In recent weeks, enormous bouquets of beautifully arranged flowers have been springing up in unexpected places all over New York City.

 

The ‘flower flashes’ are the work of floral designer Lewis Miller and his creative team. Using empty trash cans for their blooming installations, they're spreading fun, whimsy and delight by flooding corners of the city with colour.

 

‘I am in the business of fantasy and flowers and it’s my job to transform key moments in my clients’ lives into joyful, everlasting memories,’ says Miller, ‘I wanted to recreate a similar feeling for the everyday city-dwellers and tourists of New York City.

 

The team recycle flowers from events wherever possible, and plan to continue ‘flower flashing’ across New York (and beyond).

You can see more of Lewis Miller’s work here. Would you like to see flower flashing in your city?

 


In a new advert, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor Vinnie Jones shows off his softer side, dances around - and tells us to throw the rulebook out the window.

 

The short film is the first instalment of a three-part None Fits All series for sleep design brand Muun aiming to ‘redefine interpretations of comfort as Munn introduces its customisable ‘sleep system’.

 

Seeing one of cinema’s most seasoned tough guys alone in a flat is intended to show Jones’ gentler nature as we witness him behind the scenes. Jones waxes lyrical about individuality and pokes fun at the idea of ‘manliness’ in the cinematic 90-second ad, wondering: ‘Where did the hard men go, proper lads who take pride in winning games?’

 

Jones claims he’s got to where is now not by playing the rules, but by playing to win. ‘F*** the rules,’ he says emphatically, before breaking into a dance.

 

Trust us, it’s worth a watch:


Mexico City- and Berlin-based artist Damian Ortega started his career as a political cartoonist, but now he delights and intrigues his audience with deconstructed, suspended sculptures that force the viewer to reconsider economic, aesthetic and cultural situations.

Focusing on the way regional culture affects the consumption of commodities, Ortega’s work takes a range of objects, from lorries and dining tables to his famous Volkswagen Beetle, and suspends them from the air, deconstructed as if they’ve been frozen whilst exploding outwards.

‘Cosmic Thing’, the deconstructed VW Beetle, offers a new perspective of the car first developed in Nazi Germany which was later mass-produced in Mexico, questioning the car’s origins and its shifting cultural significance over time.

Ortega’s sculpture-cum-installations highlight the hidden workings – and often beauty -- of everyday objects, as well as their social and political complexity.

You can see more of Ortega’s work here.


IKEA has produced a fun yet practical twist on its iconic homeware: a cookable recipe book.

Cook This Page transforms the Swedish brand’s famously ‘simple’ instructions into pictorial recipes printed on greaseproof paper, which even show you where to put the ingredients on the page.

Once it’s wrapped up, it just needs baking; from Swedish meatballs to a summery strawberry rhubarb dish, the recipes are a tasty and simple approach to learning new recipes – and a clever marketing campaign for IKEA.

See Cook This Page in action below and tell us what you think of it.


As part of a new multimedia campaign for hotel chain Jury’s Inn, a TV advert charts the rags-to-riches tale of a forgotten luggage trolley lost and alone in a hostile world.

The bittersweet story, which shows the abandoned trolley sadly rattling around on wonky wheels, being shooed from place to place and even shedding a tear – until he finds happiness, and his true calling, at a warm and welcoming Jury’s Inn hotel.

'This is an exciting time for Jury’s Inn – the launch of our new promise, as well as the biggest campaign in the brand’s history. It’s just the start of what we have planned,’ says Jury’s Inn head of marketing, Suzanne Cannon.

You can watch the advert below:


A Japanese artist is turning origami into intricate artworks, creating miniature Bonsai trees decorated with hundreds of even smaller origami cranes.

Naoki Onogawa folds different coloured pieces of paper to make the miniature paper birds before meticulously attaching them to the branches of tiny Bonsai trees. The overall effect is one of limitless patience and vibrant colour.

Onogawa was inspired by the legend of the 1,000 origami cranes, which promises anyone who makes 1,000 of the paper shapes a wish guaranteed to come true.

‘Since ancient times, Japanese people have been mindful of natural phenomenon. While confronting our fears of the natural world, we worship and co-exist in harmony with nature. As one symbol of nature, trees possess a life force which lies in all natural things.’

‘I’ve tried to endow my artworks with this energy. Through looking at my works, I hope you can feel this life force, too.’

You can see more of Onogawa's work here.


A new article by MyModernMet takes a look at some of the most influential forms of architecture across the globe, from ancient civilisation to modern times.

Along with Egypt’s iconic pyramids, the list also shines a light on its intricate temple designs that inspired the Ancient Greeks and Romans to craft enduring architectural works like the Parthenon and the Pantheon.

Byzantine, Mesoamerican, and Gothic architecture are three more pit stops along this architectural journey through the ages, while Neoclassical confirms the enduring legacy of the strong arches and decorated columns of ancient civilisation.

Via Art Nouveau and Modernism, we reach two of the most dominant styles on the skyline today: Postmodernism and Neofuturism, the latter of which is embodied by award-winning buildings like the Shard in London.

Take a look at the top ten in more detail here, where you can explore the background behind the styles and some of their most striking examples – which is your favourite?



Artist Kelsey Oseid categorises, explores and presents the animal kingdom in her latest series of whimsical illustrations.

Oseid arranges the animals by group, from carnivores to strigiformes (the owl family) and draws each individual creature by hand in her unique, almost fairytale style.

Rooted in science but presented artistically, the illustrated guides are informative as well as pleasing to the eye, thanks to their hand-written labels.

Oseid uses watercolour and gouache to achieve a ‘playful, folksy, vintage-inspired’ feel of matte, understated colours and was inspired by the Victorian botanists’ intricate illustrations of newly-discovered flora and fauna.

You can see more of these delicate illustrations here.


In a series of conceptual artworks created by layering photographs printed on glass, peaceful landscapes are used to explore time, space and perspective.

Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi makes the striking compilations by taking multiple photographs of the same scene over a period of time. The images, usually featuring sleepy forests or tranquil hillsides, are then printed onto plexiglass acrylic and layered in chronological order.

The stereoscopic studies play with space and perspective, allowing you to explore a sunset or a shady glen in 3D as you walk through and around the display reminiscent of a spinning film reel.

‘Time has no shape or boundary and cannot be fixed or grasped,’ says Nakanishi, ‘When we look at the photographs in these sculptures, we attempt to fill in the gaps between the individual images.’

‘I attempt to depict time and space as sensations shared by both viewer and artist.’

You can see more of Nakanishi’s work here.


The New York Bagel Co. has launched its latest campaign, which sees bagels getting rather intimate with popular topping ingredients in the style of romance novels.

Depicted on fictitious book covers, the campaign tells the story of romantic frissons between a handsome bagel and a gorgeous avocado, a seductive strawberry and a burger, respectively.

The novels, which will appear as print ads, were inspired by 1940s melodramas and feature titles such as ‘The Burger Infidelity’ and ‘An Avocado Affair’.

‘Fall for a bagel with some fresh, ripe avocado,’ reads one tagline, while another implores you: 'Give in to a bagel with strawberries and cream cheese.'

‘Doing work you live with brave clients – it doesn’t get much better,’ says creative director Remco Graham, ‘Writing these three books has been a right laugh … We’ve had the whole agency sniggering along with the client.’

You can see more of the saucy campaign here


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