Art & Design

Renovating a Western Landmark

Renovating a Western Landmark

The Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square, among America's most popular tourist destinations, are undergoing a major renovation.

Inside a Chinese Painting

Inside a Chinese Painting

Take a quick break and enjoy spectacular scenery on a boat trip down the Li River near Guilin, China.

Inventory App and Sticker Dots

Inventory App and Sticker Dots

Use sticker dots and an easy inventory app, Enough Stuff, to keep track of your food supplies, toiletries and other stuff of all kinds.

Private Paradises Amid Adversity

Private Paradises Amid Adversity

Sheltering at home has been accompanied by an outpouring of creativity that can help us cope with adversity and shape our future.

Paris’s Oldest Church Restored

Paris’s Oldest Church Restored

Paris' oldest church, Saint Germain des Prés, is emerging from layers of grime and soot as a meticulous restoration reveals its vibrant color.

Calendars - The Way We Keep Time

Calendars - The Way We Keep Time

Our calendar system evolved over thousands of years and is continuing to do so with electronic calendars and globalization.

Portraits of Mary

Portraits of Mary

Mary, the mother of Christ, may be the most prominent visual icon in the world. We explore her history.

Journal Strokes for Different Folks

Journal Strokes for Different Folks

Journaling is an eye- and heart-opening strategy that helps people sort out their lives and feelings and work out their problems.

What is the Louvre?

What is the Louvre?

The former palace, the world's largest museum, music video and fashion show venue, and global brand has never been more cool.

Park City’s  Kimball Arts Festival

Park City’s Kimball Arts Festival

The Kimball Arts Festival in Park City, Utah, is a feast for art enthusiasts. Here are our favorites from this year's show.

Hand Typing

Hand Typing

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.

Japanese Design Past and Present

Japanese Design Past and Present

Architect Kengo Kuma's village at the Portland Japanese Garden blends modern architecture with traditional Japanese design.

Dolls with Souls

Dolls with Souls

Japan's magnificent tradition of fine doll making is a miniature window into the nation's culture and history.

The Many Layers of Mona Lisa

The Many Layers of Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa has long been mysterious, not just because of her smile. But was mystery or realism her famous creator's object?

 Memorial to Once-Forgotten People

Memorial to Once-Forgotten People

A moving monument and burial ground in Manhattan comemorates enslaved people who once made up more than a third of New York City.

Minimalist Jewelry with Meaning

Minimalist Jewelry with Meaning

A silversmith's pared down designs lend understated focus to a minimalist wardrobe and help simplify clothing for a busy lifestyle.

New iPad Pro is a Game Changer

New iPad Pro is a Game Changer

Apple's new iPad Pro has transformed personal organization and design. It's a combination command center and mobile design studio.

Non-biblical Nativity Figures

Non-biblical Nativity Figures

Why are those figurines in large nativity scenes dressed in European dresses and broad-brimmed hats instead of Biblical costumes?

Illuminated Manuscripts

Illuminated Manuscripts

Illuminated medieval manuscripts preserved culture and religious beliefs and set a foundation for book design and art styles.

Katsura Villa’s Enigmatic Design

Katsura Villa’s Enigmatic Design

Modernist architects admired Katsura Villa as the pinnacle of Japanese architecture and design. It is more complex than they thought.

Building an Arch and Cabinets

Building an Arch and Cabinets

To carve space for our office out of a larger living space, we built an arch and cabinets out of old reclaimed beams.

Retreat by Design

Retreat by Design

What makes a retreat restful and soul restoring? A former imperial retreat in Kyoto, Japan, gets retreat design just right.

Mantel from Reclaimed Wood

Mantel from Reclaimed Wood

Making a fireplace mantel from a reclaimed log requires mounting it so the supporting wall will bear its weight.

Elements of a Japanese Garden

Elements of a Japanese Garden

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

Herbie rides again ... and again

Herbie rides again ... and again

The Volkswagen Beetle was among the most iconic designs of the 20th century because it was affordable, simple and cute.

When Simplicity is a Necessity

When Simplicity is a Necessity

Simplicity is a necessity for disabled people. The accessible design of some great products exemplifies this characteristic.

The Round Door Arrives

The Round Door Arrives

The Thoughtful House's round door has arrived and been installed. Our video and blog celebrate round architecture.

Arroyo Grande’s Amazing Signs

Arroyo Grande’s Amazing Signs

Arroyo Grande's signs are the handiwork of an extraordinary artist.

Why Isn’t Every Town Like Carmel?

Why Isn’t Every Town Like Carmel?

Carmel, California, demonstrates how design, planning and environmentalism can enhance a small town.