Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

Oh, my. Our most beautiful items this week really run the gamut. From stadiums shaped like vagianas, to crazy digital fabrication, to a beautiful futuristic speedboats, we're really going for it this time around. Enjoy some of our favorite posts from the worlds of art, architecture, and design in the past week:


The most beautiful speedboat ever made still feels from the future

Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

This is the Ferrari Arno XI Racing Hydroplane and is, without a doubt, the most beautiful speedboat ever made. Its 1953 Flash Gordon design still feels beautiful today. It's not only a design masterpieces. It's an incredible machine too.


What are the odds of taking this truly rare image?

Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

Fine art landscape and adventure photographer Scott Rinckenberger took this awesome one-in-a-million photo during a long trip from Seattle to the Mexican border: a perfectly lit and exposed image in which a meteor entered the atmosphere just in time for the shot. Here's his take on it.


Auto Aerobics: Hyperrealistic Images of Outrageously Weird Cars

Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

Sure, CGI is responsible for making us all visually cynical. But it's also enabled projects like this one: a weird—and weirdly poetic—ode to the Pontiac by digital artist Chris LaBrooy.


Inside NYC's New Mirrored Infinity Rooms

Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

In what's being called the next Rain Room for New York, eccentric Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is showing off her newest installations at David Zwirner gallery. Called Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away and Love Is Calling, expect these to be the must-visit installations this fall!


An artist recreated Blade Runner with 12,000 water color paintings

Holy wow this is impressive. Artist Anders Ramsell animated Blade Runner by painting 12,597 different water color paintings and stringing them together into beautifully fluid sequences. It's incredible, you feel like you're watching Blade Runner, you get to hear Harrison Ford and follow the story but you're seeing it like never before—in moving art.


Can You Spot The 70-Year-Old Homesteader's Shack Hiding In The Desert?

Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

At first glance, it's easy to mistake this clapboard box in the middle of Joshua Tree for a mirage or digital illusion. Artist Philip K. Smith III added mirrored panels to the shack's exterior, making Lucid Stead seem to hover in the landscape like a processing glitch.


​A Brief History of Buildings That Look Like Vaginas

Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

This week, the internet's collective chortlingat a particularly yonic stadium for Qatar's World Cup may have actually doomed the project to abandonment. But it's hardly the first—or most overt—anatomical architecture in recent years. In fact, it's just the latest in a centuries-spanning tradition.


Abandoned Warehouse From The Wire Is Now a Fantastic Design School

Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

Recognize this Baltimore building? Today, it's the gleaming Baltimore Design School. But not long ago, it was an abandoned warehouse used by HBO for scenes of urban decay in The Wire. Talk about a comeback story.


Bendy Wooden Room Snaps Together Like Tetris, Takes Over House

Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

The so-called "Roominaroom" project by London-based architects atmos studio won a 2013 UK Wood Award yesterday for its extraordinary level of craftsmanship—from computer-milled, cut, and fitted ornamental oak beams to precision joinery—for a renovated flat in the city.


This Stilted Shanghai Office Building is a Bridge Amongst The Trees

Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

China's grim (and growing) air pollution problems cast some pretty dark shadows on the country's urban hubs, which often look like they've been photographed using a "muddy water" filter. That makes these crisp and sunny pics of the Huaxin Business Center in Shanghai's Xuhui District all the more surprising.


Digital Fabrication Gone Wild!

Most Beautiful Items: November 16 - 22, 2013

Experimentation is a pretty standard part of the creative process, but it usually ends with an "a-ha" moment; once you know what you want to make, the trial and error part of the equation is dunzo. For architect Andrew Kudless, however, R&D is never over; he often pushes his sculptural work so far it accidentally ends up in a ten-foot wide puddle of plaster on his studio floor.