Woman renews vows with mannequin husband after 14 years [Exclusive pics & interview]

July 23, 2014 | No comments

In February, we featured a series of photos by Suzanne Heintz with her mannequin “family,” (“Single Woman Spends 14 Years with Mannequin Family to Make a Point“). In the spirited comments section, the photos were called “creepy,” “brilliant,” and everything in between.

Since then, Suzanne and I have kept in contact, and a couple months ago I got the skinny on her planned “chapter two” of her project, officially called “The Playing House Project,” in which she and her stoic mannequin husband renew their wedding vows.

I took the opportunity to send Suzanne a few questions to get a deeper understanding of her project. She graciously took the time to thoughtfully answer them, and to give us an exclusive scoop on the renewal ceremony photos.

You’re the first to see these, so enjoy!

Artist buys imitation family to satirize conformity

Suzanne, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. I came across your work in mid-February this year and was delighted by it. Since then, on our site alone, it’s been shared 150,000 times on Facebook. And I know you’ve had a lot of press elsewhere too. But you’ve been committed to this project for a long time. How does it feel to see something into which you’ve invested so much time and energy garner the exposure it has recently?

It’s just like jumping into a hot spring. Shocking at first, and wonderful once you get used to it. I’ve said before that I’m pleased as punch to be born at the time I was. Not only because as a woman, I’ve got more choices in life than any generation before, but I’m also amazed at how much opportunity, and exposure, living in the information age provides.

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Check out the fun invention that turns any set of stairs into a slide [6 pictures]

May 21, 2014 | No comments

If you’ve always wanted a slide in your house, inventor Trisha Cleveland is here to help.

She has developed a set of folding mats that convert any set of stairs into a slide

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The Minnesota native still has work to do to get her product to production, but given the positive attention she’s receiving, it seems inevitable that you’ll be able to buy your own version soon…

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Does every book about Africa have the same cover?

May 13, 2014 | No comments

Doctoral candidate in international history Simon Stevens was reading Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun when he realized it looked kind of familiar. He did some looking around on Good Reads and discovered something intriguing about books related to Africa…

An inordinate number get “the acacia tree sunset treatment”…

Book designs and Africa

The site Africa Is a Country, whose ironic flair you can guess from their name, summarizes their analysis of this cover collection…

In short, the covers of most novels “about Africa” seem to have been designed by someone whose principal idea of the continent comes from The Lion King.

Read more at Quartz.

Baby formula by Chanel — Basic groceries as luxury products from high-end brands [18 pics]

April 29, 2014 | No comments

Artist Peddy Mergui’s Wheat is Wheat is Wheat exhibit takes basic, everyday commodities and packages them as luxury goods. Presenting milk by Apple and flour by Prada, the images show the impact that packaging has on our impression of the quality of a product…

Yogurt by Tiffany

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Luxury Food Packaging 10

Milk by Apple

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Inventive table is both a human workspace and a kitten’s playland [7 pictures]

April 26, 2014 | 1 comment

Created by designer Ruan Hao, this curious table allows space for both the office worker and their cats…

Cat Table 2

Cat Table 1

Hao’s desk, which he’s named CATable, has garnered attention thanks to its exhibition at Milan Design Week this year. Labeling it a “paradise for cats,” Hao is uniquely bridging the gap between human work and kitty play, though for most of us, rudimentary cardboard boxes will continue to suffice…

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Can you name these iconic bands based only on these minimalist picture puzzles? [21 pics]

April 16, 2014 | 1 comment

Design group Tata & Friends created this series of Literal Rock Band Icons as a tribute to some of their favorite bands. The name of each band is listed at the bottom of the image, so don’t scroll too fast if you’re playing along.

How many bands can you name based on these drawings?

Band Pictionary 08

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Ad agency spoofs competitor’s huge, continuous “superdesk,” brags they have a continuous floor

April 10, 2014 | No comments

A few months ago, advertising company Barbarian Group rolled out their shiny New York office in a video that showcased the centerpiece of the space — a continuous 4,400-square-foot “Superdesk” with a “surfboard top material” that seats up to 175 people. The workspace is impressive…

Of course, Barbarian Group’s office is wildly different from those that most of us work in, so rival advertising agency Barton F. Graf 9000 created their own video showcasing their ordinary office space. The highlight of their office, presented in deadpan style, is their continuous floor…

(via Design Taxi)

Hip logos redesigned in the style of corporate competitors [12 pics]

February 25, 2014 | No comments

Occasionally, you’ll see jokes around online about hip design, like the hipster logo generator, for instance. Graphic designer Whit Hiler and his team decided to flip the joke, so they took companies that have trendy, cool logos and rebranded them in the style of their corporate counterparts…

Intelligentsia / Starbucks

Hip Logos Turned Corporate - 10

Best Made / Home Depot

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Impressive door made of interlocking, spinning squares (OK, that makes no sense… Just watch the video)

February 15, 2014 | 9 comments

Designer Klemens Torggler has created a door that moves side to side in front of a doorway, pivoting on two points rather than sliding along tracks. It would take longer to describe how it works than it would to just watch it work, so here you go…

(via Boing Boing)

Hotel illustrates absurd guest comments with bizarrely amusing, artsy photographs (12 pics)

January 27, 2014 | No comments

Every year The Standard, a swanky boutique hotel chain with locations in L.A., NYC, and Miami, puts out a calendar featuring staff members from their properties. The 2014 edition offers artsy photographic interpretations of some of the more bizarre guest comments they received during the year.

They write…

We’re always striving to better ourselves as a company, and guest feedback is crucial to our self improvement. As it turns out, guest feedback can also be pretty entertaining, irreverent, inspiring, and sometimes just off-the-wall.

Here are the fun results…

January

Dear Standard, Your staff are the nicest pooch-lovers in the whole world. Penny, my precious little wiener, is on a special diet and must be fed at specific times so she can take her pills. Your room service staff was sweet enough to prepare it each day, executed to the last detail and delivered right on time. Penny is extremely appreciative and is looking forward to her next stay.

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