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Incorporating the terrain of the surrounding landscape and creating apertures to take in the sky and the sea, the radical architect Antti Lovag introduced the world to his concrete Bubble House concept in the 1970s. Now, Lovag’s first residential project, Maison Bernard completed in 1971 in the South of France, is open to the public after a five year renovation overseen by the architect Odile Decq.
—Linyee Yuan, managing editor
David Hockney Paints Yosemite—on an iPad
Hockney’s at it again. This time the 78-year-old painter, printmaker and photographer takes on Yosemite, depicting glorious landscapes using an iPad screen as his canvas. I enjoyed this coverage of his latest series, “The Yosemite Suite,” currently on view at Pace Gallery, by Erica Bellman for the New York Times Style Magazine.
—Carly Ayres, columnist, In the Details
In a stroke of branding genius, a Burger King in Helsinki has opened an in-store sauna for your dining pleasure. Designed by Teuvo Loman, the sauna has room for 15 patrons who can order their Whoppers in the most traditional of Finnish settings.
—Rebecca Veit, columnist, Designing Women
The Most Expensive Home Listing in Every State 2016
Today I’m reading—and drooling over the photos in—Forbes’ roundup of the best residences from each of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C. It’s amazing to see what you get for your money in each region. I instinctively scrolled down first to the New York listing, which I found both obscenely priced and stylistically unappealing. Out of all of the listings, my absolute favorite was Colorado. I only need to come up with $ 80 million and that property could be mine.
—Rain Noe, senior editor
Brag to the Future
An entertaining piece scanning the incredibly long history of time capsules and their inevitable awkwardness, also showing how the ephemeral objects within reveal some fascinating human tendencies that transcend fleeting cultural moments. This hilarious passage about sums it up: “‘One of the functions of time capsules is glorified advertisement or boasting,’ says [librarian William] Jarvis. To ensure their brag sheets’ longevity, the Assyrian kings ended messages by asking future finders to hype up their accomplishments, like an old-school reblog request. Many courted populist cred: In what Jarvis describes as an early PR move, Mesopotamian time capsules found hidden in walls specifically mention the high wages of the wall-builders.”
—Allison Fonder, community manager
The Questions Each State Googles More Than Any Other State
Sometimes weird, sometimes sad, but consistently hilarious, this map documents the questions each state googles more often than any other state (scroll down to see the list of runners-up).
—Alexandra Alexa, editorial assistant
Could you use some more color today? Or more fun texture? Or a reminder that if you’d gone into law you could be filling your house with sumptuous international art by now? Might be time for a refresher on Faig Ahmed‘s beautiful, twisted take on traditional Azerbaijani rugs.
—Kat Bauman, contributing writer