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Firewood Is Supposed to Be Burned, But This Artist Transforms Them Into Art!

This artist didn’t want to put the beauty of firewood to waste, so he transformed them into artworks!

When you think of firewood, what usually comes to mind are warmth, campfires, and maybe even s’mores. You probably never think of avant-garde home decor. After all, they’re just made to be burned to keep you warm, right? But this LA-based designer has different ideas. He transforms firewood into beautiful works of art!

Paul Foeckler is the creator of Split Grain, a site that features “modern, minimalist wood sculptures and lighting”. He says that the project started out when he started taking notice of an ordinary piece of firewood and thinking it’s too beautiful to burn. He then started experimenting with different types of firewood by cutting the wood into precise slices. He says this brings out the real beauty of the wood, especially when combined with lighting.

Foeckler sells his beautiful lamps at Etsy in the hope that they’ll “allow people to reflect upon nature in both intimate and public contemporary spaces.” You can get a firewood wall sculpture for £212, and his firewood lamps start at £270.

Here are some of his pieces:

This geometric marvel can double as a CD holder and can be mounted on the wall as a focal point to a room.

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A desk lamp that has both an organic and modern-geometric feel, perfect for those who love minimalism with a hint of nature.

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This used to be a piece of Ash wood from Northern Wisconsin, and now it’s a lovely lamp.

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A totem-shaped sculpture with a beautiful void that gives it a more striking appearance.

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One of Foeckler’s sculptures from the Spline collection, this one does indeed resemble a spine with its knots and gentle upward slope.

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The fracture point in the middle gave way to two perfect pairs of split slices, creating a dramatic double staircase-like appearance to the piece.

Head on over to Split Grain’s Etsy page to check out his pieces. Your home might just need one of these minimalist wooden sculptures to bring life to any room!

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Ever Wondered What All That Graffiti Says? This Guy Has Finally Translated It For Us!

Whether you think they’re eyesores or works of art, you can’t help but be curious about what they actually mean.

Graffiti in the city is as ubiquitous as cats in a crazy cat lady's house. Whether it's spray paint, sharpies, or even etchings on paint, graffiti is all over the place! The only problem with this is that while we know it's there, we hardly ever know what these squiggles mean. Sometimes we can decipher an "s" or a "p" if we're imaginative enough. And while some of these might not make sense to most of us who aren't in on the whole "tagging" lingo, there are still those who are pretty curious. Luckily, we have this guy.

Mathieu Tremblin is a French artist who began working with site-specific urban inventions, graffiti culture, and branding used in publications, installations, photography, and video. He was inspired by the anonymous, autonomous, and spontaneous practices and expressions in the urban landscape, and this prompted him to act as a sort of "translator" for us who are mildly curious about the scribbles on the walls.

Here are some of his enlightening, if not mildly hilarious translations. You might notice that without the typical "graffiti" font, people are basically just writing random words and maybe street names. Who knew?

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20 of The Coolest Wedding Invitations Ever

Some awesome ideas in case you’re getting married soon!

I once heard a soon-to-be-married woman tell me that she and her partner are not planning on spending big on their wedding invitations because people “just throw them away anyway.”

While it is a good idea to save on wedding expenses, I disagree that invitations should be treated as an afterthought. Besides, invitations set the tone of what people can expect on your life’s biggest event. Sure, their main purpose is to inform everyone about the date and venue of your wedding but if done right, it can also help build excitement and anticipation among your guests.

Case in point, the wedding invitations you will see below are definitely not the crappy ones that will go “straight to the trash can,” as my friend tells me. In fact, you will likely keep them and display them – or even eat them, in some cases.

Check out this collection of creative wedding invitations and prepare to be blown away by their sheer awesomeness:...

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You Can Now Pay To Sleep For A Night In Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles!

Would you like to experience sleeping in Vincent van Gogh’s ‘bedroom?’

If you've ever wanted to be able to sleep in an 'artsy' room, then this place just might be what you are looking for - because what could be more artsy than being in Van Gogh's painting?

The Art Institute of Chicago has recreated a full-size version of the famous Vincent van Gogh painting, Bedroom in Arles, one of the artist's best known paintings and one of his personal favorites.

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The room is the exact replica of Van Gogh's painting, as demonstrated by the striking colors and unique perspective of the towel hanging on a hook,the clothes and hat by the bed, and the jugs on the side table. It even has the same wooden floor in colors like the ones in the painting. ...

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