Art & Design
The pandemic, soaring cost of housing and environmental concerns are renewing interest in courtyard houses, albeit on a miniature scale.
Versailles has an image of lavish opulence under the Sun King, Louis XIV, but the palace also has a history of revolution and American ties.
Unglazed clay Yixing teapots hold within them hundreds of years of tradition and craftsmanship.
The American Southwest is the fastest growing region in the United States, but also the hottest and most arid.
The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan, is evidence of Japan's aesthetic balance of restrained simplicity and bursts of opulent grandeur.
The U.S. capital has more Roman-style architecture than almost any major city. We explore why.
For beautiful handmade pottery, there is no better place in the United States than Seagrove, North Carolina.
Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Ore., was built by artisans from the garden city of Suzhou, China, to demonstrate the basic elements of Chinese gardens.
Japan's annual cherry blossom season conveys a timely message of renewal, transience and death in a year of global tragedy.
China's most famous painting captured traditional life, the traces of which have survived into modern times.
We built a wooden box for a treasured hand-painted copy of China's most famous painting - Along the River During the Qingming Festival.
Millions of Christians will turn to the Bible this week to read the Christmas story in hundreds of languages.
Wrapping gifts beautifully can help take the edge off of social distancing during the holidays.
The global pandemic is transitioning us from touch to touchless technology.
The field of data-based infographics is helping the world see, understand and respond to the invisible threat of the pandemic.
The Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square, among America's most popular tourist destinations, are undergoing a major renovation.
Take a quick break and enjoy spectacular scenery on a boat trip down the Li River near Guilin, China.
Use sticker dots and an easy inventory app, Enough Stuff, to keep track of your food supplies, toiletries and other stuff of all kinds.
Sheltering at home has been accompanied by an outpouring of creativity that can help us cope with adversity and shape our future.
Paris' oldest church, Saint Germain des Prés, is emerging from layers of grime and soot as a meticulous restoration reveals its vibrant color.
Our calendar system evolved over thousands of years and is continuing to do so with electronic calendars and globalization.
Mary, the mother of Christ, may be the most prominent visual icon in the world. We explore her history.
Journaling is an eye- and heart-opening strategy that helps people sort out their lives and feelings and work out their problems.
The former palace, the world's largest museum, music video and fashion show venue, and global brand has never been more cool.
The Kimball Arts Festival in Park City, Utah, is a feast for art enthusiasts. Here are our favorites from this year's show.
Simple, legible, careful handwriting on beautiful paper seems old-fashioned in a digital era, but an iOS app developer counts it as one of his most useful tools.
Architect Kengo Kuma's village at the Portland Japanese Garden blends modern architecture with traditional Japanese design.
Japan's magnificent tradition of fine doll making is a miniature window into the nation's culture and history.
Mona Lisa has long been mysterious, not just because of her smile. But was mystery or realism her famous creator's object?
A moving monument and burial ground in Manhattan comemorates enslaved people who once made up more than a third of New York City.
A silversmith's pared down designs lend understated focus to a minimalist wardrobe and help simplify clothing for a busy lifestyle.
Apple's new iPad Pro has transformed personal organization and design. It's a combination command center and mobile design studio.
Why are those figurines in large nativity scenes dressed in European dresses and broad-brimmed hats instead of Biblical costumes?
Illuminated medieval manuscripts preserved culture and religious beliefs and set a foundation for book design and art styles.
Modernist architects admired Katsura Villa as the pinnacle of Japanese architecture and design. It is more complex than they thought.
To carve space for our office out of a larger living space, we built an arch and cabinets out of old reclaimed beams.
What makes a retreat restful and soul restoring? A former imperial retreat in Kyoto, Japan, gets retreat design just right.
Making a fireplace mantel from a reclaimed log requires mounting it so the supporting wall will bear its weight.
Imagine you're sitting in Los Angeles traffic on a hot day. Take a break and head for a cool green oasis - Suihoen Japanese Garden
The Volkswagen Beetle was among the most iconic designs of the 20th century because it was affordable, simple and cute.
Simplicity is a necessity for disabled people. The accessible design of some great products exemplifies this characteristic.
The Thoughtful House's round door has arrived and been installed. Our video and blog celebrate round architecture.
Arroyo Grande's signs are the handiwork of an extraordinary artist.
Carmel, California, demonstrates how design, planning and environmentalism can enhance a small town.