Test Your Endurance on This Ikea Showroom-Turned-Climbing Wall

Lots of us spend a lot of time lounging, sleeping, eating—heck, living out of and off of Ikea furniture. In order to promote a new superstore coming to Clermont-Ferrand in the middle of France, the company installed a fully functional climbing wall of inexpensive modern furniture outside of a cathedral. Spiderman's… » 9/12/14 2:28pm 9/12/14 2:28pm

This Home's Bedrooms Have Wheels So You Can Roll Them Outside

We've seen doors that spin on their hinges and whole facades that rotate towards the sun, but there are mechanically simpler ways to approach transforming architecture. Take this home in Brittany, which features small bedrooms on wheels that can be rolled around (or outside of) the house. » 8/01/14 4:34pm 8/01/14 4:34pm

This Glistening Steel Armadillo Now Occupies Downtown Paris

Relax, it's not a real armadillo. The hulking silver structure that now fills the inside of a city block in Paris is the new home to the Pathé Foundation. But this glisteningk, sinuous roofline sure makes it seem as though the structure's architects, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, just dropped a huge creature in… » 6/09/14 4:41pm 6/09/14 4:41pm

How Atomic Bombs Help Unmask Counterfeit Wine

As long as rich men are willing to pay exorbitant amounts for old, fermented juice, there will be schemers willing to dupe them out of their money. But if you're dropping a cool half million on four bottles of wine supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson (true story), you want to make sure you have the real thing, right?… » 6/06/14 5:00pm 6/06/14 5:00pm

Why the Panthéon Is Covered In Black-and-White Faces

For the past two years, the Panthéon in Paris has been undergoing a renovation, its signature dome wrapped in a cute little plastic hat. This week, the 1790 structure revealed an art installation to tide tourists and residents over until the work is complete: thousands of black-and-white faces covering its marble… » 6/06/14 12:00pm 6/06/14 12:00pm

15 Incredible Photo Composites Match Up Normandy on D-Day and Today

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, aka Operation Overlord, the single largest seaborne military invasion of all time. How has Normandy changed in the seven decades since? In these perfectly-matched photo composites, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid compares the quaint towns in 1944 and 2014. » 6/06/14 9:00am 6/06/14 9:00am

This Iconic Parisian Swimming Pool Is Reborn After 25 Years of Neglect

For 60 years, the Piscine Molitor—tucked away in the leafy outskirts of Paris—was the height of French sophistication: an Art Deco destination for chic sunbathers and sophisticated celebrities to swim. Twenty five years ago it was closed and left to ruin—but now it's been faithfully restored to its former glory. » 5/26/14 10:00am 5/26/14 10:00am

The Food Growing on This Building Will Be Served at a Restaurant Inside

France will make quite a statement about feeding the world when it unveils its pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015. Not only will vegetables, herbs, and hops grow on the building's exterior, but that same food will also be served at a restaurant inside. In fact, the whole place is set up to be like a market from the… » 4/29/14 6:30pm 4/29/14 6:30pm

This Weedseeking Airport Tractor Spells Death for Dandelions

Weeds growing up through the cracks in airport tarmacs aren't just unsightly, they can create traction hazards for landing aircraft. But rather than rely on a squad of human herbicide applicators, one French airport is leaving the job to a single computerized spraying system. They call it "The Weedseeker." » 4/07/14 11:40am 4/07/14 11:40am

These 10,000-Year-Old Instruments Are Playing Their First Modern Gig

Roughly ten millennia ago, musicians didn't lug amps or guitars around to their shows—they lugged lithophones, or instruments made of resonant rocks. The oldest lithophones ever found will be played in their first public concert next week in Paris. Sadly, it'll also be their last. » 3/17/14 2:20pm 3/17/14 2:20pm

This Simpsons couch gag making fun of the French is hilarious fine art

I would so watch a French version of The Simpsons that makes fun of itself as much as this couch gag. Hopefully, it could be just as beautifully animated as this too. This couch gag was made by French director Sylvain Chomet and it has Homer eating snails, Bart brutally making his own foie gras and a few other French… » 3/06/14 7:26pm 3/06/14 7:26pm

US Now Claims European Agencies, Not the NSA, Spied on European Leaders

Finger-pointing over the NSA's spying habits ascends to a new level of complexity with the latest revelations of how the United States spies on foreign officials. However, U.S. officials now tell The Wall Street Journal that the phone records at the center of the surveillance scandal in Europe were actually collected… » 10/29/13 1:30pm 10/29/13 1:30pm

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

A retrospective closes this weekend at MoMA on Swiss 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… » 9/20/13 2:20pm 9/20/13 2:20pm