Knitted Food Photography Looks Good Enough to Eat

Knitted Food Photography Looks Good Enough to Eat

There’s nothing more comforting than the feel of a soft, woolly sweater — except a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

Art director and model maker Jessica Dance and photographer David Sykes bring a new meaning to the phrase “comfort food” with their delightfully fuzzy series of knitted food photography. “I thought It would be nice to create a series which encapsulates the mood of British cafes, fast food joints and burger vans, but with a woolly twist,” Dance tells Mashable.

The pristine shots make each familiar dish almost look like real food at first glance. The fleecy creations are crafted by Dance herself, sculpting the foundations of each model by hand and then finishing them in lambswool using a vintage knitting machine. “Luckily we both have a meticulous attention to detail … [our] collaborative projects are very much a meeting of minds,” Dance explains.

With each photograph comes warm memories of homemade diners filled with the aromas of burgers and fries. The nostalgia alone will leave you hungry for more.

Dance and Sykes are planning an exhibition later in 2014 where fans can feast their eyes on all of their woolen models and photographs. Dance’s and Syke’s other projects can be viewed on their websites.

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Photos: Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia Will Soon Be the World’s Tallest Building

Photos: Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia Will Soon Be the World’s Tallest Building

Big things are coming to Saudi Arabia.

The Middle Eastern country is set to begin visible construction next week on what is expected to be the world’s tallest building at 3,280 feet, according to Construction Weekly.

Kingdom Tower will be 568 feet taller than Khalifa Tower, the current Guinness World Record holder in neighboring Dubai, once it is completed. The tower is the first phase of Jeddah Economic Company’s approximately $20 billion, 17 million-square-foot Kingdom City project, of which it will be the focal point. Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, is chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company, a partner in JEC.

“Our vision for Kingdom Tower is one that represents the new spirit of Saudi Arabia,” Adrian Smith, cofounder of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the firm that designed the tower, said in a press release. “This tower symbolizes the Kingdom as an important global business and cultural leader, and demonstrates the strength and creative vision of its people.”

Foundation work for the $1.2 billion skyscraper began in December, and above-ground work will start April 27. The 200-floor tower will be located in Jeddah, a culturally significant city near the Red Sea that is known as the gateway to Mecca.

A building this size doesn’t come without its challenges, however. Concerns include resistance to salt water and high winds, as well as how concrete will be delivered to higher floors, as the tower is erected. The construction site itself is 5.7 million square feet, and the project will require around 80,000 tons of steel, according to the Saudi Gazette. Despite these potential roadblocks, the skyscraper is still a realistic undertaking that could eventually be seen through to completion, Construction Weekly reported.

Kingdom Tower will house a Four Seasons hotel, luxury condominiums, office space and an observatory.

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IMAGES: JEDDAH ECONOMIC COMPANY/ADRIAN SMITH + GORDON GILL ARCHITECTURE

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8 Of Google’s Craziest Offices

8 Of Google’s Craziest Offices

While most of us 9-to-5ers hunch over in boxy, fluorescent-lit cubicles, feeling lucky if our office has a snack machine, the Google employees of the world are zooming around on scooters, slipping down tube slides, playing on their indoor putting green, and gloating about the awesomeness of their offices. If they can even be called offices–the designs of these nerd playgrounds so outclass your average corral of homogenous desks that we had to round them all up in a grand, jealousy (and sometimes eye-roll)-inducing slide show, on the occasion of Google unveiling its new Mexico headquarters. As one Google spokesperson told the New York Times, designers of Google offices have but one goal: “to create the happiest, most productive workplace in the world.” Marvel at the most over-the-top workspaces of Google’s big happy techie family and lament not being better at computer science.

NEW YORK CITY

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Occupying an entire city block, the New York-themed amusement park of Google’s Chelsea-based headquarters has hallways decorated with subway grates and fire hydrants, graffiti’d conference room doors, and chandeliers made of meat hooks, a nod to the nearby Meatpacking District. One conference room is set up like a tiny Seinfeldian New York apartment–think exposed brick, an electronic drum set, and awkward family photos on the wall. Victorian-style portraits of Star Wars characters decorate the library. Scooters provide its 3,000 employees transportation around the 2.9-million-square-foot building, which welcomes dogs.

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

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Designed by local studio D/DOCK, Google’s Amsterdam office designs also take inspiration from their location’s cultural history and visual flavor, capturing the playfulness inherent in so much Dutch design. The ceiling panels are designed to look like stroopwafels–that quintessentially Dutch gooey waffle-cookie. Maybe Googlers draw inspiration from sugar cravings? 1960s caravans serve as meeting rooms, complete with lawn chairs and fake grills.

DUBLIN, IRELAND

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Office foosball tables are old ’90s startup news, but an office putting green? Top that with veritable jungles decorating workspaces, and Google’s downright Dr. Seussian Dublin campus is possibly the most playground-like in the whole family.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

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Occupying eight floors of the Electra Tower in Tel Aviv, these offices look like what elves and fairies might build if they held board meetings. Designed by Camenzind Evolution in collaboration with Setter Architects and Studio Yaron Tal, the office features Space-Age egg chairs, ivy and flower-covered walls, shag carpeting, a Lego room, a tube slide between floors, and a view of the Mediterranean sea from the rooftop deck.

LONDON, ENGLAND

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The trifecta of Google offices in London range from a space station-like space that seems straight out of a Stanley Kubrick movie to this happy kiddie funhouse to a decidedly homey anglophilic dreamhouse fit for Mr. Bean himself.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA

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The original global headquarters in Mountain View, California, the heart of Silicon Valley, is a sprawling, sun-drenched campus known as the Googleplex. “It’s easy to feel like we’re back in college,” Googlers brag in their career page’s description of the campus. Here’s why: hundreds of bikes and scooters provide transportation from the conference rooms to the bowling alley, the climbing wall, beach volleyball, and weekly “TGIF” celebrations. Whether hacky sacks are involved in those celebrations, we don’t want to know.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

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Google toned down the Google for its Pittsburgh headquarters, opting for exposed pipes and peeled paint to channel the Steel City’s rough-and-tumble vibe.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

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Zurich Google employees are called Zooglers. And they’re virtually required to contract Peter Pan Syndrome in this fireman pole, slide, videogame, and hammock-filled workspace.

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This Coffee Shop in South Korea is Shaped Like a Rolleiflex Camera

This Coffee Shop in South Korea is Shaped Like a Rolleiflex Camera

Dreaming Camera Cafe in South Korea is probably the only coffee shop in the world where photographers can drink their Lattes inside a Rolleiflex.

The two-story cafe is modeled after a Rolleiflex TLR, and unless you knew better, you’d probably think it was shopped into the scene above.

The place was built and opened and now oprates by an ex-helicopter pilot in the air-force, and they have a prolific facebook page and blog (thank you google translate). If you are ever in the neighborhood (East of Seoul), they are open every day from 11:00.

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Glasses That Turn Your Cocktail Into Conceptual Art

Glasses That Turn Your Cocktail Into Conceptual Art

Margaret Rhodes is an associate editor for Fast Company magazine, where she produces Wanted and covers product design.

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Read: That Turtleneck is Choking You, How pretending to be a designer is killing your career.

Read: That Turtleneck is Choking You, How pretending to be a designer is killing your career.

Straight from the keyboard of Creative Director Jordan Gadapee comes this biting editorial: That Turtleneck is Choking You. Gadapee discusses how too many “designers” are simply faking the part and not producing enough work to really become great designers. It’s a harsh look at the industry, but one that also offers some very good advice for new (and experienced) designers.

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