Meet “Cloud”, A Speaker And Lamp That Looks Exactly Like A Thundercloud

Don’t come home to escape the storm? Then this lamp is just for you. Made by Richard Clarkson Studio, the lamp-speaker combo features a motion detector that triggers thunder and lightning the minute you walk into the room. Moody and broody types, rejoice!

6 Of The Most Amazing Pools On The Planet

From kiddie wading pools to Olympic competition aquatic centers, swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve ever spent time at an upscale resort, you are already aware that a fabulous pool can make you feel like you’re in the lap of luxury. Here are six examples of some of the world’s most amazing and extravagant pools -complete with breathtaking views.

Amazing Pools: Marina Bay Sands

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXVIII

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Architects Envision A 21st Century “Himalayas”

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At a juncture when it seems that humankind is at odds with nature (and losing), a vision like the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center offers a much less antagonistic vision of that relationship. MAD architects debuted the modern day Himalayas at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, readily presenting the ethos of shanshui, or the achieved spiritual harmony between nature and humanity. In their 560,000 square meter space, manmade structures and their waterfall and rainwater-filled interiors complement nature; they don’t necessarily take away from it. Read more about the metropolis’ specs at Design Boom.

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What Remains Of The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

Chicago Fair Ticket

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Up to the moment that the Chicago World’s Fair opened to the public on May 1, 1893, crews scrambled to replant landscaping that had been washed away in a torrential rain storm. Puddles drowned the newly sodded lawns and some paint was still wet, but to the eyes of that day’s fairgoers, it was nothing short of a photo finish. The few remaining pieces of the Fair dazzle today’s viewers just like they did over a century ago.

Rather than a simple map, enjoy UCLA’s three-dimensional recreation of the Fair:

In the nineteenth century, cities were filthy places. Factory pollution and dust clogged the air. So when fairgoers were greeted by the glimmering Court of Honor, nicknamed the White City, it seemed like they had been transported to another world. Overseeing the Fair’s design and construction, Daniel Burnham had the huge neoclassical buildings coated in soft white paint so that they would “glow” in the sunlight.

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