Jon Rossitto’s exquisite wall-mounted wine rack, which is made from the staves of reclaimed wine barrels, is one of the greatest ways of storing wine bottles that I’ve seen in a long time. Besides its utilitarian function, it’s really an expertly-crafted piece of sculpture.

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For more information, including how to purchase the rack, visit Gigantic Gallery.
(Photos by John Carleton)

I’m really impressed by the recent work of Brazilian artist Lucas Simões. He intricately cuts out 10 photographs and acrylic layers to create these bizarre, almost abstract, portraits.

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The Kitchen Bull by Australian designer Toro Legno is a kitchen accessory that serves as a bookshelf, knife block, and cheese board (as well as a beautiful sculpture).

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Katsuyo Aoki’s porcelain skulls are absolutely mind blowing. They’re sort of like Victorian-era alien skulls. Ok…that was a weird analogy, I’ll admit. Regardless, they’re really impressive.

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Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer has devised a very unique process for making the beautiful bowls you see below, using a couple balloons and plaster (in addition to colored pigments and a clear, waterproof glaze).

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Here’s how he describes his process on his website:

The Balloon Bowls are created by casting strong synthetic plaster into a balloon, after which a second balloon is inserted, and inflated. These two balloons act as flexible moulds, ensuring a unique shape for each and every bowl. Once the plaster is set, the balloons are removed, and a bowl appears.”

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Pretty cool huh? Check out the video below to see how his process really works. There are more photos of balloon bowls on Maarten’s website.

Maarten De Ceulaer, balloon bowls (power of making edit) from Victor Hunt on Vimeo.

Last weekend I was walking near Washington Square Park in NYC when a couple of “Colbert’s Stephensed Soup” posters caught my eye. These humorous pieces of street art, a parody of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup series, have apparently been popping up around New York since April but this was the first time I’d encountered them. As is often the case with street art, I am not sure who the artist is, but if anyone else does please let me know.

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It’s official. A little bit (or in this case, a lot) of crochet can make even the most mundane objects look fancy. Etsy seller Monicaj crochets intricate lace around river stones, transforming them into one-of-a-kind handmade treasures.

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Rob Pollock, master of the art of faux woodgraining, has begun to apply his skills to bike frames, giving them the effect that they’re made out of wood. Here are a few photos of a bike he woodgrained that’s for sale on Etsy, but you should really watch the video at the end of this post to learn more (I have a whole new appreciation for the art of woodgraining after watching it). If you could have Rob woodgrain something for you, what would it be?

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