Magnificent Bookstore with a 19th Century Interior Opens in Romania

If you are a book lover, than this beautiful bookstore is the place to fall in love. Cărtureşti Carusel (“The Carousel of Light”) is a new store opening in the center of Bucharest. Built inside the cavernous interior of a 19th century building, the entire space features ornately detailed columns, stairways and balconies. With everything painted a brilliant white, its name is perfectly fitting.

Share:

James Dyson’s ‘Impossible’ Uphill Fountain

You probably know the name James Dyson because of his unusual cyclone vacuum cleaners or his seemingly impossible bladeless fans, but you probably didn’t know the famed industrial designer also built a fountain. For the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show way back in 2003, he created an M.C. Escher inspired fountain that looks like it convinced water to flow impossibly uphill. The reason we write about it here is because its trick is decidedly clever. How did he do it?

Share:

Pee Wee Herman is Coming Back in a New Movie Produced by Netflix!

If you grew up in 1980s America, there’s a good chance you saw an episode or two (or forty five) of the wild TV show, Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Hosted by actor Paul Reubens, (aka “Pee Wee Herman”) there were a myriad of bizarre friends and guests who would visit his funky playhouse. There was Chairry the talking armchair, Jambi the genie, and a bohemian animal jazz band just to name a few. Now it has been officially announced that Netflix will be releasing a new movie with Pee Wee called “Pee Wee’s Big Holiday.”

Share:

Your Favorite Car Brand Histories, Illustrated With Just the Front Grill

If you’re anything like most car aficionados, you can name a car’s year and make just from a tail light or bumper. Chicago-based architect and designer Jerome Daksiewicz of NOMO is playing off that wheeled obsession with a series of 4 screen printed posters featuring only the front grill, bumper and headlights of iconic cars from the beginning of automotive history up to the modern day.

Share:

More Mind-Bending Photo Manipulations from Erik Johansson

The world is not as it seems in Erik Johansson’s mind-bending photograph manipulations (featured previously). Here is a world where mirrored ‘M.C. Escher stairways’ really exist, where land flows like water, and where small towns float on the sea in glass bottles. Each illustration is a detailed masterpiece to behold.

Share:

Vanity Fair Instagrams Their Sexy, Sophisticated A-Lister Academy Awards Photo Shoot

The red carpet isn’t the only place A-List celebrities posed for photographs yesterday at the 87th Academy Awards. World-class photographer Mark Seliger invited them to commemorate the night in Vanity Fair’s classy portrait studio. With vintage furniture, checkered floors, and dim lighting, the famous faces in their designer duds bring light to the images, for a star-studded sophisticated series.

Share:

Charting the Downs and Ups of US Income Inequality

NPR recently released an interactive chart which clearly demonstrates the growing US income inequality over the last 100 years. But what it shows best is the two major trends the century has followed.

The scatter plot charts average income for the bottom 90% of earners on one axis, and the average income for the top 1% on the other. (For comparison purposes all figures are inflation adjusted to 2012 dollars)

Share:

Architectural Typography Animated with Miniature People

For design lovers, it doesn’t get better than this. German creative firm Deepblue Networks just worked with illustrator and graphic designer Florian Schommer on a promotional campaign which hits just about all the right spots. They’ve combined bizarre architecture, animated GIFs, typography and even logo design into just one project. Here are 8 animated illustrations, each realized as a towering building in the form of one letter in the name ‘DEEPBLUE’.

Share:

The Majestic Beauty of Tent Camping Around Europe

Polish mountain photographer Karol Nienartowicz has spent the last 6 years traveling throughout Europe. Rather than just capture the beautiful scenery of the majestic, remote mountains she gave us a peek into what it was like camping there. Every picture is like a Where’s Waldo hunt to discover her tent. Braving the snow and the cold, the views up there show why it’s worth every minute.

Share:

Man Hits The Thrift Store Jackpot When He Purchased A Rare Watch For $5.99

Macklemore isn’t the only one who enjoys poppin’ tags at the thrift shop. It was a lucky day when vintage watch fan Zach Norris walked into a Phoenix Goodwill store. He dug through the basket of dead battery Fossil watches and saw a label on a dial watch that caught his eye. It was a Jaeger LeCoultre watch marked at just $5.99. He knew it would be worth a lot more than that but how much more came as a surprise. The watch was a rare diving watch from 1959 of which less than 1,000 were made. Norris sold it on Hodinkee.com to a San Francisco watch collector for $35,000 plus an Omega Speedmaster (valued at $4,000).

Share: