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Explosions of the Hearth: Photos by Francis Flower

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Italian photographer gets lost in the wilds

Francesco Frizzera hails from Rovereto, a small city nestled in an alpine valley in northern Italy. From there the young photographer, who operates under the pseudonym Francis Flower, ventures with his friends into the great outdoors to capture splendid images like these, sampled from a series he calls Explosions of the Hearth. The collection, featuring attractive young folk amidst sublime......read more

Francis & The Lights "Like A Dream"

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Watch the sun-kissed Lights' leadman dance in a farmer's field

Francis and the Lights' main man Francis Farewell Starlite tapped former bandmember Jake Schreier to direct this new video for "Like A Dream." Schreier's camera finds a black-suited Starlite in the middle of a farmer's field, two-stepping in the sun. And that's pretty much it, a three-minute shot of a guy doing a jig in a field. It's a fun display of musical joy and all is well until the end,......read more

Flower Power: Azuma Makoto's Botanical Sculptures

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Japanese florist creates mindblowing plant art

At age 21, aspiring musician Azuma Makato made the unlikely leap from punk rock to petunias, leaving his guitar behind to explore the creative possibilities of flower arrangement. Fast-forward fifteen-odd years, and Azuma is not only a world-renowned florist and owner of Tokyo flower shop Jardins des Fleurs, but a globe-trotting artist whose medium is plantlife. "I......read more

Flower Remedies by Alexis Smart

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These LA-made, botanical-based formulas can help with everything from anxiety to writer's block $25.00

Nearly ten years ago, after a blend of floral essences helped cure her of panic attacks, Alexis Smart started studying the system of herbal infusions developed by Dr. Edward Bach. Today, she has a thriving homeopathy practice that includes a line of flower remedies based on Bach's teachings. Ingested orally, Alexis Smart Flower Remedies are natural essences that work on a vibrational level to......read more

Spring Sets Off Tulip Spectacle in Holland

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Tourists flock to technicolor landscape.

Once a year, more than 10,000 hectares of farmland in northwestern Netherlands burst into a patchwork of colors. Like psychedelic Mondrians, these aerial photos capture the tulip farms at the peak of their technicolor glory. The short-lived Dutch Tulip season attracts tens of thousands of flower-gazers, who set up shop along the fields to take in the show.  (via Daily Mail)...read more

An inflatable flower installation grows in Jerusalem's Vallero Square by HQ architects. They are calling it Warde. The flowers fill with air when pedestrians pass by and deflates when they walk away. All four flowers also open when the tram arrives to provide cover for the pedestrians as they step off the tram. The nine by nine meter installation was part of an effort by the......read more

Dudley Perkins, "Flowers"

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Samuel Craven directs a bubbly video for a bleary-eyed Stones Throw soul jam

UK director Samuel Craven appears to have a knack for pulling off well-executed, concept-driven music videos on a shoestring budget. Take for example his video for "Fancy Restaurant" by Gang Colours, or this one, for a loose and mellow track by Stones Throw soulster Dudley Perkins. Craven outfits the song with some dreamy visuals starring a massive bubble floating through a forest, with some......read more

Wisteria Madness at Kawachi Fuji Garden

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Purple haze! Crazy Japanese flower park features tunnel of hanging wisteria

You're probably familiar with sakura matsuri, the cherry blossom festival that takes over Japan every spring. But did you know about fuji matsuri, its wisteria counterpart that happens around the same time? Well, we didn't, but now that we do, we're much happier thank you very much.  These photos were shot at the Kawachi Fuji Garden, about a four hour drive from Tokyo, which......read more

Bottle Vases by Foekje Fleur van Duin

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Amazing ceramic vases that mimic discarded plastic bottles $19.75

After hearing news stories about the massive patch of plastic swirling around the Pacific, Dutch designer Foekje Fleur van Duin started collecting discarded trash on the banks of the Maas River and thinking of ways to incorporate it into creative projects. These amazing porcelain replicas of plastic bottles come from those experiments. Made using a plaster mold, the vases are......read more

Corkit

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Cork winestoppers transformed into sustainable flower pots $8.00

Light, durable, and sustainable, cork makes an excellent choice of material for all manner of consumer products. Even better is when the cork itself is recycled, as is the case with Besta Cork, a Scranton, PA.-based startup which partners with Cork Reharvest to create products from recycled wine corks. Among Besta's early offerings is Corkit, a cheap, non-toxic......read more

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