A Library Filled With the World’s Rarest Pigments

Over 2,500 of the world’s rarest colors are housed inside The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums. Many of them date back to prehistoric times, when pigments obviously weren’t readily available—they needed to be harvested from natural minerals and materials and further mixed to create just the right color. Fast Company recently visited The Straus Center to take a …

The Conarte Library’s Warped Reading Room

The Conarte Library in Monterrey, Mexico will definitely be a new addition to those “Most Beautiful Libraries” lists. It’s now home to a stunning architectural reading room thanks to the design and branding firm Anagrama, who created a sculptural wooden bookshelf to wrap around readers as they dig in to their favorite novels. The self-supporting structure was crafted from pine-wood and contrasts perfectly with the …

Purgatorio n°2, Napoli

A unique Neapolitan hospitality experience housed in a Renaissance-era Palazzo

Whether misunderstood or embraced by visitors, Napoli (Italy’s third largest city) is a location immune to the rest of the world’s fads. It’s full of surprises—a giant, enigmatic metropolis overshadowed by the towering Mount Vesuvius and cushioned with a shimmering strip of the Mediterranean Sea. But Napoli, just a two-hour drive from the Amalfi coast and known first and foremost as the breeding ground for …