The Curious Youtubers Building Fantasy Pools and Secret Temples By Hand

Youtube can be a weird and wonderful place. There's the Oposom lady of course (the undisputed queen of Youtube in our opinion), the folk singing Kardashians of Eastern Europe and a guy who will take us around dead malls and motels on our lunch break – unless you prefer to watch I … | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

Madame Mori, Haute Couture’s Real Madame Butterfly

European fashion designers have been inspired by Japan since it open its borders for trade in 1853. But while the art coming out of Japan was often appreciated and admired, the asian artists themselves have not always been welcomed with such open arms. One example of this admirat … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The Ruins Of A Swinging Seventies Spa That Kept A Siberian Tiger Behind The Bar

© Rob Yasinsac, Hudson Valley RuinsAbout a half hour north of Manhattan is a curious ruin: a giant, circular concrete drum resting on a narrow concrete plinth, and wrapped with floor to ceiling windows, most of them broken. More concrete can be found in the futuristic looking ram … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

It Took an African Princess to become the First Black Flight Attendant, but Diversity in Aviation Has Yet to Take Flight

© Bettmann/Getty ImagesIn HBO’s hit series, The Flight Attendant, actress Kaley Cuoco does a sterling job of portraying how many of us would typically draw a flight attendant if we were asked to. Slim build, check. Perfectly highlighted blonde hair swept immaculately into a chign … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DLIII)

1. Bill Gates' MugshotIn 1977 Bill Gates was arrested for driving without a license and not stopping at a stop sign. Found on Reddit. 2. This Perfect Little Cottage for Rent in the French AlpsFound on Airbnb. 3. Documenting the toilets of the Alps | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Before Pantone, there was a 19th Century Colour Dictionary for Nature’s Poetry

Werner's Nomenclature of Colours, first published in 1814 by Patrick Syme, housed in the Natural History Museum Library’s Special Collections © Farrow & Ball"Streak from the eye of the kingfisher" for a buff orange. "Flower of deadly nightshade" for a brownish purple red. "Decaye … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Donna Summer is the Overlooked Style Icon that We Need to Get our Sparkle Back

The late, great Donna Summer was so much more than a disco queen. Did you know she was a painter too? But we'll get to that in a moment. Donna began her musical career in high school in the late 1960s when she became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow. At the a … | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Dream Apartment Du Jour: Meet the Tenant

During the lockdowns of the past year, it's been all about nesting (and investing) in our homes. Serving as both our workplaces and sanctuaries, as well as our private entertainment spaces, apartment Feng shui has become top priority next to staying healthy. One of the most re-po … | Continue reading | 9 days ago

There’s No Place Quite like that Big Empty Mansion sitting on a Hilltop outside NYC

© Luke J SpencerYou can tell a lot about William Boyce Thompson by walking through the magical garden he left behind nearly a hundred years ago. Meticulously sculpted and adorned with archaeological treasures at every turn, you’ll find sunken swimming pools lined with blue Roman … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DLII)

1. This used to be the richest silver mine in the worldSilver Islet refers to both a small rocky island and a small community located at the tip of the Sibley Peninsula in northwestern Ontario, Canada. A rich vein of pure silver was discovered on this small island in 1868 by the … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Meet the London Club Kids Who Made Punk Go Pop

The Blitz KidsSex, drugs and lots of black eyeliner. Just a regular Tuesday night at the Blitz Club. At the turn of the 1980s, London’s teenage squatters, outcast art school kids and disillusioned punks all descended on a barren Covent Garden in search of a good night out. By sim … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

“Now that, is an Episode of the Kardashians We’d Watch” can imagine them in a Wes Anderson movie too – Owen Wilson is being chased by a sheep and the camera pans over to Trio Mandili, a Georgian musical group of three young women who sing folk songs polyphonically, accompanied by a tradit … | Continue reading | 15 days ago

All Aboard Tito’s Train: A Dictator’s Time Capsule of Luxury Travel

© Serbia Film Commission In today's internet rabbit hole adventure, I ventured far from home and ended up on a Serbian website for filming locations. To my surprise, one of the locations for hire just so happened to be an ex-dictator's private luxury train. Sitting in a rather ru … | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Cape Town’s Lost District, through the Eyes of its Transgender Darling

The Daughter of District Six, Kewpie and friends © Kewpie Collection, GALA Queer ArchiveOnce upon a time, at the southernmost tip of Africa, nestled in a hollow between the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and slopes of Table Mountain lived an awesome bourgeoning community of thespia … | Continue reading | 17 days ago

All Aboard Tito’s Train: A Dictator’s Time Capsule of Luxury Travel

© Serbia Film Commission In today's internet rabbit hole adventure, I ventured far from home and ended up on a Serbian website for filming locations. To my surprise, one of the locations for hire just so happened to be an ex-dictator's private luxury train. Sitting in a rather ru … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DLII)

1. Paris Dead EndsParis has over 600 dead end streets. Photographer Karin Borghouts began photographing the pedestrian streets of Paris in 2011. Her Paris Impasse photo book shows more than 200 dead ends, from the 1st to the 20th arrondissements. The photos offer | Continue reading | 18 days ago

The Town that Hemingway Watched Die

© Antonio AleluIn the most arid part of Aragon, a northeast state of Spain, a ghost town with an unusual history waits to be explored. In a country full of vibrant traditions and an active monarchy, a small ruined city may seem unworthy of a place on the itinerary, but Belchite's … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

The Greatest Open Air (and floating) Show on Earth

La Boheme, 2002Our return to the world of theatre can't come soon enough, but there is one stage in particular that should be right up there on your bucket list. The Bregenz Festival is home to the world's largest floating stage, built in epic proportions since 1946 on Lake Const … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

When Cats, Peaches, Lunch (and Letters) were Mailed Beneath the Streets of NYC

For over 50 years, a 27-mile network of pneumatic tubes provided upwards of a third of New York City’s mail. Nowadays, speed is the name of the game, whether its technology constantly increasing the speed of digital communication or Amazon delivering goods at record rates. But 10 … | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Following the Ghost of Modigliani’s Muse

Jeanne HébuterneJeanne was sixteen when she fell for Modigliani – the sexiest man in Montparnasse, fourteen years her senior. She conducted their relationship in secret, breezing back and forth from Modigliani’s studio to her parents’ apartment near the Place de la Contrescarpe. … | Continue reading | 24 days ago

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DLI)

1. Fran Lebowitz & Iman for French Vogue, 1983Photographed by Antony Armstrong Jones and styled by Andre Leon Talley. Found on Tumblr. 2. Russia’s Lost crown jewels of the Imperial FamilyCollected during the Romanov dynasty, beginning with the reign of Peter the Great, pe | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Here’s what it’s really like to “Vacation” in Chernobyl

Look online and the Hotel Desyatka appears on booking sites like most other hotels. A quick Google search will tell you that it consists of, “Basic lodging on leafy grounds, offering a cozy restaurant/pub, plus free parking and breakfast.” There’s even a Trip Advisor entry comple … | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Curiosity du Jour: Antique Intaglio Seals

Rare Antique Masonic Six Day Intaglio Wax Seal WheelWhen we stopped writing letters, it wasn't just our penmanship that went down the toilet, but the entire art of letter-writing, and all the romance and ceremony that came with it. Arguably the loveliest victim to have disappeare … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Cape Town’s Vanishing Red Coke Dens

© Cécile PaulGiven you’re a determined adventurer, should you find yourself in Cape Town, we figured you might be interested in stepping off the beaten track on a quest to find a slice of kitschy nostalgia. In one of the oldest suburbs of the city (and becoming the hippest), we'r … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

A Brief Compendium of Historical Maximalism

Marie-Desiree Bourgoin - Sarah Bernhardt Sculpting in Her StudioThis is a case for "more is more", masterfully argued by the brushstrokes of history's finest interiors artists. Before we had glossy decor magazines to pour over, we had a pictorial genre known as interior portraitu … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Place Where World War One Planes Still Fly

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome © JJambienWander through the quaint, old fashioned town of Rhinebeck in New York’s Hudson Valley, and you may feel as though you’ve stepped back to another era. Especially when you look up into the sky: for its quite common to see vintage airplanes cir … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DXLIX)

1. Queen Victoria's Boer War chocolate found in atticA 121-year-old chocolate bar that was given to British troops to boost morale during the Boer Wars in South Africa has been discovered in the attic of a National Trust property.The chocolate, still in its original wrapper and t | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Hidden Under a Chicken Coop: The “Louvre” of Wine

© Regis DuvignauOne of the world's most prestigious wine cellars isn't where you think it might be. It isn't nestled beneath a grand chateau or presidential palace, but buried in the backyard of an average Joe, a retiree of humble background who has been collecting the rarest win … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Desirable du Jour: Tissue Books

Every now and then, you can stumble upon something that stops you in your Instagram-scrolling tracks. For us, it just so happened to be a collection of unloved vintage books that have found novel purpose thanks to Parisian artist Inès Mélia ... as one-of-a kind hanky holders. Bu … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Parisian woman with Turkish Veil on Rue de la Paix, 1914: A Short Story Challenge

It’s amazing to see how our minds can wander in different ways; how many variations of a story can come from a single picture. We recently proposed a new challenge for our readers to become the storyteller, prompted by a historical found photograph with a brief caption as the onl … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

She Was the World’s First Female Architect, but No One Really Gave a Damn

The Saltar House in Castlecraig, Australia, is one of the few houses designed by Mahony that is still standing and has been restored.You would think that being Frank Lloyd Wright's earliest protégé; the woman behind so many of most of the iconic drawings to come out of his practi … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DXLVIII)

1. The Original Rhinestone Cowboy, Loy BowlinBowlin (1909-1995) was an outsider artist from McComb, Mississippi. His artwork largely included bejeweling his clothing, Cadillac, home and even his dentures with thousands of rhinestones. The house, which was in Mississippi, has | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Meet the Italian Grandmothers Making the World’s Rarest Pasta

Corzetti pasta. One of the three people in Italy still make this beautiful corzetti stamps by hand © Pasta GranniesPasta makes everything better. This we know. But in the ancient villages of Sardinia, where the art of handmade pasta is practically a sacred ritual, there are ances … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

When the Eiffel Tower was a Parisian Startup Laboratory

Paris during the Exposition Universelle in 1900 in Paris.During the pandemic, the Eiffel Tower has been undergoing a fresh paint job ahead of the 2024 Olympics that harkens back to its golden hue of the early 20th century. But at that time, the Eiffel Tower was more than just an … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Another Reason to Check Your Attic: Priest Holes

Once upon a time in ye olde England, it was illegal to be Catholic. In case you need a quick refresher: King Henry VIII needed a male heir to the. He blamed Catherine of Aragon (his brother's widow and the first of his six wives) for not bearing him a son. On these grounds, he as … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Refine your Moodboard with this 1970s French Fairytale

These are a few of my favourite things about a 1970s French musical called "Donkey Skin": A giant cat throne, a surreal banquet with candy-coloured flora, a snow globe grave, talking roses and parrots, Catherine Deneuve as a Disney-esque princess, the deeply saturated colour pale … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DXLVII)

1. The Flintlock alarm clock that ignited gunpowder to wake you upStart your morning off with a bang. Made in the 1600s. Found on Museum Archive. 2. Eerie, Indiana, a 90s TV show dubbed "Twin Peaks for kids" featured two young ki | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Vacation House Hunting in the South of France

It’s becoming an annual tradition to take a summer trip down south with my girlfriends and this year is no different. We’re six friends with a similar budget (around 65 euros a night per person), looking for somewhere charming for one week with a pool, a good kitchen for cooking … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Dive into the Psychedelic World of Verner Panton

Visiona 2 por Verner Panton 1970You probably know his famous chair; the first chair to be made completely out of plastic in one single piece. But have you ever taken a deep dive into the trippy design world of Danish design icon, Verner Panton? His influence is all around us in t … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Take Five with our Dream Catching Artist Du Jour

Aaaaand relax. Turn on some Sade, put your feet up and make yourself comfortable in the dreamscapes of 3D artist Maciek Martyniuk, also known as Yomagick. Here at the MessyNessy HQ in Paris we're awaiting news of another partial lockdown, so we could use a little brain-soothing e … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Not-So-Straightforward Story of Women and Trousers

Not-so-fun fact: Until January 31st of 2013, it was illegal for women in France to wear trousers. It made headlines at the time when a 200 year-old law requiring women to ask police for special permission to “dress as men” or else risk being taken into custody, was finally revoke … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Palatial Ruins of the First Western Black Monarchy

Once known as the ‘Versailles of the Caribbean’, its hollow ruins are one of the few lasting remnants of a forgotten royal court – the first Black monarchy established in the Western world that rose from the ashes of the Haitian Revolution. The brief reign of the first and only K … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DXLVI)

1. Scottish Island For Sale with an opening bid of £80,000Deer island is located on the west coast of the idyllic Scottish Highlands, uninhabited rugged, approximately 11 acres. More details found here. 2. This Website where Strangers Upload Recordings of their Windows ViewsS | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Practice Your French While Time Travelling through Paris

In my ongoing quest to help bring you to Paris by any means, today we're diving into one of my favourite resources for revisiting la vielle ville (the old town). The 'Institut national de l'audiovisuel' (INA) is a repository of all French radio and television audiovisual archives … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

This Mind-Bending Artist Can Take Up Residence in Our Curiosity Cabinet

Let's pretend for a moment, that in our virtual cabinet of curiosities, we had an imaginary artist-in-residence programme. And on the top shelf of our giant cabinet, we kept a little guest studio to invite exceptional talent that speaks to us in ways that only a truly peculiar ty … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Paris Apartment Renovation Reveals Hidden Revolutionary Frescoes

A Paris apartment hiding a revolutionary secret, a stone's throw from the 17th century arches of the Porte Saint-Denis © Sloft It was supposed to be a straight-forward renovation project for Paris-based architect Agathe Marimbert. Her clients were first-time buyers, a young coupl … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Men Wore Corsets, History Says

Pink for girls, blue for boys. Heels for women, flats for men. Corsets for ladies, burly silhouettes for gents? Turn back the clock and you'll find history is full of contradictions. In fact, until the 20th century, pink was a boy's colour, high heels were invented for men and ye … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DXLV)

1. This listing for a converted 1960 era Atlas E Missile Site Located two miles southwest of Kimball, Nebraska. Unclear whether it's still for sale. Found here. 2. Girl Finds Secret Room In Her NYC Apartment The Art Nouve | Continue reading | 2 months ago