Most Beautiful Items: September 14 - 20, 2013

iPhone, iPhone, and uh, more iPhone. We heard a lot about the new iPhones this week. But we also discovered some completely unrelated wonders like a famous Joy Division designer's plans to rebrand Kanye West, or an urban farm in a Shanghai mall. Here are some of the loveliest things we found this week:


What It's Like to Spend a Year in the Beautiful Wastes of Antarctica

Antarctica is an isolated, frigid desert of ice and snow. It'spractically another planet. And it can be staggeringly beautiful.Ian Hey did something most of us would never dream of and spent a year there. This is what it was like.


A Giant Paper Installation That Looks Like Sitting Inside a Rainbow

Most Beautiful Items: September 14 - 20, 2013

Maybe walking around a life-sized maze made of file folders is a hellish work stress dream you've had before. But artist Emmanuelle Moreauxhas brought a similar idea to life in a rainbow of an installation for Japan's Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013.


A Rare Tour of Le Corbusier's Last (and Most Brilliant) Building

Most Beautiful Items: September 14 - 20, 2013

A retrospective closes this weekend at MoMA on French architect Le Corbusier, best known for his residential projects like Villa Savoye (as well as that chair). But I'd argue that his most genius work was Église Saint-Pierre, a remarkable cathedral in Firminy, France. Here, Le Corbusier manages a kind of architectural …


Tour the Concrete "Veil" That Floats Above L.A.'s Newest Museum

Most Beautiful Items: September 14 - 20, 2013

Philanthropist Eli Broad seems to have his hands or his money in nearly every art museum in Los Angeles. Now his very own museum, The Broad, is nearing completion in downtown Los Angeles, right next door to Disney Concert Hall (which he also helped build, of course). Architect Liz Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro


The Exact Age of Almost Every Building in NYC, in One Map

Most Beautiful Items: September 14 - 20, 2013

It's hard to tell how old a city really is without knowing the age of each and every part of it. And with this stunningly neon map that indexes the ages of some 1,053,713 New York City buildings, you can do exactly that.


The First 3D Scan of the Tower of Pisa Will Help Preserve It Forever

Most Beautiful Items: September 14 - 20, 2013

A team of Australian researchers recently climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa with a 3D scanner and came back with the most detailed map of the building ever. At first you might think that the beautiful results were meant for a museum, but this detailed scan will help scientists protect it from ruin.


Four of America's Tallest Towers Will Rise Within Blocks of Each Other

Most Beautiful Items: September 14 - 20, 2013

While most of the supertall building boom spotlight has been placed China and the UAE over the past few months, there's an even more staggering development happening much, much closer to home. At least four 1,000-foot-plus skyscrapers are set to rise along (or adjacent to) West 57th Street over the next few years,…


The Six Swankiest Bars and Restaurants Designed in 2013

Most Beautiful Items: September 14 - 20, 2013

Eating at home is a joy for many reasons—not least of which that pants are not required for entry—but if you're going to go out (and you have the cashola), why not make it an evening to remember at a place that's as well-designed as it is delicious? Like, say, one of the winner's of this year's independent Restaurant…


An Urban Farm In the Most Unlikely Location: A Shanghai Mall

Most Beautiful Items: September 14 - 20, 2013

We’re smack dab in the middle of a golden age when anything you could possibly want can beordered online and delivered straight to your door. Even if you dare venture beyond the sofa to shop, your first stop probably isn't that stifling bastions of oppressive consumerism (and zombie flick backdrop)—the mall! In…


Iconic Joy Division Designer Peter Saville Is "Rebranding" Kanye West

Most Beautiful Items: September 14 - 20, 2013

Legendary designer Peter Saville gave a design voice to bands like Joy Division and New Order. And now, he's making his first foray into hip-hop by designing a whole "visual identity" for Kanye West. Which is the most Kanye West thing ever.