Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

Tiny homes, classic cars, and mesmerizing cityscapes—those, among other wonders, are the treasures we're working with in this round of the most beautiful items of the week. Check out what we discovered for you below:


Driving the Past, For the Future of Car Design

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

This week the Ford Mustang, perhaps America's most culturally influential car, turned 50. Ford Motor Company celebrated the anniversary with commemorative modelsand publicity stunts, but the company's top two designers had the most fitting tribute: A Michigan-to-NYC road trip in two classic Mustangs.


Qatar is so fantastically shiny that it looks like a 3D render

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

Time bender Michael Shainblum works his time lapse magic on a place where I would totally believe magic still exists: Doha, Qatar. He shows the bustling new city of skyscrapers and constant construction next to the old world and its ancient culture.


The Story Behind That Giant Astronaut Floating Around Coachella

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

Last year, Coachella's main event art installation was a giant snail. But this year, the mobile art installation at the popular music festival is a three-story-tall astronaut, formally known as "Escape Velocity." And it's totally awesome.


The Gritty Cityscapes of Jeremy Mann

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

I love the coarse large format paintings of cities by Jeremy Mann. I like to get lost in his everyday scenes and admire the gritty brushstrokes that reveal a perfect command of light, texture, and color.


What Utopias Have to Do With the 19th Century Craze for Octagon Houses

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

If you begin looking into the history of vegetarianism, you'll find that Kansas pops up over and over again. The state, now much better known for BBQ, was once the planned site for a particularly striking vegetarian utopia: Octagon City.


7 Charming and Wacky Treehouses You Can Rent For a Night in the Forest

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

At Treehotel in the north of Sweden, the rooms rise up like trees in an enchanted forest: a UFO, a mirrorcube, a giant bird's nest. It's some of your wildest childhood fantasies—brought to life by Swedish architects. So how did it all begin?


These Cool Architectural Pics Were Blacked Out With a Permanent Marker

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

White on black is a no-no in many design circles, but there are definitely exceptions to the unofficial rule—like these cool prints from Marlon de Azambuja. The Madrid-based architect took an inky permanent marker to full-color photos, eliminating everything except for the thinnest structural silhouettes.


The Beautiful Radio Station Broadcasting From Nepal's "Hidden Kingdom"

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

Mustang is one of the most remote parts of Nepal: Nestled on the border of Tibet, it was one of the last parts of the country to encounter Westerners. It's been described as a "hidden kingdom" that's been "virtually unchanged since the 15th century," but modern technology—like radio—is coming.


This Photosynthetic Algae Roof Filters the Neighborhood Air

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

Let's take rooftop farming to a whole new level—a microscopic level. Unveiled at Expo Milan this week, the Urban Algae Canopy is a living, breathing alternative to our inert roofs and facades. Could algae be the next hip trend in urban agriculture?


This Tiny House Can Fit in a Parking Space and Only Costs $40,000

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

The world is running out of space. Truth be told, the world is running out of a lot of things, but some very simple tweaks to our lifestyle could make the space issue less of an problem. That's why students at the Savannah College of Art and Design built the SCADpad. It's tiny. It's cheap. And it's actually kind of cool-looking.



A Pyramid in the Middle of Nowhere Built To Track the End of the World

Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar. An abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight. It could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it's just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly architectural structures that the civilian world only rarely sees.