(via Design Milk)
Every time I try tackling a jigsaw puzzle it ends with me angrily stuffing a half-completed puzzle back in its box and convincing myself that the manufacturer forgot to include a piece (the missing piece inevitably turns up under the sofa). Unlike me, furniture designer Rupert McKelvie saw errant pieces as an opportunity and decided to build a set of furniture made out of puzzle pieces. The collection, which McKelvie calls Missing Pieces, is a real testament to his patience. Case in point: The table alone is made up 4,800 pieces.
If anybody still thinks that crochet isn’t art, this should change your mind. Jo Hamilton essentially “paints” with with yarn, creating amazing crochet portraits that capture likenesses in a painterly style. Here are a few of my favorite examples. Be sure to visit Jo’s website to see more crochet masterpieces.
Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann, the duo behind the French design studio Zim and Zou, recreated iconic retro gadgets with brightly colored cut paper in a series they call Back to Basics. In addition to making me nostalgic for my old Walkman, these paper electronics are a wistful reminder that the colors of wardrobe in the early 90′s was exactly the same as the papers they’ve used. You can view more photos of this series on Behance.