Charming villa in Beauvallon

Check out this wonderful house located in Grimaud, France. This villa is a beautiful, charming villa, previously described as a ‘peaceful haven’. The property has recently been restored to an exceptionally high standard, in a contemporary Provencal style, retaining its original charm and character by its designer owner.

Charming villa in Beauvallon

Charming villa in Beauvallon

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Photography by Navid Baraty

Born and raised in rural Ohio, photographer Navid Baraty‘s artistic passion led him from his unfulfilling days of working as an engineer to becoming a photographer in San Francisco and then New York City. He became obsessed with photography because of its universal ability to engage our senses and tell a story. Navid wants his work to accurately portray the human condition and shape the way people think about the Earth.

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In the Pumpkin Garden

Pumpkins are commonly carved into decorative lanterns called jack-o’-lanterns for the Halloween season in North America. Throughout Britain and Ireland, there is a long tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables, particularly the turnip, mangelwurzel, or swede. The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which are both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips.

Pumpkins are widely grown for commercial use, and are used both in food and recreation. Pumpkin pie, for instance, is a traditional part of Thanksgiving meals in the United States, and pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween. A pumpkin that has a little face carved in it and hollowed out and decorated with candles inside is known as a jack o’lantern; these are often used at Halloween, for example, to decorate windows. (via Wikipedia)

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Analogue Astrophotography

Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography that entails recording images of astronomical objects and large areas of the night sky. The first photograph of an astronomical object (the Moon) was taken in 1840, but it was not until the late 19th century that advances in technology allowed for detailed stellar photography. Besides being able to record the details of extended objects such as the Moon, Sun, and planets, astrophotography has the ability to image objects invisible to the human eye such as dim stars, nebulae, and galaxies.

This is done by long time exposure since both film and digital cameras can accumulate and sum light photons over these long periods of time. In professional astronomical research, photography revolutionized the field, with long time exposures recording hundreds of thousands of new stars and nebulae that were invisible to the human eye, leading to specialized and ever larger optical telescopes that were essentially big “cameras” designed to collect light to be recorded on film.

Astrophotography is a large sub-discipline in amateur astronomy where it is usually used to record aesthetically pleasing images, rather than for scientific research, with a whole range of equipment and techniques dedicated to the activity.

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During my trip to the Dominican Republic we stayed at an amazing Villa in Casa de Campo, in La Romana, for a few days. A breathtaking location with luxurious villas and white sand beaches. Ranked as the number one Golf course in the Caribbean and 43rd in the top 100 courses, worldwide it… more here


Graceful, Gradient Sun

Our Graceful Sun can be seen thru a gradient filter, in this impressive video from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Sometimes science and art can go along!

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Ice Walkers by David Ryle in THISISPAPER MAGAZINE

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“Ice Walkers was shot high up in the Alps, near Chamonix. What I find interesting, and its a subject I return quite a lot, is scale and using human activity set in a landscape to convey a sense of scale.”

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Volkswagon Camper Tent

This tent is a luxe, full-size replica of the iconic 1965 Volkswagen Camper Van synonymous with 1960s counterculture. Ideal for 4 campers, you can stand up inside the tent and it has 2 zip-separated double-size rooms. [sanctuous]

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Techniques to inhabit spaces* artworks series by Martin Hekier

SOUTH PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – by local designer Jesse Tise

Can you sum up South Pasadena? South Pasadena’s this small but beautiful town, with lots of old craftsmen-style houses and greenery and plant life everywhere. Theres lots of rambling side streets that criss cross through hilly terrain; ideal stomping grounds when you just feel like dropping all your work and going out for a nighttime stroll. I teach during the day in Downtown L.A., so coming home to South Pas is often a welcome change from life in the city. – Jesse Tise – Check out the full interview/travel guide at Global Yodel.

The Best Astronomy Photos of the Year

The winning photographs from the 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition were announced, and they will blow you away.

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FDR Four Freedoms Park by Louis Kahn

The new FDR Four Freedoms Park opens to the public next week on NYC’s Roosevelt Island. Designed by Louis Kahn before his death in 1974, the project has been 40 years in the making. See more on collabcubed.

Guerilla Gardening? Seedbombs Designed to Grow Things On the Spot

Seedbombs might be the coolest new way to combine your aggression with your desire to make things more beautiful.

Earlier this week, I talked about how design is awesome when it makes everyday things like making espresso easier and better for the environment. Seedbombs are better for the environment too, but they’re fun in a different way from the Presso machine. They’re fun in the way that you never thought you’d be able to take a slingshot and a set of small balls and grow wildflowers or ingredients for salsa.

In addition, the seedbombs are made by employees of Chrysalis, a nonprofit in Los Angeles that employs homeless and economically disadvantaged men and women. Seedbombs are not just a story about design and urban ecology, but a story about using sustainable materials and giving jobs and opportunity to people within the community.

Designed Good curates well-designed products that are good for the world. And seedbombs are definitely a unique find – and one that is available on their website for 10 more days only.

Sebastian Cox furniture

“Coppiced hazel”, furniture collection created and presented at Tent London by the British designer Sebastian Cox.

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Realistic paintings and Creative thinking of Artist Vladimir Kush

Vladimir Kush: Just then came to me the sensation of huge open spaces – I knew that beyond the nearby wood the snow-covered great Russian plain stretched on, unimpeded, for thousands of kilometers. And I conceived a dream to absorb the space into myself, to reach the edge of the earth- in the north, where the White Sea begins, or on the south, where Black Sea – Pontus Euxinus of Ancient Greeks – laps the steppes.
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