This vacant-eyed little boy, known as 'The Writer,' was built in the 1770s, by Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz and his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot. Not only is the boy delightfully creepy in the way that only porcelain dolls can be, but the 6,000-component child is considered one of the world's very first computers, and inside the boy is a detailed, incredibly intricate, programmable writing machine. How cool is that?
La Gazelle D’Or is a luxury retreat in Morocco that spans more than 250 acres and is "neither a hotel nor a 'guest house.' The goal of the indulgent resort is to make the rest of the world seem a million miles away, while you relax, take in the lush greenery and botanical splendor, enjoy the gorgeous architecture, ride horses, take long strolls, play tennis, swim, or just lay out in the sun. Whatever you feel like doing to relax, La Gazelle has probably got it covered.
You really have to put your book smarts to the test with the 'Balance' bookshelf designed by Brooklyn-based creator Chris Cush. As you can see, it's a simple concept inspired by the weighing scale, and it visually measures how much you've been reading lately. You can buy it on Cush's Etsy page (link below), along with some other cool designs for your home. Could you handle it?
The ridiculous monologues and non-sequitors of legendary British comedian Eddie Izzard get retold in a series of LEGO reenactments that somehow perfectly fit Izzard's stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling. For those less familiar with his work, you may still recognize Izzard from films like Mystery Men, Velvet Goldmine, Across the Universe, and many others. Below, some of the best LEGO-fied bits of Eddie's stand-up.
In the middle of Torres del Paine National Park, EcoCamp Patagonia is a luxury resort with a focus on sustainable accomodations and green technology. By day, visitors enjoy lush guided hikes through the forest, and meals prepared by an award-winning chef. Best of all, the gorgeous clear domes allow visitors to stargaze as they fall asleep.
Cuban-born artist Elsa Mora cuts these lovely figures using just paper and glue, and some very nimble hands. Mora sells her creations via her own online shop and via Etsy (links below). Her work will be featured soon in the 'About Paper' exhibition at the Courturier Gallery in Los Angeles, beginning December 7.
People stop on a bridge over the river Garry to view the autumn scene near Killiecrankie, Scotland Oct. 28. (Russell Cheyne/Reuters)
It snowed this morning in New York, so we'd better get these pictures out to you before it's too late. Compiled by The Boston Globe, here are some of the best and most beautiful photographs of the autumn season, 2013, with the brightest and crunchiest foliage you could imagine. Whether your idea of the perfect fall day is somewhere in upstate New York, or a quick getaway to the mountains of Aspen before the snow, these gorgeous shots will put you right in the mood for apple cider and a scenic stroll through the woods that includes a lot of jumping into leaves.
The Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa, Switzerland was designed by Carlo Rampazzi, with ski bunnies and lovers of luxe travel. The elegant hotel features individually decorated rooms with a touch of sixties mod design, and sprawling, vintage-inspired lobbies and dining rooms. It feels a little like The Overlook Hotel, in a good way, with lots more sunlight than spookiness.
Designed by Dialoguemethod for Korean furniture company MUNITO, the CRANE lamp is all about simplicity and functionality. Minimally adorned, the wooden structure uses bolts and wingnuts for easy home assembly, accompanied by a colorful cord that helps balance and support the tall lamp.
Photographer Visarute Angkatavanich took these incredible shots of Siamese fighting fish, or betta. Lit in clear water, Angkatavanich is able to highlight the incredible mobility and fluidity of each fish, almost as though they're participating in a gorgeous underwater ballet.
Happy Sundog! These amazing photos come to you from photographer Carlie Davidson, who devoted an entire book, and hilarious video, to super jowly puppies, shaking off water in slow motion. It's hysterical, and the way these dogs contort their faces each split second is just beyond words. Enjoy, and share this video with puppy lovers everywhere!
This weekend is all about lentils: a super food from the legume family that is both light and unassuming enough to absorb tons of heat and spices, and filling enough to add a lot of dimension to any of your winter soups and stews. Lentils feature heavily in South Asian, West Asian, and Mediterranean cuisine, and that means you have a lot of flavor profiles to choose from. Best of all, lentils are incredibly inexpensive, which means you can get a whole lot of food for very little.