A Photographer Shows the Harsh Reality of Living in 43-Square-Foot Rooms in South Korea

A Photographer Shows the Harsh Reality of Living in 43-Square-Foot Rooms in South Korea

Korea is widely known for its diverse culture, magnificent skyscrapers, delicious food, and highly developed technology. But South Korean photographer Sim Kyu-Dong shows us the other side of the coin by telling us about “Goshiwon” — a tiny, cramped, cheap housing unit where South Korea’s poorest people live. Turns out, it also serves as a home for people who end up living on the streets or who are dealing with mental or physical issues. And in cases like this, Gosiwon becomes a beacon of hope, not despair. Continue reading »

Incredible Living Sculpture In The Lost Gardens Of Heligan Changes Its Appearance With The Seasons

This is the Mud Maid sculpture in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, in Cornwall
Incredible Living Sculpture In The Lost Gardens Of Heligan Changes Its Appearance With The Seasons
Pete & Sue Hill

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles. Continue reading »

“Statues En Marche”: A Fascinating Gathering Of Living Statues In Belgium

A Gargoyle
"Statues En Marche": A Fascinating Gathering Of Living Statues In Belgium
Yves Herman/Reuters

Belgian city of Marche-en-Famenne hosted the most fascinating annual event on July: the largest gathering of living statues in Europe. This free street festival can be decribed as the most fascinating outdoors museum, with the sculptures being replaced by men and women posing as statues in the pedestrian part of the town centre. Continue reading »

Street Artist Incorporates His Matching Little Brown Dog Into His Living Bronze Statue Routine

Street Artist Incorporates His Matching Little Brown Dog Into His Living Bronze Statue Routine

Yorge Luís Ruiz, a young street artist who lives in Fortaleza, Brazil, incorporates his beloved little dog Jaspe into his living bronze statue routine. Not only does Jaspe match Ruiz’s copper-colored costume but she instinctively freezes into place during a performance. Passersby are constantly amazed by the intuitive interaction between man and dog whenever they come across the two. Continue reading »

IKEA Recreated Living Rooms From ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Friends’ And ‘Stranger Things’ With Its Own Furniture

Ikea’s Billy bookcases, Poang chairs and Kallax shelves can be seen in real homes around the world, but they now have a place in the fictional living rooms of “The Simpsons,” “Stranger Things” and “Friends.”

The Simpsons
IKEA Recreated Living Rooms From 'The Simpsons,' 'Friends' And 'Stranger Things' With Its Own Furniture

In the “Real Life Series” campaign running in the United Arab Emirates, Ikea, along with agency Publicis Spain, recreated iconic living rooms from each of the popular shows with only its own products. The campaign leverages the pop culture references with the aim to be relevant to all cultures, since the UAE is largely populated by expat families from all over the globe. Continue reading »

Meet “The Conker” – Automotive Ultimate Living Pod

Meet "The Conker" - Automotive Ultimate Living Pod

Ex-Rolls Royce engineer Jag Virdie is out to offer an affordable solution to pricey housing – and in style. Conker Living is his entrepreneurial startup that’s garnering attention for its versatile £21,000 (US$27,000) 10-square-meter home pods, each spanning roughly 13 feet (3.9 meters) in diameter. Continue reading »

These Ugly Couches That Everybody’s Grandparents Had In Their Living Room!

These Ugly Couches That Everybody’s Grandparents Had In Their Living Room!

Geometric shapes, floral patterns, and vibrant colors, including copious amounts of orange, were all design features of the decade, and although many view the 1970s as the decade style forgot, there is much from the period that is worth reviving.

These vintage couches will take you back in time, and you won’t want to come back. Continue reading »

Artist Shoetree Creates Living, Breathing Sculptures From Old Nike Sneakers

Artist Shoetree Creates Living, Breathing Sculptures From Old Nike Sneakers

For some it’s terracotta pots, for others it’s ceramic planters, for others still it’s plain old plastic straight from the store, but for Japanese artist Kosuke Sugimoto, aka Shoetree, when it comes to finding a home for his house plants he’s all about vintage Nike sneakers. Continue reading »

Living Sculpture Mari Katayama

Living Sculpture Mari Katayama

Born with a rare condition, the artist has chronicled her life in portraits – capturing everything from her tattooed prosthetics to the tentacled creature she stitched together on the shores of Naoshima. Katayama was born with tibial hemimelia, an extremely rare condition that stops bones in the lower legs from fully developing, often leaving them foreshortened. In her case, the condition also caused club feet and a cleft left hand that resembled a crab’s pincers. Continue reading »

A Built-In Dog Bed Was Created In This Living Room Wall

A Built-In Dog Bed Was Created In This Living Room Wall

When Studio North were designing this modern laneway house in Calgary, Canada, they included a built-in dog bed nook. Continue reading »

“Symbiosis Of Working And Living”: Claustrophobic Homes Of Beijing In Stunning Photographs By Alina Fedorenko

"Symbiosis Of Working And Living": Claustrophobic Homes Of Beijing In Stunning Photographs By Alina Fedorenko

Alina Fedorenko is an professional photographer and traveler who was born in 1985 in Lviv, Ukraine and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Alina studied Fashion Design in London. Continue reading »

A Gruesome Living Billboard, Swarmed By The Undead, Popped Up In London

A Gruesome Living Billboard, Swarmed By The Undead, Popped Up In London

The stunt, by agency Taylor Herring, promoted the Thorpe Park Resort, which recently struck a deal with U.S. TV network AMC to launch two new live-action attractions based on zombie drama The Walking Dead. Continue reading »

Meet Lulu Hashimoto – Japan’s Creepy Real-Life Living Doll

Meet Lulu Hashimoto – Japan’s Creepy Real-Life Living Doll

Lulu Hashimoto is the world’s first “living doll fashion model”, and you can actually become her by putting on a realistic body suit consisting of doll head mask, a wig and stockings patterned with doll-like joints. As you can see in the photos below, the effect is pretty disturbing. Continue reading »

Living La Dolce Vita: Vintage Photos Show How Idyllic Italy Was In The 1980s

Amalfi, 1982
Living La Dolce Vita: Vintage Photos Show How Idyllic Italy Was In The 1980s
Charles Traub/Damiani

Photographer Charles Traub has been documenting the world through his all-seeing lens for the better part of fifty years, but no place has made more of an impression on him than Italy. Continue reading »

Illustrator Yaoyao Ma Van As Perfectly Captures The Happiness Of Living Alone

Illustrator Yaoyao Ma Van As Perfectly Captures The Happiness Of Living Alone

Being single and living alone can be pretty awesome, and these illustrations show why. Continue reading »

Tiny Living Room Makes Its Way Inside PC

Tiny Living Room Makes Its Way Inside PC

Using dollhouse furniture and copious amounts of imagination, an unknown Russian artist has created a miniature living room inside the shell of a PC computer. The tiny room replica includes a working floor lamp, a tiny gumball machine an oriental rug, and even a miniature copy of the New York Times. Continue reading »

Living On The Edge Of The Icelandic Cliffside Retreat

Living On The Edge Of The Icelandic Cliffside Retreat

Alex Hogrefe is a designer and founding member of the architecture visualization studio Design Distill where he specializes in fully visualizing the plans of architects through illustration. In his free time, however, Alex sketches up designs from scratch like this gorgeous Icelandic cliffside retreat. Continue reading »

Thousands Of People Are Living Inside A Luxurious Hole In The Australian Desert

Thousands Of People Are Living Inside A Luxurious Hole In The Australian Desert
Getty Images

If living underground sounds like something you would enjoy, then Coober Pedy is the place for you. The underground town in the Australian desert has become home to 3,500 people who come from 45 different nationalities. People who live there seem to love it as the temperatures are maintained at 23-25 degrees C throughout the year. Continue reading »

Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual For Modern Living

Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual For Modern Living

Canadian photographer Todd McLellan makes visible the inner workings of everyday products by dismantling, carefully arranging the components and photographing them. His book, Things Come Apart, presents a unique view of items such as chainsaws and iPods, transforming ordinary objects into works of art. Continue reading »

Meet TERRA, The Real Living Grass Furniture

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If you combined Chia pets with Ikea furniture, you’d get Terra. Intended to be grown, not built, it’s billed as an easy addition to any nature lover’s garden or backyard. As the studio puts it – all they provide is the idea and some cardboard. Users simply assemble the laser-cut pieces, shovel dirt into the different sections, sprinkle seeds over the dirt, and let it grow. Give it a month or so and you’ll have a pretty nice place to kick back with a book. Continue reading »

Living Planet Index Report In Pictures

Global wildlife populations will decline by 67% by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to reduce human impact on species and ecosystems, warns the biennial Living Planet Index report from WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and ZSL (Zoological Society of London). From elephants to eels, here are some of the wildlife populations most affected by human activity.

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Only 1,864 giant pandas remain in the wild. Threats include human-wildlife conflict and climate change. The species is listed as vulnerable. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer) Continue reading »

The Art Of Living In French Polynesia

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Gray Malin has situated archetypal Mid-Century Modern designs by Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Knoll atop a floating 15 foot square mirrored platform handcrafted with the help of local engineers. Emphasizing the form of the furniture, ‘Art of Living‘ was photographed from a vantage point where the colossal Mount Otemanu presents a symmetrical and stunning backdrop. by situating stylized interior design elements in an unexpected outdoor setting, the series places natural and manmade beauty side-by-side, asking viewers to interpret the art of design in a new way. Continue reading »

Human Living Statues Contest In Buenos Aires

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Hugo Falcon portraying “El Angel Magico” (The Magic Angel) takes part in a human living statues contest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters) Continue reading »

Assisted Living Facility Creates Mock Town To Help Residents With Alzheimer’s

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Check this out: after a user on Reddit posted a photo of an assisted living facility “designed to look like a golf course community,” the internet ate it up. Continue reading »

Prefab Modular Living Units From Slovenia By Coodo

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Nowadays we are noticing growing changes in people’s lifestyles that call for new forms of dwelling. The space is becoming more and more valuable and residential architecture is rapidly changing, from building classic family houses to making smaller prefabricated residence buildings that are thoughtfully designed, made of excellent contemporary materials and have much greater connection to nature surrounding it. In such spaces the quality of life improves immensely. Continue reading »