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May4

Not only do Dutch designers Guido Ooms and Karin van Lieshout work together to create innovative, often other-worldly products like the incredible Schizo Vase (pictured) they also travel the globe teaching and inspiring the creative masses with their idiosyncratic style. Wares range from the quirky {their [personalize-able] Wooden USB Stick provides a rustic twist on a standard corporate gift}, to the multi-functional {their Puzzleboard is a party-platter and a party-trick all wrapped into one}, to the macabre {their twisted sense of humor spills it's guts on their Road Kill Carpet.} See all this and more on their website: http://www.oooms.nl

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May3

Browsing the expressionistic work of Akif Hakan Celebi (Hakan Photography) is like flipping through a catalog of the world's most gorgeous women. The way Hakan captures the female form (and face, and stuff) on camera is mesmerizing - each model pops off the page, bursting with story and personality. His high contrast fashion work is shot in eye-popping color, his narratives are often tongue in cheek (check out the "Diary of a Serial Shooter" series he did for the Istanbul Fashion Film Festival; pictured above) while his portraiture oscillates between stripped down and raw, often leaving the viewer feel as if they've stumbled into something far too intimate to be for public eyes, and vacant, removed subjects who almost force you to question whether the person you're looking at is alive or dead. Either way his work is cinematic, stunning, and certainly not to be missed. Diary of a Serial Shooter:...

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May2

Holy freaking George I love everything about this Inflatable Fashion. I love it's design+function. I love it's cheeky name. I love the face that designer Dana Ramler is a sailing (sailing? yachting? boating? call it what you will, she loves it) enthusiast who's putting the [fa]shion back in Oshion. (Okay, that was a horrible pun, but you see what I was going for there, right? Fashion? Oshion? Ocean? I know, I know...it's a stretch, but I needed something clever-ish to match the cleverness of these well disguised personal flotation devices...) That's right. The bandeau belt is a personal flotation device for the fashion forward yacht-loving woman - perfect for those who want to look fierce at sea without actually having to walk on the wild side. Check out her inflatable fashion, and other functional (oh! she puts the fun in functional!) designs at www.danaramler.com.

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May1

Zippan Designs founder Danielle Zippan hand saws each stunning piece from sterling silver. Danielle has been creating these striking nature-inspired pieces under her family name for nearly a decade, and what begins as a sketch ends in the intricately crafted silver pieces you'll find on her site www.ZippanDesigns.com. While you're poking around, be sure to check out her rings - I'd have one for every finger, but there are currently only nine [freaking amazing] styles in rotation, so I guess I'll have to settle for one of my thumbs not looking as fabulous as the rest of my digits.

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Apr30

Québécois fashion duo Annie and Amelie of Annie 50 have created a line of 1950's inspired decidedly femme fatale line that brings out the saucy rockabilly in all of us. Annie's designs (complimented by Amelie's marketing prowess) will make you want to escape someone exotic, probably by train, and do something daring (although if you're the kind of gal who likes to get all dolled up to go to the super market, you'd look fabulous doing that, too.) Their Winter collection feels straight out of the pages of a noir novella, while their summer collection might have been spotted chasing Patrick Swayze around the pool at Kellerman's Mountain Resort. And their catalogue, shot by Shannon Hansen (www.shannon-hansen.com) is a work of art all by itself. Get lost in the world of Annie 50: www.annie50.com

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Apr26

Spring has officially sprung, but winterphiles can hold tight to an indelible piece from the season thanks to mixed media artist Nadine Stefan. Nadine's "In Captivity" series is seriously blowing our minds. (You're going to need to go check out her work in detail on her site www.NadineStefan.com, because it was impossible to find just one image to do her justice.) She takes art imitating life to a new level, where (seemingly live) flora and fauna become the art, nature in suspended animation in the corner of your living room (or great hall, or office space...where ever you put one of her pieces, it's going to be a show stopper.)

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Apr24

It's a NYC invasion of all the old school 8-bit creatures. Shot on location in New York city, this is absolutely incredible. By combining real world locations and a massive talent in the digital world, Patrick makes us believe that Frogger, PacMan, Tetris and their friends are all coming to kick our asses. Watch it again and again....I promise, you will see new things everytime!!

Elevator pitch: It's like Up meets old school Godzilla. A whole bunch of awesome smashed into one 3 minute film.

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