Your light-up reindeer and snowman are visible from space—sort of. During the holiday season, NASA reports that lights shine 20 to 50% brighter in major US cities. Lights are also brighter in the Middle East during Ramadan, where there's a 60 to 100% increase in visible light.
Holiday travel is exhausting. IKEA set up a temporary showroom at Beijing Airport's Terminal 3 to let passengers catch some zzz's between flights. The area includes two bedrooms, two living rooms and a children’s room, perfect for an airport that's infamous for delays.
Boeing is doing some upcycling. The airline manufacturer is selling vintage airplane parts repurposed as furniture. The parts are collected from retired airplanes, cleaned, and finished before being sold. We think the designs look a little familiar, though.
Why is Habitat for Humanity building fewer homes these days? In short, the cost of land. The nonprofit finds itself renovating more properties, especially with the abundance of foreclosures available in metro areas like Detroit. And while it's not much less expensive, it's a way to bring life back to blighted neighborhoods.
Nearly 8 million vinyl records were sold this year, up 49% from last year. Yet just one company supplies an estimated 90% of the raw vinyl that the industry needs, and the few factories that still press records are struggling to keep up.
What if some of history's most influential leaders were hipsters? Illustrator Amit Shimoni created Hipstory, a series of portraits portraying JFK, Margaret Thatcher, Lenin, Ghandi, and more styled as today's urban bohemian.
Prop stylist Gözde Eker and photographer Justin Bettman create elaborate domestic scenes using found furniture and objects. The Brooklyn-based artists have been staging these rooms since the fall, spraying finds for bedbugs, and arranging the set early in the morning.
This former 45-room hotel is now a single family home. Featured on HGTV's "You Live in What?," Anthony & Donna Sylvester transformed the turn-of-the-century building by knocking down many of the walls, but keeping original details like the floors and the brick pillars used for running heating pipes.
If you were in Moscow last week, you could enjoy the latest releases all snuggled up: IKEA replaced the stadium seating at a new movie theater with bedroom sets for an ad campaign. Sadly, yesterday was the last day, and the theater is returning to normal.