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Inspiration ‘Flows’ Through These Reclaimed Wood Tables

The Pacific Northwest is home to many beautiful native species of hardwood that local artists and furniture makers have used to create wonderful pieces of natural art. Greg Klassen is one of these artists. He takes unique pieces of reclaimed wood slabs and transforms them into stunning tables that exploit the natural contours of the wood grain. He embeds pieces of cut glass that fit snugly into gaps in the wood resulting in what appear to be rivers flowing through the barren earth.

Klassen cuts, sands, and finishes the wood, but little else, resulting in a celebration of the inherent beauty in the imperfections we find in nature. The inlaid glass magnifies this notion, and speaks to the revitalization of once discarded natural resources.

These 3D Floors Will Have You Trippin Out

You thought your fancy marble tiles were impressive enough huh? Imagine walking into a bathroom and feeling like you just slipped into a tropical underwater paradise, or the floor of a sunken battleship.

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There’s a new trend in bathroom flooring and it comes in the form of 3D epoxy polymer, a special material that creates an incredibly realistic perception of depth that just might terrify your young children, not to mention any unsuspecting guest you have over.

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The technique involves layering any desired image on the level floor and covering it with a transparent two-component polymer that gives it depth. Imperial Interiors, the company behind these fantastic installs, says the technique was originally used in mall displays. Now we’re seeing it invade people’s bathrooms, and even extending into their other living spaces in a most creative fashion.

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Your cat will no doubt become incredibly frustrated with your new interior decorator.

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The floors aren’t limited to bathrooms either – consider a tropical paradise theme in your wine bar perhaps.

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The sense of depth in some of the applications is simply astonishing!

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One of my favorites is the flooding water shooting from beneath the bathtub.

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Don’t mind Flipper saying hello while you do your business.

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Take it to the next level by applying images to the walls, cabinets, even the ceiling.

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Photo via: artflooring.biz

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There’s no doubt how cool some of these floors are. Our biggest concern though is they might be so distracting while taking a leak that you forget where you’re aiming…

This Artist Just Reinvented Wall-Mounted Taxidermy – Introducing “Crochetdermy”

Do you have mixed feelings when you enter a place that has tons of stuffed animals mounted on the walls? Perhaps that’s putting it lightly. What if you like the idea of paying homage to these creatures, but feel a little creeped out knowing that deer head was once attached to the body of an animal that roamed the earth and shared the same air we breathe? In that case, consider the alternative to taxidermy – “crochetdermy”.

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Shauna Richardson is the woman behind this unique decor, which she just debuted in an exhibit at this year’s craft council. She uses crochet to create life-sized replicas of animals. Using a mixture of materials that include coarse mohair wool and glass eyes to create these realistic “sculptures” that include lions, bears, boars, and baboons. Check out the examples below to see exactly what she does.

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“I use the traditional craft of crochet in a not so traditional way and have developed my own freestyle technique which I use to respond to, and highlight, the anatomy of each piece asIi go along. no two pieces are ever the same. it is meticulous work, typically using mohair yarn and a 3mm hook.”

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All images courtesy of Shauna Richardson

She painstakingly creates each one by hand, a process which can take months. One can’t help admire not just the detail behind these examples, and the concept itself, which doesn’t require hunting and killing any rare animals. We have no doubt her work will be in high demand after exhibiting these examples.