A list of intriguing things
Since we missed out on giving your weekly dose of quirky, delightful things in the world on Tuesday…
One: Here’s a fun alternative to slaving over houseplants that inevitably die on you. The Lego Botanical Collection! Started as a hobby by company designers to add some joy to their workplace, this is an assortment of eight different sets of blossoms and potted plants. They look way cooler than fake flowers—and more grown-up than, say, that Star Wars cruiser you bought your inner kid:) According to Lego, each plant has a special meaning—and is appropriate for a specific occasion. Like this awesome collection of succulents or the lovely little bonsai tree in the lead image above. Maybe something to put on your Christmas wishlist for your cousin in Amreeka?
Two: The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis recently unveiled its corporate campus—which had been off limits to the public for nearly three decades. The 2001 project to transform an industrial site into “a campus of knowledge and innovation” has birthed a secret city—with buildings designed by the leading architects in the world—including David Chipperfield, Fumihiko Maki and Rafael Moneo. This one, for example, by Frank Gehry—Fabrikstrasse 15—resembles a large sculpture—and is simply gorgeous when lit up at night. (Forbes)
Three: Have you tried the Literature Clock? Just click right here—to get a fabulous literary quote from books published across centuries—for the exact minute it is right now. We sometimes entertain ourselves just watching it change from one minute to the next. And yes, there is an offline Author Clock that can sit on your bedside table and do the same.