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Paula Hayes Hand Blown Terrariums: Miami

The concept of a terrarium, and the idea of creating an entirely independent eco-system has always intrigued me, but it wasn’t until I saw the work of Paula Hayes that I became truly transfixed. Hayes, born in Concord, Massachusetts received her BS from Skidmore College and MFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Her biography boasts lectures and exhibits worldwide. The terrariums are built inside impeccably-clear blown glass tear drops. We stumbled on her work in a gallery a few blocks from the Design Miami event , and encourage anyone in the area to drop in and take a peak.

Diem Chau: Carved Crayons

These are Storytelling Crayons, carved meticulously to show the absolute finest details of honor, courage, and sometimes humor in the characters faces. The artist Diem Chau was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1979, and says “I consider myself an artist whose medium is stories, especially those that are primarily passed on orally. Coming from a nomadic childhood, what few possessions my family had were necessities. The things of greatest value to us were stories contributed by friends and family. Embedded in these stories are connections to the past, our culture and an occasional escape from reality.” Check out the dozens of carved crayons, pictures, illustrations and beautiful work at Diem’s site.

Gwon O-sang

Korean artist Gwon O-sang calls his work a new method of playing with illusion and reality. We agree– his 3 dimensional paper sculptures are mind boggling. You can read an interview of him here or an in-depth article here. The sculpture on the left, Demand, is composed of 140 pieces, in the center is Fear, made up of 280 pieces and Difference, composed of 1800 pieces for Error C-prints. Go check out larger photos of his work to really understand how detailed this is! Via vvork

Robots? No, Slobots!

Anyone reading this blog for a while knows we have a special appreciation for robots– Especially breakdancing robots. We also have a special place in our hearts for robots made from found objects like the ones above designed by artist Mike Heisler– he prefers to call them his Slobots. There are about a dozen Slobots to check out on his site, many for sale at fairly affordable (remember this is original art!) prices. We’re going to go back to reading How to Survive a Robot Uprising now, gasp!

Markus Hofer

My German is (still) rusty, but that doesn’t stop me from totally admiring Markus Hofer’s unique and borderline genius work. Due to the language barrier (any German readers want to offer a translation of his about page?), I can’t tell you much about him. Simply put, his art, like the spray can sculpture above, makes us look at the world with an entirely different perception. Check out his portfolio, it’s great.

Daniel Murphy

After several years of traditional drawing and painting, artist Danny Murphy decided to parlay his way into 3D artwork as an alternative way of expression. His sculptures are made from Strathmore Bristol papers– cutting, bending and gluing the three-dimensional forms together until the desired shape, often a butterfly, is formed. He uses acrylic washed to stain and varnish each piece, forcing light, shadow, and a bit of realism to each piece. His portfolio, for whatever reason is full of butterflies in funny places: Inside tins, atop Starbucks cups and in cages. Very nice work!

Tumi + Anish Kapoor Sky Mirror

Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror exhibition opens tomorrow Tuesday, September 19th at Rockefeller Center. Our friends over at Tumi sponsored the exhibition and just launched a ‘Tumi Quiz‘, which can be played either by SMS, web browser on a cell phone (WAP) or on the Tumi site. Seventy prizes will be awarded including lots of great luggage, Tumi gear and a luxury vacation to the Caribbean. The sculpture will be up from September 19th through the 27th of October, 2006. This looks to be an absolutely gorgeous sculpture (23 tons and 35 feet in diameter), go check it out if you’re in NYC!

Maki Sushi Plates

I’m digging CB2′s new Maki Sushi Plates. If you missed it for whatever reason, CB2 is Crate and Barrels ‘hipper’ line of goods. These plates are made of durable porcelain with a matte finish available in white, black, or orange. Each dish has a pod like built-in dipping dish for wasabi, ginger, soy sauce or the like. They’re also only $5.95, and while I rarely post mass-market finds and products on this site, the sushi-fanatic inside me needed to give these well designed plates a special nod.

Via Product Dose

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