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Adeline Mai’s dreamy, underwater nudes
The Parisian photographer captures a delicate interpretation of aquatic submersion.
Meet the Cyborg Tattoo Artist
This tattoo artist creates his drawings unlike anyone else.
Patrick Willocq recreates the dreams of the displaced
The Art of Survival gives Burundian and Syrian refugee children a voice.
Eat Me: Transforming detritus into delectables
Parisian street artist Lor-K surprises passersby with huge sculptural food-inspired artworks.
Hoopy: A DIY craft bicycle made of wood
A modern DIY bicycle that is convenient for adults of every size and height.
Step into Aquasixio’s surreal fantasy universes
This clinical psychologist unpacks the inner workings of his world by creating new worlds.
Amahlé’s Ndebele inspired jewellery for a European market
The Africa-inspired jewellery is designed to be sophisticated, yet durable enough for everyday use.
Body Electric: Technology meets fashion
Fashion designer Clara Daguin brings together technology and textiles in her striking collection Body Electric.
After Lights Out: A photo series of twilight landscapes
Photographer Julien Mauve investigates the twilight with only one source of light.
Designer Ying Gao creates dresses that respond to emotion
The dresses imitate “microbial life” and react to the emotions of viewers.
Network of Parisian shopkeepers welcomes homeless people
Le Carillon is an initiative that encourages social harmony between residents, traders and the homeless.
Vegan leather inspires new sneaker collection
A leather made from pineapple leaves inspires Parisian fashion brand’s new shoe line
Y&R Paris' 3D printed animals challenge the way life is reproduced
Life can’t be reproduced. Y&R Paris' series of images shows the fragile circumstances of wildlife.
Campaign reconnects refugees with their moms
Refugee Phones turns commercial radio into personal media for refugees to contact their mothers.
Power plant makes electricity out of cheese
Renewable energy group Valbio built a power plant that generates clean energy from a byproduct of cheese production.
A squid bacteria lighting solution
The nocturnal Hawaiian bobtail squid uses bacteria to help it see in the dark and so can we.
The "A" speaker: A solution to noise pollution
The "A" speaker is like listening to headphones without the headphones.
A pictorial narrative explores the estranged lives of adults
A children’s book for adults, The Well of Being explores life through narrative and illustration.
Rope made out of plastic bottles
A really handy tool from a runaway Kickstarter campaign.
Agriculture meets architecture in France's urban farm tower
Built like a staircase, ABF-lab's urban farming structure aims to raise awareness and encourage better living and social responsibility.
The advantages of Li-Fi over Wi-Fi
French start-up discovers that LED lamps can generate a speedy internet connection.
Greening Madrid to reduce the impact of climate change
Sustainable design firm Arup devises a plan to regulate the greening of infrastructure and buildings in Spain’s capital city.
Nendo’s distinctive chocolates are a journey into shape, taste and texture
Nendo, the Japanese design firm, took on something that a number of people consider perfect in its design: chocolate.
New affordable houses in Paris leech onto existing buildings
Stephane Malka Architects’ modular city home will sell at 40 per cent below the market price.
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