Beauty, Design, Smart Ideas.

Sometimes a design is so striking, so original that it just “is”, something immediately obvious and crucial all at once. This gorgeous Ribbon Chapel is just that. Pure and simple, yet undoubtedly complex in its planning and construction. The entrance pathway seamlessly swoops up to become the walls and structure of the chapel, culminating with a stunning observatory on top. Located on a beautiful little hill in Hiroshima overlooking the inland Sea of Japan, Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP have created a lovely addition to the area. Great work.
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German artist Tanja Brandt has an amazing documentation of Ingo the dog and Poldi the owl, who are the best of friends. Probably some of the most unlikely of friends, these two love each other’s company, and their companionship should buoy the spirits of those needing a lift. Via MyModernMet:

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The New York Times has a great series of images on their blog The Upshot called What Does 2,000 Calories Look Like? In it they have a collection of meals that all equal around 2,000 calories, which is the general recommended daily caloric intake. It’s a colorful journey, and the story culminates with the well-known fact that cooking at home is generally much healthier, and your plate can be a lot fuller.

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Now, I rarely use the term “foodscape” in a sentence, but if I did, these particular foodscapes would still be notable. Created by artist Carl Warner, these surreal scenes are made entirely from food, and they’re so convincing that I don’t know whether to dive into the salmon sea or chomp on a celery tree. Via TwistedSifter:

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Using a technological process that filters artificial light through an ‘atmosphere’ that resembles Earth’s own atmosphere, the CoeLux produces a light that is convincingly real. The uses for this type of light are nearly limitless, and you can imagine a basement space being bathed in light that feels like a sunny day. We’re excited by the prospect of places like hospitals using attractive lighting solutions like the CoeLux. Via Colossal:

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