Urville, a capital city with a population of nearly 12 million, making it one of Europe's most significant cities. It is also entirely imaginary.

Gilles Tréhin, an autistic French with exceptional creative talents has been drawing since age 5, but at age 12 he began designing an imaginary city he named URVILLE, which is described in great detail from the remarkable architectural to the thoughtful cultural context rooted in real world history. Since then Tréhin has spent over 20 years to conceive and develop 'Urville', a name comes from "Dumont d'Urville", which is a scientific base, in a French territory of the Antarctic.

He shares his vision in this beautifully illustrated guide to the city, which he renders convincingly real in nearly 300 drawings of different districts of Urville. All the drawings, come from the 5 main very large general views of the different sectors of the city. There is an example of a large view at the beginning of this text. Each of the smaller views show details of the streets, squares and various monuments of Urville.

This book written by Tréhin, "Urville's Guided Tour," offers fascinating evidence of and insight into the creative power of the autistic mind and will be of interest to people with autism and without.

Buy this fascinating book here. 

What is starting as a personal gift- a cupcake print has travel the world, popping up on blogs everywhere from Spain to Australia. The Anatomy of a Cupcake, an art print from Allen Hemberger and Sarah Wilson (Small Batch) for their friend Lesleigh's birthday in New Zealand has captured the curator of I Love Chart, which subsequently featured on the Forbes website.

In addition to the print, you can see the process of making this poster here.

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The Dede doorstop designed by Philippe Starck in 1996 was a huge cast aluminum doorstop for Alessi. Currently out of production, Alessi produced the Dede Figure Miniature, a scale replica of the original Dede doorstop as part of the Alessi miniature collection, a series of 11 design classics selected from the last sixty years of Alessi production.

Not anymore intended for a doorstop but a display collectible.

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Stunning photos captured by British photographer- Simon Byrne deep into the secret place of Arizona desert.

Described as one of the 'most beautiful geologic formations in the world', The Wave is a staggering 190 million-years-old sandstone formation in the Arizona desert located somewhere in the 112,500 acre Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

The phenomenon is made of sand dunes that have turned to rock. They are stacked one atop another and the dunes have calcified in striking vertical and horizontal layers. 

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Seldom we saw a really nice and quality packaging design come from a far country, small producer such as Serbia. The brand’s name, identity and packaging was developed by Prague-based design firm Kitchen.

We have seen many honey bottle packaging employed a minimalist style but this one, the Volim Honey really make me warm from the heart. Probably because the honey is from the small country of Serbia, the illustrations remind me of all the fairy tales origin from all the far reach Southeastern European country. The hand drawn cartoon-feel illustrations successfully sending a warming and seasonal message to the shoppers. Overall, the packaging help to create an original and distinctive identity, with a hint of freshness for a small honey producer.

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Gold and silver prices are sky rocketing, but owning them isn't a dream anymore.

Designed by Arik Levy, these gold & silver paperweight or doorstop shows complete carelessness with money. Show them you are just above it all. Leave what's left to your dog. After all, only the little people pay taxes.

Also see this Pure gold Mount Fiji Jewellery by Ginza Tanaka.

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An ongoing project for designer Riccardo Bovo, the intention behind Digital Morphologies Chair was to create a contemporary piece of furniture, influenced by technology developments in fabrication methods and computational strategies.The goal for this project was therefore to get rid of old archetypes influenced by well known methods of furniture making.

In order to achieve the goal, Riccardo has been working with digital technology that allowed him to explore novel shapes.The outcome is also the result of practical experimentation with digital fabrication technology such as CNC and other more traditional upholstery methodology. 

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A brilliant little piece of history found on Ferrari:

“The horse was painted on the fuselage of the fighter plane of Francesco Baracca — a heroic airman of the first world war. In ’23, I met count Enrico Baracca, the hero’s father, and then his mother, countess Paulina, who said to me one day, ‘Ferrari, put my son’s prancing horse on your cars. It will bring you good luck’. The horse was, and still is, black, and I added the canary yellow background which is the colour of Modena.” — Enzo Ferrari

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A new collection of all-natural range of pasta sauces and pesto with the motto 'nothing to hide', Zest introduced a fresh and free styles of packaging seldom see in a natural produce market.

Designed by London based Designers Anonymous, the packaging range features naive 1950's style illustrations of male and female naturist characters each proclaiming the 'free from artificial anything' message, whilst preserving their modesty with a key ingredient. The characters are found again on the back of the jar, this time displaying the complete list of ingredients, proof that that there is nothing to hide.

With each of the characters appear distinctive and holding a sandwich board with the speech bubble, the artwork very well reinforce an informal yet important message across, that is all natural and nothing to hide ingredients.