Fiberglass and polymer meet in a unique sculpture depicting a life-size elephant balancing on its trunk. Interestingly floating above the ground, this creatively charged exhibit piece was imagined by contemporary French artist Daniel Firman. Part of the exhibition entitled “The Circus as a Parallel Universe” that can be seen between 4 May and 2 September 2012 at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, this installation named Nasutamanus follows the first balancing elephant exhibited in France back in 2008 and named Wursa. Collaborating with a taxidermist ensured that this piece would be life-like enough to have a powerful visual impact. Being connected to the wall with its trunk, the floating elephant sculpture displays what an elephant can do at 18 000 Km from earth gravity. Measuring 7.2 feet x 17.3 feet x 44 inches, Nasutamanus shows the extraordinary power of nature captured in one of its beings.
Sunken living rooms were all the rage in the 60s and 70s, but they can still be just as comfy and stylish in the aughts. With so many of us opting for open plan spaces these days, creating a casual but defined “conversation pit” is a fun way to break up your living room into manageable zones. Read on for some of our favorite inspiration rooms featuring cozy sunken living areas that we’d love to nestle up in. The soaring ceilings of this bright and airy Texas home are further exaggerated by its recessed seating area. The raw look of the wooden ceilings and concrete floors are softened by strategically placed pops of color and plush pillows.
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.