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KYP A recap after a month’s publishing, we’d like to share with you our favorite posts, check them out below!


How to make plain, reusable jars simply look awesome? With Cuppow ($8). This brilliant little tool acts like a coffee cup lid, working with most normal wide-mouth canning jars to turn them into efficient, eco-friendly, reusable and spill-free travel mugs. Cuppow is made from BPA-free and phthalate-free food grade polypropylene, and comes in different sizes. more..


The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has partnered with technology company Control Group to bring subway commuters the “On The Go” interactive touchscreens. The new 47-inch displays will deliver real-time station directions including transfers and line alerts, countdowns until train arrival, and service updates, and will also include video cameras, microphones, and Wi-Fi. The MTA will more..


By now I think it’s pretty clear that 3D printing is the future. Using this method, we could create buildings, furniture, cars and even clothing, on a way greener level. Below you can watch a test drive of Urbee 2, the successor to the first 3D printed car in the world. This hybrid 3D printed car, created more..



Italian designer Harry Thaler is all about re-inventing everyday objects to make something new and exciting. His new lamp called gives a perfect example, just put a nail in the wall, and the lamp is ready! Harry’s “Hang It On The Wall’ lamp responds to the phasing out of the iconic Edison lightbulb. The shape more..


If nature, astrology and stargazing out in the forrest is your thing, the “Elqui Domos” will most probably appeal to you. Located in the Elqui Valley of Pisco, surrounded by the Andes Mountains in central Chile, the magical hotel is perfectly situated for a spectacular view at the night sky. The hotel combines stargazing and specialized astronomic tours with night-time horseback   ..READ MORE..



The wait is over! H&M’s new high-end label & Other Stories finally launched it’s first-ever store in London’s Regent Street. Like COS, & Other Stories is owned by H&M but designed and produced independently, aimed at a more fashion savvy shopper. Over thirty-five designers, many from established style brands like Acne and Sonia Rykiel, have more..


Investing in a fantastic office chair is about the best thing you can do to preserve a good posture and comfortably sit behind the computer all day. Yet, in these modern times, smartphones and tablets play just as big of role in our “sitting behavior.” Therefore American professional furniture producer Steelcase undertook a global posture more..


Life Magazine certainly knows how to bring us the better goods with yet another breathtakingly beautiful series called ‘Love letter to New York’. For ‘Love letter to New York’ Life Magazine collected their best New York City photography that had been taken between 1940 and 1972.  This collection delivers beautiful black and white images of more..


Our instinctive need to design for adaptation in (unpredictable) climates, made it possible for us to survive (unlike the Neanderthals) and shape the modern way in which many of us live today. Yet, there are still so many solutions that can be implemented into our architecture to help us continue our journey. For instance, the more..


The wonderful #followmeto series has been created by the young Russian photographer Murad Osmann. The story began in Barcelona, Spain 2011 when Murad Osmann’s girlfriend Nataly Zakharova had enough of his incessant photo clicking on their vacation. “Nataly was a bit annoyed that I was always taking pictures of everything, so she grabbed my hand and more..

New York Biotopes

The amazing duality of New York City’s urbanism and naturalism became the center of inspiration for Lena Steinkühler’s animation and motion graphics short, New York Biotopes. The New York Biotopes deal with abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York more..


TOTAL Greek Yoghurt and Dutch London-based fashion designer Maarten van der Hors (the guy responsible for bringing back the Hawaiian shirt) joined forces to create a limited edition of 100 custom design Black + Blum lunch pots, serving handy for today’s fashion-conscious woman and men on the go. The new lunch pots look colorful and playful, bringing more..


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The Face of Bureaucracy: Portraits of Civil Servants Around the World bureaucracy 7

The amazing “bureaucratics" portrait series by Jan Banning show civil servants from 8 countries around the world.

Jan wanted to photograph the civil servants as they would appear to their fellow citizens, so he showed up unannounced and photographed them at their desks before they had a chance to pose or tidy up.

For the portraits Jan collaborated with Will Tinneman to interview each civil servant, take biographical notes to accompany each photograph. The series culminated in a exhibition of 50 photographs and a photo book, which is unfortunately out of print.

A fun interview on the making of the series here.

Bureaucratics by Jan Banning

USA, bureaucracy, Texas, 2007. USA-11/2007 [Ozo., SF (b. 1961)]. Shane Fenton (b. 1961) is sheriff of Crockett County (about 3000 inhabitants), Texas, and based in Ozona, the county seat. Monthly salary: US$ 3,166 (euro 2,356).

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Russia, bureaucracy, Siberia, province Tomsk, 2004. Russia-19/2004 [Tom., MNB (b. 1962)]. Marina Nikolayevna Berezina (b. 1962), a former singer and choir director, is now the secretary to the head of the financial department of Tomsk province”s Facility Services. She does not want to reveal her monthly salary.

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France, bureaucracy, Picardie, 2006. France-B03/2007 [Amb., LM (b. 1965)]. Laurence Maillard (b. 1965) works seven hours per week as town clerk in Ambrief (population 72), Aisne department, Picardie region. She holds the same position in another village nearby, working a total of 19 hours per week. Monthly salary: EUR 500 (US$ 657).

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Bolivia, bureaucracy (police), 2005. Marlene Abigahit Choque (1982), detective at the the Homicide Department of the Potosi police. The department has only broken typewriters, no computer, no copy machine, not even telephone. It shares a car with the Vice Squad: “If there is no petrol in the car, we have to buy it from our own money. If the car is gone, we take the bus. We have to pay the tickets ourselves.” The head on the cupboard to the right is used to make witnesses of murder cases show where the bullets went in or out.Monthly salary: 920 bolivianos (euro 102, US$ 114).

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France, bureaucracy, Auvergne, 2006. France-05/2006 [Cle., MW (b. 1949)/ LK (b. 1989)]. Maurice Winterstein (b. 1949) works in Clermont-Ferrand for the Commission for the Advancement of Equal Opportunity and Citizenship at the combined administrative offices of the Auvergne region and the Puy-de-Dome department. He also is in charge of the portfolio of religious affairs, Islam in particular. Monthly salary: euro 1,550 (US$ 2,038). The young lady next to him is Linda Khettabi (b. 1989), an intern pursuing training as a secretary.

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Russia, bureaucracy, Siberia, province Tomsk, 2004. Russia-25/2004 [Tom., LVM (b. 1959)]. Lyudmila Vasilyevna Malkova (b. 1959) is a secretary to the mayor of the city of Tomsk, Tomsk province. She and her colleague take turns, working every other day, seven days a week, at least 12 hours a day. Monthly salary: 10,500 rubles (US$ 375, euro 285).

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India, bureaucracy, Bihar, 2003. India-19/2003 [Tha, SKM (b. 1946)]. Surinder Kumar Mandal (b. 1946) is circle inspector of taxes in Thakurganj block, collecting taxes in a specific part of Kishanganj district, State of Bihar. Monthly salary: 9,500 rupees ($ 208, 189 euro). Surinder Kumar Mandal (b. 1946) is “circle inspector” van belastingen in Thakurganj Block, Kishanganj district, State of Bihar. Maandsalaris: 9,500 rupees (euro 189, US$ 208).

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Yemen, bureaucracy, 2006. Yemen-35/2006 [AIM., AAN (b. 1982)]. Alham Abdulwaze Nuzeli (b. 1982) works at the regional office of the Ministry of Tithing and Alms in the city of Al-Mahwit, Al-Mahwit governorate. Monthly salary: 12,000 rial (US$ 67, euro 46).Behind her a portrait of president Saleh of Yemen.

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China, bureaucracy, Shandong, 2005. China-06/2007 [Jin., QSF (b. 1964)]. Qu Shao Feng (b. 1964) is chief general of Jining Public Security Bureau Division of Aliens and Exit-Entry Administration in Jining City, Shandong province. Monthly salary: 3,100 renminbi (US$ 384, 286 euro).

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Liberia, bureaucracy, 2006. Liberia-37/2006 [Cro., JMS (b. 1959)] J. Modesco Siaker (1959), township commissioner in Crozierville, Careysburg district, Montserrado County. Crozierville had 10,000 people before the war; now 4,000. In 1990, Taylor’s rebels entered the village: “I was a clerk then, and they threatened to execute me and some others. They let me go, but killed 2 others.” They ransacked houses and public buildings. In 1991, INPLF rebels (Prince Johnson c.s.) and Ecomog peacekeepers stole what was left. Since 1997, Siaker is back in his village. His office and home are in a derilict villa: the town hall was raised to the ground.Siaker cannot do much for his people. He earns 750 Lib. dollar (US$ 13, euro 12.50) a month.

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India, Bihar, bureaucracy, 2003. Typeroom in the Finance Department of “the Old Secretariat” in the state capital Patna. The seemingly rusty old typewriters are awaiting use: the department is supposed to be 40% understaffed. The presence of several snoring employees gives a different suggestion.