Most Beautiful Items: August 10 - 16, 2013

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You're in the home stretch for the weekend. You haven't crossed that much-desired finish line yet, so in the meantime, check out some of the wonders of design, art, and architecture we found this week.

A trailer so beautiful that it will make you want to go on a road trip


Behold, the new Bowlus Road Chief—"the sexiest trailer I've ever seen", according to the Roadtrippers Kinja blog. It's really beautiful indeed, like a part of an old World War II bomber. And inside it's elegant and simple. I want it to go on a road trip right now.

Architecture Student Converts School Bus Into Cozy Home

School buses are so much fun. The springy seats, the awkward-to-open windows, the rumbling engine—it all hearkens back to a time in your life when you were younger, happier and worry-free. But did you ever imagine living in one? Hank Butitta did.

Tag Along With the Fearless Badasses Who Clean The Windows of NYC

Cleaning sucks, but just be happy you don't have to do it from dizzying heights. New York City's window washers cleaners have to be some of the ballsiest cleaners out there, and they dangle from buildings everyday like it's nothing. The New York Times took a closer look at their squeegee-ing heroics, and it's…


This Bizarre Installation Mimics a Real Biological Ecosystem


At first glance, we weren't entirely sure what Radiant Soil, a massive installation by architect Philip Beesley, actually was. An industrial-sized Lite Brite crossed with a giant set of K'Nex maybe? A sentient being sent here to lord over us? Either way, it's mesmerizing—and we wouldn't mind being beamed up inside of…

JFK's Retro-Futuristic Pan Am Terminal Is Slowly Being Demolished

Despite some last ditch efforts to save it, the JFK airport's 1960Googie-style Pan Am terminal is currently being destroyed. Once an important symbol of tomorrowism, this iconic Worldport™ will soon find itself a pile of retro-futuristic rubble.


8 Ethereal Weather Installations That Recreate Fog, Snow, and Storms

Humans have been obsessed with the weather—and how to control it—since the dawn of time. We talk about it constantly. We spend millions of dollars trying to change it. And, in some cases, we celebrate it—like the eight architects and artists behind these installations.


FYI: It's Illegal To Build a Castle On a High Rise Without Permission


In case you had dreams of one day building a giant stone fortress atop a towering apartment building without asking anybody's permission or attempting to get the proper permits, let this be a warning to you: eventually, someone's going to ask you to tear it down. That's what's happening to Zhang Lin, a wealthy…

This Abandoned House Unfolds Into a Theater For 100


This red-sided house, rotting on a quiet street of York, Alabama, was once a symbol of the town’s struggle with blight. But over the past two years, with the help of the citizens who invited him there, artist Matthew Mazzotta has disassembled the abandoned structure and rebuilt it—as a tiny home that unfolds into an…

The Origin And Power Of Life Flows In This Ceiling


In ancient Greek lore, "arkhe" is the concept of origin and the forces underlying life. Standard philosophical themes to think about in a hair salon, right? Moriyuki Ochiai Architects designed this salon, ArKhe, in Chiba, Japan to channel water and remind people of the flow of life.

The coolest and most exotic cars in the world all in one place


Every year, the most luxurious, exotic andexpensive cars in the world get together at Monterrey Car Week, commonly known asPebble Beach among fans of all things on wheels. From unique classics to the unveiling of the latest models, these are the awesome cars you'll never have. Here are the highlights so far.

Alexander Graham Bell's Failed Flying Machine Reborn As a Floating City


In 1899, the inventor of the telephone set out to solve another problem: The airplane. He failed miserably. Really, really miserably. But this summer, a team of architects and engineers have resurrected his 106-year-old design for a flying machine for a very different purpose: As a model for floating, solar-powered…

7 Street Art Stencils That Interact With Their Surroundings


Paris-based street artist ABOVE is known for weaving stencil paintings into the surrounding streetscape to create images that border on optical illusions. Traveling the world to make art that comments on social and political issues, ABOVE keeps an eye out for situations where real world and painted image can interact, …

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