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100 Mind-Boggling Illusions

From Dual-Perspective Paintings to Optical Illusion Lip Art

— October 26, 2013 — Art & Design
If you're entertained by things that make your mind question reality, then these mind-boggling illusions are perfect for you. Whether it's a painting or photograph that looks too surreal to be reality, or a staircase that never seems to end, these designs will definitely make you look deeper.

It's amazing how the same shapes, shadows and colors people used to can become bizarre and unfamiliar when optical illusions take hold. Everything you thought was impossible will now become a reality as you take your eyes on a journey through these designs.

The architects, illustrators, designers and animators of these creations use the human instinct to assume what's real from fake against them. A door that would normally open into another simple room, now opens to an alternate reality. So put on your glasses and remember to look twice because what you thought could never happen, is about to.
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Eerie Illusionary Exhibits
Eerie Illusionary Exhibits
The Art of Illusion Gallery is as Captivating as it is Confusing
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99
Illusory Collar Designs
Illusory Collar Designs
Boudicca Shaped This Neckline to Look Like a Face in Profile
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98
Impossibly Positioned Couches
Impossibly Positioned Couches
Balance From Within by Jacob Tonski is Outfitted with Space-Age Tech
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97
Animated Barber Cut Shorts
Animated Barber Cut Shorts
Peter Simon Goes 'Ballpoint Barber' on His Brave Buddy
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96
Reflective Cage Sculptures
Reflective Cage Sculptures
The 'Cage and Mirror' Gives Visitors a Whole New Perspective
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95
Suspended Skylines
Suspended Skylines
Craig Shimala Strings Together Years of Footage of the Chicago Skyline
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94
Teleporting Prank Campaigns
Teleporting Prank Campaigns
The Audience is Dumbfounded When Twins Disappear Through Teleportator
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93
Illusionary Celestial Murals
Illusionary Celestial Murals
The Night Watch Gallery at the Rijksmuseum Has a Star Print Ceiling
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92
Reflective Metropolis Photography
Reflective Metropolis Photography
Carlos Ayesta Risks His Life to Capture These Stunning Shots
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91
Artist-Trampling Elephants
Artist-Trampling Elephants
This Surreal Sculpture Features an Elephant Standing on Fabien Mér
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90
Faux-Spill Flooring
Faux-Spill Flooring
Mirror Puddles Add an Illusory Dimension to a Tidy Room
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89
Minimalist Pylon Lights
Minimalist Pylon Lights
The Semplice Lamp Takes a Flaring Form with an Illusory Transparent Base
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88
Dimension Bending Illusion Videos
Dimension Bending Illusion Videos
Brusspup Creates a Video Full of Anamorphic Illusions
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87
Faux-Motion Flower Holders
Faux-Motion Flower Holders
The Rosenthal Mini-Vase Fast is Chicly Illusory
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86
Enchanting Surrealist Photos
Enchanting Surrealist Photos
Photographer Kylli Sparre Creates a Magical World of Gorgeous Scenes
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85
Seemingly Swaying Illuminators
Seemingly Swaying Illuminators
The Swing Light Bulb Design by YOY Incorporates Optical Illusion
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84
Whimsical Illusory Illustrations
Whimsical Illusory Illustrations
Negative Space by Tang Yau Hoong Indulges People's Imaginations
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83
Geometric Sci-Fi Collections
Geometric Sci-Fi Collections
The Missoni Fall 2013 Campaign is set on a Deserted Beach
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82
Simulated Snapped Shelving
Simulated Snapped Shelving
The Frame Work Bookshelf Appears to Abstractly Encase Books as Art
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81
Fake Laser Lit Rooms
Fake Laser Lit Rooms
Vector Space by Jayson Haebich Creates Illusory Architectural Structures
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80
Overlapping Patterned Photography
Overlapping Patterned Photography
The Metal Magazine SS13 Editorial Has Bold Layered Prints
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79
Glass Supported Furnishings
Glass Supported Furnishings
The Rauma Furniture Collection by Max Ptk Appears Unbalanced
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78
Optical Illusion Lighting Systems
Optical Illusion Lighting Systems
The Melting Lamp is Modern Lighting At Its Quirkiest
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77
Illusory Two-Toned Drapes
Illusory Two-Toned Drapes
Add Fun Character to Your Room with Dip Dye Curtains
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76
Illusory Zombie Hosiery
Illusory Zombie Hosiery
Frightening Zombie Doll Tights by deadborg Help Make a Mean Zombie Costume
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75
Hidden Compartment Stationary
Hidden Compartment Stationary
The Hidden Pencil Notebook Will Keep Kids Secretly School-Ready
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74
Legless Dining Sets
Legless Dining Sets
The Rauma Collection Features an Illusory Table and Seats with Invisible Bases
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73
Stunning Symmetrical Nature Photos
Stunning Symmetrical Nature Photos
Ludovic Fesson Plays with Perception in His Beautiful Land Art
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72
Free Floating Shelves
Free Floating Shelves
The Plyght Shelving Design Creates an Illusion for Your Home
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71
Shadow-Equipped Chairs
Shadow-Equipped Chairs
This Unusual Chair Casts a Large Shadow of a Walnut Tree
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70
Deceiving Water-Filled Lights
Deceiving Water-Filled Lights
The Liquid Light Uses a Tea Candle and a Lens to Illuminate a Room
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69
Illusory Hand Canvases
Illusory Hand Canvases
The Handvas is a Clever Way to Show off Art
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68
Ornate Illusory Frame Chairs
Ornate Illusory Frame Chairs
The 'Frame Chair' is Like a Framed Painting That You Can Sit On
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67
Spellbinding Swirl Installations
Spellbinding Swirl Installations
Artist Heike Weber Creates Mesmerizing Designs Using Markers
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66
Illusive Keyboard Purses
Illusive Keyboard Purses
Unleash Your Inner Computer Geek with the Keyboard Bag
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65
Crooked Timber Escritoires
Crooked Timber Escritoires
The Bureau B011 Offers a Smooth Surface with Broken Lines Beneath
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64
Destruction-Covering Murals
Destruction-Covering Murals
Mike Hewson Turns Tragedy into Beautiful Artwork
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63
Surreal Juxtaposed Photography
Surreal Juxtaposed Photography
Model Kinee Diouf Gets a Cut and Paste Remodification
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62
Illusory Origami Illuminators
Illusory Origami Illuminators
Pop Up Lighting Expresses its Inner Animal Once Switched On
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Meticulous Seat Structures
Meticulous Seat Structures
The Screenplay Bench by Oyler Wu Collaborative is Complex
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60
Fascinating Illusory Facades
Fascinating Illusory Facades
K-Studio Designs Building for Moda Bagno-Interni Store
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59
Towering Bike Installations
Towering Bike Installations
Stacked by Ai Weiwei Will Resonate with Both Cyclists and Non-cyclists
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Illusory Geometric Vases
Illusory Geometric Vases
Cuatro Cuatros' Geometric Vase Design Forms an Impossible Shape
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57
Optical Illusion Candleholders
Optical Illusion Candleholders
Studio Cheha has Designed Some Awesome Optical Illusion Home Decor
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Canine-Casting Seats
Canine-Casting Seats
The Wolf Within Chair is the Fairy Tale of the Furniture World
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55
Clever Snack Sculptures
Clever Snack Sculptures
These Fruits and Vegetables Depict Sinking Ships and Seats
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54
Feminine Dreamworld Photography
Feminine Dreamworld Photography
Daniel Ilinca Has Done a Remarkable Job Creating a Surreal World
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53
Splashing Stainless Steel Sculptures
Splashing Stainless Steel Sculptures
Johnson Tsang Creates Artistic Optical Illusion Sculptures
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Geometric Shuttered Lighting
Geometric Shuttered Lighting
The Daylight Lamp Sculptures by Philippe Malouin are Illusory
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Illusory Floating Fabric Garments
Illusory Floating Fabric Garments
The Atelier Versace Fall 2013 Couture Shows Off a Lot of Skin
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50
Optical Illusion Architecture
Optical Illusion Architecture
This Solar Powered Home Attempts to Trick the Eye
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Suspended Geometric Sculptures
Suspended Geometric Sculptures
Teo “Moneyless” Pirisi Uses String to Create Delicate A
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48
Book-Filled Benches
Book-Filled Benches
The Little Free Library Offers Free Libraries on the Streets
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Masking Tape Illusions
Masking Tape Illusions
These Aakash Nihalani Animated Tape Illusions are Whoa-Worthy
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Deceptively Empty Cabinets
Deceptively Empty Cabinets
The Hide & Seek Side Table Uses a Magician's Mirror to Appear Vacant
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Rectilinear Lamp Arrangements
Rectilinear Lamp Arrangements
These String Lights Accent Rooms with Illusory Geometries
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Illusory Self-Portraits
Illusory Self-Portraits
Danny Roberts' Eye-Catching Photography and Paintings
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Illusory Wireframe Furnishings
Illusory Wireframe Furnishings
Tilt Furniture Offers Literal Flexibility in the Contemporary Home
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Surreal Skyscraper Illusions
Surreal Skyscraper Illusions
The Skrapan 3D Street Art Easily Conquers Your Fear of Heights
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Illusory Toy Car Photography
Illusory Toy Car Photography
Lost Highway by Stuart McGarey Shows Hot Wheels on Retro Roads
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Illusory Unbalanced Office Trays
Illusory Unbalanced Office Trays
The Protrude Tray by Yasuko Furukawa Can Be Clamped to Your Table
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Red Winding Walkways
Red Winding Walkways
West 8 Architects' Twist Bridge Inspires Imagination in a Functional Way
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Amazingly Realistic Cloud Graffiti
Amazingly Realistic Cloud Graffiti
This Graffiti Artist Paints Realistic Cloudy Skies on Buildings
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Mystical Creature Illusionist Drawings
Mystical Creature Illusionist Drawings
Artist Ramon Bruins Creates Optical Illusional Artwork
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Geometric Illusion Photography (UPDATE)
Geometric Illusion Photography (UPDATE)
The Incredible Photos by Georges Rousse Manipulate Reality
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Physically Illusory Furnishings
Physically Illusory Furnishings
Visible Structures by Nendo Look and Feel Falsely Insubstantial
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Illusory Stone Comforters
Illusory Stone Comforters
Stay Cozy and Warm with the White Marble Duvet Set
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Illusory Paper-Folded Furniture
Illusory Paper-Folded Furniture
The Origami Coffee Table is Inspired by the Japanese Art Form
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Illusory Watermelon-Shaped Candles
Illusory Watermelon-Shaped Candles
This Fruity Scented Candle is Shaped Like Slice of Watermelon
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Continually Spiraling Staircases
Continually Spiraling Staircases
The Olafur Eliasson Infinite Staircase is Full of Twists and Turn
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Soaring Surrealist Photographs
Soaring Surrealist Photographs
Gyermán Petra is a Young Photographer Who Allows Girls to Soar
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Illusory Imploding Interiors
Illusory Imploding Interiors
'PuLSaTe' Uses Op-Art Architecture to Create a Captivating Showroom
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Wacky Facial Hair Designs
Wacky Facial Hair Designs
For Mr Incredibeard, a True Beard is Not on Your Face, But in Your Heart
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Splatter Home Decals
Splatter Home Decals
Special Effects for Common People by Igor Eskinja Relies on Optical Illusions
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Seemingly Stacked Teacups
Seemingly Stacked Teacups
The Triple Coffee Cup Has the Appearance and Capacity of Several Mugs
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Reflective Illusion Photography
Reflective Illusion Photography
Seokmin Ko’s ‘The Square’ Series Conceals Realit
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Ironically Wet Phone Covers
Ironically Wet Phone Covers
This Realistic Raindrop Phone Case May Scare Onlookers
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Lovely Illusory Storage Systems
Lovely Illusory Storage Systems
Cubious Bookshelf is Patterned for Further Three Dimensionality
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22
Miniature Garden Fingernails
Miniature Garden Fingernails
The Alice Barlett 'Manicured Lawns' Series is Seriously Cute
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Bubble Gum Pumps
Bubble Gum Pumps
Make a Statement as You Walk with Stuck Chewing Gum Heels
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Surreal Size Pictorials
Surreal Size Pictorials
Jean-françois Fourtou Alters Spaces' Measurements to Create an Illusi
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Optical Illusion Shelving
Optical Illusion Shelving
The Concave Bookcase by Joined + Jointed Seems Out of the 'Matrix'
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Dual-Perspective Paintings
Dual-Perspective Paintings
The Optical Illusion Paintings by Shupliak Oleg are Incredibly Surreal
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Strangely Surreal Photography
Strangely Surreal Photography
Torbjorn Rodland Unveils His Unusual Photos at the Algus Greenspon
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Optical Illusion Lip Art
Optical Illusion Lip Art
Sandra Holmbom Creates a Very Eerie Lip Makeup Art Piece
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Surreal Transcendant Photography
Surreal Transcendant Photography
Photographer Alicia Savage is Inspired by Her Life and Travels
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Illusory Staircases
Illusory Staircases
Interior Design Blog Features Stupendous Stairways That Command Attention
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Illusory Flying Children
Illusory Flying Children
Jan von Holleben's Perspective-Based Photography
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12
Surreal Architectural Optical Illusions
Surreal Architectural Optical Illusions
The Regina Silveira Series Redefines Interior Decor
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11
Haunting Occultation Photography
Haunting Occultation Photography
‘GillyFace Photos’ Turns the Impossible into Reality
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10
Whimsical Angelic Photography
Whimsical Angelic Photography
Chiara Fersini Created a Beautiful Surreal Series
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9
Amazingly Disguised Cakes
Amazingly Disguised Cakes
Louise Caola Bakes Cakes That Look Like Other Foods
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8
Imaginatively Surreal Photography
Imaginatively Surreal Photography
Diggie Vitt Looks to Create 365 Memories With His New Project
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Illusory Shelf Extenders
Illusory Shelf Extenders
Extend by Yasuko Furukawa is the Ultimate Floating Book Shelf
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Surreal Skyline Photography
Surreal Skyline Photography
Joel Robinson’s Latest Surreal Photographs Create a Dream-Like W
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5
3D Illusory Graffiti
3D Illusory Graffiti
Chalk Ice Age Hits Ireland With Incredible Ice Crevasse
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4
Shape-Shifting Installations
Shape-Shifting Installations
Peter Kogler Creates Interactive Art That Plays with Perception
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3
Illusory Fashion Photography
Illusory Fashion Photography
Brian Walker's Ironic 'Plastic Fantastic'
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2
Optically Altering Side Tables
Optically Altering Side Tables
These Illusion Tables by Essey Appear to be Magically Floating
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Optical Illusion Structures
Optical Illusion Structures
The Reframe Art Installation Features Multiple Perspectives
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