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Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak

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Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak
Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak

I really enjoy seeing a nice set of 3D renders showing an amazing architecture project. Some designers are true masters of the art of building scenes like these below, some so perfect that one might mistake it by a photograph.

Michael Nowak, a German designer, has a sweet set of 3D renders of architecture scenes. This is only a handful of his pieces! For more of his amazing renders you may visit his portfolio at ArtStation! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Cheers. 😉


Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak


Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak


Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak


Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak


Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak


Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak


Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak


Fascinating 3D Architecture by Michael Nowak

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The Fantastic Folding Mini-Motel Caravan, 1959

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You probably know by now that caravans are one of my favourite things and with summer holidays and road trip wanderlust in the air, I’d like to present my latest find, the (fantastic) folding Mini-Motel caravan. Somewhat forgotten in automobile history, I came across it in this terribly English promotional feature from 1959 through the archive of British PathĂ©…

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The Mini-Motel, boasting a set-up time of one minute, was priced at £268 (a little over £4,000 today) and was made in Emsworth, Hampshire by a company called Portaplas, founded by designers Brian James and Ron Nugent. The model was only briefly produced before they released a slightly larger model known as the Portafold,

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This vintage promotional clip is an absolute hoot! (I don’t use that word very often but in this case, I think it’s appropriate).

“Even a moron, mechanically speaking, can fix it up in a matter of minutes,” the voice-over presenter eloquently notes. “Four retractable legs provide firm base for the caravan and prevent it from rolling inadvertently out to sea in the middle of the night.” Good to know.

Enjoy the film …

 

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↑ Here’s a page from the first ever brochure for the Portafold model.

And I’ve found one for sale on eBay with a starting bid of £0.99.

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Admittedly it’s a bit of a fixer-upper, but I found some promising inspiration of another 1973 Portafold, recently restored from a similarly weathered state.

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You can see all the before & after pictures here.

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For more information of Britain’s oldest folding caravan, visit Portafold.co.uk.

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Quasi Modo, A Short-Spined Florida Dog Who Resembles a Hyena, Wins the 2015 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

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2015 World's Ugliest Dog

An unusual-looking, short-spined dog named Quasi Modo from Loxahatchee, Florida was named the 2015 World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma – Marin County Fair in Northern California this past weekend due to his remarkable resemblance to a hyena. In a contest of 26 other dogs, Quasi Modo stood out amongst his peers

After much deliberation, worthy of a national beauty contest, and tabulation by an independent auditor, Quasi Modo, who looks like a hyena to some, was selected because he“epitomized excellence in ugliness” according to Chief Judge Brian Sobel. …The judges score the dogs on their first impression, unusual attributes, natural ugliness (cannot have been altered for purposes of the contest), personality and audience impression. A good many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills and the Contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs and how no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions.

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Some of the other contestants.

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photos by Kira Stackhouse

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips