1. Haute Couture from the village of Goor in the Caucasus Mountains
Found on Tumblr.
2. This perfect Belle Epoque Mansion in the Loire Valley for Sale
3. These Art Nouveau prints by French painter Georges de Feure
Found on Gods and Foolish Grandeur.
4. An antique 1870s Cashmere Shawl that’s also a map of Kashmir.
Found on Maps on the web (zoom in).
5. Saul Bass’s Movie Posters
6. The graphic designer who made computers user-friendly
Susan Kare designed the distinctive icons, typefaces, and other graphic elements that gave the Apple Macintosh its characteristic—and widely emulated—look and feel.
In 1982, Kare was welding a life-sized razorback hog sculpture commissioned by an Arkansas museum when she received a phone call from high school friend Andy Hertzfeld, who was working at Apple. In exchange for an Apple II computer, he solicited her to hand-draw a few icons and font elements to inspire the upcoming Macintosh computer. However, she had no experience in computer graphics and “didn’t know the first thing about designing a typeface” or pixel art, so she drew heavily upon her fine art experience in mosaics, needlepoint, and pointillism. Compelled to actually join the team for a fixed-length part-time job, she was hired and, as the only graphic designer on a team of programmers, she designed interface elements and typefaces for the first Apple Macintosh personal computer from 1983 to 1986. These fonts, icons, and images are now ubiquitous within modern iconography.
Found on Wikipedia.
7. How One Collector Uncovers Graphic Gems Via Discarded High School Yearbooks
The best collections are those that inspire us, help us see the world in a different light, and make us wonder, “What ever happened to my high school yearbooks?” At least that’s the case with the collection belonging to Veronica Kraus. Currently, the Minneapolis-based art director/designer shares the graphic gems she finds on her Instagram account High School High. “I’m always seeking new and varied forms of visual inspiration to keep my perspective fresh, and vintage yearbooks have been a huge part of that.”
8. The dying whistled language of the Hmong people in northern Laos
9. A First-Timer’s Guide to Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s Theme Park in the Smokies
As Tennessee’s top ticketed attraction, the 160-acre park—famed for its seasonal decorations—draws 3 million visitors a year. Here’s how to be the smartest among them.
10. A Reminder that Barbra Streisand has a Mall in her Basement
“Instead of just storing my things in the basement, I can make a street of shops and display them,” Streisand says.
The mall at her Malibu home includes a doll shop, a costume shop and candy store where she serves guests ice cream. Ryan Murphy spoke of the time he had dinner with Lady Gaga at Streisand’s home.
“We had dinner with Barbra and Jim, and Kelly [Preston] and John [Travolta], and Gaga and I. That’s all the people who were invited. And after dinner, she said, ‘Do you want to see the mall?’ And Gaga and I were out of that chair so fast … We went down to the mall and spent an hour down there. She pulled out her collection of gowns from Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly! And then she said, ‘Do you want frozen yogurt?’ I could write a whole book about that night.”
11. A teracotta penis-shaped perfume vessel in the Met Museum collections
They were used to store perfumed oils, presumably of an erotic or medicinal nature. This vase is the product of an East Greek workshop, probably on Rhodes. You can only imagine a 6th century Greek potter, painstakingly painted every last pubic hair. One has so many questions.
Found on The Met.
12. Storehouses, in the Samo culture of Burkina Faso
Photographed in the 1970s, by Jan Broekhuijse, found on Wikipedia Commons.
13. This Antique French Safe circa 1830