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“Antipodes” by Rustam QBic in Togliatti, Russia (7 photos)

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Street Artist Rustam QBic

“Antipodes” by Rustam QBic at Frunze, 2 in Togliatti, Russia for SAMARA GROUND 2021.

Rustam QBic: In this piece I continue to consider two topics: antipodes as ancient myth and comparison of two opponents, opposite situations. And considerations of gadgets and books. I would like people to use both wisely and find a happy medium.

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20 Times This Woman Found The Most Unique Old Things By The Seashore

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Maristella, a handmade jewelry designer from Slovenia, spends most of her day searching for interesting items on the beach to create beautiful beach-themed jewelry. She mostly uses seashells and other items for her unique handmade ornaments. In her quest for finding interesting treasures, she often gets some antique things.

On Bored Panda, she explains, “While searching for seashells on the beach, I was finding a lot of glass, ceramics, old coins, silverware, and other amazing 100-year-old finds. With some research, I found out that I find so many vintage and antique items because in the past (around 100 years ago), Italian ships would come here and dump trash in the sea. Over the years, with the waves and many storms, historic finds that are hidden under the mud in the sea wash up on the beach.”

Maristella has revealed her passion for jewelry-making earlier on DeMilked, check it out here. For more information, check out her Etsy shop. Meanwhile, you can scroll below to find out what interesting vintage stuff she found by the seashore.

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#1 Kerosene Lamp Burner

A part of a 1850s R. DITMAR Wien kerosene lamp burner. Brothers Rudolf and Fredrich Ditmar relocated from Germany to Austria (Vienna) in 1839 where they traded in oil lamps. In 1841 they started their own lamp factory. A decade later they succeeded in developing the “moderator lamp” that could be used reliably thanks to having an option to adjust the intensity of the flame. The international success enabled the further expansion of the company, which continued after Friedrich Ditmar’s death as “Lamps and Metalware Factory R. Ditmar”.

#2 Atkinson’s Rose Cold Cream

This is a part of a stoneware pot lid for Atkinson’s Rose Cold Cream. Dates late 1800’s to early 1900’s. It was a cream for men to use after shaving and on their lips. It was also a fine rose perfume. His store was at 24 Old Bond Street in London. A street known for prestigious or expensive shops.

#3 Vintage Spoon

#4 Luxardo Bottle

This bottle is from around 1880/1890 and was once filled with maraschino liquor made by the family Luxardo, as you can see from the glass stamp. They were one of the most famous families making this liquor and even received many awards for it.

#5 100 Year Old (Part Of A) Button From The Austro-Hungarian Empire Times

#6 Clay Marbles

Antique clay marbles, a popular Victorian toy – dating from the 1800s. These are much more common to find than glass marbles because they were easier to make and more affordable.

#7 Vintage Fork

This fork is made from the Alpacca material and is from the 19th/20th century. It has a tiny symbol and the marking C&D on it. Before aluminum came on the scene alpaca was the popular material of the cutlery industry in the years of the 18-19th century. It counted as a rather great achievement, the factories stamped every piece with their own mark. The nice silver color of the alpaca is due to the nickel, extensibility comes from copper and zinc gives its melting ability.

#8 Different Glass Bottles

#9 200-Year-Old Cosmacendi Maraschino Bottle

One of my proudest is a 200-year-old undamaged Maraschino bottle from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After finding it, I returned it back »home« to the Cosmacendi Palace (located in Zadar, Croatia), where the maker of the bottle once lived, and which is now the Museum of Ancient Glass! It was not only an incredible find, but also a bottle without any proof that it even existed. The museum was thrilled to have gotten this amazing piece of history and I was over the moon to have contributed to their collection.

#10 Roncegno Bottle

The natural mineral water Roncegno, enriched with compounds of iron and arsenic from the eponymous source in northern Italy, near Trento, has been in circulation since the second half of the 19th century.

From 1867, the right to use the spring was bought by the brothers Girolamo and Francesco Waiz, whose company (Dita Fratelli Waiz), in addition to the production of spring medicinal water – Acqua Roncegno – in the 70s of the 19th century took over the building of the thermal spa in Roncegno. Since then, the whole place has experienced a short-lived but notable economic boom. The spa was known throughout the Austro-Hungarian lands, and was advertised in newspapers at the very beginning of the 20th century, most often with the simultaneous advertising of the healing water Roncegno.

#11 Brainovich Glass Stamp

Maraschino bottle stamp made during the Austro-Hungarian Empire time by Simeone Brainovich. I usually find stamps from Zadar (Zara) but this one is from Split, Croatia (Spalato).

#12 Antique Beer Bottle

This bottle with the words “Proprieta’ L. Dejak Pola” was from a gentleman named Luigi Dejak. He was mostly known for his beer and wine in Pola at the end of the 19th century. His wine received many prizes around Europe for its amazing flavor and quality. This specific bottle was filled with beer.

#13 Toothbrush With Markings: G. B. Kent & Sons London

Toothbrush with markings: G. B. Kent & Sons London.

Kent Brushes was founded in 1777. They’ve supplied Royal households with their hairbrushes.

They’ve been involved in both World Wars, equipping millions of brushes to troops in the Army, Navy and RAF, even creating special brushes in which maps and compasses were concealed to help the war effort.

#14 Victorian Art Glass Vase

The Victorian art glass vase is from the second half of the 19th century. It has an applied trail of blue rigaree citrine glass trailing around the vase and a lovely silver design of a branch with flowers, leaves, and acorns.

#15 German Company Oberselters Mineral Water Bottle From 1860s

Clay bottle that contained mineral water. It’s from a German company named OberSelters that even today sells mineral water. The stamp on this bottle was used only on bottles made from 1836 to 1866.

#16 Victorian Cherry Toothpaste

Victorian Cherry Toothpaste pot lid, made by John Cosnell & Co. London. This find is from 1850-1900. Toothpaste for “beautifying and preserving the teeth and gums.”

#17 Rifle Bullet 1888

The 8×52mmR Mannlicher cartridge was first introduced in 1888 for the Mannlicher M1888 rifle. It was made in and also used by the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1888 to 1890.

#18 120+ Year Old Coins

These are “Hellers” from the Austro – Hungarian Empire. On one side there’s a double-headed eagle, on the other side the number 2 and the year it was made. On one piece you can see the year 1897! In Austria-Hungary, Heller was the term used in the Austrian half of the empire for 1/100 of the Austro-Hungarian krone (the other being fillér in the Hungarian half), the currency from 1892 until after the demise (1918) of the Empire.

#19 L’acqua Di Melissa

This bottle, with the words “Melissa dei c scalzi” on one side and “Venezia” on the other, is the famous “l’Acqua di Melissa” – healing water made from the Melissa herb. I have contacted the so-called barefoot Carmelite Fathers of the Venetian Province and they have told me that this bottle was made in the early 1800s.

According to the archives, during lunch in the Carmelite convent in Venice a friar wasn’t feeling good, so the father helped him not to faint by giving him the water of Melissa to smell. It is claimed to be the first proof of the use of the magical water, made from Melissa Moldavica, distilled from Carmelite religious since 1710. The recipe for the magical water was written in 1841.

#20 Button From An Austro-Hungarian Marine Uniform

A button from the Austro-Hungarian Navy (1867–1918). It was a part of the uniform that sailors working on warships wore.

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Look at this stuff, isn't it neat? Wouldn't you think that my collection's complete?

Graphic Breakdown of Famous Logos

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I stumbled across this gallery on Facebook featuring graphic breakdowns of famous logos:

While there's no page numbers, these do look suspiciously like pages of a book. If anyone knows that it is, please let us know so I can link back to it.



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This multifunctional sewing machine uses color detection sensors to print new thread on-demand in any color!

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The Sewing Chameleon is a multi-functional sewing machine that prints out thread on-demand in whatever color the user prefers, relying on color detection sensors and built-in ink cartridges.

These days, innovative design for home appliances boils down to convenience. Design that’s multifunctional or customizable has come through across all industries, providing everything from home furniture to stationery with a double function. Realizing the opportunity to turn the sewing machine into a multifunctional product, Minsong Cho designed the Sewing Chameleon, a sewing machine that prints out thread on-demand using built-in ink cartridges and color detection sensors.

The modern home is not about clutter. Everyday products are getting redesigned to fit in better with their environment, making their operation more user-friendly and keeping our living rooms organized. Cho’s Sewing Chameleon was conceived to cut out the hassle that comes with changing the thread in sewing machines when a different color is needed.

With traditional sewing machines, the process of swapping out the old thread for a new thread comes with its own heap of challenges–it takes a while to swap out the threads and even when you do, the new thread often gets stuck inside the machine and frays.

Solving this, Cho’s Sewing Chameleon comes with its own color detection sensors that allow users to create any color thread they’d like. All a user will need is a physical depiction of the color they’d like their thread to be and by placing that near the color detection sensors, the Sewing Chameleon will use its built-in ink cartridges to dye the new thread that color.

In addition to this multifunctional design, Sewing Chameleon comes in a neat, matte black with achromatic accents, giving it an overall look that pairs nicely with most color schemes. Users will also be able to control the Sewing Chameleon’s thread flow, needle speed, pattern, and lighting.

Designer: Minsong Cho

By turning the dial on the Sewing Chameleon, users can adjust the speed of the thread output. 

In addition to its dual function s a printer, the Sewing Chameleon comes with a control panel that allows users to control everything from thread flow to lighting. 

Coated in matte black, the Sewing Chameleon fits in nicely with any home color scheme. 

Minsong Cho spotted the trouble spots of conventional sewing machines and looked to other home appliances like coffee makers and chargers to solve them through design. 

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Guerrilla art in Jerusalem by Talya Tomer-Schlesinger

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Street Artist Talya Tomer-Schlesinger

By Talya Tomer-Schlesinger in Jerusalem. In an interview with ynet, Tomer-Schlesinger says the benches’ open grid backs reminded her of her grandmother’s embroidery grids, which became the inspiration for the project.

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City Monograms By Mohamed Aljaadaby

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For many cities, the landscape is an important part of the city’s identity, which is obvious when looking at travel advertising. For many of these cities, there is one specific building that truly defines the landscape and makes it unique. This fact makes the creation of city monograms, that could act as a logo, a great idea.

Yemeni graphic designer Mohamed Al-Jaadaby did the experiment by taking a number of famous cities and wrapping their name in a visual that depicts the most famous building of the city. In some cases, the result could just be used as branding for the city. In other cases, it could require a bit more legibility to be usable in real-life. In either cases, the experiment is fun and you should look at more on the designer’s project page on Behance.

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