Akinobu makes architectural models for a living in Tokyo, but in his spare time he creates all matter of small objects in bottles. These pinky sized dinosaur skeletons are especially awesome. (via bb)
Sometimes I look at the decades-old trees in the Garden and wonder what stories they would tell if they could. Mei Linn Chan takes this sort of sentiment literally with her gorgeous Leaf Type. With leaves like this, branches would become words and sentences and would give voice to the trees.
I love how she highlights the symmetry and asymmetry of her diverse choice of leaves by keeping only their veins to support her letters and numbers. And there are so many different shades of green! —HG
Round and round and round…. Read on as long as you like!
Julius Echters was a mighty and influential man in renaissance Würzburg. As a prince-bisshop he erected beautiful castles, fought wars, founded a hospital and a university, loved wine and loved books. Result of that last passion was an impressive collection of books, of which many where lost in a fire in 1572. In the years after the fire he collected a new library. One of the rarest object in that collection is his round-book (the only known renaissance example): made from five printed Antwerp editions, and fabricated by a top notch bookbinder. He added some paper to the original rectangular books in order to get the circular format, he made a refined binding and he decorated the book edges. The result is astonishing. See the site (in German) of the Würzburg University Library: http://rundbuch.franconica.uni-wuerzburg.de/