscapes that seem to unfold forever. Whether the figures are overlooking a plain of clouds from the peak of a mountain, stranded in the middle of a sea of roaring waves, or bidding farewell to a companion who's chosen a different road, each person seems to embody an air of pensiveness as they contemplate their paths in life.
Derwinska, whose works are inspired by her experiences and dreams, does not think of herself a photographer. Instead, she considers photography just the tool through which she can express herself. She says, "My work is an…
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Upturned Corner of a Rug Reveals a Coffee Table Underneath

Upturned Corner of a Rug Reveals a Coffee Table Underneath | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Designer Alessandro Isola takes a rug and a coffee table, two things that we often see separately in a room, and combines them into a single object. His project is called Stumble Upon, and it was inspired by the annoyance of tripping over the wrinkles in carpet. The hybrid piece of furniture appears as a long-fiber rug that has one corner overturned to reveal a smooth, shiny surface underneath. While you can comfortably walk on it, you can also use it as a way to display favorite nicknacks or magazines.
Isola wanted a sharp contrast between the top and bottom of Stumble Upon. The fiber area gives the sense that it’s been handmade, imperfections and all, while the underlying material is very polished. This comes as a surprise to us, as the back of a rug usually isn’t attractive and on display. Here, it’s stunning. Isola uses our expectation of furniture to his advantage and creates an unexpected, playful piece that’s practical, too.
Alessandro Isola website via [Zeutch and designboom]
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Nocturnal Trail Through Illuminated Forest Becomes Magically Immersive Experience

Nocturnal Trail Through Illuminated Forest Becomes Magically Immersive Experience | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Montreal-based studio Moment Factory has transformed Quebec's Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook into Foresta Lumina, an illuminated nocturnal trail through the enchanted forest. After nightfall from now until mid-October, visitors to the park are invited to take a magical stroll through the woods on an immersive, storybook-like adventure.
Winding through the trees for 2 kilometers, the path takes visitors on a journey through gorgeous and mysterious landscapes, including groves of trees twinkling with fairy lights, craggy rocks illuminated to show shadowy figures, rows of glowing lanterns floating overhead, and a bright portal at the end of the longest suspension bridge in North America. Accompanied by an ethereal soundtrack and appearances from legendary characters inspired by local folklore, the bewitching trail becomes an extraordinary, multi-sensory experience for participants.
Moment Factory created custom elements for each of the trail's zones: perforated metal panels resembled…
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Ingenious Recycling Box Provides Food for Stray Animals When a Bottle is Deposited

Ingenious Recycling Box Provides Food for Stray Animals When a Bottle is Deposited | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The Turkish company Pugedon has recently introduced a vending machine that’s an innovative way to help both the environment and our furry friends. It releases food for the city’s stray dogs and cats every time a plastic bottle is deposited, and it allows people to empty their water bottles for the animals as well.
This wonderful service operates at no charge to the city because the recycled plastic pays for the cost of food. So, with a little financial investment, the simple machines do a lot of good. They provide a steady source of sustenance to the animals, many of which rely on caring residents to regularly feed them. It also encourages people to make a habit of recycling and help conserve our environment for future generations.

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Tender Photos of Orphaned Boys and Their Adopted Dogs Show True Companionship

Tender Photos of Orphaned Boys and Their Adopted Dogs Show True Companionship | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
As any pet owner knows, animals come into our lives and can quickly become a part of our family. Photographer Sam Edmonds captured this sentiment in his series Robindra Boys, which centers on a community of young street children living in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They were separated or orphaned from their parents and have forged a close-knit family with their adopted dogs, living in a park called Robindra Shorbod. There, the boys sell recyclable plastic containers for food which they lovingly share with their furry friends named Tiger, Romeo, Bullet, Kula, Moti, Michael, Tom, Jax, Lalu, and Bagha.
For each of these portraits, Edmonds instructed the boys not to pose; they entered the frame with their dog and the shutter was released. What results are candid depictions of companionship between species. The tender images showcase the pairs leaning on each other and many of the boys hugging their dogs close to their bodies. You can see that they really care for one another as family.
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Mind-blowingly Mesmerizing Optical Illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Mind-blowingly Mesmerizing Optical Illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
You could spend hours gazing at these mesmerizing optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a professor of Psychology at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. With his knowledge of visual perception, visual illusion, optical illusion, trompe l'oeil, 3D perspective, and more, Kitaoka creates psychedelic still images give the impression of being in motion.
Kitaoka's most popular optical illusion is Rotating snakes, which can be seen above. In the image, circular snakes appear to rotate endlessly, producing an entrancing mass of slowly spinning shapes. This effect is echoed in Kitaoka's other mind-blowing images, in which geometric patterns seem to roll, ripple, or turn inexhaustibly.
Be careful not to get too lost in these optical illusions, however! As a note of caution, some of these pictures may cause dizziness if the brain can't handle the conflicting information from your two eyes.
Akiyoshi Kitaoka's website via [Juxtapoz]
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Gorgeously Detailed Illustrations Created Using Ballpoint Pens

Gorgeously Detailed Illustrations Created Using Ballpoint Pens | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Rebecca Yanovskaya is an illustrator living and working in Toronto, Canada. Her fantastical imagery grabs your attention with its detailed rendering and gold accents. The works feature women who are adorned with large feathered wings, elaborate headdresses, and elegant robes. It’s no surprise that Yanovskaya is inspired by mythological stories, natural forces, and the beauty of the human figure, as all of these elements seem to be present in her work.
The illustrator says that her drawings began in small sketchbooks but became larger and more ambitious in scale. This included her adding stunning gold leaf to the illustrations, which contrasts beautifully with the ubiquitous ballpoint pen. In Yanovskaya’s most recent Winged series, she layers delicate shading and lines on Moleskine paper. The results are dramatic works that are made for storybook tales.
If you’d like to own any of these illustrations, they are available as prints in Yanovskaya’s INPRNT shop.
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Urban-Dwelling Home Features Moveable Rooms Controlled by a Button

Urban-Dwelling Home Features Moveable Rooms Controlled by a Button | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Of all the things in life that come with instructions, a building usually isn’t one of them. The Sharifi-Ha house in Tehran does, though, and it combines beautiful, modern design with innovative space-saving rooms that are controlled by the push of a button. Iranian architects at nextoffice created a series of semi-mobile areas that can be rotated in order to provide extra space and more sunlight.
The urban three-storey house is based on a fixed main volume of the structure with movable areas present on each floor. It’s a great solution for the noticeably narrow and long plot that Sharifi-Ha sits on; the architects took advantage of this and treated the façade as a three-dimensional element rather than a conventional two dimensional surface. Rooms can either be aligned flush with the main volume or rotated perpendicular to it.
Having this adaptable space gives inhabitants the opportunity to customize it based on their needs. A home office or breakfast room can transform its appearance…
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Amazingly Unique Tree Produces 40 Different Types of Fruit

Amazingly Unique Tree Produces 40 Different Types of Fruit | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Imagine a tree that produces not just one type of fruit, but a whole variety of them! Artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken has brought that vision to life with the Tree of 40 Fruit, an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees that grow over 40 types of stone fruit, including cherries, plums, peaces, nectarines, apricots, and almonds. Van Aken, who was raised on a farm, bought a New York orchard that was about to be shut down, saving many rare varieties of fruit in the process. Over the next few years, the artist began his experiment and eventually successfully created the Tree of 40 Fruit.
Van Aken sculpts the tree through the process of grafting—he takes a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and then inserts that into an incision in the working tree. Taped into place, the branch heals and is pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the tree. In the springtime, the tree bursts into a patchwork explosion of different pink, purple, and…
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