Most Beautiful Items: March 7 - 14, 2014

A beautiful 1960s New York guidebook, crazy scans of amazing insects, and so much more. Welcome, and let us wow you with some of our favorite finds from the worlds of art, architecture, and design from the past week:

The 1960s NYC Guidebook That the Czech Secret Police Almost Destroyed


Back in 1963, two Czech travelers drew an incredible illustrated guidebook based on their first trip to Mad Men-era New York City. Soon after, the Czech police destroyed every last copy, and the book was lost forever. Or so they thought.

Visit This House Being 3D Printed in Amsterdam Right Now

If you think 3D printing is only good for making flimsy paperweights, then you're pretty much right. A group of audacious Dutch architects, however, have just begun 3D printing an entire canal house in Amsterdam.

Why our planet is fucked up in one single picture


National Geographic's Your Shot member John Goodman took this beautiful—and terrible—image north of Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles, California: "A lone surfer returns from the sea, bathed in the sodium light of an onshore industrial site." Two ways to understand Earth clashing in one perfect image.

I want to buy all these amazing retro-futuristic movie posters


Laurent Durieux is one of my favorite illustrators and designers ever. His re-imagined movie posters—recreated in an exquisite retro-futuristic style—are simply a true pleasure. I love to get lost in the fine detail and admire his perfect command of color and shading.

These beautiful underwater monsters will haunt your dreams tonight


These worms were collected by Alexander Semenov on various research expeditions, in locations like the Great Barrier Reef. I wonder how different—or similar—life could be under the oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa. If there's any life down there, that is.

Watching complete strangers kiss for the first time is really beautiful


Um, wow. I don't know if it's the song selection or because it's in black and white or the fact that everybody in this video is so attractive, but what started out as incredibly awkward—seeing two strangers meet each other and kiss—turned into something pretty damn beautiful.

These unbelievable monsters with seven legs are actually real frogs


Brandon Ballengée made these beautiful prints of "terminally deformed frogs found in nature" using a clearing and staining process. He then scanned the bodies with a high resolution scanner. The results are fascinating.

How to Design the Perfect Subway Map


Cameron Booth is a seasoned graphic designer. In his spare time he also, the web's finest emporium for bus maps, subway diagrams, train network maps and more. We're enormous fans of his site and wanted to pin him down on a subject that's close to our own hearts: what makes a good transit map?

Watch A Wall Of Hand-Drawn Pics Turn Into A Sweet Animation


Animation artist Caleb Wood recently took to the blank wall of Duluth's Prøve Gallery to free-hand a series of teensy drawings. The installation looks like bunch of quirky hieroglyphics until you see this awesome clip of them in motion and then—it's alive!

Amazing Satellite Image Cutouts Turn Infrastructure Into Intricate Art


Human civilization has littered the natural terrain with sprawling megastructures too big to be entirely seen from the ground. But when seen from above, isolated from their surroundings—as in the work of Jenny O'Dell—these vast tangles of organized chaos will wreak even more havoc on your sense of scale.

Ghostly Facades With No Buildings Behind Them


What lies behind facades? Nothing, at least in French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy's world. His ongoing series, Facades, depicts made-up towns where lone facades hide nothing, teetering on the edge of physics.

Take a Tour Through the Mother of All Airports


In a city of controversial historic buildings, Berlin's massive Tempelhof Airport is one of the most embattled. This aging, elegant behemoth served as a hub for the Nazis and, later, for the Berlin Air Lift. Now, it's the focus of major development plans—and PBS just got a look inside.

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