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Designers Transform Internet Routers Into Pieces of Art

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Even if you consider yourself a master of interior decoration, it’s hard to make an internet router look appealing. But Google is determined to turn the Wi-Fi device into something you don't have to hide by enlisting the help of artists and designers.

The folks behind Google's router, OnHub, recently teamed up with the networking product provider TP-LINK to create a set of three interchangeable shells, allowing owners to customize their routers according to their tastes. Through a project called OnHub Makers, the company also called upon artists to create out-of-the-box designs for each of the colored shells. Released online earlier this week, the finished products range from classy to whimsical. A few of the minds behind the creations include the Brooklyn design team Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao and the award-winning artist Maya Freelon Asante.

After seeing the designs, OnHub hopes that customers will get ideas about how to transform the shells into statement pieces of their own. They can be customized by hand, or they can be embellished with 3D or 2D-printed designs. OnHub is even providing CAD files and 2D outlines through their website, which users can download and fine-tune themselves. But if you’re looking to keep things simple, the basic shells are available from $29 in bamboo, black and silver, and white and gold. You can check out the designs from the OnHub Makers project below.

Serge Seidlitz via OnHub

Maya Freelon via OnHub

Papersmith via OnHub

Katie Stout via OnHub

James DeVito via OnHub

ishknits via OnHub

ilovedust via OnHub

CHIAOZZA via OnHub

BROOK&LYN via OnHub

Avo via OnHub

Art of Plants via OnHub

[h/t: Mashable]

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Inside This Pop-Up Book Are a Planetarium, a Speaker, a Decoder Ring, and More
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Designer Kelli Anderson's new book is for more than just reading. This Book Is a Planetarium is really a collection of paper gadgets. With each thick, card stock page you turn, another surprise pops out.

"This book concisely explains—and actively demonstrates with six functional pop-up paper contraptions—the science at play in our everyday world," the book's back cover explains. It turns out, there's a whole lot you can do with a few pieces of paper and a little bit of imagination.

A book is open to reveal a spiralgraph inside.
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There's the eponymous planetarium, a paper dome that you can use with your cell phone's flashlight to project constellations onto the ceiling. There's a conical speaker, which you can use to amplify a smaller music player. There's a spiralgraph you can use to make geometric designs. There's a basic cipher you can use to encode and decode secret messages, and on its reverse side, a calendar. There's a stringed musical instrument you can play on. All are miniature, functional machines that can expand your perceptions of what a simple piece of paper can become.

The cover of This Book Is a Planetarium
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Japanese Artist Crafts Intricate Insects Using Bamboo
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Noriyuki Saitoh

Not everyone finds insects beautiful. Some people think of them as scary, disturbing, or downright disgusting. But when Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh looks at a discarded cicada shell or a feeding praying mantis, he sees inspiration for his next creation.

Saitoh’s sculptures, spotted over at Colossal, are crafted by hand from bamboo. He uses the natural material to make some incredibly lifelike pieces. In one example, three wasps perch on a piece of honeycomb. In another, two mating dragonflies create a heart shape with their abdomens.

The figures he creates aren’t meant to be exact replicas of real insects. Rather, Saitoh starts his process with a list of dimensions and allows room for creativity when fine-tuning the appearances. The sense of movement and level of detail he puts into each sculpture is what makes them look so convincing.

You can browse the artist’s work on his website or follow him on social media for more stunning samples from his portfolio.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

[h/t Colossal]

All images courtesy of Noriyuki Saitoh.

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