Before the days of Powerpoint and Prezi, employees at NASA would have to go about conveying their knowledge in a much more laborious way: chalk, board, and likely tears. It wasn’t all in vain, though; 1961 was the year that the first man–a Russian cosmonaut–entered space, and the United States was scrambling to catch up.
Anne Frank’s Amsterdam
The present-day haven for lighthearted excesses and leisure, Amsterdam in the 20th century was home to one of the most harrowing–and inspiring–tales of recent memory. In June 1942 the Frank family moved into a shop annex so as to avoid arrest and transfer to a concentration camp. It was there that 13 year old Anne Frank took to her journal, offering future readers a rare glimpse into the extraordinary heart and mind of a young girl trapped in the most tragic of circumstances. Blending the two together, the world-renown Anne Frank House has merged images of World War II-era photos (and the Frank family before they entrenched themselves in the attic) and present-day Amsterdam. The result is as chilling as it is reassuring. For more, head over to My Modern Met.
When designer Till Koenneker moved into a new apartment with no available storage, he conceived a brilliant solution: the Living Cube. One part living space and one part storage unit, the Living Cube provides ample room for clothes and entertainment storage while featuring space on top for a bedroom. The result is a beautifully constructed multi-functional, space-saving cube: