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Origami doors – hours of endless fun

The joiner wasn't convinced when I said I wanted all the doors in my house replaced with these, but now that it's done he thinks it's pretty cool... [video width="600" id="umfvm8I9_oU" type="youtube"] Evolution door by Austrian artist Klemens Torrgler. ...

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Loux, The Vintage Guru of Namibia and retro African style

Loux, (above, pictured left) the vintage style guru of Namibia buys clothes at markets in Windhoek in Namibia and Pretoria in South Africa and adapts them to create what he decribes as a 'sophisticated punk' look - all his outfits are recorded on his tumblr . With no formal college qualifications in fashion he's learned from local tailors in Namibia. He's hooked up with Khumbala, a group of stylists based i ...

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Upcycled furniture and the irresistible charms of Scottish men

The charms of Scottish men proved irresistible for two Canadian sisters and explains why 'Georgia Rose', a furniture upcycling company happens to be based in Dunfermline, Fife instead of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Two days after missing her flight back to Canada, Natasha Gallant Marr, who had been visiting her sister Carrie in Edinburgh, was in Wester Hailes when she met Charlie, her future husband. Seve ...

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Masked 60s photography by Steinberg and Morath

Between 1959 and 1963  artist Saul Steinberg and the photographer Inge Morath - who married Arthur Miller in 1962 - photographed friends wearing paper bags and cardboard masks decorated by Steinberg. It is not clear why they embarked on this project, nor why they stopped. The masks are fantastic but what strikes most is how elegantly everyone is dressed. There are some great outfits and poses - not to menti ...

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What were you doing this time last year? Clever calendar from Bitri reminds you

Perhaps the benefits of this calendar are double-edged but calendars usually encourage relentless future planning. This one helps you cherish the past as well. The 'Past & Future Calendar' by Portuguese design studio, Bitri, is a simple hand-crafted wooden box with two drawers, one for the past and one for the future. The drawer contains sheets of paper for each day, which are then kept in the Past draw ...

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Merry Christmas Sweet people!

A very Merry Christmas to our growing band of Avocado Sweet readers. We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the beautiful, the funny and the interesting throughout 2013 and that you'll join us next year for more. Off to do my to do list now - see you on the other side! X ...

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The book vase: fun product design from Japan

Love books? Love plants? Then this nifty Book Vase from Yoy Studio in Japan is definitely for you. Just add water and pop in a plant. Unless you have a kindle in which case better stick to a regular vase. ...

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Toys for Grown Ups: Sam Smith at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther

There's still time to catch the Sam Smith exhibition at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. The artist's painted wooden toys and sculpture will be on display until 5 January 2014. Hosted by the Museum and the University of St Andrews, this is the first time his work has come to Scotland and the first showing of his work in ten years. Many of his works are toys for grown-ups with 'adult' depths of m ...

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Worship in white: John Pawson-designed church in Germany

Clarity in the architecture is surely conducive to clarity in worship. Church leaders at the Catholic Church of St Moritz Augsburg, Germany knew they were commissioning a radical design having seen British architect John Pawson's work for  Novy Dvur in the Czech Republic. The church is around a thousand years old but fires, wartime bombing and changes in liturgical practice had left their mark on the buildi ...

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Christmas Pop Up Shop on a Canal Boat in Glasgow

Shipping containers are so last season. A canal boat is the new place to host your pop up shop. From Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December BespokeAtelier will open a pop up shop selling the work of local artists and designers. Supported by Scottish Canals and The Whisky Bond, the barge is moored on the Forth & Clyde Canal at 2 Dawson Road, G4 9SS, around a 10 minute walk from Cowcaddens. ...

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