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Most starter homes or apartments in metropolitan areas aren't usually the largest of places, but with the right furniture, things can appear to be a lot more spacious. For example, installing drawers and shelves directly into your staircase might be an option to consider, especially if your home is still under construction or due for a big renovation. Continue reading for more.

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Radioactive Shelf

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Web designer / graphic artist Mat Brown created these awesome shelves with his own hands, and not some computer program. He says, "We were running a bit short on shelving in the kitchen and wanted somewhere we could store all the preserves we're going to make from the garden this year, so we went to the timber yard to see what they had. They had this, 155cm long piece of chestnut. It was pretty heavily cracked and pitted, with knotholes and so on. But, I had a plan. Resin inlay. A technique traditionally used with a colour-matched epoxy to the wood, to give an 'invisible' repair. I'm taking a slightly different approach." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video about giving that will restore your faith in humanity.

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Paul Smith Typewriter Art

Paul Smith was born with severe spastic cerebral palsy, which results in the loss of fine motor control in his hands, making it impossible for him to perform the most basics of tasks. That didn't stop him from becoming a world renowned artist though, using nothing but a typewriter. Beginning when he was just a teenager, Smith started working with the typewriter to create art, and slowly refined his technique until he was able to create real masterpieces. His left hand was used to steady the right and he would lock the "Shift" key to create most of his works with the symbols "@ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _". Spending 2-3 hours pe day typing, each one of his artworks would take him anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months. Continue reading for an 11-minute video detailing more of his life and beautiful artwork.

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Ultimate Man Caves

Man caves have multiple purposes: they are a place to be alone, to indulge in hobbies, and to hang out with male friends. It is, loosely, a male-only space to retreat to watch sports matches, play video games, or catch the latest television shows as well as movies. However, all of these activities would be so much better in one of the above rooms. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a child who received 3D-printed Wolverine claws.

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Moses Bridge

Called the "Moses Bridge", this structure is located in The Netherlands and was built by Ro Koster & Ad Kil Architects for crossing the defensive fortress in Halsteren. While it looks like magic, or at least some sort of high-tech wizardry, the bridge is actually sunk into the water and slope surrounding the 17th Century Dutch fort. Continue reading for more marvelous bridges from around the world.

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Room of Rainbows

This may look like a fake movie scene, but it's a real room, created by multidisciplinary artist Kimsooja. This breathtaking installation is located at the Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, in Madrid, which was originally constructed in the late 1880s to house a collection of flora and fauna from the Philippines. Kimsooja transformed the Palacio de Cristal into a real-life room of rainbows. Continue reading for more images and information on how the illusion was created.

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Transparent Bathroom Floor

No, this isn't a theme park attraction where the floor suddenly drops out, just a real bathroom inside a penthouse. The luxury penthouse is located directly on top of a 1970s Mexican colonial building in Guadalajara, Mexico. The adventurous architects said: "A characteristic feature of the project is that a volume that was originally intended for a second elevator, and was never installed, becomes a powder room with a glass floor that looks down all the 15 levels." Continue reading for more bathroom creations you might not have seen before.

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Cool Shower

The ancient Greeks were the first people to have showers. The first mechanical shower, operated via a hand pump, was patented in England in 1767 by William Feetham, a stove maker from Ludgate Hill in London. His shower contraption used a pump to force the water into a vessel above the user's head and a chain would then be pulled to release the water from the vessel. Now, you can have a shower built with heat-sensitive tiles that change color. Continue reading for more.

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Creative Staircase

From the images, this appears to be either a computer-generated structure or one made for a fun house, but it's a real staircase at Longchamp NYC, designed by Thomas Weatherwick. It's dubbed "La Maison Unique" and took approximately six months to create. The construction was quite extensive to say the least, requiring a new third story to be built with a showroom and office space. Continue reading for more ultra creative staircase designs that think outside the box.

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Greenbox Smartest Pizza Box

Manufactured in New York by Pratt Industries, the GreenBox is touted as the world's smartest pizza box, and it's made from 100% recycled materials. What sets this box apart from the others is that there are perforated sections that can be torn away and used as plates for easy serving. Hopefully, we'll begin seeing these at local pizza restaurants, or even the larger chains, should a deal be worked out. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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