It's almost Caturday, and we've got the ultimate dream team to tide you over: here's a cat and chick doing the interspecies friend thing perfectly, by napping together in the cutest way possible. That little yellow puff is the adorable butt of a chick who decided he needs to sleep under Oscar the cat's chin.
Located in London, the Bailey Water Tower was built in 1900 in the Arts and Crafts style. Decomissioned in 1960, the tower has recently taken on a second life as a luxurious single family home with a totally unique structure and great views of the city. There are seven floors to the tower including a mezzanine which serves as a home office, and the original stone staircase remains, and has been installed with LED lighting. All the floors are connected by a new lift system and main stairs. For sale here.
In collaboration with metalwork firm Kobayashi Kogyo, Japanese design studio Nendo has created 'Sekki,' this three-piece cutlery set that is the most lovely example of 'flatware' ever to grace the modern kitchen. The irregular contours of the highly polished silver service are a nod to the tools of the prehistoric man, crudely made from flint. Concave regions were sandblasted to appear matte, and the rest highly polished to the point of looking like a mirrored surface, for complementary aesthetics.
Master arts-and-craftsman Jane Perkins is the 're-maker' behind these recreations of paintings by the Old Masters, as well as photographs of figures from history and pop culture. The artist carefully recreates these classic, and more contemporary works using "anything of the right size, shape or colour: toys, shells, buttons, beads, jewellery, curtain hooks, springs etc. No colour is added - everything is used exactly 'as found'." Fittingly, Perkins draws inspiration from the Impressionists, who created paintings that must be viewed at a distance to get the full effect. For instance, writes Perkins: Van Gogh painted 17 different versions of his Sunflowers in varying compositions and with different coloured backgrounds. I have made several versions of Sunflowers and Mona Lisa - each one is unique, according to the materials found at the time.
Happy Turtlesday! A kindhearted tortoiseshell helps his capsized friend get his bearings straight in this adorable video on basic friendship. As Michael Bolton sang, "It's better to be a slow buddy than no buddy at all."
Close readers of Notes on the Road may remember Lev Zhurbin from his interview with the magazine here, in which he discussed his origins as a composer, his creative process, and his band, Lev Zhurbin and the Kontraband, pictured above. Now, the composer and his group are back with a pretty big new project: an album, tour, and sing-a-long series that can only happen if fellow music lovers like you support the campaign on Kickstarter. In recent years, the advent of social outlets like Kickstarter have allowed musicians and their fans to interact with one another directly, which means that supporting creativity has never been easier or more rewarding. As always, you can donate at a few different levels and each comes with an increased appreciation package, starting with the $10 pledge which will give you downloadable access to the album, two weeks before official release. Find out more about Lev's campaign on Kickstarter, and give a try the sing-a-long video made for you, below!
Juan Carlos Ramos designed Pyramid House for an architectural design competition, and combines a modern aesthetic with rightfully classic geometry. The result is this weather-resistant, sun-inviting dwelling for some lucky and super futuristic family. The design includes two bedroms, a library, balcony, and even a recording studio.
Is there anything LEGOs can't do? The building blocks of all our childhoods takes on the quintessential French restaurant, complete with an elegant kitchen, and an apartment above the restaurant to live in (with a murphy bed!) The third floor includes an artist's studio, for a building full of creative types, of course. The full set is comprised of 2469 pieces, including a gentleman about to propose to his girlfriend.
Photographer Jaime Moore celebrates Emma, her adorable five year-old daughter, and some of the legendary women of American history in this special dress-up series that purposely challenges the princess-ing behind traditional girly dress-up. As Moore notes, though none of us are immune to the pull of the Disney princess, we shouldn't forget the real women who made history for being smart, successful, and awesome, rather than pretty and proper.
Rohan Chhabra aims to create a 'disturbing experience that moves from aesthetics to moral reflection' in this series of hunting jackets modeled into some of the world's most endangered species, particularly due to the inhumane practice of poaching. Chhabra's hunting jackets are shaped into the rhino, the tiger, the mountain gorilla, the Asian elephant and the Saiga antelope, some of the most sought-after species, that face extinction because of mankind.
Originally designed to be a futuristic prototype, the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal was fully functional, and even driven by Princess Grace and and Prince Rainier III during Monaco's Formula 1 Grand Prix during the same year. Named after a breed of bulls bred for bullfighting, the Marzal is designed to be extreme in all aspects: sharp, sleek lines all over, with transparent doors that open like wings. Like a haute couture show, the concept car was designed to inspire future generations of more marketable and attractive luxury cars.